Product Type: Miele Hotpoint Dishwasher
Newest Review: ... putting them in the dishwasher if they are particularly well covered in food. The G4500SC has a slightly unusual layout inside in that the... more
Fantastic Quality Small Dishwasher
Member Name: colinbmw
Advantages: Great build quality, cleans dishes well
Disadvantages: Layout can be inflexible
I've got 3 Miele appliances over 5 years ago now. They've all been trouble free despite my clumsy ways and my not going out of my way to maintain them.
Given a) its just my wife and I b) we have a small kitchen and c) there is a pipe behind where the space for a dishwasher should go in our kitchen, the Miele G4500SC was literally a perfect fit. It's a small freestanding dishwasher that could just about do a family of 3 but more than that you would probably want to buy a normal size dishwasher.
There are only 3 buttons on the dishwasher, one to choose a programme, one for power and one for start/stopping the unit once a programme is selected.
The dishwasher has 6 programme modes:
Pots & Pans 75C
I actually tend to keep it on Energy Save. I think that 99% of dishes come out spotless, and I only rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher if they are particularly well covered in food.
The G4500SC has a slightly unusual layout inside in that the top shelf is used for cutlery has lots of grooves. The idea is you place each individual fork/knife/spoon rather than having a bucket like with most dishwashers. I prefer this, but it drives my wife crazy.
The middle shelf is for cups, you have to arrange taller cups on the outside rows, which still gives you room for at least 8 of them, plus another 8 mugs or small tumblers. The middle shelf also includes grooves for small plates/saucers but your unlikely to use the shelf for this.
The bottom shelf has 4 sets of grooves, each facing inward with various sizes of gaps. We have Denby bowls which do not fit particularly well anywhere, but we manage to get everything in a reasonable place without too much effort. The grooves on the bottom shelf can be flattened to accommodate larger items as well.
It will depend on the shape of your plates, etc... but in theory you could get 9 plates, 8 soup bowls and 12 cereal bowls in a single wash, if you just happened to have tableware that fitted exactly in the grooves provided. This is unlikely, but I find the dishwasher meets my needs anyway.
Every once in a while you need to clear the pipes at the base of the inside of the unit. This is a bit of a pain in the neck, but I've never had to do it more than twice a year.
So: Fantastic quality dishwasher that is ideal for couples/small families.
Summary: A great option for small kitchens & couples or small families
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