The Miele dishwasher was a replacement for a Neff machine which was over 10 years old. I chose it because of the A ratings for wash, dry and energy performance. Also, I liked the idea of an extra shelf for cutlery and its quiet operation. The machine was somewhat difficult to plumb-in due to restricted space at the back of our kitchen units and the fact that the hose has a box built onto it which I think is for stopping waste water flowing back into the machine. Build quality is good but not as sturdy as our old Neff machine. The cutlery tray in particular is somewhat light in construction and wouldn't stand up to mis-use by children. I use the 55 degree "universal plus" program usually and get quite good results with Finish tabs in the dispenser. Sometimes cereal bowls and plates are not 100% clean and I've noticed that I have to be careful not to stack things very close together. The cutlery tray saves room but again, sometimes forks are not all perfectly clean. Hot damp air is blown out through a small vent in the door during drying, so standing in front of the machine when this is happening is not very pleasant. Drying is OK but I still need to dry off plastics and the bottom of mugs with a teatowel before putting them away. Overall, I think the machine is good and best of all is extremely quiet, but a little disappointing on wash and drying results when compared with my old machine.
When I finally decided that our hotpoint dishwasher deserved no more of my hard earned cash to fix it (£300 in 6 months!)it was time to browse all the boring parts of the electrical stores again. This time I decided to go for a brand with a reputation for reliablity, I just hope this proves accurate, so far so good but too early to comment yet. What I can say about this model is that it performs excellently. The controls are simple, the main one being a chunky rotary switch to set the temperature. Once done press the start button and away it goes. This has a slightly retro feel to it, where is the fancy LCD for example?, but the controls feel sturdy and are simplicity itself to operate. The simplicity and sturdiness apply to the feel of the machine overall. It does what it is supposed to do, cleans dishes excellently, and does so quietly. There is a vent on the upper left corner which extracts the air from inside during the drying cycle so the dishes finish dryer than some I have seen. Ours says it is the "plus" model and does not have a basket for holding the cutlery. What it has instead is a 3rd level at the top of the machine giving an extra, flat, pull-out drawer designed specifically for these items. This avoids the need to have the cutlery basket sitting in the bottom drawer so maximising space there. The drawer designs are fairly simple so everything tends to get lumped in fairly haphazardley but it certainley holds a lot and I am considering buying more cups and plates as we keep running out! According to the blurb in the shop it is rated "A" for performance and efficiency. Overall this is a sturdy dishwasher that performs to a high standard and doesn't cost the earth to run. It is not the cheapest around but if it proves to be as reliable as the manufacturer's reputation suggests it will be impossible to fault.
A couple of years ago we went on Holiday to Germany and stayed in a self catering appartment on a farm. One of the pieces of equipment in the kitchen was a dishwasher, after 2 weeks using a dishwasher I thought how have we managed before! On return from our holiday one of the first things I did was look at buying a dishwasher. After checking out various different makes I came to the conclusion that the Miele range appart from being one of the most expensive looked as if it was far better put together than the other makes and that it was more enviromentally friendly in use of resorces (electricity, water and detergent). I found a good deal on the Miele G646 and bought it. Setting up the machine was easy, one water inlet hose connected to the cold water mains, outlet hose into the waste drain and the plug into the wall socket. Next I had to set the water hardness so the softner would use the correct amount of salt, one call to the water authority for my area and the correct setting was programed in. The machine washes very efficiently cleaning almost anything you put in. I've found that heavily soiled plates are cleaner better if rinsed quickly. Loading and unloading the machine is quite easy plates stack in the bottom tray, cups,bowls and small plates in the top tray. The machine has twice stopped working because the drain blocked. The machine is designed to stop and warn of a blocked drain, removal of a paper jam jar label that had got caught in the filter system and a reset and the machine started washing again. A trully excellent machine compared to the one we used in the appartment in Germany (and that was good!) Highly recommended.
Short name: Miele G646Sc