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Worth the Money, Would Buy Again
By Flying Baker
from Santa Cruz, CA
Comments about Miele 24" Full Size Custom Panel Dishwasher:
This dishwasher really does a good job of cleaning. I'm getting into the habit of not pre-washing dishes when putting them in. It only has trouble with burnt items that must be scraped with elbow grease in the first place. We've had the dishwasher for three months now.The sound is very quiet. You can hear it when standing next to it but in our open floor plan 1000 sq/ft house watching TV in the living room, I can't hear it running. Other than the occasional gurgling when it puts water in the garbage disposal drain but theres not much Miele can do about that though. It does have a handy pretty bright red light that you can see between the gap of the dishwasher door and countertop when it's running. I'm guessing that's because it does run very quiet.The layout of the baskets is actually pretty good. Also there are many adjustable parts and parts that can come out entirely to fit unusually sized or shaped dishes or cooking items. The third cutlery tray does a great job of cleaning utensils but don't make the mistake of putting containers in upside down, the cleaning spray comes from above, not below, so you need to put bowls plates or anything else that is closed on one side and open on the other on one of the main washing racks. That's probably easier understood when you actually get one.At first we were having trouble with an odd smell after it was finished with a washing cycle, it turns out that the dishwasher uses so little water that using full size tabs was overwhelming the rinse cycle, after we started cutting the tabs in half the smell went away and everything smelled fresh. We even use Ecover tabs which are a environmentally friendly detergent. The tabs are more than strong enough to allow the dishwasher to get everything clean.The unit has a water softener, I'm guessing this is because of it's European heritage in that there is a lot of hard water over there. We have higher than usual water hardness were we live but not too bad. Even so we do use it and it works great. Combined with rinse aid the dishes come out pretty much spotless and that includes our wine glasses, honestly I don't think I could do a better job washing them by hand. Usually you can get your water hardness via your local water works reports often available online. However you do need to translate it into the German standard of degrees and there are several online resources that help with this.There are only two things that are negatives. First is the installation. I think since it comes from Europe the size is slightly narrower than usual which might leave a larger gap on the sides. This particular unit needs a custom panel anyway so I was able to compensate, however if one were to by a pre-finished model, I could see that a somewhat uncomfortable gap could be seen on the sides. You will will probably need add some blocks of wood to the side of the cabinet to make sure you can secure it properly since the anchors are on the sides, not on the top like our old dishwasher. Also the drain hose is a larger diameter than normal so we can't use the stop-gap. We connected it directly to the garbage disposal. Although Miele says it's not necessary due to the anti back-flow valve, we opted to position the drain hose in a high loop just in case.The other negative is that even though the drying is much improved, plastics still often come out somewhat wet in some conditions. Don't get me wrong it dries a lot better than many other dishwashers but it's still not perfect. Having said that we sometimes get a completely dry finish so it may be due to humidity or other environmental factors. I hesitate to say it's negative because it does do so well, but in the end you probably shouldn't expect plastics to always come out bone dry like many other dish types tend to do. It's drying does not use a heating element, rather it uses a cool air input in a cavity between the inside wall and outside wall of the dishwasher. This attracts condensation to the wall of the inside wall of the dishwasher as opposed to the dishes. So it kinda odd that the non plastic dishes are often dry but the inside of the dishwasher is still wet. This is an energy saving way to dry that many in the industry say is the only true kind of drying cycle, although I'm not sure what that means, any cycle meant to dry dishes seems to me to be a "true" drying cycle. Again though Miele does not incorporate a heating element. Finally the dishwasher automatically opens the door slightly when the cycle is done to help let out the rest of the moisture.One advantage to the drying cycle is that since there is no hot heating element at the bottom of the dishwasher, supposedly dishes that are "top rack only" can be put on the bottom, we tried it several times and they seem to be fine however if you try it and something goes wrong it's still on you, don't complain to me ;).
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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