Miele is a German family-owned company that can trace its history back to 1899 and has the company mantra 'immer besser', or 'always better'.
But are Miele washing machines always better than other brands? Or is that messaging simply marketing puff? We've tested and reviewed thousands of washing machines over the years, so find out how Miele measures up in our guide.
Our table below tells you how Miele washing machines score in our reviews, how reliable they are and whether or not Miele's high prices are seen to be value for money.
Our customer scores also reveal what Miele owners think of their machines and whether they would recommend them.
All the data in the guide has been independently researched – we buy all of the Miele machines we test and we run our own surveys to find out what owners really think of their washing machines.
The average test score is based on results for all models we've tested that are still currently available. The customer score and estimated average lifespan are based on a Which? member survey conducted in September 2020 of 682 Miele owners. The customer score is based on customer satisfaction and whether members would recommend the brand to a friend. Table last updated in December 2020.
It's hard to deny that Miele washing machines are expensive. The cheapest will set you back around £600, but it's easy to find models that cost well over £1,000. The average price paid by Which? members in 2018 was £772.
If you want to buy a Miele, look for one that has a free market-leading parts-and-labour warranty thrown in. Many have five-year or even 10-year parts-and-labour warranties as standard, but not all, so do check before you buy. And with such high prices, shop around before you commit – hunt down an online deal and, if you can, wait for the sales before paying more than £1,000 for a Miele washing machine.
We've analysed the most common faults typed into Google for Miele washing machines. If their Miele washing machine is not working properly, the problems that owners report include:
Top-of-the-range Miele washing machines will be the best of breed for energy and carry the A+++ label, have room inside for a large (but not gargantuan) 9kg of cottons and will spin the living daylights out of wet clothes at 1,600rpm.
Features to look for include TwinDos, Miele's way of pre-loading your machine with liquid detergent. And QuickPowerWash, which is claimed to wash powerfully and effectively in just one hour.
Most models come in white, with others available in either a chrome or a stainless-steel finish.
All Miele washing machines have cottons and synthetics cycles, but if you're after a specific type of cycle – which might be anything from a delicates to a sports program – then make sure you really look into the technical specifications for individual models.