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Updated: 6 May 2022

Miele washing machines rated

Miele washing machines often have a high price, but is this justified by superb cleaning results? Here's what all our reviews say about Miele.
Aaron West
Miele washing machines

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, 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. 

If you'd rather read reviews of individual models, head to our Miele washing machine reviews.

Not sure what type of washing machine you need? See our guide to the best washing machines.

Miele washing machines overview

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  • Number of Best Buys
  • Number of Eco Buys
  • Average test score
  • Proportion faulty in the first seven years
  • Proportion repaired or replaced due to a fault
  • Customer score
  • Pros and cons
  • Which? verdict: should I buy one?

The average test score is based on results for all models we've tested that are still currently available. The customer score and proportion faulty are based on a Which? member survey conducted in September 2021 of 737 Miele owners. The customer score is based on customer satisfaction and whether members would recommend the brand to a friend. Testing information last updated in December 2021.

How much do Miele washing machines cost?

It's hard to deny that Miele washing machines are expensive. The cheapest will set you back around £600, but many cost well over £1,000.

If you’re looking for a Miele washing machine, and won’t be tempted by any other brand, then it’s worth looking at older machines to bag a bargain. Earlier models will deliver Miele’s reputation for quality but at a lower price.

We'd strongly recommend going 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 deals and check price tracking sites such as PriceRunner.com to see if they offer real savings.

Choosing the right Miele washing machine for you

Top-of-the-range Miele washing machines get the highest possible A-rating for energy efficiency and have room inside for a large 9kg of cottons.

Many Miele washing machines now also come with wifi-connectivity, meaning you can connect to the Miele app to control and monitor your machine.

The most expensive will have automatic detergent dispensing. This means you only need to fill two large tanks with liquid detergent and fabric conditioner; the machine will then take just what it needs for each program.

Most models come in white, with others available in either a chrome or a stainless-steel finish.

Miele washing machine faults

We've analysed the most common faults reported in our survey of Miele washing machine owners. If your Miele develops a problem, it's most likely going to be one of these:

  • Electrical fault
  • Blocked filter
  • Drum and bearing problem
  • Smart functionality failure
  • Motor/drive belt broken
  • Not emptying water

Read more about common washing machine problems and how to fix them.

Miele washing machines jargon

To help you make sense of it all, we've put together this washing machine jargon buster and we've included the unique Miele jargon too.

If you’re still searching for the right washing machine to install in your home, check out the washing machine reviews on our site to find the best model for you.