Miele vs. Thermador vs. Viking Dishwashers: Which is Better for Your Washing Needs?
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Miele vs. Thermador vs. Viking Dishwashers: Which is Better for Your Washing Needs?

Even when you restrict your search to luxury appliance brands, finding a new dishwasher can be a daunting experience. Do you choose a Miele dishwasher with its endless suite of options, a Thermador dishwasher that pays lots of attention to aesthetics, or a Viking dishwasher with sturdy construction? Which dishwasher is best for you? There's no single correct answer to that question, which is why the experts at Appliances Connection have created this post comparing Miele, Thermador, and Viking dishwashers across multiple categories and considerations. We’ve even included some top appliances picks from each so you’re prepared once you’ve ultimately decided which brand is right for you!

Size Options

Size Options

All of the three brands featured in this post offer a large selection of full size dishwasher models. These 24-in. designs will fit into most standard cutouts, allowing you to replace your dishwasher without the cost of an extensive kitchen remodel. If you have a compact kitchen or your space is otherwise limited, you still have options! Miele manufactures a selection of 18-in. dishwashers specifically built for lighter use and smaller spaces.

Interior Capacity

Interior Capacity

All three dishwasher brands that are featured in this post make high-capacity appliances that suit large families and heavy use. Each of them makes dishwashers that are capable of washing up to 16 place settings per load. Of these brands, however, only Thermador manufactures tall tub dishwashers. There are a lot of elements of tall tub dishwashers that make them appealing to consumers, including:

  • More space for larger cookware (including baking trays and serving dishes)
  • More adjustment options for the upper rack
  • Greater ability to wash oddly-shaped items (such as blender tubs)

Best Tall Tub Thermador Dishwasher - Thermador DWHD770WFP

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The tall tub on this 24-in. built-in dishwasher from Thermador's Sapphire Series provides more room for taller dishes, and it also makes space for an adjustable chef's tool drawer, which is a flexible third rack that can adjust up or down to hold utensils of all shapes and sizes. On the other racks, flexible folding tines can fold down, so you can fit larger pots, pans, and other dishes, and the racks can be moved up and down thanks to the 3-Step Adjustment feature. Even tall items, up to 22-in. high, will get clean because of the Extra-Tall-Item™ sprinkler. A total of 16 place settings can fit inside this spacious Thermador dishwasher, which is beautifully illuminated by the interior Sapphire blue light.

Cycle Options

Cycle Options

Of these three brands of dishwasher, only Viking makes units with an AccuSense Soil Sensor. These sensors vary the pressure, temperature, and water volume of each cycle based on how dirty your dishes are (and on what you have inside the dishwasher). This feature eliminates the guesswork that comes with finding the perfect wash cycle for each load of dishes, saving you time in the long run. Many Viking dishwashers also come with a CombiClean cycle that allows you to wash delicate items at the same time as pots and pans.

If you're interested in truly customizing each one of your dishwasher's cycles, Miele offers the greatest number of cycle options for you to choose from. However, this level of choice can be a bit overwhelming for people who just want to set their dishwasher to run and forget about it. With Miele dishwashers, you have to familiarize yourself with each of the available wash cycles.

Best Accusense Viking Dishwasher - Viking VDWU524SS

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This 24-in. built-in Viking dishwasher gets your dishes sparkling clean every time with the AccuSense soil sensor. The sensor detects load size and soil level during the cycle's prewash, and then it automatically adjusts the cycle to the right wash and dry settings for your unique load. You'll get excellent temperature control thanks to the 1,200W HydroFlo™ water heater, and the durable stainless steel interior provides added strength and a more hygienic clean. This Viking dishwasher includes the Quiet Clean™ Performance Package, which consists of three layers of insulation to create one of the quietest dishwashers on the market, so you can run your dishwasher at any time of the day without worrying about noise levels. When the wash cycle is completed, the Turbo Fan Dry option circulates air inside the dishwasher for efficient drying performance.

Best Miele Dishwasher for Any Type of Load - Miele G7966SCVI

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Whichever type of load you put into the this 24-in. built-in Miele dishwasher, you'll get the same crystal clean results. You will always use the right amount of detergent thanks to AutoDos with Power Disk technology, which chooses how much detergent to use based on your selected program. Choose the QuickIntenseWash program, and use UltraTabs Multi, which are designed to dissolve in only 2-3 minutes, and you'll get the best possible results for normally soiled dishes in only 58 minutes. A SaniWash cycle eliminates bacteria, so you can get bottles, cutting boards, and more hygienically clean. If you have a load of delicate china, use the China/Crystal cycle for gentle cleaning action. There is a water softener built into the machine for removing hard water spots caused by lime deposits and softening your water so you get an all-over clean.

Noise Levels

Noise Levels

With the latest advancements in noise reduction technology, there's no reason that you should have to raise your voice to be heard over your dishwasher. Miele, Viking and Thermador all manufacture dishwashers that are as quiet as 45 dBA. For the sake of comparison, that's as quiet as a soft whisper from five feet away! This means that no matter which one of these three brands you choose, your kitchen will be peaceful and quiet.

Smart Appliances

Smart Appliances

If you're in the market for a dishwasher that you can control using your smartphone (or your voice via Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa), Thermador and Miele should be the first brands you look at. Both of these brands offer a suite of smart appliances, allowing you to monitor the progress of your dishwashing cycle through brand-specific apps. Viking, on the other hand, has kept their focus on appliances that are manually controlled, making them great for people who are less comfortable with using advanced technology.

Best Smart Thermador Dishwasher - Thermador DWHD560CFM

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This 24-in. built-in dishwasher from Thermador's Emerald Series has smart appliance capabilities thanks to its Wi-Fi connection and the Home Connect™ app. Home Connect™ allows you to access relevant information about your dishwasher and its current cycle status at all times from your smart device. This means you can remotely control the unit from your smartphone, even if you are at work or in another room of the house. It will also keep track of your dish tabs and notify you when it's time to buy more. Home Connect™ is great for remote control of your Thermador appliance using your smart phone, and it also connects easily to a smartwatch, a voice-activated device like Amazon Alexa, and more. With five cycles, six options, and the Sens-A-Wash® automatic cycle, you can get a great clean no matter how you choose to start the dishwasher.

Best Smart Miele Dishwasher - Miele G7166SCVISFP

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Connect this 24-in. smart built-in Miele dishwasher to your smart home solutions network using your home Wi-Fi router and the Miele@home system. The dishwasher can be operated remotely using your smart device, or you can control it through voice control. Whichever wash program you select for your current load, Miele's AutoDos System ensures the right amount of detergent is dispensed, so you automatically get the best clean possible. Inside the dishwasher, the ExtraComfort basket design allows for maximum flexibility in how you load your dishes, and it includes a 3D cutlery tray as a third rack. A unique 3D MultiFlex Tray is perfect for holding your long stem glasses in place.

Cost

Cost

No matter which brand you may want, you ultimately must pick one that you can afford. Miele has the most budget-friendly dishwashers of all three brands. However, don’t let the cost of Miele dishwashers affect your judgment of this brand’s quality. Miele dishwashers have all their components designed, assembled, and tested right at Miele’s facilities in Germany. Each Miele appliance is tested to last 20 years of use and come loaded with eco-friendly, professional-grade washing features that make them one of the most reliable brands in the appliance industry.

Exterior Options

Exterior Options

With all three of the brands that are featured in this post, you will have a selection of exterior options to choose from. In particular, you will have the choice between a panel ready exterior and a stainless steel one. Panel ready dishwashers can be made to discreetly match any décor, whether your kitchen is ultra-luxe or shabby chic.

It isn't only the material you have to consider when selecting a dishwasher's exterior, however. You also have to choose between a fully integrated dishwasher and a full console option. If you are looking for a full console dishwasher (which places its buttons on the front panel), Miele is your best bet. Thermador and Viking, on the other hand, have gone all-in for fully integrated dishwashers (that place their buttons on the edge of the door).

Handle Design

Handle Design

When you select a dishwasher, don't neglect the design of the handle: you must be able to reach your dishes easily! Of the three dishwasher brands that are featured in this post, Thermador and Viking are the ones that offer pro-style handles. These handles are especially useful if you plan on using your dishwasher frequently, as they stand up well to heavy use. On the other hand, if you are looking for a more minimalist aesthetic, Miele offers a selection of dishwashers that come with pocket handles. The simple design of a pocket handle allows it to blend in better with its surroundings, even when the dishwasher itself is made of stainless steel. Additionally, pocket handles can be a great idea for people with compact kitchens, as they do not protrude from the surface of the dishwasher. This reduces the amount of time you spend bumping into the handles.

Unique Features

Unique Features

When it comes to brand-specific features, Miele dishwashers tend to have the greatest selection. These features can be as diverse as a 3D MultiFlex Tray that moves around to allow you to place tall glassware, or an AutoDos feature which means you only have to refill your detergent once a month. Thermador dishwashers also come with a host of unique features, especially regarding their user interface and aesthetic features. The Time Remaining PowerBeam® available on many models shines a countdown to the end of your dishwasher's cycle on the floor, for example, and Multi-Color Star Glow lighting allows you to illuminate your dishwasher's cavity in a variety of colors.

Energy-Efficiency

Energy-Efficiency

The technology behind dishwashers' energy use has come a long way since the early days. While all three of the dishwasher brands that are featured in this post make a host of energy-efficient models, Viking is the clear winner here: every one of their dishwashers is ENERGY STAR® certified. This means that whatever Viking dishwasher you choose will help you save money on your energy bills in the long run.

Related Questions

Who makes Thermador dishwashers?

Thermador appliances are manufactured as part of the lineup of brands from BSH Home Appliances Corporation. BSH brands also include Bosch and Gaggenau.

Is Miele a luxury brand?

Miele is a German-engineered luxury brand that is known internationally for their stylish designs, high-end performance, durability, and energy efficiency. Miele appliances are tested to last 20 years, making them one of the longest-lasting appliances you’ll ever own while saving you money on frequent appliance repairs or replacements.

Where are Viking appliances made?

The vast majority of Viking appliances are made in their factory in Greenwood, Mississippi. Viking takes great pride in manufacturing nearly all of their appliances in the United States.

How do you clean a dishwasher tub?

To clean a dishwasher tub, run a cycle without dishes in it. For regular maintenance, you can use white vinegar as a cleaner, while for heavier stains, you may want to use a purpose-made dishwasher cleaning tablet. For further instructions on how to clean your tub check out these tips if you have a plastic tub or these tips if you have a stainless steel tub.