A good dishwasher is the unsung hero of the kitchen (when it’s working well). What makes a good dishwasher? It’s quick, quiet, and efficient. When a dishwasher isn’t working so well, though, it can be a huge pain. Your dirty dishes get pre-washed and re-washed, glassware and cookware are dried again…maybe even by hand!
This is why many consumers choose premium European brands like Meile and Asko. These trusted whiteware brands have a reputation for not only performing their task effectively but also for their reliability and having a long useful life.
Trying to decide between the two? Read on as we break down the key differences between the two brands to help you make the right selection for your home.
After that, we list some of our recommended Asko vs Miele dishwashers for you to use as a starting point in your search.
Asko vs Miele: Which is best?
The short answer is that these are both excellent dishwasher brands and most consumers would be more than happy with either. Without a doubt, they are two of the best dishwasher brands on the market.
In terms of choosing between the two, there are a number of minor differences that may sway people one way or the other:
- Asko dishwashers have metal spray arms while Miele’s are plastic. Metal components are generally favoured in terms of reliability and durability.
- According to Yale Appliance, “Miele has a better drying method. They have an intake at the bottom of their dishwashers which allows air into the side wall of the dishwasher”.
- Asko dishwashers can run a wash on only the lower or upper section, which helps with smaller loads. Miele does, however, also have half load programmes.
- Miele has a bigger range of dishwashers so you may be more likely to find one to suit your specific requirements.
- While both brands have entry level models available at just above $1,000, Miele has more products at the higher end. Their top-spec dishwasher is currently the G7969 SCVI XXL AUTODOS which retails for $4,500+.
- Both brands feature automatic door opening once the cycle is complete. This small gap allows the dishes to dry naturally. Note that this feature is not found on all products.
- Both brands of dishwashers are extremely quiet.
- Asko and Miele both feature in the top 3 for Choice’s “Australia’s best dishwasher brand”. This is based on performance, reliability and customer satisfaction. Miele took the top spot with a score of 82%, Bosch was second with 74%, Asko third with 72%.
- Both brands offer a 2 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty with their dishwashers.
- In terms of features and technology, both brands continue to innovate and push the boundaries in terms of what we expect from a dishwasher. Pay enough and you’ll get automatic detergent dosing, automatic start, Wifi connectivity, mobile control, and more.
While these are both excellent dishwasher brands, we would opt for Miele if forced to choose, simply because there seems to be fewer people out there reporting issues with their products after extended use.
Reading customer reviews is the best way to determine whether users are facing issues with the specific appliance you are looking at. Click here to read reviews and view top rated Miele and Asko dishwashers at The Good Guys.
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Recommended Asko and Miele Dishwashers
The Miele G7104 is a 14 place setting dishwasher designed to be reliable and flexible.
Elect the Auto Cycle for a controlled clean according to the load size and level of soiling, or choose the Quick Power Wash option for perfectly clean and dry results in just under an hour. The quicker express program reduces the cycle time by up to 50%. Save time by adding the intense zone option to get dishes in the bottom basket thoroughly cleaned.
This Miele dishwasher uses just 9.2 litres wash per cycle, ensuring you can use only the required amount of water and electricity, and has an impressive high 6 Star WELS Water Rating and a 4.5 Star Energy Rating.
Our favourite feature, however, is AutoOpen door drying, which pops the door open slightly at the completion of the cycle.
FlexLine baskets allow for easy adjustment and flexible loading, so all dishes and glasses get the perfect clean, while ComfortClose makes for easy door operation.
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Miele’s G5 integrated dishwasher range offers great flexibility and convenience, with the ability to wash up to 14 place settings at once. This 60cm Fully Integrated Dishwasher offers a 4.5 Star energy rating, 6 Star WELS water rating, uses just 9.2 litres of water per cycle.
Choose from one of five wash programs for optimal cleaning results in your choice. It features Miele’s AutoOpen drying technology and QuickPower Wash for faster results. Quickly wash or rinse less heavily soiled items with the Express Wash option in under an hour.
Customise your Miele G5 dishwasher with FlexCare baskets and racks that hold crockery securely in place during operation, while upper and lower comfort baskets provide ample secure storage. The 3D Multi-Flex cutlery tray has cut-out handles for easy retrieval of flatware, as well as divided compartments to maximise space efficiency on other utensils.
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This Asko 86cm built-in dishwasher is a good choice if you need a dishwasher that can hold more than five people’s worth of dirty dishes (the equivalent of 16 place settings).
It has four different baskets to hold your dishes including an upper cutlery FlexiTray and a middle basket for smaller bowls with its own dedicated spray zone. You can easily customise this dishwasher, thanks to 13 different wash programs and four wash modes which you can add to most programs for a faster, more intensive, more economical or quieter wash.
This dishwasher also comes with AquaSafe technology that continuously checks for leaks and automatically stops washing if it detects any. It has a 3.5 Star Energy Rating and 6 Star Water Rating (WELS).
Asko’s black steel dishwasher has 15 place settings and a flexible storage capacity. The upper basket can hold wine glasses; the lower basket can be used to fit larger items. The bottom cutlery basket can be completely removed if needed and cutlery and utensils can still be washed on the very top shelf.
It has a 5 star WELS rating and a 3.5 star energy rating, so it’s good for the environment, and your monthly bills. The Super Cleaning System pre-rinses dishes before the main cycle begins, so you don’t have to worry about drying your dishes by hand. ASKO’s Turbo Drying uses fan-assisted moist air extraction to leave damp glassware and dinnerware dry with no spotting or streaking.
This stylish dishwasher has a streamlined look on the outside and easy-to-use controls on the inside. Its 12 wash programs allow you to run smaller loads and save water, energy, and money at the same time. Also, a rinse aid reminder lets you know when it’s time for an extra squirt of detergent. This modern dishwasher will be a pleasure to use for years to come.
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Miele dishwashers are some of the most durable and reliable on the market. In fact, all Miele appliances are designed to outlast their competitors, which is why they created their 20 Year Pledge, stating that their products are “German engineered and tested to the equivalent of 20 years’ average usage”.
Miele dishwashers come with 10 year quality assurance against the
failure of door springs and flooding. They also run the 75º C programme for 7,500 cycles (equivalent to one load every day for more than 20 years), open and close the door 100,000 times (13 cycles every day for more than 20 years), and pull each basket in and out 100,000 times while fully loaded (equivalent to 7,500 cycles).
However, individual results will vary, and care must be taken to maintain your dishwasher and fix any issues as they arise to prevent further damage.
Bosch and Asko are two of the most trusted dishwasher brands on the market in Australia. While they both represent good value for money, we would lean slightly in favour of Bosch simply because they have a much wider range of products so consumers are more likely to find something to suit their needs and budget.
While originally Swedish, Asko was purchased by Slovenian company Gorenje in 2010 and production of all Asko appliances was transferred from Sweden to Slovenia in 2013.
In 2018, Chinese company Hisense acquired 95% of Gorenje (owner of Asko from 2010) however it appears Asko appliances are still being manufactured in Slovenia.
Asko dishwashers come with a 2 year manufacturers warranty, which is on par with competitors.
Dishwasher salt is used to protect the machine and crockery from damaging limescale deposits. Your local water supply will determine how important it is for you to protect your machine against limescale.
In Australia, the price of Miele dishwashers ranges from around $1,300 all the way up to $4,500+ for their high-end models.