Miele is known for their outstanding dishwashers and vacuum cleaners but can their relatively new lineup of ranges live up to their potential?
Miele has built up an impressive name for itself over the last several years by producing a wide range of high-end cooking and cleaning products. But do Miele ranges truly live up to the hype? Take a look at the information gathered below to find out for yourself.
Are Miele Ranges truly worth the hype?
If you are considering a new luxury range, the three most important attributes to look for are build quality, cooking performance, and design. Miele has managed to obtain top marks in each of these categories.
The Miele name has long been associated with quality, and for good reason. As a family owned and debt-free company, Miele is able to guarantee a level of quality control that’s truly unparalleled in the appliance market. That’s because they’re not a public company that’s beholden to certain profit margins in order to please stakeholders, allowing them to invest heavily in their own processes. They manufacture the equipment that builds their appliances, as well as the majority of their components. They even own their own foundry for harvesting the materials that go into their ranges.
With this level of investment in quality, it’s no surprise that Miele ranges are dependable and long-lasting from knob to burner. As an example of the unparalleled attention to detail that goes into Miele ranges, their knobs are made from high-quality zinc. This is because zinc reacts with ink in a way that keeps ink bonded to knobs for a longer period of time without wearing off. This is the sort of minor yet impressive detail that doesn’t slip out of Miele’s gaze.
Cooking Performance & Control
Power and Speed
All the quality parts in the world don’t add up to much if a range can’t cook effectively. Fortunately, Miele ranges are not only built to last, but are also built to cook at a high-end level for the entirety of their lifespan. That includes burners capable of hitting up to 19,500 BTUs as well as boiling times that are up to 50% faster than the competition. Also 50% faster than rivals? Miele oven temperature times, allowing you to get cooking significantly more quickly than with other ranges. This is achieved by engaging all elements of the convection fans in order to hit those required temperatures.
Additional high-end cooking features include Euro-style convection that provides even heat across the entire oven as well as an infrared broiler that ensures zero hot-spots throughout the surface of your food.
When it comes to the stovetop, an infrared ceramic burner heats the griddle allowing for even heat across the stainless steel cooking surface. Other competitors have hot spots and have trouble heating the entire area of the griddle surface.
Industry's Only Wireless Probe
And when it comes to precision cooking, Miele ranges offer a wireless temperature probe that doesn’t require charging. That means no more accidentally pulling out the probe while cooking Thanksgiving dinner for your family and guests, and it also means precise cooking temps every time.
Speaking of precision cooking, no one offers more customization, precision and high-end control than Miele in their line of kitchen ranges.
MasterChef is Miele's built-in cooking assistant. It boasts 19 fully unique operating modes allowing for 100s of pre-programmed built-in recipes.
Unlike any other range, Miele allow you to stack programs. This allows you to automatically set a schedule of events for your oven to perform. This is great for complicated cooking tasks. For example, let's say you are cooking a tenderloin. You can set the oven to sear for 15 minutes at 450 degrees before cooking at 350 degrees for the remainder of the process. This all happens automatically
Miele ranges feature MasterChef functionality for cooking bread along with 15 unique bread recipes, plus optimal control of moisture to insert steam at precisely the right time. Where other ovens maintain a uniform temperature throughout baking, Miele ranges dynamically adjust temperatures throughout the cooking states.
Available in their dual-fuel ranges, Miele offers a catalyzer function which removes grease and odors from vapors resulting from cooking. This can be customized based on the dish—for example, it can be maximized when cooking fish to eliminate odors, or minimized while baking cookies to allow that glorious smell to fill the home. This is an exclusive feature to Miele.
Cleaning & Design
For the frequent baker or chef, cleaning is a critically vital part of the process—one that can quickly become a nuisance with poorly designed ranges. Fortunately, Miele ranges are designed from top-to-bottom with cleaning in mind. All grates are dishwasher safe, while certain Miele dishwashers offer special programs designed specifically to clean grates and racks.
The entire range top features a completely sealed surface. That means there are no areas for grease to hide and build up over time like in leading competitors’ ranges. The range also features high sides so that poured liquids are never in danger of spilling over the edge.
Clean-touch stainless steel is fingerprint resistant, while the fleet approach to Miele products means you can match the same finishes, interfaces and programs across the entire Miele product line.
Miele is the only brand that allows you to leave the racks inside the over during its self-clean mode. This is vitally important, because the racks can be heavy and difficult to maneuver. This is just another way that Miele considers the user with every design.
Miele cooking products share similar design elements across all product lines similar to luxury car manufacturers. In a Miele kitchen you will not help but notice the continuity for a seamless visual effect.
Dual Fuel ranges are especially powerful as they feature fully functional ovens with all the same programming offered in Miele's most expensive wall-oven line up. M-Touch screens are amazing and operate with an Iphone-like interface. Control panels tilt at an angle to make it easy for you to program or monitor your cooking progress.
All range doors open and close softly with the assistance of a damper system to allow for safety for those of us that rush inadvertantly. In addition, the swivel handle adds another level of comfort during use.
Finally, stainless steel knobs feature precision control whether you are in simmer mode, high power or anywhere in-between. You will not miss a Miele range when it is in operation as the knobs have a circular LED backlight accent.
Our Top Miele Range Picks
Miele HR1124G 30" Gas Range 4 Burners, Convection, Self Clean and Wireless Roast Probe.
Miele HR1934DF 36" Dual Fuel Range 6 Burners, Convection, Self Clean and Wireless Roast Probe. Modern and intuitive control panel that lifts at an angle so that you don't need to bend down.
Miele HR1956DFGD 48" Dual Fuel Range w/ Griddle 6 Burners, Griddle. Features a full size oven, a speed oven and a warming drawer.
A New Addition for 2018
As of May 2018, Miele introduced budget version HR1724DFGof their popular 30" Dual Fuel Ranges at $5,499. This unit still comes with powerful M-Pro Dual stacked burners with 19,500 BTU's and a great Miele electric oven. However, it is missing the iphone like nifty user interface as well as MasterChef built in recipe's/programming along with the wireless probe.
Overall, Miele has proven itself time and time again to produce some of the most high-powered, user-friendly and elegantly designed ranges available anywhere on the market. If you’re on the hunt for a powerful way to instantly upgrade your cooking and baking experience, you’d be hard pressed to find a better option than a Miele machine. Call or visit us in our retail locations for detailed information. You can also shop online at Designer Appliances Miele Ranges lineup.