Miele Futura Classic Series G4225SCU Dishwasher Review
Even a $999 Miele dishwasher cleans well and is built like a tank.
German appliance manufacturer Miele is known for its high-end dishwashers, some of which cost many thousands of dollars. Despite the pedigree, you don't have to be a millionaire to put the Miele Futura Classic G4225 SC (MSRP $1,199.99) in your kitchen. It can be found for just $999 in stainless steel at an authorized Miele retailer.
In our lab tests, the Futura Classic didn't just coast on its family name. It blasted away stains, and impressed us with smooth-gliding racks. However, it also took a long time to clean dishes, and lacked the flexibility and features of competitors that cost less. In our opinion, the console looks a bit dated—though it does have a certain utilitarian flair.
All said, the G4225 SC is a superb machine that will get your dishes sparkly clean. However, once you hit a certain price point for dishwashers, the ability to clean dishes well is almost a given. With top-of-the-line machines in the same price range as this Miele, what separates one model from another are the little things: usability, flexibility, and aesthetics. In these areas, the G4225SCU is simply outclassed.
Design & Usability
What? No cutlery basket?
Part of the G4225 SC's mystique is its smudge-resistant stainless steel that we found really did repel fingerprints. If that's not your thing, this dishwasher is available in black or white for about $100 less. Another interesting note: This dishwasher is equipped with a cutlery tray or “third rack” instead of the traditional basket for loading silverware. The G4225U costs a little less and has the basket instead of the tray. The advantage of the rack is that it fits so much more than traditional baskets—perfect for dinner parties.
The controls are very simple and easy to use, with a convenient digital display and buttons that click audibly when you press them. One of the drawbacks of forward-facing controls is that if someone leans against the counter by the dishwasher, he or she might nudge a protruding button and interrupt a cycle. Most dishwashers combat this with a control lock, a feature conspicuously absent on the Miele.
The inside of the G4225SCU looks very different from most other dishwashers we’ve tested. For starters, the racks are designed such that plates are loaded facing forward instead of sideways. Even though there aren’t any foldable tines, the supports are designed to leave plenty of space for large objects like pots and pans. The third rack frees up space on the bottom that would normally have been taken up by a cutlery basket.
Although there are no folding tines on the top rack either, the height of the entire rack can be adjusted with a pair of orange levers. A pair of fold-down shelves also offers more space for teacups or shot glasses. In total, we were able to comfortably load ten place settings and a serving setting inside the G4225SCU.
Keeping it simple
The only cycles on this dishwasher are Pots & Pans for tough stains, Normal for everyday loads, Economy for an energy- and water-efficient wash (at the cost of time), SaniWash for sterilizing, and Rinse & Hold for a quick spray without detergent.
The G4225SCU has a Turbo feature, not to be confused with a traditional quick cycle. This option causes a cycle to go faster but at the cost of efficiency. One last feature is Delay, which lets you postpone the start of a wash for up to 24 hours—pretty straightforward.
The results are worth the wait
There’s no denying that the G4225SCU can wash dishes. The Normal cycle aced every stain we threw at it, leaving almost no food particles behind. The Pots & Pans cycle performed even better with those same stains, but couldn’t quite cut it against our burnt cheese test. All in all, these two cycles performed extremely well.
Given the 2 hour and 24 minute run time on Normal, as well as the 2 hour and 49 minute Pots & Pans Cycle, the lack of any kind of quick wash became very inconvenient. The fastest cycle time we could get was Normal with Turbo engaged, and even that took 1 hour and 42 minutes. Cleaning performance was still good, but suffered noticeably compared to a regular wash without Turbo. If washing dishes quickly is a priority for you, the G4225SCU will not suffice.
Ditto for those with a desire for efficiency. With marginally higher-than-average water and energy consumption, the G4225SCU’s annual utility cost is estimated to be around $36.51 per year. Other dishwashers in this Miele's class tend to cost around $30 a year.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
Before You Buy
A Miele dishwasher for under $1000
The Miele G4225 SC does a very good job getting food off your dishes. However, it takes a long time to get dishes clean, lacks a quick cycle entirely, and has some stiff competition at this price range.
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