Miele W 4802 Full Size Touchtronic Front Loading Washing Machine Review
At $1749, the recently discontinued Miele W4802 Touchtronic is a well-built machine that gets clothes clean.
Among laundry cognoscenti, Miele has developed a reputation as a no-nonsense manufacturer of high quality, high priced washers and dryers. The company prides themselves in using vertically integrated production, which gives Miele total control over the product at all levels of assembly, and most owners are happy to show off their sturdy, German-designed clothes washers.
We were very curious to see if the $1749 Miele Touchtronic W4802 lived up to all the hype. After all, that's a lot of money to spend on a clothes washer. In our scientific tests, the hefty washer did an outstanding job getting out stains, though its relative energy inefficiency and lack of features made obvious its circa 2004 design. Is it worth it? If you demand top-notch stain performance and superior delicates handling, and you've got close to $1800 to spare, sure. Otherwise, plenty of other machines offer similar basic competency for less than half the price.
If you do decide that this Miele is the right washer for you, act fast. Miele has discontinued their full-size laundry in the US market, so the W4802 is sadly history. If you can still find one in a store, chances are you may be able to get a discount on the remaining stock.
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