Miele brand is one of the best around. It's truly a quality company that produces quality products. The machine is incredible. It washes dishes so quietly sometime you wonder if it's even running it's so quiet. It cleans dishes and never leaves any residue. The steel front is lovely to the touch and matches perfect with our other kitchen steel appliances. This machine does take a longer time to wash dishes then other machines I've own in the past, but the quality is surpassed. Even the dining utensils (forks, knives, spoons) can all be stocked individually into the washer. There's never any foods crusts left behind. The steel utensils and corale dishes come out sparkling clean every time. We use jet dry and palmolive as our dish washing soap of choice. They really seem to complement the machine. I usually wash my dishes before putting them into the dish washer, but it is not a must with this machine.