Miele Dishwasher Not Drying? (here’s why & what to do)

If you own a Miele dishwasher, you can expect many years of good service. These high end appliances are well known for their great quality and reliability. But like all appliances, they can occasionally go wrong.

If your Miele dishwasher is not getting your dishes dry at the end of the cycle, keep reading. In this article, we take a close look at Miele dishwashers and identify all of the reasons why your dishes aren’t drying.

As well as offering solutions to all of these issues, most of which can be solved without having to call in a technician.

How Does A Miele Dishwasher Dry Dishes?

Miele uses fans to draw the hot moist air onto the cool side walls of the appliance. This takes condensation away from the dishes leaving them fully dry at the end of the cycle.

However, if your dishes are not completely dry after the wash cycle has completed, it means that there’s a problem. In the majority of cases, that problem is caused by user error. Keep reading to find out exactly what you should be doing to ensure your dishes dry every time you use your Miele dishwasher.

Why Is The Miele Dishwasher Not Drying The Dishes?

There are several reasons why your Miele dishwasher might not be drying the dishes at the end of the cycle, they include;

Possible CauseSolution
Incorrect loading of dishesConsult your user manual and always ensure dishes are loaded correctly
Removing dishes in the wrong orderAlways empty the lower rack first to prevent drips from above
Washing plastic dishesWash plastic dishes separately
Not using rinse aidAlways ensure the rinse aid dispenser is topped up
Using inferior quality detergentAlways use top quality detergent
Selecting the wrong cycleEnsure you have selected a cycle that includes drying
Not filling the salt reservoirEnsure the dishwasher salt reservoir is topped up
Clogged filterClean the filter regularly
Defective Heater element/relayContact a technician
Defective control boardContact a technician

Let’s take a closer look at each of these issues;

Incorrect Loading Of The Dishes

loading a dishwasher

If you have a large load of dishes after a big meal, it can be tempting to cram them all into the dishwasher. The problem is placing too many dishes in the dishwasher could lead to the dishes not getting dry correctly.

If there are too many dishes incorrectly stacked in the dishwasher, the air flow used to dry those dishes can be restricted. To ensure the dishes are all stacked as they should be follow this advice;

Top Rack

The top rack should be used to place cups, glassware and bowls. The items should be placed face down to ensure better rinsing and drying.

Bottom Rack

You should use the bottom rack for all plates and cookware (like saucepans). 

Always ensure there is adequate space between each item to allow a decent air flow. The plates should be placed facing inwards and any saucepans should be placed face down on the rack.

Cutlery Basket

When placing cutlery in the basket you should alternate items to prevent them nesting into each other. 

You should also make sure that each item of cutlery is placed in the basket so that it stands upright and not sloped.

Removing Dishes In The Wrong Order


To ensure there is no spreading of any remaining moisture (which could have accumulated on the top rack), we recommend emptying the bottom rack first.

Then when you pull the top rack out any water drips will fall onto an empty bottom rack.

Washing Plastic Bowls, Plates Or Dishes

The condensation drying system used in the Miele dishwasher works best on ceramic and glass items because they absorb heat during the wash cycle.

Plastic isn’t very good at absorbing heat which means plastic items are more likely to be the ones that aren’t drying properly. If possible, wash your plastic items separately to avoid excess moisture in the dishwasher.

Not Using Rinse Aid

There are some people that believe that rinse aid is only used to make dishes sparkle. However, that’s not the case, rinse aid is necessary to help dry the dishes.

It does this by breaking the surface tension on the water droplets which makes rinsing quicker and drying more effective. 

Miele have their own brand of rinse aid that is designed to work with their condensation method of drying.

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Using Low Quality Detergents

dishwasher tablets

The detergent you use in your dishwasher is just as important as the rinse aid. Low quality detergents can cause the dishes to not dry properly.

Always ensure that you use the best quality detergent you can when using your Miele dishwasher and keep away from low priced budget detergents.

Also, if you change from using separate detergent, dishwasher salt and rinse aid to a 3-in-1 or 2-in-1 detergent tab, remember to select the correct setting on the dishwasher.

For instance, the G1000 and G2000 series of Miele dishwashers have buttons that need to be selected if you use 2-in-1 or 3-in-1 detergent tabs. However, this is not necessary with G5000 series dishwashers and above.

Selecting The Wrong Cycle

There is also the possibility that you have selected one of the wash cycles that doesn’t include drying. If you have selected a cycle that doesn’t use the drying fans, the dishes will not be dried at the end of the cycle.

Always ensure that you select the correct cycle for your dishes especially if you want them to dry at the end of the cycle.

Not Filling The Salt Reservoir

Salt Reservoir On Dishwasher

Dishwasher salt ensures that the water used in the dishwasher is soft water. This means it doesn’t contain any mineral content which is found in almost ⅔ of British tap water.

If the water used to rinse your dishes in the dishwasher is hard water, it can leave residue which moisture droplets can cling to. Always ensure your salt reservoir is topped up with dishwasher salt.

Clogged Filter

If the filter is dirty or clogged on your dishwasher, it can restrict the water flow through the appliance. This can be enough to prevent the dishes from drying properly.

You should clean the filter on your dishwasher at least once a month to prevent any issues. 

Defective Heating Element

Your dishwasher relies on the heating element to heat the water and provide hot air during the drying cycle. If the heating element develops a fault, the water or air will not heat up.

If the air doesn’t get hot, the water won’t condense on the cool sides of the dishwasher and your dishes will remain wet. It could also be the heater relay that has become defective.

If the heating element or heater relay is faulty, you will need to contact Miele or a qualified technician for further investigation.

Defective Control Board

It is possible that the control board could malfunction which could prevent the dishwasher from drying properly. 

If you suspect the control board is faulty, contact Miele or a qualified technician to investigate further.

SEE ALSO: Miele Dishwasher Troubleshooting Guide: Problems, Solutions & Error Codes

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are my dishes not drying in my Miele dishwasher?

If the dishes aren’t drying in your Miele dishwasher it can be due to a number of things including; Incorrect placement of the dishes, wrong cycle selected, a lack of rinse aid, a lack of dishwasher salt, washing plastic dishes, emptying the top rack first, using low quality detergent, a clogged filter, a defective heater element or relay or a defective control board.

Why is my new Miele dishwasher wet inside?

Miele dishwashers are tested in the factory before they are delivered. If your new Miele dishwasher has some water inside or there’s water dripping from the drain hose this is normal and not a problem.

How does a Miele dishwasher dry dishes?

Miele dishwashers dry dishes using fans that draw the moist air away from the dishes and onto the cool steel interior walls of the appliance.

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