I'm actually from the town where Miele comes from. I think their overall quality is not as good as it used to be, maybe because a number of their products are produced elsewhere. Still, they probably build the washing mashines, that are the most gentle with your clothes. This new honeycomb-structure for the drum seems to be a great idea. We used to have a Miele for over 30 years, but when that broke down and we had to get a replacement fast, we had to downgrade to Whirlpool. That's okay, but still classes below the Miele. If you can afford it, go for it.