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Jura vs Miele

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Last updated: December 28, 2023

Quick Answer: I’d recommend getting a Jura instead of a Miele espresso machine. Jura machines make better-tasting espresso than Miele. The best Jura espresso machine is the Jura E8.

Jura and Miele both manufacture high-end super-automatic espresso machines. These are coffee machines that allow you to make an espresso or frothed milk drink with one button press.

In this comparison of Jura vs Miele, I’m going to explain why I’d always recommend you get a Jura espresso machine over a Miele one.

I’m going to focus this comparison on the Miele CM6360 and Jura E8 as these are the two most popular models from each manufacturer and they cost about the same (typically around $2,000).

I’ll try to be as clear as possible when the comparisons between each machine can be abstracted to cover each manufacturer more generally.

Let’s get started.

Should I Get a Jura or Miele Espresso Machine?

I’d always recommend getting a Jura espresso machine over a Miele machine.

Jura espresso machines make better-tasting espresso than Miele ones.

Miele’s cannot grind your coffee beans finely enough for proper espresso extraction to occur. So a Miele’s espresso will always taste weak and watery in comparison to Jura.

The best Jura espresso machine is the Jura E8.

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$2,399.00
Jura espresso machines make better-tasting espresso than Miele ones because they use a higher-quality grinder and brewing system.
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If you’d like to find out more about the Jura E8 then please check out my hands-on Jura E8 review.

What are the Differences Between Jura and Miele?

Here are the differences between the Jura E8 and the Miele CM3630 in order of their importance to each machine’s performance and usability. I’ll say that these differences carry over to every model made by each manufacturer.

Grinder

While the Jura E8 and Miele CM6360 have six and five grind size settings respectively, the Jura E8 can grind your coffee beans much finer than the Miele CM6360.

The Miele’s inability to grind your coffee finely enough means that it creates a dull-tasting espresso. 

Your coffee beans need to be ground very finely for espresso so as much of its surface area is exposed to your brewing water as possible.

Miele espresso machines, which all use the same grinder regardless of model and price, just don’t grind your coffee finely enough to brew espresso.

Jura machines don’t have this problem. They can grind much finer than Miele machines so get a proper extraction when they brew

This difference in grind fineness is the biggest difference between the two machines. It puts the Jura’s espresso so far ahead of Miele’s that it’s impossible to recommend a Miele espresso machine over a Jura.

Winner: Jura

Espresso Brewing System

Jura espresso machines brew your espresso more slowly than Miele machines. This contributes to Jura machines brewing tastier espresso than Miele machines.

This slower brewing is because Jura machines use Jura’s patented “Pulse Extraction Process”. They push your boiling water through your ground coffee puck in short bursts rather than in one go.

Miele espresso machines push all your water through your ground coffee in one go, so it brews faster than Jura machines.

This slower brewing helps Jura machines to brew tastier espresso than Miele machines.

Honestly, it’s hard to say exactly how much the Jura machine’s better-tasting espresso compared to Miele machines is due to its “Pulse Extraction Process” and how much is due to it being able to grind finer.

All I’m certain of is that Jura machines brew better espresso than Miele machines.

Winner: Jura

Drink Customizations

Both Jura and Miele espresso machines let you adjust your coffee’s strength size and milk length. However, it’s much easier to do this with a Jura than a Miele.

Jura machines let you bump up your coffee’s strength size and milk length with just the touch of a button at the point where you’re making a specific drink.

Choosing these settings is part of the workflow of making a drink with the machine.

You choose your coffee’s size each time you make a drink. The buttons on either side of the machine bump your size up or down

You can then save whatever setting you use as the machine’s default going forward.

To change your drink settings with a Miele machine, you need to put it into customize mode and stop your brew manually when your drink reaches the size that you want.

The Miele CM6360 in customized mode

This is far more effort than just bumping up your drink size here.

While you arguably have more control with a Miele machine, I prefer the Jura’s convenience over the Miele’s granularity.

Winner: Jura

Milk Carafe

Jura and Miele’s machines use a very similar milk-steaming system where a milk container attaches to the machine via a rubber tube. Miele machines come with a plastic milk carafe but Jura’s don’t come with any such milk container.

This means that with a Jura machine, you need to put your rubber tube in your own milk container.

Like this

This invariably leads to a mess when you remove your rubber tube from your milk container. The rubber tube drips milk all over your counter.

Miele machines come with a milk container that attaches to your machine in a way that you can detach it without dripping milk everywhere. This makes it a cleaner machine to use than a Jura.

Winner: Miele

App Compatibility

The Miele CM6360 has a compatible app that lets you control the machine with your phone. You need to pay extra to have this with the Jura E8.

I think that Jura is a bit cheeky having you pay extra for this feature. More expensive models like the Jura Z10 include this.

It’s worth saying that the Jura app works better than the Miele app, however, I think the app being free makes Miele better in this regard overall.

Winner: Miele

Removable Brew Group

You can remove the Miele 6360’s brew group. You cannot do this with any Jura espresso machine.

A super-automatic espresso machine with its brew group taken out and inserted

I like being able to remove my super-automatic espresso machine’s brew group. A lot of technical problems with these machines are solved by lubricating their brew group. 

A non-removable brew group means that you’ll likely need to take a Jura machine to the technician more often than a Miele.

Winner: Miele

Descaling

Jura espresso machines use a CLARIS water filter which means that they don’t need to be descaled. Miele espresso machines need to be descaled every three months.

I like how you don’t need to descale Jura espresso machines. Descaling is time-consuming and annoying so not having to do this is nice.

Jura machines still have a descale cycle function in case you don’t use the machine with a water filter.

Winner: Jura

User Profiles

The Miele CM6360 has eight user profiles that you can save settings to. The Jura E8 has no such user profiles.

While you might argue that these user profiles make the Miele a better option than a Jura for an office (where there are going to be a lot of you using the machine), I’d still recommend a Jura for offices because of how much better its espresso is compared to Miele.

Winner: Miele

What Are the Similarities Between Jura and Miele?

Here are features that Jura and Miele espresso machines either have in common or features that are so similar that I don’t think they should make a difference in whether you go for one manufacturer or the other.

One Touch Milk Drinks

Both Jura and Miele espresso machines grind, dose, and tamp your espresso for you and steam your milk hands-free.

This means that you can make an espresso, drip-style coffee, or frothed milk drink (like a latte or cappuccino) at the touch of a button with either machine.

Menu

The Jura E8 and Miele 6360 have very similar menus, you can see this below:

Jura E8’s Menu Miele CM3630’s Menu
Espresso
Espresso
Ristretto
Ristretto
Espresso doppio (double espresso)
Coffee
Cafe creme
Long coffee
Lungo barista
Cappuccino
Cafe barista
Latte macchiato
Cappuccino
Espresso macchiato
Flat white
Cappuccino Italiano
Cortado
Flat white
Macchiato
Cafe au lait
Latte macchiato
Caffe latte

Both machines can make double servings of each drink and add an extra shot of espresso to each drink at the touch of a button.

Both machines’ different milk drinks just vary in their coffee and milk volumes. Since both these volumes can be adjusted, you can basically make whatever milk drink you want with either machine through their customizations alone.

For example, you can make a latte macchiato by selecting a cappuccino and just cranking up the milk volume.

So I don’t think you should buy one machine over the other just because one has an option on its menu that the other doesn’t have. You’ll be able to recreate these drinks anyway.

User Interface

The Jura E8 and the Miele 6360 are both operated by button-controlled TFT screens.

The Miele CM6360 has buttons corresponding to different drinks whereas the Jura E8 displays these drinks on its screen.

The basic workflow of how to use each machine is virtually identical, minus drink customizations which is noticeably easier on the Jura E8 than on the Miele CM3630.

The table below shows the key specifications of the Jura E8 and the Miele CM3630:

Specification Jura E8 Miele CM3630
Description
Super-automatic espresso machine with automatic milk frother
Super-automatic espresso machine with automatic milk frother
Milk steaming system
Automatic frother that attaches to the machine by a rubber tube
Automatic frother that attaches to the machine by a rubber tube
Number of black coffee options
6
4
Number of milk drink options
5
7
Number of strength settings
8
7
Number of coffee size settings
To the nearest 5 ml
To the nearest second dispensing time
Number of milk size settings:
To the nearest second dispensing time
To the nearest second dispensing time
Number of brew temperature settings
2
3
Number of user profiles
None
8
Grinder type
Stainless steel conical burr grinder
Stainless steel conical burr grinder
Grind size settings
6
5
Bypass doser
Yes
Yes
Heating system
Single thermoblock
Single thermoblock
App compatibility
You need to buy this separately
Yes
Dimensions (width x depth x height)
12.6” W x 17.7” D x 1 x 15.0” H
9.9 W x 14.1 D x 16.8″ H
Cup clearance
6”
5.5”

I’m now going to compare Jura vs Miele across the following criteria:

  • Espresso quality
  • Milk steaming performance
  • Functionalities
  • User-friendliness
  • Design and durability
  • Value for money

Espresso Quality

Jura espresso machines make better-tasting espresso than Miele espresso machines because of their superior grinder and brewing system.

Jura espresso machines make fuller flavored and better-bodied espresso than Miele machines because it can grind your coffee beans finer and brew your espresso more slowly.

Both of these contribute to a fuller extraction with Jura espresso machines compared to Miele machines.

This difference in espresso quality is the biggest overall difference between Jura and Miele espresso machines.

Espresso Quality Winner: Jura

Milk Steaming Performance

Jura and Miele machines use a very similar milk-steaming system and produce a similar quality of milk foam.

Miele’s milk system is slightly more user-friendly than Jura’s because Miele machines come with a milk carafe. 

With a Jura, you need to use your own milk container with the machine. This makes making a mess much easier when you remove your rubber tube from your milk container (it also just looks a bit cheap).

Milk Steaming Performance Winner: Miele (but only just)

Functionalities

Both Jura and Miele espresso machines offer a similar level of functionality.

They both have the ability to brew and espresso and make a milk drink at the touch of a button. Similar-priced machines from each manufacturer have a similar number of menu items.

They also offer the same level of drink customization. Neither manufacturer makes machines that let you adjust your milk’s texture. You’ll need a Delonghi super-automatic espresso machine to be able to do this.

Functionalities Winner: Draw

User Friendliness 

Jura makes more user-friendly machines than Miele.

Jura espresso machine’s superior usability compared to Miele espresso machines is down to three reasons:

  • Jura machines let you change your drink’s size and strength on the fly as you brew your coffee. Miele requires you to tediously put your machine into “customize mode” to make these types of changes.
  • Miele machines run a lot of seemingly random rinse cycles, and their rinse cycles take ages to happen. A lot of the time the machine just sits there saying “rinsing” on its display screen without actually doing anything. Jura machines just rinse when you turn the machine on and off and when you tell it to run a rinse cycle.
  • Miele machines are far more noisy than Jura machines. Miele machines hum when they are on standby which is plain annoying. Jura machines do not do this.

While Miele machines have more user profiles than Juras, and this contributes to their usability, I think that this pales into insignificance when put against the three factors I’ve just described.

The Miele CM3630 running one of its seemingly endless rinse cycles

Design and Durability

Jura and Miele espresso machines both have a very high build quality.

Both manufacturers create machines that you can reasonably expect to last for more than five years of daily use.

This makes them more durable than super automatics from Gaggia and Philips. 

They are on par with Delonghi’s premium models.

Design and Durability Winner: Draw

Value For Money

You get better value for money with a Jura super-automatic espresso machine than with a Miele one.

This is mainly because Jura Super Automatics makes better-tasting espresso than Miele Super Automatics.

Both manufacturers give you a similar level of functionality for what you pay, so Jura’s better performance means that it’s better value than Miele.

Value for Money Winner: Jura

Alternatives to Jura and Miele

Delonghi’s premium super-automatic espresso machines, in particular, the Delonghi Dinamica Plus and the Delonghi Eletta Explore are viable alternatives to Jura and Miele.

Delonghi Dinamica Plus: Better Value than Jura or Miele

The Delonghi Dinamica Plus gives you more functionality for less money than Jura or Miele.

The Delonghi Dinamica Plus typically costs around two-thirds of what the Jura E8 and Miele CM6360 costs.

The Dinamica Plus offers you multiple milk textures and has a touch screen. In this sense, it’s an upgrade of both these machines.

This makes the Delonghi Dinamica Plus the best value-for-money super-automatic espresso machine on the market right now.

Better Value for Money Than Jura and Miele
Delonghi Dinamica Plus
$1,479.99 $1,399.99
The Delonghi Dinamica Plus offers greater functionality for a lower cost than Jura and Miele.
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If you are interested in this machine then you might want to check out my hands-on Delonghi Dinamica Plus review.

Delonghi Eletta Explore- Best for Iced Lattes

The Delonghi Eletta Explore can make cold milk foam so it’s ideal if you want to make iced lattes at home.

While the Jura Z10 can also do this, it costs twice as much as the Eletta Explore and any improvements in coffee and milk foam quality are marginal.

Best for Iced Lattes
Delonghi Eletta Explore
$1,950.00
The Delonghi Eletta Explore can make cold milk foam so it's ideal if you want to make iced milk drinks at home.
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Jura vs Miele: Final Verdict

I recommend Jura espresso machines over Miele espresso machines.

Jura espresso machines make better-tasting espresso than Miele. This is true across all models from both manufacturers (so the cheapest Jura makes better-tasting espresso than the most expensive Miele).

The best-value Jura espresso machine is the Jura E8.

Better than Miele
Jura E8
$2,399.00
Jura espresso machines make better-tasting espresso than Miele ones because they use a higher-quality grinder and brewing system.
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If you’d like to find out more about Jura’s espresso machines please see my roundup of the best Jura coffee machines.

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