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A dishwasher that's gentler on wine glasses than you are

Tired of nicking, cracking or outright rupturing your best glassware when you wash it by hand, but wary of dumping it into your dishwasher, which often results in same?

A shatterproof solution is apparently at hand. Last week, no less an authority than Riedel, the Austrian-based maker of glasses and decanters, endorsed Miele dishwashers as the best for cleaning its wares, calling them "the optimal dishwashers to ensure the long-lasting brilliance of the brand's crystal stemware."

What makes Miele's units so sensitive? Among other features, the patented cutlery trays and new basket design of its G 5000 series ensure "the safe and secure positioning of stemware in the upper and lower basket." After "scrupulous" testing and research, Riedel concluded that its glasses have an estimated lifespan of 1,500 washing cycles when washed in a Miele.

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No more chipped champagne flutes? Cheers to that.

Generation G 5000 dishwashers, $1,349 to $3,599 at Miele dealers across Canada (visit www.miele.ca for retailers)

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