How do you pronounce Miele?

This might seem a little frivolous for consumer advice but many people do care about pronouncing a name correctly and worry about appearing foolish if they get it wrong. Especially if going into a shop and asking for the brand by name.

For years I always pronounced it, “mealy” and so did everyone else I had heard say it.

I sent an email to Miele. The reply advised it is pronounced, “meal-a”. Unfortunately the quality of this information didn’t live up to the high standards I expect from Miele because the letter “a” can of course be pronounced as it is in, “apple”, or as in, “ape”.


For a while I adopted, “Mealay” which is undoubtedly posher, but eventually I discovered that the correct way to pronounce Miele -at least by Miele themselves in the UK is – “meal-a” as in apple.

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9 thoughts on “How do you pronounce Miele?”

  1. thank goodness for that! now I can go buy A Meal-a (as in apple) AKA Miele Cat & Dog Vacuum without having panic attack,
    thanks for that!

  2. At work, I sell spare parts for theese appliances in a call centre, miele is pronounced “me-lay” it’s funny what people ask for onoccasion over the phone such as “me-elle” and “me-lee” ah well. It’s all fun!

  3. I bought the Miele Vacuum about four years ago and still think it was the best purchase decision I’ve ever made.And till date I am not sure how to pronounce it :)

  4. I service Miele appliances here in the US. I purchased a used Miele washer, and it’s proven to be a work horse. It’s funny to hear it pronounced wrong.

  5. Hi, live in Germany (I am not german) and I just found this article today. So the answer is:

    1) First, break the word in two: “Mie” “le”

    2) Pronounce “Mie” just saying a long “me”. In german e+i= a long english “e”

    3) Complete saying “le” this way “leh” (NOT “lay”).

    4) Miele = mee-leh (putting more emphasis on “mee”)

  6. Thanks IGotIT. From what I’ve gathered it’s pronounced differently even by Miele themselves depending on which country they are in :)

    1. Sure, It will be pronounced differently in several countries because (or perhaps) they don´t have germans working there ;-)

      But in Germany, where the brand comes from, will be pronounced the way I explained.

      Something similar happens here with words like “Apple” and “Pall Mall” they (germans) insist to pronounce them “eppel” and “pel mel” ;-)

  7. Just saw this today and thanks IgotIT, i got it.
    Its actually really simple and funny also. Its pronounced pretty much like – A WASHER without the -r. Wash-uh.
    1. Long German “Mie” as in i+e = long “ee”
    2. French “le” as in french for “the”.
    And taking the pun – I fery much like Zie Cherman washuh fon Meee-luh.

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