Appliance IQ: Kitchen
Integrated vs Semi-Integrated Dishwasher
This article will break down the difference between fully-integrated vs. semi- integrated dishwashers, helping you get one step closer to making a decision.
What is a Semi-Integrated Dishwasher?
What’s important to know about semi-integrated dishwashers is that the controls are built into the front of the door panel and are visible from the exterior when the dishwasher door is closed.
Many semi-integrated dishwashers display their cycle progress through the use of exterior status lights. These dishwashers are also called front control.
What is a Fully-Integrated Dishwasher?
Fully-integrated dishwashers feature a control panel that is integrated on the top of the door. When the door is closed, the control panel will not be visible and the appliance will have a seamless look with the cabinets.
Fully-Integrated vs. Semi-Integrated Dishwasher: Pros and Cons
One pro for both types of dishwashers is that they can fit under countertops and between cabinets for a fluid, harmonious look in your kitchen.
A pro specifically for fully-integrated dishwashers is that some models are panel-ready, which allows you to customize your dishwasher panel to match your existing cabinetry.
A pro specifically for semi-integrated dishwashers is that you can easily access the control panel without having to open the door.
A con for semi-integrated models is that they are not available in panel-ready format, meaning that you cannot customize the panel to match your cabinetry as this would cover up the controls.
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Whether to purchase a semi or fully-integrated dishwasher for your kitchen should be based on your preferences in terms of aesthetic and how you would like to access your controls.