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Integrated vs. Semi-Integrated Dishwashers

Most dishwashers can be either fully integrated into your kitchen or semi-integrated. So, what does this mean exactly?

If you’re shopping for a dishwasher, this article should be a helpful guide to understanding the difference between fully integrated and semi-integrated dishwashers.


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Semi-Integrated Dishwashers vs. Fully Integrated Dishwashers


The first thing to understand is that dishwashers that are semi-integrated have controls that are visible, accessible and flush with the door.

Additionally, semi-integrated dishwashers:

  • Can be installed into cabinets. 
  • Always display their cycle process via status lights on the exterior of the appliance.

Want to monitor wash cycles at a glance?

Choose a semi-integrated dishwasher with a control panel in full view from KitchenAid or Maytag brand.
Fully integrated dishwashers can also be installed right into cabinets. The difference is that their control panel is located on the top of the door and is hidden from view. What this means is that when the door is closed, your dishwasher will look seamless with the cabinets, a style that many covet for their kitchens.

Dreaming of that flush, seamless style found in custom kitchens?

A fully integrated dishwasher can help you create it. Explore fully integrated dishwashers from Whirlpool, Maytag and KitchenAid brands to achieve a discreet, built-in look.

Fully Integrated Dishwashers vs. Semi-Integrated Dishwashers: What Are the Pros and Cons?  


Still not sure about the style?

Whether you want a seamless look or the convenience of a front control panel, these KitchenAid brand dishwashers could be what you’re looking for.

The pro of semi-integrated models is that you can easily access the control panel without having to open the door. The downside, though, is that they don’t fully integrate with the style of your cabinets due to the control panel being on the door’s exterior.

As for fully integrated dishwashers, the pro is that some models are panel-ready, meaning they can be customized to match a kitchen’s existing cabinetry.

Fully or semi-integrated models are both great style options. It’s up to you to decide how important hidden controls are to you and the overall look of your kitchen.

Whatever you choose, you should end up with a dishwasher that looks impressive, performs optimally and offers an array of convenient and useful features.

Check out our Dishwasher Buying Guide Tool to find the perfect fit for your needs.

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