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Customize Your Kitchen with a Panel Ready Dishwasher

by Ann Louisa

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You have a clear vision for your kitchen remodel, and it doesn’t involve bulky appliances. Too often, a modern farmhouse or charming cottage design is ruined by a large stainless steel refrigerator or dishwasher. Classic cabinets that warm a space are interrupted by a gaudy appliance. There’s no doubt that you need a dishwasher for your day-to-day home management — but does it have to be so ugly?

Create a Beautiful Kitchen with a Panel Ready Dishwasher

Whatever style your kitchen may be, discover how a panel-ready dishwasher will only enhance your aesthetic.

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Modern kitchen designers have embraced the panel-ready dishwasher as a tool to use advanced technology without making it the center of the room. With this option, you can place a cabinet panel over your dishwasher so it looks like any other drawer or storage space. Only you know that there is a dishwasher behind the panel, minimizing the amount of plastic or stainless steel in your space.

Learn more about the benefits of panel-ready appliances and find a few dishwashers that can meet your needs.

How do panel-ready dishwashers work?

Every kitchen is unique. Your kitchen likely has cabinets of different sizes that form unique angles. This is why the market for custom kitchen cabinets is so large. It’s nearly impossible for homeowners to buy cabinets that meet all of their size needs and shapes from a standard home improvement store. Even if only one of your cabinets is oddly sized, you will need to work with a custom designer.

The rise of custom cabinetry has inspired some homeowners to add cabinet faces to their appliances. Today, you can buy panels that cover your dishwasher, refrigerator, and other appliances you don’t want to be featured in your kitchen. Instead of your dishwasher distracting visitors because of its shiny metal, you can cover it with a panel. Your visitors can focus on the view out of your window or the paint color you chose instead.

Appliance manufacturers have responded to the demand for panels by creating models that are specifically made to be covered. Most of the buttons on these appliances are inside instead of facing the front, so you can easily place a panel without limiting the functions. The appliances also come with features that make it easy to affix the cabinetry panel with minimal woodworking needed. If you don’t want to see your dishwasher as soon as you walk into your kitchen, buy a panel-ready model.

Miele Panel-Ready Dishwasher

Miele is considered a luxury-brand dishwasher and offers many panel-ready options for buyers. By making most of its appliances naturally panel-ready, shoppers can focus on the size and features of these dishwashers to choose the best ones for their lifestyle needs. Explore different Miele dishwashers and how they make cleaning up easy for customers.

Miele 24" Panel Ready Built-In Dishwasher


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Miele prides itself on offering environmentally-friendly appliances to customers. The EcoPower technology used in its dishwashers reduces water consumption to 2.4 gallons. Reduced water use means lower monthly bills and lower electricity use as your water heater doesn’t have to send as much water to your dishwasher. This dishwasher also uses advanced insulation options to reduce heat loss, so your dishes are cleaned efficiently.

This dishwasher uses modern technology to manage your dishwashing needs. The AutoStart function allows you to turn on the dishwasher through an app, which means you can run your dishwasher from the office if you forget to turn it on. There is also a delayed start function for up to 24 hours if you need to run a washer or take a shower before running this machine. Miele prices vary, so call Spencer’s TV & Appliance for a price on this model. 

KitchenAid Panel-Ready Dishwasher

KitchenAid is one of the most well-known cooking brands because of its durable stand mixers. However, it is also a leader in home appliances. Once you finish making that delectable bundt cake or crusty sourdough bread, load up your dishes and turn on your KitchenAid panel-ready dishwasher. Learn why today’s customers love this appliance.

KitchenAid® 24" Panel Ready Built-In Dishwasher


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Start your dishwasher on the ProWash™ cycle, which uses sensors to measure how dirty the water is. This cycle is able to adjust the cleaning time and temperature to remove difficult food chunks. As a result, each cycle is unique — in the same way that no two meals are the same.

Another key benefit of this dishwasher is the adjustable middle rack. If you need to load a large pot or cooking bowl, you can raise the rack to create more space. You can also lower the rack to accommodate delicate items, like pitchers. You no longer have to treat loading the dishwasher like a puzzle that is impossible to solve.

When your dishes are done, open your panel-ready dishwasher and notice that your glasses and plates aren’t dripping with water. This is because of the Fan-Enabled ProDry™ system and the Extended ProDry™ option, which allows for extra drying time. You don’t have to wipe down dishes before you put them away. This dishwasher model starts at $1,170 and can support most cabinet panels.

Bosch Panel-Ready Dishwasher

Bosch has multiple panel-ready dishwasher options if you want to add this design option to your home. The company carries both small panel-ready dishwashers (18-inch accessible models) and standard-size appliances. These dishwashers are highly rated by the customers who use them.

Bosch 300 Series 24" Built-In Dishwasher-Panel Ready


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One of the most popular panel-ready options by Bosch is this 300 series model. This dishwasher comes with a third rack for extra storage, allowing you to better sort your dishes and ensure everything gets cleaned in one load. If you have large utensils or oddly-shaped items, you can easily load them into this dishwasher.

This panel-ready dishwasher is also quiet. It runs at a 44 dBA noise level, so you won’t be disrupted by rattling or clanking as the motor runs. Bosch includes an InfoLight® with each dishwasher which alerts you that the cycle is completed. Once you see a red light projected onto the floor, you know you can empty your clean dishes.

This is an ideal panel dishwasher if you want to clean your dishes and dry them in 60 minutes. It can handle any cabinet face to match your designs. This dishwasher starts at $1,050.  

GE Monogram Dishwasher

GE carries dishwasher models that are both affordable and high-performing. You can enjoy custom kitchen cabinets without having to pay for a luxury panel-ready dishwasher. Learn more about this brand and what comes standard with a GE dishwasher. 

GE® 24" Custom Panel Built-In Dishwasher


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GE takes extra steps to ensure its dishwashers thoroughly clean your plates, utensils, and cookware. The Autosense Cycle uses a beam of light to measure how dirty the water is and whether the temperature falls into the correct range. This sensor can increase the intensity to clean your dishes or end the cycle, helping you conserve water. Additionally, the Piranha™ hard food disposer breaks up food with a blade that spins at 3,600 RPM. This reduces the number of clogs that form as the food particles drain.

This dishwasher is certified by the National Sanitation Foundation and is proven to remove more than 99.9% of germs and bacteria from your cookware. You can remove your dishes knowing that each plate or spoon is clean and ready to use. Prices for this panel-ready dishwasher start at $900. Add this appliance to your kitchen today.


What is a panel-ready dishwasher?

When you buy a panel-ready dishwasher, you can affix a cabinet door to the appliance. This means your dishwasher will match all of your other cabinets, and its location will be harder to find. This design style is often used by homeowners who want a warm kitchen feel and believe the stainless steel takes away from that.

Can you put a wood panel on any dishwasher?

Not all dishwashers have panel-ready capabilities. A panel-ready appliance is designed to have a cabinet easily attached to its front. While you might find a way to add a cabinet to a non-panel-ready appliance, it will take more work on your part and might not drive the results you want.

Why Trust Spencer’s TV & Appliance?

Since 1973, Spencer’s TV & Appliance has grown to 10 locations throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. The secret to our longevity is simple: personal service. Customer satisfaction has always been the focus of our business, and throughout the years, we have been able to work hard with our suppliers to bring you the best prices. After all, getting customers the best price and personal attention is how we compete with big-box stores, day in and day out.

Not only do we offer top-rated appliances, name-brand electronics, and the best mattresses on the market but we also provide water treatment solutions and perform kitchen design services. Stop by your nearest Spencer’s and see what you’re missing!

Shop Panel-Ready Dishwashers at Spencer’s

At Spencer’s TV & Appliance, we provide high-quality, name-brand products at great prices — check out our catalog to shop panel-ready dishwashers online today. Your friends in the business are always happy to help you find your perfect panel-ready dishwasher. Call us, or better yet, stop by at one of our locations in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Glendale regions. Visit us today!

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