Dishwashers, like everything else, are evolving. You’ve probably heard several new terms being tossed around lately in the appliance world. The first term we shall talk about is the integrated dishwasher.
An integrated/built-in dishwasher is a bit different from the dishwashers of earlier years. One highlight to this newly reconfigured model is the custom fascia panel feature. This machine is no longer an uninviting looking appliance; in fact, you cannot even tell an appliance is there. A panel that is custom matched to your existing cabinetry slides right over the front for a streamlined look.
Another advantage is the electronic control panel which is now hidden on the top of the dishwasher’s door. These machines offer several other qualities that surpass the older machines as well. Some models include options such as sensor washing, delay start features, water filtration, adjustable tines and a sanitizing rinse cycle.
You may also find with this style that you have an increased load capacity, which saves both energy and water by washing and drying more dishes at one time.
Semi-integrated dishwashers are similar in that they have a custom panel to give the look of a cupboard, but they lack the hidden electronic controls. The electronic panel is positioned where the drawer would typically be above a cupboard. The styling is similar to what we have been used to seeing with dishwashers over the last decade or so.
The built in dishwasher also comes in a configuration that is still pretty new to a lot of us; a single or double drawer style. Why would someone prefer this type of washer? For one thing, you have the capability to wash a small load without wasting energy, water and detergent. This is optimal for singles, couples and seniors who may not use as many dishes daily as a larger family. With the two drawer option, you are essentially getting two independent machines so when you have a small load you can just run one drawer but you’ve still got the option of washing more place settings for those times that you are serving a crowd.
Most machines, whether an integrated model or not, come standard with built in food grinders. The food disposal completely eliminates the need for rinsing at the sink before loading the dishes.
Another standard feature that most dishwashers have is an advanced insulation system to help reduce noise levels associated with the work the machine is doing. Additionally, nearly all dishwashing appliances offer a high heat wash cycle to help eliminate both bacteria and stuck on food.
Common variables in machines include the number of cycles, available cycle settings, load capacity, flatware basket configurations and, for the non-integrated varieties you will also have the choice of exterior finish color.
Whether or not you decide to purchase an integrated dishwasher will really depend on your needs. Look through this article and decide what your ‘must-haves’ are. Think about what you would be willing to forego. Prices on dishwashing machines, like all appliances, vary with the available features and the energy rating on the particular brand you are considering. Do your homework and it will make your decision much easier!
Customer opinion: “Bosch could’ve done a better job in making the use of above options selections more intuitive. Maybe buttons that read “Beeper off” , “Quick Wash, or “More dry” rather than going into a menu. The hot water, drain, and electrical connections all need to be 2-3 feet longer to ease installation. But in the end this dishwasher does an excellent job of cleaning dishes. Its sleek on the outside, voluminous on the inside, and also very quiet. Based on Consumer’s Report customer surveys, Bosch is also the most reliable brand of dishwasher made.”