A panel ready dishwasher can make your kitchen look seamless: instead of interrupting your cabinetry with a large block of stainless steel, your appliance becomes just another part of the decor. They can be an especially great option if you're building a new home or doing a full renovation, but even if you aren't, you may find yourself drawn to their customizability. We've compiled a list of the five best panel ready dishwashers of 2021, just in case you've decided they're a good choice for you. Each of these is 24 inches wide, meaning they'll fit into a standard cutout.
The Gaggenau DF250761 is part of their 200 Series, which provides a lot of high-end German-engineered features for an economical price. Using its fully integrated TFT display panel is as intuitive as checking your text messages, which is good because you have six wash programs to choose between. The machine can handle up to 14 place settings at once. The Flow-Through Water Heater™ ensures the water is strongly and evenly heated as soon as it enters the dishwasher, saving time and electricity. The RackMatic® upper rack can be adjusted to hold up to 23 wine glasses, so it truly is customizable and easy to use.
As part of Miele's Classic Plus series, the G4993SCVI is a high-end dishwasher for the domestic market. It can handle 16 place settings, making it one of the most spacious on this list. This dishwasher's strengths are in the small details: from ergonomically designed basket handles to three independently-moving spray arms, and even a CleanAir drying system that draws fresh air from outside without introducing dust or contaminants, this dishwasher is a breeze to use. Its Perfect GlassCare technology ensures that even softened water won't damage your delicate glassware, and the MultiComfort area in the lower basket can be adjusted to hold anything from cutting boards to pots and pans.
The Bosch SHVM63W53N can hold up to 16 place settings, and allows you to choose between five wash cycles and four options. It has a huge variety of unique features, including a RackMatic® adjustable third rack and MyWay™ technology that provides the largest third-rack loading capacity in the industry. Its detergent tray has a separate jet to dissolve any type of detergent (especially tablets). It even has a Speed60® option that cleans your dishes in about an hour. The dishwasher's five-level wash technology ensures that all of your dishes get sprayed from every angle.
The Fisher & Paykel DD24STI9N — part of their 9 Series of DishDrawer™ dishwashers — has made for an extremely customizable dishwasher. Perhaps its most notable feature is that it's a drawer dishwasher, which means loading and unloading it is as simple as opening any of the other drawers in your kitchen. Each drawer operates on its own and can handle 7 place settings, and you can run two different loads simultaneously or optimize your energy use by running only one drawer at a time should you opt for the double drawer construction of the Fisher & Paykel DD24DAX9N. This dishwasher also uses brushless DC SmartDrive technology to increase reliability and reduce noise to a super-quiet 44 dBA. There's even a "knock to pause" function, so if you ever do need to stop in the middle of a load of dishes, you can easily halt it.
The DWHD650WPR is part of Thermador's Emerald Series and combines a sleek stainless steel interior with a variety of professional-grade features to get your dishes perfectly dry. It uses Sens-a-Wash® technology and advanced three-stage filtration to minimize its water use while still managing to clean up to 16 place settings at a time. The Black-shimmer racks adjust in three ways to fit any dishes, while its Extra-Tall-Item™ Sprinkler allows items up to 22-in. long to be washed without impeding performance. Thermador's Home Connect app lets you control this dishwasher from anywhere via Wi-Fi, or if you prefer you can check whether your dishes are done by looking for the Blue PowerBeam™ indicator light on the bottom.
Can any dishwasher be made panel ready?
If you want to install custom panels on the front of your dishwasher, you'll need one that's specifically made as panel ready. The number of panel ready dishwashers on the market is increasing constantly, so if none of these suit your needs, browse our entire selection here!
How often should I clean my dishwasher?
If you run your dishwasher every day, you should consider cleaning your dishwasher's filter and drain every month. Many of these dishwashers also have special cleaning cycles to help keep the interior sparkling.