Full Console vs. Fully Integrated Dishwashers: Which is Better for Your Kitchen?
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Full Console vs. Fully Integrated Dishwashers: Which is Better for Your Kitchen?

Do you know the difference between full console dishwashers and fully integrated dishwashers? Don't worry. Most people love having the convenience of owning a dishwasher, but they don't know much about the different options available to them when they purchase new ones. If you shop for dishwashers without doing your research first, you could easily overlook key considerations such as the style of the controls, the noise level, and exterior options that match your kitchen's layout. Fortunately, the two most popular dishwasher constructions have these features and more. Read on to learn more about fully integrated dishwashers and full console dishwashers, followed by our expert-picked models in each category!

Benefits of Full Console Dishwashers

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A full console dishwasher is a cleaning appliance with its controls clearly visible from the front of the unit. Some of the perks of this design style are as follows:

  • Ease of Use: Full console dishwashers have clearly visible controls located right on the front of the dishwasher door. The controls are easy to see and easy to access.
  • More Affordable: Full console dishwashers are generally found at lower price points than fully integrated models since their not so concerned with aesthetic appeal.
  • Easier to Monitor: Clearly visible indicator lights on the front of your unit will update you on the status of your cycle, no matter how quietly it runs.

Top Rated Full Console Dishwasher - KitchenAid KDFM404KPS

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Our top rated full console dishwasher is this 24-in. model from KitchenAid. It has a spacious 16 place setting capacity and offers five wash cycles, including the ProWash™ Cycle, which uses sensors to detect soil levels throughout the cycle and adjusts water temperature and wash time accordingly. This full console dishwasher has a recessed handle and a PrintShield™ Finish on its stainless steel exterior, which resists smudges and fingerprints.

The interior is also made of durable stainless steel. SatinGlide® rails in the third and middle racks slide in and out easily, and the adjustable middle rack can move up or down to accommodate different sized items. Two stemware holders in the middle rack secure wine glasses to keep them from moving around during the wash cycle. The FreeFlex™ third rack is larger than most third racks because it has a deep, angled design that fits 6-in. glasses, mugs, and bowls.

When this KitchenAid dishwasher is in operation, it runs at noise levels as low as 44 dBA, allowing you to run the dishwasher whenever you want to, even if you are entertaining.

Best Selling Full Console Dishwasher - Maytag MDB4949SKZ

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Take a closer look at our best selling full console dishwasher. This 24-in. Maytag model has a 14 place setting capacity and four wash cycles. The PowerBlast® cycle uses high-pressure jets, increased water temperatures, and hot steam to clear stuck-on food from your dishes, while Dual Power Filtration combines 100% microfiltration and a 4-blade stainless steel chopper to filter out and disintegrate the food that comes off the dishes.

This full console dishwasher has touch controls, an end-of-cycle indicator, a pocket handle, and a smudge proof, fingerprint resistant stainless steel exterior. The stainless steel tub is durable and stain resistant. It can handle high heat, including the heated dry cycle, which uses high temperatures to dry your dishes and reduce excess moisture in the dishwasher.

This ENERGY STAR® certified dishwasher is made in the USA and comes with a 10-year limited parts warranty on the racks, chopper blade and stainless steel tub.

Drawbacks of Full Console Dishwashers

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Because the control panel is always visible, this style of dishwasher does not normally come in a panel-ready design. That means you cannot add a special panel over the front of the dishwasher to make it look just like your kitchen cabinetry. The accessible control panel also dictates what type of handle the dishwasher has. Most full console units have a pocket handle because it does not obstruct usage of the controls. This could be a drawback if you are looking for a different style of handle.

Benefits of Fully Integrated Dishwashers

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A fully integrated dishwasher is a cleaning appliance with its controls concealed at the top of the unit’s door. Some of the perks of this design style are as follows:

  • Concealed Controls: If you want an uninterrupted kitchen aesthetic, fully integrated is the way to go since the controls are not visible.
  • Better Style Integration:Fully Integrated dishwashers are great for designer kitchens since they be fitted with custom panels to match surrounding cabinetry.
  • More Luxury Features: Fully integrated dishwashers naturally come with advanced features coupled with their high-end designs. For instance, there are way more smart appliance options among top control dishwashers as compared to front control dishwashers.

Top Rated Fully Integrated Dishwasher - Viking FDWU524

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When it comes to fully integrated dishwashers, this 24-in. panel-ready Viking model is top rated. It has a 16 place setting capacity with an exclusive Smart FullSize™ Rack which accommodates large cutlery and utensils. The adjustable upper rack can move down for taller glasses or up so you can fit big pans beneath it. Multi-level power wash gets every dish clean, and Quiet Clean™ performance ensures the dishwasher is very quiet while it is in operation. The turbo fan dry option circulates air throughout the interior to get dishes drier.

This ENERGY STAR® certified dishwasher has an LCD control panel at the top of the door for easy viewing of the cycle selection and remaining wash time. The interior is made of stainless steel and is illuminated by LED lights.

Best Selling Fully Integrated Dishwasher - JennAir JDPSS244LL

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Our best selling fully integrated dishwasher comes from JennAir's RISE Series. This 24-in. ENERGY STAR® certified dishwasher has a 14 place setting capacity and runs at noise levels as low as 39 dBA. The stainless steel exterior with a bar handle has a true hold door that holds at any angle you put it at. The controls are concealed at the top of the door.

Inside the stainless steel tub, you'll find dramatic black racks that showcase your dishes beautifully. A slim profile third rack holds your extra cutlery and utensils, while the middle rack glides in and out smoothly on ball bearings. Adjustable Fold-Away™ tines allow for oddly-shaped dishes, and a silverware basket and knife holder keep your smaller items in place.

The TriFecta™ Wash System uses three-stage filtration, pressurized wash arms, and alternating wash action in three wash zones to get your dishes clean. There are a number of different wash cycles and options to choose from, including Hi-Temp Wash, Sanitize Rinse, and ClearScan™ Sensor Cycle.

Drawbacks of Fully Integrated Dishwashers

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Fully integrated models are generally more expensive than full console models. Also, it can be hard to tell when a cycle is finished unless you get close to the unit and listen for it. To be fair, some fully integrated dishwashers include indicator lights to let users know when the cycle is over. Certain Bosch dishwashers, such as this fully integrated model, include InfoLight®, which shines a red light on the floor to indicate the machine is in operation. It needs to give users this visual reminder because it operates quietly at only 49 dBA. You may not even realize it is running!

Which Dishwasher Types Are Right for You?

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Both types of dishwashers can get your dishes sparkling clean, so it is really up to your personal preferences. Ask yourself if you prefer having visible, easily accessible controls or if you value a sleek, streamlined look in your kitchen. Either way, Appliances Connection offers a large selection of dishwashers and other kitchen appliances to meet your needs. If you want a happy medium, you could always try a semi-integrated dishwasher! These units have concealed controls like fully integrated units but have a visual display panel on the front so you can easily monitor settings.

Staff-Picked Semi-Integrated Dishwasher - Bosch Benchmark SHE89PW75N

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Our staff's favorite semi-integrated dishwasher is this 24-in. Bosch Benchmark dishwasher. As a semi-integrated dishwasher, it has touch controls located at the top of the door and a display in the front by the recessed handle. There is a child safety lock to prevent accidental usage of the controls, and the door is self-latching.

This Bosch dishwasher has a 15 place setting capacity and a flexible third rack. The RackMatic® adjustable rack allows for different height levels and up to nine possible rack positions. FlexSpace tines fold back to make room for larger dishes. You'll be able to see clearly as you load and unload thanks to the bright LED interior lighting.

This ENERGY STAR® certified dishwasher includes a water softener and an EcoSilence Drive™, which ensures low noise levels (as low as 38dBA) and increases durability and energy efficiency. Multiple insulation layers also dampen noises for quieter operation. Seven wash cycles allow you to choose the best cycle for your load, and they include the intelligent PrecisionWash™ cycle which uses sensors to determine soil levels so it can adjust the cycle accordingly.

Related Questions

Where are Bosch dishwashers made?

Bosch dishwashers are proudly made in the USA. There are a few exceptions. Some Bosch Benchmark dishwashers are made in Germany.

How long do LG dishwashers last?

LG dishwashers are known for their high quality and durability. Users can expect them to last 10-15 years with normal home maintenance.