Walk into some kitchens, and you'll notice the dishwasher sticking out like a sore thumb. The white, silver or black finishes of these appliances can make it difficult for them to blend in with the cabinets that surround them. Panel-ready dishwashers offer a solution to this cosmetic problem. You can attach a custom panel to these models that matches your cabinetry, causing the dishwasher to look like just another cabinet and almost disappear.
GE and Electrolux
The 100 dishwashers in GE's line-up include two models that accept custom panels. The PDWT502RII spans 24 inches in width and offers a stainless-steel tub, along with eight wash cycles. Its tall-tub design can hold up to 16 place settings. The GE PDW1800NII is an 18-inch-wide dishwasher with seven cycles and a stainless-steel tub. It has two wash arms, as well as nylon racks. Electrolux shoppers get a panel-ready option in the 24-inch EIDW6405HT, which has five wash cycles and a stainless-steel interior. It provides a removable top rack for maximum flexibility.
You'll find several panel-ready models among KitchenAid's dishwasher offerings, all with tubs made of stainless steel. The KUDE70FXSS and KUDE60FXSS provide six wash cycles, and each can accommodate 16 place settings. You get five wash cycles in the KUDE40FXSS and four cycles in the KUDS30FXSS. The latter has nylon racks and room for 15 place settings.
Jenn-Air and Kenmore
The JDB3600AWS is a Jenn-Air built-in dishwasher that accepts custom panels. You'll get six wash cycles and nylon racks along with its stainless-steel tub. Jenn-Air also has a double-drawer dishwasher that's panel-ready. The JDD4000AWS includes six cycles and a hard-food disposer constructed of stainless steel. Its organizational features include a cup shelf and stemware holder. Kenmore's dishwasher line-up includes the 13966, a panel-ready model with a stainless-steel tub and six cycles. It includes nylon racks and a soil sensor.
About a half-dozen of Bosch's dishwashers fall into the panel-ready category, and each has a stainless-steel tub. The SRV53C13UC is an 18-inch-wide model with five wash cycles. It offers a concealed heating element and room for nine place settings. Bosch's other offerings have the 24-inch width standard on most dishwashers. The SHV68E13UC has six cycles, as do the SHV68P03UC and SHV65P03UC. You get five cycles in the SHV58E13UC and four in the SHV43P13UC.
All of Asko's panel-ready dishwashers include stainless-steel tubs. The Asko D5883XXLFIENC, a dishwasher with 10 wash cycles, features two racks and halogen lighting inside. The D5253XXLFI , D5233XXLFIENC, D5223XXLFI and D5233XXLFI provide six wash cycles. You get 12 wash cycles in the D5893XXLFI. The D5893XXLFI can hold 17 place settings; it offers a four-level rack system and a shelf for wineglasses.