At a Glance
In this article, you will learn about the best panel-ready dishwashers based on their features, silence ratings, and their service rates. That's what I wrote in 2020.
Unfortunately, in 2022, panel-ready dishwashers are probably the hardest single appliance you can find.
As of this writing, Bosch and Miele are both out of stock and will probably have availability problems well into 2023 or even 2024. Both brands have sold more panel-ready dishwashers than any other brand.
So, in addition to features and options, you will learn about availability and how to buy a pane-ready dishwasher. But first, let's talk about how not to buy one of these dishwashers.
How Not to Buy a Panel-Ready Dishwasher
Unfortunately, with many American brands, the dishwasher may protrude from your cabinets, ruining the effect of placing a custom cabinet panel on your dishwasher in the first place.
You want your dishwasher to be indistinguishable or seamless from your cabinet, not like a dishwasher with a cabinet stuck to it.
Be careful because it's easy to buy a "panel-ready" dishwasher that still protrudes from your cabinets, especially with popular manufacturers like GE and KitchenAid.
You could recess the dishwasher for new construction, especially if it's on an island. I normally don't recommend this. However, you probably prefer having a dishwasher to washing your hands for nine months until your Bosch or Miele arrives.
The four manufacturers on this list produce a dishwasher shallow enough so it blends into the cabinet. They are Bosch, Miele, Beko, and Fisher & Paykel.Short on time? Get our free Dishwasher Buying Guide
Buying a Quiet, Panel-Ready Dishwasher
Miele Integrated Dishwasher with a Custom Cabinet Panel
Quiet dishwashers have become an issue as kitchens now have merged with the living room. You don't want the dishwasher noise overwhelming your whole room or your television, for example.
You don't have to overpay for a quieter silence rating either. Silence ratings are determined by the measure of sound in decibels.
Forty-four decibels (dB) is the standard and is usually quite enough.
Most brands charge way more for a dishwasher under 40 dB. However, you can buy a super quiet dishwasher at 39 dB for less than other louder models with a higher silence rating.
Best Panel-Ready Dishwashers for 2022
Miele Dishwasher G7366SCVI - $2,049
How to Buy a Miele Panel-Ready Dishwasher
Miele now has two series, the G 5000 and G 7000. The G 5000 starts at $1,199 (if you can find an available model).
Miele has the best wash system with three full wash arms.
The CleanAir drying system allows air in from the outside. The colder air mixes with, the warmer moister air is dissipated as water.
In their high-end models, the racks are better than their "3D" third rack allowing more to be placed in the dishwasher. The G 7000 series adds more cycles, Wi-Fi, better quietness, and the industry's only automatic detergent dispenser.
Miele Panel-Ready Dishwasher Review
Miele used to have the best drying dishwasher before Bosch's CrystalDry system with Zeolite. With Miele, there is an air intake at the bottom of the dishwasher.
The air is channeled to the side of the dishwasher, where the hotter air is attracted to the cooler side and is dissipated as water. Miele's dishwasher will also pop open at the end of its cycle to speed up the drying process.
Miele is the most solidly built dishwasher you can buy.
The company still produces all its parts (except the rollers under the racks) in one German factory and ships worldwide. Miele was the first with the third rack and the first with the door popping open at the end of the cycle to release steam.
With its customized cycles, you can set this dishwasher by item. For example, there is a cycle just for stove grates. They still are one of the only dishwashers with three wash arms, rather than two to thoroughly wash that third rack.
You also have the best rack flexibility. They all flip up or detach to accommodate a wide variety of dishes.
Any item marked in orange can either be flipped up or removed to accommodate odd-shaped plates, trays, and glasses.
Their newest innovation is the "AutoDos" dispenser allowing you to load up to 20 washes in the door of the dishwasher. The AutoDos will calculate the precise time in the wash to dispense the soap resulting in cleaner dishes.
In fact, clients do report the cleanest dishes using the AutoDos dispenser.
How to Buy a Fisher & Paykel Panel-Ready Dishwasher
You can buy Fisher & Paykel's dishwasher drawers separately or together as shown above. You can buy the drawers with two even-sized drawers or one slightly larger on the top.
For panel-ready, you have to buy their better series "9" and "11."
The difference is a stainless-steel interior, Wi-Fi, and a few cycles. Like Beko, featured below, Fisher & Paykel is available.
Fisher & Paykel Panel-Ready Double DishDrawer Review
Fisher & Paykel is a drawer dishwasher. In our experience, you will either like or dislike the way it loads. I had one a year ago and loved that top drawer.
It was easy, and you didn't have to bend. Then again, it was just me, and I never used the bottom drawer.
You should look at this dishwasher before buying it just because it's cool. The loading is different.
The Knock-to-Pause feature is interesting. You knock on the front to pause the dishwasher. You would do that by placing another plate or glass in the dishwasher.
The better Miele and Gaggenau dishwashers have a knock to open feature as well but knocking to pause may be a better idea.
Beko Dishwasher DIT39432 - $1,299
Beko Panel-Ready Dishwasher Review
Beko is popular in Europe and just starting as their own brand. They have been manufacturing under the name Blomberg in the US for ten years and are producing dishwashers for Viking.
You should consider this dishwasher not just for quietness but for other unique features as well. The dishwasher is pretty interesting.
Beko is the quietest dishwasher on this list at 39 dB.
This unit has Wi-Fi, so you can start, stop, and see the time remaining from an app on your phone. I don't think Wi-Fi is an exciting feature for a dishwasher, especially if you turn your dishwasher on before bedtime.
However, at 39 dB, you won't hear this dishwasher running at all, so a Wi-Fi alert will stop you from opening the dishwasher before the cycle ends.
Beko is designed to clean well, starting with the best heater with 167 degrees capability.
AquaIntense is a series of concentrated sprays under the pots and pans to scour the most soiled dishes. The AquaFlex cycle allows you to lower water pressure on the top rack and use the excess to blast the plates below.
Beko is one of the only company to address odors in their major appliances. Their IonGuard sends out negative ions to neutralize the positive ions from odors.
The availability of this dishwasher is excellent.
Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher SHV878ZD3N - $1,2,49
How Do You Buy a Bosch Panel-Ready Dishwasher
Bosch has the 100, 300, 500, 800, 800+, and Benchmark series. Each series has a panel-ready model when it's available.
The 100 series dishwasher, also known as the Ascenta, has the least amount of features, and is a hybrid of steel and plastic. It is the only Bosch dishwasher above 44 dB and is lighter on the door with basic racks.
The 300 is all stainless and quieter. You have better drying and racks in the 500 series featuring the AutoAir door. The door pops open at the end of the cycle to release steam and speed drying.
The 800 series has CrystalDry, the best drying system on this list. CrystalDry uses a volcanic element, Zeolite, to increase heat and absorb moisture.
Bosch 800 Series Panel-Ready Dishwasher Review
The Bosch 3rd rack, known as the MyWay rack, is larger to hold than silverware. It also frees up more room on the bottom rack for pots and pans. Like high-end Bosch dishwashers, you have nine different positions for the top rack to hold oddly shaped dishes.
The Speed60 feature washes lighter dish loads in 60 minutes.
What separates this dishwasher from all others is its ability to dry well, even plastics with CrystalDry.
Lastly, the average Bosch quietness is 42-44 dB, this dishwasher is quieter at 40 dB.
What Are the Most Reliable Dishwasher Brands to Consider?
We measure reliability by service calls divided by sales. Last year, we logged over 40,000 service calls. Miele is the best for super-premium, although most of this is decent.
However, with an average dishwasher service rate of 12.8%, you should choose a dishwasher based on reliability as well as price and features.
Dishwasher Reliability December 2020 to October 2021
The following service rates are based on a minimum of 90 units sold and a total sample of over 8,000 pieces.
|Fisher & Paykel||9.9%|
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Best Panel-Ready Dishwashers: Key Takeaways
First, you want to buy brands designed to be flush with your cabinets.
By putting style first and features second, which is exactly the opposite of what we usually say, Beko is the most intriguing brand on this list.
It's the quietest at 39 dB and is designed to clean intensively with its heater, AquaFlex sprays, and AquaIntense cycles. The price is relatively good for the features as well, at $1,299. With availability now a feature, Beko is a serious consideration.
Fisher & Paykel is fresh and different. Different is good as long as you like loading it. But make sure before buying it.
Miele has the best washing system and good drying as well.
The better Miele dishwashers have the best racks to accommodate any dish, tray, and platter. Almost every model in their lineup can be paneled and have more features like Knock-to-Open, better quietness, and better drying at a higher price of $2000. Their automatic dispenser is not a gimmick. It works.
Bosch is the most popular because it is quiet and reliable. Their zeolite-packed dishwashers are dry even plastics.
So, buy the style, brand, and then features for the best panel-ready dishwasher. But the best dishwasher is the one available in your area.
Pro Tip: If you want a panel-ready dishwasher, then buy it when ordering the kitchen instead of waiting. Your kitchen construction will have at least a six-month lead time. Hopefully, by that time, every brand will be available (hopefully).
Then consider service. Almost all the dishwashers on this list are from smaller niche brands. You have to investigate whether there is adequate service in your area.
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