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5 Best Panel-Ready Dishwashers (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  November 27, 2019  |  4 Min. Read

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In this article, you will learn about the best panel-ready dishwashers based on their features, silence ratings, and their reliability.

At the end of the article, you should know which panel-ready dishwasher is best for your home. 

Paneling a dishwasher is a smart idea. Your only other finish options are stainless, white, black, and black stainless.

It's a good alternative if it's executed properly.

Unfortunately, with many brands, your dishwasher will protrude from your cabinets, ruining the effect of placing a panel - you want your dishwasher to be indistinguishable from your cabinet.

Bosch Kitchen Featuring Custom Panel-Ready Dishwasher
Only four major manufacturers produce a dishwasher shallow enough, so it blends into the cabinet. They are Bosch, Thermador, Miele, and Fisher & Paykel.

Best Panel-Ready Dishwashers:

  1. Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher SHVM88Z73N
  2. Thermador Star Sapphire Dishwasher DWHD970WFP
  3. Miele EcoFlex Crystal Dishwasher G6665SCVI
  4. Fisher & Paykel Double DishDrawer Dishwasher DD24DHTI9N
  5. Bosch 300 Series Dishwasher SHV863WD3N

Before we get into why they are the best panel-ready dishwashers, let's quickly cover the importance of dishwasher silence ratings.

You do not need to pay more for a quiet dishwasher. 

Forty-four decibels is considered quiet. Anything over 50, you will hear. You should not buy a dishwasher under 42-44 dBAs for quietness alone unless there are other desirable features.

Many manufacturers and other bloggers will say "Buy the lowest decibel" but you cannot tell the difference between 42 and 39 dBAs. Always keep that in mind before choosing a dishwasher. 

Now, let's get started. 

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5 Best Panel Ready Dishwashers For 2019

Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher SHVM88Z73N - $1,259

Bosch-SHVM98W73N

Features: 

  • 40 dBA - I know I said anything under 44 dBA is fine, but you are not paying much more for this dishwasher, so why not?
  • The MyWay Rack - Silverware trays are common over $700. The MyWay is larger to hold more than silverware. It also frees up more room on the bottom rack for pots and pans.
  • 6 Programs/6 Options - It has all the major cycles.
  • Rackmatic - Like most higher-end Bosch dishwashers, you have nine different positions for the top rack to hold oddly shaped dishes.
  • AutoAir -  Dishwasher will pop open at the end of the cycle to release heat and moisture to speed up the drying process.
  • Speed60 - You can wash a lighter load in 60 minutes

I have just described most of Bosch dishwashers, including some at lower prices. What separates this dishwasher from all others is its ability to dry well, even plastics.

Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher With CrystalDry [VIDEO]

 

Thermador Star Sapphire Dishwasher DWHD970WFP - $2,799

Thermador Sapphire DWHD770WPR

Features:

  • StarDry - The most exceptional drying power in the world. Introducing Thermador's Zeolite technology, reducing the need to towel dry items. No other dishwasher dries better.
  • Star Speed -  A full hot water wash cycle in just 20 minutes
  • Star Glow - _lluminates your dishwer in 6 sparkling levels of blue or white light, while providing the option of any interior light color through the Connected Experience

Thermador has more features than the Bosch, including the 20-minute wash and dry cycle for up to 5 loads. 

Thermador Star Sapphire Dishwasher Review [VIDEO]

 

What are CrystalDry and StarDry? 

Most dishwashers dry by adding heat or using just the residual heat and a finishing agent like JetDry.

Bosch and Thermador employ a different method. Select Bosch and Thermador dishwashers are packed with a volcanic element called Zeolite.

As I have said in other posts, Zeolite has a variety of uses like supplements and has even been used for industrial cleanups.

In a dishwasher, Zeolite absorbs moisture and emits heat to dry more thoroughly, even lighter plastics.

Combined with AutoAir, Bosch and Thermador are now the best drying dishwashers you can buy.

Miele EcoFlex Crystal Dishwasher G6665SCVI - $1,699

Miele-G6665SCVI

Features:

  • Customized Cycles - You can set this dishwasher by item as well as cycles. For example, there is a cycle just for stove grates and hood filters for 3 hours and 24 minutes.
  • Clean Dry -  This used to be the best drying dishwasher before the Bosch Zeolite. There is an air intake at the bottom of the dishwasher. The air is channeled to the side of the dishwasher where the gotter air is attracted to the cooler side and is dissipated as water.
  • Auto-Latch - Dishwasher will pop open at the end of the cycle to speed drying.
  • Foldable Racks - Miele does have the best racks. They all flip up or detach to accommodate a wide variety of dishes.
  • 3 Wash Sprays - With three distinct sprays, Miele has the best wash action offered. With three racks, three sprays are better than two from the bottom.

Miele is the most solidly built dishwasher you can buy.

Fisher & Paykel Double DishDrawer Dishwasher DD24DHTI9N - $1,499

Fisher & Pakel Custom Panel-Ready Dishwasher DD24DHTI9N

Features

  • Knock to Pause - This cycle is interesting. You knock the front to pause the dishwasher. You would do that to place another plate or glass in the dishwasher. The better Miele and Gaggenau dishwashers have Knock to Open, but knocking to pause may be a better idea.
  • Child Lock
  • 15 Wash Cycles
  • 14 Place settings

Fisher & Paykel is a drawer dishwasher. In our experience, you will either like or dislike the way it loads. I had one 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 because it's cool. The loading is different.

Bosch 300 Series Dishwasher SHV863WD3N - $809

Bosch-SHVM98W73N

  • 44 DB - 44 is the minimum standard for quietness
  • Third Rack - Place your silverware on this rack for more room on the bottom rack for platters, bowls, and trays.
  • Main Cycles - Pots/Pans/Normal/Light/China Crystal

The SHV863WD3N is $500 less than other dishwashers on this list yet has plenty of features.

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What's The Most Reliable Dishwasher Brand For Panel-Ready Dishwashers?

For panel-ready dishwashers, Bosch is number one followed by Miele. Miele has topped this chart in previous years.

Most Reliable Dishwashers For 2019

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Signature Kitchen Suite 0 17 0.00 %
Whirlpool 44 1030 4.27 %
Gaggenau 2 42 4.76 %
LG Electronics 4 78 5.13 %
Samsung 85 915 9.29 %
Maytag 3 29 10.34 %
Bosch Appliances 303 2735 11.08 %
Miele 155 1078 14.38 %
KitchenAid 115 705 16.31 %
Thermador 123 711 17.30 %
Jenn-Air 170 908 18.72 %
Blomberg 6 28 21.43 %
Fisher & Paykel 42 175 24.00 %
Bosch - Benchmark 38 158 24.05 %
Asko 47 195 24.10 %
Amana 3 11 27.27 %
Frigidaire 10 22 45.45 %
Frigidaire Gallery 5 8 62.50 %
Electrolux 2 2 100.00 %
Frigidaire Professional 2 2 100.00 %
Grand Total 1159 8852 13.09 %

We measure reliability by service calls divided by sales. Last year we performed over 34,687 service calls.

Which Paneled Dishwasher Should I Buy?

That depends.

First, you want to buy the brands designed to be flush with your cabinets. I like KitchenAid and GE Cafe, but they protrude and look like dishwashers, not cabinet fronts.

Buy the look first and features second, which is exactly the opposite of what we usually say.

For the brands on this list, 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 wash system and a good dry as well. The better Miele dishwashers are quieter and have the best racks to accommodate any dish, tray, and platter.

For Miele, you can buy more features like Knock to Open, better quietness (which you don't need), and better drying.

Bosch is the most popular because it is quiet and reliable. You can buy it at $799 with excellent features or with its incredible Zeolite drying system at $1259.

Thermador has that cool 20-minute wash and dry cycle. It may be worth it to buy if you are looking for other Thermador products. It is reduced from $2799 to $1499 after the Thermador rebate.

So, buy the style, brand, and then features for the best panel ready dishwasher.

When Is The Best Time To Buy A Dishwasher?

There is a smarter way to buy appliances. Wait for holidays like Black Friday, Labor Day, July 4th, Memorial Day, and Presidents' Day.

The rebates can be 10-20%. Miele doesn't tend to participate, but they will have $200 offers during the year.

You also want to look at package opportunities. Both Bosch and Miele have 10% packages. You can save money by maximizing your rebates.

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