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Design is one of the very first things you’ll notice in a dishwasher. One of the things you should think about is how it will complement your existing kitchen design. When looking to integrate a dishwasher in your kitchen, here are some things to consider: Do you want a white, black, panel ready, stainless steel or black stainless steel finish? Do you want the handles to match the rest of your appliances? Here are some popular styles to choose from:


KitchenAid Dishwasher with Window

An innovative new design, this dishwasher with a window and LED lighting allows you see when your dishes are done.

  • It provides a great aesthetic enhancement to a kitchen. The sleek and classy chrome trim around the window will match the rest of your KitchenAid® appliances, to tie all the appliances together for a cohesive and seamless look in the kitchen.
  • This KitchenAid® model is available with the new Clean Water Wash System and Dynamic Wash Arm to ensure your dishes come out sparkling clean while also saving water, time and energy in the process



KitchenAid Panel Ready DishwasherCustom panel-ready dishwashers have an unfinished door, so you can seamlessly match the custom panel to your cabinetry to give your kitchen a coordinated look.

  • The premium look to go with your dream kitchen. Custom panel-ready dishwashers have an unfinished door, so you can seamlessly match the custom panel to your cabinetry to give your kitchen a coordinated look.



KitchenAid Top Control Dishwasher

The controls are discreetly placed at the top of the dishwasher door and remain hidden when the door is closed.

  • The stylish bar handle effortlessly complements your suite of premium kitchen appliances while the hidden buttons provide a sleek, clean looking front.
  • A Top Control dishwasher is a perfect fit for your kitchen if you are looking for that premium and clean stainless steel look.


KitchenAid Front Control Dishwasher

The controls are located on the front and are easily accessible for use after you load your dishes. This dishwasher comes with a pocket handle for easy opening.

  • Designed with no protruding handle, this dishwasher is great for smaller kitchens and for accommodating different design configurations to allow for more space flexibility in front of the dishwasher
  • The front control display offers the practicality and convenience of always knowing where the machine is in its cycle


Plastic tubs are an entry price point option available to shoppers. While they are more affordable, they may be harder to maintain as they stain easier. With the introduction of stainless steel tubs, however, consumers have more options to meet their needs for optimal cleaning.


Stainless Steel
There are many benefits to having a stainless steel tub inside your dishwasher. During the wash process, stainless steel dishwashers will tend to be quieter. As the dishwasher is running, the tub walls help block the sound of vibrations from the water to reduce noise levels. Additionally, stainless steel tubs can reach higher water temperatures as the metal maintains heat better and the stainless steel interior is also easier to maintain as it resists staining.


 How to Measure a Dishwasher Size Height Depth Width

Not all brands offer dishwashers in every size. Make sure that the dishwasher you want is available in the dimensions you need, at the height that is right to fit between your floor and countertop. Additionally, make sure you measure properly because tiled flooring or counter redesign can impact the height of the dishwasher cavity and affect installation when the dishwasher is being installed.

Helpful Tips:

• Common widths 18 inches (46 cm) or 24 inches (61 cm), Common depths 24” inches

• There is a minimum 33.5-inches (85.09 cm) installation height. Pay close attention to the depth requirements of your cabinets – for example, islands are generally deeper

• Most products will have specific guides for dishwasher dimensions that can be found online that help you confirm the dimensions you need for your space


There are a variety of helpful features available depending on the model of the dishwasher. Here are some important features to consider to get optimal cleaning:

Wash Performance

Dishwasher Wash Performance Dynamic Wash Arms

Want a dishwasher that is able to reach every last crumb? After hosting a large dinner party, you shouldn’t have to worry about cleaning the dishes. Here are some things to look for to make sure your dishes end up sparkly clean:

  • Heavy & Targeted Wash Zones: A must-have for those who love to bake and cook, dishwashers with heavy wash zones have a well-placed spray zone to tackle your heavy soiled dishes and target deeper and oddly shaped items.
  • Water coverage: Additional features such as flexible wash arms and bottle wash sprays allow for greater wash coverage inside your dishwasher so you can reach every last corner.
  • Filtered-based systems: Minimize sound and optimize water and energy conservation, some systems require maintenance to sustain optimal cleaning performance. You can also find maintenance-free, filtered-based systems to save additional water and time without having to clean the filter.
  • Cycle options: Customize your wash based on your dishes. For more delicate dishes such as china and crystal, shorter wash cycles which use cooler water can be chosen to help preserve your dishes.


Drying Performance

KitchenAid ProDry Option Drying Performance Dishwasher

Tired of seeing spots and having to wipe your dishes dry before putting them away? Here’s how the right drying technology can benefit your home:

  • Tub Material: Once the wash cycle is finished, the benefit of a stainless steel tub is that it will transfer heat faster for more efficient drying.
  • Fan Assisted Dry: A fan helps remove humid air and introduce room temperature air to accelerate drying performance. This feature is found on more premium dishwashers and offers optimal drying.
  • Heated Dry: An option that can be manually turned on after the wash cycle to ensure your dishes are dry to your liking.



Loading Ability

Dishwasher Third Rack Storage Flexibility

What’s in your dishwasher? Do you have tons of plates, pots and pans, bottles, or wine glasses? When choosing a dishwasher, look for models that offer interior flexibility and offer the storage options highlighted below:

  • Adjustable/Flexible Racks: Racks that move up and down which allow you to customize the wash depending on the size of your dishes.
  • Third Level Racking: A bonus to look for in your dishwasher, a third level rack is a discrete upper rack that allows you to store and wash smaller items, such as cutlery and chopsticks.
  • Silverware Baskets: Organization made easy with dedicated storage compartments inside your dishwasher for flatware. No more having to hunt for small spoons inside your dishwasher once the cycle is done.


How to read Noise levels on a Dishwasher dBA

Since the kitchen is the heart of your home, the last thing you need is a noisy dishwasher running to disturb your family. Here’s how you can decipher how to read noise levels to find the quietest dishwasher for you!

• Dishwasher noise is calculated in dBA (Decibel Levels). The higher the decibel level, the noisier the dishwasher. That’s why a low decibel level is important to look for when purchasing your dishwasher.

• That being said, most people can only perceive an increase in volume every 3 dBAs, so the difference between models can be minimal.

• If you prefer peace and quiet in your kitchen, most dishwashers offer a “Delayed start” option which allows your dishwasher to start between 2-, 4-, 6-, or 8-hours after you finish loading it. With this option, you can run your dishwasher after you are off to work, the grocery store, or even after you go to bed at night.



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