A fully-integrated dishwasher can be quite a tempting buy, as it provides a modern built-in look to a new or renovated kitchen. It is completely hidden behind a matching cabinet panel, save for the handle, and does not stick in the kitchen. This trend exists with refrigerators as well, and can keep visitors guessing where you keep your appliances ("is it in here?.."). If looks are your only consideration, a fully integrated dishwasher is the best way to go. But if you have other considerations - like say, comfort and cost - read on.
Semi-integrated dishwashers are another popular style available in new dishwashers. These units can still be partially integrated into the cabinetry, but leave a 4-5 inch panel exposed at the top, which includes the controls and the handle. These dishwashers are significantly cheaper than their fully integrated counterparts; semi-integrated models cost $600 on average, while fully-integrated ones are priced around $880, if not more. Semi-integrated dishwashers also have several other advantages:
Display: there are often digital displays on semi-integrated models, which will tell you how much time is left for the cycle and whether or not it's running.
Handle: you will be using the manufacturer's dishwasher handle, rather than one installed by a cabinetry professional. Manufacturer handles are known to survive more wear and tear - and indeed, user opinions show that these units are more durable than average.
Installation: users report that semi-integrated dishwasher are significantly easier to install and use.
Bosch and Amana are the leading brands for semi-integrated dishwashers.
Top Semi-Integrated Dishwashers
An in-depth analysis of the collected opinions produced the following rankings for the Top Semi-Integrated Dishwashers. Buzzrake considered how frequently each dishwasher is mentioned by users in regard to the following categories, both positively and negatively: installation, layout, customer satisfaction, efficiency, noise level and reliability.
The #1 best semi-integrated model is the Amana 24" Tall Tub Dishwasher. This Energy Star rated appliance can accommodate 12 place settings and offers 3 wash cycles. Its decibel rating is 59dBA. This unit is ranked the #2 overall best dishwasher on the market, and the #1 choice under $600. Users report that it operates very efficiently and has a great interior layout. Opinions show that it is also very easy to install and use.
Users rank the Bosch 500 24" Tall Tub Dishwasher #2 among semi-integrated units. This is a very spacious model that has room for 16 place settings. It offers a delay-start timer and 5 wash cycles, including a heavy duty wash. It is Energy Star certified as well. This highly-decorated unit is not only ranked the #3 best overall dishwasher, but it also comes in 1st among all Bosch models. Opinions show it is the #1 quietest dishwasher on the market.
According to users, the #3 best semi-integrated unit is the Bosch Ascenta 24" Built-In Dishwasher.This NSF-certified model has room for 14 place settings and features 6 wash cycles. It is Energy Star rated and has a noise level of 50dBA. Users report very high satisfaction levels with this unit, and find it very easy to use and install.