What is a Panel Ready Dishwasher?

by Pete Lader January 16, 2023

What is a Panel Ready Dishwasher?

A panel ready dishwasher is a dishwasher with an unfinished front to allow a customized front panel to be installed. The custom front panel usually matches the surrounding cabinetry to create a synchronized look in a kitchen. While not as popular as traditional dishwashers, these panel ready dishwashers allow for a flush, integrated and consistent look among the cabinetry and your dishwasher. 

You may not even know it's there at times!

ZLINE Custom Panel Ready Dishwasher

Is there a difference between a panel ready dishwasher and a traditional dishwasher?

Other than the front panel highlighted above, there is no difference in functionality between a panel ready and traditional dishwasher. 

Pros to purchasing a Panel Ready Dishwasher

  1. Customization. Create any front panel to be customized onto your dishwasher. It can be made of stainless steel, wood, copper and be any color and finish you desire!
  2. Seamless Look. Most customers who purchase a panel ready dishwasher will match the front panel to the surrounding cabinetry. The end result? A beautiful kitchen!
  3. Allows for all the same benefits of a traditional dishwasher


  1. Affordability. Since you will need a custom front panel, purchasing a panel ready dishwasher and the front panel will be more expensive.
  2. Installation. While you may have the expertise of creating a custom panel, you'll likely need the assistance of a qualified contractor to create and install the custom front panel onto the dishwasher.  

Should you purchase a panel ready dishwasher? 

Like all things in the kitchen, it's up to the customer preference. If you value and prioritize a seamless look between your kitchen cabinetry and dishwasher, these custom panel ready dishwashers are for you!

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