Bosch integrated dishwashers are made by Bosch, the German company famous for its high-quality engineering. The company was founded in the late 1800’s, and started manufacturing kitchen appliances in the 1930’s. They manufactured their first dishwasher in 1964. Bosch has been selling to the American consumer market for many years, and maintain manufacturing and testing facilities in the U.S.
Features of “Integrated” Dishwashers
Integrated dishwashers generally have the following features:
- Dishwasher is “built in” to the existing kitchen cabinetry
- Controls and displays are hidden when the door is closed
- Custom door panel matches overall kitchen design
An integrated dishwasher is built in to the kitchen cabinetry. It may sit next to the sink, or kitchen cupboards and drawers, and will fit snugly under a counter-top that extends over other appliances, drawers, and cabinetry.
The idea of an “integrated” look is to make the dishwasher disappear into the overall kitchen decor. While controls and LED displays on the front door may be convenient, in the eyes of some they detract from a sleek “modern” appearance.
An integrated dishwasher will have controls on the top edge of the door, allowing the controls to be completely hidden from view when the door is closed.
Custom door panel
The ultimate in fully integrated dishwashers is the model that allows a custom-made front panel that precisely matches the rest of the kitchen cabinetry to be attached to the front of the dishwasher. With a custom panel in place, the dishwasher will truly disappear into the woodwork when the door is closed, making a very pleasing appearance.
Bosch fully integrated dishwashers will generally accommodate a custom panel weighing 9 to 18 pounds.
A semi-integrated dishwasher differs from the fully-integrated version in that while it may be built in to the kitchen cabinetry, it retains the look of a dishwasher. It will have controls and displays (conveniently) displayed on the front of the machine.
Another distinct advantage of semi-integrated dishwashers is the cost: they will usually be significantly less expensive than fully integrated models.
Some Bosch dishwashers, such as the “Integra” models, have some of the features of semi-integrated dishwashers and some of the features of fully integrated dishwashers. For example, the controls on the Integra models are located on the top edge of the front door panel, like a fully integrated dishwasher, but don’t have a custom panel. (Note that most of the Bosch Integra dishwashers can be obtained with the custom panel option.)
If you’re planning to build a new kitchen or remodel an existing one, spend some time thinking about whether you want to include a fully integrated dishwasher in your kitchen decor.
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