There are numerous brands that manufacture custom panel-ready dishwashers, including Bosch, General Electric, ASKO, KitchenAid and Viking. However, none of these dishwashers come with the custom panels, which the customer must order separately from a cabinet manufacturer.
The advantage of panel-ready dishwashers is that they allow the customer to choose a panel that matches the rest of the kitchen. By choosing a model with fully integrated controls, a custom panel can make it impossible to tell the dishwasher from the other cabinets. There are also models with only partially integrated controls, which typically have the start button and/or lights visible on the front of the machine. Panel-ready dishwashers allow a person to change the front panel if they redesign their kitchen or want a new look for their dishwasher, such as stainless steel.
Most brands only produce a few models of custom panel-ready dishwashers. Bosch produces one of the wider selections, with six different panel-ready models, while ASKO offers five panel-ready models on its website. These dishwashers are available in a variety of sizes, making it important to select a dishwasher and find out any specific mounting and panel size specifications before ordering the custom panel to ensure it fits properly.