What is a semi built-in dishwasher

If you’re looking for a new dishwasher, you’ll soon find out that you have different types of dishwashers. Roughly speaking, there are four categories: the fully integrated dishwasher, the semi integrated dishwasher, the undermount dishwasher and the freestanding dishwasher. On this page you’ll find everything you need to know about a semi built-in dishwasher.

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A semi built-in dishwasher

Unlike fully integrated dishwashers, with a semi integrated dishwasher it’s still obvious that it’s in your kitchen. With a fully integrated dishwasher, the control panel is visible on the outside. This can be very useful, for example because you can see what the temperature of the dishwater is and how long it will take before your dishes are done.

In these semi-integrated dishwashers, the front panel is right up to where the control panel is. So up until that piece, the dishwasher has exactly the same look as the rest of your kitchen cabinets. The front of a fully integrated model, however, is completely covered by the front panel and therefore looks completely the same as the rest of your kitchen cabinets.

 

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A free-standing dishwasher or an integrated dishwasher

A built-in dishwasher, whether it’s a fully integrated dishwasher or semi-integrated dishwasher, are always more expensive than a freestanding model. So if you want to replace your current dishwasher with a new model, you should keep in mind that the type of dishwasher will affect the price you will pay.

Also keep in mind that for a (fully) integrated dishwasher you may also have to move your water pipes and outlet. The dishwasher does have adjustable feet that allow you to partially adjust the height, but that’s not nearly enough.

In addition, the dishwasher must also fit. There are different dishwashers with different sizes. In a small kitchen you can choose to place a narrower model, but only if you often run a half load in a larger model. That way you can be sure you won’t run out of space.