What is available - Slimline
An integrated, fully integrated dishwasher (or sometimes called hidden)is one that completely fits in with the look of a kitchen. It is camouflaged with a front panel that matches the existing kitchen surfaces. The control panel for integrated dishwashers is usually hidden on the inside top edge of the appliance.
Therefore, the only reason you should know that a dishwasher is installed in a kitchen is if it is open. So, the point...discreet functionality.
Full Integration across All Models Including Slimline
Even the handle to open semi or fully integrated dishwashers will often be identical to the cupboard and drawer handles either side of it. Fascia panels for the outside of integrated models come in as many styles as do kitchens, from wood grain panels, to stainless steel and painted wood. Basically, anything you can imagine can form the front of your dishwasher. Common fascia panels may be available to order from the dishwasher manufacturer or retailer, but more unusual surfaces will have to be custom made and fitted. This may mean considerable extra cost – but it’s the price you pay for a sleek kitchen.
To complement their super-discreet style, many top-of-the-range integrated dishwashers are also extremely quiet. What could more pleasant that entertaining guests while the unit is running and having nobody notice that you even have a dishwasher, because they can neither see it nor hear it running? Some semi and fully fitted modles produce as little as 30 decibels at the peak of their washing cycle.
Some of the most respected brands of standard and slimline integrated dishwashers include Miele, Fisher & Paykel, Gaggenau, Asko and GE Monogram.