Difference Between Fully & Semi-Integrated Dishwashers

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Fully and semi integrated dishwashers have a few very important differences that you should be aware of. Learn the difference between fully and semi integrated dishwashers with help from a registered interior designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Alan Hilsabeck Jr., Registered Interior Designer and Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer of Hilsabeck Design Associates. Today, I am at the Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom here in Dallas, Texas. I'm going to explain to you the difference between a fully integrated and a semi-integrated dishwasher. Once you have selected the perfect dishwasher based on it's functional features now it is time to determine how you want to see your new dishwasher. There are 3 different ways to showcase your dishwasher, stainless or painted, semi-integrated, or fully integrated. Today, we are going to look at the last 2. With a fully integrated dishwasher you can see the control panel is not exposed. The complete door of the dishwasher is fully covered with a cabinet panel that matches the adjacent cabinetry. Now in a semi-integrated version the control panel would be exposed, that's allowing you full access to the control panels , whether the door is open or shut. The advantage of a fully integrated dishwasher as compared to a semi-integrated dishwasher is that the control panel is fully concealed. This allows you to not only hide the dishwasher easier but also prevent little ones from playing with the controls. Now one disadvantage with a fully integrated dishwasher is for instance if the dishwasher is in cycle, when you open the door you get both heat and steam coming from the dishwasher. The last consideration you'll need to make is price. A semi-integrated dishwasher is less expensive than a fully integrated model but most manufacturers offer both. Either choice you make you can't go wrong. So this is Alan Hilsabeck Jr. with Hilsabeck Design Associates coming to you from the Sub-Zero Wolf Showroom in Dallas, Texas. Have a great day.

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