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What Does ‘Panel Ready’ Mean? A Panel Ready Appliances Guide

What Does ‘Panel Ready’ Mean? A Panel Ready Appliances Guide


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Have you ever looked at your kitchen and wanted a more streamlined look? If so, you’re not alone! For homeowners seeking a cohesive and unified kitchen design, panel ready appliances are the perfect option. That’s a large reason why they have experienced recent rapid growth in popularity across the United States.

In this guide, we'll explore the essentials of what you need to know about these appliances, including panel ready dishwashers and panel ready refrigerators. Keep reading to learn how these appliances can transform and streamline your kitchen.

Built-in dishwasher with custom wooden panel in kitchen.

What Are Panel Ready Appliances?

When we talk about panel ready appliances, we're referring to kitchen appliances designed to accept custom panels that match your kitchen cabinets to blend in. However, some people also prefer to customize their panels to stand out and make a statement. These custom panels are often made of wood, metal, or any material that complements a kitchen aesthetic. They are then affixed to the front of the appliance for a completely customized appearance.

Panel ready appliance options are most commonly available for refrigerators and dishwashers due to their bulky size and relatively limited visual appeal. For example, can you spot the dishwasher in the image below? It's to the left of the sink below the dish rack! While dishwashers and refrigerators are common, ovens, ranges, and microwaves can also be found offering panel ready options. We’ll explore refrigerator and dishwasher choices in more detail later.

Dishwasher with custom green panel that matches cabinets.

How to Install Panel Ready Appliances

Installing panel ready appliances can be a bit more involved than traditional ones, but the results are worth the effort. As usual, we recommend hiring a professional to install any appliance. Installation varies from brand to brand, so it’s also a good idea to check the manual and manufacturer’s website before beginning installation.

Here's a general step-by-step walkthrough of what to expect when selecting and installing these appliances:

  1. Measure and Plan: Before purchasing your appliance, measure the space carefully to ensure it fits snugly. Plan the placement of the appliance within your cabinetry layout.
  2. Choose Custom Panels: The fun part of panel ready appliances is choosing the custom panel design. Select or have custom panels made to match your desired kitchen aesthetic. These panels should be the same size as the appliance's front.
  3. Prepare the Appliance: Remove the existing front panel of the appliance (if applicable). Check the manufacturer's instructions for any specific preparation steps.
  4. Attach the Panels: Use brackets or mounting hardware provided by the appliance manufacturer to securely attach the custom panels to the appliance's front. Ensure they are aligned correctly.
  5. Slide into Place: Carefully slide the appliance into its designated spot in the cabinetry. Make sure it fits snugly and sits flush with the surrounding cabinets.
  6. Secure the Appliance: Depending on the appliance type, secure it in place with screws or brackets to prevent it from moving.
  7. Connect Utilities: Connect the necessary utilities, such as water and electricity, for your appliance. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for these connections.
  8. Test the Appliance: Before using the appliance, perform a test run to ensure it functions correctly and doesn't interfere with the custom panels.

Panel Ready Dishwashers

Dishwasher with custom aged-wood panel.

Panel ready dishwashers are an excellent choice for those who want their dishwasher to blend seamlessly into their kitchen cabinetry. These appliances offer the same functionality as regular dishwashers but with a customized exterior. They come in various sizes and styles, including compact 18-inch, to suit your kitchen design.

In addition to their aesthetic appeal, panel ready dishwashers are often designed with the latest technology and come with advanced features like top controls and 3rd racks. When shopping for one, consider the size, capacity, and features that best fit your needs.

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Panel Ready Refrigerators

60-inch built-in refrigerator with custom navy blue panels that matches cabinets.

Panel ready refrigerators are designed to integrate seamlessly with your kitchen's cabinetry, giving your kitchen a polished and cohesive appearance. These refrigerators come in various configurations, including compact, French door, and built-in options, allowing you to choose the style that suits your kitchen layout.

When selecting a panel ready refrigerator, consider factors such as capacity, storage options, and energy efficiency. Some models also offer advanced features like temperature control zones and smart technology for added convenience.

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Are You Ready for Panel Ready?

Panel ready appliances, whether dishwashers or refrigerators, offer a sophisticated and streamlined look for your kitchen. With proper installation and careful selection of custom panels, you can create a cohesive and visually appealing kitchen space that reflects your unique style and taste. Upgrade your kitchen with panel ready appliances and enjoy the seamless integration they bring to your home.

Built-in refrigerator with custom wood panel.

If you’re ready to upgrade to panel ready appliances, call us at 1 (866) 212-9706 or book a consultation with one of our panel ready appliance experts!

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