"Integrated" in the world of appliances means that your appliance can accept a custom panel to match surrounding cabinets. An "integrated" appliance is always flush mounted for seamless finish without sticking out of cabinets. Dishwashers are a perfect example due to their under the counter nature. If you want to blend your dishwasher in your kitchen you may want to consider getting an "integrated" dishwasher and have your cabinet maker make a custom panel for you.
Here is the example of a "fully integrated" dishwasher.
You will notice that dishwasher controls are at the top and hidden from the view. You also have the flexibility to choose a handle on the door to match other knobs and hardware in your kitchen.
Below is an other version of a fully integrated dishwasher. One that Miele makes without a handle. Opens with just a gentle knock on the door...
Appliance makers are not known for simplifying things for customers. Therefore, they have introduced the paradigm for "semi-integrated" dishwashers. These dishwashers are able to accept a custom panel yet controls are visible. [Diamond Series is a flagship product for Miele with amazing features and semi-integrated look.] (http://www.designerappliances.com/miele-g6915sci.html)
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