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What are Panel Ready Appliances?

When deciding on how to achieve the perfect look for your kitchen, you may want to consider the integrated look of panel ready appliances. A panel ready appliance allows a custom cover to be installed on the face or the front of the appliance that matches the rest of your cabinetry. Most often, this is seen on refrigerators and dishwashers and creates a consistent, streamlined look across your whole kitchen. With appliance finishes often going in and out of style in less than a few years, panel ready options provides a classic look that will continue to look refined for years to come.

Customizable Choices

With the industrial trend of stainless steel appliances fading, many homeowners are opting for a more timeless feel. Recent kitchen trends have leaned towards creating an expression of personal style rather than matching any industry standard, leading consumers to prefer more custom appliance choices. Not only do panel ready appliances create a more personalized space, they’re also consistent with the rest of your cabinetry, giving your kitchen a more high-end look and feel.

Panel Options

Choosing a panel ready dishwasher or refrigerator presents several options for your finished product. When you purchase a panel ready appliance, it will come with an unfinished front. Many manufacturers stock basic panel colors that can be purchased at an additional cost. If you are looking for further customization however, many cabinet makers offer panel options for refrigerators and dishwashers. Most custom carpenters will also cut panels for cabinetry that otherwise might be difficult to match.

Variety of Models

As panel ready appliances have become more popular, an assortment of integrated options has become available from a greater variety of manufacturers. Refrigeration units can be purchased in bottom-drawer as well as side-by-side freezer designs. Column style refrigerators are also available for those wishing to have a freezer unit separate from the fridge. Glass-front refrigerators have been gaining in popularity and are one of the newer designs with panel ready options. All of these units are generally built to be placed flush with the kitchen cabinetry, which sacrifices cubic space in exchange for the desired seamless look that panel ready refrigerators provide.


There are a few logistics that must be factored in when purchasing a panel ready appliance. Since fasteners and handles are usually not included, they must be purchased separately. Installation of the panels can also be challenging. It is recommended that you consult a contractor that is familiar with the appliance and experienced in installing custom panels, as the process can be both complicated and time-consuming. Handles and fasteners can commonly be purchased and installed through your contractor or carpenter.

When taking into consideration the overall ambiance of your kitchen, panel ready appliances offer extensive variety and range of options. While this choice may incur a higher cost than typical appliances, once the panels are purchased and installation is complete, imagining a timeless and personalized kitchen concept has never been easier or more attainable.