Dishwashers: Visible or invisible controls?
We're remodeling our kitchen, and I'm trying to collect some data on what kind of people choose visible control dishwashers (the kind with the control on the front) versus integrated control (the kind with the controls on the top).
I love machines and would like to see the controls on the front. (If I could, I'd even get a dishwasher with a clear panel in front and would pull up a chair every evening.) My wife thinks the front-control kind is old-fashioned and is for the kind the kind of people who, in the 1980s, would have complained that they couldn't program their VCR.
Could you post whether you prefer visible or integrated controls and the reason for your preference.
Although it would seem as if people choose integrated controls for a sleeker, less industrial look, I've noticed that a lot of people get restaurant ranges with integrated-control dishwashers. This seems inconsistent, so the desire for a sleeker look doesn't seem to explain why some choose integrated controls. I also have a theory that visible controls on certain brands (e.g., GE) is a sign of cheapness, while visible controls on other brands (e.g., Asko, Miele) is a sign of pride in the machinery you've chosen.
FYI - we're getting a Miele Optima with a stainless front; we're just not sure whether we want to get it with visible or integrated controls. In our case, it has a lot to do with what kind of image each choice would convey; hence, we're very interested in why people prefer one or the other.