Close up of a top control dishwasher control panel

Top Control Vs. Front Control Dishwashers: How To Choose

When you’re shopping for a new dishwasher, there are several features to consider. A simple way to zero in on the right dishwasher for your home is to choose between front control and top control. Discover the differences between these dishwasher designs to help you make the right decision for your home.

Close up of a top control dishwasher control panel

What is a front control vs. top control dishwasher?

Front control dishwashers have a control panel in clear view on the exterior of the dishwasher door, while top control dishwashers hide the control panel from view on the top of the door. The controls on top control dishwashers are accessed by opening the dishwasher door.

Close up of front control dishwasher control panel

Are there differences between dishwashers with top control vs. front control?

The main difference between front and top control dishwashers is the location of the appliance’s control panel. The control panel location affects the design of your dishwasher and how you access its features. Front control dishwashers have a timeless design and easy access to cycle settings, while top control dishwashers appear seamless by keeping the control panel out of sight. Top control and front control dishwasher features from Maytag include PowerBlast® cycle and Dual Power Filtration that tackle your dirty dishes.

Aerial view of top control dishwasher control panel

What are the pros and cons of a top control dishwasher?

A hidden control panel is just one of many features of a top control dishwasher. Discover the pros and cons of top control dishwashers below.
 

Top control dishwashers: Pros

  • Looks current and on-trend with minimalist and sleek design

  • Hidden control panel’s flat surface is easy to clean

  • External handle on select models can be used as a hanging rack for dish towels
     

Top control dishwashers: Cons

  • The dishwasher door must be opened to access the control panel, depending on the installation.

  • If present, external handle sticks out from surrounding cabinets, though pocket handle models are available.

Front control dishwasher control panel

What are the pros and cons of a front control dishwasher?

Front control dishwashers offer more than easy access to your appliance’s controls. Consider the pros and cons of front control dishwashers to decide if it’s the right fit for your home.

 

Front control dishwashers: Pros

  • Classic dishwasher design

  • Exterior control panel is always in clear view for easy access

  • Most models have pocket handles that keep the appliance flush with cabinets
     

Front control dishwashers: Cons

  • Front control panel may make the appliance appear less seamless in design

  • External control buttons may be accidentally pushed

Stainless steel Maytag® front control dishwasher

Do dishwashers with front controls stick out less vs. top control models?

In most front control dishwasher models, you’ll find a pocket handle that tucks into the exterior of the door for a flush appearance. Some top control dishwashers have an external handle that sticks out from the dishwasher door, though pocket handle models are available. When you’re deciding between top and front control dishwashers, it is important to consider the measurements of each option to ensure a perfect fit for your kitchen.

Hand opening a stainless steel top control dishwasher door

Top or front control dishwasher: Which is right for you?

Finding the best dishwasher for you all comes down to understanding your kitchen’s needs and your personal style preferences. Check out some of the best-rated dishwashers from Maytag here.

Hand touching a button on a top control dishwasher control panel

YOU MAY PREFER TOP CONTROL OVER FRONT CONTROL DISHWASHERS IF:

  • You don’t like to see your dishwasher’s control panel

  • You like a seamless and modern appearance

  • You want an external handle that can be used to hang your hand towels

Hand touching a button on a front control dishwasher control panel

YOU MAY PREFER FRONT CONTROL DISHWASHERS OVER TOP CONTROL IF:

  • You want quick access to your dishwasher’s controls

  • You want a classic design

  • You want a pocket handle to keep the appliance flush with your cabinets

Shop for top and front control dishwashers from Maytag

Whether you choose the built-in look of a Maytag® top control dishwasher or the quick access of a Maytag® front control model, you’ll find offers the options you need for your messes.

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