Summary: Totally integrated and so silent you don't see it and you don't hear it -which is the reason we bought it. If you use the economy or the short cycle it doesn't leave everything perfectly dry though, which is inconvenient. Given its cost we would have expected better. The motor broke after only 6 months of use. According to the technician it was due to a small electrical surge (???) yet we have spent the entire holiday season washing loads of dishes by hand.