Thanks to a new dishwasher model from KitchenAid, homeowners will never have to wonder if their dishes are dirty or clean. They can see it for themselves without opening the door.

The new unit is outfitted with a tinted exterior window with chrome-inlaid frame and a lighted interior that illuminates dishes upon completion of the washing cycle. It's the first-ever dishwasher with a window.

With this new feature, homeowners are no longer kept in the dark when dishes are clean, says Bob Bergeth, Whirlpool general manager of builder sales.

“This new dishwasher is an ideal choice for home builders, remodelers and designers who want to offer their clients innovative appliances that meet the highest standards of performance,” he says. “Discerning homeowners with a passion for cooking will appreciate the assurance that their dishes are sparkling prior to removal.”

The window doesn't impair energy efficiency or performance, says the firm. The model is Energy Star qualified and offers a quiet operation 44dBa thanks to a built-in sound insulation system. Precision controls provide a seamless, easy-to-use look and feel, and the handles are inspired by professional-grade kitchen appliances with a satin cross-hatch texture and secure, no-slip grip. An inner tub made of stainless steel helps withstand the test of time by resisting streaks, stains and odors, according to a release.

The new window models will be available in January in stainless steel, with a suggested retail price of $2,049.