Countertop dishwashers are practically dishwashers on your countertop. They are compact, and you don’t have to hunch down to load it, making them ideal for any kitchen. Because of this compact nature, one important factor to consider is the capacity of these machines to take in the dishes. The bigger the household, of course, the more dishes you will have to wash in it, but the selling point of this type of dishwasher isn’t its ability to contain a whole lot, it’s the portability.
What makes countertop dishwashers sell is the ability to use this in campers, in smaller homes with less space, the dishwasher can connect to a faucet for water intake and drain it into the sink. It is not built to be permanent, and includes setting as if you were using a full sized dishwasher.
When looking for a good countertop, make sure you measure the distance from the possible top of the dishwasher to the cabinets. You would want to make sure there’s room for the bigger ones. Already mentioned above is the capacity, look for stainless steel interiors, as they will last longer and reportedly less likely to harbor bacteria build up. Find out if the machine needs to be elevated or lower than the draining point.
It is unlikely you will need a pump, but do make a point in finding out if you need one. More basic things to look for is a good water heater, how many cycles you can get and of course, water and energy consumption.
A lot of these countertop models wouldn’t compare much to the full sized models, but don’t you worry, we’ve scooped up machines that come close to the big boys.
- EdgeStar DWP40S
This portable dishwashing machine has 4 place settings, a beautiful clean silver finish for a very reasonable price. Eliminate spots and sanitize your dishes with the rinse aid dispensers. This unit also has 3 wash cycles. This machine is good for very small households, possibly if you were single or couples you can wash dishes left for a couple of days.
- Danby DDW611WLED
This immaculate white programmable countertop dishwasher has an LED display. It has 6 place settings and 6 wash cycles, good enough to accommodate dishes for a small family. Easy to connect hose will give you no problem at all, and is compatible to most sink taps. Each cycle uses 3.17 gallons of water. This is also a unit that has a stainless steel interior, so watch out for this one.
- EdgeStar DWP61ES
Another Edgestar with the classic silver finish, is this DWP61ES model. With a bigger capacity, fit larger plates. The LED display allows you to check on the time remaining on the wash cycle. Easy to operate, and washes and dries dishes in half the time. Feel safe owning this machine around children with its child lock feature. One downside however is when you’ve attached the hose, you are confined to waiting for the dishwasher to finish up before you can use the faucet for something else.
- Koldfront PDW60EW
Despite its small stature, the Koldfront PDW60EW packs 6 place settings inside its stainless steel interior. Another easy to hookup sink attachment, the Koldfront claims to sanitize by heat, There are also less knobs and buttons to push, making this unit less complicated. Its 6 cycle settings are Heavy, Normal, Light, Glass, Speed and Soak.
- Sunpentown SD-2201S
Smaller kitchen with a standard cabinet that dangerously hangs low to install this unit under it? Nonsense. This portable Silver Countertop Dishwasher will fit under most cabinets. It makes use of its space so that 6 place settings are available, and the 6 wash cycles ensure you have the right clean. The unit also has automatic detergent and rinse aid dispensers. One claim this unit has is that it power cleans, although it is not clear what that means.
- Avanti DW6W
If you live in a small apartment, or you want to use this in an RV or a boat, this is the countertop dishwasher for you. Easy to use with the control panel visible on a black strip at the top of the machine, each label, button and picture is clear to see. The spacious stainless interior includes 6 place settings and carries 6 wash cycles. There is a bonuse silverware basket added.
- Fisher and Paykel DD24S
This machine’s flexibility allows you to adjust the racks to conveniently fit any utensils or stemware. The tines can fold up or out for you to load dishes easily. An eco option allows for energy saving you have a whopping 9 wash cycles, and 6 place settings. Programmable up to 12 hours. This is the closes you can get to a full sized dishwasher in a countertop size.
Now that you’ve been provided a glimpse of different countertops in the market, we hope you can buy the right one for your home. Until next time, enjoy!