Buying Guide: Best Portable Countertop Dishwashers (2017 – 2018)

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Washing dishes is not really a chore most people enjoy doing.  However, when most people think of dishwashers, they think of the large models that are installed under your kitchen counter.  This belief might turn them off of purchasing a dishwasher if they live in a small house, apartment, or anyplace that would not have the room for a large appliance like a dishwasher.  However, not many people think of portable dishwashers as a solution for their problem.  Imagine simply hooking a portable dishwasher up to your sink, loading it like you would a standard model, then letting it clean your dishes while you handle other chores or take a break.

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Keep reading to see our top picks if you’re in the market for a good countertop dishwasher.

Our Portable Countertop Dishwasher Ratings At-A-Glance

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Top 10 Best Portable Countertop Dishwashers for the Money (2017 - 2018)

Here you'll find our list of the best portable countertop dishwashers we've reviewed based on our team's ratings of the products. If you want to read reviews or get more product information, just scroll down the page or click on the links.
PRODUCTOUR RATING
SPT Countertop Dishwasher
SPT Countertop Dishwasher
(8.7 / 10)
EdgeStar 6 Place Setting Countertop Portable Dishwasher
EdgeStar 6 Place Setting Countertop Portable Dishwasher
(8.5 / 10)
SPT SD-2224DS Countertop Dishwasher with Delay Start & LED
SPT SD-2224DS Countertop Dishwasher with Delay Start & LED
(9.5 / 10)
Koldfront 6 Place Setting Countertop Dishwasher
Koldfront 6 Place Setting Countertop Dishwasher
(8.7 / 10)
SPT SD-2202S Countertop Dishwasher with Delay Start
SPT SD-2202S Countertop Dishwasher with Delay Start
(8.7 / 10)
Magic Chef MCSCD6W3 6 Place Setting Countertop Dishwasher
Magic Chef MCSCD6W3 6 Place Setting Countertop Dishwasher
(9.9 / 10)
SPT SD-2213S Countertop Dishwasher
SPT SD-2213S Countertop Dishwasher
(9.1 / 10)
Midea Countertop Dishwasher
Midea Countertop Dishwasher
(8.9 / 10)
Haier Compact Counter Top Dishwasher
Haier Compact Counter Top Dishwasher
(9.9 / 10)
Frigidaire FDS252RBS Portable Dishwasher
Frigidaire FDS252RBS Portable Dishwasher
(9.8 / 10)

Types of Portable Dishwashers

There are two types of portable dishwashers.  What most people think of when they think of a ‘portable’ dishwasher is a model that is slightly smaller than a standard dishwasher, which can have a higher cost than a portable unit.  It usually features a butcher-block top, and casters on the bottom for easier transport and storage.  Some models allow you to remove the casters and install it just like you would a standard dishwasher.

On the other hand, a compact dishwasher, also known as a countertop dishwasher, can easily sit on top of your kitchen counter or any other flat surface.  Measuring about 18 inches and selling for a cheaper price, these small dishwashers are perfect if you don’t have the space to store a larger portable dishwasher.

To facilitate both washing dishes and draining water, both types have an intake adaptor that can connect to a standard kitchen faucet and a drain hose that allows the waste water to drain directly into the sink.  These little dishwashers have the same features and abilities as their larger brethren, but their smaller size saves you both space and energy.  They can run the same wash, rinse, and dry cycles, and usually accept up to a half-dozen place settings’ worth of dishes and cutlery.  Portable dishwashers are the perfect size for a small house or a studio apartment, while a compact dishwasher is perfect for an RV or other small space.  Both types are also ideal if you live alone or only have a few dishes to wash at any given time.  Unlike larger dishwasher models that have a messy installation process, neither portable nor compact models require installation in order to use.  Everything you will need is already included in the box; you simply connect and screw the hoses into the back of the unit, attach the faucet adapter to your kitchen faucet, make sure the drain hose runs into your sink, plug the unit into your wall electrical outlet, and you’re all set!  When you’re finished using it, just unplug it, disconnect the hose from your faucet, and it’s ready to be put away.

What To Consider Before Buying

Like any appliance purchase, buying a portable dishwasher isn’t as simple as just driving down to your local appliance store and buying the first one you see.  There are certain considerations you need to keep in mind in order to make buying a compact dishwasher as easy and hassle-free as possible:

Dimensions

How big is the space where you plan on keeping your dishwasher?  Is it on a table, cart, or the kitchen counter?  Do you have a corner or other space where your portable dishwasher can be housed when not in use?  Make sure you measure the location where your dishwasher will be sitting to make sure it can be accommodated.  If using a cabinet housing, make sure to take note of the distance between the bottom of your counter and the top of the cabinet.

Capacity

While specific capacity varies from model to model, most portable dishwashers are roughly the same capacity as an installed dishwasher; while compact ones accept the equivalent of up to 6 place settings.  Make sure you select a model that will have the capacity that works best for you.  Remember a dishwasher that is too small for your needs will need to be run more frequently in order to wash all dishes; this not only ties up your kitchen sink for a longer span of time, but uses up more energy and water.

Interior Composition

Generally, portable and compact dishwashers with stainless steel interiors will be more durable and last longer than those with plastic interiors.  Research the different dishwasher models to determine which interior will work best with your needs and your budget.

Drying Cycle

Not all portable and compact dishwasher models have a drying cycle.  If this feature is important to you, make sure to pay attention while shopping to ensure you purchase a model with a drying cycle.

Pump

If you are planning to place your compact dishwasher on a level lower than your sink’s level (for example, if you’re planning to put it in a low cabinet or on a cart that’s below sink level), you will want to make sure your compact dishwasher model has a pump so water can reach the drain.  Otherwise, the dishwasher will need to sit on a countertop or similar surface that is level with or above the sink.

Water Heater

Most models of portable and compact dishwashers come with a water heater of varying power.  These models with also generally come with two or more settings to vary the power output of the water heater.  Research what type of heater and settings come with whatever model of dishwasher you are interested in purchasing.

Number of Different Cycles

Different portable and compact dishwasher models have a different number of cycles.  When purchasing a dishwasher, keep in mind what you and your family’s needs are when thinking about the number of cycles.

Water and Energy Efficiency

Although all portable and compact dishwasher models are more energy and water efficient than their larger counterparts, their specific efficiency levels vary from model to model.  Make sure you purchase a model that suits your energy and water savings needs.

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