In most modern homes, having a dishwasher is almost as important as having a stove, a refrigerator and a washing machine. It is something that many homemakers would want to have in their kitchen. A dishwasher gives a homeowner the luxury of keeping their dishes and kitchen utensils clean and sanitized automatically, thus providing them extra time to do other chores or spend more time with the family.
When shopping for a dishwasher, there are many things to consider and manufacturers offer several options to shoppers. There are built-in dishwashers and there are portable ones, suitable for homes with limited space for appliances. A portable dishwasher can be conveniently placed in any available space in your kitchen. You are not compromising the quality and efficiency of having your dishes spotlessly clean just because you are buying a small and portable dishwasher. All you need is a place in your kitchen where you have easy access to power, water and drain systems and voila, you can easily hook up your portable dishwasher, load it up with your dirty dishes, pans and pots, turn it on and leave it to do its job.
If you have a small family, very rarely entertain, and only need to use a dishwasher on occasion, a portable dishwasher is your best choice. You can store it in an area in your kitchen where it will not be a hindrance as you move about. Portable dishwashers are economical, quiet and energy efficient as well, giving you all the conveniences of a large, built-in dishwasher without spending too much and sacrificing valuable kitchen space. Most of the portable dishwashers have wheels to make moving then around your kitchen a breeze. If you lack storage space, you can even use the portable dishwasher as your temporary dish cabinet.
Of course, just like when you are thinking of making an investment in any home appliance, you still have many factors to consider before you make your purchase. You have to consider the price, the design, features, specs and the ease of use, the energy-saving features, functionality of the product and the brand, and how well it will fit into the general layout of your kitchen.
Here are the major things that you need to consider when you go shopping for a portable dishwasher:
Survey the possible areas for a portable dishwasher in your kitchen. Take measurements carefully as this will be your number one guide when you are making comparisons and final choice. It is also important that you keep in mind how frequent you are going to use your portable dishwasher and the amount of dishes you are going to clean regularly.
This is a major consideration as well. The beauty of having a portable dishwasher is that you can place it anywhere in your kitchen, but you still need to consider the length of its hose to reach your water supply conveniently and with ease.
Check the type of water faucet installed in your kitchen and make sure the portable dishwasher you are going to buy will fit it snugly to prevent water leakage or it comes with fittings to adapt it to your faucet.
This is something that you should not forget. You have to know the distance between your power source, your water source and your drainage system. This is crucial when choosing the right dishwasher.
If you really do not have any floor space that you can allocate for a portable dishwasher, consider the convenience of buying one that can go on your countertop, especially if your dish cleaning is only occasional.
Design and color
Well, this is more about aesthetics. Of course you’d want dishwasher that will blend well in your kitchen and go together with the rest of your kitchen appliances, so the color and design of the dishwasher should be based on kitchen design.
Now that you know the conveniences of having a portable dishwasher and the factors that should be considered, here’s a look at five of the best portable dishwashers available that will give you the convenience of keeping your dishes clean at the touch of a button.
SPT Countertop Dishwasher SD-2201W / Price: $239
This comes in silver and white and suitable for small apartments and small-sized kitchens with very limited space. It is slightly over 21 inches wide, 19 inches deep and 17 inches high. It can easily fit your countertop and in between cabinets. It has six place settings, six wash cycles, silverware basket and a dish rack. The controls are easy to operate. Its interior and spray arm are made of stainless steel, has automatic detergent and rinse agent dispenser and a quick and easy faucet adapter. It performs quietly with a 55dBA rating. Its estimated yearly operating cost only comes up to $24. The one in silver is $10 higher in price.
Danby DDW1899WP 8 Place Setting Portable Dishwasher / Price: $424.95
Like its larger regular dishwasher cousins, the Danby DDW1899WP 8 Place Setting Portable Dishwasher comes with several features that make dishwashing fast, easy and economical. It is more compact, being only 18 inches wide. The standalone dishwasher is easy to connect to your water and drain systems. With its 8-place setting, it is ideal for a small or medium-sized family. It is Energy Star compliant, fully automatic and has six wash cycles. This Dandy portable dishwasher model has a built-in water softener, automatic cleaning agent dispensers, and programmable operations with automatic or delayed shut-off function. The front-mounted controls are easy to reach and use. Four heavy-duty casters mounted on its bottom make moving the dishwasher easy.
EdgeStar 6 Place Setting Countertop Portable Dishwasher / Price: $229
The EdgeStar 6 Place Setting Countertop Portable Dishwasher in silver is a beautiful appliance that combines economy, function and aesthetics. It is sleek and modern in design that will fit any modern kitchen. It has LED display that shows its multiple functions. It is of stainless steel and is only 17 inches high, making it easy to position it even between your kitchen cabinets. The dishwasher comes with six wash cycles and a delayed start. It also comes with a child-lock feature, a safety feature that is a welcome addition to a kitchen appliance that is portable and can be easily accessed by curious little hands. The EdgeStar 6 Place Setting Countertop Portable Dishwasher is Energy Star certified and uses only 200kwh annually. It functions with low-water requirement, has powerful spray arms for thorough washing and built-in rinse agent dispenser as well as an internal water heater that can increase the water temperature up to 149 °F. This machine is ideal for a small family.
Koldfront Portable Countertop Dishwasher 6 Place Setting / Price: $189
It is only 17 inches high, has six place settings and Energy Star compliant. Its compact design in gleaming white makes it a good choice for people with very limited space. It fits nicely over kitchen countertop under your cabinets. The Koldfront Portable Countertop Dishwasher is an energy saver, using only 200kwh a year, compared to other dishwashers of the same size and configuration. It has low water consumption, adding further to your savings. It has six wash cycles, ensuring that your dishes, pots and pans are washed thoroughly, efficiently and economically. It is roomy enough with a cup shelf and silverware basket to organize the kitchen items to be washed better. The internal heater can heat up the water up to 149 °F and the stainless steel interior keeps the water hot longer. The powerful spray arm makes for deep cleaning. A rinse agent dispenser minimizes water spotting; a heavy wash cycle kills bacteria and germs and a faucet adapter and longer hose makes for an easy faucet hook-up.
SPT 18-Inch Portable Dishwasher, Stainless Steel / Price: $499
The SPT 18-Inch Portable Dishwasher, made of stainless steel, gives you an easy and efficient way to clean your dishes. It will fit nicely in a moderately sized kitchen. The compact design still holds an eight place setting. With a height of 17.7 inches, it will fit nicely in an available corner or in between floor cabinets, but avoiding permanent installations. This dishwasher has six wash cycles and a very convenient time delay operation, which you can program a day in advance, making it very convenient for busy housewives who also hold office jobs or those who have be to be out of the house for most of the day. Other convenient features include rinse refill warnings, error alarm, adjustable upper basket, stainless steel interior, and faucet adapter. Best of all, it is Energy Star certified.