After a busy day of work and getting the kids home from school, one of the last things that you probably want to do is tackle the mounting pile of dishes and glassware that’s been sitting in your kitchen sink since this morning. For people with active lives, you may want to consider adding the convenience of a countertop dishwasher to your home.
Countertop dishwashers are smaller and less expensive alternatives to conventional dishwashers. They take up less space and do a better job of cleaning than washing dishes by hand. They are great for apartments, lakeshore cabins, small kitchens and RVs. Some countertop models can be installed permanently if you choose to do so. Other models can even be installed directly into the main water line under your sink by your garbage disposal, although it’s advised to consult your manufacturer before doing so. These types of dishwashers connect to most standard kitchen faucets.
They have two hoses:
- To bring in fresh water from the faucet.
- To remove the dirty water during washing.
Most countertop dishwashers have place settings for cutlery, dishes and glassware; a stainless tub and removable filter, and wash settings for normal washes, heavy washes, just glassware and rinse cycles.
Some of the things to consider when buying a countertop dishwasher are:
When you’re done using a countertop dishwasher, you can either stow it away for later use or leave it connected and use the bypass button to get fresh water from your faucet. Before you buy, you may want to check your existing faucet to see if it will connect to a countertop dishwasher. If it doesn’t, you can buy a faucet adapter that is available at most hardware and home improvement stores. You can also add a spray faucet to these dishwashers, but it’s not usually recommended.
While these compact, stylish dishwashers usually won’t allow you to wash larger pans and trays, they are handy for quick dishwashing jobs and only cost pennies on the dollar in terms of water and energy costs. Their compact designs also make them easier to clean when necessary.Some models even come with a butcher block top, so that you can work on meal prep while you’re washing dishes!
Price and size: Most countertop dishwasher models are priced around $200 for standard models that are about 18 to 22 inches high, 18 to 22 inches wide, about 18 to 20 inches deep, and weigh anywhere from 10 to 50 pounds. There are taller, more portable, non-countertop models that are priced at around $400 or more, depending on the manufacturer and model.
One important feature to look at is decibel ratings, or dBA (which stands for A-weighted decibels). Most dishwashers have ratings of about 60 to 65 dBA. If you want a quieter dishwasher, look for one in the 50-55 dBA range. You can find a wide variety of countertop dishwashers at most home improvement stores and online retailers such as Lowes, the Home Depot, Best Buy, and Amazon.
Some of the more popular models are manufactured by:
- Magic Chef
Whatever you decide, do your homework before you buy to find the right portable dishwasher model that’s right for you. Countertop dishwashers are a time-saving alternative to loading big, bulky dishwashers or washing dishes by hand. They save you from having “dishpan hands” and clean your dishes and glassware efficiently at a very affordable price!
Brett E. is the Owner of ConsumerHomeDecor.com. Brett comes from a long line of craftsman and foreman, and has been involved with the construction and renovation world ever since he was a boy while working for his families construction and remodeling company. After graduating with a a degree in Interior Design, Brett is the go to guy for any interior design or remodeling questions!