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The 10 Best Countertop Dishwashers Of 2017 – Buyers Guide And Reviews

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Whether you spend a lot of time in your RV, or possibly living on a houseboat, or as I did for many years, living in a tiny apartment which I called cave dwelling, one of the things you used to have to give up is an automatic dishwasher. Well those days are over. Now you can get a countertop dishwasher that will fit in any size room.

We have came up with a list of the best countertop dishwashers on the market. Hopefully they will help you enjoy more time with your family and friends instead of washing dishes.​

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Countertop Dishwasher Quick Comparison Chart

Item

Name

Summary

Price

Reviews

Midea MDC3203DSS3A Countertop Dishwasher S Steel

The Midea counter top dishwasher can be used in places like dormitories and apartments wherever you can find a faucet.

$375.25

Read Review

Westland DWV322CB Black 115 Volt Space-Saving Countertop Dishwasher

Stop using paper plates and start enjoying the convenience of having a full-featured dishwasher in your RV, boat or apartment.

$346.38

Read Review

(New Model) Danby DDW621WDB Countertop Dishwasher, White

Compact space saving countertop dishwasher with a quick connect feature compatible with most kitchen faucets.

$233.00

Read Review

RCA RDW3208 Electronic Countertop Dishwasher

Enjoy the quality of RCA along with the convenience that a countertop dishwasher will bring to your life.

Check on Amazon

Read Review

EdgeStar DWP61ES 6 Place Setting Countertop Portable Dishwasher - Silver

You will love the digital control panel with LED display and the six (6) standard place setting capacity of this countertop dishwasher.

$269.00

Read Review

image of a spt countertop dishwasher

Enjoy the convenience of 7 wash cycles: Heavy, normal, light, mini party, rinse, speed and soak.

$246.80

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Koldfront 6 Place Setting Portable Countertop Dishwasher - Black

This countertop dishwasher holds plates up to 10.5" in diameter, has Six (6) wash cycles and a quick connect adapter for most kitchen faucets.

$249.00

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Magic Chef MCSCD6W3 6 Place Setting Countertop Dishwasher, White

Magic Chef's 6-Place Countertop Dishwasher gives you the convenience of a large dishwasher without taking up all the space.

$315.46

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SPT Countertop Dishwasher, White

Perfect for apartments, office kitchens or any small-sized kitchens; offers full-size dishwashing power in a compact design.

$230.95

Read Review

You will love Costway's easy to use semi-integrated electronic controls with a rotary cycle selector and push-button functions.

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How We Picked These Countertop Dishwashers

In making this list of automatic dog feeders we kept 3 things in mind: Features, price, and customer satisfaction.

Features

One of the most important things about purchasing a countertop dishwasher is the features that the dishwasher comes with. Does it have a timer? How many dishes will it wash? Does it have an dish dryer? How many wash cycles does it have?

All of these things are important in choosing a portable, tabletop, or countertop dishwasher. So that is what we looked for. We only picked dishwashers that had one or more of these options. We tried to categorize the washers into categories that would fit with different types of buyers with different needs and desires.

Price

We further divided the automatic dishwashers into the price range they had. The more pricier dishwashers usually are the best ones as well. It is just how things work in this world. You get what you pay for. However if you don't need the absolute best automatic dishwasher, we came up with 5 good options under $300.00 as well.

Most people buy an automatic dishwasher to make their life easier. We made sure that we only reviewed the dishwashers that will accomplish that goal.​

Customer Satisfaction​

Every automatic dishwasher that we have listed are rated by customers at 80% or higher depending on the rating system used on different websites. They are either 4 stars or higher at the time of the review.

We also read all the individual customer reviews to see how well the manufacturer responded to customer issues and how well people recommended these dishwashers. We only took into account customers with a verified purchase.

2 Of The Best Countertop Dishwashers

Here are 2 of the top countertop dishwashers on the market. They are higher priced but worth every cent.

Midea Countertop Dishwasher Review

If you desire a high end countertop dishwasher, the MIDEA MDC3203DSS3A Countertop Dishwasher is a great way to go. While it is one of the most expensive countertop dishwashers available today, it is also one of the most powerful and promises a thorough clean with every wash.

The MIDEA design team is stocked with people who can be described as nothing less than experts and it really shows with the MIDEA MDC3203DSS3A Countertop Dishwasher.

Its sturdy outer shell and stainless steel interior mean that it is resistant to knocks and drops and you won’t have to worry about wear and tear slowing it down for close to a decade. It comes equipped with multiple extras to make installation and maintenance as easy as possible

Noteworthy Features

● Stainless steel interior
● Quick faucet adapter for easy connection
● Cup rack and silverware basket
● Measuring cup for powdered detergent
● Clip-on basket
● Start Delay function of up to 24 hours
● Automatic detergent and rinse aid dispenser
● Low water consumption
● Electronic controls with easy-to-read LED display
● Six place setting capacity

Pros

  • When compared to other countertop dishwashers, this model from MIDEA is pretty quiet and won’t cause noise pollution.
  • With its interior clip-on basket, this countertop dishwasher is perfect for 3-in-1 tablets.
  • Included with this countertop dishwasher are a number of measuring utensils, so you’ll always be able to get the perfect amount of detergent.

Cons

  • The downside of this countertop dishwasher is its price. Selling for close to $450, it is the most expensive product on this list.
  • This dishwasher is quite a bit bigger than most countertop dishwashers, so it is far from ideal for use in kitchenettes.

Summary

While the MIDEA MDC3203DSS3A Countertop Dishwasher doesn’t boast the most alluring price tag in the world, you might want to consider that you get what you pay for.

It is actually pretty difficult to find a negative review of the MIDEA MDC3203DSS3A Countertop Dishwasher and those who have left negative reviews usually received defective models which were almost immediately repaired or replaced by MIDEA’s customer support team.

The MIDEA MDC320DSS3A Countertop Dishwasher may cost you twice as much as the average countertop dishwasher, but it will also last you twice as long.


Westland DWV322CB Space-Saving Countertop Dishwasher Review

This countertop dishwasher from Westland is a little bit more expensive than many of the other countertop dishwashers we’ve looked at on this list, but those willing to pay the $350 rarely had any reason to regret doing so.

As the name suggests, the Westland DWV322CB Space-Saving Countertop Dishwasher is designed to take up only a minimal amount of space and requires even less room than the average countertop dishwasher.

Although this countertop dishwasher may take you slightly over your initial budget when you purchase it, it will be nothing less than a major money saver in the proceeding weeks, months, and years.

The Westland DWV322CB Space-Saving Countertop Dishwasher can run a full cycle on less than 3 gallons of water, making it the perfect choice for small apartment owners who are making an effort to cut down on their water bills.

Noteworthy Features

● Delay Start function of up to 24 hours
● Fully electronic controls for hassle-free setup
● Energy Star approved
● One year warranty
● Internal water heater
● Overflow protection
● Six place setting capacity
● Six wash cycles
● Uses 2.4 to 4.2 gallons of water per wash
● Quick-connect kit for easy installation

Pros

  • Because the Westland DWV322CB Space-Saving Countertop Dishwasher is Energy Star approved, you can be certain that you’re getting a quality product.
  • With its overflow protection, this countertop dishwasher can be left turned on while you’re out of the house without risk of flooding.
  • This countertop dishwasher is a popular choice for frequent travelers as it can be easily connected to the faucets of most RVs and boats.

Cons

  • You may have a hard time making certain cups and plates fit inside the Westland DWV322CB.
  • Because it is a relatively recent release, there are minimal comprehensive reviews of this product.

Summary

If you’re planning a trip across the country with your family and don’t want to spend the entire journey eating off of paper plates and drinking out of plastic cups, the Westland DWV322CB Space-Saving Countertop Dishwasher is the way to go.

Because it’s more compact than most other countertop dishwashers, it is perfect for use in RVs and boats.

Of course, it is just as suited to use in small apartments. In fact, it has become a favorite of those who dwell in studio apartments and must make their appliances fit in a kitchenette as opposed to a regular kitchen.


5 Top Countertop Dishwashers Under 300 Dollars

Here are 5 great automatic dishwashers under $300.00. Each is highly rated across the web and will provide you with dishwashing convenience no matter where you live.

SPT SD-2201W Countertop Dishwasher Review

If you’ve ever owned a full-size dishwasher, going with a countertop alternative for your apartment may seem like settling for second best. In all likelihood, you’re working on the assumption that whatever countertop dishwasher you settle on, it won’t be anywhere near as powerful as the full-size model you used in the past.

The vast majority of countertop dishwashers won’t be able to match the power of a full-size model. The SPT Countertop Dishwasher, however, does so and then some.

The SPT Countertop Dishwasher is remarkably sturdy for a countertop dishwasher and can meet and exceed the level of power offered by a full-size model when it is properly connected, leaving your cups and plates spotless at the end of every cycle.

It needs only to be hooked up to an everyday faucet to adequately perform, eliminating the need for direct plumbing or permanent installation.

Noteworthy Features

● Power of a full-size dishwasher
● Maximum water temperature of 148 degrees Fahrenheit
● Adapter to connect to aerator openings
● 17.24 inches in height and 21.65 inches in width
● Dish rack and silverware basket
● Stainless steel interior
● Multiple wash cycles
● User-friendly controls
● Drains into sink
● Multiple color options

Pros

  • Thanks to the stainless steel interior of the SPT Countertop Dishwasher, you don’t have to worry about it caving in after just a couple of uses.
  • Multiple color options mean you’ll almost definitely be able to find one which blends in with the rest of your kitchen.
  • With multiple wash cycles to choose from, you won’t have to worry about wasting water.

Cons

  • Although this countertop dishwasher offers a dry cycle option, a lot of SPT customers have claimed that it doesn’t adequately dry the dishes.
  • If you like peace and quiet, avoid this dishwasher. This thing is loud!

Summary

Living life in a small apartment can be difficult, and finding kitchen appliances that don’t make it impossible for you to move around said small apartment can be equally challenging.

The good folks over at SPT, however, seem to know the struggle. It seems they took our suffering into account when designing this countertop dishwasher to give us small apartment dwellers something really special.

This countertop dishwasher takes up only slightly more space than your typical breadbox and so is a great choice for those shopping for a small appliance on a smaller budget.


SPT SD-224DS Countertop Dishwasher Review

It is a testament to the expertise of the folks on the SPT design team that this is the second SPT countertop dishwasher to be featured on this list. In many ways, the SPT SD-224DS is similar to the first SPT countertop dishwasher we looked at, but it has a few extra features which have established it as one of the brand’s top sellers.

It’s a little bit more expensive than the previous SPT model, so you may have to make a little bit of extra room in your budget for it.

For the extra money, the SPT SD-224DS Countertop Dishwasher promises a performance superior to nearly all other countertop dishwashers in its price range. In fact, it even surpasses the vast majority of full-size dishwashers when it comes to power and efficiency.

Much like its predecessor, the SPT SD-224DS can be connected to the typical kitchen faucet with ease.

image of a spt countertop dishwasher

Noteworthy Features

● Easy-to-read LED display
● Automatic detergent and rinse agent dispenser
● Water supply indicator
● Rinse aid warning indicator
● Seven wash cycles
● Stainless steel interior
● Delay Start function
● Universal faucet adapter for easy connection
● 17.2 inches in height and 21.6 inches in width
● Capacity of six standard place settings

Pros

  • This dishwasher’s water supply indicator will inform you if the device has not been properly connected to your chosen faucet.
  • This dishwasher boasts a total of seven wash cycles, which is well above the average selection seen on countertop models.
  • The rinse aid warning indicator eliminates guesswork by letting you know when your rinse agent needs to be refilled.

Cons

  • Customers who have required repairs or refunds have rarely had a positive experience with SPT’s customer support department.
  • Although the actual installation of this device is relatively easy, mastering its many settings can be a bit of a challenge.

Summary

If you’re an SPT devotee and are ready to upgrade from whatever SPT countertop dishwasher you have been using for the past couple of years, there is no better replacement for your current model than the SPT SD-224DS.

This dishwasher boasts all of the features of less expensive SPT models as well as a number of innovative new additions. With its stainless steel interior and easy-to-clean components, it is almost certain to last you just as long as your previous model.

For those who have never tried an SPT countertop dishwasher before, the SD-224DS is a great place to start!


Danby Countertop Dishwasher Review

Although the DDW621WDB Countertop Dishwasher from the good folks over at Danby looks relatively basic from the outside, I can assure you this is not the case.

When you open the DDW621WDB Countertop Dishwasher, it’s difficult not to be surprised by the incredible amount of space inside. At just 17.2 inches in height and 19.7 inches in width, this deceptively spacious dishwasher boasts a six place setting capacity accompanied by a silverware basket resting within its stainless steel interior.

An included adapter means the DDW621WDB can be connected to almost any faucet with minimal effort.

The DDW621WDB Countertop Dishwasher is an Energy Star approved electrical device, a fact of which Danby is incredibly proud and frequently makes reference to in advertising campaigns. The Danby marketing team also touts this dishwasher’s low water consumption, which makes it one of the most efficient countertop models on the market today.

Check out this woman's love of her Danby dishwasher.​

Noteworthy Features

● Six wash cycles
● Stainless steel interior
● Electronic controls with LED display
● Energy Star compliant
● Minimal water consumption
● Six place setting capacity and silverware basket
● Adapter to connect to typical kitchen faucet
● Delay Start option
● 17 inches in height and 19.7 inches in width
● Compatible with regular detergents

Pros

  • With its electronic controls, this dishwasher eliminates the need for fumbling with knobs and dials.
  • The DDW621WDB is compatible with most detergents, so you won’t have to worry about damaging it with the wrong brand.
  • Consuming just 3.1 gallons of water per cycle, this dishwasher is perfect for those who don’t want to risk going over budget with every wash.

Cons

  • This dishwasher does not have a timer, which means it’s impossible to know how long is left on a wash.
  • Dishes covered in sauce may have to be rinsed by hand before being put in this dishwasher.

Summary

If you’re looking for a straightforward countertop dishwasher and would prefer not to blow your life savings on one, the Danby DDW621WDB Countertop Dishwasher is more than deserving of your attention.

Its minimal water consumption means you’ll be cutting down on water and electricity bills, so it’s a long-term money saver.

It should be noted, however, that this dishwasher's low price means that it could be more easily damaged than some other countertop dishwashers. However, as long as you adequately care for it and keep it stored safely in your kitchen you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.


Koldfront Countertop Dishwasher Review

If you have spent a lot of time carefully designing the interior of your kitchen and don’t want to throw off its modern feel with a potentially out of place countertop dishwasher, this model from Koldfront might be just the thing you need.

The Koldfront 6 Place Countertop Dishwasher performs to the standard of most countertop dishwashers in its price range - it generally sells for $250 or so - yet it looks almost like something the Apple design team would design.

Standing at 17 inches tall and with a smooth black exterior, the Koldfront 6 Place Countertop Dishwasher will blend in with all the high-tech appliances of your contemporary kitchen. Within its stainless steel walls rest a dish rack, a cup shelf, and a silverware basket.

It connects straight to your kitchen sink, so you don’t have to worry about finding the perfect spot for permanent installation.

Noteworthy Features

● Six place setting capacity
● Stainless steel interior
● Water consumption of 3.8 gallons per normal wash
● Generous one year warranty
● Quick connect adapter for the average kitchen faucet
● Built-in rinse agent dispenser
● Consumes 61% less energy than similar models
● Internal water heater
● Six wash cycles
● Powerful spray arm

Pros

  • This countertop dishwasher is backed by a one year warranty, so a repair or replacement will be relatively easy to obtain if necessary.
  • An internal water heater boosts water temperature as high as 149 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • With its powerful spray arm, this countertop dishwasher ensures a thorough clean every time, eliminating the need for rinsing dishes by hand before wash cycles.

Cons

  • Most powdered detergents won’t fully dissolve in this dishwasher. A liquid alternative should be used
  • Some users have questioned the accuracy of this dishwasher’s six setting capacity claim. Larger dishes may have to be washed by hand.

Summary

Despite its name, the Koldfront 6 Place Setting Countertop Dishwasher can heat water to a temperature completely unattainable by a lot of competing products on the market today. All plates and cups washed by this countertop dishwasher are blasted with hot water for minutes on end during each wash cycle, so this may be the perfect model for you if you’re tired of picking dried pieces of food off supposedly washed plates from your current dishwasher.

Thanks to the one year warranty which accompanies this product, there is no risk of being out of pocket should its performance decline prematurely.


Costway Tabletop Dishwasher Review

Costway’s mission to produce high-quality goods and sell them at a price well below the industry average continues with the Costway Countertop Dishwasher.

This is one of the least expensive countertop dishwashers on the market today, so those who are working off a smaller budget should pay careful attention here.

Despite its relatively low price, the Costway Countertop Dishwasher performs to a remarkably high standard and guarantees an intense wash every time, regardless of which of its six wash cycles you choose from.

The Costway Countertop Dishwasher, like most of the products featured on this list, can accommodate up to six standard place settings, so you won’t have to sacrifice any convenience for the sake of the low price.

A stainless steel interior ensures that this countertop dishwasher will last you for years, until you decide to replace it with a full-size model for your growing family.

Noteworthy Features

● Stainless steel interior
● Lower than average price
● Six wash cycles
● Detergent and rinse aid dispenser
● Removable rack with foldable tines for extra space
● Quick setup guide for easy assembly and installation
● Start Delay option
● Comprehensive and easy-to-read LED display
● Easy-to-clean filter for longer life
● Simple push-button electronic controls

Pros

  • The Costway Countertop Dishwasher features a Start Delay option which allows you to schedule wash cycles a full 24 hours in advance.
  • The filter can be easily removed and cleaned, ensuring the system never jams or loses its power.
  • With its foldable tines, this dishwasher’s removable rack allows for maximum space for larger items.

Cons

  • Some customers have received this dishwasher without the necessary faucet adapters. Be sure you have your own before placing your order.
  • Unlike some more expensive models, this dishwasher does not have the ability to dry dishes it washes.

Summary

A lot of people may jump to the conclusion that the low price of the Costway Countertop Dishwasher means that it is inferior to more expensive models, but that is, in fact, far from the case.

While it may not have quite the collection of features seen in other countertop dishwashers, such as the ability to dry dishes post-wash, it offers the same incredible performance as something like the SPT Countertop Dishwasher.

If you think the Costway Countertop Dishwasher is the countertop dishwasher for you, you should get yours now, before its popularity leads to a price hike.


3 Countertop Dishwashers With Dryer

Are you looking for a countertop dishwasher that comes with a dryer? Here are 3 outstanding options that not only will clean your dishes but dry them too!

RCA RDW3208 Electronic Countertop Dishwasher Review

Just why exactly RCA felt the need to point out the fact that the RDW3208 Electronic Countertop Dishwasher is electronic is unclear; I suppose the marketing team didn’t want anybody thinking they were getting a washboard.

What should be obvious to anybody who has used this electronic countertop dishwasher, however, is that it is incredibly impressive and is more than worth the $400 it generally sells for.

The RCA RDW3208 can be easily connected to almost any kitchen faucet and requires very little water to perform to its highest standard, so it won’t contribute too much to your water bills. In fact, it should be pointed out that this dishwasher will save you literally thousands of dollars in the long run.

It can fit comfortably inside the average cabinet, so there are multiple storage options for those who don’t want to take up room on their countertop with the device.

Noteworthy Features

● Stainless steel interior
● Faucet adapter for hassle-free installation
● Automatic detergent and rinse aid dispenser
● 600-volt internal water heater and drying system
● Easy-to-clean components
● Low water consumption
● Rinse aid warning indicator
● Foldable bottom plate rack for extra space
● Easy-to-use electronic controls and push buttons
● Anti-flood device floating switch

Pros

  • With its foldable bottom rack, the RCA RDW3208 Electronic Countertop Dishwasher offers a degree of space beyond what is generally seen in countertop dishwashers.
  • A combination of easy-to-use electronic controls and equally simple push buttons make this a great option for those who struggle to adapt to modern technology.
  • The interior drying system eliminates the need for hand-drying dishes and silverware.

Cons

  • This countertop dishwasher is surprisingly delicate and those who have purchased it online have complained about damage during shipping.
  • As a consequence of its weak body, the RCA RDW3208 Electronic Countertop Dishwasher has been known to leak.

Summary

Although the RCA RDW3208 Electronic Countertop Dishwasher is a tad on the delicate side, it is unlikely to give you any problems as long as you adequately maintain it. There are a couple of steps you can take in order to minimize the risk of harm coming to your particular model.

Obtaining your countertop dishwasher in store rather than online will totally eradicate the chance of damage occurring during shipping. If you purchase it online, then use a reputable dealer like Amazon with their hassle free return policy.

If you take proper care of your RCA RDW3208 Electronic Countertop Dishwasher, it will keep your dishes sparkling for years to come.


Edgestar Countertop Dishwasher Review

Standing at just over 17 inches tall, the EdgeStar DWP61ES 6 Place Setting Countertop Dishwasher makes an intense clean of your plates, cups, and cutlery more attainable than ever before, regardless of the size - or lack thereof - of your kitchen.

Obviously, this model can be stored safely on a common kitchen counter, but the folks on the EdgeStar design team took careful care to ensure it can be stored just as easily and perform just as effectively in a kitchen cupboard.

If you’re trying to cut down on your energy bill, you should give serious consideration to the EdgeStar DWP61ES 6 Place Setting Countertop Dishwasher. This dishwasher uses just 200-kilowatt hours per year, which means it requires a staggering 61% less energy than other dishwashers of its size.

Similarly, it requires very little water to be effective and can complete any of its six wash cycles with minimal input.

Check out this lady's experience with the Edgestar countertop dishwasher.​

Noteworthy Features

● Faucet adapter and five-foot hose
● Internal water heater
● Delayed Start option
● Child lock
● Full digital controls
● Comprehensive and easy-to-read LED display
● Maximum temperature of 149 degrees Fahrenheit
● Dish drying capabilities
● Six place setting capacity and silverware basket
● Lightweight design for easy transportation and installation
● Stainless steel interior

Pros

  • Thanks to the five-foot hose that is included with this dishwasher, you won’t have to worry about awkwardly positioning it next to your sink.
  • With an easy-to-read LED display, this dishwasher is perfect for those with poor eyesight.
  • The internal water heater means you won’t have to worry about connecting it to a specific tap in your house.

Cons

  • Unlike a lot of other countertop dishwashers, the DWP61ES does not have the ability to store or wash full-size dinner plates.
  • Some users have complained of a constant buzzing during wash cycles, which makes it impossible to stay in the kitchen.

Summary

If you’re one of those people who is conscious about wasting water and electricity, the EdgeStar DWP61ES 6 Place Setting Countertop Dishwasher is more than deserving of your attention. Much like the Danby DDW621WDB Countertop Dishwasher, this countertop dishwasher is designed to be as economical as possible.

It’s a little bit easier to use than the Danby model, which is why so many people have gravitated towards it in the time that has passed since it first hit the shelves.


Magic Chef Countertop Dishwasher Review

While most countertop dishwashers can’t rival a full-size model when it comes to power and efficiency, the vast majority of them can match their larger alternatives in terms of the average number of complications which occur during the installation process.

If you’ve ever used or attempted to use a countertop dishwasher in the past, you are likely aware that the installation of such a device can be a real pain in the neck. This goes double if you are not the most skilled handyman in the world.

The Magic Chef 6 Place Countertop Dishwasher was designed to combat the traditional tedious installation process associated with most countertop dishwashers. It comes equipped with a quick setup kit to make installation as easy and as timely as possible, so you’ll be able to enjoy the many benefits of owning a countertop dishwasher almost as soon as you get yours home.

Noteworthy Features

● Six place settings
● Multiple wash cycles
● Stainless steel interior
● Detergent and rinse aid dispenser
● Floating switch anti-flood device● 70-inch inlet hose and 47-inch outlet hose
● Efficient drying system
● Included quick setup kit for easy installation
● Dish rack and silverware basket
● Connects directly to any average faucet

Pros

  • With six place settings and a silverware basket, this dishwasher has all the space to store the plates and cutlery that you use in a typical day.
  • Thanks to this dishwasher’s drying system, you’ll never have to worry about making time to dry dishes by hand.
  • The anti-flood system means you can leave your apartment while the device is in action without fear of flooding.

Cons

  • According to some, the detergent dispenser on this dishwasher routinely fails to open during wash cycles.
  • The LED display is pretty dim, so those with poor eyesight may struggle to navigate this dishwasher.

Summary

For those who don’t want to waste time washing their dishes by hand but also don’t want the hassle of plumbing and installing a countertop dishwasher in their apartment, the Magic Chef 6 Place Countertop Dishwasher may just be the best option available.

Thanks to the sheer lack of effort or skill it takes to install and master this dishwasher, those who purchase it merely have to plug it in and turn it on for the results they are looking for.

Usually selling for under $250, the Magic Chef 6 Place Countertop Dishwasher will save you both time and money.


image of a countertop dishwasher in a kitchen

Countertop Dishwasher Buyers Guide - Factors To Consider

Whether you are buying a portable dishwasher, tabletop dishwasher, or a countertop dishwasher, there are some things you should consider before purchasing your next washer. Here are 8 things you should investigate before purchasing dishwashers of this type.

Size Matters

Size really does matter. In this case, what matters is if the washer will fit between your kitchen cabinets and the countertop. Stop and take a moment to measure the distance between the countertop and the cabinet and the available space you have on the countertop.

Capacity - How Many Dishes Will It Wash?

These dishwashers have variable load sizes. Make sure you check the capacity of the unit. Will it hold 5 or 6 place settings? How many glasses will it hold. Don't assume it will wash your entire meal dishes with pots and pans in one cycle.

Does It Have A Dryer?

Some dishwashers come with dryer units and others don't. If you want to take your dishes out of the washer right after they are done, then make sure it has a dryer unit. Otherwise your dishes will still be wet and you will have to towel dry them.

Does It Have A Pump?

Will you washer be lower than the sink? If so, then you need one of the dishwashers that have a pump to pump the water out. You can't rely on gravity to empty out the dirty water.

How Many Wash Cycles Does It Have?

Glasses can be cleaned in less time than plates. Plates can be cleaned in less time than pots and pans. Check to see if your next washer has multiple cleaning cycles of various intensity.

How Hot Does The Water Get?

Knowing how hot the water gets is important. Check to see how hot the water heater heats the water and if there are more than one setting. Hotter water usually gets the dishes cleaner.

Is It Environmentally Friendly?

Nobody wants to waste water and use more electricity. Check to see if your washer is environmentally friendly and uses minimal water and electricity.

Image of a hot water faucet

Installation

Does the water heater come with an installation kit? Are there instructions on how to hook the washer up? Ease of hook up is important. Nobody wants a complicated process just to wash a few dishes.

Final Thoughts On These Dishwashers

Just like with full sized dishwashers, portable dishwashers like these countertop ones are not meant to be pot scrubbers and crusted plate scrapers. They more than likely will not get crusty dishes clean. Not only that, but it will lower the life expectancy of your washer if you put dishes in the washer with lots of food still on them.

Always rinse your dishes first before placing them in the washer. A countertop dishwasher is a great convenience but it isn't a miracle worker.​

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