A tabletop dishwasher, also known as a countertop or portable dishwasher, is small to medium sized dishwasher that can be placed on top of a counter or any suitable level surface. Even though it is small in size, you’ll find that it has many of the same features and functions as a full size dishwasher. Apart from being compact and portable, they use less water and electricity. This dishwasher buying guide provides some useful information that you can use prior to buying.
First off, installing these units is a cinch. Typically, these dishwashers use a quick-disconnect adapter that can be temporarily installed on a standard kitchen faucet for the necessary water supply. The adapter will also have a connection for a drain line which is on the back of the dishwasher. This lets the water to drain back into the sink during the wash cycle and final rinse.
Tabletop dishwashers are modestly priced between $200 to $300 dollars. If you go for a portable size washer, they can run double that amount. Either way, you will not sacrifice performance for the price and you will be pleased to know that many of these units clean just as well as the bigger models. Another benefit to countertop dishwashers is that they are just as equally quiet as the upscale versions, with many having a noise threshold of 55db’s.
Below are a few standard items you should consider before running out and purchasing the best tabletop dishwasher for your kitchen. When you’re done, you can read our reviews of the many brands and models on the market today. We’ve even included a how to section to help you get the most out of your countertop dishwasher.
Tabletop Dishwasher Dimensions
The size of many tabletop dishwashers measures about 24 inches in width. For portable dishwashers, the width is approximately 18 inches with a height of about 3 feet. Definitely something to consider when deciding on which type of dishwasher you will buy. And before you head out to your local appliance store or go to your favorite online shopping site, take measurements of your intended space (don’t forget to bring a tape measure if you go to a store) and have theses dimension available before you make your final decision.
Previously we discussed dimensions in the previous sections, but that was focused on the outside of the dishwasher. Capacity refers to the inner depth of the tub or cavity of the dishwasher. In the case of small dishwasher, this is about 20 inches. For portable units, this is generally 26 inches. What this means to you is how much can you put inside to wash? That will primarily depend on the dish rack that the unit comes with. You will find that when buying a countertop dishwasher you will see the term ‘6 Place Setting’ often use. This doesn’t necessarily equate to six dish items it means the arrangement that can be accommodated for dishes. Check out the diagram in our review of the EdgeStar DWP61ES Countertop Dishwasher. For the portable or built-in models the ‘8 Place Setting’ often use with the main difference being an additional rack included.
Generally, dishwashers of all shapes and sizes are made out of stainless steel. Stainless steel is the number one metal used for most appliances manufactured throughout the world. The main reason for this is because it does not easily rust, is easy to clean, germ resistant and easy to match any décor.
Generally, a tabletop dishwasher will have the controls built into the door or front panel. These will be either digital with touchpads or dials to select the different wash cycles. For the display, either a digital readout or LED’s are used to for cycle-time or any other wash pertinent information.
Most of the dishwashers reviewed on our site have 6 different wash settings. Regardless of the model you choose to buy, remember 6 is the magic number.
Energy and Water Efficiency
Compared to built-in models, tabletop dishwashers are just as water and energy efficient, perhaps, even better. But that will all depend on where you reside. Check out the Enervee website to figure out what your costs savings could possibly be.
* Note: not all tabletop or portable models are listed.
From our research, a majority of tabeltop dishwashers are rated at about 55db. This is a good thing. You don’t have to worry about noise complaints or sleepless nights when you run your washer.
As with anything mechanical, electrical or otherwise, if you take care of it, it will last. At least we found this to be true if you follow the owner’s instructions. However everyone doesn’t. If you need help installing a new tabletop dishwasher, you can hire a qualified plumber to do it for you, but you might want to Google it first 🙂