Countertop Dishwasher Overview
The dishwasher has become an essential part of everyday life. With jobs taking up more of our time, and the busy schedules that many people have in the 21st century, it is no surprise that people do not want to spend their precious free time washing dishes when they could be spending it hanging out with people they care about or doing things that they enjoy more.
What is a “countertop dishwasher”?
A countertop dishwasher is a dishwasher that is small enough to fit on a countertop. They are usually portable, compact and lightweight enough to be moved to sit on any standard-sized countertop. As opposed to a larger dishwasher which typically sits under a counter, these dishwashers are specifically created to sit over-the-counter. They may also be referred to as mini dishwashers, portable dishwashers or tabletop dishwashers.
Who can use a countertop dishwasher?
A countertop dishwasher makes a great gift for the college student or apartment dweller in your life. It also is great not only for singles, but couples as well. After a meal or two you should have enough dishes for a load, and it is quick enough that the dishes will be ready in time for your next meal.
They can save time because they won’t need to wash dishes by hand anymore, and the dishes themselves will be cleaner thanks to the advanced technology found in most dishwashers today. The dishes will also be sanitized safely because of the extra-hot water these dishwashers use, and the dishwasher detergents available today.
Related: You may also be interested in our reviews of portable dishwashers.
Our Countertop Dishwasher Reviews
With the holidays coming up, we spent the time picking out the top five best countertop dishwashers so that you don’t have to. With so many choices on the market, it can be quite challenging to decide on the model that will fit your individual needs best. All our choices are affordable (the most expensive is just under $300), high-quality, and are great in small spaces. All the picks are also quite easy to install. Overall, we believe that these 5 picks represent the best countertop dishwashers you can get, offering the best value for your money. Whether you’re looking for a cheap countertop dishwasher or a top of the line model, our reviews have you covered.
Here are the best countertop dishwashers:
1. Best Bargain: Magic Chef MCSCD6W5 6 Place Setting Countertop Dishwasher
Magic Chef MCSCD6W5 Review
If you are a more budget-conscious shopper, then this is the dishwasher for you. With enough space to hold 6 place settings worth of dishes, this dishwasher will make your day easier, and will definitely beat those long sessions of washing dishes by hand.
The Magic Chef features 6 different cleaning programs, to not only maximize the cleanliness of your dishes, but also to conserve time and energy, which saves you money in the long run. It utilizes a hygienic residual drying system, meaning that it does not use dirty air from outside of the dishwasher to dry your clean dishes, which is a nice feature.
Electronic controls make it easy to use and understand, and the stainless steel interior means that it will last for some time. Just because this is the cheapest dishwasher on the list does not mean that you are sacrificing quality.
This would be the ideal dishwasher for a college student living in an apartment by themselves or with a few roommates. At only 17 inches tall it is easy to find space where it will fit over the counter, and because of it’s small size compared to a regular dishwasher it really is quick and easy to load up with dishes and start one of the programs. This means there isn’t any reason why you couldn’t toss some dishes in it before running of to class. Nothing beats coming home to a clean countertop and clean dishes.
The Magic Chef dishwasher weighs about 50 pounds, so it is not the lightest in the world, but is not much of a hassle to position wherever you need to in the kitchen. It is 22 inches wide, 20 inches deep, and 17 inches tall. It uses your standard 120V electricity (120V is standard in all houses in the US) and is Energy Star certified. It also comes with a faucet adapter, which means that setting this dishwasher up is as simple as putting the drain hose in the sink and connecting the water intake to your kitchen faucet. Keep in mind that your placement of the dishwasher is going to be limited by the length of the hoses you need to connect.
Original Retail 280.00
Brand Magic Chef
2. Best for Modern Decor: EdgeStar DWP62SV 6 Place Setting Countertop Dishwasher
EdgeStar DWP62SV Review
If you are looking for one of the nicest countertop dishwashers you can get, look no further than the EdgeStar. With three different finish options (white, silver, or black) you can be certain that this dishwasher will look attractive on your countertop no matter what style of kitchen you have. The white finish is slightly cheaper than the silver finish at around $270, while the black finish is slightly more expensive than the silver finish at around $320.
If decor is important, the silver finish is the option we would recommend. It is not the cheapest, nor the most expensive finish, and looks like a quality stainless steel appliance. If you have other stainless steel appliances in your kitchen then this dishwasher will fit right in.
The EdgeStar will hold 6 place settings worth of dishes and can accommodate plates up to 10.5” in diameter. It has 7 different wash cycles, so you can be sure that your dishes will come out of this dishwasher glimmering in the light and not showing any signs of streaking.
A digital display lets you choose your desired wash settings, and a quick-connect faucet adapter makes getting a load of dishes going a trivial task.
This dishwasher costs a little bit more per year to use. Because it uses almost 3 gallons of water for each load, it is estimated that it will cost around $30 per year to use. If you think about the time savings of not having to wash dishes each day, that is a serious bargain.Original Retail 349.00
3. Best for Home Use: hOmeLabs HME010033N Compact Countertop Dishwasher
hOmeLabs HME010033N Review
This dishwasher features a modern design, and an intuitive control interface. It only comes in white, but with a street price of around $270-$350 at the time of this writing, that fact should not stop you from considering this time-saving machine.
The hOmeLabs dishwasher has six settings, heavy, normal, ECO, glass, speed, and rinse; you will certainly be able to find a mode that makes your dishes sparkle in the least amount of time. It fits 6 place settings worth of dishes, like the other dishwashers in this guide.
This dishwasher has a 4.5 out of 5 rating, with many people appreciating the fact that it does not require any tools to install! People also mention how easy it is to use, and how well it cleans the dishes.
Another feature that is nice to have is the rinse-aid dispenser. You can use whatever rinse aid you’d like, as long as it is approved for automatic dishwashers, and once you fill the dispenser up this dishwasher will take care of the rest. This means your dishes will be perfectly streak free and will not have any dirt or marks on them.
Assuming you have a standard kitchen faucet, this dishwasher is a breeze to set up! It has a drain hose that you just direct towards your kitchen sink drain and comes with an adapter allowing you to connect the input hose to the kitchen faucet.
The hOmeLabs dishwasher is 17 inches tall, 20 inches deep, and 22 inches wide. It weighs only 44 pounds, which makes it one of the easiest dishwashers to move out of all five of our choices. It is a high-efficiency dishwasher, which will really save you money in the long run. It utilizes standard household 120V electricity and is Energy Star certified.Original Retail 349.99
4. Best for Boat or RV: Farberware FDW05ASBWHA Complete Portable Countertop Dishwasher
Farberware FDW05ASBWHA Review
If you’re looking for a higher-end countertop, portable dishwasher, the Farberware FDW05ASBWHA would be a great option. While it is still compact enough to fit on most countertops, the Farberware FDW05ASBWHA fits dishes up to 12″ in diameter. Most of the countertop dishwashers we’ve reviewed typically hold up to 10″-11″.
Unlike the other options we’ve reviewed, the Farberware FDW05ASBWHA has a built-in water tank that holds up to 5 liters which allows it to run without requiring a faucet hook-up connection. Though, there is a water hose included (no adapter) that would allow you to connect it to a faucet.
There are 5 cycles for this dishwasher including ‘rapid wash’ which takes roughly 40 minutes, normal, fruit wash, baby care and glass.
All in all, while pricier, the Farberware FDW05ASBWHA countertop portable dishwasher is a great option, especially for boats and RVs because it has the built-in water tank option.Original Retail 399.99
5. Best for Compact Spaces: SPT SD-2202W Countertop Dishwasher
SPT SD-2202W Review
The SPT countertop dishwasher is a solid choice. Just like the other dishwashers recommended so far, this one fits 6 place settings. It comes in a lovely white finish and is the same size as the others as well. A faucet adapter comes included with the dishwasher which means setting it up will be a breeze
The SPT has 6 different wash cycles- heavy, normal, light, glass, speed, and soak. It also features a start timer, which allows you to load the dishwasher up and then delay it starting for up to eight hours. This is convenient especially in smaller apartments, where the noise might bother some people when trying to go to sleep. Instead of waiting until the next morning, or running the dishwasher as soon as you can come home, you can load it up before you go to bed, set the timer for something like 4 hours, and then it will start in the middle of the night so that it does not wake you up.
The dishwasher really is not loud, in fact none of the countertop dishwashers are. If you were to run it at nighttime, we would not expect you to be woken up in the middle of the night once the timer ends and the dishwasher starts it’s washing cycle.
When in use, the SPT SD-2202W dishwasher only produces 55db of noise.
The SPT SD-2202W dishwasher is 17 inches tall, 22 inches wide, and 20 inches deep, and weighs 48.5 pounds. For a countertop dishwasher this is very standard and allows it to fit almost anywhere you’d like to put it. Keep in mind the hoses still have to be able to reach your kitchen sink, so you won’t be able to put it across the room, but it’s small size does allow you some flexibility in exactly where you put it.Original Retail 241.95
Countertop Dishwasher Buying Guide
We know that you have a lot of choices when it comes to buying a countertop dishwasher, but hopefully this guide helped you refine what you are looking for and guide you in the right direction. Obviously everybody is going to have different tastes, but overall we believe that the dishwashers recommended here represent some of the best values you can get today when you consider appearances, features, and efficiency.
Countertop Dishwasher Cost
All these countertop dishwashers are going to cost less to use per year than a full-sized dishwasher due to the fact that they will not require as much water or electricity to use. They also require less materials and energy to construct, which makes them a lot more eco-friendly than your standard full-sized dishwasher.
Countertop Dishwasher Portability
One important thing to keep in mind is that not all countertop dishwashers are very portable. If portability is important to you, ensure you purchase a model that will allow you move the dishwasher without much headache. For portability, we recommend looking at the models with built-in tanks and are lightweight.
Regardless of which model you choose, you can be sure that you will be saving time, money, and will ultimately be living a happier life due to the fact that you will be spending less time on mind-numbing chores and more time being able to do things you enjoy or being around people that matter to you.
How do countertop dishwashers work?
Similar to full-size dishwashers, countertop dishwashers wash your dishes, just on a smaller scale. Other than size, the main difference between a countertop and a full-size dishwasher is the fact that most countertop dishwashers may not offer a drying option.
How to connect a countertop dishwasher
Each countertop dishwasher works differently. Some may include a built-in tank and other may require a water source hookup, like a faucet. The same can be said for draining the water. Some might have a built in dirty water reservoir and others might have a built-in detachable reservoir. The folks at Edgestar put together a setup and install video for their dishwashers which should offer some additional information on connection: