When you don’t have a lot of space, but don’t want to wash dishes by hand all the time, you may want to consider getting a countertop dishwasher. This type of dishwasher is also sometimes referred to as a compact or portable dishwasher because of its small size. It sits on top of a counter or any other flat surface, has the same capabilities as a full size dishwasher with the benefit of using less energy and being portable.

Water is supplied to countertop dishwasher through a quick connect adapter that’s attached to a standard sink faucet. The drain hose, where the used water (also sometimes called gray water) is removed from the dishwasher, runs directly into a sink.

Fast Facts About Countertop Dishwashers

• These types of dishwashers are versatile and can be used as a primary dishwasher or for supplemental use.
• For efficiency, countertop dishwashers are comparable to full-size models. They use less water and less detergent and are still able to provide the same level of cleanliness as larger models.
• While countertop dishwashers were designed to be portable, they can also be installed permanently. Often it’s not recommended to do so since that’s not what these types of dishwashers were designed to do. Follow manufacturer’s instructions. The warranty can be voided with improper use and installation.
• Some models can have the drain hose installed into the main water line. Always check manufacturer guidelines to see if this is an option.
• The average countertop dishwasher takes about the same amount of space as a microwave. Some are designed to fit underneath cabinets. They can easily be tucked into a cabinet or moved out of the way if placed on kitchen cart.
• The average countertop dishwasher holds four to six place settings and uses roughly three gallons of water.
• Most models have heavy, normal, light, glass, speed and soak wash cycle options. More expensive models may have more features. All units will have a rinse aid dispenser and an automatic detergent dispenser.

Considerations for Buying

Like microwave ovens, there can be some size differences in compact dishwashers. Before you buy one, make sure you’ve checked the dimensions of the space you have available for it. Take into consideration the distance between the bottom of your cabinet and the top of your counter.

Models are available with plastic interiors or stainless steel interiors. The ones with stainless steel interiors are more expensive but also tend to be more durable. They also don’t stain as easily. If you have the money, consider investing in a unit with a stainless steel interior.

Consider purchases a unit that has a powerful water heater. This can help get your dishes cleaner and can also sanitize items easily since the machine will be able to get the temperature high enough. Compact dishwashers with a powerful enough water heater will often have more than two settings to adjust the power of the heater to meet the use needs. And if there is any malfunction, call in the appliance repair service in Ajax.

Decide the number of wash cycles you’ll need to make the dishwasher useful for your daily use. Be realistic with yourself. You want to make sure that whatever compact dishwasher you choose for yourself will be able to do everything you expect it to do.