You might have recently moved into a small apartment or are about to. You might also live or build your tiny house. Or: you might live – like we did for quite a while – in a house that’s solar powered and has no dishwasher, no microwave, no bigger appliance whatsoever. A compact countertop dishwasher becomes really interesting in all these cases.
Let’s take a look at what the advantages and disadvantages of a compact countertop dishwasher are.
First I look at its footprint. Being a steadfast cook I use my kitchen many hours a day, even when the kitchen is small. Maybe than even more? I don’t know. I just know that I love to cook! For my cooking activities I need free countertop space. And here comes the compact countertop dishwasher in. It will take away precious space, yes. But! These compact dishwashers don’t need to be permanently placed on the countertop. One can store them somewhere nearby away, in the storage of a bench or corner dining bench or on the lower shelf of a kitchen cart. They only need to be placed on the countertop when you’re done cooking and eating – and then it does what it needs to do, it washes dishes for you.
Of course, if you’re building your tiny house, you always can consider installing one of these little guys permanently into an empty kitchen cabinet space. Why is this better than getting a full-sized built-in dishwasher?
We come to the next point. A compact countertop dishwasher may seem to be too small meaning not offering enough space for all the tools, plates, glasses and silverware there are to be washed. This impression is actually wrong. It is smaller than a full-sized built-in dishwasher. But, do you really need that size? We lived for a certain time in a small house with one of these bigger dishwashers and we never could fill it properly. We ran it half-empty or we would have needed to get much more plates, glasses and silverware while filling the dishwasher with the used ones. Well, not very practical, not very satisfying.
The compact countertop dishwasher has actually the exactly perfect space for two people with a small kitchen. You use it daily, because you can fill it. And you use it because on balance a dishwasher is still cleaning the dishes better than your hands will ever do.
If you consider getting a compact countertop dishwasher I recommend to look for a high quality model that’s still affordable – like the following model I researched. Often the high-priced models don’t even offer much more essentials than this little guy does.
It’s important to measure the space where you like to place it – if permanently or not – and to check the size of the dishwasher. Most of the available countertop dishwashers fit between most standard countertops and kitchen cabinetry. But your kitchen might have different dimensions. So, it’s essential to get the right size.
Also the length of the power cord and hoses is of importance that will allow for some flexibility of where and how you place the dishwasher near to the sink. If you decide to move your dishwasher into position for work and store it somewhere else, you might be interested in the weight of the unit – empty of course because that’s how you will need to lift it.
The following model allows plates to fit in with diameters of 10”. If you slant your plates a little forward, you might also fit 11” plates in a space like this.
One of the great features of compact countertop dishwasher is that they don’t take longer than any other dishwasher. You can though shorten the time if you start with hot water when you connect the hose.
With all this information I hope that you can decide if a compact countertop dishwasher like the following unit is the best solution for you.
SPT Countertop Dishwasher, White
- Energy Star certified
- 6 wash cycles
- Size: 17.25” H x 21.5”W x 19.75”D
- Durable stainless steel interior
- Energy consumption: 220kwh/yr.
- Water consumption (normal cycle): 3.8 gallons.
- Input / Element wattage: 680W / 600W.
- Noise level: 55dB.
- Power cord length: 4.5 ft.
- Weight of the unit: 48 lbs.
Overall, this is a nice little unit if you are space challenged or want something that is not bolted down. Cleans well and does decrease some of the tediousness of washing dishes.
Good buy for a couple.The dishes come out just sparkling and we love it!
Moved to an apartment with no dishwasher, bought this, life was good. It’s great for 2 people. It’s quiet. I can run it in the kitchen, and watch a movie in the adjacent living room.