How to Choose the Best Countertop Dishwasher


Modern day living and something has to give. Either the time factor, by this I mean the time it takes to wash the dishes after breakfast before dashing out of the door to go to work.
Space is another aspect, is your kitchen big enough to house a floor standing dishwasher? Is your home big enough to have a dedicated utility room?















Do you have a family or are you single and find that your dishes always seem to multiply? Do you use limited dishes and therefore need a small wash capacity? Alternatively, do you live in a small apartment or have a small office kitchen?

On many peoples minds, when out looking for their next purchase there is one question, ‘How to Choose the Best Countertop Dishwasher? ‘

With the latest technology, wide range of features and different brands available, choosing a compact dishwasher becomes a nightmare. Here you will find some informative information to help you find a dishwasher that is best suited for you.



What Are You Willing To Spend

We cannot point this out enough: what are you willing to spend?  As many retailers advertise new technology in their appliances everyday and the more updated the technology becomes the more expensive dishwashers become. Many retailers have regular sales, mostly around the holidays. It’s possible to pick up a great bargain over Black Friday weekend, which is cool if you’re just wanting to update your current machine. These deals are no good though if your dishwasher stops working in the middle of January. For quick delivery, just look to order online here and keep an eye out for the prices that fall into your budget.






What Brands of Compact Dishwashers Are Available?

There are different brands of dishwashers available in the market to choose: The more common known are Maytag, GE, Bosch, SPT, Magic Chef & Danby just to name the first that spring to mind.



Compact Dishwashers

These are normally 24” wide could also be available in a sleek 18” wide. Many major manufacturers provide you with compact dishwashers in their product lines.

Prices Range from $250 to $1000+

Average size: 18”  x 22.5” x 32.5 inches






 DishDrawer Dishwashers

This is a new addition to the dishwasher range. Not many manufacturers carry these dishwashers, as they are generally smaller. If you are single or maybe have a small family this machine is great as it allows for small wash loads, saving you water and energy on your utility bills. These DishDrawers are not suited for large families, however, if you are single, or starting out with a family they are great to use.

Recently, some manufacturers have designed a double-drawer model, enabling you to run simultaneous loads at different settings as required. They are great for apartments, homes, or office kitchens and fit into the same space as a normal dishwasher. However, the single dish drawer may need cabinet modifications to make them fit perfectly.

Prices Range from $649 to $1,299

Average size: 23.5” width x 22.5” in depth and between 16 and 35 inches height


Countertop or Portable Dishwashers

Countertop and Portable dishwashers are not automatically the same as many portable dishwashers have wheels and you can easily move them around to conserve space. Both these kitchen appliances use the sink faucet as a water source and the water drains into the sink. The majority of these kitchen appliances are available with universal faucet adapters for ease of installation. These are great if you have limited space as it still provides you with the convenience of a normal dishwasher.

Prices start on average from $319 to $699 in retail stores

Dishwasher dimensions 24” x 28” x 36 inches on average.




What type of dishwasher capacity is available in Countertop Dishwashers

The capacity of a countertop dishwasher varies in size and measured according to how many place setting you can fit in a single load and can be between 6 place or 8 standard place settings.

Countertop Dishwasher Features and Settings

Countertop dishwasher settings have upgraded tremendously over the past years, and include some of the following:

Wash & Rinse Cycles

There are many different countertop dishwashers available presenting you with different wash and rinse cycles. Some dishwashers are able to sanitize 99% of bacteria and an excellent feature if you have infants. These new features make them more economical as they help you to save time and money in the end. While some of the best dishwashers use steam or eliminate the need for prewashing.

Drying Features

Many of the latest dishwashers offer you with a variety of drying options. This allows you to choose drying options from using heat to dry your dishes or alternatively drying without heat. Using the heat option takes less time, but uses additional energy. While other models include a fan that dries dishes and does not need heat. These models are designed with a stainless steel interior to hold heat longer and enable the drying process to be faster and more efficient.

Designs of the display

Many models provide you with an option to choose your display and the controls can be found on the front, on top of the machine (found in most conventional styles,) or on the top of the door. When the controls are located on the top it makes the machine look sleek and easy to use, as there is no need of bending down to look at them.

Delayed Start Function

Many of the countertop dishwashers offer you with a delay start setting. This enables you to program the appliance to start at a later time and useful if you want it to use at a certain time, maybe during off-peak energy powers or when the families asleep. The delay times differ from certain models as some provide you 2, 4, 6, 8 , 12 or upto  24 hour delay settings.

Noise Insulation Technology

Several compact dishwashers have insulation, making them quiet and great if you want to use it during the night. These noise insulations vary from 40 to 55 decibels. Quietest dishwasher is a popular requirement when choosing.

Adjustable Racks

If you use a countertop dishwasher, you may find that you have limited space to place dirty items and presents you with flexible and adjustable racks. Some appliances allow you to change, raise, or lower racks. While some dishwashers provide you with flexible racks that, you can move or re-position to add larger items.

Materials Used

You may still find some models with plastic tubs; however, stainless steels used in most of the latest models. Using stainless steel makes the washing process quieter and is more resistant to high heat and a bit more expensive. Stainless steel Tubs are more durable and energy efficient as it holds heat longer and saves you money in the end.

Filtration Technology

Many of the latest models include food disposal systems and remove prewashing your dishes and saves on water. However, manufacturers still recommend that you wipe the dishes off from food making the washing process easier.

Steam & Jet Features

Some of the best dishwashers have steam upgrades as this reduces the need of wiping of items before placing them in the machine. It is safer for all your dishes from your delicate items to your heavy-duty pans and pots. Jets are placed better to blast particles of food of the dishes and some include turbo washes or scour modes using these upgraded jets.




What next-gen or digital features can you find

Dishwashers are getting smarter as they provide you with functionality to save you time and money making your overall experience while using the product enjoyable and easier to use.

Sensor Technology

Many brands have built-in smart sensors that detect how dirty dishes are and how much power is needed to clean them. These sensors adjust the water level or pressures, making sure your dishes come out free from debris and sparkling clean.

New-Generation Touch Controls and Smart Features

You can find some top rated dishwashers with touch-pad controls; they are easy to use and sleek. While others present you with smart features sending notifications to your Smartphone when wash, cycles are done providing you access to diagnostic information and the status of the wash cycle.




Where to find a green or energy-efficient dishwasher

Energy Star systems are becoming more popular as people become more aware about environmental concerns and you can look for the following when buying your next countertop dishwasher:

CEE Rating: The CEE (Consortium for Energy Efficiency) is a nonprofit organization that encourages businesses and markets to help develop efficient products. They provide a residential appliance rating system and products that are CEE Tier Three efficient.





Some helpful green practices

Prevent rinsing and wipe

While many manufacturers provide some of the best technology features to eliminate prewashing, you can still reduce energy expenses by wiping down the dishes from food particles. This may seem like a tedious task, but will cut down on your water bill.

Phosphate-free detergents

Rather use phosphate-free detergents and clearly labeled and some popular brands are Method and Seventh GenerationMethod Smarty Dish Plus Dishwasher Detergent Packs, Lemon Mint are one of the products we buy often.
We also use Seventh Generation Dishwasher Detergent Gel Soap, Lemon Scent too. Both give amazing results we’ve found.

We hope that our article, How to choose the best countertop dishwasher,  helps you to make a wise choice when you are in need of buying a dishwasher to take care of your dirty dishes. The information provided here should help you with understanding the different features and options when you are looking to for a kitchen appliance that will save you time, money, and fit comfortably in your small kitchen.


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