This countertop dishwasher is a nice size, and can handle up to 6 place settings at once, including dinner plates up to 10 inches. It can sit on any standard kitchen counter and has 7 different wash programs. The rack slides in and out easily, and the utensil basket can be removed. The LED display makes it easy to set up and adjust. It comes with intake and discharge hoses, and is really quick to assemble. This is an Energy Star certified machine, so it’s energy efficient. It is also especially user-friendly so anyone can figure out the settings easily.
This Della compact countertop dishwasher can handle up to 6 standard place settings and has a cup shelf as well as a rack and utensil basket. The quick-connect kit connects the machine to the kitchen faucet and lets it drain into the sink. Delay the start by 2, 4, or 6 hours if you like. The detergent and rinse dispensers fill easily. This dishwasher comes in black, silver, or white. It runs at 55 decibels which is average for a countertop dishwasher.
This energy-efficient option is easy to hook up and runs quietly. It is average-sized for a countertop dishwasher. It can wash up to 6 place settings at a time and has 6 wash cycle options. The basic, simple look means it will blend in well in pretty much any kitchen. Depending on which cycle you choose, the running time varies between 75 minutes and 2 hours.
4. Magic Chef MCSCD6W3 6 Place Setting Countertop Dishwasher
Another 6 place servings capacity dishwasher, this one has 5 different wash cycles, which you select using the dial, including a handy 45-minute ‘speedy’ wash which is more like a quick wash and rinse. It includes a cutlery basket, cup rack and dish rack. Its residue drying system uses air already inside the machine to dry rather than air from outside, which is more hygienic.
5 wash cycle options
Hygienic drying system
Slow standard wash cycle (150 minutes)
1-rack system means plastic dishes can flip over mid-wash and block the spray arm
5. Koldfront 6 Place Setting Portable Countertop Dishwasher – Black
This countertop dishwasher is compact and will fit into any kitchen no matter how small. It also holds dinner plates up to 10.5 inches, which is bigger than some other models. It is easy to use, with an on/off button, a start button, and a dial that lets you choose from 6 wash programs. This dishwasher comes in white or black. It has an internal water heater than heats up to 149 degrees F, to help get those stubborn bits of food off. Using only 200 kilowatt hours a year, this Koldfront dishwasher uses half the energy of some other models.
Easy to connect and set up
The Rapid Eco setting is quick and does a good job
Danby is a well-known brand in compact kitchen appliances. With 6 wash cycle programs and enough capacity for 6 place settings, this Danby dishwasher is a sound choice. It fits on most countertops and is also portable so you can store it when not in use. The quick-connect feature is compatible with all but the oldest of kitchen faucets. The built-in heater (which not all countertop dishwashers have) gets the water up to 165 degrees F. This one is smaller than some models, and you will struggle to fit 10 inch dinner plates in there, even if you angle them.
Easy to read LED display
Delayed start option
Small cups can fall through the tray gaps and stop the spray arm moving
Unlike a lot of countertop dishwashers standing at 17.5 or 18 inches high, this one is a perfect 17.25 inches, meaning it will fit between your cabinetry and countertop where others might not. It has 6 different wash cycle choices and will hold 6 place settings. You get a dish rack and cup rack in the rolling caddy, as well as a removable silverware basket. This dishwasher is very quiet unless the water is draining. The durable stainless steel interior is high quality.
Quick and easy to set up
Good height for extra-tight spaces
Powder doesn’t always dissolve, so use liquid detergent
As with most other countertop dishwashers, this model can handle 6 place settings per wash. It has 6 wash cycles to choose from. This one can heat the water up to 154 degrees F so your dishes will come out sparkling. Capable of holding up to 10-1/2 inch plates when angled properly, this SPT dishwasher also offers a 2, 4, 6 or 8 hour delayed start. There is an indicator to show if the faucet is not on, and a rinse aid indicator showing when it needs to be refilled. The LED display is easy to use.
Easy to install
Energy Star Compliant
SPT is known for being quiet
Annoying loud end of cycle beeping unless you remember to turn this off
9. EdgeStar DWP62SV 6 Place Setting Energy Star Rated
This practical, spacious dishwasher holds 6 place settings and has a cup shelf as well as a dish rack and silverware basket. It is fully stainless steel, and looks modern in a contemporary kitchen. You can choose from black, silver or white. It stands just over 17 inches tall and comes with a 5-foot hose and quick-connect faucet connector. The LED controls are easy to use and there is a child-lock function which is very handy if you have kids, 7 wash cycles, and a delayed start feature. You won’t need all 7 wash cycles, but it’s nice to have the choice.
7 wash cycles
Delayed start feature
Utensils placed in the far left of the silverware basket by the door sometimes stop the soap dispenser door opening
The size of the countertop dishwasher you pick will depend on how much space you have available as well as the size of your family. If you’re alone or you eat out a lot, it might make sense to get one of these handy appliances rather than a large dishwasher which takes days to fill.
2. The Capacity
You will be able to wash 4 to 6 place settings depending on the model you choose. Just don’t expect to get big pots and pans in there. Some can handle 11-inch dinner plates while some struggle to hold anything over 10 inches.
3. Water Consumption
A modern countertop dishwasher only uses 2 or 3 gallons of water per wash, which is about a tenth of what you would use washing by hand. Although dishwasher energy efficiency varies a lot depending on the model, you can expect an average cost of 10 to 12 cents per load.
4. The Cycles
Different countertop dishwasher models offer different cycle options, but you should be able to choose from several programs, depending whether you want a quick, light wash, whether you are washing plates with stuck-on food, or whether you are washing fragile items like crystal glasses.
5. Ease of Use
Countertop dishwashers tend to be easy to install and use. The controls will be at eye level, unlike conventional dishwashers, so you can see what you are doing. Simply hook the dishwasher up to the faucet, load it, and choose the program. The result will be sparkling clean plates, glasses, bowls, and cutlery without the need to scrub anything by hand.
Things You Should Know about Countertop Dishwasher:
Are Countertop Dishwashers Any Good?
Countertop dishwashers are good for people who don’t have the space for a full-size model. They also suit small families who simply don’t need a larger dishwasher. Maybe you’re renting or can’t pipe water into a new appliance. In any of those events, a countertop dishwasher would be a great answer.
Do I Need a Countertop Dishwasher?
A dishwasher is always a luxury item, since washing by hand is the alternative, but dishwashers save both time and money over the long run. These are good value for money and don’t take up much space, so they are a great investment for your kitchen.
How Do Countertop Dishwashers Work?
These appliances do not work much differently to larger models. You can choose to either connect your countertop dishwasher to the tap while it is in use or else get a plumber to fit it to your sink’s plumbing. They can all be connected to the faucet, at least temporarily, which means you can use them out of the box without any fiddly setup.