The Best Countertop Dishwasher for Your Home

No one likes hand washing their dishes. It’s tedious and takes a lot of time. If you have your own home, you probably have your own dishwasher, and that’s great. But what if you live in a small apartment or have a tiny kitchen with limited space? A traditional dishwasher won’t simply do this, but that doesn’t mean that you’re left to wash your dishes by hand all the time.

The answer comes in the form of countertop dishwashers, which, as their name suggests, have all the capabilities of a regular dishwasher but come in a small, portable size that you can simply place on top of your kitchen counter.

Read on to find out which made it to my top five list.

SaleBestseller No. 1
COMFEE’ Countertop Dishwasher, Energy Star Portable Dishwasher, 6 Place Settings, Mini Dishwasher with 8 Washing Programs, Speed, Baby-Care, ECO& Glass, Dish Washer for Dorm, RV& Apartment, White
  • 【6 Place Setting】- A perfect size (H17.2″×W20.6″×D21.6″) for 2-3 people, COMFEE’ compact dishwasher is suitable for dorms, RVs, and apartments. This countertop dishwasher can fit up to 70 pieces of tableware and has a plate size of up to 10 inches in diameter. Note: COMFEE dishwashers are tested at the factory before they are shipped. If your new dishwasher has some water inside, this is normal.
  • 【Simple Installation】- COMFEE’ portable dishwasher can be installed easily with accessories and simple plumbed connection steps like other full-size dishwashers. Also, this dishwasher can be connected to the faucet directly (A suitable adaptor needed). Depending on your needs, it can be flexibly placed on the table or fitted in the cupboard.
  • 【8 Washing Cycles】- Most of the cleaning cycles, including Heavy, Normal, Baby-Care, ECO, Glass, and Speed, helped with extra-drying function, and deliver sparklingly cleaned and dried dishes. Three more cleaning options, including Speed, Mini-party, and Rinse, are designed for COMFEE' compact dishwasher, providing high flexibility for you to choose in different situations.
  • 【Heavy Program】- Heavily soiled dishes are cleaned evenly with 12 washing nozzles, accompanied with 360° spiral spray wash to ensure complete washing of all the dishes from all angles. Also, high water temperature, which is up to 68℃, together with high water pressure, offer you the best cleaning towards the most stubborn stains.
  • 【Speed Program】- Only takes you 45 minutes to get all dishes cleaned, perfect for hurry-up situations, like holding a multi-round party. Accompanied with Energy Star compliant, water consumption can be as low as 2.77 gallons of water, which greatly saves your costs.
Bestseller No. 2
Frigidaire FFCD2418US 24 Inch Built In Full Console Dishwasher with 5 Wash Cycles, 14 Place Settings, in Stainless Steel
  • This refurbished product is tested and certified to look and work like new. The refurbishing process includes functionality testing, basic cleaning, inspection, and repackaging. The product ships with all relevant accessories, and may arrive in a generic box
SaleBestseller No. 3
COMFEE' Countertop Dishwasher, Portable Dishwasher with 5L Built-in Water Tank, No Hookup Needed, 6 Programs, 360° Dual Spray, 192℉ Steam& Air-Dry Function, Mini Dishwasher for Apartments& RVs, White
  • [ No Installation Needed ]: Since your adding water manually in the 5L built-in water tank, you can put the countertop dishwasher in any suitable place without connecting to tap water. This mini dishwasher can also be hooked to a kitchen faucet with the included water hose (Faucet Adapter Needed).
  • [ Ultra-Compact Design ]: The compact dishwasher can wash 30+ items (Max to 10" plates) at a time while occupying a small space (16.5 x 17.1 x 17.1 inches), ideal for apartments, small kitchens, dorms, boats, campers& RVs. (Note: COMFEE' dishwashers are tested at the factory before being shipped, so it's normal if your new tabletop dishwasher has some water inside.)
  • [ 6 Programs ]: NORMAL, RAPID, STEAM, FRUIT, GLASS washing programs, and AIR REFRESH extra drying mode meet all your daily needs. Note: use the standard dishwasher powders or detergents to get the best cleaning results. (No detergent is needed for the FRUIT program, and RAPID just needs half of the standard quantity. Regular liquid dish soap will cause dishwasher problems).
  • [ Upgraded 192 ℉ STEAM & Dual Spray ]: The STEAM program includes 162 ℉ Rinsing and max to 192 ℉ STEAM, easily removing stuck-on and dried food particles than regular programs. It also ensures thorough cleaning of baby bottles. The upper and lower spray arms direct water toward the corners of every dish, turning dirty dishes sparkling clean.
  • [ Extra Drying & Stay Fresh ]: Circulation of AIR REFRESH removes moisture and odor, keeping your plates and machine dry and fresh for a long time. The function is enabled by default and you can also inactivate the function if unnecessary.
Bestseller No. 4
Portable Countertop Dishwasher, 5 Washing Programs, Built-in 3-Cups Water Tank, 3D Cyclone Spray, Fruit & Vegetable Cleaning with Basket, High Temperature, Air Drying - Lights, Faucet Adapter Included
  • Build- in Lights Function, Portable Size: 16x16x17.5(H) inch, 26.4 LB Net Weight, Convenient Dishwasher can fit a Variety of Dishes (up to 12-inches in diameter at an angle) and is ideal for small-sized Houses, Apartments, Dorms, Boats and Campers/RVs
  • Multi Washing Programs: Six Wash Programs - Standard, Quick, Strong, ECO, Fruit and DRY. Lower and Upper Spray Arms give Dishes that Streak-Free Deep Cleaning
  • Easy-To-Use Control Panel: The LED Digital Controls show a Clear Picture-View of Wash Controls and the Automatic Water Level Indicator Lets you Know When the Correct Water Level has been Reached
  • Two Channel Filling up Water from Tank & Hose : If you want the Advantage of Portability and Storage, This Dishwasher gives you the Two Choice to Fill by the Built-in Tank or A Water Hose, Water Hose is Included (Adapter Included)
  • Detergents: Pods, Liquid or Powder Detergents are All Acceptable and It's Recommended to only Use Detergent Tablets When Running Long Cycles so the Tablets Fully Dissolve
Bestseller No. 5
Countertop Dishwasher, 5 Washing Programs Portable Dishwasher With 5-Liter Built-in Water Tank For Glass Door
  • 【PERFECT WASH】No more washing dirty dishes by hand every day. Mini dishwashers increase the convenience of your life, even if the space is small, it can be placed in your kitchen.
  • 【4 PLACE-SETTING CAPACITY】The 120V Countertop Dishwasher appliance measures 16.85×16.73×18.03 inches (W×D×H), which has a 4 Place-Setting Capacity. And fits up to 11" dishes loaded at an angle.
  • 【FIVE WASHING PROGRAMS】The Mini Dishwasher perfectly provides 5 washing programs: Standard Cleaning, Fast Cleaning, ECO Cleaning, Strong Cleaning and Fruit Cleaning. Dual high water pressure spraying arms give dishes that streak-free deep cleaning.
  • 【HIGH TEMPERATURE】Dishwashers can clean tableware, fruits and vegetables, and also use the drying function after cleaning to keep tableware dry and tasteless. High Temperature and PTC Hot Wind are suitable for baby products and oily tableware to give glassware a sparkling clean finish.
  • 【NO INSTALLATION NEEDED】This Countertop Dishwasher supports 2 water supply modes. The water tank mode, a built-in 5L water tank allows instant use when fully filled. The faucet mode, simply connect the water inlet hose and drain hose to the machine and faucet.
Bestseller No. 6
Bosch SHEM63W55N 24" 300 Series Built In Full Console Dishwasher with 5 Wash Cycles,in Stainless Steel
  • List of programs 1 Hour, Auto, Normal, Pots & Pans, Rinse
  • Appliance Width (in) 23 9/16
  • Height 33 7/8
Bestseller No. 7
SPT SD-9254SSA Stainless Energy Star 18″ Built-in Dishwasher w/Heated Drying
  • Time Delay Feature: Allows You To Program Operation At A Later Start Time (1-24 Hours)
  • Error Alarm: Displays Fault Codes
  • Heating Function During Drying Cycle
  • Rinse Aid Warning Indicator: Refill Reminder On Rinse Aid.
SaleBestseller No. 8
ecozy Portable Countertop Dishwasher, Mini dishwasher with a Built-in 5L Water Tank, No Hookup Needed, 5 Washing Programs, Extra Dry Function for Apartments, Camping and RV, White
  • Get the Clean You Need: 5 selectable cleaning programs make it easy to customize your dishwashing according to how dirty your dishes are, saving you time and minimizing power usage. You can use Heavy Mode (131°F~167°F / 55°C ~75°C) to handle really dirty dishes or baby bottles.
  • Wash Wherever You Want: Just fill the built-in 5L water tank to have your mini dishwasher start washing dishes wherever is most convenient for you. Alternatively, hookup to a faucet (hose provided, adapter not included) for a direct water supply that makes filling the tank unnecessary.
  • Compact and Convenient: Measuring 16.85 × 16.73 × 18.03 inches, the ecozy portable countertop dishwasher outclasses traditional dishwashers. Large enough to accommodate a wide range of dishes of all sizes, but small enough to go wherever you need. Great for families (ideal for 1-3 people), apartments, RVs, boats, camping, and more.
  • Extra Dry Dishes: Powerful heating elements vaporize moisture while automatic ventilation keeps your dishes clean, dry, and ready to use for up to 72 hours. Your health is our utmost priority, so we’ve made sure that your portable dishwasher leaves dried dishes squeaky clean and warm to the touch — with no trace of detergent residue.
  • Easy to Use: Top-to-bottom, corner-to-corner coverage is provided by rotating spray arms. Operation is quick and convenient thanks to the tilted electronic touch control. See the whole dishwashing process — without opening the appliance — with the transparent doors.
SaleBestseller No. 9
Cascade Complete Dishwasher Detergent Liquid Gel, Fresh Scent, 75 oz
  • Cascade cleaning power allows you to skip pre-washing dishes, saving up to 15 gallons of water with each load
  • More tough food-cleaning ingredients (vs. regular Cascade Gel)
  • Also available in easy-to-use ActionPacs
  • #1 Recommended Brand in North America* *More dishwasher brands in North America recommend Cascade vs. any other automatic dishwashing detergent brand, recommendations as part of co-marketing agreements
  • Cascade Complete Gel has earned the Good Housekeeping Seal
SaleBestseller No. 10
Razorri Countertop Automatic Dishwasher DOE with Inlet Hose, 7 Washing Modes, Air Dry, Anti-Leak Design, Fruit & Vegetable Cleaning, Baby Product Sterilization, Compact for Apartment, Dorm Room, RV
  • 💧Complete cleaning: Two 360° high-pressure spraying arms with 13 holes and PTC hot air convection drying leaves your dishes with a streak-free finish and high-temperature disinfection.
  • 🔧2-Way installation: Hook it up directly to the faucet for the most convenient option or temporarily connect it to the plumbing so you can continue to use your faucet while the washer is running.
  • 🍽️7 Washing Modes: All the features of a full-size washer in a smaller size. Includes modes for a Normal wash, Rapid, Hygiene (steam/sterilize), Light, Fruit-Washing, Intensive, and an ECO mode which takes longer but uses less energy with DOE qualified.
  • 🍼Baby Care Helper: The hygiene washing mode features a quick-wash and sterilizing cycle to sanitize baby utensils and other items. Run it with the 24-hour delayed start and child-lock to free your hands to cuddle your children (or catch up on your own nap time!).
  • 🍓Fruit Cleaning: The 16-minute fruit mode can be used to remove dirt and chemicals from fruits, vegetables, and other produce before serving or preparing for other dishes.
SaleBestseller No. 11
BLACK+DECKER Portable Dishwasher, 18 inches Wide, 8 Place Setting, Black
  • IMPRESSIVE CAPACITY: This 18” portable dishwasher thoroughly cleans up to 8 place settings in each wash cycle. Your dinner plates, cups, saucers, bowls and utensils will stay dirt-free and sparkling thanks to this durable stainless steel (16.3” x 20.5” x 26.15”) tub. Silverware basket included so your forks, knives and spoons remain immaculate. This portable dishwasher on wheels does the scrubbing for you with an adjustable top rack to accommodate taller dishes.
  • EASY SETUP: No need for direct plumbing or permanent installation with this portable dishwashing machine. The Quick Connect assembly links right to your faucet with a 59” hose. Interior spray arms located in the upper and lower part of small dishwasher with a hot water temperature of 140° Fahrenheit. Child lock guarantees optimal safety when dishwasher machine is on.
  • MULTIPLE WASH CYCLES: This BLACK+DECKER portable dish washer comes with 6 superior wash cycles: Heavy, Normal, ECO, Glass, 90-min & Rapid. An easy-to-read LED display with trouble-free push button allows you to begin cleaning in no time. Fully equipped with detergent dispenser and low rise aid indicator. Delay Start function allows you to wash plates, utensils, bowls and cups with the touch of your fingertips and on your own schedule.
  • WORKTOP VERSATILITY: When your dish washer isn’t scrubbing your favorite dishes, it can double as a trendy kitchen island and worktop counter. When not in use, make the most of this stainless steel dishwasher by utilizing it to store kitchen appliances or even as a culinary work station.
  • IDEAL FOR SMALL KITCHENS: Just because you live in an apartment, RV, or dorm doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy clean cutlery and plateware. The storage and ease of this 18” RV dishwasher allows you the luxury of thoroughly washed dishes regardless of your kitchen size. Made for compact spaces, this portable dishwasher is ideal for apartment residencies and occupants of modest dwellings.
SaleBestseller No. 12
Frigidaire 24 Inch Built In NSF Energy Star Certified Stainless Steel Dishwasher
  • Scratch-and-dent means this unit features some cosmetic defects, but is still fully functioning and safe to use
  • Each scratch-and-dent piece is unique, so specific damage (side, back front, etc.) is unknown until time of delivery
  • Multiple cycle options let you customize your dish-washing experience
  • Decibel (dB) level: 54
  • Voltage rating: 120V 60 Hz
SaleBestseller No. 13
hOmeLabs Compact Countertop Dishwasher - Energy Star Portable Mini Dish Washer in Stainless Steel Interior for Small Apartment Office and Home Kitchen with 6 Place Setting Rack and Silverware Basket
  • A convenient and small Energy Star certified dish washing machine for cleaning the dishes after dinner or cooking. Simply load the dishes in the dish basket and cutlery rack and let this white dishwasher do the dirty job. Easily sits on countertops or tabletop requiring less space
  • With simple to use control panel and light indicators. Program selector has 6 wash cycle options: heavy, normal, ECO, glass, speed, and rinse for your different dishwashing needs. Delay button light to postpone wash cycle
  • Features a quick connect assembly with accessories including inlet and drain hose and a faucet adapter for water lines that are compatible with round-shaped faucet outlets with removable aerators, and 55/64"-27 male or 15/16"-27 female threads underneath
  • Using the rinse aid dispenser, you can dry your plates, mugs, and glass quickly without the marks or streaks. Only use rinse aids designed for an automatic dishwasher to prevent damaging your dishwasher. An indicator light will let you know when to refill the dispenser
  • This counter top appliance measures 17.2 x 19.6 x 21.6 inches with 6 standard place setting capacity perfect for small size household or individuals living in apartments with limited space for huge kitchen appliances
SaleBestseller No. 14
Countertop Dishwasher, 5 Washing Programs Portable Dishwasher With 5-Liter Built-in Water Tank And Inlet Hose & Drain Hose
  • When we enjoy cooking, we always have to face the problem of washing dishes. Dishwashers are not only a convenient way to clean up after a meal, but also save a considerable amount of water compared to washing dishes by hand.
  • 【4 PLACE-SETTING CAPACITY】The Countertop Dishwasher appliance measures 16.85×16.73×18.03 inches (W×D×H), which has a 4 Place-Setting Capacity. And fits up to 11" dishes loaded at an angle.
  • 【FIVE WASHING PROGRAMS】The Mini Dishwasher perfectly provides 5 washing programs: Standard Cleaning, Fast Cleaning, ECO Cleaning, Strong Cleaning and Fruit Cleaning. Dual high water pressure spraying arms give dishes that streak-free deep cleaning.
  • 【HIGH TEMPERATURE】Dishwashers can clean tableware, fruits and vegetables, and also use the drying function after cleaning to keep tableware dry and tasteless. 167℉ High Temperature and PTC Hot Wind are suitable for baby products and oily tableware to give glassware a sparkling clean finish.
  • 【NO INSTALLATION NEEDED】This Countertop Dishwasher supports 2 water supply modes. The water tank mode, a built-in 5 L water tank allows instant use when fully filled. The faucet mode, simply connect the water inlet hose and drain hose to the machine and faucet.
Bestseller No. 15
COMFEE' Portable Dishwasher Countertop, Mini Dishwasher with 5L Built-in Water Tank, No Hookup Needed, 6 Programs, 360° Dual Spray, 192℉ High-Temp& Air-Dry Function, Dishwasher for Apartments& RVs
  • [ No installation needed ]: Adding water manually in the 5L built-in water tank, you can put the dishwasher in any suitable place without connecting to tap water. Or it can be hooked to the kitchen faucet directly with the included water hose (Adapter included). .[ Lower Water & Energy Consumption ]: The COMFEE' Eco-dishwashing cleans dishes with less effort. It only consumes 5L of water per wash cycle, only 1/3 the amount used when handwashing and it uses only 0.35 kilowatt-hours per year.[ Intuitive & Safe Operation ]: LED Digital Display, See-Through Viewing Window, Child Lock, and Leak Protection allow for an easy and safe operation.
  • [ Ultra-compact Design]: The ultra-compact design allows the dishwasher to wash 30+ items(Max to 9.5-inch plates) at a time while occupying a small area, which is ideal for small houses, apartments, dorms, boats, and campers/RVs.
  • [ 6 Program Options ]: NORMAL, RAPID, STEAM, FRUIT, GLASS washing programs, and AIR REFRESH extra drying mode meet all your daily needs. Note: Use the standard dishwasher powders or detergents because regular liquid dish soap will cause dishwasher problems. (No detergent is needed for the FRUIT program, and RAPID just needs half of the standard quantity. )
  • [ 192 ℉ HIGH-TEMP HYGIENE ]: The HYGIENE wash cycle boosts water temperature to 162 ℉ Rinsing and Max to 192 ℉ which can tackle even the heaviest soiled dishes and is also suitable for cleaning baby bottles and children’s dinner sets.
  • [ Extra Drying & Stay Fresh ]: Circulation of AIR REFRESH removes moisture and odor, keeping your plates and machine dry and fresh for a long time. The function is enabled by default and you can also inactivate the function if unnecessary.
Bestseller No. 17
Farberware Professional FCD06ABBWHA Compact Portable Countertop Dishwasher with 6 Place Settings and Silverware Basket, LED Display, Energy Star, White
  • Dimensions: Depth - Door Shut (with Handle): 21.7". Depth - Door Shut (without Handle): 20". Depth With Door Open 90 Degrees: 29". Dishwasher Size: 21". Height - Maximum: 17.2". Height - Minimum: 17.2". Product Depth: 21.7". Product Height: 17.2". Product Width: 19.7". Product Weight: 44.1 lb
  • Six-place setting: the six-place setting capacity allows you to wash a variety of dishes (up to 10-inches in diameter) and includes folding down rack shelves and a cutlery basket
  • Quick installation: Features a quick connect assembly with accessories and adapters included to easily connect directly to your faucet
  • Seven washing programs: you'll get full size dishwasher cleaning in a countertop sized compact unit that offers seven wash programs - heavy, Normal, baby care, light, glass, Speed 45 min, self clean
  • Extra-drying function: this feature adds extra heat to the final rinse to enhance drying results, but can only be used with the following programs - heavy, Normal, light, glass, baby care
SaleBestseller No. 18
FRIGIDAIRE FFBD1831US Dishwasher, 18 inches, Stainless Steel
  • DUAL SPRAY ARM SYSTEM: Our top and bottom rack dual spray arm system gives you a thorough clean every time
  • SANITIZE CYCLE: National Sanitation Foundation Certified Sanitize Cycle
  • FITS UP TO 8 PLACE SETTINGS: Cleans 8 place settings in one cycle
  • HEATED DRYING SYSTEM: Heating element helps dry your dishes the first time
  • 6 CLEANING CYCLE OPTIONS: Easy-to-use cleaning cycle options include Energy Saver, Heavy Wash and Rinse
SaleBestseller No. 19
COSMO COS-DIS6502 24 in. Dishwasher in Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel with Stainless Steel Tub
  • QUIET OPERATION: Built-in dishwasher features ultra-quiet operation at only 51 dB with exterior sound insulating pads pre-installed.
  • LARGE CAPACITY: 24 in. tall tub dishwasher accommodates up to 12 place settings to wash multiple dishes at once; upper rack to accommodate large or irregular-sized dishes; large capacity lower rack easily accommodates plates, bowls, and cookware
  • FUNCTIONS: 4 Wash Cycles featuring 2 Options, including Heated Dry; Touch-enabled control panel at top of the door makes operation effortless, easy access and wipes clean; Multiple filter system saves water and energy by separating soiled and clean water
  • CERTIFICATIONS: UL Listed, NSF/ANSI 184, ENERGY STAR certified to help you conserve energy and pay less for utilities
  • 1-YEAR LIMITED: Our customer support team is based proudly in the USA; Product Dimensions: 23.75" (W) x 22.25" (D) x 33.75" (H); Electrical Requirements: 120V / 60Hz, 3-Prong Plug (NOT INCLUDED)
SaleBestseller No. 20
Farberware FDW05ASBWHA Complete Portable Countertop Dishwasher with 5-Liter Built-in Water Tank, 5 Programs, Baby Care, Glass & Fruit Wash-Black/White
  • QUALITY CONTROL NOTE All dishwashers are factory tested to ensure proper operation As a result it is normal for small amounts of residual water to be found in the unit .Can fit up to 12" on Dishes and has 5-Liter Built-in Water Tank
  • COMPACT DESIGN: This convenient dishwasher can fit a variety of dishes (up to 12-inches in diameter at an angle) and is ideal for small-sized houses, apartments, dorms, boats and campers/RVs. Depth - Door Shut (with Handle)-17.3 inch, Depth - Door Shut (without Handle)-16 inch, Depth With Door Open 90 Degrees-35 inch, Dishwasher Size-24 inch
  • NO HOOKUPS NEEDED: If you want the advantage of portability and storage, this dishwasher gives you the choice to fill the built-in tank so you don't need a water hookup. Water hose is included for a direct water hookup to kitchen faucet (adapter not included)
  • FIVE WASHING PROGRAMS: You'll get full size dishwasher cleaning in a countertop sized compact unit that offers five wash programs - Normal, Rapid, Fruit Wash, Baby Care and Glass. Lower and upper spray arms give dishes that streak-free deep cleaning
  • STEAM: Steam generated during the Baby Care cleaning cycle can be used to sanitize baby bottles and give glassware a sparkling clean finish

Top 5 Best Countertop Dishwashers: My Personal Picks

EdgeStar 6 Place Setting Countertop Portable Dishwasher – Child Friendly

ANTOGOO 262c6e 6de92c, full size, White
  • Digital control panel with LED display / Six (6) standard place setting capacity
  • Holds plates up to 10.5 in diameter / Six (6) wash cycles
  • Delayed start feature / Child lock function / Input voltage: 120 V/60 Hz
  • Fits under most cabinetry / Stainless steel interior / 5 foot hose included
  • Dimensions: 17-3/16 H x 21-11/16 W x 19-11/16 D

EdgeStar is part of the famous Living Direct Network, so you can be sure that this appliance is durable and made of high-quality materials. It has a modern silver finish, which can match any kitchen theme or decor.

You don’t have to fuss over difficult controls because it has a user-friendly LED display and digital control panel. It has 6 standard place-setting capacities and can hold plates with diameters as large as 10.5 inches. There are six wash cycles to choose from, including a delayed start feature. You don’t need to call a professional plumber because it will fit most standard faucets. Simply connect the five-foot hose, and you are all set.

It also comes with a child lock feature.

Pros

  • Can fit standard faucets
  • Has a child lock feature
  • Modern and sleek finish.

Cons

  • Not as durable as traditional, full-sized dishwashers
  • Portable in size, but not lightweight.

SPT SD-2202S Countertop Dishwasher with Delay Start – Customer Favorite

SPT SD-2202S Countertop Dishwasher with Delay Start - Silver
  • Durable stainless steel interior; Holds plates up to 10.5" in diameter
  • Up to 8 hours delay start
  • 6 wash cycles (heavy, normal, light, glass, speed, soak); Maximum water termperature: 148°F
  • Up to 6 standard place settings capacity
  • Automatic detergent and rinse agent dispenser

This is one of the more positively reviewed countertop dishwashers that I’ve come across. It comes in a modern silver finish. The inside is made of premium stainless steel. You’ll get a faucet adapter in the package, which you’ll connect to the faucet to get started.

It also features a delay start feature that can delay up to 8 hours, as well as six different wash cycles.

With this product, you can be sure to get a functional appliance that will also elevate the overall look of your kitchen. Its modern color is sure to fit any existing decorative theme that you might already have.

Pros

  • Trendy and modern look
  • 8-hour delay start feature
  • 6 wash cycles are available.

Cons

  • Not a good option if you plan on using it for a long time, it will probably run perfectly for a year or so.

Costway Countertop 6 Place Setting Dishwasher – Editor’s Pick

Costway Countertop Dishwasher Stainless Steel 6 Place Setting Portable Compact Tabletop Kitchen, White
  • 【Easy to Use】Semi-Integrated Electronic Controls With Easy-To-Use Rotary Cycle Selector And Push-Button Functions
  • 【Space Saving 】This Countertop Dishwasher Fits Between Most Standard Countertops And Cabinetry
  • 【PreSet】Start Function Can Be Delayed Between 1 And 24 Hours, Using 1-Hour Increments
  • 【6 Wash Cycles】Six Wash Cycles Include Heavy, Normal, ECO, Speed, Glass And Rinse
  • 【Durable & Quiet】Stainless Steel Interior For Long-lasting Durability, Operates Quietly to Avoid Disrupting Other Areas

This 6-place setting dishwasher is not just compact and portable; it also comes with some useful and practical functions. For one, it has a delayed start feature that can go starting at 1 hour and up to 24 hours (with one-hour increments)!

You don’t need to be super technical to maneuver this dishwasher. It is very easy to use. It has push-button functions, a semi-integrated electronic control panel, and a rotary cycle panel. It will fit most standard countertops. It is space-saving and perfect for tiny kitchens.

The insides are made with durable stainless steel. You won’t even notice when it’s running because of the quiet operation.

Pros

  • Easy-to-use controls
  • Quiet operation
  • Delay start feature of up to 24 hours.

Cons

  • Not as durable as traditional, heavyweight dishwashers.

Koldfront 6 Place Setting Portable Countertop Dishwasher – Portable Option

Farberware FCD06ABBBKA 6 Place Setting Countertop Dishwasher, Black
  • Dimensions: Depth - Door Shut (with Handle): 21.7" | Depth - Door Shut (without Handle): 20" | Depth With Door Open 90 Degrees: 29" | Dishwasher Size: 21" | Height - Maximum: 17.2" | Height - Minimum: 17.2" | Product Depth: 21.7" | Product Height: 17.2" | Product Width: 19.7" | Product Weight: 44.1 lb. Hose Length (ft.): 5.5
  • Six-place setting: the six-place setting capacity allows you to wash a variety of dishes (up to 10-inches in diameter) and includes folding down rack shelves and a cutlery basket
  • Quick installation: Features a quick connect assembly with accessories and adapters included to easily connect directly to your faucet
  • Seven washing programs: you'll get full size dishwasher cleaning in a countertop sized compact unit that offers seven wash programs - heavy, Normal, baby care, light, glass, Speed 45 min, self clean
  • Extra-drying function: this feature adds extra heat to the final rinse to enhance drying results, but can only be used with the following programs - heavy, Normal, light, glass, baby care

This is another brand that is a part of the Living Direct family. This appliance is designed to be durable and affordable at the same time. It has a stainless steel interior. It can easily be connected to your kitchen faucet. You’ll also receive a dish rack, cutlery basket, and cup shelf.

This dishwasher comes in a 6-place setting and is very portable. It will fit most countertops and cabinetry. It only uses 3.8 gallons of water per normal wash cycle. It can hold plates as large as 10.5 inches (diameter).

Pros

  • Consumes only 3.8 gallons per wash cycle
  • Durable exterior and interior
  • Works with most standard kitchen faucets.

Cons

  • Not as durable as traditional, heavyweight dishwashers.

Sunpentown Portable Dishwasher with Delay Start – Runner Up

Sale
SPT SD-2224DW ENERGY STAR Compact Countertop Dishwasher with Delay Start - Portable Dishwasher with Stainless Steel Interior and 6 Place Settings Rack Silverware Basket for Apartment Office And Home Kitchen, White
  • Sunpentown commercial units can be found in many top restaurants, hotels and resorts
  • Sunpentown manufactures products with customer’s everyday comfort and ease in mind
  • Sunpentown offers hundreds of products in a wide range of categories: air quality, refrigeration, lighting, sanitary, massage and dishwasher
  • Sunpentown offers top of the line appliances at a competitive price and superior customer service that go above-and-beyond
  • We are constantly developing our business to anticipate trends and meet changing consumer demands and continue to make high quality sustainable products which are tested to last

The last one on our list is a true contender. It is made of premium stainless steel and is completely portable. It’s the ideal machine for small kitchens or tiny apartments. It will also do well in office spaces or studio units. It can connect quickly and easily to any kitchen faucet using the faucet adapter included in the package. You don’t need a plumber to get it set up.

Don’t be fooled by its size, though. It is quite powerful and comes with a delay start function. You can heat water for up to 148°F. For optimal convenience, it also holds an automatic detergent dispenser and a rinse agent dispenser. All you need to do is put the plates in and take them out. It can hold up to six standard place settings. It includes a silverware basket and dish racks, too.

Pros

  • Portable and perfect for small spaces
  • Convenient and easy to use
  • Easy to set up.

Cons

  • No noticeable drawbacks.

Things to Consider When Buying a Countertop Dishwasher

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As with every investment you are going to make, it’s best to do some diligent research and preparation before buying a countertop dishwasher. Read on to find out more about these considerations.

Does Countertop Mean Portable (and Vice Versa)?

In the reviews above, as well as on product descriptions of countertop dishwashers, you’ll encounter the words portable and countertop a lot. But are these two words the same thing? You might think that they are one and the same, but they technically define two different features of the product.

Movability

Portable dishwashers can be moved from one place to another. These are great if you plan on traveling often and bringing the appliance with you and using it in multiple locations. To accomplish this, portable dishwashers often come fitted with rollers to help with the moving.

Countertop dishwashers simply mean that they are designed to be placed on a countertop, but it doesn’t always mean that it is portable.

Capacity

Also, portable dishwashers can wash at a bigger capacity compared to countertop dishwashers. The latter can only handle a few (often six) place settings every time. So that rules out pans and pots automatically. Portable dishwashers are often designed similarly to traditional dishwashers so that they can fit bigger pans and pots.

Water Usage

On average, countertop dishwashers use up an average of 2 gallons of water per wash cycle. Portable (and traditional) dishwashers can use about 3 gallons of water per load. Considering the margin of difference with how much more you can wash in portable dishwashers, that’s a lot of water saved. Just to compare: you can use up to 27 gallons of water if you wash by hand. So it’s a good deal for the environment if you use any of these dishwashers instead of washing by hand.

Now that we’ve defined the main differences, you can now adjust your expectations on what you’ll be getting from countertop dishwashers.

Factors to Look Out For

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What things should you consider before choosing one?

Functions and Setting

The first thing you need to look at is the settings. Not all washers have the same settings. If you love multitasking or have a busy schedule, then I recommend getting one with the Delay Start feature. In the reviews above, we mentioned a few with this option. But again, not all are created equal. Some Delay Start features can go for 6 hours, some promise 8 hours, while some can go as long as 24 hours.

From our list above, the Costway Countertop 6 Place Setting Dishwasher has a 1-hour to 24-hour Delay Start feature.

Size and Capacity

A lot of countertop dishwashers come in a standard size. Usually, they are able to fit in 6 standard place settings. Most of them will have silverware baskets and dish racks, too. If you are particular about what sizes of china you can and cannot fit in the washer, I recommend you read the fine print on capacity.

Sound and Ease of Use

Another consideration is the sound that the machine makes during operation. Often, this feature is overlooked. After all, not all brands will mention on their product pages if their washer will create an annoying humming sound during washing. Among the five we’ve reviewed above, the Costway Countertop 6 Place Setting Dishwasher checks this box.

Check for the unit’s noise level before making a purchase. You don’t need to know all the technical terms. Simply look for the Decibel Rating. The lower it is, the better. On average, dishwashers will have a 63-66 dBA. The quieter units will have a 55 dBA. As a point of reference, that’s about the same level of noise that a microwave oven will make.

Water Source and Connections

Before you go checking your cart out, make sure your own kitchen is ready for the appliance. These dishwashers are designed to be placed on a flat countertop, with immediate access to a water source (faucet). Make sure to check all of these requirements firsthand.

You can also take this time to check if your faucet is a standard-sized one. The majority of countertop dishwashers will work with standard faucets. So if you don’t have time, this is the time to find the appropriate adapter for it. Also, check if your faucet has a threaded spout.

If you aren’t able to check off these boxes, don’t be disheartened and cancel that purchase just yet. You may remove the faucet’s aerator (it’s the thing responsible for creating a spray) and fit in an adapter. If you aren’t much of a DIY person and are not confident with your plumbing skills, the best thing would be to get the help of a professional plumber.

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Brand and User Reviews

I usually put this factor on top of the considerations list, but this time, the brand doesn’t matter as much. You need to really delve down into the features and specifications of a dishwasher to check its quality and durability, as well as its capacity and functionality. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t hurt to check its brand, too.

A brand that’s been around for quite some time will more likely give out great products and have a credible customer service line, too. Go for brands that offer good warranty coverage.

Aside from the brand name itself, make it a habit to read user reviews. In some ways, they are the most important ones to read. They come from actual consumers who spent actual money on something you’re considering buying. They will let you know how their experience went and can often prevent you from spending too much on something that will prove unworthy later on.

Conclusion

This was a nice roundup. Obviously, the clear winner is the Costway Countertop 6 Place Setting Dishwasher because of its great features. Being able to schedule a washing 24 hours ahead of time is just amazing. It’s also super easy to use!

Costway Countertop Dishwasher Stainless Steel 6 Place Setting Portable Compact Tabletop Kitchen, White
  • 【Easy to Use】Semi-Integrated Electronic Controls With Easy-To-Use Rotary Cycle Selector And Push-Button Functions
  • 【Space Saving 】This Countertop Dishwasher Fits Between Most Standard Countertops And Cabinetry
  • 【PreSet】Start Function Can Be Delayed Between 1 And 24 Hours, Using 1-Hour Increments
  • 【6 Wash Cycles】Six Wash Cycles Include Heavy, Normal, ECO, Speed, Glass And Rinse
  • 【Durable & Quiet】Stainless Steel Interior For Long-lasting Durability, Operates Quietly to Avoid Disrupting Other Areas

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