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Apartment Sized Dishwashers - Small Tabletop Dishwashers

Updated on May 21, 2014

Mini Counter Top Dishwashers Are Perfect For Apartments and Mobile Living

Living in an apartment often means giving up on some of the creature comforts we are used to simply because there isn't the space for them. However, innovative as we are, manufacturers have found way to bring many of those things to us in more compact sizes. For cleaning clothes, there are mini clothes washers and tabletop dryers and for dishwashing, you can thankfully throw away the washing up gloves and invest instead in a time saving countertop dishwasher instead.

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These are large enough to fit several plates, cups and cutlery items but small enough to fit on your work surface. They are a very versatile, being both small yet powerful enough to get the job done right. Small ones can either be a permanent fixture, or you can stow it away and only pull one out when it is ready to use. Some people like to semi-install theirs on a shelf or cupboard over, under or beside the sink. The choice is yours, as there is no complicated plumbing or installation required.

It certainly beats doing it by hand, leaving you time to get on with the more important things in life. They're great as apartment dishwashers but that's not the only place you can use them. They also make great travel companions, are ideal for campers and RV trips because so long as you have a faucet and a power supply you can run one of these quite comfortably away from home too. They're also great student dishwashers, ideal for college dorm rooms or other temporary housing where a full sized one would be a waste of money and effort. In fact, they're great for renters in general, as there's no bulky hunk of metal and plastic to move when your lease expires and you decide to move on.

They can be harder to find in local retail stores but they are totally easy to find online and there are many to view on this page as you scroll downwards.

Best Countertop Dishwashers For Sale at Amazon - Some Of The Top Rated Portable Dishwashers by Amazon Reviews

6 Place Setting Countertop Portable Dishwasher - Silver
6 Place Setting Countertop Portable Dishwasher - Silver

EdgeStar claims this eco friendly energy star dishwater uses up to 61% less energy than comparable products which makes it the best buy for saving money and helping out the planet a little in the process. Again customers are impressed by this product and are surprised by how well such a small dishwasher performs in terms of washing dishes clean. Again, no installation is required, all it needs is access to a kitchen faucet and you're set to go.

SPT Countertop Dishwasher, White
SPT Countertop Dishwasher, White

If you are looking for something for the home or a compact dishwasher for an office kitchen or other small space then this is an ideal choice. It requires no installation, just east access to your faucets, and with a height of a mere 17.26 inches it'll easily fit on most counter tops below cabinets. It gets fantastic reviews from customers who love how many plates can fit into such a small machine. This easily holds up to 6 place settings and washes everything sparkling clean. A great buy at this price.

Danby DDW611WLED Countertop Dishwasher - White
Danby DDW611WLED Countertop Dishwasher - White

This features 6 wash cycles and can also hold up to six place settings at once. To use this you simply connect it to any kitchen tap and it'll clean everything using a mere 3.17 gallons of water on a typical cycle.


Why Use A Countertop Dishwasher

The Pros and Cons of Tabletop Dishwashers

As mentioned, there are many reasons why people choose to buy this kind of compact dishwashing machine over a bulky under counter dishwasher. For some, it's a case of necessity, there simply isn't the room for anything other than a space saving dishwasher but for others, it's a personal choice with many benefits.

For starters, if you live alone or are a couple who make few dirty cups and plates because your lifestyle involves eating away from home more often than not, then it makes little sense to invest in a full sized one. Even if you do, or if your home came with one built in, it makes less sense to use it rather than a smaller counter top dishwasher instead. It's expensive to keep running a full sized appliance when there are only a few items inside and if you wait to fill it up you'll probably find yourself running short of plates and if it takes too long, you'll notice stale and rotting food smells emanating from inside. A smelly appliance is not something you want in your kitchen and it's unsanitary to leave dirty plates hanging around for too long anyway.

Mini countertop dishwashers are the preferable alternative for people who wash few dishes in a day as it beats hand washing and its cheaper too. Studies show that most people who use a dishwashing machine actually save money by using less water, less soap and less power as it's cheaper to run the dishwasher than to reheat the water tank to replace the hot water used. Unless you're already very frugal with your hand washing, a large dishwasher is going to be a cheaper alternative, and small compact dishwashers are cheaper still.

Portable dishwashing machines are ideal for anyone living in a rental property which didn't come with one built in already. Movable dishwashers give you back the freedom from being tied to the sink and they're ready to pick up and go when you decide to move on. There's no complicated plumbing to deal with and they're guaranteed to fit in the next place you rent which can be a problem with larger models.

They're also a great purchase for taking on the road with you if you use a camper van or RV for your holiday and road trips. A compact tabletop dishwasher only needs a faucet for water input and a sink for drainage so they're ideal for campers. There's no need to go back to hand washing dishes if you do not need to! Their compact size means no worries about them taking up your already limited living space either and they are easily stowable dishwashers too, so when you don't need it for a couple of days, just stow away in a cupboard, under a bed etc. and they're out of your hair.

More Apartment and Dorm Sized Dishwashers

Wheeled Portable Dishwashers On Wheels

If a table top dishwasher doesn't offer the kind of capicity you require but your still do not have the space for a built-in model then you might like to look instead the range of portable rolling dishwashers on casters. These are larger dishwashers which are not built in to your kitchen cabinets but are instead freestanding dishwashers on wheels which can be moved from room to room just by pushing them around. Wheeled portable dishwashers are a good choice in homes which do not have room for a built in dishwasher or when you do not want to hack away at your kitchen cabinets to install a new one. These can be stored in someplace like a utility room and wheeled out when you want them, or they can be semi-installed in an existing space in your kitchen without having to be fitted in place or plumbed in.

See A Video Review Of One Of The Many Models

Do You Have A Mini Dishwasher? - Add your comments below

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  • uneasywriter lm profile image

    uneasywriter lm 

    5 years ago

    Perfect for my cabin, and RV. Never seen these before thanks!

  • opatoday profile image


    5 years ago

    Great Lens thanks for sharing

  • magnetic06 lm profile image

    magnetic06 lm 

    6 years ago

    fantastic innovation, great ideas for small spaces , great lens, thanks for sharing

  • tobydavis profile image


    6 years ago

    Great lens - just what I need for an apartment I'm looking to rent!

  • SheilaMilne profile image


    6 years ago from Kent, UK

    I have had one in a small holiday flat but unfortunately we weren't able to replace it when it gave up. I wish I'd had this choice at that time.

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    Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

    6 years ago from Australia

    We have a bench top dishwasher in our small country house, it's great

  • flinnie lm profile image

    Gloria Freeman 

    6 years ago from Alabama USA

    Hi this would be great for my small kitchen. I hate washing the dishes.

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    Mary Norton 

    6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I want to find out more as this might solve our problem given that there are only the two of us.

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    6 years ago

    @TravelingRae: Do you connect it to the kitchen taps if so were did you get the tap connection

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    6 years ago

    do you need to use less dishwasher detergent for a compact washer? how much will you need per load? my daughter just moved into a home with a compact and used it for the first time with one of the pre measured tablets and it leaked foam. I told her that was probably too much detergent for her size washer. help please?

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    6 years ago

    great idea but never had one!

  • PamelaU profile image


    6 years ago

    Having done my time in small flats, I really wish I'd known about these mini dishwashers!

  • MCB2011 profile image


    7 years ago

    I don't have one, but I have been thinking of something small for a cabin. Thanks for the info

  • Morgannafay profile image


    7 years ago

    I can't live without a dishwasher. These little babies would be great if you're having a hard time finding an apartment with one, or your favorite apartment in the hunt lacks one. I've fallen in love with places in the past and moved somewhere else based on the dishwasher alone.

  • viscri8 profile image


    7 years ago

    Blessed for a useful topic -- keep well!

  • CarolynPile profile image


    7 years ago

    I had one years ago. I have always considered a dishwasher a necessity.

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    7 years ago

    Sounds like a great idea for a camper or small apartment or single person.

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    7 years ago

    I installed a mini dishwasher in my motorhome. I love it!


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