Small Portable Stand Alone Dishwashers
Whoda Thunk It? But These Portable & Stand Alone Dishwashers Are More Popular Than Ever!
There are times when "bigger" just isn't "better" (although I'm guessing that no one, at least myself, would disagree that a larger kitchen wouldn't be better!) And when you have a small apartment or kitchen, one of those small, portable stand alone dishwasher may be just the thing to make your life a little bit easier without compromising what little space you have.
One of the reasons I've gained a bit of interest in this is the size of my own kitchen. AND, sometimes, when I'm away for the winter, I notice that very few of the vacation rentals that I stay in have large kitchens (with the exception of one rental where I could practically go bowling down the hallway it was so big... but that's a different story altogether!) :)
Then, I saw some very interesting episodes of House Hunters International, where some of the apartments (especially outside the US) are so small - and yet they cost a small fortune! These are the types of places I think about when it comes to missing the amenities we can sometimes get spoiled by here in the US.
So, I researched some of the best and most popular models of these portable compact dishwashers and brought them into one page here for you. And one of the great things about today's choices is that you can now choose from floor models OR countertop models! We've even found a few carts that you can use to move a countertop model around in the event that you don't have a lot of counter space to spare as well. Let's have a look at some models.
Images courtesy of Amazon - and you can see a link below if you're interested in this one.
I Couldn't Resist!
Check out this old ad for an early portable dishwasher.
While researching some good small, portable stand alone dishwashers, I came across this old print ad. I was a little surprised to see that portable dishwashers had been around as long as they have! Imagine how many 1950s era housewives wanted one of these babies! Anyway, I thought this was pretty cool.
I'm always looking at old advertisements - it's one of the things I love most about old magazines!
Ok... On with the show! Following are some of today's best models! :)
(image is from Amazon - I don't have a link for it, but if you look for it on Amazon, you'll find it)
18 Inch Portable Dishwasher Choices - These stand alone models are highly rated
The 18 inch portable dishwasher is a very popular choice among users - especially those who live in city apartments where kitchen space is at a premium. An 18 inch model is large enough to do a "real" load of dishes and glassware, but small enough to tuck into a corner (or a closet) when not in use. These models have stainless steel interiors - a very nice feature that one might not always expect in a portable design!
PS: Please note: There is one model I have removed - the Frigidaire model FFPD1821MW, because it had received a poor review. You can still go in and look it up - but I really only want to feature models that are getting higher ratings.
2 things stand out for me with the Frigidaire: It heats the water - which is important to people who live in apartments where the hot water supply may not be great. Nice stainless interior, too!
One thing I love about the reviewers is how incredibly helpful they are to other potential buyers!
Danby Portable Dishwasher - This is an 18 inch wide model with stainless steel interior
If you're interested in this Danby Portable Dishwasher - Model # DDW1899 WP - you can take a look at it more closely at Amazon. Just click on the photo and it will bring you to the product page.
This Danby portable dishwasher is very popular among users. Its size might fool you, because it holds 8 place settings! Now, I'm not saying that you're going to be able to throw all the pots and pans in as well... but let's be realistic. :)
One buyer mentions that it doubles as additional counter-space in a tiny kitchen - something I hadn't thought of! Of course, if you need to roll it out of the way, the wheels make that very easy. This even has a water softening system built into it!
Now, if you want to actually SEE a Danby model "in action," I found a terrific video (right below this paragraph) of a guy demonstrating it in his own kitchen. What's nice about that is he is showing you "up close & personal" what some of the functions are -AND you get a good look at an actual machine (instead of just relying on a product photo). For less than $400, it's a good deal on a portable dishwasher. Click on the link above or the photo to purchase.
This is the BEST Review I've Seen on the Danby Portable Dishwasher - The adorable kitties don't come with the dishwasher! :)
If you are considering a Danby Portable Dishwasher, you will really appreciate this trulyl excellent review by a homeowner who purchased one and walks through all the features - including exactly how to hook it up and operate it.
Some more thoughts on small spaces...
It isn't just apartments overseas that are small!
When I began looking at these, I thought, "What a perfect idea for kids who are away for the first time!"
I began thinking about college dorms - and then I said to myself, "Wait a minute... you're assuming that a college kid is actually going to use and wash dishes to begin with?"
Probably not so much...
But, then, my mind wandered to thinking about some of the small apartments you see for rent in places like New York City. I won't go into how much some of these eensie weensie places rent for - just Google it. You'll be shocked!
I'll just say that you don't get a lot of space for your money. So, that's where a lot of these space-savers can really come in handy.
That is, if you have any money left over from rent to actually buy one...
Portable COUNTERTOP Dishwasher Models - Handy for more than just the small apartment kitchen!
One thing that I think makes the portable countertop dishwasher so popular is not just the fact that it's perfect for apartment dwellers, but that you can bring it to an office or vacation cottage as well. For example, some of you may have seen those "office condos" where they have small refrigerators and a sink - but you don't necessarily have a lot of time to clean up the dishes after a rushed work lunch or get together. These models are designed to either stay on the counter, or on a cart - or to store UNDER a counter when not in use as well. They are all between 50 and 60 pounds, and easy to use - and there are some great reviews and tips by actual users as well, which I believe is VERY helpful.
PS: Note about the NewAir ADW-2600W 6 Place Setting model: If you came here looking for this particular model specifically, it is currently unavailable with no information as to if or when it will come back in stock. Hopefully it will, and if it does, I'll put it back into the lineup!
I wish I could use the user photo from this Amazon listing so that you can see EXACTLY how this will look in your kitchen! You can click on this to see it for yourself - It offers an excellent visual so you can see how it fits under a typical cabinet. This one is getting 5 stars by a lot of users, along with some hints and tips for its use. Nice! (Oh, and the price is right, too!)
This EdgeStar is getting high marks all around. One reviewer waited 3 years prior to writing a review - and I'm really psyched to report that the person loves it just as much now as when it was new. Now THAT is a vote of confidence! :) Plus, I find this one curiously attractive.
The Popular Koldfront Portable Countertop Dishwasher - Model PDW60EB - Scroll below to see a product video about this Koldfront model
The video below will give you a great look-see at this little fella... People seem to love it! Again, leave it to the wonderful buyers who continue to help others with their own shopping experience. For example, the top reviewer for this model explains how to do some very simple maintenance on it in order to help make it last (she appears to have had this brand for a number of years). Again, have a look at the following video, which I believe is really well done!
If you'd like to have a closer look at this Koldfront Model PDW60EB Countertop Dishwasher, just click on the image above. The price as of this writing was about $199, so it's quite affordable.
Video and Description of the Koldfront Countertop Dishwasher
This will give you a closer look at the Koldfront model!
And, Here are a Few More Compact Countertop Models...
You may not have thought that there were this many models of countertop dishwashers to choose from, did you? :) Well, they have become more and more popular as people are trying to save valuable time - and space - in their busy lives. These actually are a little larger than you might think - if you saw the video (above) that showed one of these models, they appear to be almost "microwave" size. If you have room for a kitchen cart, keep scrolling down after looking at these selections!
(PLEASE NOTE: As of March 2013, I noticed that this is unavailable at the moment - but because it has had good reviews, I'm keeping the link alive for now in the hopes that they bring this one back.)
Kitchen Utility Carts to Help Move and Store your Countertop Dishwasher!
If you have a spot for a kitchen utility cart, one of these would make a terrific "station" for your countertop dishwasher! Plus, these offer a little additional storage space below - definitely a win-win situation for small kitchens! I chose a couple of different styles - wood finish, and metal, for example. It depends on your kitchen décor, but some of these are also quite neutral in color. These are actually the ones I would have in my own home.
I'm fond of wood - the whole look and feel, and this one was the first to catch my eye. And according to the top reviewer, this baby is sturdy and easy to assemble as well. Gets my vote! :)
Ok, I couldn't find ANYONE with anything negative to say on this one! Everyone loves it! One thing I noticed that I like on this cart that the others don't have is the "sides" for the bottom 2 shelves. I like that! This one evidently really navigates very easily as well.
Again, I love wood! This one I'm actually considering for my own kitchen due to the little cabinet below which I like for keeping appliances neatly out of the way. Pretty!
Another lovely wood cart - a little more sleek and elegant in its overall design. The dark finish is handsome, too! And, according to one user, if you are pretty good at assembling items, you'll be up and running within a half hour. If you are not experienced, about an hour. :)
To clean the SURFACE of your portable dish washer, be sure to use a NON ABRASIVE cleaner. :)
It occurs to me that we use products to occasionally clean our clothes washer - well, why not dishwasher cleaner? After all, you're investing in a new appliance - and it deserves tender loving care as well! So, here are a few items - also on Amazon - that you can add to your order and get your new portable dishwasher going on the right foot!
Well, I finally understand all the hoopla about using this stuff. People swear by it! One reviewer chastised herself for waiting as long as she did before breaking down and buying it. Evidently, if you live in a hard-water area, this stuff works GREAT!
This one gets a "so-so" recommendation from my end because people are mentioning a "perfumey" smell. I personally don't like perfume - so I'd be more inclined to buy the "Finish" product, as mentioned above
I confess that it was the name that caught my eye and made me chuckle! :) But the reviews are outstanding on this one. And, from the sounds of it, you don't need to use much. :)
Hard for me to make a call on this one - there are only 2 reviews. One good one (says that it's a regular part of the cleaning routine now, and that a bottle goes a long way) and one bad one (says the product didn't make a difference). So, for the price (less than $10) it's probably something that you can try for yourself without too much risk. Hopefully more reviews will be forthcoming!
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