Countertop dishwashers designed for compact cleaning

Suited for small spaces so you can save time, too.

If you’re sick of scrubbing dishes day after day (or, like many of us, waking up in the morning only to remember that you’ve been letting them pile up endlessly), it might be time to invest in a small dishwasher. They easily rest on countertops and only need access to a water supply to function. Plus, some of them are light enough to move around, so you can tuck them away once you’re done. Say goodbye to self-loathing over never being motivated enough to power through them all, because a compact unit will tackle each plate, fork, and bowl you throw at it. Finally, those of us living in small apartments can experience the little luxury of relaxing after a meal, knowing the dishes are being done for us. 

Comes with Accessories

With a five-foot-long hose and a low profile, this cleaner easily sits atop a table and can be stashed away when not in use. It features seven different wash cycles and holds up to six place settings. EdgeStar

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While a compact dishwasher is a great way to solve everyday annoyances, they can be a bit bulky—plus they need to be connected to some sort of water supply, which can be limiting if your counter is not next to the sink. If you foresee some spatial organization issues but you know that a countertop dishwasher is worth it, we recommend searching for a model with a built-in water tank; that way, you can keep your unit anywhere without having to worry about long pipes and hoses tying you up. You can even install one in your RV, boat, or cabin. Once you settle on size and connectivity, you can focus on dish capacity and bonus features, like baby bottle care or a fruit and veggie rinse cycle.

Operates Quietly

This unit comes with a quick-connect feature compatible with most kitchen faucets, plus it only consumes three gallons of H2O. It measures 19.7 x 21.7 x 17.2 inches and weighs roughly 46 pounds. Danby

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Aside from saving you space and time, a countertop dishwasher can also save water. Unlike full-size units, these smaller contemporaries limit water consumption, often relying on just three or four gallons per load. Plus, they have many of the same features a larger dishwasher provides, like automatic detergent dispensers, delayed start options, and various wash cycles, including rinse, glass, soak, and eco (which can save even more water). They are also designed with sensory comfort in mind. Most units run between 50 and 55 decibels, which is about as loud as a microwave oven, compared to a full-size model, which typically runs around 63 to 66 decibels. If you are looking for peace and quiet while you digest, a countertop dishwasher is the way to go. 

Budget-Friendly

With impressive cycle options and a full control panel, your dinner spread will be cleaned quickly and efficiently. It can hold dinnerware up to 10.25 inches in diameter. SPT

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With impressive cycle options and a full control panel, your dinner spread will be cleaned quickly and efficiently. It can hold dinnerware up to 10.25 inches in diameter.

Countertop dishwashers can sometimes be a bit pricey, but you can definitely find budget-friendly models. While they may not have all of the top-tier fancy features like LED displays and delayed starts, these units will still hold the standard six place settings, include a silverware rack, and feature between five and six wash settings. Many are Energy Star-rated and compatible with most kitchen faucets. Even the wash speeds will be similar to more expensive options, with a full load taking slightly over one hour to complete.

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Multi-Use Model

This choice can clean your dinnerware in as little as 10 minutes, and offers both a lower basket and upper holder. It also offers options to wash fruits and vegetables. CalmDo

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No Sink Necessary

A streamlined design gives this unit a sleek look, and the included reservoir means you can place it anywhere. It has cycles to clean your newborn’s bottles and your favorite farmer’s market produce. Farberware

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