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Top 5 Best Portable Dishwashers

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Sometimes renting means living without a dishwasher. Or perhaps you live in an older house where renovations aren’t feasible. Fortunately, there’s hope. We’ve gathered together five of the best portable dishwashers to give you access to the convenience of having a machine to wash your plates and bowls.

With these smaller units, we recommend the use of both dishwasher gel detergent and rinse aid. Since these units tend to be easily overcrowded, pouches, powders, and tablets may not dissolve and distribute as easily as in a full-size dishwasher. Use what you like, of course, but in the event that your dishes aren’t sparkling clean, consider switching.

Here are five of the best portable dishwashers:


1. SPT SD-2201W Countertop Dishwasher

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(SPT)

The far-and-away favorite, this SPT (Supentown) dishwasher boasts the best performance of the countertop units. With a 4.2 out of five rating or higher on Amazon, Home Depot, and Best Buy, it’s a popular, well-tested option. For all this, it’s also usually (depending on price fluctuations) the cheapest on our list. There’s also the SPT SD-2202W, but this one lacks the strong review support of the SD-2201W. This is the proven option, already in operation in plenty of households.

Need more options? Browse more SPT products here.

Price: $211.11 (23 percent off MSRP)

Buy the SPT Countertop Dishwasher SD-2201W here.



Pros:

  • 6 wash settings
  • Easy installation
  • Bypass button on hose connector lets you access water when hooked up
  • Energy Star certified

Cons:

  • Advertised capacity of six place settings may be inaccurate
  • Not ideal for tall items
  • Quick connect faucet attachment may not work with older fixtures
  • Some soap pods don’t dissolve completely in it

Find more SPT Countertop Dishwasher SD-2201W information and reviews here.


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2. Danby DDW611WLED Countertop Dishwasher

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(Danby)

This Danby unit fluctuates in price and has at times in the past been the cheapest on our list. Normally the SPT edges it, so double check the price of both when you go to buy. Like the SPT, it’s also an Energy Star certified countertop unit and it features six wash cycles and a quick hose connect. Ratings across a couple of sites ranged from 4.1 to 4.4 out of five. Advertised capacity is for six place settings and it includes an automatic detergent and rinse agent dispenser.

Need more options? Browse more Danby products here.

Price: $263.61

Buy the Danby DDW611WLED Countertop Dishwasher here.


Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Quiet operation
  • Some reviewers claim it cleans better than full-size units
  • Efficient

Cons:

  • Exterior durability a concern
  • Excessively long cycles
  • Heavy
  • Larger dishes unlikely to fit

Find more Danby DDW611WLED Countertop Dishwasher information and reviews here.


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3. SPT SD-9241W Energy Star Portable Dishwasher

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If counter space is at a premium, there is also the option of a roll-away dishwasher that can be stored out of the way when not in use. Again from SPT, this 18-inch dishwasher shrinks the form and function of a built-in dishwasher and puts it on wheels for kitchens where permanent installation isn’t an option. Despite it’s size, it’s Prime-eligible for free 2-day shipping. This form factor keeps your counter space free and accommodates larger dishes that the countertop units might not.

Need more options? Browse more SPT products here.

Price: $475

Buy the SPT SD-9241W Energy Star Portable Dishwasher here.


Pros:

  • 1-24 hour time delay feature
  • Rinse aid indicator
  • Adjustable upper rack
  • Adds counterspace

Cons:

  • Larger unit may not fit in small apartment kitchens
  • Connection hose on the short side
  • Cord and hose storage compartment fussy
  • Dry cycle leaves dishes wet

Find more SPT SD-9241W Energy Star Portable Dishwasher information and reviews here.


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4. Koldfront PDW60EB Countertop Dishwasher

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(Koldfront)

Matching the functionality of the SPT and Danby units with six-cycle operation, this Koldfront unit will fit nicely in an apartment with all-black appliances. According to one reviewer, the Rapid Eco setting is the shortest but still does a good job of getting dishes clean. Problems encountered with this unit often stemmed from improper installation and are duly noted in the manual. Read carefully and this could be a solid performer. Uses slightly more water than either of the SPT or Danby countertop units. Price on this one is a bit more variable and may fluctuate depending on where you decide to buy.

Need more options? Browse more Koldfront products here.

Price: $245

Buy the Koldfront PDW60EB Countertop Dishwasher here.


Pros:

  • Five foot hoses
  • 1 year parts warranty
  • Heats water to 140 degrees F (65 degrees Celsius)
  • Advertised as more efficient than similar models, using 200 kWh per year

Cons:

  • Pricier than other models depending on where you buy
  • Potentially difficult to load
  • May not remove all food solids
  • Requires some amount of regular cleaning

Find more Koldfront PDW60EB Countertop Dishwasher information and reviews here.


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5. SPT SD-9241SS Energy Star Portable Dishwasher

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(SPT)

We would be remiss if we didn’t suggest at least one portable dishwasher in stainless finish to complement newer kitchens. Sharing virtually identical features with the SD-9241W and also Prime-eligible, it manages to use less water than the Koldfront countertop unit.

Need more options? Browse more SPT products here.

Price: $516.67

Buy the SPT SD-9241SS Energy Star Portable Dishwasher here.


Pros:

  • Stylish stainless steel look
  • Error read-out screen

Cons:

  • Pricey
  • May leave behind soap residue

Find more SPT SD-9241SS Energy Star Portable Dishwasher information and reviews here.


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Other Portable Dishwasher Options

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The price point for the countertop dishwasher units seems to settle in somewhere around $250. While the SPT SD-2201W Countertop Dishwasher at the top of this list is generally the cheapest and most popular, the brand has a number of units you could try. The SPT SD-2213S Countertop Dishwasher comes in silver and white and looks to be a slightly more modern upgrade to the line, but is very similar in terms of features. SPT SD-2224DS Countertop Dishwasher tends to be about $70 more than the SD-2201W, but adds delay start and an LED.

There is also an offering from Magic Chef with a familiar control layout, model MCSCD6W3. This is the only one we’ve seen with something called a “floating switch anti-flood device,” which could be the difference between your soaked kitchen and a dry one. Alternatives include the EdgeStar 6 Place Setting Countertop Portable Dishwasher in silver finish and the Midea MDC3203DWW3A Countertop Dishwasher in white. If nothing on the list above works for you, these are solid models to consider.


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