Top Countertop Dishwashers - Updated October 2017

Our experts reviewed hundreds of countertop dishwashers and have picked the best 5 available on the market.

Best of the Best

DishDrawer Series DD24SCX7 24" Semi Integrated Single Drawer Dishwasher


EdgeStar 6 Place Setting Countertop Portable Dishwasher


Best Value

SPT Countertop Dishwasher


Koldfront 6 Place Setting Portable Countertop Dishwasher


Midea Countertop Dishwasher


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Very quiet unit with exceptional cleaning and plenty of settings. Great design with excellent energy conservation and easy operation. Very affordable, offering the same cleaning power of more expensive units. Great washing AND drying. Extremely inexpensive and only weighs 27.2 lbs.!
This unit is heavier than the others, and may require professional installation. No included warranty, and although installation materials are included, they may need to be replaced. No drying feature or digital display. Louder than other units, coupled with a less-impressive design. Larger dimensions than other units and considerably louder.
Best compact dishwasher in its class. A modern-looking and eco-friendly portable dishwasher. Your best option for a budget unit without unnecessary features. A middle ground between the STP and EdgeStar. Perfect for college kids or first apartments where noise and bonus features aren't an issue.

Contenders


Small families, those with limited kitchen space, and frequent travelers and campers are all perfect candidates for a portable, countertop dishwasher. These machines are a fraction of the size of full dishwashers, and a fraction of the price, too!

Just like any other appliances, consumers expect portable dishwashers to last at least 5-10 years, and to deliver comparable results to their full-sized counterparts. Capacity is limited, of course, but cleaning power shouldn't be compromised. We look at the top 5 portable dishwashers, loved for their power, price, and compact size.

Considerations


Price

Most portable dishwashers are under $300, though some units can go up to about $1,000. Their reasonable price makes portable dishwashers an excellent alternative for those on a budget, compared to the $500-$5,000 pricetag on traditional dishwashers.

Features

Besides being compact and portable, the dishwashers on this list come with a range of other features developed for your convenience, like child-locks and digital display faces. We also consider warranties.

Performance and Cleaning Ability

Most consumers are concerned about energy efficiency, but don't want to compromise cleaning power. We look at how well each portable dishwasher balances this conundrum by reviewing ecology and economy standards as well as cleaning ability.

Type and Capacity

Construction material, weight, measurements, and capacity will all be considered. It's important to remember that due to their size, these dishwashers are usually only able to accommodate small families.

Price


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DishDrawer Series DD24SCX7 24" Semi Integrated Single Drawer Dishwasher

The exception to the “under $300” rule on our list, this dishwasher was too good to leave out. Still modestly priced at $649.00, this powerful machine has a largest capacity, sturdiest design, and most convenient features. Due to its size and weight, this is not a countertop unit, and needs to be set in a drawer or cabinet. If space, not budget, is holding you back from a regular-sized dishwasher, this is the unit for you.

EdgeStar 6 Place Setting Countertop Portable Dishwasher

New for $279.00, this model is originally listed for $319.99. It's easy to see how this unit may be on the high end for this list, though, as it has some nice convenience features and is very easy to clean with a stainless steel inside. The company even boasts 61% lower energy consumption than similar models, promising to save you money. It is notable, however, that the EdgeStar 6 Place Setting Countertop Portable Dishwasher does not have an included warranty.

SPT Countertop Dishwasher

For those with a limited budget AND limited space, there's the SPT Countertop Dishwasher, starting new at just $247.99. While it may not have many added features, this dishwasher is nonetheless efficient and easy to program. It's very similar in function to the EdgeStar, without the modern features like a digital display or child-lock. For a great clean without the frills, this dishwasher is priced just right.

Koldfront 6 Place Setting Portable Countertop Dishwasher

Priced competitively at $259.99, the Koldfront 6 Place Setting Portable Countertop Dishwasher is pretty standard in every way. The differences between this unit and the EdgeStar and STP are small, but may mean the difference to picky buyers. The most notable difference is the front face display, which is almost entirely analog. It's also a bit louder than some other portable dishwashers.

Midea Countertop Dishwasher

The least expensive appliance on this list by a good measure, the Midea Countertop Dishwasher starts at just $209.99. It's a simple dishwasher with limited features but solid capabilities, and with it being so light it's easy to mount just about anywhere in the kitchen. For this reason we think it's perfect for studio apartments, college dorms, and similar cramped situations where you may have to get creative.

Features


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DishDrawer Series DD24SCX7 24" Semi Integrated Single Drawer Dishwasher

There are 4 primary wash modes, which can all be used with the additional ECO setting. Using the ECO setting, users report that this dishwasher uses as little as 2 gallons of water. Enjoy a digital display and easy 3-button function. In addition to having increased capacity, the DishDrawer also features adjustable racks for better space management. Maximum temperature up to 167 degrees for ultimate sanitization. New, this model comes with a 1-year parts and labor warranty, and longer warranties can be purchased, for up to 4 years of protection.

EdgeStar 6 Place Setting Countertop Portable Dishwasher

Importantly, this model comes with a faucet adapter and a 5' hose, featuring simple and versatile installation options. It also features a child-lock option, 6 cycle selections, and an easy-to-read LCD display that will even remind you when the rinse-aid is low. The EdgeStar 6 Place Setting Countertop Portable Dishwasher is also Energy Star certified, making it an excellent option for small, eco-conscious homes. 2- and 3-year warranties can be purchased for additional costs.

SPT Countertop Dishwasher

Even though the interface may seem simplistic, we really like the intuitive setting selection. There's just 3 buttons, and a light to display each setting. Be aware that there is no drying option with this unit, however. Conveniently, a faucet adapter and hose also included, just like with the EdgeStar, for easy installation. Included with purchase, buyers are awarded a 1-year limited warranty.

Koldfront 6 Place Setting Portable Countertop Dishwasher

Featuring an analog selector and 6 cycle options, this unit can also dependably dry your dishes. Buttons are foolproof, featuring choices for On/Off and Start/Stop. Like the others, this dishwasher comes with a handy faucet adapter and hose for easy installation, which customers report takes just minutes. Included with this appliance, customers also receive a 1-year parts warranty and 90-day labor warranty.

Midea Countertop Dishwasher

Incredibly, for the price, the Midea Countertop Dishwasher comes with and LCD display screen which aids in selecting from one of 6 possible cycle options. Like all of our selections, the inside is all stainless steel for quick maintenance and cleaning. Also like the others, it comes with a hose and faucet adapter, and can be installed by average people. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there is no available warranty for this machine.

Performance and Cleaning Ability


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DishDrawer Series DD24SCX7 24" Semi Integrated Single Drawer Dishwasher

Overall, users are very happy with the cleaning power of this machine, especially when using the recommended settings and detergents outlined in the instructions. This dishwasher is also Energy Star rated, and reviewers report a noticeable decrease in water consumption after installing the DishDrawer Series DD24SCX7 24” Semi Integrated Single Drawer Dishwasher. While some settings are designed for quick loads of about 30 minutes, users agree that this dishwasher takes a relatively long time to complete cycles. For such crystal clear results, 1 ½-hour cycles isn't much of a deterrent.

EdgeStar 6 Place Setting Countertop Portable Dishwasher

Users report no problems with this machine's cleaning ability, and praise it for its ability to clean dishes without scrubbing or soaking first. It's worth noting, however, that the drying function still leaves dishes damp and may require air-drying. It takes a normal amount of time to wash dishes, between 30 and 60 minutes, using a fraction of the water and electricity of similar units. On a normal wash cycle, it only uses 3 ½ gallons of water, and heats water up to 149 degrees.

SPT Countertop Dishwasher

Even without a drying feature, this little machine has powerful cleaning capabilities. With minimal pre-cleaning, the SPT Countertop Dishwasher gets your dishes spotless, with water temperatures up to 148 degrees. This Energy Star certified machine costs just $16-24 a year to run, depending on how you heat your water, representing an eco-friendly design.

Koldfront 6 Place Setting Portable Countertop Dishwasher

While the company claims that this unit is just as energy efficient as the EdgeStar, it also admits to using 3.8 gallons of water per normal cycle. This is a very small difference, but for people who intend to use the appliance every day, .3 gallons could add up. Still, the cleaning power of this unit is very good, with no complaints from customers, who find the settings to be accurate and helpful. Additionally, reviewers are impressed by this model's drying function.

Midea Countertop Dishwasher

Users report no issues with the cleaning power of this model, and say it works as well or better than a traditional dishwasher. Like the others on this list, you can have this portable dishwasher set up temporarily or permanently as per your convenience. There is no information about the water consumption, and it doesn't mention that it is Energy Star approved. This is possibly the biggest downside to the Midea Countertop Dishwasher.

Type and Capacity


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DishDrawer Series DD24SCX7 24" Semi Integrated Single Drawer Dishwasher

Unlike the other dishwashers on this list, the DishDrawer Series DD24SCX7 24” Semi Integrated Single Drawer Dishwasher isn't intended for countertop use, but at just 22.5 x 23.6 x 16.1 inches, it is still extremely compact and could easily fit in a drawer, cabinet, or pantry. We especially like the versatile, stainless steel face, and users report using it everywhere from condos to RVs. As the largest and heaviest (65 lbs.) unit, this dishwasher also has the largest capacity, offering space for 7 place settings with adjustable racks.

EdgeStar 6 Place Setting Countertop Portable Dishwasher

The EdgeStar 6 Place Setting Countertop Portable Dishwasher measures 17-3/16 x 21-11/16 x 19-11/16 inches and weighs about 50 lbs., making it one of the heavier countertop dishwashers on this list. Like the rest, however, it still has a 6-setting capacity that holds plates, pots and pans up to 10” in diameter. It comes with cup racks and a silverware basket, too, so you don't have to shop around for one small enough to fit.

SPT Countertop Dishwasher

With a 6-place setting capacity, this dishwasher also comes with a cup rack and silverware basket. This is fairly standard, and users report that there is enough space for a wide variety of pots, pans, and plates. Measuring 17.2 x 19.7 x 21.6 inches, the STP Countertop Dishwasher almost the same exact size and weight of the EdgeStar. At just 17” high, this small unit could fit almost anywhere, even in cramped spaces like boats and RVs.

Koldfront 6 Place Setting Portable Countertop Dishwasher

The Koldfront 6 Place Setting Portable Countertop Dishwasher measures 17-3/16 x 21-11/16 W x 19-11/16, which you may recognize as the exact measurements from the EdgeStar. While they may be the same dimensions, these two machines look very different, and in some ways function differently. For example, the Koldfront is louder, but the EdgeStar doesn't dry dishes nearly as well. The Koldfront does have a notably less modern design, though.

Midea Countertop Dishwasher

This portable dishwasher has somewhat unique dimensions, measuring 25 x 25 x 25 inches. While considerably larger than the other models on this list, it's only 27 lbs., which gives it greater versatility for mounting inside cabinets or in other creative spaces. Its capacity is standard, at 6 place settings, and includes two racks but does not include a cutlery basket.

Best of the Best


Although it's not a countertop dishwasher, the DishDrawer Series DD24SCX7 24” Semi Integrated Single Drawer Dishwasher is still a small, stylish appliance that can be easily tucked away in your kitchen. With increased capacity and superior green technology, some buyers got two in lieu of a traditional dishwasher, mounting them conveniently at waist-level.

Long-time customers rave that despite 5+ years of use, their dishes still come out sparkling clean and crystal clear, all with minimal maintenance. We also love how quiet this dishwasher is; although it's not quite silent, we like knowing when the cycle is over without having to look at the screen.

If you're looking for a powerful, eco-friendly dishwasher to fit seamlessly in your small kitchen, this is the model for you. It looks great, lasts for years, and leaves your dishes spotless, all under $700.

Best Value


If you're sick of dishes piling up on your counters and in your sink, don't put off buying a dishwasher for one more day. The time you save in hours of hand-chapping labor will easily pay for this unit, starting at under $250. Designed for those with basic and low capacity dishwashing needs, the STP Countertop Dishwasher exceeds expectations.

The inside of this dishwasher is stainless steel, making it easy to clean, and has easy-access filters for regular maintenance. Since portable dishwashers are all about convenience, we appreciate this attention to detail. We also appreciate that the company includes a high-quality faucet adapter and hose for long-lasting, no-fuss installation.

Better yet, this dishwasher is extremely energy efficient, costing about $20 a year to run, and using just 3.5 gallons of water on a normal cycle. With numbers like those, it's time you stopped wasting time washing dishes by hand, and let this affordable appliance do the work for you.