Best Portable Dishwashers of January 2024

What We Like

  • Minimal water usage
  • Fits underneath standard kitchen cabinets
  • Energy Star-certified
  • Quiet operation

What We Don’t Like

  • Only fits plates up to 10.5 inches
  • Loud when draining

Consider a countertop dishwasher for a cheaper portable dishwasher. Though it takes up some room, a dishwashing machine is worth it. We suggest the Edgestar Countertop Dishwasher for its affordability and compactness.

This Energy Star model costs a few hundred dollars but saves money over time by using less water and power. According to personal organizer and Clean Break presenter Michelle Hobgood, “Look for models that have high Energy Star ratings because they use less water and energy while providing the best performance.

” If you fill the sink with water (and more if you wash the dishes under running water), hand-washing a sink full of dishes uses at least 5 gallons. The Edgestar Countertop Dishwasher uses less than 3 gallons on the normal cycle.1

This cheap portable dishwasher fits under most kitchen cupboards at 22 inches wide and 10 inches high. Use the provided fast connector hoses to mount it next to your sink and wash up to six place settings at once with seven cycles. This selection can only hold 10.5-inch plates, but it has a dish rack, cup shelf, and cutlery basket to organize everything. While this dishwasher operates quietly (52 decibels), it can be noisy while emptying, so if you use your dishwasher at night or have hearing sensitivity, keep that in mind.

Type: Countertop | Dimensions: 17.31 x 21.6 x 19.63 inches | Decibel Rating: 52 decibels | Capacity: 6 place settings | Cycles: 7 | Tub Material: Stainless steel | Control Location: Front

 

What We Like

  • Compact design
  • Energy Star-certified
  • Timer for cycle delay
  • Adjustable top rack

What We Don’t Like

  • No heated dry settings
  • Equipped with hard food filter rather than a disposer

One of the main reasons people pick portable dishwashers is that they don’t need plumbing. SPT Portable 18-Inch Dishwasher takes mobility even further. Its four caster wheels allow for easy positioning during usage or storage. It has a quick-connect hose for convenient dishwasher setup.

We suggest this SPT model for its 18-inch width. A countertop dishwasher is 22 to 24 inches wide, but this portable dishwasher on wheels is narrower and may fit in tighter areas. It fits nicely in a storage closet or corner when not in use.

The SPT Portable 18-inch Dishwasher’s eight-place setting capacity, six cycle options, and 52-decibel operation (like our Best Budget selection) are notable. The tub is made of stainless steel for durability. The dishwasher lacks a hot dry option and has a hard food filter instead of a disposer like our top selection, the GE GPT225SSLSS Portable Dishwasher.

Type: Portable | Dimensions: 35.63 x 23.63 x 17.64 inches | Decibel Rating: 52 decibels | Capacity: 8 place settings | Cycles: 6 | Tub Material: Stainless steel | Control Location: Top

 

What We Like

  • Fits plates up to 12 inches
  • Steam clean setting
  • Air exchange improved drying

What We Don’t Like

  • Too tall to fit under most cabinets
  • Plastic tub lining is subject to wear

The Farberware Countertop Dishwasher is a fantastic portable dishwasher with a water tank. Fill the internal water tank instead of attaching a dishwashing water line to the sink each cycle. It allows using a dishwasher with a sprayer kitchen faucet or without a sink, such as while camping. After the cycle, the dishwasher empties the water into a sink, utility tub, or bucket.

This countertop dishwasher has a tiny cutlery rack and capacity for six place settings. Plastic wash tubs wear and smell more than stainless steel ones.

After filling the 5-liter water tank, you can choose five wash cycles. Steam sterilizes infant bottles and other items. If you don’t towel dry dishes after washing, try using an air exchange system to speed up drying.

Type: Countertop | Dimensions: 17.3 x 17.3 x 16.5 inches | Decibel Rating: Not listed | Capacity: 6 place settings | Cycles: 5 | Tub Material: Plastic | Control Location: Front

What We Like

  • LED display with touch controls
  • Fits underneath most cabinets
  • Quick-connect assembly
  • Energy Star-certified

What We Don’t Like

  • No drying cycle
  • Only fits 10-inch or smaller plates

This hOmeLabs countertop portable dishwasher is hard to match for usefulness and value. It can fit under most kitchen cabinets and hold up to six place settings each load if plates are 10 inches or smaller. The dishwasher runs at 50 decibels, somewhat lower than our Best Budget selection, and its quick-connect hoses make setup easy.

The hOmeLabs Countertop Dishwasher’s stainless steel finish makes it beautiful and won’t be unsightly on your kitchen counter. Since it weights 44 pounds, you probably won’t move it often. For that, we propose the SPT 18-inch Portable Dishwasher on wheels.

Seven wash cycles are more than most portable dishwashers on our list. Heavy, regular, eco, high heat, rapid wash, glass, and rinse are available. Whatever cycle you choose, put down your dishcloth. This Energy Star-rated countertop dishwasher cleans dishes easily while saving water and power. Durability is provided by its stainless steel inside.

Type: Countertop | Dimensions: 17.2 x 21.6 x 19.6 inches | Decibel Rating: 50 | Capacity: 6 place settings | Cycles: 7 | Tub Material: Stainless steel | Control Location: Front

 

What We Like

  • Modern exterior appearance
  • LCD control panel with seven wash settings
  • Heated dry setting
  • Holds up to six place settings
  • Energy Star-certified

What We Don’t Like

  • Only fits plates up to 10 inches
  • Dishes need to be pre-rinsed for best results

We enjoy this Black+Decker portable dishwasher’s user-friendly features, including a lot of wash cycles and a heated dry option, modern design, and Energy Star certification. The dishwasher is small enough to fit on your kitchen counter yet powerful enough to replace hand washing.

A user-friendly LCD control screen selects seven wash cycles in the Black+Decker Compact Countertop Dishwasher. Its hot dry mode, not present on many countertop dishwashers, is essential for those who don’t wish to dry dishes after a cycle. A countertop dishwasher makes your kitchen sink useless, so we like that this model has a 90-minute quick wash so you can go back to normal.

This Black+Decker model includes a stainless steel tub with higher and lower spray arms for better washing. Due of its poor performance with sticky messes and dried-on residue, you may need to rinse dishes well before filling the dishwasher. It can hold six place settings, including 10″ or smaller plates. Using the dishwashing rack creatively may allow you to fit fewer, bigger dishes.

Type: Countertop | Dimensions: 17.2 x. 21.5 x 21.7 inches | Decibel Rating: 49 decibels | Capacity: 6 place settings | Cycles: 7 | Tub Material: Stainless steel | Control Location: Front

 

What to Look for in a Portable Dishwasher

Size & Capacity

Check portable dishwasher sizes and capacities while comparing models. Appliance size refers to its physical dimensions. According to personal organizer and Clean Break presenter Michelle Hobgood, not all portable dishwashers will fit in your area. “You hear the word ‘portable’ and might figure the size is universally small,” explains Hobgood. That’s not true, so measure, measure, measure! For perfect fit, you’ll need those dimensions.”

In addition to opening the dishwasher door, you’ll need space to remove the dish rack for loading and unloading. According to Dave Bringer, CEO of Bringer Appliance Repair, “Ease of access is important; you don’t want to have to jump over your dishwasher to get around your kitchen.

” For tiny kitchens, this may be a significant hassle.” If so, the GE GPT145SSLSS Portable Dishwasher, our Best Overall, holds up to eight place settings despite being just 18 inches wide (compared to 22 inches for most full-size, portable machines). Its trendy stainless steel finish matches your kitchen design.

If you have space on your countertop, a countertop model may be appropriate for people with limited kitchen floor space. Like full-size portable dishwashers, these 2 foot wide ones attach to your kitchen faucet. Our Best with Water Tank selection, the Farberware Countertop Dishwasher, is another alternative if you don’t have counter space. With water from a 5-liter tank, it can wash and clean six places.

The number of place settings on a portable dishwasher indicates its capacity. Full-size portable dishwashers carry 10–12 place settings, while countertop ones store fewer. A countertop model usually holds six place settings, including 10–10.5-inch plates.

Type

Portable dishwashers are standalone, countertop, or convertible. The ideal portable dishwasher relies on your space and capacity needs. Full-size, freestanding portable versions can hold pots and pans, while countertop variants cannot. This makes freestanding dishwashers more adaptable than countertop ones, although they take up more room.

There are some important features about portable dishwashing types:

  • Freestanding dishwashers have wheels and are 18 or 24 inches wide. Full-size models can carry up to 12 place settings and are ideal for families and regular parties.
  • Countertop: These appliances fit on your kitchen counter next to the sink, so you don’t have to move them. Run the appliance after connecting the water hose. Countertop dishwashers save floor space but take up a lot of counter space, so measure the length,
  • breadth, and height of your kitchen cabinets to make sure they fit.
  • Convertible: Some portable dishwashers include flexible installation. They have completed sides and may be used as standalone, portable dishwashers or built-in with your cabinetry.

Control Design

Portable dishwashers have top or front controls. According to Bringer, top controls provide an effective yet hidden dishwashing control interface and are ideal for aestheticists. Additionally, they let users start their load without leaning over, which is beneficial. The effortless, seamless, buttonless style and higher cost are notable. Our Best Overall selection is the GE GPT225SSLSS Portable Dishwasher. The concealed control panel complements the stainless steel face.

However, front controls display cycle selection and drying choices on the dishwasher door. Front controls may be useful for wheelchair users without a large kitchen, but they require bending. Bringer says, “It’s a classic design and not usually as expensive in comparison.”

Tub Material

Portable dishwashers have stainless steel or plastic washtubs. Stainless steel is stronger than plastic, so choose it. Bringer also believes that stainless steel tubs are 10 to 15 decibels quieter than plastic tub dishwashers, making them ideal for sound-sensitive people. The SPT Portable 18-inch Dishwasher (our Best on Wheels selection) and the Black+Decker Compact Countertop Dishwasher (our Best Features pick) have stainless steel tubs.

Plastic dishwashing tubs may last a long time. To avoid mold, mildew, and smells, clean the dishwasher periodically.

Noise Level

Most portable dishwashers list decibels for operation. It’s vital to notice since some appliances may operate louder than planned. “Portable dishwashers can be noisy without the shield effect of cabinets and walls,” adds Bringer. He advises customers to choose a model with 55 decibels, roughly the sound of your refrigerator’s hum. At 50 decibels, the hOmeLabs Compact Countertop Dishwasher (our Best Countertop selection) is one of a few quiet versions.

Notable Features: – Hard Food Disposer

If you dislike washing dishes before loading them into the dishwasher, consider a hard food disposer. A hard food disposer grinds food residue on plates, bowls, pots, and pans, unlike a hard food filter, which retains it in the wash bin and must be emptied periodically. Wheeled portable dishwashers have it more than countertop versions. Our Best Overall selection, the tiny GE GPT145SSLSS Portable Dishwasher, has this function.

Heated Dry3ing

Choose a portable dishwasher with hot drying if you want it to dry dishes. Dishwashers with this function use hot, circulating air to eliminate moisture from dishes so you may unload and store them without towel drying. Portable and countertop dishwashers, like our Best Budget selection, Edgestar Countertop Dishwasher, include the functionality.

FAQ

How large should a portable dishwasher be?

The size of your portable dishwasher should match your daily dish load and fit in your kitchen. To minimize daily cycles, a freestanding portable dishwasher with eight to 10 place settings is perfect for a family. If run daily or every other day, a countertop dishwasher with six place settings will work nicely for one or two individuals.

Portable dishwasher lifespan?

Bringer said the typical lifespan of a portable dishwasher is 5 to 10 years, depending on brand quality. This reduces appliance lifespan compared to a built-in dishwasher. Under ideal conditions, portable dishwashers can last as long as a built-in one.

Are portable dishwashers as clean as full-sized ones?

Portable, especially freestanding, dishwashers work like built-in ones. Bringer explains, “The main difference between a portable dishwasher and a full-size dishwasher is that one is permanently installed to your pipes and the other is not.” “Even though your portable dishwasher is not permanent, it does all that a regular dishwasher would do, including a thorough cleaning.”

Hobgood agrees, but notes that portable dishwashers may lack some functionality. Built-in versions may have more advanced functions like steam cleaning or smart connection. This does not mean portable dishwashers clean less well.”

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