Portable Dishwashers – How To Choose?

Choosing A Portable Dishwasher

portable dishwashers

When purchasing a small dishwasher, it is important to consider things like storage space, load capacity, water and drain connections, and power consumption.

A portable dishwasher will either be stationary but light and movable, usually stored on a shelf or countertop or a mobile dishwasher on wheels. It’s a matter of individual preference, circumstance, and available space.


Advantages Of A Portable Dishwasher

> Perfect alternative to a full-size dishwasher

> Economical using less water, detergent, and energy compared to a full size

> Wheels are a huge advantage when it comes to mobility

> Quick and Easy Hook-up for use and storage

> Space Saver as its dimensions is made for tighter areas

> Standard 110V power outlet is all that is necessary

> Quick-Connect Faucet Adapter eliminates the need for built-In water hook-ups

*Hint: A smaller dishwasher means less washing capacity per load

Questions To Consider 

Why buy a portable dishwasher?

A: Versatility is the key benefit. It can be used by newlyweds, college students, campers, the physically disabled, new parents, or even as a backup. All the while getting the quality clean of that of a full-size dishwasher.

What will it cost to run this dishwasher?

A: Considering their cleaning power, countertop dishwashers are efficient and cost-effective machines. Some standard full-size models can use around 10 gallons (37L) per load. Whereas apartment size dishwashers such as these use only around 3 gallons (11L) of water. Based on an estimated power usage, it will cost between $25.00 and $40.00 to run per year.

How much room will it take up?

A: If you are talking about portable dishwashers on casters then storing it in a small closet shouldn’t be a problem. In regards to countertop dishwashers, think of them similar to storing a standard size microwave oven.

How To Use A Portable Dishwasher

The video below is a very helpful introduction to portable type dishwashers. Highlighting some of the advantages of owning one. For instance, suppose your apartment doesn’t have water hook ups for appliances such as a dishwasher. No problem. You will learn how easy it is to hook one up to a faucet and operate. Not to mention the kind of cleaning quality you can expect.


Portable Dishwasher Types


Portable Dishwashers on Wheels

dishwNearly all portable dishwashers will be comparable in function to a regular built-in type, except for size.They are typically thinner at approximately 18 inches wide as opposed to the standard 24-inch width designed for built-ins.

> As with all compact dishwashers, you can quickly and easily connect to a sink and a standard 110 Volt outlet.

> Easy to transport with its rolling stem caster wheels. Which means you can move it to another room, closet or storage area while saving your back.

> These mobile dishwashers on casters will hold up to an 8 place setting capacity.

> Average dimensions are 32″ H x 17 ” W x 21″ D or 81cm H x 43cm W x 53cm D

*Note: Built-in, stationary dishwashers are also available in 18-inch widths

Countertop Dishwashers



Perhaps the only space you can afford is shelf space. No problem. The countertop dishwasher specially designed to meet the same dimensions to that of a microwave.


> Average dimensions are 17″ H x 21″ W x 19″ D or 43cm H x 53cm W x 48cm D

> Many countertop dishwashers are comparable to a full-size dishwasher when it comes to cleaning power.

> An average a wash cycle can hold between 4-6 place settings.

> Countertop dishwashers are really efficient and cost effective, using a significantly less water compared to washing dishes by hand or when operating a typical full-sized dishwasher.

*Hint: Measure the space between the bottom of the cupboard to the top of the counter to allow for proper clearance – before purchasing.

Brands & Models


Sunpentown International Inc or better known as SPT. Founded in 1993 and is based out of California. Committed to the design and advancement of individual and small-scale appliances. Ever since its beginning, it has been their key purpose to advance and create premium quality home appliances such as portable dishwashers.

View any of the SPT models below:






General Electric 

General Electric Co. is “a technology and financial services company that advances and manufactures products for the generation, transmission, distribution, control and utilization of electricity.” – Forbes. Since its humble beginnings in 1889 General Electric has expanded and diversified into many products and services including consumer appliances and repair, lighting products for home improvement and warranty registration. With a long history in the invention, design and production of ovens, washers, dryers, dishwashers, freezers, microwaves, and much more. GE leads the way when it comes providing valuable, long-lasting products that continue to pass the test of time.



Edge Star/KoldFront

EdgeStar and Koldfront are the private-label brands for Living Direct, Inc. EdgeStar and KoldFront are recognized for their progressive approach to producing devices that focus on solving small space related problems. Need a small refrigerator, dishwasher, or washer and dryer, but can’t spare the room? EdgeStar and KoldFront lead the industry in high-quality apartment size appliances that fit the modern lifestyle. Should you decide to purchase an EdgeStar or KoldFront countertop dishwasher, you can be sure that you will receive a top quality, a revolutionary product you can have confidence in. Click the links below for more product info: