Best Countertop Dishwashers in 2020



hOmeLabs Compact Countertop Dishwasher - Energy Star Portable Mini Dish Washer in Stainless Steel Interior for Small Apartment Office and Home Kitchen with 6 Place Setting Rack and Silverware Basket Review:


Let’s be real here, doing the dishes is a chore that can really strain your relationship at times. I did them last! You aren’t rinsing them right! Yadda, yadda. You know the deal.

So as a family of three, we decided that a dishwasher would enhance our quality of life. We could never keep up with our dishes, I love smoothies and my husband has the metabolism of a cheetah.

When it arrived, there were no dents and it hooked up very easily. No leaks, either. You can also tell it had been through quality control because a tiny bit of water poured out of the hose when we first got it.

I run this dishwasher once to twice a day. Yes, it is small. I feel like this should be common sense, it is a countertop dishwasher and cannot hold the capacity of one that goes under your counter. Yes, you have to really rinse your dishes off before you run it so you can get all of the food crud off.

Dishwashers aren’t miracle workers, they essentially run hot, soapy water at your dishes with jets. If food has been stuck to your dishes for days, or it is a substance that is hard to get off, this dishwasher doesn’t have little hands that will scrub it off. You have to do that first.

Overall, I am happy with this purchase and it’s what I expected. I’ve had it for about a month with no problems. I do not find it particularly loud or obnoxious. My only qualm is that it does not dry, at all. On any setting. It is supposed to be a drying dishwasher, so not sure what happened there. However, what do you expect for the price? We just keep the door slightly ajar after it has ran and it dries naturally.



EdgeStar DWP62SV 6 Place Setting Energy Star Rated Portable Countertop Dishwasher - Silver Review:


I really love this little countertop dishwasher! It arrived yesterday, and if I get good resolution from customer service regarding a minor problem, the review might go up to 5 stars.

As with it's predecessor, it arrives in an enormous box within a box. I unpacked it on my front porch. Because of my husband's back issues, I wrangled this pretty much on my own. Be careful.

I recommend finding the owner manual online and reading through that before your dw arrives. It has useful tips, like it's best to have 2 people moving and unpacking this thing. I also watched a helpful Edgestar installation Video online (it was for the DWP61, but they are similar enough). The most important point made in that video is about attaching the hoses in the back. Of course you need to connect them in the right places but it's even more important to be SUPER GENTLE while you screw those hoses on. The fixtures are plastic, and if you force anything, you will strip the threads and your machine will leak and you will be very unhappy. I'm pretty sure a lot of complaints about leaks in the predecessor for this machine are because people connected the hoses wrong, and damaged them in the process.

Measure your space carefully. The bottom footprint is slightly smaller than the overall dimensions, and it is supposed to be on a flat, level surface. This was a minor issue for us because of the location, but we have adjusted.

Speaking of damage, the handle of the cutlery basket arrived broken. This is an extremely fragile piece of the dishwasher and I am hoping it will be replaced. I can still use my dishwasher - and the handle is so flimsy i don't think I'd use it to pick up the basket when it is full even if the handle weren't broken. That said, if you are gentle with the basket it should work fine. I think the key for this dishwasher is to always be gentle with it. some parts are a bit cheap, but I bought this dishwasher for $269 - they have to save money somewhere!

The range of wash cycles is good. There's a great list of them in the owner manual, and they are easy to identify and select when using the machine. The amount of water listed in the specs does not (apparently) include the full cycle. Most loads take between 10 and 12 gallons of water per load. I like that there is a rinse only cycle, as well as a wash, but don't dry, cycle. That one takes only 45 minutes. Like most dishwashers, the dry cycle is not really complete, but that's typical.

The deciding factor for me choosing this particular machine: I can put in 10.5 inch diameter plates. YAY!

Overall, I'm very happy!



EdgeStar DWP62WH 6 Place Setting Energy Star Rated Portable Countertop Dishwasher - White Review:


I moved into a basement studio, but I refused to give up on having a dishwasher. Space is at a premium down here, so size was an important factor, but it also had to be able be plumbed under the sink because I don't have a counter it could fit on.

There are plenty of reviews talking about the pros and cons of the dishwasher, so I'll cover that quickly. It works as well as most dishwashers I've owned. I put in a newly baked chunky cauliflower mash, and it cleaned right off. Last night's macaroni and cheese did not. In other words, get the big stuff off, and if it's left out over night, give it a soak before you put it in. It's like any other dishwasher, which is exactly what I hoped for! I also have to mention that I'm impressed with what I can fit in there considering the size. Full size plates and bowls, pots and pans, etc. Lastly, the 45 min clean cycle is really all you need. It does the job, and it's legit only 45 minutes.

Onto the plumbing, since I'm sure I'm not the only one here who was looking for that info. I'll tell you upfront, it was a colossal pain in the rear to find the parts. I probably spent about 4 total hours and $45 buying and exchanging parts. The main problem is your main water line fittings are compression, but the dishwasher hookups on the backside are plain brass fittings. They don't match. So I had to find a way around it....and I did.

***NOTE**** I'm not a professional plumber. Consult one if you want to hook your dishwasher to the main lines since it was NOT designed for this and I'm not qualified to give advice!!!!

Here are the connectors I had to buy to make this work:
https://www.amazon.com/Whirlpool-W10685193-Dishwasher-Gooseneck-Fitting/dp/B00NMLG2EM/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=dishwasher+adapter+hose&qid=1560513435&s=gateway&sr=8-3
https://www.amazon.com/Melnor-290KF-Kink-Free-Hose-Saver/dp/B002HWKQOE/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=6+inch+garden+hose&qid=1560513496&s=gateway&sr=8-4
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FH9OB4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005792KTS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/gp/slredirect/picassoRedirect.html/ref=pa_sp_atf_aps_sr_pg1_1?ie=UTF8&adId=A04167111ELQIWYKA625F&url=%2FConnector-Connecting-Dishwasher-Essential-Values%2Fdp%2FB078TM1TXL%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1_sspa%3Fkeywords%3Ddishwasher%2Badapter%2Bhose%26qid%3D1560513435%26s%3Dgateway%26sr%3D8-1-spons%26psc%3D1&qualifier=1560513435&id=615322050740664&widgetName=sp_atf

You'll notice that one piece is missing from this assembly, and I bought it at a local big box store. I recommend you assemble all these pieces, and bring it to a plumbing shop or big box store. You'll immediately see which piece you need. Be sure to use plumbers tape between fittings so it doesn't leak!

After you get all your fittings assembled, connect it to the the faucet adapter assembly that came with the dishwasher.. The other end of that water line goes on the dishwasher. Make sure you read the directions and put it on the right one. I screwed that up and got an E1 error, which indicated that the dishwasher wasn't getting water (duh!!!). The drain hose will attach to the dishwasher on one end, and you'll need to cut the nut off the other end so you can fix it to the sink drain. The sink drain should have an input for dishwasher drainage. Simply put the hose in the drain hose connector (aka branch connector in one of my links above) and tighten the o-rings.

I hope this helps!

Two things to keep in mind:
1) Make sure you read the directions and plumb it to the hot water line. If you plumb it to the cold water line to take advantage of the built in heating element, it won't clean your dishes AT ALL. You'll be quite disappointed!!
2) The hoses get quite soft due to the hot water, and they're susceptible to kinking. If this happens you'll have water all over your floor. Error 1 for lack of water input or E4 for a leak on the drainage side. Fortunately, this sucker uses less than 3 gallons per wash, so at least your leak should be limited to that if it's on the drain side (like mine was lol). I ended up trimming my drain hose to avoid that happening again.

Lastly, I mounted this under my sink as you can see, and it works perfectly where it's located. I haven't gotten any other errors



EdgeStar DWP62BL 6 Place Setting Energy Star Rated Portable Countertop Dishwasher - Black Review:


I really love this little countertop dishwasher! It arrived yesterday, and if I get good resolution from customer service regarding a minor problem, the review might go up to 5 stars.

As with it's predecessor, it arrives in an enormous box within a box. I unpacked it on my front porch. Because of my husband's back issues, I wrangled this pretty much on my own. Be careful.

I recommend finding the owner manual online and reading through that before your dw arrives. It has useful tips, like it's best to have 2 people moving and unpacking this thing. I also watched a helpful Edgestar installation Video online (it was for the DWP61, but they are similar enough). The most important point made in that video is about attaching the hoses in the back. Of course you need to connect them in the right places but it's even more important to be SUPER GENTLE while you screw those hoses on. The fixtures are plastic, and if you force anything, you will strip the threads and your machine will leak and you will be very unhappy. I'm pretty sure a lot of complaints about leaks in the predecessor for this machine are because people connected the hoses wrong, and damaged them in the process.

Measure your space carefully. The bottom footprint is slightly smaller than the overall dimensions, and it is supposed to be on a flat, level surface. This was a minor issue for us because of the location, but we have adjusted.

Speaking of damage, the handle of the cutlery basket arrived broken. This is an extremely fragile piece of the dishwasher and I am hoping it will be replaced. I can still use my dishwasher - and the handle is so flimsy i don't think I'd use it to pick up the basket when it is full even if the handle weren't broken. That said, if you are gentle with the basket it should work fine. I think the key for this dishwasher is to always be gentle with it. some parts are a bit cheap, but I bought this dishwasher for $269 - they have to save money somewhere!

The range of wash cycles is good. There's a great list of them in the owner manual, and they are easy to identify and select when using the machine. The amount of water listed in the specs does not (apparently) include the full cycle. Most loads take between 10 and 12 gallons of water per load. I like that there is a rinse only cycle, as well as a wash, but don't dry, cycle. That one takes only 45 minutes. Like most dishwashers, the dry cycle is not really complete, but that's typical.

The deciding factor for me choosing this particular machine: I can put in 10.5 inch diameter plates. YAY!

Overall, I'm very happy!



SPT SD-2202W Countertop Dishwasher with Delay Start, White Review:


PRO: Very pleased with this product. Ease of operation, appropriate size, and economical water use make me happy. It is as quiet as any other dishwasher I ever had (55 db, less than the sound of backround music in a restaurant, does not interfere with nearby conversation). I especially like the fact that it will wash a full load (six place settings, or, for single me, one day's worth of dishes including pots and pans) in only 3 gallons of water (12 liters). It does not require as much detergent as a full-size unit (requires one tablespoon) although it accommodates standard tablets. It shipped quickly and arrived promptly in appropriate packaging. I am not using a rinse aid as recommended but my glassware is coming out clean and streak-free. The six wash cycles include one for heavy soil (uses 14.5 liters of water), one for pre-wash (2.5 liters) and a "speed" setting for items that don't need drying (12 liters like the other cycles). I have been soaking crusty pots and scraping everything fairly clean with a spatula but I have not been routinely rinsing - I load sticky and greasy and eggy dishes and so far the dishwasher has been coping well (now in use for about one week). Now there's room underneath it for a large storage drawer, shown in photo, and this is a much better use of space than for that large dishwasher I seldom bothered with, because it took me several days to gather up a full load, by which time I was needing to use something that was waiting in there for wash day to arrive.
CON: I have installed it under the counter where the old dishwasher was. It can't be readily connected to standard fittings, as with a regular under-counter model. I was tempted to remove a star due to one big difficulty with permanent installation - the inlet hose, meant to quick-connect to the kitchen faucet, is an odd diameter requiring much effort to locate appropriate adapters. And we had to put in a new electric outlet under the sink. HOWEVER: it is not intended for permanent installation, it's supposed to sit on the counter, so I will give it five stars anyway.
NOTE: The largest plates it can accommodate are 10.25 inch diameter... but my large chargers did not fit in my regular dishwasher either.



DELLA Mini Compact Countertop Dishwasher 6 Place Settings Portable For Small Apartment Home Kitchen, White Review:


I took the time to research compact dishwashers, and honestly, I only bought this one because of the stainless steel color option.
I wasn’t so sure of this thing after the first few days. It was a major adjustment after scrubbing dishes by hand for the last five years, as our house didn’t come with a dishwasher or place to put one.
I will say, once we got through all of the dishes that had piled up, this thing made life a breeze. Dishes never pile up the way they used to. I don’t know why I never thought to buy one sooner.
My husband got the faucet attachment installed very easily. We did have one issue in the beginning, that caused us to have to tilt the whole machine into the sink to dump out sitting water. Not sure what we did wrong when moving the machine after use, but that was the solution, should anyone be reading these reviews after buying this and getting an error code.
I have 4 kids, and this machine does well to keep up with our dish use. I love that I can pause the machine and quickly remove the hoses from the faucet if I need to. Hoses reattach just as easily, then one press of a button continues the dish cycle.
I feel like I’m saving a lot of water with this thing, as well. The washer discards the used water into the sink through the same piece that attaches the hose to the faucet. This is the only part of the washing cycle you’ll ever hear, as it’s rather forceful. It only lasts a couple of seconds, and doesn’t seem to be a lot of water. The memory of standing at the sink scrubbing away at stubborn dishes, wasting gallons of water, seems so distant now lol. My kids have been good to rinse their dishes and leave them for me in the sink. I typically load it at night, but sometimes have an afternoon load. I’ve never had to do more than two loads of dishes in a day. My large pots and pans fit, but have to play Tetris to get everything in just right. So far, I have only had one cookie sheet that didn’t fit (so I ended up donating it, but that’s neither here nor there). My two-year-old twins have no interest in playing with it or pressing the buttons.
I’m still confused on where the food particles go. Discarded water always comes out looking clean, and the filter never has food in it. If anything, I guess buy the thing because it’s literally magic? It makes the food just... disappear. (Will update when magic is explained)



SPT Countertop Dishwasher, White Review:


Happy Holidays to Me!!! This was my gift to myself when I came into some unexpected cash. It arrived on 12/29/15. It's brand new and so I will come back and update after I've had it for a while, but here are my thoughts and observations so far...

The Outer box did have a gouge in it, but the inner box was in perfect condition and the unit itself is well protected. The unit was in perfect condition coming out of the box.

So far I love my new SPT countertop dishwasher. I've had full sized dishwashers in the past and I've lived in situations where I had to hand-wash dishes. Like most people, I prefer a dishwasher partly because doing dishes is a chore and partly because a dishwasher just gets the dishes cleaner than you ever will doing them by hand. I've been hand-washing for the last 6 months. I'm renting a small house that was built in the 1920s and there is no room in the kitchen for a full size dishwasher and so I began researching countertop options. I was pleased by the number of positive reviews for this unit, and it was on sale so I went ahead and got it. It arrived a full day before Amazon said it would - that's always nice!

OK, I'm going to go through a pretty thorough review here because it seems that many people don't provide accurate or complete information. So, this is accurate and as complete as I can be...

UNIT MEASUREMENTS
The unit as it measures in my home: 17.25 (H) X 21.5 (W) X 19.75 (D).
The power cord is about 65" long (it has many bends from how it's packaged and so it cannot be completely straightened)
The hoses (which come already connected to the sink attachment and are also coiled and will not straighten completely) are about 60" long.
The length of the power cord and hoses allows for some flexibility in placement relative to the sink, but you will not be able to set it up across the room from the sink unless you're planning to put it near the sink for each use.

According to the product description, the unit weighs 48 lbs. I lift 30-lb bags of dog food with some regularity, and also just bought a 50-lb bag of ice melt. From comparison (without putting it on a scale), I'd say it is right around the 50-lb mark. This is empty, with no dishes and no water inside. So as you decide where you're going to put it, if you're using a portable rack or other device, make sure it can hold at least 100 lbs - 50 for the unit, plus 8 or 9 lbs for the water, plus the weight of your dishes (another 8-10 lbs) - total about 70 lbs when full and in use, plus some cushion just to be safe.

UNIT NUANCES
The door has a very secure snap closure and you must pull with a pretty good force to open it. I'm hoping that will loosen up just a little as time goes on because right now I have to put downward pressure on top of the unit in order to open the door - I've got my unit sitting on a thin-legged metal rack (see pics) and so the rack wobbles a bit if I pull hard without the downward support to hold the rack still. The shelf unit I'm using has metal mesh shelves. In order to create a flat surface, I also put a piece of plywood down and covered that with aluminum foil to create a moisture barrier to the wood. Then I put a towel down just be a little more attractive to look at.

My dinner plates are 11 inches in diameter. Slanting them forward a bit allows them to fit just fine. The description for the unit indicates that 10-inch plates will fit without a need for slanting. I would say that's accurate.

DETERGENT/DRYING AID
I'm using Cascade Complete gel packets. This product has Jet Dry in it and so I do not need to add extra drying agent. This packet fits perfectly into the larger side of the detergent compartment. NOTE: because you are not using an extra/separate drying agent (if you use a product that has it already included), the light telling you that you are low on drying agent will be lit every time the power is on. Ignore it.

WASH TIMES
Many people have complained about the length of the cycles. I'm not sure why there is so much complaint or confusion. It takes as long as a full sized dishwasher to clean the dishes. And furthermore, the instruction manual has a page (see pics I've included) that tells you exactly how long each cycle type will take. There are several cycles:
Heavy/Pots & Pans (100 minutes)
Normal (85 minutes)
Light (75 minutes)
Glass (70 minutes)
Speed (45 minutes)
and Pre-wash/soak (10 minutes).
The Heavy cycle has a double wash cycle.
The Heavy, Normal, Light and Glass cycles all include a heated dry cycle.
The speed and the pre-wash do not include any drying.
The other major difference in the cycles is the temperature of the wash/rinse water:
Heavy and Normal having the highest (wash 131*F and rinse 149*F)
The Speed has the lowest temperatures (wash 122*F and rinse 131*F).
Even the heavy and normal options are not technically reaching a temperature that is considered sterilizing (170* or hotter), but it's much closer than you could get compared to hand-washing.

I've only used the Normal cycle, which according to the manual is an 85-minute wash. I've done 3 loads so far. The first I did with hot tap water. I made sure the water was at its hottest before turning off the tap to connect the hose and turning it back on. The dishwasher will heat the water to the correct temperature for the option you've chosen, but clearly starting with already hot water will shorten the time to heat the water. So, starting with very hot tap water, the Normal wash cycle from the moment I pressed the start button to the moment the end-of-cycle beep happened was 87 minutes. The next load I did, I used the cold tap water. I was curious to see if there would be a major difference. There was. This time it took 125 minutes (just over 2 hours). So using cold water is an option, but it will add a little more than 30 minutes to the process because the unit needs to first heat the water in order to properly wash the dishes. The third load I did (yesterday) I used the hot tap, though I didn't give it time to get to its absolute hottest. This load took exactly 90 minutes - just 5 minutes longer than the manual suggests. Again, this is the typical length of a full-sized dishwasher on a normal cycle as well.

DRY DISHES
The Normal cycle that I'm using includes dry time. I've made a point to be standing at the dishwasher when the end-of-cycle beep sounds so that I could see if the dishes are in fact dry. I've interrupted the beep to open the door. The ceramic dishes (plates, bowls), metal dog food bowls, plastic cups and silverware are all dry to the touch (and baked hot). The tupperware type pieces tend to still have some water/steam on them. But that is also typical of most full size dishwashers. Letting the dishes sit in the rack, with the door open for 20-30 minutes and all dishes are completely dry and cool enough to put away.

NOISE
The sound of the unit in cycle (the swish of your dishes being cleaned) is very quiet. I cannot hear it outside the kitchen, even from the adjacent room. The only time it seems loud is when it's draining water into the sink. It sounds like someone just turned on your tap to full - so if you have a metal sink, it's water hitting metal. If you have a porcelain sink, it's water hitting porcelain. If you want to assess that volume before you buy, just turn your tap on full and walk into the next room. Better yet, be in the other room and have someone else turn it on so you can hear what that initial water-hitting-surface sounds like because that's the loudest moment.

The end-of-cycle beep is a repeated beep that lasts just 8 seconds. I was awake and listening for the beep from my bedroom (just 2 rooms away) and almost missed it. It definitely would not disturb sleep unless you're sleeping in the kitchen or are super, hyper-sensitive to any kind of noise while sleeping - and I'm a light sleeper.

GETTING IT HOOKED UP
OK, so I'm a 5'2" woman. I was able to lift the unit from the floor to a step stool and then from the stool to the rack on which it sits (see pics). It would definitely be easier with a second person because it's a bit bulky and awkward. But I didn't have anyone available to help and I was able to manage. I used the door handle and the metal lip at the top of the back of the unit for hand-holds. Remember to LIFT WITH YOUR KNEES - it is heavy enough to cause pain or injury to a back if you are already weak in that area or have a previous injury.

The adapter has TWO washers - a thin one that is well-seated into the adapter and a thicker one that easily falls out. When I first connected to my faucet, I thought the thick one was from my faucet and so removed it out of the way. The test run leaked a lot around the faucet. I then put that thick washer on top of the thin one and reattached the adapter with both washers in place. NO MORE LEAKING at the faucet!!!!

I connected the hoses to the back of the unit as directed. I hand-tightened both. I ran a 10-minute pre-wash cycle to test for leaks. The drain hose leaked. I disconnected it, turned the unit for better access, rather than trying to just reach behind, made sure the connection was seated properly, hand-tightened and then used a pliers to gently tighten. I got another full turn (or 2) before it felt fully tightened - careful not to over tighten as it is plastic and that can break if tightened too far. I also wrapped that connection with some plumbers tape just for good measure. I ran another pre-wash (10-minute) cycle NO LEAKS anywhere! Now I was ready to do a proper load of dishes.

CLEANING THE DISHES
I feed my dogs using a food puzzle toy (Kongs) which involves mixing their kibble with soft foods such as pumpkin puree or yogurt. It's difficult to get that all out and properly cleaned by hand. I had several of those that needed cleaning. I also washed their regular food bowls - the green one (in the pic) had fish oil and cranberry powder residue that I've been unable to get fully cleaned off for the last 6 months (that's 6 months of residue!). The Kongs and the bowls (and the rest of the dishes) came out looking like new! The residue was gone and there was no weird film that others have mentioned they've experienced. I think they may be using too much detergent, or not using any kind of drying aid at all.

You will need to rinse off all large food particles. Remember, this portable unit is not connected to a garbage disposal and so cannot cope with large chunks of food particles. But, sauce residue, chocolate powder caked on a spoon, cheese and egg stuck on a spatula - all came off no problem.

There is a 3-part filter system and you will likely need to clean it with some regularity (every few months) to keep the dishwasher from getting gummed up.

BETWEEN USES
The hoses are pressurized and so you only need to turn the faucet on a little to get it set. You can leave the faucet on all night if you start the dishwasher at bedtime as you will not be using/running water all night due to the pressurized hose.

Be sure to TURN OFF THE FAUCET before you try to unhook the hose from the faucet. Also, be sure to PRESS THE RED BUTTON and wait for the water to drain before disconnecting the hose from the faucet. Once disconnected, you'll want to hold the end down and the length of the hose up to drain the last of the water that's in there before tucking the hose into its storage position - this is simply to avoid drips.

Final note: the unit was a little damp inside as were the hoses upon arrival. I believe this is from testing at the factory before packaging. Many have mentioned it. Also, the unit and the hoses smell like new appliance. I can't smell it unless I'm right next to it, and I expect that after I've had it out and in use for a month or two, that smell will be gone.

So far, I am super happy with this unit - the ease of setting up, the quality of the clean. I will check in again in few months to update.



SPT SD-2213S Countertop Dishwasher, Silver Review:


I am a 40-year-old New York City apartment-dweller. I recently came to the conclusion that if I was ever going to become the kind of responsible person who always hand-scubs their dishes after eating, it would have happened by now. Rather, I was lucky to get to them once a week. Gross.

This unit has been a godsend. Not only is my apartment much more presentable, but it does a far better job than I could clean by hand.

It is perhaps just a tad too short for standard dinner plates — but perhaps we Americans should be eating smaller portions from smaller plates anyway? Also it’s larger than a microwave — grab a tape measure and tape off the space on your counter before ordering so you’re sure it will fit. Also it would be nice if the manufacturer sold a kit for permanent installation… I’ll be hiring a plumber to come by and give it a crack sometime soon.

But yes, do this. Before the next time your parents visit.



SPT SD-2213W Countertop Dishwasher, White Review:


This Dishwasher changed my life! This review may not start well but it ends well. Seriously. If you're considering buying this, please read. It's long, but it may put any doubts about purchasing to rest. (Skip to the chase, buy it. It's awesome.)

I moved into a small apartment after a divorce and went from a built-in soundless Bosch top of the line hooked up to a garbarge disposal so I didn't even need to rinse a dish to, yea. Just a sink. I had to hand-wash dishes. Yuck. I wasn't used to it. They piled up. It was gross. The landlord wouldn't pay to install a built-in (in hindsight why would they?). I wasn't about to pay for a plumber. So like any lazy girl who hates manual work would do, I hit the internet. Omg there's a dishwasher I can sit on my counter and hook up to my kitchen faucet??? And it's only $200 & change??? So-so reviews be damned! What have I got to lose?

Alright, I order it. It comes in. Fits under my cabinet on the counter next to the kitchen sink. All I have to do is screw an adapter into the faucet and screw hoses into the back of the dishwasher. No problem.

It works ok for a couple months. (Just for reference I bought it Feb of 2016). Ok so April / May 2016 the buttons just kinda start blinking and it shuts itself off mid-cycle. I'm like wtf? It's not great to begin with and now - nothing? Aw, Hell no.

I contact the company directly (yes I purchased it directly from the manufacturer through Amazon). The customer service was so good it surprised me. They said it was covered under warranty. At first they told me to ship it back and they'd replace it. I had thrown out the box already. So they shipped me a brand new dishwasher and told me to ship the defective one back in the box the new one came in.

So the new one was amazing! Obviously my original one had some issues... and omg the replacement one worked a million times better!

I am writing this review Feb 2018. I've been using this dishwasher every day for two years now. Not just every day - anywhere from one to three or even four times a day. I've meant to go online and praise it's virtues many, many times. But stuff comes up and I kinda forget. Tonight, I just kinda feel compelled... here's why:

1) I'm doing my taxes. I find this dishwasher receipt from 2016 in my receipt pile from last year. I smile 'cause I had just started washing a load of dishes. With a Cascade Pod. It looked delicious.

2) I remember that I wasn't too impressed at first. Then I remember that my first unit was a lemon. Then I remember that the replacement unit was pretty awesome and that the company was super cool about the whole thing and made the return / replacement pretty easy.

3) I think to myself that this dishwasher makes my every-day chores so much better. I may make it go through three or four cycles a day, but if I had to hand-wash that many dishes I would either 1. Be compelled to purchase paper or plastic plates, cups, and utensils, thereby contributing to the destruction of trees and stuff. (What am I - an animal?) OR 2. I would most likely be compelled to harm my significant-other (or myself) for leaving a sink-full of dishes to manually wash. (And have to deal with wtf ends up in the sink drain thingy?) Yea, no. I've literally physically fought people for lesser offenses.

4) Recently, this handyman guy was sent by my landlord to fix a leak in the bathroom. As he walks through the apartment he sees this beautiful white box sitting on the kitchen counter. "What IS that? Is that a dishwasher??? I'm a plumber. I've never seen anything like that. That is SO COOL!".

Yes. Yes it is. I haven't hand-washed a dish in two years. Every single dish, cup and freaking pot or pan comes out clean. Every. Single.Time. Does it fit as much as my big built-in under the counter dishwasher? Of course not.

But... this dishwasher changed my life. No longer is dishwashing a chore. This freaking thing is hooked up to my tap on my freaking counter and has worked flawlessly for two years now. If you are in an apartment or an RV or just don't have the room or want the expense of installing a built-in dishwasher... buy this. It's pretty awesome. (And if it's not awesome, maybe you got a lemon like my first one. Just contact SPT and they'll make it right).

Disclaimer: I use those pretty Cascade pods for washing dishes; I was not under the influence of any detergents while writing this review.