With the convenience that comes with having a dishwasher, it is no wonder that so many people want to have one in their home. While most people will feel that the full size models are ideal, there are also some options for people that do not have the space for one of these larger units.
For some homes, it might be possible to accommodate one of the slimline models. They can work just as well as the larger machines, and they can fit 8-10 place settings. But what if you do not have the space for a slimline machine? In that case, you could consider buying a table top dishwasher.
These smaller machines can fit right on your kitchen counter or on a table, and they clean dishes just as well as their larger counterparts. Most tabletop dishwashers can fit 6 place settings, so they can hold a decent amount of dishes, and, of course, they are easy to install. You can just place one of these compact dishwashers near the sink, and most will have a quick connect adaptor that hooks up to kitchen faucet. Since it doesn’t have to be plumbed in like other dishwashers, you can set the unit up when you need it, and easily put it away when you are done.
A countertop dishwasher can be a good compromise for homes that the lack the space for the larger units, but you do have to be aware that it can only fit about half as much in per load as a regular size model. This can make one of these compact machines the perfect fit for a home that only has one or two people. It might even work well for a home with more people if they do not use a lot of dishes, but once you get to four people and beyond, you would probably find that you have to run a lot of loads to keep up and it wouldn’t be practical.
Running lots of loads to meet the needs of several people will not only take a fair amount of time, it will also be inefficient. While these machines do use less water and electricity per cycle, they do tend to use more water and electricity per place setting. With that being the case, it will be more cost-effective in the longer term to get a larger machine if you have the room.
Another point to note (and not in a good way) is the price. Some buyers might think that they are going to save money by buying a cheap table top dishwasher, but they’ll be in for a shock when they head to the store. In most cases, a counter dishwasher will cost just about as much as a full-sized unit. The market for tabletop dishwashers in the UK is much smaller than the market for larger machines. Since the larger machines can be mass-produced on a larger scale, it brings down the cost of production.
Even with all of this being true, a small countertop dishwasher will be the right fit for a lot of people. One of the great things about the modern countertop units is that they perform just as well as the larger machines, and you can even find many of the same programs and features.
Before moving on to our picks for the best buy table top dishwashers, we would like to consider a few other points. There is more to shopping for one of the machines that knowing that you need one, so let’s take a quick look at some factors to consider before you make a purchase.
What to look for
While the selection of countertop dishwashers is (much) smaller than for larger models, you do still have some options. In shopping for a compact, here are a few of the points that you may want to consider:
Programs & Features
The early compact appliances were not that versatile, and you could see a big difference compared to the full-sized machines. That is not the way that it is anymore. With the newer tabletop units, you can get many of the programs and features that you would expect from the larger units.
If you are shopping for a counter top, then size is probably an issue. Before you start shopping, look at the space where you intend to use this unit. You want to make sure to find a machine that is going to fit the space. If you have cabinets over the counter space where the machine will sit, you also consider the height of the machine. Measure the space, and try to find a unit to match. Most of these units are around 44 x 55 x 50 in cm. (H x W x D)
Since these dishwashers are smaller, they obviously have less interior room to work with. Consider how well the space is used and the design of the racks. As I mentioned earlier, most of the compact machine hold 6 place settings. Concerning the interior, the important points are the ease with which the machine can be loaded and the versatility of the racks.
Below you’ll find some of our top picks with pros and cons of each model listed. You’ll also find a table under each model which compares prices at a range of popular online stores including Argos, Currys, John Lewis, Amazon etc so you’ll know who’s offering the best deal at the moment.