Having the option to wash dishes in a dishwasher means one less chore in your day. Cleaning up after meals is faster and simpler when you can stack dirty dishes in the dishwasher, add detergent, start the cycle and go.
Although many homes and apartments feature a built-in dishwasher, not all kitchens have room for one. If you live in an apartment, condo or a house with a small kitchen, you may need to rethink how you use your space by choosing appliances for small spaces. A portable dishwasher or tabletop dishwasher lets you wash dishes automatically without requiring a built-in solution or an expensive remodel. It takes up less room than a traditional dishwasher; plus, you can take it with you when you move.
Types of Portable Dishwashers
A portable dishwasher features wheels that allow you to move it from one place to another. If your kitchen doesn't have enough room for a dishwasher, you can store it in another room and roll it to the kitchen when you need to use it.
A countertop dishwasher is small enough to fit on your counter or on a rolling cart. Because of its small size, a countertop dishwasher can only hold a limited amount of items, such as small plates, mugs, glasses, flatware sets and cutlery. It's best for small households without many dishes or for use as a secondary dishwasher for a bar area in your home.
Using a Portable or Countertop Dishwasher
Your portable or countertop dishwasher either needs to be located near the sink and an electrical outlet, or you need to be able to move it easily to and from the kitchen. When you're ready to use your dishwasher, turn on the kitchen faucet until the water is hot. Then turn off the faucet, attach the hose from your dishwasher, and plug the cord into an electrical outlet. Since the capacity of a portable dishwasher is often more limited than a built-in dishwasher, you may need to wash your dishes in small batches and use your dishwasher more frequently.
Appliances for Small Spaces
When space is limited, compact appliances allow you to use the space you have more efficiently. By choosing a portable dishwasher, you free up room for larger appliances that require dedicated space, such as a range, oven and refrigerator. When choosing kitchen appliance packages for an apartment or small kitchen, look for compact appliances that fit your space without cramping your lifestyle.