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The GE GPT225SSLSS 24-inch portable dishwasher Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The Best Portable Dishwashers of 2022

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The GE GPT225SSLSS 24-inch portable dishwasher Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

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GE GPT225SSLSS

A convertible dishwasher that comes with a counter-top, stainless steel finish and interior, and cleans dishes just as well as a built-in dishwasher. Read More

Pros

  • Great cleaning performance
  • Convertible
  • Runs quietly

Cons

  • No dry cycle
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Whirlpool WDP370PAHW

Reviewers really like how spacious this dishwasher is, considering that it's more compact. Plus, it operates nice and quietly and cleans well. Read More

Pros

  • Runs quietly
  • Cleans dishes well
  • Very spacious

Cons

  • Weak drying cycle
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Farberware FDW05ASBWHA

This portable dishwasher doesn't require a sink hookup and will clean and dry your dishes with no muss and no fuss. Read More

Pros

  • Great performance
  • Dries dishes
  • Has a fruit cleaning cycle

Cons

  • Minor issues with redeposit
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Danby DDW631SDB

This Danby countertop dishwasher is our best overall, having cleaning performance that's comparable (or even better) than that of regular dishwashers. Read More

Pros

  • Has comparable cleaning to a full-size dishwasher
  • Plenty of cycle options

Cons

  • Has issues with spinach redeposit
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Homelabs HME010033N

This modern-style countertop dishwasher offers great cleaning performance and cycle options. Read More

Pros

  • Sleek look
  • Intuitive controls

Cons

  • Very small capacity

Unlike a built-in dishwasher, portable and countertop dishwashers don’t need to be installed in your kitchen, making them convenient and easier to move. They also don’t require any modifications to your home’s plumbing. These appliances are perfect for small kitchens and people on long trips to a vacation home or in an RV.

When it’s time to wash your dishes, simply position your portable or countertop dishwasher next to your kitchen sink, attach its faucet adapter to the tap, and you’ll be washing dishes without ever getting your hands wet. Once your dishes and cutlery are clean and put away, just store your dishwasher away. What’s not to love?

Here are some of the best portable dishwashers, on wheels and without, that you can get right now.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

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GE GPT225SSLSS

This portable dishwasher is ideal for one to two people living in a small apartment or who are just simply sick of scrubbing the dishes every day and night.

With this dishwasher, you can fit 12 place settings and choose between three different washing cycles. Plus, it comes with an autosense cycle which picks the ideal cycle time for you, a piranha food dispenser that rids of any food particles that could potentially clog, and an efficient, high-temperature-washing sanitizing option. In total, this dishwasher’s stainless steel blade turns 3,600 times per minute.

If you have a busy schedule, you can utilize the delay start function and set your dishes to be cleaned up to 12 hours ahead of time.

Many reviewers say this dishwasher runs super quiet and cleans the dishwashers well, although you’ll have to either hand wash your dishes or let them air dry. There are mixed reviews on how easy it is to install, so that may depend on how handy you are.

Pros

  • Great cleaning performance

  • Convertible

  • Runs quietly

Cons

  • No dry cycle

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Whirlpool WDP370PAHW

What’s great about this dishwasher is that it only takes one hour to wash your dishes thoroughly. Plus, it has a soil level sensor that will adjust the heat and water based on how much is needed to get all of the food particles off of your dishes.

It even has a heavy cycle option to get out deeper stains. Or, you can just use the normal cycle to save energy or if your dishes are already fairly spotless.

Reviewers really like how spacious this dishwasher is, considering that it's more compact. Plus, they say that it operates at a super low noise level.

The one downside is that it has a pretty weak drying cycle, so you may have to dry off a few afterward by hand or place them on the drying rack; but hey, at least it has a dry cycle in the first place.

Pros

  • Runs quietly

  • Cleans dishes well

  • Very spacious

Cons

  • Weak drying cycle

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Farberware FDW05ASBWHA

For a dishwasher than you can (literally) use anywhere, you may want to take a look at this one. You don’t even need to plug this one into an outlet because it comes with a five-liter, built-in tank to load the water, meaning you could wash your dishes while glamping or on a road trip.

In this dishwasher, you can fit multiple dishes up to 12 inches in diameter. You can also choose between five different wash programs, depending on how dirty your dishes are. There’s even a fruit-washing feature that will rinse your fruits and vegetables for you before eating them. Reviewers find this one easy to use, but say it is smaller than expected.

Pros

  • Great performance

  • Dries dishes

  • Has a fruit cleaning cycle

Cons

  • Minor issues with redeposit

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Danby DDW631SDB

This portable dishwasher has excellent cleaning performance, with stain removal comparable to some full-size dishwashers. The normal cycle time clocks in at about 100 minutes. You can also choose from eight different wash cycles: Heavy, Normal, BabyCare, Eco, Glass, Speed, Rinse, and Mini Party.

With an extra drying option, a digital display, and a sleek-looking exterior, the Danby DDW631SDB is a great compact countertop dishwasher that takes up a minimal space and can do the job right the first time.

Pros

  • Has comparable cleaning to a full-size dishwasher

  • Plenty of cycle options

Cons

  • Has issues with spinach redeposit

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Homelabs HME010033N

The HomeLabs HME010033N is nearly identical to the Danby DDW621WDB. It has the same cleaning performance, the same cycles (although one cycle is called “Eco” rather than “Light”), and similar cycle times. Its exterior looks a bit more modern than that of the DDW621WDB, but if you’re interested in buying this flavor of countertop dishwasher, we recommend buying whichever of these two products is on sale that day.

Pros

  • Sleek look

  • Intuitive controls

Cons

  • Very small capacity

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Black & Decker BCD6W

This Black & Decker countertop dishwasher offers pretty comparable cleaning performance to the others on this list. In addition to the same six common cycles, the BCD6W has a 90-minute BabyCare cycle. Like the Magic Chef, the Black & Decker also has a 1- to 24-hour delay feature.

One aspect that sets the Black & Decker apart from the competition is its looks—with its stainless steel handle finish and its touchscreen user interface, it’s easily the best-looking dishwasher on this list. If you have a more modern-looking kitchen and don’t want a white box on your countertop, this is a slick choice.

Pros

  • Stainless steel finish

  • 1-24 hour delay option

Cons

  • Has issues with spinach redeposit


What You Should Know Before Buying a Portable or Countertop Dishwasher

What Are the Differences Between Portable and Countertop Dishwashers?

Portable versus countertop dishwashers
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Portable dishwashers (left) are usually on wheels and sometimes have butcher block tops to add extra functionality in the kitchen. Countertop dishwasher (right) are considerably smaller, take up less space, and fit fewer dishes.

If your kitchen doesn't have a cutout for a standard 24-inch installed dishwasher, there are two alternatives to giving up and washing everything by hand: portable or countertop dishwashers. Make sure you know the difference when you're shopping.

Portable dishwashers — These models are typically on wheels so you can roll them up to the sink when they're in use and shove them in a corner when they're not. They're typically 18 inches wide, though you can also find 24-inch-wide models. Because they're about the same height as a standard dishwasher, a portable dishwasher on wheels can hold quite a few dishes in its two racks.

Countertop dishwashers — If floor space is limited, or you just don't need to wash that many dishes, a countertop dishwasher may be a better choice for you. Countertop dishwashers typically cost about half as much as a portable dishwasher. They can't fit many dishes and can take up a lot of counter space, but you'll still save a lot of water and time compared to washing your dishes manually.

How Do You Attach a Portable Dishwasher?

Portable dishwashers have an inlet hose that screws onto the threading of your faucet, where the removable aerator would typically fit. If your faucet doesn't have threading at all, you may have some issues with installing countertop or portable dishwashers.

Examine your kitchen faucet carefully to ensure you can attach a hose to it before purchasing a portable or countertop dishwasher. In certain cases, you may be able to buy an adaptor to facilitate the connection, but in many cases your next best bet would be to replace the faucet with one that has threading.

How Wide Is a Dishwasher?

Standard dishwashers are all the same size: 24 inches wide by 24 inches deep by 35 inches high. This means that it's super easy to shop for a dishwasher online, because you can guarantee it'll fit the space you already have in your kitchen. These portable models tend to run smaller, since they aren’t fitting into an existing space.

How Long Do Dishwashers Last?

According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the average dishwasher lasts about nine years. Appliance lifespans are shorter these days for a few reasons, among them broad economic factors that affect all durable goods, production of individual components that are frequently outsourced to the least-expensive third-party manufacturers, and machines being made with more plastic and less metal.

Since most consumers don’t buy appliances very often, a decreased lifespan can seem all the more dramatic. It can be frustrating to see a dishwasher break down after 10 years when its predecessor chugged along for 30.

How Long Does a Dishwasher Run?

Dishwasher cycles can run the gamut from 30 minutes to four hours. Shorter cycle times are much more convenient, especially when it comes to large dinner parties, where you may need to reuse dishes from dinner when it's time for dessert.

How Much Water Does a Dishwasher Use?

Reviewed's lab operations manager Jonathan Chan says, "The amount of water a dishwasher uses varies greatly on type and cycle selected. Normal cycles on compact models can use as little as 2.5 gallons, but larger entry-level models can use up to 5 gallons."

And, although it may surprise you, dishwashers use far less water than you would by hand-washing your dishes, and smaller dishwashers (like portable and countertop models) tend to use less water than larger ones.

If you're environmentally- or money-conscious, the prospect of using less water and energy may be appealing to you. Be sure to check out the Energy Star rating for a dishwasher to give you an idea of what you can expect your utility bills to look like.

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