Skip to main content
Midea portable countertop dishwasher Credit: Midea

The Best Countertop Dishwashers of 2022

Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission.

Midea portable countertop dishwasher Credit: Midea

Why trust Reviewed?

Reviewed's mission is to help you buy the best stuff and get the most out of what you already own. Our team of product experts thoroughly vet every product we recommend to help you cut through the clutter and find what you need.

Learn more about our product testing
Editor's Choice Product image of Danby DDW631SDB

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
Product image of Farberware FDW05ASBWHA

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
Product image of Danby DDW621WDB

Danby DDW621WDB

A step-down from our favorite Danby, this countertop dishwasher is a great option for those who want to spend a little less for similar performance. Read More

Pros

  • Big capacity for a 22-inch countertop dishwasher

Cons

  • Controls were a bit confusing at first
  • Very small capacity compared to full-size models
Product image of Homelabs HME010033N

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
Product image of Magic Chef MCSCD6W5

Magic Chef MCSCD6W5

The Magic Chef countertop dishwasher offers the flexibility of a full 1-24 hour delay option, giving you control on exactly when to clean your dishes. Read More

Pros

  • Has 6 cleaning cycles
  • 1-24 hour delay option

Cons

  • Struggles with tough stains

If you don’t have the budget or space for a full-size, built-in dishwasher, but still don’t want to spend a lot of time scrubbing dirty dishes, it makes sense to buy a countertop dishwasher.

While countertop models look tiny, they can typically fit up to six place settings (where one place setting includes a plate, a bowl, a glass, a fork, a knife, and a spoon), and generally don’t require any additional plumbing other than access to your kitchen faucet. They're also significantly more efficient than trying to hand wash all of your dishes.

Most of the countertop dishwashers on this list are very similar and will work well in your kitchen. Based on our findings, these are some of the best countertop dishwashers you can get online right now.

Editor's Note

Due to supply chain challenges and soaring demand, there is widespread unavailability of home appliances and long wait times for delivery of backordered product. If you're a consumer in need of a dishwasher, here are the best places to buy in-stock appliances right now.

What You Should Know About Buying Countertop Dishwashers

Portable dishwasher interior
Credit: Reviewed.com

Countertop dishwashers look a lot like full-sized models on the inside—including full-sized filters, stainless interiors, and washarms.

Do I Need a Countertop Dishwasher?

It depends. If you’re concerned about the environment, a countertop dishwasher uses less water than hand washing, while typically being more energy efficient than built-in washers. This makes it an especially attractive option for an RV or somewhere else where you don't have the space for a fully-installed or portable dishwasher.

Using these compact dishwashers also requires a lot less effort than it does to wash dishes by hand, and our tests show that it does a much better job cleaning. If you’re a clean freak, buying a countertop dishwasher is a small price to pay to ensure that your dishes don’t just look clean.

However, you’ll still have to wash larger items in the sink; additionally, a countertop dishwasher can take up valuable space on your counter when it’s not in use.

Larger portable dishwashers, which also hook up to kitchen faucets and wheel out of the way when they’re not in use, can cost twice as much, but can also accommodate more, larger dishes.

How Do Countertop Dishwashers Work?

Countertop dishwashers can usually fit up to six place settings, which includes one plate, one bowl, one glass, one fork, one spoon, and one knife.
Credit: Reviewed.com / Jackson Ruckar

Countertop dishwashers can usually fit up to six place settings, which includes one plate, one bowl, one glass, one fork, one spoon, and one knife.

Nearly every countertop dishwasher works the same way: There are two hoses that join a “quick connect” mount that should attach to almost any faucet. One hose takes in fresh water, the other drains dirty water into the sink.

Inside, there's room for four full place settings in a single rack, a cutlery basket, a removable filter, and a stainless tub.

This faucet likely won't work with a countertop dishwasher
Credit: Getty Images

This faucet likely won't work with a countertop dishwasher

You can keep the dishwasher attached to your sink and press a bypass button to get fresh water, or you can disconnect it after use.

Be aware: Not every faucet works with a portable dishwasher. We had to purchase a small 15/16 inch to 55/64 inch faucet adapter at a hardware store. Stylish faucets with hidden “Cache” aerators may not fit a portable dishwasher at all.

It’s possible to hook up a sprayer faucet to a dishwasher—several online guides exist that explain how to do so—but it’s not recommended.

Costway dishwasher hookup
Credit: Costway

Two hoses hook up to the rear of the dishwasher, and then attach to a single connector that hangs from a kitchen faucet.

Who Makes Countertop Dishwashers?

hOmeLabs portable dishwasher
Credit: hOmeLabs

A hOmeLabs portable dishwasher—made by Midea.

After looking at bills of lading and other import data, we learned that nearly every portable countertop dishwasher sold in the U.S. is made by Midea.

Midea, based in Guangdong, China, is one of the largest appliance companies in the world. It owns vacuum-maker Eureka, has the rights to use the Toshiba name on small appliances, and manufactures hundreds of products for companies like GE Appliances and even the Instant Pot.

Midea now sells appliances under its own name, and recently opened several research and development centers in the U.S.

It makes sense that these products are imported from China, and not just because of lower manufacturing costs. Countertop dishwashers are much more popular in China, and it’s a lot easier to import these rectangular, easy-to-ship boxes from an existing factory than to set up production in countries where they’re more of a niche product.


Other Countertop Dishwashers We Tested

Product image of Danby DDW631SDB
Danby DDW631SDB

This portable dishwasher has excellent cleaning performance, considering that its stain removal ability is comparable to some other full-size dishwashers. The normal cycle time clocks in at about 100 minutes. You can also choose from eight different cycles: Heavy, Normal, BabyCare, Eco, Glass, Speed, Rinse, and Mini Party (We guess you can only have a mini party with a mini dishwasher?)

With an extra drying option, a digital display, and a sleek-looking exterior, the Danby DDW631SDB is a great pick for a dishwasher that takes up a minimal amount of counter space that's capable of getting the job done right the first time.

Pros

  • Has comparable cleaning to a full-size dishwasher

  • Plenty of cycle options

Cons

  • Has issues with spinach redeposit

Product image of Farberware FDW05ASBWHA
Farberware FDW05ASBWHA

There’s a lot to love about the Farberware FDW05ASBWHA countertop portable dishwasher. It has this great feature where you can use either the kitchen sink hookup or the separate water tank as the dishwasher’s water source. The water tank is a great option if you have difficulty attaching and securing water hoses, or if you want to wash dishes far from a sink.

This dishwasher comes with six cycles: Baby Care, Glass, Fruit (where you can use the removable basket to wash your fruits), Normal, Rapid, and Air Refresh. Perhaps the coolest feature is that this dishwasher has a little glass window so that you can watch the food stains get cleaned off your dishes in real time.

Speaking of clean dishes, this portable dishwasher does a great job of removing stains, including really difficult baked-on stains like chopped spinach, with only a few minor instances of redeposit. Furthermore, almost all of the cleaned dishes came out completely dry. If you’re looking for some flexibility when it comes to washing dishes in a small kitchen space, you’ll appreciate the performance and thoughtful design of the Farberware FDW05ASBWHA.

Pros

  • Great performance

  • Dries dishes

  • Has a fruit cleaning cycle

Cons

  • Minor issues with redeposit

Product image of Danby DDW621WDB
Danby DDW621WDB

If you have smaller space constraints, Danby also makes countertop dishwashers, one of which is the Danby DDW621WDB. While this countertop dishwasher looks small, it can fit six place settings, where each place setting involves plates, a bowl, a glass, a tea cup, and some cutlery. You won't be able to fit a spaghetti pot in there, but that's true for any countertop dishwasher. With a wide variety of cycles to choose from (including Intensive, Normal, Soak, Economy, Rapid, and Glass), you shouldn't have a problem getting difficult stains off your dishes.

This countertop dishwasher also has options to delay the start of the dishwasher cycle for 2, 4, or 8 hours, as well as water and rinse aid notification lights. It may take you a bit of time to get used to the control panel, but once you understand what the icons mean, the Danby DDW621WDB is a breeze to operate, and at only 22 inches wide, it won't take up too much space on your counter either.

Pros

  • Big capacity for a 22-inch countertop dishwasher

Cons

  • Controls were a bit confusing at first

  • Very small capacity compared to full-size models

Product image of Homelabs HME010033N
Homelabs HME010033N

As it turns out, 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

Product image of Magic Chef MCSCD6W5
Magic Chef MCSCD6W5

The cleaning performance of the Magic Chef is fine; although it may struggle a bit with some of the tougher stains, it will be able to tackle most dirty dishes without breaking a sweat. The Magic Chef countertop dishwasher has six cycles (Heavy, Normal, Light, Speed, Glass, and Rinse).

While the other countertop dishwashers on this list have delay options of 2, 4, or 6 hours, the delay option on this Magic Chef runs from 1 to 24 hours, and can be set in 1-hour increments. This allows you to set dishwasher cycles to start at a later time either for the sake of convenience or to save money by not using electricity at high-demand times, like after dinner. If that kind of time flexibility appeals to you, then the Magic Chef MCSCD6W5 is the right countertop dishwasher for you.

Pros

  • Has 6 cleaning cycles

  • 1-24 hour delay option

Cons

  • Struggles with tough stains

Product image of Black & Decker BCD6W
Black & Decker BCD6W

Finally, a product from a brand you recognize! Again, the cleaning performance for this countertop dishwasher is pretty comparable to that of the others on this list. In addition to the same six cycles that most of the countertop dishwashers on this list have, the BCD6W also 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 separates the Black & Decker countertop dishwasher 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 to ruin its visual appeal, you won’t regret choosing the Black & Decker countertop dishwasher.

Pros

  • Stainless steel finish

  • 1-24 hour delay option

Cons

  • Has issues with spinach redeposit

Meet the testers

Julia MacDougall

Julia MacDougall

Senior Scientist

@reviewed

Julia is the Senior Scientist at Reviewed, which means that she oversees (and continually updates) the testing of products in Reviewed's core categories such as televisions, washing machines, refrigerators, and more. She also determines the testing methods and standards for Reviewed's "The Best Right Now" articles.

See all of Julia MacDougall's reviews
Kyle Hamilton

Kyle Hamilton

Product Tester

Kyle Hamilton is a product tester at Reviewed, specializing in home appliances and technology.

See all of Kyle Hamilton's reviews
Lily Hartman

Lily Hartman

Staff Writer, Search

Lily Hartman is a staff writer at Reviewed. In her free time, she enjoys hiking the White Mountains, running at the beach, and strength training at the gym.

See all of Lily Hartman's reviews

Checking our work.

Our team is here for one purpose: to help you buy the best stuff and love what you own. Our writers, editors, and lab technicians obsess over the products we cover to make sure you're confident and satisfied. Have a different opinion about something we recommend? Email us and we'll compare notes.

Shoot us an email