Portable vs. Countertop: Which Space-Saving Dishwasher Is Right for You?

26 October 2015
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If you are short on kitchen space, you do not necessarily have to give up the idea of owning a dishwasher. Several dishwasher models are built to fit into small kitchens or to allow few users to wash often without wasting water and energy. They are also an excellent choice for renters, as installation usually does not require much modification to your plumbing system.

There are three main types of compact dishwashers: standalone, portable, and countertop. Since a portable can be used similarly to a standalone (simply locked in one place), this brief guide will help you make a decision between a portable and countertop model. 

Counter Space vs. Floor Space 

As implied by its name, a countertop dishwasher will take up a considerable amount of your counter space. You should consider that it will have to be placed near the sink for draining purposes, so it may take up vital food preparation and dish-washing space as well. It is a good choice if you do not have many specialty dishes that need particular care and can wash all or most of your dishes in the dishwasher. Also, keep in mind that some countertop models can actually be placed in a cabinet below the sink if they come with a water pump. 

Alternatively, a portable model can actually give you more counter space but while taking up floor space. Since it is portable, this type of dishwasher can be wheeled into the kitchen for use and then returned to storage so you have all of your kitchen space back. This is especially helpful if you only need to use a dishwasher occasionally, such as when you are hosting a party. 

Storage Space 

To effectively use the portability of a portable dishwasher, you need a place in or near the kitchen to store it. This can take up valuable pantry or closet space. You should also keep in mind that stairs and door stops can make moving a portable dishwasher difficult. However, a benefit of a portable dishwasher is that you can load it in the kitchen and carefully move it to a laundry room or bathroom to actually wash your dishes. 

Water and Drainage Hookups 

There are two main types of water and drainage hookups for portable and countertop dishwashers. The first is similar to a full-size setup and will require you to add a split to your cold water in your kitchen for the intake. This type also drains the dishwasher into the sink or a drainage pipe. Countertop models that you plan to leave in place full-time are the best option for this more permanent solution. 

Alternatively, there is a hose combination that drains into your sink and attaches to your faucet with a single snap. This is a good option for portable machines because the hose can be attached to any standard faucet. However, the placing and removing of the hoses may be a hassle after awhile. 

If you have little space in your kitchen but still want a dishwasher, a portable or countertop model can solve your problem. Look for Appliances by Journey Appliance or another provider in your area to explore your options further.