Conventional dishwashers that plumb into the building under counters or behind concealed doors are often an impossible purchase for small homes and apartments with limited space but this does not mean that these home-owners should have to solely rely on hand-washing their dishes. The Danby White DDW611WLED seems like a great compromise as it still offers simple connections to the kitchen tap and a durable, stainless steel interior but does so in a simple, compact counter-top design. This Danby DDW611WLED Countertop Dishwasher review will look at the function of this alternative model to see if it really can help smaller households.
This Danby counter-top dishwasher offers a space-saving design with plenty of additional bonuses
One of the most important benefits to mention here is that even with this different connection and style, the product is functional, fairly reliable and offers a quiet clean with a few simple commands from the control panel. There are 6 different wash cycles to choose from and while there are some complaints about the 90 minute cycle being too long, there is a 45 minute option that makes a big difference. Also, there is an interesting note from some users that the previous model had a bit of a leaky door/front window and this has since been improved so that there are no leaks at all.
Of course no matter how good the cycles are, the focus will always come back to the compact design. There are some some clever elements that make it work as a compact countertop dishwasher for small households and small kitchens and it does seem to fit under most kitchen cabinets, just as the designers promised. There is a tray near the top that is great for small glasses and kitchen utensils and even though the narrow spacing of the racks can be difficult to manage, it does have the potential to hold plenty of plates.
The compact size may be the Danby DDW611WLED Compact Dishwasher’s selling point but it is also its biggest problem
This model really is a compact machine and this does lead to problems with the number of items that can be loaded and the types of plates and bowls that can be washed – some simply do not fit at all. The other issue is the fact that the dishwasher is not always able to give a perfect clean to some plates with very stubborn food stains and grease. The dish-washing liquid used does play its part here but there are a few too many people suggesting that new buyers either load and wash the dishes straight after eating or pre-wash, neither of which can be practical for many.
The final word of this Danby DDW611WLED Countertop Dishwasher review
If you are in the market for a space-saving compact dishwasher then you have to be prepared for a few issues regarding the capacity and the number of cycles needed and it is no different with this model. If you do not want to be using a machine everyday then this is not the best option; if, however, you are happy to work in short, daily loads and to play around with the way that the crockery is loaded, this could be a great choice.