In this EdgeStar countertop portable dishwasher review, we’ll look at the pros and cons of this specific model as well as information that could affect your decision without being a specific point for or against the model
Pros of the EdgeStar Countertop Dishwasher
This dishwasher is small enough to fit under most counters or on the counter top. It can handle plates up to 10” across, but only six of that size. Nine inch plates can stand upright. This is pretty good for a countertop dishwasher only 17” tall.
Like all countertop dishwashers, this unit is cheaper than full sized models.
This unit has many functions that the big boys have, like six separate wash cycles, a delayed start option. The delayed start is uncommon in countertop dishwashers, but it lets you load the dishes in the morning but wait until you have left for work to start it. The delayed start option is a must have for those who get discounts for waiting until after 8 PM to run appliances.
This countertop dishwasher comes with a child lock, so that young children cannot accidentally change the dishwasher cycle or start the dishwasher inadvertently. That makes this one of the best countertop dishwashers for families with young children.
The dishwasher comes with the hose and adapter you need to run water from the sink. This unit has an unusually long five foot hose, so you don’t have to put it immediately by the sink, though this is a good idea due to drainage and spillage risks that come with all countertop dishwashers.
All countertop dishwashers are less efficient per load than the large dishwashers; this unit is more efficient than the average countertop dishwasher, using around 200 kilowatt hours per year at expected base load. It will need more energy to run if you feed it cold water instead of hot water from the tap.
This model is installed quickly if the adapter fits your faucet.
This dishwasher has a decent “pots and pans” cycle, though that takes over an hour and a half to run.
Cons of the EdgeStar Countertop Dishwasher
This is not a common model, so you’ll have trouble getting it serviced without paying shipping to send it back to the manufacturer. If you have to send it back to the manufacturer, they make you pay for the shipping for it.
This model doesn’t dry dishes well on its own. Use rinse-aids to help improve this, and expect to periodically dry glasses by hand.
This unit is loud for a countertop dishwasher.
The glassware cycle is mediocre, even with a rinse-aid.
Observations about the EdgeStar Countertop
This EdgeStar countertop portable dishwasher review wouldn’t be complete without observations that aren’t a clear point for the model or a strike against it, but would nevertheless affect the decision of some to buy it.
This countertop dishwasher has an internal water heater that lets it warm up tap water to 149F. This is good enough to thoroughly clean most items, but you’ll want to supplement with rinse agents for glassware and boil items like pacifiers and bottle nipples instead of assuming running them through the dishwasher is enough to sterilize them.
This unit connects to the sink, and the dishwasher ships with the adapter that connects it to the kitchen faucet. This model’s adapter fits most kitchen faucets, but not all. It is hard to find an adapter that does fit, if your adapter doesn’t work. This problem is more common with older sinks. Always try the connection without the aerator on the faucet before assuming that the issue is the adapter.