When dishwashers were first invented they were rather cumbersome, but thankfully now they come in all shapes and sizes and you can choose from small dishwashers for small spaces as well as super compact models for use in your office or even your caravan. Whether you have an already integrated kitchen with no room for more appliances, or you are looking for a way to keep your baby bottles clean whilst on holiday, there is a model on the market for you.
A small home or living space needs smaller solutions to fit the space and meet the needs of users. We see this with storage solutions in tight corners, in small appliances that can be kept on on minimal work surface space and in white goods that become more compact to suit user’s needs. One of the best examples of this is with mini or small dishwashers for small spaces. Some apartment owners and RV users may assume that a free standing dishwasher is not possible because of a lack of space, issues with the plumbing or the simple fact that there are so few people in the house. Many brands now show that a stand alone dishwasher can be small enough for the space without compromising on the quality and functionality.
The models that are highlighted below are all examples of a well thought-out compact dishwasher where many of the right features and familiar aspects of a full-size model have been scaled down. Generally speaking, you can only get 6 place settings in a mini dishwasher, but users still have the choice of cycles and the power of the machinery to get the right result. These models have many similarities in their look and capacity, but there are also small details and selling points to set them apart.
Mini Dishwashers for Compact Spaces
1. SPT SD-2224DS Countertop Dishwasher
The SPT SD-2224DS Countertop Dishwasher is a smart looking model with the choice of either a silver or white look and the LED display. This means it is one of those machine that wont simply work well on a small countertop space, it will look good left out there too. The size of this machine is an important selling point, as with all the models seen here. There is a capacity of 6 place settings and a height of 17.24 inches. This LED display also means that this is a machine that it pretty easy to understand and use. There are 7 was cycles that can be programmed with ease for different needs. They include the heavy, normal, light, mini party, rinse, speed and soak functions.
Then there are the additional features to make life even easier for the newcomer that perhaps hasn’t the experience with this sort of compact dishwasher. There is a simple tap adaptor for a quick connection to the water system and the timer. This time allows for a delayed start so that user can set the machine to run at a time that suits them best.. There is also a warning indicator for a problem with the water supply, to stop faults, leaks or flooding, and an indicator for the rinse aid when it needs refilling. There is the clear sense that this has been designed with convenience in mind above much else. It really is one that users can get up and walk away from with peace of mind.
SPT SD-9241SS Energy Star Portable Dishwasher
Sticking with the same brand for a moment, we have an SPT model for a different type of space. The SPT SD-9241SS Energy Star Portable Dishwasher is a stainless steel model with a different approach. This upright model is on wheels to be wheeled into place underneath a countertop, where space is available. This style makes more sense to some homeowners that are used to dishwashers. It is much like the models of other homes and built-on units, but it is just smaller and a little more convenient. While many models like this will focus on the space saving elements of the capacity and shape, those extra inches on the countertop models and the design mean that they are more practical for some households. This 36 inch high, 18 inch wide model has an adjustable upper rack for larger plates and pots.
Otherwise, the concept remains pretty much the same. There is a simple connection system to the tap, a range of cycles for different needs and a simple design. Again there are 6 programmes here. They are the All-in-1, Heavy, Normal, Light , Rinse and Speed cycles. Even though it is bigger, there is still the focus on energy efficiency and green credentials. It boasts energy consumption of 295kwh/yr, water consumption of 3.65 gallons and power consumption of 110W. It is even pretty quiet in operation compared to some normal dishwashers, at just 55db.
Koldfront 6 Place Setting Portable Countertop Dishwasher
There is tendency for designers to make these countertop dishwashers white because they are white goods. However, their place out on the countrer top means that they could be other colors and be more attractive. The black Koldfront 6 Place Setting Portable Countertop Dishwasher is a good example because the black color across the unit makes this typically-boxy machine look a little smaller. It is just under 18 inches in height, so again ideal for most counter spaces, and has a depth of nearly 20 inches. This capacity means that not only is there room for six place settings which really is the norm with these units there is a dedicated space inside for the dish racks, cup shelf and cutlery basket.
The best thing about this free standing dishwasher is that there is so much familiarity and functionality in this space appliance. It really is like having a miniature version of a “real”dishwasher for a much smaller space. These dishes are taken care of in a choice of 6 cycles, so one less than the SPT, but many of the other features are the same. This is seen with the low power and water consumption, the simple connection system to the tap and the powerful cleaning system. It doesn’t have the clever extras for convenience, like some of those clever alarms and sensors, but it does mimic bigger, tougher models for a sense of reliability there.
Westland DWV322CB Black 115 Volt Space-Saving Countertop Dishwasher
Another smart looking black model is the Westland DWV322CB Black 115 Volt Space-Saving Countertop Dishwasher. The term space saving suggests a much smaller, compact model that can fit into the smaller spaces of an apartment. The truth is that this is a little smaller than the other models mentioned, but not massively so. Still an extra inch can make a different in a space where there is minimal room. This focus on the compact size means that it is actually sold as the ideal model for RVs, where space is at a premium. The capacity remains the same as many of the other models here, with 6 place settings worth of space, but perhaps less in the way of organization. This may all come as a surprise considering the look of this model. It is smart, with a minimalist look to the controls, but appears boxy.
There is also the promise here of reduced energy and water usage, which means that this is another of the greener models for conscientious buyers. Those looking to use minimal time, energy and water can use the speed cycle, there is a cycle that soaks the dishes to make the wash quicker and easier later on, and there is a heavy wash for lots of dirt where needed. With this, and the delay start timer that goes up to 2 hours, there is a lot here for a relatively basic model.
The issues above of a compact model for RVs lead to some interesting considerations for fitting out a camper with a dishwasher
When choosing the right model out of these different machines, it is important to consider their application. There are different reasons for choosing a smaller dishwasher and they tend to revolve around the space that is available. One reason is to add a dishwasher to a RV for convenience while camping out and going on trips. It helps not to have anything excessive plumbed into the system where possible, so an RV dishwasher with a tap connection and portability can really help. The unit can then sit out on the counter in the kitchen space and provide just enough storage for place setting for all occupants. The energy efficiency of these models also helps here too. RV owners are often out to save on electricity usage, with some going off-grid with solar set-ups. Therefore users don’t want anything too power hungry. Models with quick wash systems and smart cycles that use less power and water are ideal. It is best to look at those energy star rated models that are clear on power and water usage over the year. Also, those models with the residual dryer save on energy too.
Then there are the models with apartment dwellers in mind
The final application here is all those looking for a stand alone dishwasher for an apartment. In these cases, energy efficiency is still important for the couple looking to save a little money and go green. Even then, there is the ease of use for the small kitchen and the homeowner new to independent living. Those models above with the smart LED consoles, simple settings and programmable cycles are helpful here. There are those models that are smart enough to do the job while homeowners are away, or doing other tasks. This is where those delayed starts and other indicators really help. Users know that an alarm will sound of there is a problem. As with the RV dishwasher, there are some great cycles in some of these machines that really suit couples. The quick washes and smaller loads are ideal for general use, but it is nice to have the heavy cycles there too when needed. Apartment dishwashers also come in more shapes and styles because they are designed for long term use in that small space. The black models are arguable better looking and the upright models may suit a kitchen layout a little better.
In the end, the final decision on the model comes down more to this location issue than the features. So many of these models highlighted are similar in shape, size and approach, with the exception of the upright model. It is all about looking at the finer detail to see which is the best choice in stand alone dishwasher for the RV or apartment and the individual owner.