In this SPT countertop dishwasher review, we’ll look at the pros and cons of this dishwasher. This model is available in 2 colors.
Model SD2201W- White Color
Model SD2201S – Silver Color
Pros of the SPT Countertop Dishwasher SD-2201
This dishwasher is small and compact. It can be placed under the counter, under your upper cabinets as well as on top of the counter. It is only 17” tall.
This model has six wash cycles, allowing you to select the cycle that matches how dirty the dishes are.
The model can connect to a faucet for water, allowing it to work in older homes and apartments that don’t have dishwasher connections. You can also buy this as a temporary dishwasher while your kitchen is renovated or when you cannot afford a full scale model. The unit heats the water on its own, so it doesn’t matter if you use hot water or cold water from the tap; this dishwasher can heat up the water in either case, though this does increase the wash time and energy usage.
This dishwasher’s drain hose is one piece with the faucet adapter, so this model will work when your sink’s garbage disposal isn’t working.
Because this unit doesn’t rely on the major plumbing and electrical connections of full appliances, it is easy to install.
Unlike many counter and drawer sized dishwashers, the SPT model does a good job of washing dishes.
This compact dishwasher has a cutlery box. The cutlery box can have the lid closed to sterilized pacifiers and clean corn cop holders. It even has holes that will let you wash chopsticks in the dishwasher.
This dishwasher isn’t as loud as some of its competitors.
This unit is more reliable than some of its competitors. For example, Fagor’s dishwasher drawer was outright labeled “do not buy” by Consumer Reports a few years ago, due to its tendency to flood your floor because it couldn’t keep the water inside the unit.
Cons of the SPT Countertop Dishwasher SD-2201
The user manual is difficult to understand, so it is almost impossible to troubleshoot problems yourself. To top things off, SPT has poor customer service. If you have problems with this unit, you can call an appliance repairman or buy a replacement unit.
The dishwasher has shallow tines for the plates, so it doesn’t handle those shallow bowls or gently curved plates without taking up extra space, reducing how many it can handle. Large serving pieces just don’t fit.
Running the unit again right after the last time can lead to food particle buildup in the hoses and leaks on the bottom of the dishwasher. And it is prone to clogging, especially if you don’t clean all the food off the dishes before putting them in the washer.
Observations about the SPT Countertop Dishwasher
Due to its smaller size than a full size dishwasher, this dishwasher uses more water and energy per load of dishes than a full size model. The SPT is Energy Star certified, but it is only energy saving compared to other half-size dishwasher models.
Like all countertop and drawer dishwashers, this unit has limited capacity.
The inside of the dishwasher is only 12 inches tall on the inside. Even with this countertop dishwasher, you’ll probably still have to hand wash your large slow cooker bowl and cookie sheet, which probably won’t fit in this dishwasher. Even dinner plates ten inches tall need to be angled in the rack to ensure that the water can circulate around it.
The faucet hose makes installation easy, but the faucet hose doesn’t fit all faucets and finding an adapter to make it fit if it doesn’t already fit is an act of endurance.
This unit takes 80 minutes per cleaning cycle. You have to get a bigger dishwasher to get the expression 45 and 50 minute wash cycles.
This model is right-sized for a family of two or, at most, three. Don’t expect it to handle the dishes for a family of four.
Be careful to use the right amount of soap with this dishwasher. You don’t need a lot of soap with this smaller model, and putting in too much soap can lead to a bubble bath cascade out of the unit. Do use rinse-aid to maximize its performance with glassware.