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Portable Dishwasher: A Great Advantage for Less-spacious Home

Portable Dishwasher
There are a plethora of portable dishwasher brands varying in size, design, cleaning methodology, and price. This article lists some important tips for installation and usage.
Ningthoujam Sandhyarani
Last Updated: May 31, 2018
A dishwasher is a mechanical device to clean dishes and utensils. It saves both time and effort of busy people. Considering the size and model, there are two basic types of dishwashers―built-in and portable. The built-in unit is very versatile in terms of special features and designs; whereas a portable one is an excellent choice for small kitchens.


As with any other home appliance, certain factors are considered while buying the best dishwasher. You can find two varieties of portable dishwashers―countertop and freestanding. The countertop is a smaller version with four place settings that can be kept under a sink; whereas the freestanding unit is similar to the built-in type in capacity, except that it is not fixed to the sink.

The installation instructions are very simple and you can easily do it yourself. All you need is some space near the kitchen sink (or any existing plumbing) and an electricity outlet to supply power. In case of the countertop type, you can place it on the kitchen counter or the floor. Refer to the manual, and connect one end of the quick-connect fitting part to the water faucet and the other end to the dishwasher. Locate the drain hose and keep it in the kitchen sink. Finally, turn the power on and check for proper functioning of your machine.


The usage directions are mentioned in the user manual. Directions for the portable type are no different from regular built-in ones. For best results and safety purposes, go through the leaflet and understand the instructions. The only concern with this kitchen appliance is connecting it to the water faucet every time you want to clean the utensils. Nevertheless, there are some portable ones that come with a bypass valve. So, in such systems, connecting to the water faucet is not an issue.

Before loading dirty dishes in the tub of the portable machine, rinse the utensils and get rid of the waste. This reduces clogging and other drainage problems. Arrange the dishes in the tub, connect the hose to the faucet, and then plug it in. In case, your countertop dishwasher operates on water pressure (without electricity), you will need to have adequate water pressure for efficient cleaning.


The major advantage of a portable dishwasher is being able to fit it in a small space. This not only saves space, but reduces the cost of a cabinet, which is essential for the built-in type. As the appliance has fewer features, problems rarely occur. According to your requirements, you can roll out the freestanding dishwasher, wash the dishes, and then store again in a less crowded place like in the laundry room. Other advantages include simple operation, ease in transportation, and an affordable price.

Ensure that you clean the dishwasher and follow simple maintenance tips. With rough handling, malfunctions like clogging are common after some years. Hence, even the best dishwasher requires regular care and servicing for maintaining its efficiency and increasing durability.