"Who will do the dishes after dinner?", is one of the most dreaded questions in most households. The fact that nobody wants to do this tiresome chore gives rise to many arguments and fights in kitchen. However, the widespread use of dishwashers has changed this scenario. Now people can eat their meals peacefully without bothering about their wives or moms popping the dreadful question.
These useful appliances dutifully clean your dirty dishes along with cutlery, pots, pans, etc. Dishwashers are available in various sizes and dimensions. A small dishwasher is often preferred by people who have small kitchens and/or family size.
Standard dishwasher comes in an average size of 24''. This is the most common type of dishwasher which is preferred by many homeowners. It comes in a built-in form and is installed underneath a kitchen countertop. This type of dishwasher occupies considerable amount of space, hence is not suitable for modern kitchens which only have limited space available. A compact dishwasher for a small kitchen is ideal for urban kitchens which flaunt sleeker, compact kitchen appliances. This dishwasher is mainly available in a fixed 18'' size. It provides all the features and facilities as a standard dishwasher. In short, it is a miniature version of a standard dishwasher.
Small dishwashers are available in several models with variable loading capacities and place settings. Countertop, slimline, and portable dishwashers are among the most sought after models.
- Countertop dishwashers are ideal for bachelors or working couples who may have only a few dirty dishes to clean at the end of the day. These dishwashers are small enough to be placed on a kitchen countertop, hence the name. They have four different place settings for each load. The hose is directly connected to the kitchen faucet and can be disconnected when not in use.
- Slimline dishwashers are a compacted version of a standard dishwasher. Although, it is permanently plumbed in the kitchen, it comes with wheels, which facilitate its movement. It also comes with a countertop which is a useful feature while working in a kitchen.
- Portable dishwashers live up to its name. It comes in 18'' and has features similar to a slimline dishwasher. However, it is not permanently plumbed in the kitchen, unlike a slimline dishwasher. It comes with a removable hose and electric plug. Thus, you can store the dishwasher in a cabinet when not in use. You can also take this dishwasher on a camping trip or any other place where you can get electricity supply.
Danby, Bosch, Haier, Matsui, Kenwood, Equator, Micromark Coolzone, Proline, Vesta, and Zanussi are some reputed manufacturers in the market. If you are willing to buy a slightly larger dishwasher, then Mini Maid PLS 602S from Equator may be for you. It comes in a size of 19.5'' and is considered as the most energy efficient dishwasher in the segment. Average annual energy consumption of this dishwasher is 249 kilowatt-hour (kWh). Another brand to watch out for is Vesta portable with dishwasher dimensions as 56.83 x 45.4 x 49.2 cm. It comes with 4 variable place settings and 3 wash cycles. Proline PDW041 is a good choice for value-minded consumers.
A small dishwasher can rid you off the daily dish cleaning task. What more, it cost much less than a standard dishwasher and occupies only a small amount of space in your kitchen.