If you have a small kitchen and don’t have the room to install a built-in dishwasher, you may think you have no other choice but to wash dishes by hand. And since nothing makes a kitchen look messier then a pile of dirty dishes in the sink, keeping up with it all turns into a never ending task, not to mention all the water and energy hand washing dishes consumes. But even if you have limited space, a countertop dishwasher can be a time- and energy-saving solution worth considering.
These mini machines sit on the countertop next to your kitchen sink and hook up to the faucet. Most hold up to six place-settings of dishes and glassware—and like their full-size counterparts— offer multiple cleaning cycles and heating elements along with helpful features, like fold-down cup shelves, flatware holders, touch controls, detergent dispensers, pull-out racks, and more.
In the Good Housekeeping Cleaning Lab, we test full-size dishwashers for how well they clean normal and heavy-duty loads we’ve stained with a greasy spinach slurry, milk, egg yolk, baked-on mac and cheese, fried hamburger and more. We assess capacity, sound, energy use, how easy they are to load and program and more. And while we haven’t tested these countertop models in