This article was updated in November to reflect the best countertop dishwashers for the upcoming 2018 year.

Whether you spend a lot of time in your RV, or possibly living on a houseboat, or as I did for many years, living in a tiny apartment which I called cave dwelling, one of the things you used to have to give up is an automatic dishwasher. Well those days are over. Now you can get a countertop dishwasher that will fit in any size room.

We have came up with a list of the best countertop dishwashers on the market. Hopefully they will help you enjoy more time with your family and friends instead of washing dishes.​

Our Top Countertop Dishwasher Picks

How We Picked These Countertop Dishwashers

In making this list of countertop dishwashers we kept 3 things in mind: Features, price, and customer satisfaction.

image of a countertop dishwasher in a kitchenFeatures

One of the most important things about purchasing a countertop dishwasher is the features that the dishwasher comes with. Does it have a timer? How many dishes will it wash? Does it have an dish dryer? How many wash cycles does it have?

All of these things are important in choosing a portable, tabletop, or countertop dishwasher. So that is what we looked for. We only picked dishwashers that had one or more of these options. We tried to categorize the washers into categories that would fit with different types of buyers with different needs and desires.


We further divided the automatic dishwashers into the price range they had. The more pricier dishwashers usually are the best ones as well. It is just how things work in this world. You get what you pay for. However if you don’t need the absolute best automatic dishwasher, we came up with 5 good options under $300.00 as well.

Most people buy an automatic dishwasher to make their life easier. We made sure that we only reviewed the dishwashers that will accomplish that goal.​

Customer Satisfaction​

Every automatic dishwasher that we have listed are rated by customers at 80% or higher depending on the rating system used on different websites. They are either 4 stars or higher at the time of the review.

We also read all the individual customer reviews to see how well the manufacturer responded to customer issues and how well people recommended these dishwashers. We only took into account customers with a verified purchase.

The Best Of The Best In Countertop Dishwashers

Here is our Editors Choice of the best of the best in countertop dishwashers on the market. It is a little higher priced but worth every cent. You do get what you pay for.

Westland DWV322CB Countertop Dishwasher

  • Delay Start function of up to 24 hours.
  • Fully electronic controls for hassle-free setup.
  • Energy Star approved
  • One year warranty.
  • Internal water heater.
  • Overflow protection.
  • Six place setting capacity.
  • Six wash cycles.
  • Uses 2.4 to 4.2 gallons of water per wash.
  • Quick-connect kit for easy installation.

The Best Countertop Dishwashers Under 300 Dollars

Here are 5 great automatic dishwashers under $300.00. Each is highly rated across the web and will provide you with dishwashing convenience no matter where you live. 

It was a close choice in deciding who would be the First Runner Up. The Edgestar “edged” out the Koldfront because it offered not only an internal water heater making the water hotter than most countertop dishwashers, but it also offered a dish dryer as well.

Edgestar Countertop Dishwasher

  • Faucet adapter and five-foot hose.
  • Internal water heater.
  • Delayed Start option.
  • Child lock.
  • Full digital controls.
  • Comprehensive and easy-to-read LED display.
  • Maximum temperature of 149 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Dish drying capabilities.
  • Six place setting capacity and silverware basket.
  • Lightweight design for easy transportation and installation.
  • Stainless steel interior.

Koldfront Countertop Dishwasher Review


  • Six place setting capacity.
  • Stainless steel interior.
  • Water consumption of 3.8 gallons per normal wash.
  • Generous one year warranty.
  • Quick connect adapter for the average kitchen faucet.
  • Built-in rinse agent dispenser.
  • Consumes 61% less energy than similar models.
  • Internal water heater.
  • Six wash cycles.
  • Powerful spray arm.

SPT SD-2201W Countertop Dishwasher

  • Power of a full-size dishwasher.
  • Maximum water temperature of 148 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Adapter to connect to aerator openings.
  • 17.24 inches in height and 21.65 inches in width.
  • Dish rack and silverware basket.
  • Stainless steel interior
  • Multiple wash cycles.
  • User-friendly controls.
  • Drains into sink.
  • Multiple color options

Danby Countertop Dishwasher

  • Six wash cycles.
  • Stainless steel interior.
  • Electronic controls with LED display.
  • Energy Star compliant.
  • Minimal water consumption.
  • Six place setting capacity and silverware basket.
  • Adapter to connect to typical kitchen faucet.
  • Delay Start option.
  • 17 inches in height and 19.7 inches in width.
  • Compatible with regular detergents.

SPT SD-2213S Countertop Dishwasher

  • Easy-to-read LED display.
  • Automatic detergent and rinse agent dispenser.
  • Water supply indicator.
  • Rinse aid warning indicator.
  • Seven wash cycles.
  • Stainless steel interior.
  • Delay Start function.
  • Universal faucet adapter for easy connection.
  • 17.2 inches in height and 21.6 inches in width.
  • Capacity of six standard place settings.

Final Thoughts On These Dishwashers

Just like with full sized dishwashers, portable dishwashers like these countertop ones are not meant to be pot scrubbers and crusted plate scrapers. They more than likely will not get crusty dishes clean. Not only that, but it will lower the life expectancy of your washer if you put dishes in the washer with lots of food still on them.

Always rinse your dishes first before placing them in the washer. A countertop dishwasher is a great convenience but it isn’t a miracle worker.​

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