The Best Portable Dishwashers
  • 2022-03-23

The Best Portable Dishwashers

A portable dishwasher is a lightweight compact version of a built-in dishwasher.  They are generally small and can be used by families that have a small kitchen space or a small household.  These dishwashers are easy to set up and use, and save you the physical exertion of washing dishes by hand.

What to look for in a dishwasher

The capacity

Place settings in a dishwasher determine its capacity. A full size built-in dishwasher can take up to 12 to 16 place settings but since portable dishwashers are smaller, they take up about 2-8 place settings. If you have a small family, these should be enough. 


Portability has to be one of your main considerations especially if you are looking to get a portable dishwasher. It includes the dishwasher’s weight, wheels as well as handles and grips. Portable dishwashers tend to be smaller and more compact which means you can move them with ease. Having wheels, handles and grips makes it even easier to move these dishwashers around.

Noise Level

Dishwashers make some noise when they are cleaning dishes. The portable dishwashers produce a noise range of about 40-60 dbs. If you prefer less noise, make sure you check the brand you are buying and what level of noise the appliance will produce. 

Wash cycles

Each portable dishwasher comes with a variety of wash cycles.  The common ones across all dishwashers are heavy, light and normal washing.  Some dishwashers will have additional features that may vary depending on the washer itself.

Here are the best dishwashers in 2021

  1. Farberware Professional Compact Portable Countertop Dishwasher

This dishwasher has a six place setting capacity that makes it possible for you to wash a range of dishes. It features a cutlery basket and folding down rack shelves. The dishwasher has a quick connect assembly with adapters and accessories that make it easy to connect or disconnect from your faucet. It has seven wash programs which include heavy, baby care, normal, glass, light, self-clean and speed 45 min. You get a full dishwasher in a countertop sized compact design unit.

The Farberware Professional dishwasher also has an extra drying function which adds extra heat to the final rinse. It enhances drying results but can only be used in the wash settings of normal, heavy, light, glass and baby care. The dishwasher has a self-cleaning program that provides an effective way of cleaning, as well as a speed wash cycle that allows you to clean items in just 45 minutes. There is a child lock option where you can lock buttons on the control panel to avoid children from starting the dishwasher. 

What we liked about it:

  • Seven washing programs
  • Child lock
  • Extra drying function
  • Six-place setting
  1. NOVETE Countertop Portable Dishwasher with 5-Liter Built-in Water Tank

This portable countertop dishwasher is easy to install. It supports two water supply modes that include a faucet mode and a water tank mode. It has a large 1.3 gallon water tank that is built in meaning you do not need a permanent water connection. You can use a quick connect inlet hole to get direct water supply from a faucet. This dishwasher has a compact design with a standard capacity of 4 place settings. You can fit dishes that are up to 12 inches in it. It is a perfect dishwasher for apartments, boats, small sized houses, campers and dorms.

This dishwasher has 5 washing programs that include normal, speed, baby care/heavy, fruit and ECO. The speed cycle on it allows you to clean items in just 29 minutes. The water temperature can go up to 167°F making it possible to do streak-free cleaning on your dishes. The dry mode on it can clean and dry your dishes. It can be turned on separately and used with any washing mode other than the fruit mode.

What we liked about it:

  • Compact design
  • Dry/ storage mode
  • Easy to install
  • 5 washing programs
  1. MOOSOO Compact Countertop Dishwasher

The MOOSOO compact countertop dishwasher is a 3 in 1 function dishwasher. It can be used as a dryer, dishwasher and cabinet. It features a residual temperature drying where 60 minutes of hot air drying begins after the wash cycle is done. The dishwasher has a countertop compact design which makes it quite portable. It has 5 washing programs which include eco, rapid, rinse, usual and intense. It also has a 3 stage filtration system that can effectively filter out food residues that are from the washing process so as to prevent clogging of drain pipes.

This dishwasher has a 360° spiral spray washing where the dishwasher adopts top spray dual outlet and lower spiral spray arm cleaning modes. The dishes get to be 360° rinsed in spray washing at 7 kpa high pressure.  For disinfection effects, the water can go as high as 158°F. The dishwasher has a 69 L capacity that can hold 6 sets of tableware and is suitable for families that have up to 4 people.

What we liked about it:

  • 3 in 1 function
  • 360° spiral spray washing
  • 5 washing modes
  • 3 stage filtration
  1. BLACK+DECKER BCD6W Compact Countertop Dishwasher

This dishwasher has 7 superior wash cycles that include glass, eco, 90 minutes, intensive, normal, soak and rapid. It features an LED display that allows you to set your wash cycle and time it with ease. You can see the delay time as well as the remaining time cycle using the easy to navigate touch controls. The dishwasher is designed using stainless steel in the interior for immaculate cleaning. 

This dishwasher also has a child lock that allows you to prevent a child from starting it. It has a Quick Connect assembly that is seamless and helps you connect or disconnect to a faucet. It has impressive capacity since you can fit up to 6 place settings at a time and features an easy to grip handle that makes it possible for you to load and unload the dishwasher easily. 

What we liked about it:

  • The capacity
  • Child lock
  • LED display
  • Quick connect