Living in a small space often means forgoing some of the amenities of larger, modern homes. On a daily basis, I really don't need a dishwasher. But there have been plenty of times after a weekend potluck where I'd love the option to at least wash a portion of the wash load automatically. Too bad our 1907-era kitchen is so small, only one of us can stand to operate within it's tight confines, let alone even ponder the idea of installing a full size dishwasher.
The EdgeStar Countertop Dishwasher might be worthy of consideration. This compact dishwasher can fit up to four standard place settings and washes the load using only 1-3 tablespoons of detergent, perfect for a 1-2 person household. And although it looks more like a microwave in shape and size, the EdgeStar simply hooks up to a standard faucet for its water supply and uses an internal water heater that supposedly results in spotless, washed dishes only using 3 gallons of water per load. Available for $185, the dishwasher doesn't seem like a bad investment for those who like to live large in a small space.