For the most part living without common modern conveniences like a microwave and dishwasher isn't really a big deal. Yet every once in awhile, especially after we've entertained guests, we do miss the option of being able to throw the evening's mess into the dishwasher, press a few buttons, and not having to worry about it until later. Being a renter of a small space studio apartment we thought a dishwasher wasn't even an option, considering our space limitations. But to our surprise, there are countertop dishwashers available for people limited by both space and budget...
Several countertop dishwashers are available , including the digitally controlled EdgeStar model
which we like for its silver exterior and stainless steel interior (if black is your preference, a similar Koldfront
model is available). At 19.3" x 22.3" x 18.5" and 39 pounds, this portable dishwasher could even be pulled out for special occasions and then put away when not needed. It's too bad we don't even have the space for something this small. The unit has the capacity to fit up to four standard place settings and accepts plates up to 11" in diameter, connects with a faucet adapter, and uses an internal water heater that can heat up water up to 158°F. Reviews on Amazon
are mostly positive, though some issues about trouble after a few months are reported, no huge surprise considering the price point.
If these units are a little too small, but a full size dishwasher is still too large, there's the self standing Danby 18" Portable Dishwasher, which holds 8 place settings, is on wheels for easy storage and is even Energy Star compliant. Looks great to wheel out and then wheel back into a corner or closet when not needed.