The 8 Best Small Dishwasher Options for Tiny Kitchens

updated Jun 1, 2023
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For many, especially those living in tiny spaces, the idea of having a dishwasher can feel like a far-off dream. Whether that’s because of the cost or simply due to a lack of space, it’s easy to be convinced that dishwashers are a luxury saved only for the suburbs. However, many appliance brands understand the small-space dilemma, and as a result, they’ve made compact (and affordable) dishwashers a reality. Small dishwashers are typically defined as units that are less than 24 inches wide and they come in many designs — they can be built into cabinets, attached to the sink via hoses, or even placed on your countertop like any other kitchen appliance. Itching to try one? We scoured the internet for the best small dishwashers for small kitchens. From space-saving 18-inch models to a kitchen sink/dishwasher hybrid, check out our top picks below (and give those rubber gloves a break).

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If portability is a key factor in your dishwasher selection, you'll love this hOmeLabs digital countertop design. It weighs just over 40 pounds, which is lighter than most other options on the market of this style. You won't have to sacrifice on features either because this modern unit boasts seven smart wash cycles (including heavy, normal, eco, high temp, quick wash, glass, and rinse), plus a generous capacity that accommodates plates up to 10 inches wide.

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was $469.99

An Amazon Choice pick with a nearly five-star rating, Danby's countertop dishwasher is a smart and budget-friendly compact choice. It's Energy Star compliant, roomy, and quiet — plus, this machine’s quick-connect feature is compatible with most kitchen faucets for a simple hookup and easy cleaning experience.

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If an in-cabinet washer isn’t an option, you can also look into a portable countertop version such as this Farberware Portable Countertop Dishwasher. You can choose to fill the built-in tank manually (no water/sink hookup is needed), and this machine comes with five washing settings, including rapid-wash and fruit-wash functions for maximum versatility.

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Coming in at just 17.75 inches, this dishwasher from EdgeStar is a great option for those looking for a compact cabinet pick. With space for up to eight place settings, a silverware basket, and a cup tray, this dishwasher also features six wash cycles and three additional settings: sanitize, hi-temp, and heated dry. Best of all, its quiet 52-decibel operation keeps noise to a minimum.

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With a narrow-but-functional width, this Danby 18-inch dishwasher is a great choice if you like sleek stainless-steel appliances and need a compact solution for your dishwashing woes. This Energy Star-compliant washer features four convenient cycles and is designed to produce less noise than typical dishwashers. It also has a delay start feature so you can run it on your schedule.

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was $999.00

From a trusted name like Whirlpool, you know you’re getting a good machine. One of our favorites features of this compact black dishwasher is its cycle memory feature, which remembers the last cycle you ran and starts it with the push of a button. Combine that with an adjustable rack, quiet operation, and a separate spray arm in each rack for optimal cleaning performance, and it’s truly a small-space wonder.

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If you’re looking to invest in the best of the best (and are willing to do a little renovating), go with the FOTILE in-sink dishwasher. Combining a dishwasher and a kitchen sink in one, this setup is designed for modern living in small spaces and is a perfect add-on to an area where you entertain guests, such as basement bars and pool houses. It's also a great option if you have original cabinetry that you don't want to cut into or remove for a typical front-loading dishwasher.

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This narrow Bosch machine is so effective, you may just forget it's mini. Choose between having hidden top controls or front-facing controls, as well as a recessed handle or bar handle. Whichever model you choose, it guarantees to operate at a whisper-soft sound level and comes with useful extras such as an adjustable middle rack, a third rack on top for silverware and lids, and an app that lets you control it remotely from your phone. You can also pick a panel-ready option that blends this in with your cabinet faces.