Is a compact countertop dishwasher right for you?

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Diminutive dimensions but the same first-rate cleaning: a compact dishwasher is perfect for tiny kitchens.

If cupboard space has reached crisis point in your kitchen, but you still want the benefits of a compact dishwasher, don’t despair: you can get a countertop model. These compact machines take up to six place settings, and, because they’re portable, you can take them with you when you move on. 

Small and portable dishwashers
They’re perfect for rental properties, and for singles, couples or small families. They’re popular in mobile homes and caravans, too.

With sizes starting at just 50x50cm, a countertop dishwasher really does suit the smallest kitchens. Apart from your surface space, the most important thing to measure before you buy is the space between the countertop and the cupboards above. These narrow dishwashers don't have to take up much countertop surface area and should be considered if you are tight for space and thinking of refurbishing your kitchen. 

How it works
A countertop dishwasher isn’t plumbed in: it hooks up directly to your kitchen sink. A connector allows you to fill it from the tap, and it just empties down the drain. You can use the same detergent as in a full-size dishwasher. 

So do they give results as good as full-size dishwashers? They clean just as well, but not all models have a drying cycle, so check carefully before you buy.