For those living in smaller homes, apartments or mobile homes, and even recreational vehicles, a full-size built-in dishwasher might not be an option. When that is the case, the Kenmore Portable Dishwasher might just be the solution to your dishwashing needs.
This article will explore the features of the Kenmore Portable Dishwasher and compare it to some of the even smaller compact countertop dishwashers on the market today. Both portable and compact countertop models are perfect for those with little space for a built-in dishwasher model. Additionally, they use less water and energy than a full-size model, making them more environmentally friendly as well.
What Is the Kenmore Portable Dishwasher?
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The Kenmore portable dishwasher functions and looks almost the same as a standard built-in dishwasher, though at 18 inches wide, it is 6 inches narrower than a built-in dishwasher, and instead of being build into a cabinet, it is freestanding and on wheels. The top of the Kenmore portable dishwasher can be used as a countertop, and with its wheels, it can easily be moved and even stored in a closet or pantry when not in use.
The Kenmore portable dishwasher does not have a dedicated hose connected to the water supply of the home or apartment, and instead, it connects to the standard screw-on aerator kitchen faucet. It uses the water from the faucet to clean the dishes and then drains the wastewater into the sink and down the drain. For those with different types of kitchen faucets, connecting the Kenmore portable dishwasher might take an extra step, such as the removal of a retractable faucet top, or the use of an adapter, but the dishwasher can still be used with any type of faucet.
Featuring six different washing cycles including normal wash, pots & pans, light wash, eco, quick rinse, and china gentle, the Kenmore portable dishwasher can handle almost all dishwashing needs. The eco setting comes with an automatic air drying feature, and it reduces the water temperature, saving on the energy and water use compared to the normal cycle.
The capacity of the Kenmore portable dishwasher is slightly smaller than that of a standard size built-in model, but it does have a large lower rack for dinner plates and other large items, as well as an upper rack for cups and bowls. The silverware tray is much larger than in the compact countertop models. The supports and tines on the racks cannot be adjusted, making washing irregular shaped items more difficult, but the racks are nylon coated to prevent damage to delicate dishes such as China.
The smaller size of the Kenmore portable dishwasher comes with some environmental benefits compared to a full-size dishwasher. The regular cycle uses a little less than 3.5 gallons of water. With its stainless steel interior tub, the Kenmore portable dishwasher is quieter than many full-size dishwashers, enabling the kitchen to be used comfortably while the dishwasher is also in use.
The Kenmore portable dishwasher has a width of 17.625 inches and a height of 38.5 inches. With the door closed, it has a depth of 30 inches, but when the door is opened its depth increases to 55.625 inches. It is energy star compliant and has an estimated annual operating cost of $30 when used with an electric water heater, or $21 if a gas water heater is used.
The Kenmore portable dishwasher is available for about $525 and is exclusively sold by Sears, both online and in store.
How It Compares
In order to get a fuller picture, we picked a few similar dishwashers available on the market to see how they compare. These include the following:
- Ease of Use
- Design Quality
With its small 18 inch wide footprint and convenient wheels, the Kenmore portable dishwasher will fit in the smallest of kitchens with little difficulty. The top of the dishwasher can be used as another counter in the kitchen, giving back some of the space that the dishwasher takes up.
The Kenmore portable dishwasher connects directly to the standard screw-on aerator kitchen faucet. Before washing your dishes, all you need to do is hook it up and turn on the faucet. The dishwasher sends the wastewater back into the sink.
Featuring six wash cycles, the Kenmore portable dishwasher can handle a variety of different dishwashing needs including a special cycle for pots and pans, a cycle for fine China, and an eco setting that uses much less water.
In tests of its performance, the Kenmore portable dishwasher performed as well as most similar in-counter models. However, some reviewers found a few issues with items placed in the back of the top rack where water coverage was a little lacking.
The only real downside compared to a full-size in-counter dishwasher was the reduced capacity. At only 18 inches wide, compared to the 24 inches of a full-size dishwasher, a lack of space is to be expected, but it makes washing larger dishes or washing more than six place settings at a time difficult
The Kenmore portable dishwasher comes in white or black finish and features a stainless steel inner tub instead of plastic. This aids in drying because stainless steel retains heat much better than plastic, and it also muffles the noise better than models with a plastic inner tub.
The Kenmore portable dishwasher comes with a 1-year warranty against defects in material or workmanship. Additionally, it has a lifetime warranty on the stainless steel tub and inner door panel. As with the 1-year warranty, this is limited to defects in material or workmanship.
- Cleans dishes as well as a full-size dishwasher
- Much less water usage compared to a full-size dishwasher
- Easy to use
- The top can be used as a counter
- Small capacity compared to a full-size dishwasher
- Some issues with cleaning dishes in the back of the top rack
- Few design options
- Compact space saving countertop dishwasher
- Easy Set Up: The quick connect feature is compatible with most kitchen faucets
- Energy Saver: Energy Star compliant and low water consumption of up to 3.1 gallons of water (11.7L) per wash to help...
The Danby DDW621WBD is a compact countertop dishwasher which comes with a limited capacity and takes the same amount of counter space as a small microwave or toaster oven.
- Ease of Use
- Design Quality
As with the Kenmore portable dishwasher, the Danby countertop dishwasher connects directly to the screw-on aerator in the kitchen sink. Unlike a portable dishwasher, however, it cannot easily be moved. The Danby does not show a countdown timer to show when it is finished cleaning, and it has a complicated set of trays that can confuse some users.
The Danby performed as well as the other compact countertop dishwashers, but due to its size, it cannot fit large dishes and has difficulty with most pots and pans. It features a heating element that can add steam cleaning to the dishwashing cycle, but it only gets up to one hundred and sixty-five degrees, so it has limited germ-fighting ability.
With its stainless steel tub, the Danby is quieter than many other compact countertop models. Heavily soiled dishes can prove to be a problem in most of the cleaning cycles when placed near the back of the dishwasher.
Easy to install and use, the Danby features a simple and clean design that can fit with almost any kitchen decor. Like the Kenmore Portable Dishwasher, its interior tub is made from stainless steel.
Danby offers an 18-month warranty against defect on any functional part of the dishwasher, but they only provide a thirty-day warranty on any plastic parts within the dishwasher
- Easy to install and use
- Uses much less water than a portable or full-size dishwasher
- Contains a heating element for steam cleaning
- Confusing tray design
- Cannot fit large plates or most pots and pans
- No countdown timer
- Six (6) standard place setting capacity / Includes dish rack, cup shelf, and cutlery basket
- Holds plates up to 10.5" in diameter / Seven (7) wash cycles / Quick connect adapter fits standard sized kitchen faucets...
- Stainless steel interior / Fits under most cabinetry / Water consumption (normal wash): 2.85 gallons
The Edgestar DWP62SV is a compact countertop dishwasher that offers a stylish look and the capacity to clean up to 6 place settings at a time with several different washing modes and even a drying cycle.
- Ease of Use
- Design Quality
As with the other countertop models, as well as the Kenmore Portable Dishwasher, the Edgestar hooks directly on to the standard screw-on aerator kitchen faucet, and it comes with a retractable 5-foot long hose so that it can be placed further from the sink than some other compact countertop dishwasher models. In addition to the easy-to-use controls, the Edgestar comes with a digital display that shows a countdown clock for the cycle as well as many of the other cycle features.
With seven different washing cycles and a large capacity compared to some of the other compact countertop dishwashers, the Edgestar can handle pots and pans as well as place settings. It comes with an internal water heater for steam cleaning and has a built-in rinse agent dispenser that can be used to minimize spotting on dishes.
The Edgestar is available in black, stainless steel, and white finishes to fit in with any kitchen decor. Designed for energy efficiency, it uses just 200-kilowatt hours a year with regular use, which is over 50% less energy use than other compact countertops dishwashers.
Edgestar offers a 90-day warranty on labor and a 1-year warranty on parts.
- Easy to use with a long water hose
- Large capacity compared to some of the other compact countertop models
- LED display that shows the time left in the cycle.
- Some larger dinner plates will not fit
- Noisier than many of the other compact countertop dishwashers
- Some users have reported leaks from the hose.
The SPT SD-2202 is considered by many to be the best compact countertop dishwasher on the market.
- Ease of Use
- Design Quality
As with the others, the SPT SD-2202 connects directly to the standard screw-on aerator kitchen faucet and can hold six place settings, though it has difficulty with large plates and the cup rack is smaller than other compact countertop dishwashers.
With five different types of washing cycles, the SPT SD-2202 can wash a variety of different materials. It is energy star rated, so it uses less energy than many comparable compact countertop dishwashers. As with some of the other models, it can have difficulty cleaning heavily stained items placed near the back of the rack.
The SPT SD-2202 features an easy to use and simple interface with only three buttons. It comes in both white and silver finishes to match most kitchen decors. The internal tub is made of plastic, so it does not retain the amount of heat that is common with models that include stainless steel tubs.
The SPT SD-2202 comes with a one-year warranty covering faulty materials or workmanship.
- Large enough to fit some pots and pans
- Energy efficient, costing about 10 cents in energy and water per use
- Easy to use interface
- Louder than many of the other compact countertop dishwasher models
- Small cup rack
- The plastic tub is not as durable or heat retaining as a stainless steel tub
The Kenmore portable dishwasher is one of the better portable dishwashers on the market. It does not have the full capacity of a standard dishwasher, but its portability and the ability to use the top as extra counter space makes it a good choice for those with smaller kitchens or leases that prevent the installation of a regular dishwasher. Overall, we give the Kenmore portable dishwasher 4 out of 5 stars.
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