DishwasherGuru and Compact Appliance hold that compact dishwashers are just as efficient and reliable as their larger counterparts. The reliability of each model varies depending on the manufacturer, so buyers should opt for dishwashers from trusted brands, such as Bosch, for top-quality appliances.
A compact dishwasher is any appliance smaller than the standard 24-inch dishwasher size. These dishwashers may be stand-alone devices, such as countertop or portable dishwashers, or they may be built-in 18-inch slimline dishwashers. Bosch offers both compact and slimline dishwashers with an A-rating for energy efficiency thanks to water-saving features, such as the ActiveWater system. The freestanding appliances are available from verified dealers throughout the United States. Other brands that manufacture compact dishwashers include EdgeStar, Danby and White Knight.
Compact dishwashers offer greater efficiency when washing small loads, conserving water and saving energy costs while effectively cleaning each load. They are popular with households of one or two people with limited washing needs. They may also be used for wet bars and secondary kitchens. Depending on the brand and model, these dishwashers may offer all the same features as standard dishwashers, which may include sensor technologies, specialty cycles, rinse aid dispensers and quiet operation. Buyers should search for models with the Energy Star label for maximum energy efficiency.