Best Portable Dishwashers in Canada (2020 Reviews)


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Quick overview

It would seem that while Canadians enjoy more space per person than almost every other nation on earth, urban living is as popular as ever, especially in cities, where space is at a premium.

More of us live in apartments and small spaces than ever before, and with tiny homes, comes innovative space-saving ideas. Say hello to portable dishwashers. They are lifesavers when it comes to convenience and efficiency in the kitchen, which is why we decided to find and review the best ones available in Canada for 2020. 

Best portable dishwashers of 2020

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Best portable dishwashers comparison

WhirlpoolSoloRockDanby DDW621WDBDanby DDW631SDB
Best forOverallBudgetCountertopNewest model
Cost$$$$$$$$$$$
Place settings8666
Energy star ratedXX
Stainless steel interiorX
Delay timerXX
Wash cycles368
dB level65445254
Drain hose included
Smart featuresXXX
Weight56 lbs44 lbs46.344
Dimensions (inches)24 x 37 x 26.526 x 23.2 x 23.650 x 55 x 43.850 x 55 x 43.8
Warranty1-year1-year1-year1-year
Total reviews106767672170
Aggregate rating4.54.44.24.4

Best overall – Whirlpool Portable Dishwasher

Pros

  • Full-size dishwasher
  • 3 wash cycles
  • Smart sensors
  • Delay timer
  • Hot wash function

Cons

  • Not as compact as others
  • Harder to store away
  • Weighs 56 lbs

This dishwasher is ideal if you live in a small space apartment and need an appliance that is easy to maneuver. It is a standard size, but mounted on casters, so you can get the full benefit of its size without having to compromise. 

It features a soil sensor that detects the level of dirt on the dishes and auto-adjusts the cleaning cycle to compensate. It has a 4-hour delay timer so you can set it and forget it. You can even set it to come on when the kids have gone to bed, or when you’ve finished watching your favourite TV show. 

It is pretty quiet, with a running volume of 64 dB. That’s about the same noise level as someone laughing. It’s portable, efficient, it has a hot wash function to allow you to sanitize baby bottles, and it has 3 wash cycles. 

It is a great all-rounder, and for that reason, we chose it as our overall winner.

Best budget pick – SoloRock Countertop Dishwasher

Pros

  • Excellent price
  • Compact design
  • 6 place settings
  • 44 dB
  • Energy-star certified

Cons

  • Doesn’t have wheels
  • Limited capacity

This dishwasher is excellent value for your money. It retails at considerably less than the under-the-counter models and yet still offers a reasonable level of capacity.

It may not have the name recognition that some dishwashers offer, but with few options to pick from on the market, this deserves your attention, not least for that budget price.

It has 6 place settings, a stainless steel interior to protect against rust, and energy star certification, meaning that it will be kind to both your wallet and the planet for energy use and water consumption. 

It is also the quietest in this list, reportedly operating at between 42 and 44 dB. When you consider that a typical conversation scores about 40 to 60 dB, this dishwasher will not disrupt what you’re doing in the next room. 

This is a countertop dishwasher, so while it is compact and ideal for small kitchens, remember that it will take up valuable space on the surface near your sink or a nearby table. Also, it lacks wheels or casters, so while it weighs half the weight of the Whirlpool model, it can awkward to maneuver. 

That said, for the price, this had to be our budget pick.  

Best countertop – Danby DDW621WDB

Pros

  • Compact design
  • Low water consumption
  • 6 wash cycles
  • Maximum 8-hour delay start
  • Ideal for apartments and small kitchens

Cons

  • Limited capacity
  • Takes up space on the countertop

This Danby just nudged the SoloRock out of contention for the best countertop model because it has superior wash cycles and higher ratings. This model is a countertop dishwasher, so expect to lose a chunk of your workspace in the kitchen. 

You can pretty easily take it down and store it away, thanks to the lightweight design and size. That said, this dishwasher has 6 place settings, so it easily has the capacity to cater to couples and singles. 

It has 6 wash cycles, ranging from intensive to economy and soak, as well as a 2,4,6, or even 8-hour delay timer setting. That means you can set it and forget it. 

Plus, it’s energy star certified and uses just 11.7 litres of water per wash. That’s less than the SoloRock!

Newest model – Danby DDW631SDB

Pros

  • Easy installation
  • 8 wash settings
  • 11.7 litres of water per wash
  • 6 place settings
  • 54 dB

Cons

  • Leaves a detergent residue on dishes
  • Takes up countertop space

This is another countertop dishwasher which are space-saving and very popular with owners of small kitchens. 

It has 8 wash cycle settings, including eco, soak, and glass. It also uses a fraction of the water larger, permanent dishwashers use, drawing a meager 11.7 litres per wash. That means it’s good for your pocket and the environment. 

Countertop dishwashers are ideal for couples and individuals because they offer all the convenience of dishwashers without taking up too much space. When you are done washing the dishes, you can either leave it on the countertop, or store it away. 

It has a digital control panel with touch-pads to make it easier to use. You also get 6 place settings and operating noise level of 54 dB. That’s 10 dB less than the stand up Whirpool model. 

Bottom line

WhirlpoolSoloRockDanby DDW621WDBDanby DDW631SDB
Value4544
Ease of Use5444
Support4444
Features4344
Cansumer Rating4.3444

Which portable dishwasher is right for you?

You want the quietest

Most dishwashers operate at about 65 dB. However, some models are really quiet. The SoloRock generates 44 dB, which is about the same volume as a normal conversation. 

Getting the quietest dishwasher is crucial if you live in a small space because there isn’t the room to spread out, and if your bedroom is near the kitchen, you are going to hear the dishwasher if you set it working at night. 

You want the largest capacity

Look for a portable dishwasher with 8, 10, or 12 place settings. The 24″ models are the same size as some standard dishwashers and so have a higher capacity. Countertop varieties typically have 6 place settings, while slimline models, measuring 18” have the least capacity, at 4 to 6 place settings.

You want one that’s easy to store away

The best to store away are the countertop varieties. They are lightweight and take up the least amount of space. So, if you have a closet or storage cupboard that has a shelf large enough, it should be easy to store. 

If you want maneuverability, then one with wheels is the answer. However, a 24″ model is going to take up a lot more room than the slimline models.

FAQs

Will the fill hose fit my faucet?

There is a strong chance that it will fit your faucet, however, faucets come in all shapes and sizes, so it is impossible to say for sure. For this reason, portable dishwashers typically come supplied with an adapter to fit the vast majority of faucets out there.

Should I rinse my dishes before I put them in the dishwasher?

You don’t have to, but it does help, especially if you can see large items of food debris on the dishes. Also, because all that food waste has to drain away, it helps prevent the dishwasher from getting clogged, reduces the risk of flooding.

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Over to you

We’re interested to know – how are you currently washing your dishes? Where would you keep a portable dishwasher and how many people’s dishes does it need to handle? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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