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5 Best Portable Dishwashers for Your Apartment

by Pam Silvia

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At a Glance:

What is a Portable Dishwasher?

Who Should Get a Portable Dishwasher?

Can You Travel with Your Portable Dishwasher?

What Are Portable Dishwasher Pros and Cons?

Are They Effective at Dishwashing?

5 Portable Dishwashers to Consider for Your Apartment

Portable Dishwashers FAQs

Why Trust Us?

Nobody really enjoys doing the dishes. The idea of wetness, the dirty water, and being up on your feet each night does not paint a picture of an appealing after-dinner activity. Owning a dishwasher has saved a lot of us from the hassle of washing dishes every day. However, there are limitations to where a built-in dishwasher can be used. Some people have tiny kitchens or poor plumbing that limits their usage of standard dishwashers. So, what then? How do they enjoy the swift and stress-reducing function of a dishwasher? Well, this is where owning a portable dishwasher comes in. Read on to find out why Colder’s suggests portable dishwashers as the solution to your Milwaukee apartment dishwashing needs!

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Portable Dishwashers

What is a Portable Dishwasher?

Portable dishwashers perform the major functions of dishwashers and have the added ability to be mobile and compact. They include many of the base functions, features, and cycles as standard-sized, built-in dishwashers.

A portable dishwasher usually has adapter hoses that can aid its attachment to the kitchen sink faucet. This ultimately removes the need to incorporate it into the plumbing system of your apartment.

There are different types of portable dishwashers, and you can choose one depending on your preferred specifications. There’s always something for you, provided that you need a portable dishwasher on wheels to help you take care of the dishes and save space. These small but mighty appliances are versatile and can fit into any space, from small floor spaces to kitchen countertops.

Who Should Get a Portable Dishwasher?

While there’s no restriction on who can get a portable dishwasher, there are certain situations why someone would prefer one over a regular, built in model. You should get a portable dishwasher if:

  • Your kitchen is really small, and you do not have cabinet space to spare.
  • You live in an apartment building, and the installation of a built-in dishwasher is a nightmare.
  • You’re in the middle of a kitchen renovation and have many things unplugged or uncoupled.
  • You just need a dishwasher to supplement your current one.
  • A built-in dishwasher is not in the budget.

Can You Travel with Your Portable Dishwasher?

It is right there in the name. A portable dishwasher can go wherever and whenever (advisably not mid-cycle) you want it to go. If you have to move a lot or switch homes often, a portable dishwasher is small and compact enough to accompany you on your travels.

What Are Portable Dishwasher Pros and Cons?

A small portable dishwasher is a smart and economical purchase; however, here is a brief list of the pros and cons.


These space-saving and energy-efficient dishwashers have other positive parts, including the following:

✅ Versatility: These dishwashers could be on casters or rollers (for the floor models), or they could just easily sit on your tables or countertops. This saves drawer and cabinet space that a built-in dishwasher would have taken up.

✅ Easy storage: This majorly applies to the typical portable countertop dishwasher. It is easy to store away in a garage or closet as it is small and made with stainless steel to prevent rust. They are also very lightweight.


While a portable dishwasher may be just the appliance someone needs, it is not the perfect fit for every kitchen, and the following cons should be considered:

❌ A portable dishwasher may increase the amount of time necessary for kitchen clean-up. While you may not require any plumbing changes, it occupies the kitchen faucet throughout the dishwashing cycle. This could significantly delay the entire kitchen clean-up time while you wait for the cycle to end.

❌ Smaller capacities: the portable dishwasher’s small size indicates that it would take a smaller load of dishes. It is ideal for smaller-sized homes or tiny apartments, but it would not suit large homes that go through many dishes. Even the best portable dishwasher has a limited number of cycles it can run.

Are They Effective at Dishwashing?

Yes, they are! A portable dishwasher is just as effective as a typical built-in dishwasher. Regardless of their shape, size, and weight, they are just as good at dishwashing as their counterparts. They can soak, clean, and dry your dishes with similar racks, fit-ins, and cycle selections.

Portable dishwashers are not just gimmicks but are real dishwashers. Think of them as miniature dishwashers that save you water and energy.

5 Portable Dishwashers to Consider for Your Apartment

Portable dishwashers are everywhere; however, if you want to treat yourself to the best, you’re in the right place. Here is a meticulously curated list of the best portable dishwashers anyone can have and their features.

Danby® 18” White Portable Dishwasher

Danby® 18" White Portable Dishwasher


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This 18-inch portable dishwasher is one for the books. It is a floor dishwasher with easy roll castors, and this great design makes it extremely versatile and easy to move around.

Features of Danby® 18” White Portable Dishwasher:

  • Quick connect feature that are compatible with most kitchen faucets
  • Perfect for kitchens with limited space
  • Easy roll castors for easy storage
  • 8 place storage capacity
  • Energy-STAR compliant
  • Intuitive controls
  • Adjustable upper rack
  • Quiet 52 decibel operation

Benefits of Danby® 18” White Portable Dishwasher

  • Energy-efficient with low water consumption and can help you save money
  • Eco-friendly and convenient
  • Sanitizes your dishes and prevents mold and bacterial growth
  • It does not interrupt noise-sensitive activities in the house
  • It is resistant to rust from stainless steel parts

 Magic Chef® 18” White Portable Dishwasher

Magic Chef® 18" White Portable Dishwasher 

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This Magic Chef dishwasher is a really nice and classy addition to any kitchen. It has a magical touch, just like all Magic Chef products.

Features of Magic Chef® 18” White Portable Dishwasher

  • 3 place setting dishwasher
  • Easy operation controls
  • Compact in size
  • Self-cleaning function
  • Built-in 5L/ 5.3 Qt. water tank so external hookup isn’t required
  • Upper and lower dual spray arms
  • Blue light interior
  • Easy to remove filter for cleaning

Benefits of Magic Chef® 18” White Portable Dishwasher

  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Self-cleaning and less stressful
  • Relatively easy and convenient to use
  • Perfect for singles, couples, apartments, or the office break room

Danby® 22” White Portable Dishwasher

Danby® 22" White Portable Dishwasher

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The Danby portable dishwasher is a 22-inch, durable appliance. It makes life easier and has enough space to contain almost as many dishes as a built in dishwasher.

Features of Danby® 22” White Portable Dishwasher

  • 2-, 4-, 6-, and 8-hour delay start options
  • 52 decibel quiet operation
  • Fits under most cabinetry
  • 6 wash cycles
  • 6 place setting capacity
  • Energy-STAR compliant
  • Quick connect feature compatible with most kitchen faucets

Benefits of Danby® 22” White Portable Dishwasher

  • Energy-efficient with low water usage to help you save money
  • Easy and quick installation
  • Easy to clean and fits under any kitchen cabinet

Whirlpool® 24” Portable Dishwasher-White

 Whirlpool® 24" Portable Dishwasher-White 

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This Whirlpool portable dishwasher is one of the industry’s best-selling brands. This 24-inch portable dishwasher has a strong history and has proven durability over the years.

Features of Whirlpool® 24” Portable Dishwasher

  • 1-Hour Wash cycle – Dishes, cookware, and even your glasses can get a thorough clean in under an hour when you need your dishware immediately.
  • Soil Sensor – Determines the degree of dirtiness of the dishes and modifies the Normal cycle as necessary to ensure that the dishes are cleaned.
  • Normal Cycle – Used to clean up messes from your daily meals containing regular food soil levels.
  • Heavy cycle – By extending the cycle, it can handle extremely soiled messes and other difficult-to-clean dishes without the need for additional effort.
  • High-Temperature Wash Option – this setting more thoroughly cleans items like baby bottles, glassware, or dishes.
  • Heated Dry Option – As a result of the additional heat for drying, use a clean, dry dish straight from the dishwasher. Use this choice along with a rinse aid for the best drying results.

Benefits of Whirlpool® 24” Portable Dishwasher

  • Cleans and dries dish loads efficiently.
  • Does a thorough job thanks to the soil sensor
  • Highly durable as there have been very few repairs in over two decades

Magic Chef® 22” Black Portable Dishwasher

 Magic Chef® 22" Black Portable Dishwasher

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This Magic Chef portable dishwasher fits right into the design of your kitchen with its mature and neutral color.

Features of Magic Chef® 22” Black Portable Dishwasher

  • Intuitive LED display
  • 6 wash cycles
  • Inlet and outlet hoses, faucet adapter, and quick connect are included
  • User friendly electronic controls with push-button functions
  • 6 place setting capacity
  • Flatware and cup shelf rack are included for improved organization

Benefits of Magic Chef® 22” Black Portable Dishwasher

  • Extremely easy to assemble and install
  • Durability
  • Very easy to load
  • Easy-to-clean filter
  • Aesthetically pleasing

Whether you are a minimalist who doesn’t like clutter or just don’t have the space you need in your kitchen for a dishwashing appliance — a portable dishwasher is the way to go. Colder’s has floor and counter portable dishwashers that you can easily put away in a closet or out of the way in a corner while you are cooking a delicious meal for one, two, or the whole family.

Portable Dishwashers FAQs

Q: How long does it take a portable dishwasher to run?

A: There is no definite timing because different portable dishwashers have different cyle times. The range usually falls between one to four hours.

Q: Can I leave a portable dishwasher alone during a wash cycle?

A: Portable dishwashers don’t necessarily need your constant supervision; however, leaving your dishwasher running through the night or when you’re out of the house is not advisable.

Why Trust Colder’s

Since 1942, we at Colder’s pride ourselves on offering value, selection, and service. Serving Southeastern Wisconsin with four showrooms that stock quality name-brand furnitureappliances, and mattresses, Colder’s is sure to house exactly what you are looking for. And if you can’t find it on our floors, chances are, we can order it for you. As a local, family-owned company, we are always doing our best to provide the highest value at the lowest cost to everyone who walks through our doors.

Colder’s is committed not only to continuously offering can’t-miss sales but also to working with each customer, making sure that you take advantage of every possible markdown — that’s our best price guarantee.

Shop Portable Dishwashers at Colder’s

Don’t waste another second doing the dishes — and shop portable dishwashers online for unbeatable prices at Colder’s. Our friendly experts are always happy to help you find energy-efficient portable dishwashers whether you call us at 414-476-1574 or use our online chat feature. Better yet, stop by one of our Colder’s locations in West Allis, Oak Creek, Delafield, and Grafton, Wisconsin, to touch, see, feel, and experience home products that fulfill your dreams. Visit us today!

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