I'm thinking about getting one of those countertop dishwashers, but I don't know anyone where I live who has one. I know they have those ones that can wheel around, but I'd rather have something that stays in one spot. Getting one installed under the counter is no option for us right now because we don't own a house yet.
If anyone has had experience with these, would you mind sharing your input? :) Thanks!
I believe I have what could be called a countertop dishwasher, which totally stays in one spot. Over here, it's just called a sink. ;D
Hehe - I know that's not what you mean, but srsly, why does no one use a sink these days? I probably sound like everyone's grandmother here, but gosh, t's very simple to use - you just fill it with dishes and hot water and give the dishes a wipe, and it takes about five minutes.
I've used dishwashers at work, and when I've lived in shared accommodation, and I honestly find them a lot more time-consuming and fiddly than washing in the sink. By the time you've rinsed stuff and loaded it neatly into the dishwasher, you could have easily finished washing in the sink. And if something you want to use is in the dishwasher, you have to wait till the dishwasher is turned on and the cycle has finished - so much easier to pull it out and wash by hand!
Here in Melbourne (Australia) we have water restrictions most times of the year and it's actually more efficient to use the dishwasher than it is to use the sink. We use less water when we use the dishwasher (so long as we're smart about it and don't have it going all day long)
Yes, I've heard that dishwashers take less water. I'm always curious - how many litres does one cycle of dishwashing take?
It makes sense, though, as a dishwasher is so big, you're likely to have several sinks worth of washing in there. Wouldn't work for me though. I live alone and I eat very simply, often reusing the same plate and cup throughout the day, so it'd take me a couple of weeks to fill the dishwasher - by which time I'd have totally run out of dishes and cutlery! Besides, pots and pans have to be handwashed, so I'd still be using the sink - I wash my pots and pans and dishes and cutlery all in the same bowlful of water in the sink. But it makes sense that with a houseful of people a dishwasher would be easier, as Amber said.
My house has one installed under the counter, and we've never used it. Not even once.
We have so few dishes (a few plates, a couple cups) it just seems like such a waste to use a dishwasher, or to leave dirty dishes sitting in there until there's enough for a load! I'd rather just wash the dishes every day/other day than know there's dirty ones sitting somewhere.
Don't you have to basically wash the dishes off before you can put them in the dishwasher anyway?
I didn't know there were countertop dishwashers? Other than sinks haha
I cook a lot, and I have to do the dishes everyday, sometimes twice, thanks messy child that needs three cups, two plates and all sorts of bowls for everything-food or otherwise on a daily basis..
One day I will probably own a dishwasher, but not for quite a while. when I do have one, I think it would mostly be used for drying the dishes out of sight. It's a lot faster to just do it yourself and get it over with. Dishwashers are loud and annoying. If the food particles don't wash off, they just get super heated while drying, almost glued onto whatever it was you were trying to clean. Seems like MORE work if it doesn't do the job right the first time.
I have nothing to contribute to this conversation other than...hey, I have two hands and a bottle of Dawn.
...i love my dishwasher. lololol. But, i also have a really good one. Not because i'm lazy, i seriously just dont have time. If i work a shift less than 12 hours, it's a miracle. So, dishwasher is definitely a time saver. I dont have to wash dishes to put them in there, i dont even have to rinse them. Food bits are OBLITERATED by this thing. And it's incredibly quiet, we thought it didn't work when we got it installed. It makes less noise than our dishwasher, less noise than a running sink. So...i love my dishwasher lololol also @ Badpenny i totally put pots and pans in mine! I mean, not everything can go in a dishwasher, i have steak knives with wooden handles that don't go in there. But, pasta/soup/frying pan/skillet? DISHWASHER, all the way. Plus, they dry in the dishwasher, less room taken up in the dry rack XP
I'm guessing my mom has only ever owned ghetto dishwashers..because the sound is deafening. I don't want one of those. Not to mention, in this place...I'd pretty much have to chose between having a silverware drawer or a dishwasher lol
I'd probably think mine was broken too if it was really quiet..
Am I the only person that dries dishes in the sink? lol I clean it before I rinse and stack the dishes back into it!