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Dishwashers on the Move


Homeowners and renters who would like a dishwasher, but don't want to (or can't) install it as a permanent fixture, should consider a portable or countertop dishwasher.

A portable dishwasher usually comes with a butcher-block top, casters on the bottom and water hook-ups for your kitchen sink. Typically a compact size of 18 inches wide, portable dishwashers can be rolled out of the kitchen and stored elsewhere when not in use;a definite perk. On the other hand, they must be connected to both an electrical outlet and a water source to work and can be cumbersome in a small kitchen.

Some portable models are also convertiblel; that is, by removing the casters, the top and possibly the side panels they can be permanently installed under the counter using a conversion kit.

Price: $350 to $500. The more expensive models have more cycles, more color choices and hard-food disposers.


Smaller than a portable dishwasher, a countertop dishwasher is similar in size to a microwave oven. These 18-inch square units sit on the counter while in use and hold about four place settings. Similar to a portable or full-size dishwasher, they must be hooked up to a water source and electrical outlet to work.

Price: $150 to $200.

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