BLACK+DECKER Compact Dishwasher

Last updated date: October 12, 2019

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8.1

BLACK+DECKER Compact Dishwasher

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We looked at the top Dishwashers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Dishwasher you should buy.

Update as November 6, 2020:
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Overall Take


In our analysis of 64 expert reviews, the BLACK+DECKER Compact Dishwasher placed 10th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Your cramped kitchen may not lend itself to a built-in dishwasher but that doesn't mean you need to deny yourself one. The BLACK+DECKER Compact Countertop Dishwasher has plenty of room and plenty of features. It can accommodate 6 place settings, including dinner plates up to 10 in. It has 7 wash programs, yet can easily sit on a standard countertop. Water hookup and drain connections are simple and fast to get you up and running in no time. This compact dishwasher is to be a welcome addition in the kitchen, rec room, den or man cave! Included Components: Compact Dishwasher

Expert Reviews

User Summarized Score

8.1
77 user reviews

What experts liked

The unit comes with electronic touch controls and LED display that makes it easy for the person to set up and adjust the settings
- Clean Home Zone
It’s seven wash programs is an added benefit for the users. It has a plenty of room making it convenient to fit up to 10 dinner plates. The water hooks up and the water drain system is also made easier to keep the kitchen clean and tidy.
- Disneysmmoms
Its interiors are made of high quality stainless steel meaning its highly durable and can last for long.
- The Kitchennin
August 2, 2019 | Full review
The child lock is another unique feature which could be helpful for parents who may not trust their little ones in the kitchen.
- How to Home
August 11, 2019 | Full review
High-efficiency rating makes it best dishwasher in terms of washing capacity
- Home Stuff Pro
The LED display shows the time of day and helps guide you into programming the washer to work at an appropriate time
- Kitchen Apparatus
It features six place setting capacity that will accommodate up to 10 inches of plates. In addition to that, it comes with 7 wash programs that include soak, rapid, 90 minutes, glass, eco, normal and intensive.
- Top Best 10 Reviews
One of the most important factors you always need to consider whenever you are buying appliances, is safety, so the BLACK+DECKER BCD6W Compact Dishwasher includes a child lock so that you don’t have to worry about the kids safety when you are not in the kitche
- Dishwasher For Counter
January 20, 2019 | Full review

What experts didn't like

A pre-rinse in the sink is required before the dishes are actually washed in the unit
- Clean Home Zone
Required to pre-rinse the dishes in the sink before actually washing them in the unit.
- The Kitchennin
August 2, 2019 | Full review
Front glass may easily break if you’re not careful while opening and closing door
- Home Stuff Pro
Surface can dent quickly
- Kitchen Apparatus
Not a perfect choice for heavy duty washing option
- Dishwasher For Counter
January 20, 2019 | Full review

Our Expert Consultant

Julie Chernoff
Culinary Expert

Julie Chernoff is a long-time member of Les Dames d’Escoffier (past president of the Chicago Chapter, and current co-chair of the LDEI Legacy Awards Committee), the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Chernoff is the dining editor of Better, a lifestyle website and print magazine. Her journalism started in the test kitchens of Weight Watchers Magazine. She holds a BA in English from Yale University and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She has spent the last few decades styling, photographing, teaching, developing recipes, editing, thinking and writing about food.

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An Overview On Dishwashers

Dishwashers are one of the best modern conveniences. Simply slide your dishes inside, press a few buttons, and within an hour, you have clean dishes. But occasionally, you’ll find yourself needing to buy a dishwasher. Maybe yours suddenly died after years of use, or maybe you moved into a place that doesn’t have one. If that happens, you’ll probably be surprised at how many options you have.

The first big decision you’ll have to make is whether you want a portable or built-in dishwasher. Built-ins are just as the name implies. They’ll be installed in your kitchen, where they’ll become part of your cabinetry.  Full-size built-ins are generally about 24 inches in size.

However, there are also more compact and portable dishwashers, which don’t require installation and can be taken with you when you move. If you’re limited on space, you should also consider a countertop dishwasher, which rests on top of your countertops. Although they won’t wash as many dishes as a larger model, they do work well for small kitchens and studio apartments.

“Obviously, size affects both the price you pay, and the amount of water and energy used,” points out culinary expert Julie Chernoff, food journalist, dining editor of Better magazine and member of Les Dames d’Escoffier.

If you opt for a built-in dishwasher, you’ll need installation, so be sure you budget for that as well. Setup on portable models can sometimes be done yourself, following the instructions provided by the manufacturer. But for a built-in dishwasher, unless you’re prepared to tackle the hookups, it’s probably best to plan on using installation services.

Efficiency is one of the top considerations when choosing a dishwasher. After all, no dishwasher will be useful if it doesn’t clean your dishes. Although most of today’s dishwashers excel at maximum cleaning power with minimum energy input, there is one area where they fall short. The condensation method of drying that replaced heated drying is eco-friendlier, but it also isn’t nearly as effective at drying. A rinse agent can help, as well as opening the door to let your dishes air dry for a while before putting them away.

You’ll also be attracted to the many bells and whistles available — and some will be more useful than others depending on your lifestyle and needs.

“Make sure that you have a number of washing cycles to choose from, including light and heavy wash and economy settings,” Chernoff advises. “When looking at capacity, I think it’s nice to have the flatware tray option at the top of the machine, so you have more room to store dirty dishes. Do you wash a lot of tall wine glasses? You’ll want to make sure that your dishwasher racks are adjustable.”

And don’t forget, you’ll have to do some maintenance if you don’t rinse all your plates before you put them in. Make sure to clean out the filter once a month.

Chernoff offers a pro tip to help keep your dishwasher fresh and free from lingering odors: “Once a quarter, in an otherwise empty unit, put a cup of white vinegar in an open, dishwasher-safe container on the top rack of the dishwasher and run a hot cycle,” she says.

The Dishwasher Buying Guide

  • If you’re in the market for a built-in dishwasher, installation is an important consideration. You can do it yourself, but you’re dealing with wiring and plumbing, so a professional installer is usually best. If you buy from a store or website, installation is typically an add-on item, so make sure you look for that.
  • With the Danby Countertop Dishwasher, setup is much easier. You’ll just connect it to the faucet using an adaptor and plug it in to get started. With the hOmeLabs Countertop Dishwasher, the faucet adaptor is not included, so you’ll need to buy one to have on hand when it arrives.
  • If you live in a smaller place, you may want to look for a quieter unit. Some models run at only 42 decibels, which means you can even have a conversation standing next to it. The Danby Countertop Dishwasher runs at a still-quiet 52 decibels.
  • Cycle flexibility can come in handy if you’re picky about the way your dishes are washed. The hOmeLabs Countertop Dishwasher and Danby Countertop Dishwasher both have six wash settings. Some models have a one-hour cycle setting that can come in handy when you’re in a hurry.
  • Look for a build that prevents leaks. If the dishwasher detects a leak, whether it’s running or not, a feature called AquaStop will shut everything down.
  • You’ll get the most space in a dedicated unit that is not only roomy, but also has a double-flex silverware basket. Some models are small but spacious, offering an adjustable top rack to help you make room for pans or baking sheets on the bottom rack. The more compact Danby Countertop Dishwasher will hold six place settings. However, if you routinely cook with large pots and pans, you may find you have to handwash those items.
  • If your dishwasher is in view of your other living areas, you may like a model with a red light that shines on your kitchen floor when the machine is running. They also tend to show the time remaining on your wash.
  • The hOmeLabs Countertop Dishwasher has an especially easy-to-use control panel, with buttons that walk you through your options and a simple start button when you’ve chosen your settings.
  • Without a good latch, someone could walk into the kitchen and open the door, interrupting your wash. Dishwashers with a self-latching door are ideal, as they keep your door closed unless someone in your household is really determined to open it.
  • The stainless-steel build of many of today’s dishwashers make them more durable than previous generations. Stainless steel protects against rust and gives the dishwasher a classy look. Look for strong wheels, so you can get years of reliable use out of your new portable dishwasher.
  • You’ll find that most of today’s dishwashers struggle to dry dishes. You’ll especially notice it with plastics, as they cool off too quickly for the moisture to evaporate. Some models don’t have a heat dry option, so you’ll definitely need to open the door to allow air drying.
  • For streak-free dishes, make sure you use a rinse aid no matter which dishwasher you choose.
  • The Danby Countertop Dishwasher may struggle to clean some of your greasiest dishes, especially utensils.
  • You’ll usually find you pay the most for a built-in dishwasher, even before you add on installation. But you get more power from built-ins as well, so it’s worth considering. Countertop dishwashers are the cheapest, but you sacrifice rack space for that benefit.
  • Many dishwashers don’t come with a self-cleaning filter, while other built-in dishwashers do, so keep that in mind if that’s important to you.
  • One handy feature that has become popular on portable dishwashers is a time-delay option. You can set your dishwasher to start up from one to 24 hours in advance. That means you can keep your dishwasher from running during the hours that others in your household are likely to need the hot water. The hOmeLabs Countertop Dishwasher also includes a delay wash feature.
  • If you’re looking for a portable or countertop dishwasher, measurements are essential. The hOmeLabs Countertop Dishwasher is 17.2 by 19.6 by 21.6 inches. The Danby Countertop Dishwasher is similar in size to the hOmeLabs version, at 21.65 by 19.69 by 17.24 inches.
  • For those concerned about water consumption, the Danby Countertop Dishwasher is the most efficient in this area, using up to 3.1 gallons of water each wash. The hOmeLabs Countertop Dishwasher uses up to 3.30 gallons. Water use will vary depending on the wash cycle you choose.
  • It’s important to check the water temperature limits of any portable dishwasher you choose. Some models can withstand water temperatures all the way up to 154 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Before you buy, take a look around at the layout of the interior of the dishwashers you’re considering. Make sure it will accommodate the glasses, silverware, cookware and utensils you use on a typical day.