Danby Countertop Dishwasher

Last updated date: October 29, 2019

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Danby Countertop Dishwasher

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Overall Take

If eco-friendliness is on your mind, consider the Danby Countertop Dishwasher, which uses only 3.1 gallons of water maximum with each wash cycle. This is a smaller countertop model, but it will hold up to six place settings, making it ideal for smaller households that only occasionally entertain guests. Setup on this model is a breeze, so if it's your first dishwasher, this may be the best option for you. In our analysis of 71 expert reviews, the Danby Danby Countertop Dishwasher placed 6th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 29, 2019:
Checkout The Best Dishwasher for a detailed review of all the top dishwashers.

Expert Summarized Score
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
296 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
We also appreciate the volume control, which remains on the lower end of the scale when it comes to countertop dishwashers.
- How to Home
August 11, 2019 | Full review
It is an Energy Star qualified model that helps you reduce water and electricity bills.
- Clean Home Zone
The product is very easy to connect to ant countertop and the water consumption capacity of the product is also least. The rinse agent dispenser and automatic detergent are two prominent features of this product.
- Top Ten Products
Even though it is compact in size, this portable dishwasher has a six place setting capacity with a silverware basket.
- Family Living Today
January 9, 2019 | Full review
Danby is its exceptionally quiet operation that stands at 52dB. The interior is made of durable stainless steel. User interaction and customization is achieved through the electronic controls and the easy-to-read LED display.
- The Top Pro
The dishwasher is pretty small and compact enough to fit on countertops. It is a pretty simple design dishwasher with quick connects adapters that allow for easy installation
- All Top Ratings
It has electronic controls along with LED display which makes it easy to read and operate the machine
- The Kitchennin
August 2, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
One of the biggest issues with countertop dishwashers is finding a way to fit the larger dishes within the unit.
- How to Home
August 11, 2019 | Full review
The device makes a soft humming sound while running but it doesn't impact it's performance
- Clean Home Zone
Lacks some cycle flexibility
- All Top Ratings
Does not clean greasy utensils that well
- The Kitchennin
August 2, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Washing dishes has never been easier than it is with Danby's stylish countertop dishwasher. This unit utilizes just 3.1 gallons of water for a normal cycle. Designed to fit on top of your counter under just about any type of kitchen cabinet, it can easily be hooked up to any tap in your kitchen quickly. It comes with six different settings which can easily be programmed and monitored via the electronic LED display. The wash cycles range from soak, glass, rapid, economy, normal, and intensive. Plus, there is an automatic detergent and rinse agent dispenser for your convenience. Keeping the appliance clean is a breeze due to its durable stainless steel interior. It also comes with a 12-month warranty on parts and labor. Package Content: dishwashermanualwarranty

Overall Product Rankings

hOmeLabs Countertop Dishwasher
1. hOmeLabs Countertop Dishwasher
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 10
Bosch Built-In Dishwasher
2. Bosch Built-In Dishwasher
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 8
SPT 10-inch Portable Dishwasher
3. SPT 10-inch Portable Dishwasher
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 10
EdgeStar Built-In Dishwasher
4. EdgeStar Built-In Dishwasher
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 4
SPT Portable Dishwasher
5. SPT Portable Dishwasher
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 8
Danby Countertop Dishwasher
6. Danby Countertop Dishwasher
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 7
EdgeStar Countertop Dishwasher
7. EdgeStar Countertop Dishwasher
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 8
GE Profile Dishwasher
8. GE Profile Dishwasher
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 1
BLACK+DECKER Compact Dishwasher
9. BLACK+DECKER Compact Dishwasher
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 8

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.

DWYM Fun Fact

As your dishwasher is cleaning your after-dinner dishes, take a moment to thank Josephine Garis Cochran. The wealthy Illinois woman was tired of her servants breaking her fancy dishes, so she went in search of a machine that clean her plates instead. When she couldn’t find one, she built her own, first by measuring her dishes, then creating wire compartments that set inside a wheel. She filed for a patent for her invention in 1886 and showed it off for the first time at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Although her device was only used by restaurants and hotels initially, she eventually found a company that could help her get it in the homes of families. That company later became KitchenAid.

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. The Bosch Built-In Dishwasher is a built-in that will require installation.
  • With the SPT 10-inch Portable Dishwasher, hOmeLabs Countertop Dishwasher and 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. The Bosch Built-In Dishwasher runs 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 Bosch Built-In Dishwasher, SPT 10-inch Portable Dishwasher, hOmeLabs Countertop Dishwasher and Danby Countertop Dishwasher all have six wash settings. The one-hour cycle setting on the Bosch Built-In Dishwasher can come in handy when you’re in a hurry.
  • One feature that comes in handy on the Bosch Built-In Dishwasher is 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 like the Bosch Built-In Dishwasher, which is not only roomy, but it has a double-flex silverware basket. The SPT 10-inch Portable Dishwasher is 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 the red light on the Bosch Built-In Dishwasher, which shines on your kitchen floor when the machine is running. It also shows 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. The Bosch Built-In Dishwasher has a self-latching door that keeps 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. The SPT 10-inch Portable Dishwasher is entirely stainless steel, protecting it against rust and giving it a classy look. Its wheels are also strong, 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. With the Bosch Built-In Dishwasher, you’ll especially notice it with plastics, as they cool off too quickly for the moisture to evaporate. The SPT 10-inch Portable Dishwasher doesn’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.
  • The Bosch Built-In Dishwasher doesn’t come with a self-cleaning filter, as other built-in dishwashers do, so if that’s important to you, you may want to look elsewhere.
  • One handy feature that has become popular on portable dishwashers is a time-delay option. With the SPT 10-inch Portable Dishwasher, 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 SPT 10-inch Portable Dishwasher measures 26 x 17.7 x 36 inches, while the hOmeLabs Countertop Dishwasher is 17.2 x 19.6 x 21.6 inches. The Danby Countertop Dishwasher is similar in size to the hOmeLabs version, at 21.65 x 19.69 x 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, while the SPT 10-inch Portable Dishwasher uses up to 3.65 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. The SPT 10-inch Portable Dishwasher 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.