A Countertop Dishwasher Vs. a Traditional Dishwasher

Mickey | Home Improvement | Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

For those of you considering purchases of appliances for your home, we take a look at some of the differences between a countertop dishwasher and a traditional model.
The first, most obvious difference, is size. The countertop model is basically a scaled-down version of the conventional one, approximately the size of a modern microwave.

This smaller size means that it can be used on the countertop rather than installed and placed on the floor. So if floorspace is an issue in your home you may be considering this advantage.

The countertop model really requires no installation. Whereas the traditional one needs a plumber to connect to the water supply, these ones can be connected to the faucet in a sink by virtually anybody. They are plugged in at the mains, and so they require no specialist ability at all to start using.

Once the traditional ones are installed they tend to sit there for years. The countertop ones are designed to be disconnected and stored away, if need be. They don’t take up space either on the floor or on the worktops, providing you have cabinet space.

The next difference is the amount of water, detergent and electricity they use, A traditional model will use far more of each of these resources and so it is more expensive to run on a daily basis. Of course the larger, floor-based ones also cost more initially to buy, but it’s important to consider the cost of running our appliances as the price of electricity gradually rises.

The countertop dishwashers are more likely to be used by a person living alone in an apartment or a couple without children. It’s important to remember that hey will not provide enough capacity to do all the dish washing of larger families. Consider your own situation well before committing,

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