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5 Benefits of Portable Dishwashers

by Ann Louisa

whirlpool portable dishwasher in traditional kitchen

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Benefits to a Portable Dishwasher

Top Portable Dishwasher Options


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Dishwashers save time and money. Instead of spending your evening scrubbing dishes and wiping away grease, you can easily load up this appliance and let modern technology do the work. Dishwashers also reduce water consumption. Experts estimate that running a dishwasher each night instead of hand washing dishes can save up to 24 gallons of water per load – that’s more than 5,000 gallons each year!

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Not everyone has the space in their home for a dishwasher, especially if there isn’t already a cutout for a built in model. But there is good news for these homeowners: you can invest in a portable model that cleans your dishes and can be stored in any closet, garage, or cabinet nearby. Here are a few top benefits of portable dishwashers that our Spencer’s TV and Appliance team has compiled, along with a few models so you can see how they work.

They Don’t Take Up Space

Portable dishwashers are designed for kitchens that don’t have enough room for a built in dishwasher. Manufacturers assume this means you also don’t have a lot of closet space or storage options in your home. Some of the smallest portable dishwasher options are only 18 inches wide and 25 inches deep. You can easily roll these appliances away when you are done washing dishes.

Look at your home and see where you might store your portable dishwasher when it’s not in use. You might find multiple places to keep this appliance without cleaning out a closet or making space in a garage.

If you are still worried that these models will be too big for your kitchen, visit one of our showrooms to see a portable dishwasher in person. This can give you a clear idea of how much space they take up. 

They Easily Hook Up to Your Sink

You don’t have to be an expert plumber to enjoy the benefits of a portable dishwasher. You simply roll this appliance to your sink, hook up the hose to your kitchen faucet, and make sure the waste line goes down the drain. After you plug the dishwasher into an electrical outlet, it’s ready to run.

Putting away the dishwasher is just as easy. You simply remove the hoses from your sink and unplug the appliance. It can then be rolled back into storage.

You Can Spend Less Time Washing Dishes

Baking and cooking are two fun activities that produce delicious results. Who doesn’t love biting into a delicious homemade steak or cutting into freshly baked bread? While preparing meals can be fun, cleaning up after yourself isn’t. A portable dishwasher can end the hours you spend handwashing dishes after dinner.

Portable dishwashers can hold just as much cookware as standard models. While you can find some options that are designed for small spaces, you can considerably cut down on your washing time and let the machine do the work.

They Are Just as Effective as Built-In Models

Several of the most trusted dishwasher brands on the market create portable options for customers. This means you can still find Whirlpool and GE dishwashers that are meant to be placed in the closet at night. You can expect the same level of performance from your portable models as your built-in appliances.

Portable dishwashers aren’t just for light loads or washing dishes that don’t have any food particles on them. You can add your pots and pans to the dishwasher even if you burnt the last meal or have cookware covered in grease.

You Can Move with Them

A portable dishwasher is a great investment whether you own or rent your current home. Traditionally, homeowners will leave the appliances in the house or condo when they move. However, if future buyers don’t expect a dishwasher, you can bring your portable model with you. If you need a dishwasher in your next space, you will already have one set to wash as you unpack your dishware.

A small portable dishwasher is also a good option for renters. You can improve your kitchen functionality without upgrading the appliances in a home you don’t own. Plus, you can easily pack up the dishwasher when it’s time to find a new place.

Dishwashers last about 10 years if they are well cared for, so your portable model can serve your home for a long time.  

Top Portable Dishwasher Options

If you are sold on portable dishwashers and tired of scrubbing away to clean your plates and cookware each night, check out a few popular models on the market. You can find the best portable dishwasher for your home and cleaning needs.

Whirlpool® 24” Portable Dishwasher-White

White Whirlpool® Portable Dishwasher

This is the first place to look when considering a portable dishwasher for your home. Whirlpool is one of the top kitchen appliance brands on the market, so it makes sense that the Whirlpool portable dishwasher model will be in high demand. This option comes with an advanced soil sensor that determines how dirty your cookware is to ensure it is thoroughly cleaned.

Not only is this dishwasher effective, but it is also fast. Turn on the one-hour wash cycle to quickly clean your dishes, so you wrap up this chore for the day. If you have more time, select the normal cycle for a more thorough clean or a heavy cycle to really knock the grease and debris from your pots and pans.

This model is designed, engineered, and assembled in the United States. It is a highly-rated model, with 90 percent of customer reviews saying they would recommend this appliance. One reviewer writes, “We purchased this dishwasher for a family shared beach house which is only 800 sq ft. Needless to say, we did not have room to install an under-the-counter dishwasher so we purchased this portable one. It has been fantastic! Casters roll very smoothly, hook up is easy (although we did have to go to the hardware store to purchase an adapter since the one provided did not fit our faucet), it’s quiet and does an excellent job of cleaning and drying the dishes ( with using a rinse agent). Highly recommend.” 

GE® 18” Stainless Steel Portable Dishwasher

GE® Stainless Steel Portable Dishwasher

This GE portable dishwasher is another top option to consider for your home. Just because you are investing in portability doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice cleaning quality. This dishwasher comes with the Piranha hard food disposer. It is a stainless steel blade that rotates at 3,600 RPM and completely pulverizes food. This prevents large particles from clogging your appliance.

You can also enjoy the three-level wash options when you choose this model. You can run a lighter cycle if you don’t have many dishes or don’t have a lot of grime to clean off. Then you can ramp up the power when you need to scrub grease and burnt food from your pots and pans. This 18-inch portable dishwasher also comes with an autosense cycle that evaluates whether your plates and cookware are actually clean.

Check out customer reviews to learn what buyers think of this dishwasher. One person says, “I honestly couldn’t be happier with the product. It is very easy to set up and use, as well as having very flexible cleaning options. Most surprising is that it is extremely quiet, still does an excellent job of washing the dishes, and can be tucked away until it’s time to wash another batch.”

Conserving as much water as possible as an Arizona native is a must when cities like Phoenix are on a stage one water alert and activating its drought management plans to save as much water as possible. And what better what to do that than a dishwasher — portable or built in — that’ll save you thousands of gallons of water a year and provide the modern convenience of cutting your dishwashing time in half. Buy your new portable dishwasher today from Spencer’s TV and Appliance to see in person what sets these appliances apart, or browse our dishwasher selection online to skip the crowd.


The first thing about appliance shopping is always to ask questions, so let’s answer some of yours! Take a look below at some of the questions we’ve gotten from our Spencer’s shoppers.

Can you use a portable dishwasher in an older home?

Yes. Portable dishwashers are designed to be used in almost any space. If you live in a house that was built before dishwashers were common, you might not have the space or plumbing for a built-in model. Portable dishwashers use less water and electricity, so you can enjoy clean dishes without having to hand wash each plate.

What is more energy-efficient: dishwashers or hand washing?

Dishwashers are more energy-efficient because they use considerably less water than handwashing. Most dishwasher models are optimized to use the least amount of water possible while maximizing cleaning power. This is much better than hand washing dishes, which requires constant clean water to clean each plate or pan. 

Why Trust Spencer’s TV & Appliance?

Since 1973, Spencer’s TV & Appliance has grown to 10 locations throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. The secret to our longevity is simple: personal service. Customer satisfaction have always been the focus of our business, and throughout the years, we have been able to work hard with our suppliers to bring you the best prices. After all, getting customers the best price and personal attention is how we compete with big-box stores, day in and day out.

Not only do we offer top-rated appliances, name-brand electronics, and the best mattresses on the market but we also provide water treatment solutions and perform kitchen design services. Stop by your nearest Spencer’s and see what you’re missing!

Shop Dishwashers at Spencer’s

At Spencer’s TV & Appliance, we provide high-quality, name-brand products at great prices — check out our catalog to shop dishwashers online today. Your friends in the business are always happy to help you find the right portable dishwasher model for your home. Call us, or better yet, stop by at one of our locations in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Glendale regions. Visit us today!

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