Why Portable Dishwashers Can Be Harder To Choose
Portable dishwashers can be used in any situation where there is a need for dishes to be washed, as long as the loads are not too large for the equipment being used. Although they may be designed with the mobile user in mind, they can also perform well in the homes of people with only a limited need for dishwasher functionality, such as those who live alone. The criteria for choosing a good small dishwasher are fundamentally the same as those for choosing a standard sized model, with the additional consideration that it needs to fit into a certain space.
The greatest asset any potential buyer has in trying to make an informed buying choice is information from those who have already used and tested the different models. That research is freely available when it comes to buying standard dishwashers, but it is not so easy to find for portables. If you are prepared to thoroughly search the Internet, though, you will find what you are looking for. User reviews can often be found on the sites of the major Internet retailers, but it can be harder to find expert reviews written in the trade magazines.
When you are looking to buy a portable dishwasher, you will need to consider more aspects than someone buying for the home. Performance isn't necessarily the all important factor, but it is still one of the most vital. There is no point in buying a small unit if it is simply not going to be effective with the size of load you want to put in it. The performance of a unit can be tested using benchmarks, and this is what the industry magazines do. You will get objective test data which can be used to make direct comparisons between models, and these will be extremely useful with portables where there is relatively little data.
One advantage which all portable dishwashers should have is that they will use less energy than larger models. The compartments into which the dishes are placed will be smaller, and therefore less power an water will be used. In truth, the larger models have become so efficient due to the research which has been carried out in recent years that there is often little or no difference in efficiency. Portables can use some of this technology, but as they are built on a much smaller scale it is often not implemented.
The individual user has to decide which of the many features is most important to them. In the case of a portable dishwasher, design and size are obviously going to be critical factors. If you can measure the area into which the unit will need to fit, you can then compare those measurements with the ones which are given in the specialist magazines. If not, it will be a case of finding a unit which feels comfortable to operate, and then integrating it into your system as soon as you know where it needs to go.
The most important consideration when buying portable dishwashers is to make sure that the loads you normally create will fit inside them. No-one wants to be doing two washes when one would have done, so it important to consider your usage pattern before you do anything else. When you know the inner dimensions you are likely to need, you can then start to look at the independent reviews. These will give you the opportunity to compare efficiency and the time it takes for each wash to complete. Finally, you can narrow your choice down to one model by looking at the user reviews of portable dishwashers.Written by Marc Knox