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A dishwasher is a great time-saving addition to any kitchen. There are several models available on the market, all of which feature different options to accommodate various lifestyles. Today’s are designed to provide optimal performance while reducing water and energy consumption—all of which adds up to savings for you.

Built-In Under-Counter Dishwashers

The most common model, built-in under-counter dishwashers are popular for their operating convenience and easy access. They do require plumbing connections for their water source and, because they’re installed within a kitchen’s lower cabinetry, take up storage space.

Countertop Dishwashers

Highly economical, these dishwasher models are designed to sit on a counter or a stand near the kitchen sink. Like their portable counterparts, they require no special plumbing or installation and work via a connector or adapter that attaches to the hot water faucet. These models are ideal for smaller households that generate a lower volume of dishes.

Drawer Dishwashers

Although expensive—there are only a few manufacturers of these models, so pricing is not competitive—drawer dishwashers are the most convenient on the market. As the name indicates, the dishwashing compartments of these units pull out for loading and unloading. There are two styles available: double drawer or single drawer. The former offers the greatest efficiency and flexibility, as you can run each drawer independent of the other. You can use one drawer at a time, or use both simultaneously with separate wash cycles. Single-door units are ideal for smaller homes. Both styles require access to plumbing for their water source and, because they’re installed within a kitchen’s lower cabinetry, take up storage space.

Portable Dishwashers

Requiring no special plumbing or installation, these dishwashers offer the same capacity and features of a built-in model with the added convenience of portability. They work via an adapter that connects to the kitchen sink’s hot water faucet and, when not in use, can be wheeled back to a storage space. Many are topped with a butcher block or counter top, which works great as an additional food prep area. Portable models are ideal for people who live in apartments or who frequently relocate.