on April 11, 2011
A little difficult to install, the instructions are not too clear. Took two people about 30 minutes to figure it out and had to refer to internet instructions over the written instructions.
If you are installing to the tap, remember to remove the coupling off the bottom of the cap - may need a wrench to do so. The part with the two hoses and the red button attached the to tap.
Its a quick release, so when you need to use the water from the tap, you just pull down and it releases from the tap.
First time we ran it, water sprayed out because the coupling were not tight enough, but that was an easy fix.
Cleans dishes very well, the cycles are about as long as a traditional full sized dishwasher.
We are using this in our office - inside is roomy and it fits quite a few cups and glasses. We use cold water and have no problems with the soap coming off clean.
Noise level is about the same as a traditional full sized dishwasher. Its very compact and fits well under our kitchen cabinets.
on July 30, 2011
I got this back in the April. I had never used a dishwasher before and it took me a while to get a good clean out of it. When I started using this at first, nothing was getting clean. Not even fingerprints on the dishes. I always had to pre-clean my dishes, which made this thing nothing more than a dish sanitizer instead of a dishwasher. But then I switched detergents, which made a huge difference. Tonight, I really put it to the test with dishes with stuck on spaghetti sauce and bbq sauce. No pre-cleaning. And I used the intensive cleaning setting. The dishes came out completely clean. Not a trace of food, sauce or fingerprints. The main reason I gave it 4 stars is that 1) I can't see how this thing can fit as many dishes as it says. You'd have to be eating off a set of miniature dishes to do that. And 2)I shouldn't need an intense setting or high performance detergent to wash a fingerprint off a plate.
on March 20, 2012
UPDATE: Four years now and no problems at all. The faucet/hose stopped leaking. Another tip I forgot to share, which I picked up from another dishwasher's reviews, is to leave the door closed for a while after the cycle ends in order for the dishes to dry without spots. I generally start a load before bed then unload the clean dishes when I get home from work the next day. Also, having plastic dishes in the load reduces the chances of the dishes drying, so if there's plastic and glass mixed instead of just glass, be sure to crack the door to let everything air dry. I also run only hot water when washing because I want really sanitary dishes.
I did a lot of research before purchasing this product and finally decided on this model because it did not have a window and I read enough reviews of models with windows leaking that I decided a window wasn't necessary. I've had my Koldfront counter-top dishwasher for a year and 3 months and I can say I'm very happy with it. The only time it overflowed was my fault - I had put in too much soap. I've since started using Cascade packets and they work perfectly - no soap flowing out of the machine and my dishes come out beautifully clean. Of course, I put the dishes in pretty clean to begin with, without any stuck-on food or anything. But even when I've left a little barbecue sauce on a plate or forgotten to rinse a juice glass out, they've still come out completely clean. I generally use the standard wash setting.
The only complaint I have at this time is that the faucet connector leaks now and didn't at the beginning. However, this could probably be fixed by hands stronger than my own or a pair of pliers.
Yes, the machine is noisy, however that can't be much helped, given that it has no insulation around it. I had very little trouble setting it up - I thought I needed an adapter and went to the hardware store to find one, however, they pointed out to me that I simply needed to remove the faucets original casing and the adapter that comes with the dishwasher would fit on. I had asked my landlord to help with this, but he didn't even realize this so I didn't feel like an entirely silly girl.
I wash a load about every other day. Yes, you have to figure out your own configuration of dishes - they won't fit in the machine like the pictures. However, I am able to get 4 soup bowls, 4 dinner plates and 4 glasses (tall or short) into the machine at once, without any trouble. It does seem that wash cycles are quite long, however, I don't recall how long the wash cycles were with a traditional dishwasher. I usually try to run mine at night or at some time when the noise won't bother me.
on January 31, 2012
Althought I like this product, I wish I'd just trolled Craigslist until I found a full-size portable dishwasher. This product works well and comes with all the parts you need to hook it up to your faucet, but it holds a VERY small load of dishes. I made my own detergent that I use in this unit, and it works great! The recipe is 1 cup Borax, 1 cup washing soda (found in the laundry detergent aisle), 1 packet of LEMONADE Kool-Aid, 1/2 cup course salt. Use only 1/4 a cup in the full-size dishwasher, and only 2 Tbsp in this unit. If this totally green mixture leaves a residue, then use 1/4 to 1/2 cup of white vinegar for a rinse-cycle. Works like a charm!
on February 23, 2011
I've had this washer for 2 months and I love it. I read a review that said it was loud, it's not as loud as i thought it was going to be, sometimes I forget that it's on. Doesn't bother me. It does exactly what I want it to do, which is wash dishes. It was easy to set up and it fits perfectly on my counter-top.
on May 25, 2011
This unit is perfect for our family of 4 (takes in easily 4 salad plates, 4 dinner plates if they are not too large and small cups and glasses). Installation was a snap and you don't need to buy anything to make it fit to your sink. It's taller than a microwave (so it's small but not very small), not too noisy and does a perfect job on the dishes when you use the high setting. It is not big enough inside for pots and pans nor is it big enough for large diameter plates and drying takes a while unless you help it by opening the door and allow your dishes to air dry. You have to play with the dish arrangements inside but after a few times you will find the proper placement for everything. The price is right, you are buying it because you can not have a full size dishwasher so I highly recommend it.
ONE YEAR LATER
Machine works great and we run it at least 3 times a day. No room for big plates, pots and pans don't fit but it's a small price to pay for not doing most of the dishes. Liquid detergent is what works best, P1 setting gets everything clean. Highly recommended.