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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2013
Never again. This was what I said after having 8 people over to my house for enchiladas one night, having used just about every single dish, pan, and utensil in my kitchen. The week following the party I let them sit in the sink and collect a mixture of questionable colors and smells before I broke down for a 2 hour hand-washing session on Saturday morning.

This just can't be. I had to find a solution to avoid housework and automate this in my tiny appliance-less San Francisco kitchen, and this one came in the form of the Koldfront Portable Countertop Dishwasher.

Now I'll start the review of how and why we ended up with this. I first began my search process on craigslist and found a number of way over-priced used options. After doing my reviews online (mostly amazon), I decided that the best option was this one after reading many reviews and it has a solid 5/5 stars which is a great place to start. I soon discovered that there is another brand that is basically the exact same to this one, called "Edgestar 6" which is the slightly more upscale model as it has a LED screen on the unit. We didn't think we needed this, and in our current 4 months of use with the Koldfront one we have never once changed the setting to anything besides "normal" so that's up to you to decide if it's worth paying more for.

To start, most of the used versions were going for around $100-$150 on craigslist and this new one we got was $189- thus making the purchase totally worth buying new for us. There is a shipping charge (something Prime-ers are averse to), but the overall price made sense and it was worth the wait.

Compact Appliance is a pretty cool site that also sells these washers, and has a video review, but we ended buying on Amazon since it (was) tax free. Word of warning: I did sign up for email offers from Compact Appliance to see if there was any kind of a discount and since then have unsubscribed from their list probably 7 times and still keep getting emails. I just sent a plea to their customer support asking to somehow get me off of this list as its a pretty frequent mailer.

PROS:
Fits on our counter-top and is very stable due to its weight
Works perfectly--- dishes are spotless and clean
Easy open top so dishes can completely dry in the machine when you tilt the top open
Durable on top so you can use the counter space for recycling (Just bought these Ikea neat organizers that fit perfectly top of the machine.
The connector for our sink is the same doodad as the washing machine so there are no issues using them both without changing anything
The hose from the machine has a de-pressurizer which is the red button and lets out the water so there is no excess water to spray out when you unhook the faucet (definitely nicer than the hose on our washer)
The water goes in/out through the same hose so it enables you to let some water out into the sink when you are running the washer without having to un-hook everything if you need to rinse something off or wet a sponge, etc.
The rack rolls out easily onto the door and functions just like a normal dishwasher that you'd have at home, just 1/3 the height of a regular one.

CONS:
The hose is longer than we'd like. The unit is right next to the sink and the hose is meant for a longer reach so it coils around with some excess. We can probably fix this at home depot if we really want to.
The hose that connects everything attaches from the back of the machine (see rear photo), meaning that it is a bit larger than the actual dimensions it gives you. Our countertop was the exact size as the machine depth, but when we put the hose in the back, it now sticks out about a 1/2 inch off the front since the hose needs space.
Dish height- the unit says that it washes 6 place settings, but I'll say that those place settings should be the smaller end size plates. We have this set of ikea plates and since getting the washer tend to use the smaller size, versus the larger plates, since its so much easier to load. The larger plates will fit, however it's just easier to load the washer in the back when the plates in the front are smaller
The instructions recommend that you load the utensils upside down- which can be dangerous when you have knives, etc. Makes me a little paranoid, but not a big deal.
The unit beeps when it is done and keeps beeping once ever 5 minutes-ish. Doesn't quit for a few hours so that can get annoying on a lazy sunday :)

Detergent: We use the cascade all-in-one detergent capsules because it's really just easier. As for cost it comes out to about $0.50/load with the all-in-one and about $0.20/load with the powder detergent. Obviously changing based on where you buy your supplies, but we don't cook much so its worth it to make life easier with the ActionPacs.

Overall a great buy. Totally worth it's price in the amount of hand dishes I have saved. I no longer try and eat on paper plates or order take-out to avoid doing the dishes. Absolutely love it and highly recommend this one.

Happy dinner-partying!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2012
This dishwasher is great if you have a small apartment or a small kitchen/counter space. If loaded correctly, all the dishes come out clean. It does its job as described. It comes with all the hook-up's to your faucet and exta long hoses. My only dislike is the electrical cord is not as long as the water/discharge hoses. Other than that, it is a great product.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2013
I have run about 2-3 loads through this dishwasher every day since purchasing it a few weeks ago. Probably about the best money I have ever spent on a home related good. Ultimately I made it only 2 years in apartment living before caving to get this. The first was my senior year of college, and the second was last year. I grew up always having a dishwasher so to not have one was painful. I also find an almost bizarrely enormous sense of satisfaction loading up this little dishwasher, squirting a little Cascade gel in, and running it. It has taken me these few weeks to get loading it figured out correctly. I have found that bowls (larger ones anyways) really only fit well standing upright in the section designed for plates, so it's kindof a bowls load or a plates load type of deal. And when you need to wash some 'tupperware' type plastic containers, fuhgedaboudit. Those either go in 1 or 2 pieces with lids amongst a load of other more orderly items, or just scattered about on their own.

Seriously though, the amount of silverware my wife and I go through is almost insane. I'd say we rotate our entire 12-piece set about once every 2 to 3 days; not the big spoons of course though. Those only get used for soup. So when I think back to doing that all manually, it makes my hands feel clammy and dry like they used to get after spending hours in that hot soapy water.

Now I get to listen to the little dishwasher that could wrshump --- wrshump --- wrshump in an oh-so-relaxing cadence while I relax and ponder how the 3.8 gallons (much less than I would have used manually) and .31 kWh will only cost me a few pennies. Isn't technology marvelous?

My parents own a Bosch 800 series washer. Yes those are so dang quiet that you can barely hear it run. But I'm serious when I say that this washer is just about everything the Bosch is, just with about 1/3 of the space inside. It doesn't have all the crazy control buttons, but once you set it to your 'normal' setting, all anyone does is load it up and push Start anyways! And it is actually pretty quiet too, assuming you don't load something in such a way that it directs the water spray straight onto the door (or load a giant 'tupperware' item right next to the door, as those (larger) plastic items tend to make more noise from the water jet).

As for the packaging. Wow. The packaging was designed to withstand CRAZY, like, delivery truck rolled over type accidents or something. It was double boxed, with the internal box suspended by foam inserts at all corners of the outer box. And the washer itself was suspended in the inner box by cardboard pieces at the corners. Dang son. I carried it up the (one) flight of stairs to our apartment and I actually strained my back just a bit. It is heavy, but more than that, awkwardly huge due to the intense packaging, so you end up with a huge lever arm pulling down on you. Seriously, get your friend to help you bring it in your place.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2012
I had no expectations for this dishwasher I just needed something affordable but this product turn out to be great. Better than expected. 5 stars from me.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2012
I wasn't sure what to expect but I am very pleased with this unit. Not a fan of doing dishes by hand but don't have that many over the course of the week. This is perfect for my needs.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2014
We bought this dishwasher thinking it would be a great solution to the small kitchen in our 1920s house. It cleans the dishes OK, but it is so tiny that loading and unloading and fiddling with the faucet attachment is way more trouble than it's worth most of the time. The cycles also take forever to run, and it won't fit standard size dinner plates. So we hardly ever use it.

There is also a major design flaw in the motion of opening the door puts so much pressure on the plastic covering that after a just a few months of infrequent use, a crack appeared right over the hinge and gradually spread all the way across the front. Overall it seems to have very cheap and shoddy construction.

Btw I called the manufacturer and was told they could send me a new plastic cover for $80 (1/3 the cost of the machine just for a flat piece of plastic). He was also really rather rude and insisted this was not a defect but "normal wear and tear." And, I guess if you consider an appliance a disposable item that you throw away after a few months use, then I suppose falling apart could be construed as "normal wear and tear."

Bottom line: don't waste your money. Wash your dishes by hand or buy from a more trustworthy manufacturer.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2012
Was surprised at how quiet this unit is. It's slow, but being in a really small New York apartment, it lets me get on with my life instead of scrubbing dishes. Would definitely recommend.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2012
Its small. But for a couple people its nice. Honestly i can do them by hand quicker, but...this lets me be lazy and do something else while the dishes get done. The hoses are a bit annoying when you detach them and are not using the machine...but its not to bad. I suggest keeping a bath towel handy the first time you use it because you'll probably misjudge the ammount of water remaining in the hose after a cycle. It would be nice if it had a timer display, but again thats easy to deal with. Use your phone or the stove timer. It is quiet too. Surprisingly so. Makes a bit of noise when it unloads water back into the sink but thats it. So long as it lasts awhile its worth the money spent. Finding a table to put it on was a pain, everything was just a few inches to small. So good luck finding a place to put it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2013
This dishwasher is a bit basic, but for a portable nothing has gotten my dishes cleaner.

The pros
It is very compact and fits on most counters. It holds our plates which measure at 10.5".

It does an outstanding job getting dishes clean. It seems to have a reservoir to store up the water and then uses that reservoir for pressure so that it isn't reliant on the tap pressure. You don't really have to do much scraping when you put the dishes in.

The cons

It arrived with a ding in it but that doesn't seem to have affected performance.

The biggest issue is that you have to make sure the silverware basket is pushed as far in as it will go. Otherwise the basket will block the soap container from opening and your dishes will not get clean. I understand this is a compact area but I thought the design would have accommodated that better.

It takes a very long time to wash. Perhaps the reason why the dishes get so clean is that an average load can take an hour and a half. I usually load it full so I have to use the next to highest clean setting. That can take an hour and a half to two hours to finish. I personally am willing to deal with it, but if you need a fast dishwasher this isn't for you.

A very minor annoyance is that there is no steam outlet during dry mode. The dishwasher instructs you to open the door a bit when the dishwasher is finished drying to let the steam out. This is annoying but I suppose they passed the savings on to the customer by making the dishwasher cheap.

In summary, this is the best dishwasher for the money. It has a few annoyances which are probably there to cut costs and make the dishwasher more affordable. Knowing the little nuances and accepting them can make this an excellent buy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2012
This thing is a game changer. It is incredible. I researched for weeks and got confused. Finally chose this a year ago and it has been great.
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