Can you set up a portable dishwasher anywhere?

Portable dishwashers can be used in place of traditional built-in dishwashers in kitchens that either do not have enough space for a regular dishwasher or do not have adequate modern plumbing needed to install one. If you don’t want to redo your whole kitchen (or can’t because you’re renting), then portable dishwashers are your friend.

They are great machines if you can’t fit a regular dishwasher in the kitchen but have enough space in another room at home. Portable dishwashers can be easily transported to the kitchen on wheels whenever needed and are stashed away in a storage room somewhere when not in use. They are connected to the kitchen sink where they pump in the water used to wash the dishes and pump out the dirty one after.

Where can you set up a portable dishwasher

A portable dishwasher needs only a power source and a working sink faucet to function properly. Be careful though. Not all faucets can be connected to a portable dishwasher. You need to have a faucet with threaded spouts. That means no faucets with built-in sprayers.

But if you happen to have a faucet with sprayers, there is still hope. To use a portable dishwasher you will need to disconnect the perforated component covering the faucet that is used to make water spray. This is called an aerator. Then, you just mount a special portable dishwasher faucet adapter in place of the aerator and that’s it, you have a working portable dishwasher. The faucet adapter usually comes in the box together with the dishwasher. If there isn’t one, simply type “portable dishwasher faucet adapter” into a search engine to see where you can buy one or check your local Home Depot.

What to remember about

Make sure to double-check if your sink faucet is compatible with the portable dishwasher you’re planning to purchase. Some faucets have aerators that cannot be removed. In that case, there’s not much you can do besides modifying your plumbing systems. You don’t want to find that out after you buy your portable dishwasher. Even if it’s portable, it’s still a solid piece of home equipment and will probably set you back couple hundred dollars.

And if you’re worried about extensive water usage, don’t. Every dishwasher has been proven to consume several times less water than washing dishes by hand. Portable dishwashers aren’t any different, nowadays they are just as efficient as traditional built-in dishwashers. They are constantly being improved, with makers introducing new solutions to problems such as excessive noise or energy consumption.

So to sum up: No, you cannot set up a portable dishwasher anywhere. You still need a compatible water sauce, i.e. the sink faucet. It all depends on what kind of plumbing is used at your home and the kind of faucet that is installed. But even if your faucet doesn’t fit the model you want to buy, in most cases purchasing a portable dishwasher faucet adapter will solve the problem.

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