SPT SD-2201W Portable Countertop Dishwasher Review
The SPT SD-2201W holds its own when compared to full-size dishwashers.
Countertop dishwashers are popular with apartment dwellers. They're small, inexpensive, portable and don't require the sort of plumbing work that would forfeit a security deposit. While compact appliances generally get positive user reviews, there has yet to be any independent, scientific tests of their performance. Until now.
We purchased a SPT (also known as Sunpentown) SD-2201W and put it through the same rigorous tests we use for full-size dishwashers. While it couldn't clean up after a dinner party for twelve, the little Sunpentown held its own, leaving dishes cleaner than many built-in units—and certainly cleaner than you could ever get them by hand. If you've got a small apartment and $250, it's time to stop hand washing your dishes.
Design & Usability
Hook it up anywhere there's a faucet, provided it fits.
Sunpentown’s front door also houses the control panel. There are two hoses that join a “quick connect” mount that should attach to any faucet. One hose takes in fresh water, the other drains dirty water into the sink. Once we purchased a small 15/16 inch to 55/64 inch faucet adapter at a hardware store, we had no problem hooking up ours.
Inside, there's room for four full place settings in a single rack, a cutlery basket, a removable filter and a stainless tub. It's nearly identical to all other compact machines we've tested.
Its small size is its greatest feature.
Five cycles are on offer, ranging from heavy duty to quick. There’s also a rinse option, which might come in handy if you’re storing the dishwasher after a wash and don’t want it to smell like food residue.
As it’s devoid of most soundproofing, you’ll know when the Sunpentown SD-2201W is working. There’s a distinct hum when the pump is pushing water out of the drain, and a whooshing noise when cleaning is underway. Still, it's quieter than your significant other's complaints about the dishes piled up in the sink.
As good as dishwashers three times its size
Cycles on this Sunpentown are pretty quick, ranging from an hour and 51 minutes for a Heavy Duty cycle to just 49 minutes for the “Speed” cycle. The Normal cycle takes an hour and 15 minutes.
After the Normal cycle, dishes emerged relatively clean. The only noticeable problem the Sunpentown had was reaching stained dishes at the back corners of the rack. The Speed cycle did almost as well, in less time. On Heavy Duty, messy lasagna and dessert pans emerged entirely clean, though some cheese remained. That’s nothing a little pre-washing wouldn’t cure, though.
The Sunpentown SD-2201W is an Energy Star rated appliance, and lived up to its classification. We calculated that the total yearly cost of running the Sunpentown SD-2201W would be $17.49, and individual washes would run between six and eleven cents each.
Big cleaning power with a little footprint
If you’ve got limited space and can’t redesign your kitchen to install a dishwasher, the Sunpentown SD-2201W is an ideal choice. It’s small, energy efficient and actually gets your dishes clean. If you can spare $250, say goodbye to dishpan hands, and get one of these in your kitchen today.
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