I Tried the Farberware Countertop Dishwasher and Dishes Take Me a Fraction of the Time

The Farberware countertop dishwasher is a compact and convenient way to clean your kitchen. Our editor can attest—she's been using hers for three months now.

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No chore makes me feel like Sisyphus quite like dishwashing does. The last time I lived in an apartment with a dishwasher was nearly four years ago, so it’s been a life of hand-washing and pruney fingers for a while now. And because I work from home and cook three square meals in my kitchen each day, the plates, bowls and silverware pile up at warp speed. Even with my trustiest dishwashing tools on hand, the task is so monotonous.

Unable to look at one more food-crusted fork, I was desperate for a solution. Enter: the countertop dishwasher. I jumped at the chance to test out the popular Farberware model, but would the appliance make my life easier, as I’d hoped?

What is the Farberware Countertop Dishwasher?

 Farberware Countertop DishwasherAnnamarie Higley/Taste of Home

This Farberware dishwasher is an appliance that sits on a surface such as a table or countertop and simply plugs into a wall. Because of this, its capacity is significantly smaller. The machine can fit just a few place settings at one time and holds dishes with a 12-inch diameter or smaller. The overall footprint is 22 by 20 by 17 inches, and it weighs 43 pounds.

The Farberware countertop dishwasher is intended for those who live in RVs, dorms, studios or other small apartments. Regardless of location, it’s best for one- or two-person households. (Psst! See more small appliances.)

We Tried It

Farberware Countertop Dishwasher

The compact dishwasher has wash programs that leave your dishes clean and you with more free time.

Farberware Countertop Dishwasher Features

Farberware Countertop Dishwasher equipments on slabAnnamarie Higley/Taste of Home

I’ve compared various countertop dishwasher models, and in my opinion, the Farberware one has all the essential features. For one, it doesn’t require a faucet hookup. Although that option is available, the 5-liter tank may also be filled manually with the provided pitcher before each use, making the machine extra versatile and portable. In addition to the pitcher, the dishwasher also comes with a rolling rack, clip-on silverware tray, baby bottle holder, drain hose and faucet supply line. Note: I did not receive the fruit basket that’s currently available.

Moreover, there are various functions: normal, rapid, glass, fruit, baby care and air refresh. Although I haven’t had the use for most functions, I’ve noted that the normal cycle, which takes just over two hours, includes drying, whereas the 40-minute rapid cycle does not. I much prefer the former. I use liquid dishwasher detergent, but pods work, too.

When you’re all set, the door latches via magnetic strips, plus it has a window so you can follow along with the progress (my cat is a big fan of this feature!).

How We Tested It


Pouring Water in Farberware Countertop DishwasherAnnamarie Higley/Taste of Home

I’ve used the Farberware countertop dishwasher almost daily for three months. Assembly upon reception was effectively nonexistent because I didn’t hook it up to our faucet right away. All that was required was unpacking the accessories, which were neatly situated within the rolling rack; connecting the drain hose to the back of the machine, then snaking it into a nearby sink; and plugging the dishwasher into the wall.

For the first two months, I manually filled the water tank via the provided plastic pitcher. Although this method makes the dishwasher more universally usable, it does get old after a while. The pitcher holds less than two liters of water, so it requires three trips to fill the tank. Plus, the opening to the cavity in which you pour the water is small and lends itself to spillage.

That being said, the dishwasher was convenient enough to make these gripes worth it. I didn’t fall in love with the appliance, however, until I hooked it up to my kitchen faucet. If this is an option for you, I’d highly recommend it. It makes me feel like I have a standard dishwasher at my service.


Pouring dish washer liquid in Farberware Countertop Dishwasher Annamarie Higley/Taste of Home

I most often employ the rapid and normal cycles. The rapid cycle takes under an hour, but the water doesn’t get as hot and the dishes aren’t dried. The normal cycle is lengthy, but I typically do dishes right before bed, so I don’t mind it running throughout the night to have mostly dried dishes in the morning. While running, it’s surprisingly quiet, and the alarm that sounds upon completion isn’t overly disruptive. The normal cycle takes two hours and 10 minutes, and temps reach well over 150 degrees.

On those lighter days in which I’m not meal-prepping and creating tons of dirty pots and pans, the dishwasher holds roughly an entire day’s worth of plates, bowls, cups and cutlery. The silverware rack, especially, fits a surprising amount.

After I’m done loading the rack, I squeeze a dollop of liquid detergent into the designated compartment on the backside of the door and let it do its thing. I typically have a few additional dishes to take care of by hand, like those that aren’t dishwasher-safe or are too big. But, in all, I’d say the Farberware dishwasher cuts the amount of time it takes me to do my dishes in half.

I’ve never had any issues with stuck-on food (granted I do thoroughly rinse dishes before adding them to the dishwasher). There have been instances, though, of small amounts of dried coffee and melted cheese readily washing away. It does a bang-up job that’s comparable to that of any full-size dishwasher.


  • No hookups required
  • Included accessories (water pitcher, baby bottle holder, fruit colander)
  • Easy touchscreen with five wash programs
  • Drying capabilities
  • Sleek appearance with see-through window and LED lights
  • More compact than most other models


  • Not compatible with rinse aids


How much water does a Farberware countertop dishwasher use?

The Farberware countertop dishwasher uses 5 liters of water per wash cycle, regardless of the program selected. It will need to be filled, either manually or via the faucet supply line, each time you use it. This compares to the 4 to 14 gallons of water used by full-size dishwashers (granted, they are cleaning more dishes). Additionally, hand-washing dishes can use as many as 27 gallons of water per full-size dishwasher load.

How does a countertop dishwasher drain?

This Farberware countertop dishwasher, specifically, drains by way of a hose, which screws and clamps onto the back of the machine. It’s more than 50 inches long, so the dishwasher does need to be somewhat close to a sink, but it’s bendable and inconspicuous to make the connection more manageable. The hose is also fitted out with a suction cup so that it can be secured in place to the wall or base of the sink.

Product Comparison

As I mentioned, I believe the Farberware countertop dishwasher to have the best parts of all its competitors. For example, it doesn’t require a faucet hookup like some others. It has drying capabilities, which not all can boast. And its wash programs and accessories are on par. Additionally, it’s similar in size to or smaller than other models, like, say, the Black+Decker one. Most countertop dishwashers cost between $200 and $500. At $280, this Farberware dishwasher is solidly in the middle. Plus, its touchscreen, windowed door and overall sleek design make it more attractive than most.

As compared to standard dishwashers, it’s, of course, cheaper, but it’s also much smaller. Standard dishwashers can clean more than a dozen place settings at one time, whereas the Farberware countertop dishwasher can only handle two or three. That being said, the Farberware model is not meant to take the place of a standard dishwasher but rather serve as a shortcut solution for those who don’t have access to or the means for one.

Final Verdict

Dishes in Farberware Countertop Dishwasher Annamarie Higley/Taste of Home

Not to sound dramatic, but I don’t want to remember a time before my Farberware countertop dishwasher. In a perfect world, it would probably hold more dishes and dry them slightly more effectively, but the appliance has made a dreaded daily chore far less burdensome. It’s such a relief to have a place to toss things like coffee mugs, small cutting boards and cooking utensils where I know they’ll be cleaned thoroughly and quickly.

If you can hook up the dishwasher to your faucet, I’d recommend this to anyone who might think that have a use for it, whether they’re a college student, RV-dwelling retiree or young urbanite. If you only can fill it up manually, I’d first gauge how much you dislike doing dishes before adding it to your cart because, truthfully, it might not save you much overall time, more so the need to get your hands dirty.

Where to Buy the Farberware Countertop Dishwasher

We Tried It

Farberware Countertop Dishwasher

The Farberware countertop dishwasher fits atop most kitchen surfaces and washes dishes like its full-size counterparts.

The Farberware countertop dishwasher is available from Amazon, Home Depot and Wayfair for $280. If you like to spend your time in the kitchen cooking rather than cleaning, then this appliance is the sidekick you need.

Annamarie Higley
Annamarie is Taste of Home’s Shopping Editor and previously worked on the brand’s magazine and special issues. It was during this time she tapped into her love language, gifts, and spearheaded the print holiday gift guides in 2021 and 2022. She’s thrilled to continue creating gift guides full time for the shopping team, in addition to testing and reviewing products, spotlighting viral gadgets and editing freelanced content. A midwestern transplant from the San Francisco Bay Area, she enjoys hiking, crafting and—you guessed it!—shopping and cooking.