A dishwasher for the dishwasher-less apartment?

Sounds cool, but is it more trouble than it's worth?

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Yes, to many of you this will look stupid. But if you're an urban apartment-dweller like me, there's a good chance that you saw this gadget and immediately said "OMIGOD, I NEED THAT." Our suburban brethren often don't realize that many apartments in New York, San Francisco, London, Tokyo, etc. don't have dishwashers due to space constraints. As a result, we've become very well acquainted with every brand of dish soap on the market (hello, Method Home!), the merits of relying on take-out Chinese food, as well as the deep drama involved in telling our spouses, partners, and roommates, "It's your turn to do the dishes."

Consequently, when I saw this counter-top dishwasher from EdgeStar on the Apartment Therapy blog, I was immediately impressed at the concept. As it turns out, these have been around for several years now, but I'd never heard of them until now. This one costs $189 and can fit "up to four standard place settings" according to its product page.

The catch is that I bet it's not all that efficient, to the point where it's probably speedier and more eco-savvy to just wash the dishes by hand. But I can dream, can't I?

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