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A dishwasher for the kitchen with no room

Trying to wedge a dishwasher into an older kitchen, or bring one into a small apartment, seems to be impossible. But Danby's counter-top dishwasher--just a little bigger than a microwave--provides options.

The counter-top dishwasher Danby

While I was growing up, my mother always told her friends that she had a dishwasher: me. The kitchen in her house was designed in the 1930s and there just isn't any room to install a dishwasher--no cabinets that could be removed, no spare corner for an appliance of that size.

But Danby's counter-top dishwasher may prove to be ideal. At approximately 22 inches wide, 19 inches deep, and 17 inches tall, the counter-top dishwasher is a bit bigger than a microwave, but it will still fit into a pretty small space--even a small apartment's kitchen could probably handle it. And, if you're planning on moving, you can take it with you with far less hassle than a full-size dishwasher.

Sure, it will only hold about four place settings. But going from no dishwasher to even a small dishwasher can make for a big improvement. No more fights with the kids about whose drying or attempts to convince your significant other to wash, since you cooked.

My local Best Buy doesn't seem to have any Danby dishwashers, but several online retailers do carry them. I'm not looking forward to paying shipping charges on a 54-pound box, but the average price--around $230--is low enough that I'd consider it if I can't get anyone local to special order it for me.