In this review, we’ll take a look at the EdgeStar DWP62BL countertop dishwasher, how easy it is to set up the machine, and how to make the most of the EdgeStar’s features.
The best countertop dishwashers offer an ideal solution for anyone restricted by space or who is unable to plumb a full-size dishwasher into their kitchen or utility room.
Far from the only option available to consumers, however, you can find full-size dishwashers in our guide to the best dishwashers.
1. Wash up to 6 standard place settings
2. Number of racks: 1
3. Digital control panel
4. Seven wash cycles
5. Delayed start feature
6. No drying function
7. Stainless steel interior
8. Decibel rating: 52
9. Energy Star certified
10. Consistent results
The EdgeStar DWP62BL offers practically all the functionality you would expect from a full-size dishwasher, including seven wash cycles (heavy, normal, light, glass, baby care, speed and rinse), enough capacity for six full place settings, a cutlery basket and cup rack, a built-in rinse aid and detergent dispenser, and is available in a choice of three colors, including black, white and silver. The stainless-steel interior is easy to clean as is the unit itself, although some users have reported some condensation build-up in the space between the dishwasher and the surface it sits on.
Operating the EdgeStar is done through electronic controls with a digital display showing the setting and time left on your wash cycle. There is a rinse aid warning light to warn you when the rinse aid dispenser needs to be refilled and a delayed start function to help you time the duration of your wash.
The EdgeStar DWP62BL’s low profile and ease of installation make it a versatile appliance wherever you’re short on space.
EdgeStar DWP62BL: How big is it?
- Depth: 19.6 inches
- Height: 17.3 inches
- Width: 21.6 inches
When it comes to capacity, the EdgeStar DWP62BL can accommodate six standard place settings, plates roughly 10.5-inches in diameter, assorted cutlery in the included basket, and about five or six cups or mugs depending on size. Customers who have bought the EdgeStar DWP62BL have consistently expressed surprise at how spacious the dishwasher actually is, but when you consider the type of space and size of household such countertop dishwashers typically cater for, it’s not unreasonable to expect the machine to comfortably accommodate a day’s use of dishes and cutlery for a single person, couple or small family.
EdgeStar DWP62BL: How easy is it to install?
Another perk of countertop dishwashers like the EdgeStar DWP62BL is that few of them require the assistance of a qualified plumber to install. Indeed, most models, like the EdgeStar, simply need connecting to a faucet, allowing for a drain hose to reach the same faucet connection to drain, and the ability to connect to a power outlet.
The EdgeStar DWP62BL comes with a faucet adapter, quick connect, drain hose, and inlet hose, with simple-to-follow instructions to guide you, ensuring everything connects where it should. Unfortunately, whereas earlier models had the hoses connecting to the rear-right of the dishwasher for a longer reach to the faucet, the DWP62BL has them attached to the rear-middle, although the five-foot length should easily reach most faucets. Once you connect the hose to the hot water faucet and run the machine, an internal water heater boosts the temperature up to 149 degrees for a truly effective clean.
When choosing where to locate the EdgeStar DWP62BL in your home, the dimensions of the EdgeStar DWP62BL should offer enough flexibility to accommodate most countertops as it has been designed with common cabinetry and kitchen spaces in mind. If you intend to sit the machine beneath cabinetry, it’s important to consider that the minimum height clearance required to install your dishwasher on a surface with overhead cupboards is 17-¾ in.
EdgeStar DWP62BL: What’s good about it
Ultimately, the true test of any dishwasher, whether it’s full-size or countertop, is how well it cleans your dishes and cutlery. Happily, the EdgeStar achieves this with consistently excellent results, producing sparkling clean crockery, glassware, and cutlery whatever setting you use.
Even the most advanced, full-size dishwashers can fill your home with the unwelcome sound of washing cycles, especially if you happen to live in a small apartment. Fortunately though, the EdgeStar is – if not ‘whisper quiet’ – then certainly unobtrusive enough to comfortably ignore as it goes about its business restoring your dirty dishes to a squeaky shine. With a decibel rating of 52, only a little louder than the hum of your refrigerator, the EdgeStar is actually as quiet as our most quiet countertop dishwasher, the Magic Chef MCSCD6B5.
Just as impressive are the dishwasher’s eco credentials, with its Energy Star certificate and economical use of water and electricity. It’s rated as using only 200kw a year, which should allay any fears that some users might have about running the appliance on a daily basis – if not twice-daily – all year round.
EdgeStar DWP62BL: What’s not so good
While the build quality of the EdgeStar is generally excellent, there are some components that a few customers have reported to be quite flimsy and easy to break. In particular, the cutlery basket has been reported by some users to become quite brittle after long-term use, but replacement components are available from edgestar.com and from other retailers.
Unfortunately, the machine does not have a drying function, which is typical for many portable dishwashers but a common feature of full-size dishwashers. Using good rinse aid and allowing your dishes to air-dry a little with the door ajar after completing a cycle can help though.
Like most countertop dishwashers, with the honorable exception of the Farberware FDW05ASBWHA, the EdgeStar does not have its own water tank which means you can only connect the machine to the faucet, limiting your choice of where to locate the machine.
While the EdgeStar is built for most regular dishes, anything larger or irregularly shaped such as a colander or carafe or large saucepan is likely to swallow up much of the capacity or force you to go ‘old-school’ and wash by hand.
Looks-wise, the EdgeStar is… fine, if a little on the utilitarian side. It’s certainly not as attractive as the smart-looking Black + Decker BCD6W but will still look at home in most kitchens and with a choice of three colors available, you can choose a style that best suits your kitchen area.
Finally, a year’s warranty and 90 days labor is rather limited for a product that most would use on a daily basis, unlike the hOmeLabs Compact Countertop that we reviewed that offers two years.
EdgeStar DWP62BL: User reviews
The EdgeStar DWP62BL scores highly on Amazon with over 73% of reviewers awarding the machine five stars. A handful of customers complained that the unit would not connect to their faucets, as the machine is only compatible with standard ⅞ inch faucets. Quite a few reported on the fragility of some of the smaller components such as the cutlery basket.
“I am very, very happy with this purchase! Anyone that is thinking about getting a tabletop dishwasher I strongly recommend this one!” Amazon Customer
Overall, though, the overwhelming majority of buyers reported their satisfaction with the EdgeStar’s compact size, range of settings, low noise and cleaning performance. This machine proves especially popular among self-described singles and small families, as well as those living in smaller accommodation, who appreciate the machine’s surprisingly large capacity and convenience.
Should you buy the EdgeStar DWP62BL countertop dishwasher?
The EdgeStar DWP62BL is easy to recommend thanks to its simple installation, wide range of features, cleaning performance and compact profile. It’s also one of the more affordable countertop dishwashers we’ve reviewed, which when you consider that it’s also among the quietest and eco-friendly machines out there, makes the EdgeStar a fantastic all-rounder, let down only slightly by a shorter-than-we’d-like warranty period and a flimsy cutlery basket.