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hOmeLabs Compact Countertop Dishwasher review

The hOmeLabs Compact Dishwasher offers full-size cleaning power to halve the time you spend in the kitchen.

hOmeLabs Compact Countertop Dishwasher review
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Our Verdict

We’re impressed with this fully featured model that has all the perks of a standard appliance, however, the price tag might not suit everybody.

For

  • Takes six settings
  • Reliable

Against

  • Quite expensive
  • No water tank

The hOmeLabs Compact Countertop Dishwasher is a neat-looking appliance that has enough extras to make sure it quickly becomes an indispensable part of your kitchen setup, earning it a place as one of our best countertop dishwashers. This model is also quiet in operation, so while it needs to be placed near your sink and connected to the faucet, you will barely notice it is there.

It includes several convenient features such as a delay start button and glassware program, plus it has a cutlery basket and cup shelf too. We take a closer look at what else the hOmeLabs Compact Countertop has to offer or find alternative options in our best countertop dishwashers guide. 

hOmeLabs Compact Countertop Dishwasher review: Features 

The hOmeLabs’ Compact Countertop dishwasher provides six wash-cycle options – Heavy, Normal, Eco, Glass, Speed, and Rinse. There is also a delay button if you need to postpone a cycle to start at a time that’s more convenient for you. These are excellent features to rival even full sized dishwashers.

This appliance is roomy enough to accommodate six place settings, which is ideal for one- or two-people households. When it comes to everyday items such as cups and plates, the dishwasher can pack a lot in. And if you really wanted to get detailed about it, there’s a handy illustration in the manual that shows how to best place your plates, bowls, and cutlery inside. It’s easy enough to fit in average-sized pots and pans too, but this will obviously compromise how much else you can fit in.

This appliance comes with a handy filter, which comprises of a main filter, a fine filter, and a coarse filter to make sure things stay working well. There are simple instructions included with the dishwasher on how to clean and maintain the filter.

When it comes to cleaning, the dual-action spray arm releases plenty of even coverage for the water to thoroughly wash your dishes, and these can also be removed for cleaning.

hOmeLabs Compact Countertop Dishwasher review: Design  

The aesthetic design of the hOmeLabs’ Compact Countertop dishwasher is contemporary and attractive with a neat white finish that should nicely blend into any kitchen without too much fuss. Inside the appliance, you’ll find similar features as you would in a full-sized dishwasher with a silverware basket and cup shelf included.

The control panel is easy to use with simple push-button controls and settings that are clear to read on the sleek digital display just above the handle. Here you’ll also find an indicator that lets you know when the machine is out of rinse aid.

There is no tank with this model, so you will need to place it near your kitchen sink, or it can also be connected to your water mains, using a new hose. This latter option is ideal if you are looking to tuck this small appliance neatly into your kitchen. If you would prefer a model with a tank, check out the Farberware FDW05ASBWHA.

Connecting to your faucet is easy enough with a quick-connect kit providing everything you need including inlet and drain hose, and faucet adapters. The connector is compatible with round-shaped faucet outlets that have removable aerators, and male or female threads underneath. 

hOmeLabs Compact Countertop Dishwasher review

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hOmeLabs Compact Countertop Dishwasher review: Performance & efficiency 

The Heavy cycle on the hOmeLabs’ Compact Countertop dishwasher will easily leave a dirty pan spotless. This cycle uses the most energy and water, with 0.49 kWh of electricity and 12.5 liters per wash. Meanwhile, a Normal wash uses 0.36 kWh of electricity and 10.8 liters of water. In terms of economy, the Eco cycle is next, then glass, then speed, and lowest is the quick 24-minute Rinse cycle, which only takes up 0.03 kWh of power and uses 4.3 liters of water.

hOmeLabs Compact Countertop Dishwasher review: User reviews 

On hOmeLabs’ own website the reviews for this appliance are glowing with comments such as, “This machine has changed my life. Simple to set up, it connected to my basic faucet with no issues. Almost silent while running. Dishes, utensils, and glasses come out spotless.” Many of the reviews for this appliance on the company’s website also come with pictures, which is handy for getting a sense of how it might fit into your own kitchen.

Reviews on Amazon also sing the praises of this stainless-steel dishwasher, backed up by the fact that 76% of its 1,800 ratings have five stars. However, some users do criticize the power of the water jets on this model. Others users suggest you’ll have to thoroughly rinse dishes before placing them inside this appliance. 

Should you buy the hOmeLabs’ Compact Countertop Dishwasher? 

Compared to other countertop dishwashers, the hOmeLabs’ Compact is relatively expensive, and you will be able to pick up dishwashers with similar features – such as the Magic Chef MCSCD6B5 – for considerably less, so it pays to look out for discounts. What you do get with the hOmeLabs’ Compact Countertop though is reliability, quality, and it looks great too.