- Dishwasher: why go mini?
- Mini dishwashers: how do they work?
- What consider before buying a compact dishwasher
Klarstein dishwashers: compact cleaning aid for your household
Most of us would opt for the classic built-in dishwasher if only we had some extra space in the kitchen. However, if you have to deal with size, compact table-top dishwashers are a great alternative, as they are the smallest model available on the market. Are you also struggling with limited space in your kitchen, but don't want to give up the advantages of a compact dishwasher? In this case, you can rely on Klarstein’s compact dishwashers. Our appliances are available as a mini, tabletop and freestanding dishwasher and, thanks to their reduced size, you can easily take them anywhere you want.
Take a look at our product gallery, and get inspired by our selection of mini dishwashers and tabletop dishwashers, designed for the needs of modern small households. With their attractive design, compact size and outstanding performance, our dishwashers fit perfectly into the smallest of kitchen spaces, providing a thorough clean of your dishes and reduced energy consumption thanks to their high efficiency. Read on to find out more about the features you need to consider before your purchase, and once you know what you need, buy easily online, with no shipping costs and a 60-day return policy.
Dishwasher: why go mini?
As for ovens and mini ovens, the question then arises: why buy a mini dishwasher when you could choose a standard-size dishwasher? Let's start with one thing: today's society today is different from just a few decades ago. The number of single people and childless couples is definitely on the rise, and there are fewer and fewer large families. Also, flats seem to be getting smaller and smaller, with kitchenettes replacing traditional kitchens. In short: the space we have available is limited, the design of our homes has changed, and the needs of singles and couples are not the same as those of large families. Small dishwashers are a child of our times, and they are perfect for:
- small kitchens
- rental flats, as they do not require any additional installation work or costs
- single people
- young couples, small families and students
- kitchens without dishwasher connections
- mobile homes and caravans
Buying a mini dishwasher also means not wasting time on household chores, which are always tiring and boring. Paradoxically, it would seem that using this small appliance requires less water than washing dishes by hand. What's more, some models can sanitise what you insert into the dishwasher compartment, which is not the case with traditional dishwashing systems.
Mini dishwashers: how do they work?
Modern mini dishwashers work in precisely the same way as a traditional dishwasher. In this case, too, there’s an electric motor which, although a little less powerful than standard dishwashers, drives a water pump and in this case, also the same motor sets the basket and paddles in motion.
The water jet coming out of the nozzles and the soap dissolved in it do the rest. All the dirt accumulated during the washing process is conveyed into a pipe and then expelled from the machine. Two things must be made clear at this point: first, the dishwasher, even if it is a mini version, can use hot water if necessary, as inside the appliance there are electrical resistances that allow the water to reach temperatures between 55° and 65°C.
Secondly, it should be noted that the basket and paddles always move very slowly so as not to break the dishes. In addition, particularly delicate dishes and glasses can be washed in a separate compartment. It is not difficult to imagine that this compartment moves even more slowly than the other racks.
Our selection of mini and tabletop dishwashers
Choosing a mini dishwasher may not be easy, especially if you're not very knowledgeable on the subject. There are so many options on the market, and it's not always easy to find the one that best suits your needs. What are the main variants of dishwasher for sale at Klarstein?
Let's start with tabletop dishwashers. We also refer to these mini dishwashers as free-standing dishwashers or portable dishwashers. This variant is by far the easiest, and it is suitable for people who only wash a few dishes at a time, sporadically and possibly not always in their own home. It can be placed on the floor or on the kitchen worktop, depending on your preferences. Finally, this type of dishwasher generally has a very attractive design.
On the other hand, our miniature under-sink dishwashers can be placed directly under the sink. They save space by simply being connected to the sink's drains and because they can be perfectly fitted into a small to medium-sized wall units, allowing you to make full use of what are traditionally dead spaces in the kitchen. Then there is the built-in mini dishwasher. Once again, this is an ultra-compact appliance, so much so that it can be housed in any kitchen wall unit.
As well as by installation method, our mini dishwashers can also be classified by the number of place settings they accept. Each place setting consists of a flat plate and a soup plate, a glass, one piece of cutlery of each type, a saucer and a coffee cup. If you want to base your choice on the number of place settings, consider variables such as the number of regular users and the number of meals regularly consumed in the home. Only go for large models if you are used to cooking particularly complex dishes that require the use of several pots and pans. Otherwise, a 4-place setting dishwasher is suitable for a small family.
What consider before buying a compact dishwasher
- Dimensions: a compact dishwasher is so because it is small. This means that such appliances can clean 4, 6, 8 or 10 place settings at the most. The dimensions of these machines are usually 55 centimetres wide, 50 centimetres deep and 40/45 centimetres high. They occupy approximately the same space as a large microwave but before the purchase, make sure you have taken the measurements, not only of the worktop but especially of the distance between it and any wall units.
- Design: our mini dishwashers feature a simple, yet pleasing design, which is decidedly modern but can also be adapted to more classic furnishings. From this point of view, we suggest you always opt for the more sober models and neutral colours, unless your kitchen is furnished in such a way as to be enlivened by small, lively splashes of colour.
- Consumption: when buying a dishwasher, you should also consider how much it will cost to run it. You should choose all models with an energy consumption class of "A" or higher and equipped with ECO functionality, considering water consumption as well.: the best products do not require more than 7 litres per wash cycle. Some models feature special sensors that detect the level of dirt on the dishes and adjust water and electricity consumption accordingly. Finally, beware of using special programmes that require a certain amount of energy: they are there for you and represent a strong temptation at certain times, but you should only select them if they are indispensable.
- Number of programmes: not all dishes get dirty in the same way. It's one thing to wash a plate used to put a slice of pizza on, and quite another to clean the pan in which you cooked lasagne in the oven. For this very reason, a dishwasher should offer a choice of different programmes and functions, even if it is a mini one. But we're not just talking about dirt. Thanks to soundproof panels and more modern motors, noise emissions are quite lower than traditional dishwashers, which can emit as many as 70 decibels, making it impossible to use it at night or in the presence of very young children. Other useful functions are the delayed start or the warning light for adding salt. Some small dishwashers also have a safety lock and automatic switch-off. In some cases, you will even find a rinse aid function and a drying function.
- Materials: nowadays dishwashers are manufactured using only stainless steel for the washing compartment. This material withstands high temperatures very well, can be soundproofed and shows no signs of failure even after several washes. If you think that the old-generation dishwashers had enamelled interiors and were therefore always exposed to the risk of erosion and chipping, we have made a quantum leap forward. Beware of interior housings made of plastic: these are very common, but not exactly advisable. A certain amount of heat can develop inside when washing. PVC, at high temperatures at least, releases harmful substances into the environment: BPA. It is therefore always better to opt for good old stainless steel.
- Connections: whether large or small, a dishwasher needs pipes that feed water into the appliance and other hoses that act as drains. Before buying the appliance under consideration here, it is, therefore, advisable to check the type of connections you have at home and their exact location in the kitchen.