If a built-in dishwasher is out of the question, but you want something close to full-size, reviewers say you won't go wrong with the Kenmore 14652 portable dishwasher. It's super easy to use, just hook it up to your faucet and start it -- dishes come out sparkling clean, too. It features a stainless-steel tub which helps drying performance. This small dishwasher rolls around smoothly on its four caster wheels.
Big performance in a small package. Reviewed.com's Johnny Yu calls the Kenmore 14652 portable dishwasher a "small wonder." In testing, even with the dishwasher fully loaded, most items came out very clean. The only area in which this Kenmore portable struggled was with items loaded in the very back of the upper rack. However, Yu says that redeposit, which is when food particles are removed from one dish but settle on another, was virtually non-existent. Yu ultimately awards the Kenmore 14652 an Editors' Choice and Best of Year, with a total overall score of 7.4 out of 10. Kenmore dishwashers are only available at Sears, and at Sears.com, most owners give the 14652 kudos for its great performance, saying it does well both in washing and drying. Several note that it does well even when the dishwasher is overloaded; although others say if they're careful not to overload it, it really gets things sparkling clean.
Very simple design. The Kenmore 14652 portable dishwasher is super easy to use, say reviewers. "You literally plug it in, screw it onto the faucet, turn the faucet on, and wash dishes," writes Yu. Owners are similarly pleased, and we don't see the complaints here we do with other dishwashers that hook up to the sink about wrong-sized faucet connectors or fiddly attachments. It rolls very smoothing on its casters, users note, and stores away nicely when not in use -- if you have a separate space to store it, that is. There are no customizable options for loading, merely an upper shelf rack, a lower rack and a silverware holder with dividers. Kenmore says the 14652 holds up to eight place settings, Yu says it's closer to six.
Typical for a portable dishwasher. At 59 dBA the Kenmore 14652 isn't the quietest around, but that's pretty standard for portable dishwashers, and we saw very few complaints of it being particularly loud. While Yu points out that the stainless steel interior helps dampen sound, he also says they could definitely hear this portable dishwasher when it was running. A few reviewers concur, saying that you can hear the water whooshing around, both in the dishwasher and into the sink, but none say it's particularly irritating or distracting, either.
An unremarkable-looking appliance. Only the interior on the Kenmore 14652 is stainless steel, there's no option for a stainless exterior. However, it does come in two colors. The 14562 is white, the otherwise identical Kenmore 14659 (Est. $710) comes in black. Those who have the space to tuck this portable dishwasher away when not in use don't really care what it looks like, those who don't say having it sitting around is not particularly attractive, but it's worth it for the convenience. We saw a few durability complaints, but not many over the total number of owner reviews we evaluated. The 14652 is Energy Star certified and its estimated annual energy costs are $30. However, as we see with all small dishwashers, owners aren't thrilled to be paying the same price (or more) than that of a full-sized built-in for a small, portable unit, but once they bite the bullet and make the purchase, many say they wish they had done so sooner.
Johnny Yu takes a close look at the Kenmore 14652, giving it two awards: Best of Year and Editors' Choice, as well as a score of 7.4. He says this "small wonder" cleans as well as some full-sized machines. He also praises its simple, yet effective, operation.
Sears.com is the exclusive retailer for Kenmore appliances. There, in around 30 reviews, the white Kenmore 14652 earns an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5. The black Kenmore 14659 has a bit more feedback, nearly 40 reviews, and earns the same rating.