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    Published on October 5th, 2012 | by Greg


    Danby Counter-top Dishwasher: Compact Cleaning

    Living in New York City has plenty of advantages- but one of the downsides is that many apartments don’t come with a dishwasher. Often, there isn’t enough space, but even in the rare instance where there is, renters don’t want to shell out lots of money. That’s why we suggest looking for alternatives- and we don’t just mean eating out at restaurants every night.

    We’ve seen a couple of smaller dishwashers before, called countertop models. The Danby DDW611WLED is larger than some, able to fit six place settings, and uses less water than most dishwashers could dream of- under four gallons during a normal cycle. We often set it to the heavier setting, but there are also four others to choose from (light, speed, soak, and a gentler one for glass). Bigger dishwashers might do a better job- especially of drying or rinsing- but this one works more than acceptably for regular use.

    Setup on these isn’t bad- you have to connect to your kitchen tap, via the included hose and threaded connector, and make sure that your water is set to the hottest setting. If it isn’t, or if your water is not scalding hot out of the tap, this model can’t adjust the temperature, which means that your dishes might not get quite as spotless. It can be a bit of a puzzle to figure out how to fit everything in (we’ve actually attached a picture from the manual above to give you a clue), but that’s the price you pay for a compact model that can actually fit under most countertops. It’s pretty heavy though- about fifty pounds- so moving it regularly might not be advisable.

    Heavier loads take over an hour and a half, while even the speedy setting runs for 45 minutes. Again: speed is not the primary function advantage. The unit is also fairly load, though certainly no worse than most other dishwashers that we’ve used. The filter is pretty easy to clean, and doesn’t need to be checked regularly, and it is critical that any countertop dishwasher is level. We liked the look and feel of this one, and at $229 or so, it’s a decent bargain for a unit that works pretty well and manages to fit a whole lot of space into a small unit. Perfect for apartment dwellers and students, the Danby Counter-top Dishwasher is available online and in stores.

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    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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