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Table-top dishwasher installation

Updated February 21, 2017

If you do not have an allotted space for a dishwasher in your home, you are not condemned to an eternity of hand-washing your dishes. Instead, consider using a tabletop dishwasher. These dishwashers sit conveniently on your worktop or a nearby table and wash your dishes using water from your kitchen tap. They are portable, and can be packed away when not in use. All you need is a nearby electrical socket and a kitchen tap to utilise this appliance.

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  1. Place your dishwasher as close to the kitchen sink as possible. Ideally, locate it on the worktop or nearby tabletop.

  2. Unscrew the tap aerator from your kitchen tap with channellock pliers. Screw on the sink adaptor that came with your tabletop dishwasher kit.

  3. Uncoil the dishwasher drain hose and run it to the sink. Orient the outlet so that the water drains into the sink and does not run elsewhere.

  4. Plug the dishwasher into an electric socket nearest the sink. The circuit should be rated for at least 15 amps.

  5. Tip

    Tabletop dishwashers drain with a gravity drain system. The drain hose needs to be positioned above the actual drain on the dishwasher to function properly.


    Bent hoses may cause the dishwasher to drain ineffectively. Your dishwasher may stop mid cycle.

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Things You'll Need

  • Channellocks

About the Author

Elizabeth Knoll
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