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Danby Portable Dishwasher DDW1805W

The Danby portable 18 inch dishwasher is perfect if your short on space but you still need a quality dishwasher. This Danby portable 18 inch dishwasher rolls easily on caster wheels and comes complete with a quick connect adaptor to hook up to your sink- and it drains to your sink too. The caster wheels and faucet adapter allow you to store this portable 18 inch dishwasher out of the way and roll it to your sink when you need to run a load.
Dishwasher Type: Portable
Control Type: Push Button · Rotary Dial
Number of Wash Cycles: 7 Cycles
Place Settings: 8
Sound Insulation: With Sound Insulation
Other Features
Noise Level: 55 DB
Anti Flooding Device: With Anti Flooding Device
Door Integration: Semi Integrated
Adjustable Rack Height: With Adjustable Rack Height
Performance Features
ENERGY STAR Qualification: Yes
Dimensions
Depth: 26 in.
Height: 35.75 in.
Width: 17.75 in.

“The Danby DDW1805W replaced a Haier countertop dishwasher I’ve owned for 5 years.  My main reason for wanting a larger dishwasher was to be able to wash larger pots and pans which would not fit in the countertop unit.  My small kitchen would need to be remodeled in order to install a built-in dishwasher, so the Danby DDW1805W is the perfect solution.

Appearance:
The unit only comes in white, stands counter height, and rolls on four casters.  One excellent feature is that the top of the unit is a countertop, so it doubles as a meal prep surface if it’s stored next to your counter or stove.  The power cord and hoses fit nicely into storage slots at the back of the unit, allowing you to store it flat against a wall.

The size is 2/3 as large as a full-size dishwasher in width, but the height and depth are the same as larger units, which means you can fit a lot of stuff in this machine.  When it’s next to my stove, it’s the same depth and height.

The controls are located on the door of the unit.  There’s a rotary dial to select cycles, a rinse aid and softening salt light, a rapid button, a plus button, and a power button.  I actually prefer the simple mechanical style of the controls to the more fancy electronic controls.

The interior is stainless steel, and it looks fantastic, just like higher-end full sized units.  The top rack is adjustable so that you can fit taller items, but I’ve never had to lower it for anything I own.  It’s a great feature for people who have taller glasses.

The bottom rack has some really great features.  For one, it comes with a silverware basket instead of having one of those in-door silverware trays which never really get things clean.  The best feature of the lower rack is that two rows of tines fold completely flat so that you can fit larger pots and pans when you need to.  This is exactly the reason I bought this unit.

There are two spray arms and even a stationary sprayer at the top of the interior.  The detergent cup fills like a regular dishwasher and then snaps closed.  There is a compartment for rinse-aid, which really helps with drying.  At the bottom of the interior there’s a three-stage food filter, and a slot to fill up with softening salt if you have really hard water.  I don’t use the salt, and everything comes out spot free.

Everything inside and out is just really well designed.  All the details like the countertop, folding tines, and multiple spray points make this an awesome dishwasher that cleans just as well as more expensive built-in units.

Installation:
The Danby 1805 is truly portable, and it’s designed wonderfully in that regard.  The best feature is the ability to store the hoses and power cord in their own slots in the back of the unit.  Other portables do not have this feature, leaving you to stuff hoses into the washing tub when not in use.

When I’m ready to do dishes, I wheel the Danby over to the sink, snap the water hoses onto the sink with the built-in snap-on connector, plug it in, and turn it on.  The unit comes with a new aerator for your faucet that simply screws on and allows you to snap the hoses on and off each time you use the dishwasher.

The connector even has a pressure release valve that you press after you turn off the hot water, and it releases any remaining pressure so that it’s easy and splash free when you disconnect it.  It’s all made of plastic, so I’m careful when I connect/disconnect to avoid losing the ball bearing in the unit.

Cycles and Cleaning Performance:
There are 7 separate cycles: Heavy, Normal, Economy, Glassware, Rinse and Hold, Quick Cycle, Warming.

In order to use the Heavy cycle, you select the normal cylce and hit the Plus button.  This raises the rinse temperature and basically works as a sanitary wash; a great cycle for really dirty pots and pans.

The Glassware cycle runs at a lower temperature and is great for delicate wine glasses.  If you press the Rapid button with this cycle, it’s even shorter (about 30 minutes), and it’s a great option for lightly soiled, delicate glassware.

Most of the time, I use the Economy cycle (1.5 hours) or the Normal cycle (2 hours).  Though the cycles do take a while, everything comes out sparkling clean.  Like any dishwasher, drying performance is so-so.  Silverware and plates come out completely dry, but plastic items, and anything with a lip on the bottom (coffee cups) comes out with a puddle on top.

Overall:
I love this dishwasher.  It’s well designed and cleans better than some full-sized units I’ve used.  When I entertain (weekly), this machine saves me the stress of having to wash all the dishes and pots and pans that are generated.  I’ve served 10 people and washed everything in one load.”

“My old apartment had a Magic Chef dishwasher built-in, and I got so very accustomed to it. I moved in August, and while I love my new place, having no dishwasher was rather depressing, what with how much I cook. Armed with reviews from epinions.com, I convinced my landlord to go half with me on the Danby. Good move. I found it for sale at my local appliance store, which turned out to be just as inexpensive as the best online deals if you count shipping, plus the online stores only deliver to the curb.

It holds only 2/3 as much as a full size, but the interior is well layed out so that it’s possible to artfully load up a setting for 4 to 6, with room for small cookware. Much to my amazement, the cleaning quality is MUCH BETTER than the full size Magic Chef I used at my old place, and that appliance was also brand new when I moved in. Cleaning ability improved even more dramatically when I added a rinse agent (JetDry). I don’t even bother with the optional water softener, since everything comes out so clean and spotless anyway.

I had one snafu early on: after one use, the drain pump wouldn’t stop running and the dishwasher refused to begin a new wash cycle. After much frustrating troubleshooting, I figured out how to manually drain the pan (it’s a little rubber stopper behind the plastic fascia along the bottom front). Voila, fixed. I realized that my kitchen floor isn’t completely level, so I’ve learned to arrange the appliance in such a way so the rinse water drains fully, and it hasn’t been a problem since.

I called the Danby customer service number and they were very helpful and professional, without the usual hassles I’ve experienced with other corporate customer support calls. They seem like a well-run company.

A minor quibble: the top rack lacks spindles to keep tall glasses from tipping or crashing into one another, so be careful with your crystal or your favorite collectible Snoopy glass. Which you’d never load into a dishwasher anyway, right? As others have stated, the complete cycle is quite long (well over an hour, almost two), but since it ties up the sink anyway I just start it up right before bed and let it go. Thankfully, the machine’s pretty quiet; not the quietest, but much better than that Magic Chef. It’s nice to wake up to sparkling clean dishes.

Overall, a tremendous value and a great purchase this is a must for the best dishwasher title.”

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Danby Countertop Dishwasher DDW396 22 in.

The Danby DDW396W Portable Countertop Dishwasher offers you the convenience of automatically washing up to four place settings on your countertop – with less water than you would probably use if you were to wash the dishes by hand and with no permanent installation. At 17 high, this countertop drawer dishwasher is low enough to fit under most cabinets, and the included quick connect faucet adapter makes hookup to almost any faucet a breeze. Plus, this dishwasher boasts a stainless steel interior, a powerful spray arm, a dishrack that is convertible to handle anything from dishes to glasses, an automatic soap dispenser (for a second wash cycle), a rinse aid dispenser, and it accepts plates up to 11 in diameter!
Dishwasher Type: Portable
Control Type: Push Button · Rotary Dial
Number of Wash Cycles: 3 Cycles
Place Settings: 4
Other Features
Door Integration: Semi Integrated
Dimensions
Depth: 22.5 in.
Height: 17 in.
Width: 22.5 in.

“It was my turn to do dishes. I really HATE washing dishes. Especially living with 2 roommates they tend to pile up quick. Just my luck, every dish in the house was dirty. I remembered seeing a tiny dishwasher at Wal-Mart, and without a second thought, I dug into savings to get one of them, and I will never regret it. I love this machine. And for $250,(less than $199 in the US) I felt I couldn’t go wrong!

Unpacking the unit was the hardest part of the installation. It came well protected inside the box with foam and wood crating. Once I got it out of that darn box (not very easy done by one person) it was pretty much a matter of screwing on the pair of hoses included and it was good to go. It came with everything needed to run it right out of the box. It even came with a sample pouch of cascade that lasted about two weeks and a small sampler of rinse agent, which lasted well over a month. I changed the aerator attachment on my tap to the one included with the unit. It fits both male and female threading on the faucet.

The Quick Connect adapter snaps effortlessly onto your tap, and drains directly from the adapter, not a hose hooked onto the sink’s edge like other makes. Unlike the Haier units, this one drains fine no matter how much it is below the sink level. It is powerful enough to get all the water out even when set on the floor!

Taking A Closer Look

The machine itself is much more attractive than model DDW399 &W, the model most reviewed. It has the same features, shape and size, except the door and control panel are much more modern looking on mine, and the the dispensers look different. My model has a dispenser for the second cycle, which the previous models do not. The rinse agent dispenser is on the door, not in the rear like before. The rack in mine is grey, and may have been improved over previous models with the chipping problem. I’ll update on that later.

To those who have never saw this dishwasher, it looks like a great big microwave oven. Unlike an oven that size, I can easily lift the dishwasher by myself. The window is kind of pointless, because it is so tinted you can only see the spraying of soapy water on it… though I wouldn’t want the model without the window. It just looks better with it. Save a couple bucks without the window if you want.

The machine’s beautiful and durable Stainless Steel Tub and interior is surprisingly large and has a single, quite powerful Spray Arm, also made of Stainless for extra durability. That’s compared to other makes of Countertop Dishwashers where the interior and tub are made of white plastic. Should the spray arm fail, Danby will send you one for free within the 1-year Parts Warranty period. If it fails past the warranty, it’s around twenty dollars to replace. Along with the instruction manual, which is clear and well written I might add, is a Service Depot Directory. I found 2 depots in my town where I can get qualified repairs made to this sort of dishwasher. Thousands of other places from all over are listed as well.

The dishwasher stands 17 inches high and fits under most cupboards. It has nice little rubber feet that won’t scratch the countertop and the rear base is indented, to allow the hoses to run behind with the unit pushed flush against the wall. My counters aren’t deep enough for this machine (early 1900′s kitchen), and the counter at the time was covered in dishes anyhow, so I decided to put the unit on a rolling cart. The cart has a much smaller footprint than a full size portable. That and the low price, in case you’re wondering why I didn’t just go full size. I decided to get to work immediately. I loaded it up, snapped the quick-connect adapter onto the tap, cranked the hot water and set it on.

Using the Machine

The controls are extremely simple, with a 3 cycle selector dial, on/off button and a Sani button. Turn the dial to the cycle you want to use and push “on”. Push “Sani” on or off anytime you need that temperature boost. Anyone can figure it out.

Now, I read in some reviews that this thing was noisy. Not really. You hear a wooshing SOUND and a gentle whirr when it’s running, but no real noise. Perhaps this model was improved in that sense. It sounded no noisier than my microwave, also a Danby. I also braced myself for some leakage, but it’s nicely sealed with a soft rubber ring.

You can open the door to add dishes if needed. The machine stops automatically and not a drop of water will leak out.

I damaged my seal slightly within the first week by putting knife blades up in the cutlery basket. I still have no leakage, but be sure to watch sharp objects passing by the rubber seal. It is possible to get a replacement seal form Danby, and it is super easy to put on; the old one just pulls off and you push the new one into the groove.

At the end of the full 45-min cycle, I opened the door to find the dishes 100% clean and spotless! I was doubtful that it would get these particular dishes clean, for they had been sitting on the counter for two days waiting for me. 3 loads later and I had washed every item. Even all pots & pans, which were nasty, came out clean. I found that when washing cookware and stuck on dirt, you have to use the Sani-Wash function to get desirable results.

I was curious how much water this thing must use to get the dishes this clean. So I plugged the sink and ran the dishwasher through a cycle, including the pre-rinse. In the end, the sink was not even filled to the half way point! I would use up 3 or 4 times that much water washing and rinsing by hand.

In Sani mode, the 1200W heating element heats the water to 160 degrees to dissolve that tough gunk and is also good for sanitizing.

Don’t use too much detergent or it won’t rinse effectively. It’s tempting to use the full suggested amount, but just a couple teaspoons of Cascade did a world of wonders.

If you’re going to wash dishes right after a meal, you don’t even have to use the full wash. I use the short wash and get phenomenal results in less time. It would probably extend the life of the machine, too, which I read in other reviews is relatively short for a dishwasher.

Out of the 3 main cycles, I never use the pre-rinse cycle. I feel it’s pointless unless you have a lot of solid food waste on your dishes or they actually do need soaking.

Capacity and Other Stuff

The cavity really can hold up to 4 place settings! I have a set of Corelle dishes, which includes 4 of everything, but my glasses wouldn’t fit on that stupid folding cup rack. It fits standard mugs just fine however. The whole Corelle set fits with ease. Cookware must be washed separate, but that’s fine with me. You have to be creative with the placing of dishes to get the most out of the sprayer. I aim dishes toward the centre of the machine. I managed to fit a very large pot, large frying pan, saute pan and small saucepan in all at once along with all of the cooking and serving utensils… Rendered squeaky clean.

An advantage to this machine over the Haier and Equator is that there’s no upper sprayer arm for your dishes to get caught on. This creates an abundance of extra space inside, and the dishes come out just as clean without it.

If you have many glasses to wash, you can remove the inner dish rack and put 20-25 glasses in there. Glasses can be washed in the shortest time. I use only the rinse cycle when washing glasses.

The rinse cycle consists of a first rinse, which can also be used as a wash, and a second rinse with Temp Boost to speed up drying.

Dishes dry in just minutes with the door cracked when you use Jet-Dry in the Automatic Rinse Agent dispenser.

Everything is fine and Danby right now, but I will update this review if I have any problems with it. I have contacted Danby about the sprayer arm problem that others are having. They assured me they have designed a better spray arm mounting system for all new units exiting the factory, and should mine fail, would gladly send me the new one. They even gave me a phone number and address to an appliance repair shop who will order the part and install it for me on warranty.

Update… September 25, 2003

I was paranoid that the sprayer arm mounting would break, so I sent away for a replacement sprayer kit. It arrived in just under a week, I paid just under $20, including shipping, and it comes with a one year warranty. I had to pay because my original spray arm mount is still working fine, but now I have a replacement for when it does break.

Update… February 14, 2005

Well, it’s been well over a year and the dishwasher is still working as good as the day it I got it. I never had to replace any parts after all. I do think, howerver, that it would have self destructed if I didn’t regularly clean the lint out of the pump intake located under the food strainer. It started to sound a little sluggish when this was full of lint, which is why some machines self destructed. I think it will last much longer still.

Update… August 9, 2005

Well, it’s happened. After 2 years of pretty heavy use, the plastic window in the door has brok off, spilling water all over the kitchen floor! I went and bought a tube of high heat silicone and glued it back into place, and we’re back on dry ground. Still works great, still gets those dishes clean, and no other noticeable wear and tear is present. The dish rack has not chipped or rusted at all. Even the stainless steel interior is still pristine and new in appearance. I’m confident it will last a few years yet.”

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