REVIEW: Comfee Countertop Dishwasher Mini Plus (6L)
A little over a month ago I posted to TriniGourmet’s Facebook and Instagram that I was seriously considering getting a countertop dishwasher to lighten my post-stream cleanup load and ease my mother and myself overall.
I had no idea that countertop dishwashers existed until about a year ago when I became obsessed with watching “small apartment living hacks” on YouTube and saw one in action. A dishwasher that could fit on a countertop? Needed no special plumbing hookup? Could be set on a timer? Dries? Sanitizes? It sounded much too good to be true!
I spent a few months perusing reviews off and on and finally decided that I would take the leap. I had grown up hearing horror stories about dishwashers in the Eighties and Nineties. They were cumbersome. Didn’t clean well. Ended up just being used for dish storage. Wasted kitchen space. I had definitely never thought that I would be in the market for one!
After deciding that I would get the same model that I had initially seen in that initial video, the Comfee Countertop Dishwasher, it was just to wait on a good sale.
Although financial commitments delayed me from getting the Comfee Countertop Dishwasher earlier this year, last month, thanks to online support from my Twitch community, I was finally able to put in the order during Amazon’s “Black Friday” promotions.
Now it was just to wait on its arrival and to start putting it to the test!
While I waited on it to arrive I used the listed online dimensions to try to figure out where it would best fit in our small condo kitchen space. I also started looking into dishwasher tablet options (severely limited here in Trinidad as dishwashers are still relatively rare). When it finally arrived I couldn’t wait to use it!
I can happily say that I have now used the Comfee Countertop Dishwasher daily (sometimes twice in a day) since its arrival, and that after a month I feel that I can now share a fully informed review. It has definitely helped mom and me immensely, especially over Christmas week when we both had a cold. However even before that it had proved its worth, cleaning and effortlessly bringing renewed shine to the little nooks and crannies of kitchen utensils that we had long struggled to access with brushes and brillo pads. It even gradually restored bright whiteness to decades-old dulled teacups and plastics.
It took me a while to learn how best to pack the unit, but now that I have I have no problem loading all the dishes, cutlery, glasses and even small pans that are left behind at the end of the day. On unusually heavy days I do still hand-wash some larger items at the end of the day to free up space. This isn’t much of an issue as it doesn’t happen often but that definitely is the result of our household being a 2-person one. I definitely would not recommend it for use in households larger than this.
Although I haven’t used the Comfee Countertop Dishwasher on-stream yet I have no doubt now that it will be the effective assistant and time-saver that I had hoped it would. My plan is to use the “short” 40-minute Rapid Cycle at those times, even though it means I will have to manually lay items out to air-dry. At the end of the stream, I can use whatever is still outstanding in the regular 2h 10m “Normal Cycle” which also sanitizes and dries.
This unit, the Comfee Countertop Dishwasher, definitely rates a solid 4 out of 5 stars.
• Water-efficient (although 6L may seem like a lot it’s actually 1/3 of what would be used on average if washing the dishes convetionally)
• Energy-efficient (there has been no impact on my utility bill)
• Delay Timer (I regularly load the dishwasher at around 8pm and set it to begin around 6 a.m.)
• Sanitizes & Dries (on Normal Cycle)
• Ideal for 1 or 2-person households
• Doesn’t require dishwasher salt (not available readily locally)
Current Dishwasher Detergent Preferences
- Finish Quantum – the Comfee Countertop Dishwasher comes with 2 samples of this detergent, and it is, in my limited trials, the far away winner of the bunch. Although it is available locally, it is definitely much more cost-efficient to order online in an 82-count pack.
- Waitrose – in terms of balancing cost and cleaning effectiveness this detergent was my favorite all-rounder. Being British it effectively tackles tea stains (we drink tea daily), rinses cleanly and polishes glass and stainless steel brilliantly.
- Cascade Original – The most cost-effective option locally, but also the least effective in terms of cleaning power. It also doesn’t rinse/dry cleanly. I currently only use this one when running the unit in Rapid Cycle.
• Not meant for households with more than 2 occupants
• (For Trinidad) Bulk dishwasher tablet packages are best purchased online for cost-efficiency
• Long “normal cycle” makes running multiple loads impractical if you are in a rush (FYI: the shorter 40 minute Rapid Cycle doesn’t dry)
• Factor in that you will also have to manually refill the water tank if running multiple loads (if you don’t/are unable to use the faucet converter)
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