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Discussion: Archives-View past discussions (Read-onl > Portable dishwashers - why no reviews?
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There isn't enough demand for those types of dishwashers to warrant doing any testing.

You'll also notice that there are hardly any reviews if any of bachelor sized portable dishwashers either. Quitre frankly, I'm surprised they are still made.
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Count me in as DISAPPOINTED IN CR that there is no mention of portable dishwashers, not even an acknowledgment they exist.

Since they are quite handy, a viable option to the homeowner and/or renter, and, in fact, still manufactured and sold alongside insert models - albeit much to Sue's surprise - and some models are the inserts-in-a-casing, how about a damn paragraph at least pointing us in the right direction?

I have to say, it has been about 50/50 on CR lately if I am going to find information that I need and seek. I suppose I can learn to rely on AMAZON reviews, which is free. That whole "you cant find it here anymore and have to buy into our Health site to find out" sticks in my craw pretty solidly. Can't see myself renewing.
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They don't rate them because that's not what most people buy. You can probably guess that a portable rating is the same as a that brand of built-in. Why would it be any different?
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I'm sorry but Kenmore/Whirlpool have some of the worst dishwashers ever. I don't know how they've gained so much market share. The last Whirlpool we had has forever left "dirt on my dishes".   I 've had a much better experience with Asko, Bosch, and even GE. Kenmore and Whirlpool dishwashers can take a hike. They're awful
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The problem is resources -- time, money and, most important, staff and space to test products with the scientific rigor and accuracy that everyone expects of Consumer Reports.  You just missed this year's October open house, but you're invited for next year to see for yourself how and where we do it (45” north of New York City), or you can get a glimpse right here:   

How we testHow we test appliances

 

As you can see from this conversation, a very difficult part of the testing operation is deciding what to test in the categories we cover.  Our staff of market researchers keeps close track of what's available nationwide and of the levels of consumer demand for each.  High sales volume puts a product high on the list, along with other considerations such as technical innovations, new features of real utility and value, and solid safety elements. A variety of price ranges and national availability are also considered.

 

Still, the demand for portable dishwashers is insufficient to push them over these barriers.  But people who need them really do and are increasingly impatient with us for passing them by.  New York City is a perfect environment for portables, with many people living in tight quarters compared with the rest of the country.  So some of our own Manhattanite employees push for testing them, too.

 

You may have heard about recent research showing that U.S. home size has been shrinking since 2007:   

"6/14/10 - The size of new single-family homes completed declined last year, dropping to a nationwide average of 2,438 square feet, according to detailed information about the characteristics of new homes completed in 2009 that was released recently by the Census Bureau.

 

After increasing continually for nearly three decades, the average size of single-family homes completed in the United States peaked at 2,521 square feet in 2007. It was essentially flat in 2008, then dropped in 2009, so that new single-family homes were almost 100 square feet smaller in 2009 than in 2007.”

Long-run, portables may come to rule the day.  But meantime, 2010 data on U.S. dishwasher sales from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers say "not yet."    

 

UNITS SOLD Jan-Aug 2010

DIshwashers, built-in:     3,710,200           

Dishwashers, portable:  
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John, I agree with you 100%
23 of 27
I agree very disappointed, this is the main reason we paid for this online Consumer Reports and then it is not even listed. Since these do not run cheap, we wanted to make sure that we could count on CR to provide us with an informative comparison to make the best decision but we are left out in the cold. There are not a ton of these type of dishwashers to compare to for CR so it should not be as involved as with the standard dishwashers. We will be asking for our $ back from CR as this was a total waste of our time and money and frustrating. CR thanks for nothing.
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I feel the same way!

I agree very disappointed, this is the main reason we paid for this online Consumer Reports and then it is not even listed. Since these do not run cheap, we wanted to make sure that we could count on CR to provide us with an informative comparison to make the best decision but we are left out in the cold. There are not a ton of these type of dishwashers to compare to for CR so it should not be as involved as with the standard dishwashers. We will be asking for our $ back from CR as this was a total waste of our time and money and frustrating. CR thanks for nothing.

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I would imagine the tests for built-in dishwashers would apply to the free standing models as well. After all, they're the same thing, except they have a bigger hose and different attachment for the water fill and drainage and they have a metal case around them.

You don't see reviews, because very few people buy them. I'm surprised they still make them actually.   I don't see any reviews for the bachelor sized dishwashers either.
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  I am also looking for a portable dishwasher and joined Consumer Reports.org in hopes of finding a review.  No luck...  very disappointed