Looking For Low Water Usage In Your Tiny Home? Try A Dish Drawer

Dishwasher Drawer photo

Photo credit Fisher Paykel.

Thus far, the search for energy-efficient, beautiful and small appliances for Graham Hill's LifeEdited apartment has been, if nothing else, revealing. Manufacturers, while they generally make small models, don't seem to be giving them the attention to eco-effiiency and maximum functionality that a small space deserves and demands. Fridges and freezers, for example are not generally designed with smart interiors capable of handling a lot of food in a small cubic footprint; few single ovens combine a powerful microwave for efficiency with a full-featured convection oven for browning and baking...and come in smaller sizes. Energy Star, which seems like it should be standard on all appliances and constantly being improved, doesn't even existent in the oven space. It's a similar story for small dishwashers.Energy Star has a dishwasher category, and has made the difference between a good eco dishwasher and a non-eco model easy to understand. Energy Star "compact" models must use less than 4.0 gallons of water for a single cycle. They must also use less than 234 kWh of electricity a year.

That part's fairly easy. What is harder is size. The average dishwasher is 24 to 30 inches wide, 25 inches deep, and 34" to 36" high. Graham was hoping that he could find a dishwasher that is "as small as possible, only 18" wide and just 20" deep," and half the height of a regular model, though the same level of aesthetics that the other appliances should have.

Luckily, in the last few years, drawer dishwashers become popular, and a couple of makers have single drawer models. Meeting that 20" depth requirement, however, seems next to impossible. Here's what we found in energy-efficient small dishwasher models.

1. KitchenAid Single Drawer KUDD03STSS

KitchenAid Dish Drawer photo
The KitchenAid KUDD03STSS. Photo credit: KitchenAid.

The KitchenAid KUDD03STSS, according to its maker, allows a user to run quite small loads. Lowest water consumption for a small load = 1.8 gallons.

Pros: It is EnergyStar qualified, and costs approximately $19 annually to run. Uses 174 kWh of electricity annually. Holds approximately five place settings.

Cons: Depth is beyond LifeEdited's requirements.

Price: Around $999.

2. Fisher & Paykel Single Dish Drawer DD24SI6V2

Fisher Paykel DD24SI6V2. Photo credit: Fisher Paykel.

This Fisher Paykel DD24SI6V2 looks similar to the KitchenAid, thought Fisher Paykel claims nearly a decade of engineer research went into getting this dish drawer model to herald in a new era in dishwasher "drawer" ergonomics.

Pros: Three different types of "Eco" wash. Claims to use as little as 2 gallons of water per cycle. Holds up to six place settings. Energy Star qualified - 160 kWh or electricity annually.

Cons: Slightly less sleek than the Kitchen Aid.

Price: Around $700.

3. Bosch SRV53C13UC 18" Special Application

Bosch Dishwasher photo
Bosch SRV53C13UC. Photo credit: Bosch.KitchenAid and Fisher Paykel are the undisputed main contenders in the drawer dishwasher category. Though Smeg has a model, too, it is 36" wide, and doesn't boast any eco features. There is another option, though Graham would have to deal with a countertop-to-floor dishwasher. From Bosch, it's a slim, 18" model, the Special Application SRX53C15UC.Pros: The SRX53C15UC accommodates up to 9 place settings, yet uses less than 3 gallons of water per load. Also considered one of the quietest dishwashers.Cons: Could be the best option to accommodate Graham's entertaining needs, yet there's no special eco-friendly provision for his smaller, everyday loads. That bigger capacity means higher energy use, though - 315 kWh annually.Price: $1,099.

4. GE Profile 18" Built-In Dishwasher PDW1860NSS

The GE PDW1860NSS. Photo credit: GE.The GE PDW1860NSS is similar to the skinny Bosch model, though about 3 inches taller.Pros: The GE PDW1860NSS is Energy Star qualified, and slightly more energy efficient - uses 305 kWh annually. Very quiet.Cons: Similar to the Bosch, has more capacity but uses more energy than the drawers.Price: $899.More on LifeEdited:
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