GE Portable Dishwasher

GE Portable Dishwasher

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Potscrubber? Not This Dishwasher!

Mar 10, 2001
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Pros:No more standing at the sink for hours

Cons:Does not always get food off

The Bottom Line: This dishwasher is good if you get a bargain on it and can't afford other portable dishwashers, but don't pay full price.


I have had my GE Portable Potscrubber Dishwasher for about a year. We had recently moved out of a much bigger house that had me very spoiled. It had a built-in Maytag dishwasher that was absolutely wonderful. When I moved into my new house, the kitchen was about a third of the size of my old one and there was not a dishwasher in sight. For a few months, I simply did my dishes by hand, but with a family of four, this takes forever. I had my memories of my Maytag and decided to start shopping for an affordable portable dishwasher.

Affordable was the key word here. We didn't have much money for something like this that I actually didn't really need (but boy did I want it), so I started shopping around. The cheapest portable that I found was $425. Then some friends of ours moved into a new house themselves. They had just the opposite problem that we had. Their previous home was small with no dishwasher. Their new home was large with a built-in.

She offered to sell me her GE Portable Potscrubber Dishwasher for $250. She had only had it about three months, and they had paid well over $400 for it, so this was a major bargain. She even told me I could pay them in payments for it if I wanted. They knew we were good for the money, and they didn't want to have to store it. I immediately took her up on it.

The dishwasher is attractive. It has a black mirrored front, cream colored sides and back, and a butcher block looking top. The top is not actually a butcher block, so it is not quite as versatile as it could be, but they would have to charge much more for it if it were. The dishwasher has two cycles: potscrubber and normal wash; and four energy options: high temperature wash on/off, and heated dry on/off. It has a hose that attaches to the faucet of your sink and an electric cord to plug it in. Both of these push into the back for storage when it is not in use. It would be handier, in my opinion, if both of these were a bit longer. There is not much flexibility in where you place the dishwasher while it is running. It either sits right in front of the sink, or it doesn't reach. The hose that attaches to the faucet is actually two hoses put together with a single connector. One hose sends the clean water into the dishwasher and the other pumps the dirty water into your sink via the connector that is attached to the faucet. The connector has a little red button on it that, if pressed, will shoot out clean water if you need it while the dishwasher is running. This is handy if you need a little bit of water and don't want to go to the bathroom sink.

Personally, I always run dishwasher on the potscrubber cycle with the high temp wash on. Otherwise, it just doesn't get the dishes clean. Even with these settings, I often have to run my dishes through more than once because of food still on them, which can get frustrating. It is for this reason that I usually don't run the dishwasher with the heated dry on. If you do, and there are dishes with food on them. the heated dry makes the food bond like glue. It practically takes a blow torch to get the food back off, even after soaking in a sink of hot, soapy water. The high temperature wash usually gets the inside of the dishwasher hot enough that the dishes still dry fairly quickly without the stuck-on food effect. I will sometimes if I am in a hurry to get the dishes out, check after the wash and rinse cycle for dishes with food on them, take them out, and then set the heated dry to on. This works, but is a pain.

The main reason why the food does not rinse away completely is the style of the jets inside the washer. The jets all come from the bottom. There is a spinning handle (I don't know the technical term for it) on the bottom of the machine with four jets that spray upward. Then a long shaft comes up through the middle of it to spray water out to the sides. My old dishwasher also had one of those spinning handles (whatever they are :-}) on the top that sprayed downward. The effect of this was that the food that may still be on the dishes was washed down to the bottom where a grinder mechanism chopped it up and sent it on its way down the drain. My old dishwasher would get even the most stuck-on food off and would produce beautifully clean sparkling dishes every time without even so much as a pre-rinse.

For that reason, like I said earlier, I was spoiled. This dishwasher just doesn't cut it for me. I have to pre-wash my dishes, and even then they don't always come clean. For the price I paid for this washer, it gets the job done, but had I paid full price, I would have been upset. It is for this reason that I am not recommending the GE Portable Potscrubber Dishwasher.


Recommend this product? No


Amount Paid (US$): 250

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