Danby DDW396 22 in. Portable Dishwasher

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  • My turn to do dishes? I'm gettin' a dishwasher.

    Sep 14, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Low water usage. Spotless dishes. Automatic dispensers. Detergent lasts forever. Quieter than a microwave.
    Cons: Multiple loads to do all dishes. I hear they don't last long as other dishwashers

    Summary: 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 ... read more

  • Danby Countertop Dishwasher

    Dec 28, 2010 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: compact size, affordable, . Electronic controls a vast improvement from the mechanical dial.
    Cons: Cheap plastic window, poor design, non-existent customer support from Danby, Loud!

    Summary: Ok I've had an older Danby for about 3-4 years now. It's worked. But only after I had to repair it on my own from salvaged parts and/or a thorough silicone job. The plastic window Will break and leak! Don't bother phoning Danby. They won't ... read more

  • leaks like a SIEVE

    Oct 15, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: it worked great at first
    Cons: leaks like a sieve after less than 10 months

    Summary: Please read all of the reviews before considering this product. I bought this unit because there is absolutely no way or room for a portable or built in unit in my studio apartment. A countertop model was my only choice. First, if you follow the ... read more

  • Waste of time & money FIRE HAZARD!

    Jul 12, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Small, sanitizes, good sink fitings.
    Cons: Fire hazard, not reliable, customer service is snooty, costly to repair.

    Summary: I got this little dishwasher because I had a high risk baby who had to have everything sanitized. It worked great for about 2 months & then started smoking out the back with the smell of burning electrical wire. We took it back & exchanged it for a new ... read more

  • "Is that a Microwave???"

    Jul 2, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Small, powerful as a full-size unit, stainless steel interior, low water consumption
    Cons: Noisy compared to installed full-size models; hose doesn't really store easily when not in use.

    Summary: That's the question I would always get when I had guests over at my home. I lived in a very small space and desperately wanted a dishwasher, but I couldn't afford to lose any cabinet space and my countertop space was limited, so I started looking into ... read more

  • Great Dishwasher - Bad Reliability

    Mar 27, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great cleaning job, low water/detergent use
    Cons: Durability, hoses laying around on counter

    Summary: I'm on my 3rd Danby countertop dishwasher. I love the dishwasher when it works, but the durability isn't that great. On the positive side, the dishwasher does a great job cleaning dishes. I never really have to pre-rinse dishes. What's ... read more

  • Worth its Weight in Gold!

    Dec 6, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Saves a man from performing domestic labor. EXTREMELY Reliable.
    Cons: Thermonuclear containment gear required to extract flatware upon cycle completion.

    Summary: My wife is a United States Marine. When she was deployed to Iraq in January of 2003, I was involuntarily thrust back into a life of cleaning for myself. Having grown accustomed to a military cleaning routine, the only places I found myself lacking were ... read more

  • Works well, not so durable

    Sep 19, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: - Cleans well - Saves water, detergent and space
    Cons: - Timer gets stuck - durability issues - Can't have too many food particles

    Summary: I've had my Danby for under a year. It does a good job of cleaning the dishes, surprisingly even on cooked on pasta. However it doesn't clean as well when there are are many food particles in the wash. This is because there is only one spray arm ... read more

  • It's a Thing of Beauty

    Aug 30, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: NOT HAVING TO DO THE DISHES. Inexpensive. Easy to use.
    Cons: Nothing really. IT DOES THE DISHES VERY WELL, SO THAT I DON'T HAVE TO!

    Summary: I did a lot of research on portable dishwashers. I didn't even know countertop models existed - what a great idea! Anyhow, long story short I decided upon this model, bought it at walmart.com for $168 including shipping, and it's been wonderful ever ... read more

  • If you can't stand the heat...

    Aug 27, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Relevant Cycle Options, Functional Design, Powerful cleaning, Sanitizing Mode
    Cons: Length of hookup cords (power and water), sticky guide rollers.

    Summary: get one of these in your kitchen! I had minimal expectations for a compact dishwasher, but I was really impressed by the effectiveness and available options on this unit. My mother's very expensive dishwasher doesn't get her dishes as clean, as ... read more

  • Danby Loves Students

    Jan 23, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fits on a counter, cleans well, minimal cost, uses little water
    Cons: Takes up counter space, little loud

    Summary: Sure, washing dishes is not that difficult. However, finding the time is another story. Also, I am clean-freak on the molecular level. Thus, my reasoning for spending money on what some of my friends consider a non-vital appliance. I've owned this ... read more

  • Bad pumps...do not last...customer service hangs up on me!

    Aug 10, 2005 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: when it works it works great...but not for long!!!
    Cons: Pumps go bad...CS hung up on me. the pump goes out again and ...

    Summary: Did you know I left at least 4 messages at your 1-800 numbers for Mr. Root, also Brent and more? Brent was the only one to call me back. I called Mr. Root yesterday at 3:45 pm my time and Mr. Root actually HUNG UP ON ME...it does not look good for your ... read more

  • Great Dishwasher -- Highly Recommended!

    Jul 31, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Quiet, saves water/energy, cleans well, reasonably priced, good customer service.
    Cons: instruction manual not very clear sometimes regarding certain issues, rinse agent dispenser not working (?)

    Summary: I bought my Danby dishwasher back in April of 2005. It has been a great appliance so far! I use it approximately 2 or 3 times a week. With clever and careful placement, you can actually wash saucepans and skillets in the dishwasher, too. The ... read more

  • good LITTLE Unit - has some flaws!

    Jun 30, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Makes quick work of the dishes - and its nice to get that Squeeky clean.
    Cons: Standard config is hard to load dishes window option unit is not worth the money

    Summary: Update - April 2008: We have replaced the door twice now. The first replacement lasted for quite a while, but it finally started leaking at the window. I had ordered a "spare" replacement door last time because they were so inexpensive, and this time I ... read more

  • Very Happy With My Danby!

    Apr 19, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Takes up little space, runs quietly, saves me from having to do dirty dishes!
    Cons: Hose hanger on back of unit is not practical and not necessary.

    Summary: So far I have been very pleased with my dishwasher. It really does clean dishes well. It runs quietly and cannot be heard outside of the kitchen. The faucet adapter works fine -- you just screw it onto your existing faucet and then hook the ... read more

  • Fabulous for the bargain price!

    Feb 13, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great price, quiet, small, holds lots of dishes, easy hookup, attractive, very convenient!
    Cons: Few dishes may come out dirty; no beep to alert you at the end.

    Summary: I got this dishwasher a couple of months ago and I love it! It's SO nice not to hand-wash a lot of dishes now, especially with my dry, chapped, winter-time hands. I just HATE washing dishes and couldn't stand it anymore - especially when I discovered ... read more

  • Great When It Works

    Nov 23, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great when it works.
    Cons: Unreliable, in shop waiting for parts.

    Summary: This dishwasher is good when it works (just don't put terribly crusty/heavily soiled dishes in - it will clean a reasonable amount of food off but not an excessive amount, especially if food is cooked on). It does work better than every built-in D/W ... read more

  • great for non dishwashing single person

    Oct 7, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Does the job. Takes up little room. Uses very little detergent.
    Cons: Hose is always in sink, doesn't retract, has leaks.

    Summary: I love it. It was very easy to set up, everything needed was included. The hose has a quick connect/disconnect adapter inluded. I HATE to handwash dishes, I am single working girl who, in the past, used paper plates to avoid the nasty task of ... read more

  • I Love the Danby 396W!

    Oct 6, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Nice cleaning action, stainless interior, pretty light for its size
    Cons: Window in door not really necessary, remember to tighten inlet and outlet hoses

    Summary: Having read the previous reviews on Epinions, I decided that a countertop dishwasher would be perfect for me, too. I ordered mine from Etronics and five days later the box arrived and I unpacked it to find the most wonderful appliance I have yet ... read more

  • I love my little Danby DDW396W!!!

    Sep 15, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Works great, looks good, quiet, GETS THE JOB DONE SO I DON'T HAVE TO!
    Cons: Don't misuse it with laundry soap -- use dish powder and avoid leaks!

    Summary: Only AFTER a house full of relatives left town, post-summer-visit, did it occur to me to get a dishwasher for my pre WW2 house. There just isn't enough space for a conventional portable (that you wheel around the floor), so I started looking for the ... read more

  • Great Little Item

    Sep 4, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: GREAT LITTLE DISHWASHER
    Cons: A little hard to set up; larger than expected

    Summary: I got the Danby countertop dishwasher last week and so far it has worked great! I am very happy b/c I live in a very old style apartment and I was afraid something would not work, water pressure, sink adapter, whatever. However, it all works great so ... read more

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