EdgeStar DWP61ES Countertop Dishwasher Review$389.00
Controls & Usability
Upper Dish Rack
There's only one dish rack on this unit, and it's pretty straightforward. The only adjustments are the removable cutlery rack and a shallow folding shelf. In our capacity testing, tines were a little close together for some larger bowls and serving dishes.
The cutlery holder is removable. It features oddly-sized holes that won't fit the handles of some silverware styles.
There are two dispensers on this dishwasher for detergent: one for larger loads, another for smaller loads. If you're using a tablet instead of a powdered detergent, press the "3 IN 1" button on the control panel to optimize the wash cycle. There's also a rinse aid dispenser.
Ease of Use
If you have a standard kitchen faucet with a twist-off aerator, the Edgestar DWP61ES will connect to it easily. We needed a 15/16" to 55/64" adapter to hook this dishwasher up with the faucet in our lab, but otherwise installation was easy and painless. This is a heavy machine, so prepare to leave it near your kitchen. You could always lug it to a closet for storage, if you're so inclined.
You'll definitely notice this washer's many noises, from the sound of water flowing in to the hum of the pump that pushes dirty water out.
Controls are spread out across the panel, with a cycle selector knob on one side and the cycle display on the other.