Danby Countertop Dishwasher DDW497W

I got the Danby Countertop Dishwasher at home depot this summer when I moved into my current apartment. The main thing I was looking for was to be able to wash dishes while not having to install something I would have to leave. When I went shopping, all I could find was large sized dishwashers that needed to be piped into the plumbing.

So after going store to store, I found this wonderful machine. I have to say it isn’t really built for doing a lot at one time, but since I’m living alone, it works great. I love how you can just hook it up to the faucet with a quick connect connection.

It also made my dishes pretty clean after I correctly used the right amount of soap. I also like the fact that it is an energy efficient machine so I’m not hurting the earth more than I have to. The two things I would say I didn’t like about the model was the fact that I couldn’t get stainless steel finish. It also can be loud sometimes so I wouldn’t recommend using it at night. There is a silent setting on this if you set it to energy saver mode.

- Very easy to install and use
- Energy Efficient makes it very good on the light bill

- Only comes in the basic white color
- It can be very loud at times

4 out of 5

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Oct 09, 2011
Good and Bad
by: Virginia Carroll

In Feb. 2004 I had bought my first Danby Countertop Dishwasher. It had two wash cycles: super and econo. It was great. I could put all sizes of glasses in it because the posts that held the dishes were tall, short glasses fit on the folding self. The dish rack came out and I could do my pots and pans in it. I loved it. I did have to replace the faucet conenecft once but it worked fine for seven years.

Last May, the glass front plated fell off, and I thought that it wasn't worth trying to get it fixed. I waited a few months and on the 28th of September 2011I bought the Danby Countertop Dishwasher, Model DDW611WLED. Lovely lookjung machine. A little bigger than the first one but nice and I liked it. UNTIL I tried to load it up with dishes and glasses! Only trhe short type glasses could be put in on the bottom tray, and I found that the shelf would only be good for teacups! Who the heck uses TEACUPS anymore? I can't remember the last time I had tea in a teacup. EVERYONE uses mugs which do not fit on the shelf nor do they sit properly on the tray. The cereal bowls do not fit proberly either unless I put a plate in front of them. AND becausde each cycle is so long I have to wait 2 days before I have enough dishes that fit to load it. And I don't have that many pieces of cutlery, so I have to keep washing them out at the sink as well.
The whole idea of getting this dishwasher was to help me so that I did not have to stand at the sink washing dishes. I find it very hard to stand for more than 5 or 6 minutes, so it takes me forever to wash the glasses and cutlery.

One other thing is that I have not been able to pull out the filter. I've tried and cannot release it. It does move bit side to side but no way have I been able to pull it up. Portunately, I thouroughly rinse off all my dishes before puttting them in the dishwasher so there is very little to clean out. I rarely, in the 7 years I had the other model, had to clean the filter tray.

Other than the above, my dishes do come through clean, I like the two soap trays to rinse and wash the dishes. I have yet to hear tge beeps that are to signal that the wash is done, but I keep an eye on the time for that.

It was a great idea to make a countertop dishwasher, but really, a little more thought into how it could be used could have been put into it. Please consider that on the next model.

Thank you.
p.s. I am registered.

Mar 03, 2011
Too many problems
by: Anonymous

I got this dishwasher 1 and a half yrs. ago. First I had trouble keeping the door latched. It would burst open during the wash cycle. I solved that finally by pushing on the metal piece in the unit until it would engage the latch in the door. But I was worried that the metal would break. Then the part that attaches to the faucet broke and I had to order another one for $ 20.00. It worked for awhile but then began to leak - a lot. I tried more insulation and tilting the unit. Now, the last straw - the water no longer shoots out of the arms. It just weakly comes up a few inches. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!! Oh, and only the metal parts are covered in the warranty - not the many plastic parts.

Apr 12, 2010
small is good!
by: Anonymous

The Danby counter top dishwasher is great little dishwasher that sits near your sink and washes your dishes. It has a hose that comes from the back that attaches to a special facet adapter (included) where it takes clean water from the facet, and drains the dirty dish water into the sink. It uses normal dishwasher soap, same as the full sized dishwasher uses.

The Danby offers 5 different program cycles. I like this dishwasher because it does a very good job of washing the dishes. When loaded properly the Danby can clean off just about anything left on the dishes. I was a little hesitant to load dishes that were very dirty at first for fear that it would not clean them well enough. After a few runs and being a little more daring with the dishes I loaded, I found the Danby was very thorough indeed.

The other thing I really like about the Danby is amount of dishes you can fit in it. Though being a small counter top dishwasher I am usually able to fit a large amount of dishes in it. Of course I have to carefully stack and arrange the dishes, but they all do come out clean.

One thing that could be better on the Danby is the dish rack. It could be sturdier and have some more wires running along the bottom so that small dishes or anything else cannot fall and obstruct the rotating sprayer arm on the bottom. The rack makes it difficult to fit pots and pans. I usually end up washing those by hand.

Another thing I wish the Danby was better at is conveying when the dishwasher has finished the wash. I know that when the light is blinking or not blinking it signifies whether it is running or if is done, but it is an unclear system. I often wonder when it is quiet if it has finished washing the dishes and I should open the door to help the dishes dry. Maybe a green light, red light system would be better.

Overall, the Danby is a great little dishwashers for small apartments with limited space. It gets the job done just as good as a normal dishwasher, but yet fits on your counter top.

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