How to Make Your Kitchen More Eco-Friendly with a Dishwasher

Conventional wisdom teaches us that doing things by hand is better! “Well, that is not the case when doing dishes. So, if there is a dishwasher in your kitchen and you consider yourself a friend of the environment, you better be using that appliance,” says Kimberly Mann, Danby’s Product Trainer. 

Dishwasher technology has improved dramatically over the last decade, with the Department of Energy mandating that full-sized dishwashers use a maximum of 5 gallons of water and ENERGY STAR® rated ones around 3.5 gallons per cycle. Previously, dishwashers might have consumed 10 to 15 gallons of water per cycle. 

On the other hand, the average kitchen faucet has a flow rate of 2.2 gallons per minute, meaning that you’d only have two minutes to wash an entire dishwasher’s worth of dishes to match a dishwasher’s water efficiency. Making it nearly impossible to use less than 5 gallons of water to hand wash a full load of dishes.  

If you don’t have the budget or space for a full-sized dishwasher, check out our great lineup of dishwashers below.  

Choosing Your Dishwasher  


Danby makes 10 different types of ENERGY STAR® rated dishwashers ranging from 18″ wide built-in models to countertop and portable units, offering a model for every lifestyle. In addition, ENERGY STAR® rated dishwashers are 12% more energy-efficient and 30% more water-efficient than standard models.  

“Perhaps, you live in a small space and think you don’t have room for a dishwasher. Danby offers 18” wide models loaded with many of the great features that you find in 24” model and compact countertop units. Did you know that using an automatic dishwasher consumes less water and energy than hand washing? On average, washing dishes by hand uses up to 27 gallons/108 liters of water. Surprised? Think about how you hand wash dishes. Do you fill two sinks? One for washing and one for rinsing? Or maybe you fill one sink for washing and leave the water running for rinsing? By the time the dishes are done, you’ve expended your precious time, used too much water and the electricity required to heat the water!  

Meanwhile, a Danby 18″ unit will only use 3 gallons/12 liters of water per load and if you want to take advantage of off-peak electricity prices, set the delay start for off-peak operation. Another great benefit is the quiet 51-decibel rating, which creates less noise and disturbance than the volume of a normal conversation,” says Mann. 

Danby 18″ Built-in Dishwasher 

Danby 18" Built-in Dishwasher

Leave the dirty dishes up to Danby’s 18″ low-water consumption model available in black, stainless steel, or white. This compact dishwasher is ideal for small spaces such as a condo or an apartment and holds up to 8 place settings and one silverware basket. It has six wash cycles: heavy, normal, eco, glass, rapid, and rinse; 4 hot water temperature options plus sanitize mode (up to 156°F/69°C). 

Danby 18″ Portable Dishwasher

Danby 18" Portable Dishwasher

Even if you have limited space, Danby’s Portable Dishwasher works just as well as a full-sized one and has a speedy connect feature compatible with most kitchen faucets. The convenient built-in castors allow you to transport it to storage effortlessly. This appliance boasts a valuable low-water consumption function. 

Danby 6 Place Setting Countertop Dishwasher  

Danby 6 Place Setting Countertop Dishwasher

Danby’s 6 Place Setting Countertop Dishwasher was voted the Best Overall Countertop Dishwasher with its stainless steel-look exterior, LED display, and eight wash cycles. This unit is ENERGY STAR® rated and utilizes just 3.1 gallons (11.7 L) of water for a normal cycle. Enjoy specialty wash cycles such as ECO to save energy, the Mini-Party setting to refresh glassware in 20 minutes, and more. Enjoy fast and straightforward installation with the quick connect feature compatible with most kitchen faucets.  


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