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Space Saving Kitchen Ideas: Combo Sink And Dishwasher

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If you’re looking for space-saving kitchen ideas especially if you’re in a small house… A tiny cabin, cottage, or just a really tiny kitchen.

A dishwasher can sometimes take up a lot of space. So I wanted to show you this one of a kind sink and dishwasher combination.

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Tiny In-Sink Dishwasher Great for Small Kitchens (And Tiny Homes)

Tiny In-Sink Dishwasher

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The KitchenAid® Briva® FlashDry© in-sink dishwasher that completes an entire cycle in just 18 minutes.

But unfortunately, it has already been discontinued. It used to cost $1725. (source)

If only the price was more affordable I think it would be a great product for tiny homes.

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  • jerryd
    April 4, 2014, 3:39 pm

    Funny always thought a sink was a dishwasher!! It takes less labor, energy to just wash as used. Does washing dishes really take that much work?

    Just cleaning the dishes, loading the dishwasher and unloading it takes more labor, time, space than just wash them and put them in a dish rack to dry, store.

    Sorry if I don’t see much good in them but wasted money, space instead. KIS.

    Though looked like a nice unit. I’d rather have a fridge or stove in the dishwasher’s place.

    If anyone in the Tampa area I’m having a big yard sale Sat, Sunday with a lot of TH, boat, 12vdc fridges, propane systems, much other offgrid, cool stuff at 12 miles SE of Tampa south on US301 to Gibsonton drive/US 301 33569 and follow the signs to my TH’s.

    • RockyMissouri
      April 4, 2014, 4:52 pm

      Sorry, but as one who has done her share of dishes, I think that little dishwasher is a peach..!! It’s in a perfect location… Instead of dirty dishes piling up in the sink…they can go right to the dishwasher…!!

      • jerryd
        April 4, 2014, 5:21 pm

        Why leave dirty dishes anywhere? And now you have to have both dishwasher space and dishes storage space.

        Or just rinse them off, quick soap scrubby, another rinse before they become dry, incrusted, takes me about .5-1.5 minutes.. And no need to take them out and restack them so dirty ones can be put in.

        So have fun with yours. I’ll stay with simple, easy, low cost, more space version.

        Also not fond of the film dishwashers leave incrusted on dishes.

      • Joyce
        March 17, 2017, 3:21 pm

        Me too!

      • Katherine
        January 3, 2020, 2:19 pm

        I love this. I am upcycling a vintage camper and I plan to wash a ton of glasses and mugs in boiling hot water. I would eliminate the oven and Rely on a stowaway induction burner and my outdoor grill just to make room for this.

    • CathyAnn
      April 4, 2014, 6:12 pm

      Wasted money is right! That’s probably why it was discontinued. No one wanted to buy it. With as few dishes as it held, one could wash that amount very quickly with less fuss, and spend that money on something really worthwhile.

    • Joe S
      April 4, 2014, 10:47 pm

      Jerry, How about directions if I come over the Skyway ? and head North on 301, that’s gotta be easier than going thru Tampa or send me the address & I’ll Google it jsrnfl @ yahoo dot com

  • alice h
    April 4, 2014, 5:00 pm

    I don’t own a dishwasher and likely never will but if I did have one I would only use it for a big load of dishes so something that only took a few like this one doesn’t seem like much use. It would take way less than 18 minutes to get those washed, dried and put away, probably even including heating up the wash water on the stove. A built-in drainer that tucks away under a lid that could also be used as a drainboard though, that might be handy, especially if you could lift it out, tuck it away somewhere and use the sink as a sink when needed.

  • Rich
    April 4, 2014, 6:05 pm

    I wouldn’t be surprised to find this manufactured in Italy or Japan in the future. Hope so….

  • April 4, 2014, 6:11 pm

    I’ve never seen the point to dishwashers, even when I had a real house. They use a lot of energy and water (both of which are often in short supply) and from what I’ve seen save you bugger-all time. And to have one in a tiny home where space is at a premium seems ridiculous although I admit it may be able to double as the storage space for the dishes.

    • Paul
      April 5, 2014, 2:53 am

      So Rob, you now live in an unreal house? LOL, bad choice of words eh?

      But, you can buy Fisher & Paykel Dishdrawers, which would take up the same sort of space, maybe a bit more, but are under bench. Thereby freeing up the bench space permanently for other uses unlike the discontinued “thing” above.

      Downside is… they take forever to wash. I have a standard Westinghouse dishwasher in my non-tiny house and it does a fast wash in 12 minutes. Dishdrawers fast wash is in excess of 50 minutes. WTF? Are they going backwards while the rest of the world is going forwards?

      But I agree, in a tiny house especially, washing for 1 or 2 people, a dishwasher just does NOT make sense.

  • Sqeila
    April 4, 2014, 8:27 pm

    That doesn’t hold many dishes. So, if you have that few, just wash them. I would rather have a real sink than that thing.

  • Jerry
    April 5, 2014, 2:04 am

    Best invention ever for washing small amounts of dishes is the sponge on a handle that is filled with detergent! No need to fill up the sink with water which is mostly wasteful, just wet, scrub, quick rinse. I haven’t measured, but I’m pretty sure this uses 1/4 to 1/3 the water filling the sink with suds would use.

    • Faenwyn
      April 6, 2014, 9:03 am

      I have always used a sponge mop and dollar store shampoo to wash the bath tub because I did not want to cause a back injury trying to twist around the tub surround/sliding door. But the mop handle is too long for the tight space in a tiny house so I bought one of those sponge things you are talking about and I leave it in the tub and make a pass around the soap ring with it before I get out.

      I am starting to think I might find a few more uses for it … but NOT washing dishes, I am horrible at washing dishing. I always break stuff or leave hidden bits of gunk, no matter how hard I try.

      I have always had a dishwasher, even as a child we had one of the first kind of dishwashers, it was on rollers and had to be moved and hooked to the faucet every time dishes were done.

  • Doc
    April 7, 2014, 12:02 am

    Yes, we will have a dishwasher, no, (even if it were available) it won’t be this one. For $1700 + this thing should wash, dry, put away and prep food for the next day!
    It is just the two of us and the four furry kids . That’s 8-12 dishes a day for the kids, 6 bowls or plates for us, utensils, glasses/mugs, plus pots n pans/baking dishes. Have been with/without a dishwasher. At this stage in life, choose with for sure. Bending over a sink for even these “few” dishes doesn’t happen for aging aching backs/knees.
    I don’t mind you showing these outdated products. They give ideas that are outside the box when designing a TH. There may be alternatives that are similar to what you show. We just might have to go look on our own!
    Besides, if u didn’t share old or outdated stuff, where would that leave me!?!? And a couple other readers come to mind as well!
    Keep on shopping Alex!

  • Shari D.
    July 25, 2014, 3:41 pm

    Dishwasher in my house is essential. Not going into all the details, save to say I heartily concur with the last comment made regarding aging, aching backs and knees not leaning over a sink to wash our dishes. Add serious disability to the point of actually being disabled thanks to a degenerative spine condition that has taken me out of the world of any kind of employment in favor of being on Disability, for which Social Security did not blink an eye when I applied and 4 doctors, including their 2 concurred. My attorney advised me that under 20% of applicants are approved the first time they file. Not only did mine get approved the first time, I had it in 4 months flat, with no “waiting period” involved.
    That being said, I found this particular post quite intriguing, as it is about the reworking of the original dishwasher design produced between the 1920’s and the 1940’s until the drop down door style took over. (Yes, Virginia, there were dishwashers that far back!) The lid on top, the way it loaded, and the short cycle time are all identical! I imagine, like some previous posters have stated that it is no longer being made due to its high cost versus tiny size.
    I can provide pictures of the vintage models if anyone is interested in seeing the vintage types of what used to be termed “electric sinks” if you wish. Or just Google “vintage dishwashers” and you’ll probably find something. I have been researching vintage architecture, especially bungalows for several years, and stumbled across the old dishwasher designs that way. It’s likely without the Great Depression followed by the Second World War, that dishwashers would have become as ever-present in the American kitchen as the refrigerator and stove. Oh! And the first “electric sink” designs, often as not came equipped also with a garbage disposal under the single-basin sink to which the dishwasher was attached!

  • Bruce
    August 4, 2014, 4:09 am

    I have one of these. Still new, in box, never installed. I would be willing to reluctantly let it go for about $1000 if anyone is interested. I’m in MN. We are needing the money now more than the dishwasher even though I’d hate to see it go. It’s the 36″ one.

    • Alicia
      July 7, 2015, 12:36 am

      I’ll take it!

    • Abby
      July 26, 2015, 3:55 pm

      Hi Bruce, If you haven’t sold this yet, we want it. Willing to purchase today! Please let me know (hopefully, if you see this 😉


      please email [email protected] or call 9198079012.

    • Annettte
      January 20, 2016, 3:07 pm


      Did you ever sell this?

      We are interesting in buying it if you have not.

      Please let me know.

      [email protected] or call 954-797-5297 and ask for annette

  • Glen
    May 23, 2017, 12:10 pm

    I have a brand new one,never installed.willing to sale at 500.live in Tennessee.

  • Julie
    April 8, 2018, 10:21 am

    We are helping my dad move and discovered a Briva in sink brand new in the box in his garage. Ever opened. Hoping to find a forum to sell it

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