I live in an apartment and do not have room for a full size dishwasher. I absolutely hate doing dishes by hand. Seriously, I would rather go to the dentist than do dishes. You can see how this became a problem. After having a horrible experience with one compact dishwasher, I did not have high expectations for the Haier Countertop Dishwasher. I was pleasantly surprised by its performance! This dishwasher fits perfectly on my counter and below my cabinets. You simply need to make sure you can have it sitting close enough to your sink so you can run the hose into it. You can fit a surprising amount of dishes in here, with a little creativity. I would not recommend this for a large family but it is fine for two people. There are two wash settings on it - normal and heavy. I always run it on heavy just so I know I will not have to run it more than once. I have never had any problems with this dishwasher. It is small enough for apartments and always cleans my dishes just fine. Noise Level It is about average. Durability I have had this dishwasher for almost a year and it still works just as well as it did on day one.