I bought this washer from a friend of mine who got a new one. I rent an apartment that does not have a dishwasher included in the place. She had an actual one installed so she did not need this anymore. You have to have a big enough space for it to go... i have a big pantry closet so space wasn't really too much of an issue for me. You connect the house to the sink and turn your sink on when you use it. So make sure if you get it, you don't need to use the sink for anything. I don't really find it any louder than a normal dishwasher, but I do have hearing problems so it could be. It seems to take an average amount of time to wash the dishes and they are perfectly clean. It may just be my imagination but it seems just a bit smaller than a normal dishwasher but it does hold a whole sinkful of my dishes so i can't really complain too much. If you can't get a dishwasher installed, portable is a really nice way to go.