Think you don’t have the room or cash for a dishwasher? Think again. Heatworks recently unveiled Tetra, a stylish dishwasher so small it can sit right on your countertop. It pretty much washes away any excuse you have for remaining dishwasherless.

This amazing little see-through dishwasher boasts some pretty impressive capabilities, and you don’t even need to hook it up to plumbing to make it work. Just plug it into a standard electrical outlet, fill it with water (one-half gallon per load) and detergent, and watch it go to work… literally. Tetra is made of a transparent material, so you can watch your dishes as they’re being washed. And the bottom tray comes in a variety of fun, bright colors.

The machine measures 15.5 x 14 x 12.25 inches and holds two place settings (plates, bowls, cups, and flatware), 10 plates, or 10 glasses (pint size). And get this — it takes just 10 minutes to run a full cycle.

Perhaps the most surprising thing about Tetra is its cost. When it hits the market later this year, it’s expected to come with a price tag of just $299. So not only is it affordable, but it also may save you money and do a solid for Mother Nature too (as hand-washing dishes can waste as much as 10 times more water than washing them in a dishwasher).

Even people with a full-size dishwasher may want to snap up a Tetra.

“The average US household size is 2.5 people, yet the average dishwasher holds 13 place settings or more,” Jerry Callahan, founder and CEO of Headworks, told Brit + Co. “Smaller households don’t use their dishwashers because they are afraid of running an empty dishwasher, and it takes too long to fill up. Many times, it ends up being easier and quicker to wash by hand.” However, “If a two-person household were to switch from hand-washing to a dishwasher for one meal a day, they could save 1,500 gallons of water in a year.”

Tetra uses what they call Ohmic Array Technology, which utilizes graphite electrodes and advanced electronic controls instead of traditional metal heating elements. This allows the machine to more accurately control the temperature to ensure that things like plastic storage containers don’t melt or fragile glasses don’t break. Bonus: You can even cook seafood in it. Yes, really.

For more on this cool contraption, check out the video below.

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(Photos and video via Heatworks)