The 10 Best Dish Racks

Updated January 12, 2018 by Ezra Glenn

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We spent 41 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Let's face it, few people love doing dishes, especially if you have a big family or just threw a large dinner party. However, this chore can be made a lot less painful with one of these convenient and stylish dish racks. Many are designed with handy drainage systems and feature options for accommodating large bowls, plates, mugs, cutlery, and even stemware. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best dish rack on Amazon.

10. Polder Advantage System

The Polder Advantage System is just the right size for a four-person household, but can easily accommodate extra dishes when you entertain thanks to its pull-out tray. The rack itself is made out of stainless steel, making it durable and low-maintenance.
  • can be cleaned in a dishwasher
  • slightly angled drip tray
  • sides are too low to be supportive
Brand Polder
Model KTH-615
Weight 5.3 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

9. Nex 2-Tier

Maximize the utilization of your kitchen's vertical countertop space with the Nex 2-Tier. Its top level boasts extra-deep grooves for supporting up to 12 dinner plates, while the bottom level offers a flat surface for drying cups, serving utensils, and more.
  • won't scratch countertops
  • curved handles make it easy to lift
  • can't accommodate larger bowls
Brand NEX
Model pending
Weight 5.2 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

8. KitchenAid 3-Piece

The KitchenAid 3-Piece comes in black or aqua, so there should be one to match your kitchen's style. It's designed to drain directly into your sink, and features a caddy for all of your silverware and utensils that can be detached as needed.
  • wide drainage spout
  • expensive for the quality
  • must be hand washed
Brand KitchenAid
Weight 5.7 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

7. Rubbermaid FG1F91

The Rubbermaid FG1F91 is a four-piece set that's available for an affordable price, making it a great value. It comes with a sponge caddy that can be suction-cupped to the side of your sink and a matching scrub brush that can reach deep into tall glassware.
  • integrated antimicrobial protection
  • available in multiple colors
  • drainage tray feels flimsy
Brand Rubbermaid
Weight 3 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

6. Totally Bamboo Eco

Dry your flatware with style and elegance using the Totally Bamboo Eco. Its smart and extra-large design features two side racks for glasses, pots, pans, and utensils, while its dense construction and warm wooden appearance complement almost any kitchen decor.
  • collapsible for easy storage
  • environmentally friendly
  • can develop mold quickly
Brand Totally Bamboo
Model 20-8522
Weight 5.8 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

5. Chef'n CleanGenuity

The unusually shaped Chef'n CleanGenuity is designed to fit right inside a sink, though it's a good choice for smaller countertops as well. It features a closable spout, so you can drain as needed without having to keep it right next to a sink at all times.
  • removable utensil holder
  • very stable when fully loaded
  • not ideal for more than two people
Brand Chef'n
Model 401-281-004
Weight 2.2 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

4. Nex Double Groove

For homes or offices where counter space is limited, the Nex Double Groove is definitely a worthy contender. It features 2 sturdy tiers constructed from chrome-plated stainless steel that offer enough room to serve as your permanent dish storage system.
  • very easy to assemble
  • lower shelf height is adjustable
  • sits directly over the sink
Brand NEX
Model DAZA000092
Weight 9.3 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

3. Neat-O Deluxe

Sometimes the simplest solution is best, and in that case, turn to the Neat-O Deluxe. It consists of a steel wire frame that's coated with plastic at the bottom, which helps improve its durability and protect your plates from scratches.
  • elegant chrome finish
  • fits inside most sinks
  • doesn't include a drip tray
Brand Neat-O
Model KC-DD-006-2
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Simplehuman Steel Frame

The space age Simplehuman Steel Frame is equipped with an innovative drainage system complete with an integrated drip tray and swiveling spout, both of which are designed to channel any excess water away from your countertop and into the sink, where it belongs.
  • removable wine glass rack
  • inner wire frame is dishwasher safe
  • complements modern kitchens
Brand simplehuman
Model KT1154
Weight 9 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. Oxo Good Grips Convertible

Setting the Oxo Good Grips Convertible apart from its competition is its integrated plate rack, which folds up or down to handle anything from small plates to large cookware, like mixing bowls. Both of its side walls also fold down for compact cabinet storage.
  • dual utensil caddies
  • good value for the price
  • adjustable legs aid in drainage
Brand OXO
Model 1473480
Weight 4.8 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

Keeping The Peace At Home

If you’ve ever lived with another human being, you know the difficulties presented by the kitchen and, more specifically, the kitchen sink. Dirty dishes are among the top causes of family and roommate disputes. I know that I’ve given serious thought to taking all my past roommate’s dirty dishes and piling them up on his bed while he's at work, just to make a valid point.

Whoever does wind up doing the dishes, he or she might not get credit for the work they’ve done if they also dry them and put them away. Doing household chores, in this sense, is a lot like breaking traffic laws. If nobody sees you do it, it never happened.

A dish drying rack has an added feature on top of its ability to rest and organize your freshly-washed dishes as they dry. It also provides an undeniable pile of evidence (for anyone who sees it) that somebody had the courtesy to wash the dishes.

If you’re reading this and thinking, “Gee, I never really notice when my spouse or my roommate hasn’t done the dishes,” then, in all likelihood, you are the one who never washes anything. Shame on you.

For the rest of us, a simple dish rack saves hours of time each week that would otherwise be spent manually drying dishes. By organizing them into one of these dish racks, the flow of air below and above the clean, wet dishes helps expedite the evaporation of any remaining water. Also, if any water collects on the base of the rack, there’s usually a slant to its construction, which allows excessive amounts of water to flow back toward the sink and down the drain, keeping you countertop dry and free of mold.

Dry Me A River

In the classic 1991 fashion comedy Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead, the film's female protagonist nags her reckless younger brother to do the dishes. In the following scene, we see him and his friends up on the roof of the house, skeet shooting with a shotgun, but using the dirty dishes instead of clay pigeons.

This is not a recommendable way to wash or to dry your dishes. Even without the shotgun involved, hurling dishes through the air in an attempt to increase the amount of air flowing across their surface to dry them faster will probably end in a lot of broken glass.

If you’re looking for variety, there are some significant differences in the makeups of our top dish racks, from the way they look in your kitchen, to the way they hold their dishes, to the materials used in their design.

The more traditional dish racks on our list are simple metal frames, sometimes coated with a form of rubber to reduce scratching against sensitive dishware. They sit on top of plastic baseboards that angle toward your sink. In my opinion, these are safe choices for any kitchen, but they don’t add anything to your kitchen’s decor. At worst, they detract from it.

While you should certainly be concerned with the functionality of your dish rack, you have the opportunity to incorporate a little taste into your decision-making, as well. Take a look around your kitchen and see what the space needs. If you already have a lot of wood surfaces, bamboo cutting boards, wood cabinets, etc., then a rack like the crossed bamboo style we’ve rated here would be a great fit.

More modern-looking kitchens sporting a bit of black and stainless steel would do better paired with an equally modern dish rack, something with hard angles and a gleam of metal to it.

Whichever rack you choose, avoid the gun rack.

Finnish Doing The Dishes

Between having to wash dishes and having to dry them, if we're talking about a two-person operation here, I'll usually take the drying task. Your hands won't get as wet, and you get to move around the kitchen putting stuff away instead of being stuck in a single spot scrubbing with all your might. Still, if that second step could be avoided altogether, especially if we're talking about a one-person operation, then that's all for the better.

The dish racks, as we see them today, have a sordid and difficult-to-track history, mainly because people have been laying their dishes out to dry since they've had dishes to wash.

The closest, traceable dish racks we can find reach back to Finland in the late 1940's. They were slightly different than the ones we've reviewed here today, mainly in that they were designed to suspend over the sink itself. That way, water runoff would fall directly into the user's sink for drainage. The problem with these, of course, is that they required one to have a cabinet of some sort installed above the sink.

In my house, currently, there is a window above our sink. In my entire life, I think I've only lived in one place that had a cabinet above the sink. Also, if you suffer from mind-splitting headaches whenever you hear the sound of water dripping into the sink from a leaky faucet, a dish rack installed a few feet above the sink itself is bound to create the same sound, a problem our sink-level racks do not have.

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Last updated on January 12, 2018 by Ezra Glenn

Ezra is a writer, photographer, creative producer, designer, and record label-operator from New York City. He's traveled around the world and ended up back where he started, though he's constantly threatening to leave again.

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