10 Best Dish Racks | February 2017

10 Best Dish Racks
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We spent 35 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 after a large dinner party. However, this chore can be made a lot more convenient with one of these stylish dish racks. Many are designed with handy drainage systems and feature plenty of options for accommodating large bowls, plates, mugs, cutlery and even stemware. Skip to the best dish rack on Amazon.
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The KitchenAid 3-Piece comes in black, aqua sky, or red, so there should be one to match your kitchen's style. It's best when positioned right next to the sink so that it can drain, and the flatware caddy can be detached when needed.
  • wide drainage mouth
  • seems a bit overpriced
  • must be hand washed
Brand KitchenAid
Model KCS896BXOBA
Weight 5.7 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0
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Good for small apartments, the Vremi Collapsible can be stored vertically in almost any kitchen cabinet, while the included draining board can be used independently for drying your bulky pots and pans. Its legs are also easy to fold outward for quick draining.
  • bpa-free plastic tines
  • versatile design
  • build quality isn't very durable
Brand Vremi
Model pending
Weight 3.6 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0
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The Rubbermaid FG1F91 is a four-piece set that is 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 technology
  • available in multiple color choices
  • drainage tray feels flimsy
Brand Rubbermaid
Model FG1F91MARED
Weight 3 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0
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Maximize the utilization of your kitchen's vertical countertop space with the Lifewit 2-Tier. Its top level boasts extra-deep grooves for supporting up to 14 dinner-sized plates, while the bottom level remains flat for accommodating various types of cups and saucers.
  • won't scratch countertops
  • curved handles make it easy to lift
  • doesn't accommodate very large bowls
Brand Lifewit
Model pending
Weight 4.9 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0
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The Polder KTH-615 Advantage is just the right size for a four-person household, but can easily accommodate extra dishes when you entertain because of the additional pull-out tray. The rack itself is made out of stainless steel, making it durable and low-maintenance.
  • dishwasher safe components
  • slightly angled drip tray
  • will never rust or corrode
Brand Polder
Model KTH-615
Weight 5.3 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0
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Setting the Oxo Good Grips Convertible apart from its competition is the integrated plate rack, which folds up or down to handle small plates and large cookware, like mixing bowls. Both its side walls also fold down for quick and easy cabinet storage.
  • holds measuring spoons and whisks
  • very affordable price
  • drainage system is a bit of a pain
Brand OXO
Model 1473480
Weight 4.8 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0
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Dry your dishes with style, function, and elegance using the Totally Bamboo Eco 20-8522. Its extra-large capacity includes 2 side racks for glasses, pots, pans, and utensils, while its dense construction and warm bamboo appearance complements almost any kitchen decor.
  • collapsible for easy storage
  • environmentally friendly and durable
  • the slats are rather narrow
Brand Totally Bamboo
Model 20-8522
Weight 6.3 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0
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For large homes and office settings with extra countertop space, the Nex DAZA000092 is definitely a worthy contender. It features 2 sturdy tiers constructed from chrome-plated stainless steel and also comes with a removable, side-mounted mug and cutlery holder.
  • very easy to assemble
  • height is adjustable
  • sits directly over the sink
Brand NEX
Model DAZA000092
Weight 11.1 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0
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The unusually shaped Chef'n CleanGenuity is designed to fit right inside a sink or on smaller countertops. It features an opening and closing spout, so you can drain as needed without having to keep it right next to a sink at all times.
  • movable utensil holder
  • very stable when fully loaded
  • has a very attractive style
Brand Chef'n
Model 401-281-004
Weight 2.2 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0
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The Simplehuman KT1154 is equipped with an innovative drainage system complete with an integrated drip tray and swivel spout, both of which are designed to direct and 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
  • natural bamboo knife block
Brand simplehuman
Model KT1154
Weight 9 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

Buyer's Guide

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 February 21, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.


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