The 9 Best Glass Rinsers
This wiki has been updated 9 times since it was first published in April of 2020. Dedicated rinsers offer a way to easily wash a high volume of glasses, cups, mugs, and milk steamers without laborious scrubbing, which is great for helping bars and cafes run smoothly. However, hobbyists interested in making espresso beverages and homebrew, or even people who simply make a lot of smoothies and cocktails, will love the utility these devices provide just as much. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
May 21, 2020:
One of the most important considerations to make when deciding on a rinser is what kind of installation you're comfortable with. While people with dedicated homebrew stations in their garage or owners of a professional might be comfortable creating holes in their counter for plumbing tubes or an entirely flush-mounted model, those working in their home kitchen might find that to be overkill for their needs.
The Delta Faucet GR150 is one of the best choices for those looking to avoid a lengthy or destructive installation. The device takes up barely any counter space since it's designed to fit in the holes that are often already present next to a kitchen faucet. Since it drains into your existing sink, the plumbing portion of its installation only consists of tapping off of the water supply under the sink with a T-valve. It's a great choice for washing a wide variety of cups, but those with more professional rigs in their garage might not like that it can't be installed in as many locations.
The Fdit Bar Cleaner is another model that takes advantage of the sink you already have in order to eliminate a laborious installation. Unfortunately the hardware included with it taps off of your sink's water supply by attaching to the faucet directly, which can be annoying since it means you'll have to unscrew it everytime you want to use it for something else. This is also the only model on the list that can handle large blenders.
If you're trying to get the same utility as the professional-grade models but still want to reduce your install difficulty, check out the YBB Bar Cafe Rinser and Krome Dispense Rinser Tray. The former simply sets on top of your counter, and the latter attaches with just a few screws. These models will still require you to use custom hardware for hooking up water supply and drainage lines.
Those who are trying to create the most professional setup possible should consider options like the EspressoParts EPPR6102 and the YBB Coffee Shop Washer. It's hard to beat the utility and polished look of these selections, which is why these and similar models can be so easily found in cafes and bars around the world. When selecting one of these designs, keep in mind that those with integrated drip trays are generally lower profile and provide a small space to rest drying glasses, but those with integrated pans are better equipped to handle beverages that are viscous or contain ice and garnishes because of their capacity and generally larger drains.
As a final note, I'd like to offer a tip known to many baristas. Your rinser drain will most likely become clogged from time to time when under daily use, and a quick fix is pouring a cup of boiling hot water down its drain. If the clog is caused by milk or other thick liquids, this will often do the trick. When using this method, take care to not overflow or otherwise spill the hot water in order to avoid accidental burns.