One of the house chores that I dreaded the most when I was younger was "doing the dishes", and I am pretty sure many of you would agree with me. The reason why it was the most tedious and troublesome work to do was that doing the dishes did not just simply mean washing the dishes. It meant having to wash the dishes, the cutleries, the cooking utensils, the glasses and cups and having to wipe out each one of them so that they were perfectly dry before putting them back into their designated places in the cupboard. The scariest ones were the wine glasses since they had such thin glass stems and rims that could break so easily even when I was wiping them gently, and to make things even worse, they would become smudged by my fingerprints while I was wiping them, which doubled the amount of work involved.
Moreover, every time one of my mother’s expensive knives became rusty, or her wooden spatula became moldy it would inevitably be the fault of the person who did not dry them properly, which happened to be me. So when I moved into my own apartment, the first thing that I bought was a dish rack. And till today, I congratulate myself for doing so because this completely changed how I feel about dishwashing. Although a dish rack might not sound like an impressive kitchen equipment, it cut down my post-meal clean-up time into a half, it increased my efficiency in the kitchen, it helped me keep my sink-area neat and organized, and it enabled me to take proper care of my kitchenware without becoming exhausted.
You are on the right track if you are planning to have a dish rack in your kitchen because who doesn’t need one, but once you go out searching for a dish rack that would fit your sink space perfectly, will have the appropriate capacity for holding all your dishes, cutleries and glasses, you will realize that finding the right one is not as easy as it seems, since there are so many variations of dish racks in terms of size, design, and functions. But since you are already reading this article, you can set your worries aside since we have carefully gone through numerous dish racks that are available and have brought to you the reviews on only the best dish racks, so that you can find the one that is a perfect match for you.
It was not hard to decide the best pick for this list once we came across this dish rack from Simplehuman. It has an innovative design, which will allow the water to drain into the sink, keeping your sink area dry. The dish rack also boasts a sleek and smart appearance, perfect to complement any contemporary kitchen interior.
The best dish rack within a budget range on this list is undeniably this one from Neat-O. It offers you versatility, an optimum capacity for holding dishes, and a functional design and a durable construction, and does not require you to spend a fortune on it.
Table of Contents
- Quick Comparison: Top 10 Best Dish Racks
- 1. Simplehuman Kitchen Steel Frame Dish Rack
- 2. Neat-O Deluxe Chrome-plated Steel Small Dish Drainers
- 3. Rubbermaid AntiMicrobial In-Sink Dish Drainer With Silverware Cup
- 4. Rubbermaid Antimicrobial Sink Dish Rack Drainer Set
- 5. OXO Good Grips Convertible Foldaway Dish Rack
- 6. Polder Dish Rack & Tray 4 PC Combo
- 7. PremiumRacks Professional Dish Rack
- 8. Deluxe Chrome-plated Steel 2-Tier Dish Rack with Drainboard
- 9. Zojila Rohan Dish Rack
- 10. Chef'n CleanGenuity Garden Dish Rack
- Things to Consider Before Buying Best Dish Rack
Quick Comparison: Top 10 Best Dish Racks
Now that you know what our best and budget picks are, you can go on to the next section of our article where you will have your doors opened to a number of other dish racks that we have selected from the market. These dish racks have also been compared against each other so that you can easily know if their features and functions suit your requirements and preferences.
1. Simplehuman Kitchen Steel Frame Dish Rack
When you start using a dish rack, the first thing you notice is that the water drips from the wet dishes so that the dishes can dry faster. But what happens to that extra water? If your dish rack does not have a tray underneath then you might be in a messy situation since your counter will be drenched in water or worse still wet your floor and cause you to slip.
Even if there is a tray, these trays usually tend to be shallow and become overflowed very fast, forcing you to be changing the trays again and again which is frustrating.
To solve this problem for once and for all this dish rack has been geared with a very innovatively designed tray which has a spout that can be swiveled to be in a convenient position so that the water from the tray is directed towards the sink and flows into the sink keeping your countertop dry and mess-free. Since the spout can be swiveled, it can be made to face out from the sides or the ends, which means you do not have to worry if the dish rack is compatible with the position of your sink. Now that is what we call a smart and thoughtful designing!
The surface of this dish rack has been covered with a special kind of material called anti-residue hydrophilic coating. What this coating does is that it prevents the building up of any form of water residues on the surface, making it dry faster. Building up of water in any kitchen area is dangerous because it is prone to promote bacterial or fungal growth and hence having a dish rack with this kind of surface can raise the food safety standards inside your kitchen.
While the middle of the rack has space where you can safely tuck away your dishes to dry, there are also three separate compartments where you can dry your knives, utensils, forks, spoons, etc. On one outer side of the rack is a row of holders where you can hang up to four wine glasses upside down, which is the ideal way for drying your wine glasses, as you would see at the counter of a posh bar. On the other outer side of the rack is a place where you can dry your cups and glasses.
Both the space for wine glasses and your regular glasses has trays that can be pulled out underneath to collect the water dripping from the glasses. While the wires are made in a thickness that gives them the desired durability, they are made of stainless steel, which prevents them from rusting even when they are in a high moisture area, like the sink. Although for knives we want the stainless steel to be razor-sharp, it is the complete opposite when it comes to the steel for the wires of a dish rack, since they come into close contact with delicate surfaces of glasses and ceramics. If the steel is sharp, they would easily scratch or crack the crockeries. To prevent this from happening, the surface of the steel wires of this rack has been softened.
Another thing that we love about this dish rack is that the height of the rack can be changed by using its feet at the four corners. If you want the whole rack to be raised a little higher from the countertop, you can do so simply by raising the feet, but you can also choose to keep the rack lowered by not using the feet.
2. Neat-O Deluxe Chrome-plated Steel Small Dish Drainers
If simplicity and functionality are what you are looking for in your dish rack, then this would be a dish rack that you should not miss out on. This one does not have any excessive frills and comes in a neat, sleek design with a chrome finishing. Due to its simple and compact design, it can be easily fit inside the sink.
The slots for the holding the plates are spacious enough to make room for thick plates or plates with a little bit of depth. Moreover, you can fit in more than 8 plates at a time in these slots.
Other than that, there is a separate holder for the utensils, knives, and cutleries, which can be secured onto the rack and be taken apart for cleaning. It also has four holders for cups or glasses on the side. Another thing that we love about this rack is the base of the wires, which have been covered in black rubber, which gives the rack a stylish touch of style and also ensures that the rack does not scratch your countertop and the dishes and also does not slip on the counter even if it's wet. The wires of the rack have been made with stainless steel that has been plated with chromium, which makes them extremely resistant to rust and corrosion.
3. Rubbermaid AntiMicrobial In-Sink Dish Drainer With Silverware Cup
Have you ever taken out a plate from a dish rack that has been sitting there for a long time and the plate smelled so strange that you had to go back and wash it again before using?
This is a common thing that happens because a sink is a place with lots of moisture, food scraps and hidden dirt and microbes around it, and anything that stays there for a while without any anti-microbial properties can quickly fall victim to the contamination by bacteria, mold, and odor-causing particles.
Keeping this in consideration, Rubbermaid has equipped their dish rack with a shield against these contaminations using a technology called Microban. This Microban technology that has been incorporated into this dish rack’s body has an effective anti-microbial action against bacterial or fungal growth. The Microban also captures the odor-causing particles and prevents them from imparting a bad smell to the items stored on the rack. If you want to know more about this new technology and how it works, you can read it here.
Since this rack is spacious enough, you can easily fit up to 13 plates and 6 glasses at a time, and also put in all your forks and spoons into the separate compartment that hangs from one side of the rack. The metal wire that has been used to make this rack is strong enough to hold even the heavier plates, but it is softened by plastic coating so that it does not cause any damage to the sink floor or the plates.
4. Rubbermaid Antimicrobial Sink Dish Rack Drainer Set
If you have just read about the Microban technology for the previous product from Rubbermaid and were a little disappointed because you were looking for a rack to be kept outside the sink, then this will surely bring a smile to your face because this is a dish rack from Rubbermaid with a drip tray underneath and also employs the Microban technology.
The drip tray of this rack has raised linings on its surface to prevent the rack from slipping. Also, the tray has been shaped with a downward slope so that the flow of water is directed into the sink, preventing your kitchen counter from being flooded.
Compared to other dish racks, the inner space of this one is very roomy, which leaves enough space beside the slots for holding the plates. This allows you to keep your miscellaneous kitchen utensils beside the plates. Also, the rack has a designated container for your knives and cutleries.
What we find to be unique about this drainer set, is that it offers you a cleaning brush and a wire sponge holder that can be attached to the sink wall using a suction base. The brush has two cleaning sides, both of which can be used to scrub off the grime and dirt from the sink's narrow and tight areas, which are usually hard to reach using a regular sponge. The caddy for holding the cleaning sponge will keep the sponge dry, clean and within your reach. Another thing that we love about this unit is that you can choose its color from black, white, red, and chrome, to match your kitchen décor.
5. OXO Good Grips Convertible Foldaway Dish Rack
This dish rack from OXO might remind you of the Transformers and you would know why once you know how much it can fold and unfold, to change itself to the form that you find to be most convenient at a given situation.
The innovatively designed dish rack has plate holders, which can be folded upwards to make slots for your plates, or be folded down flat, which allows you to use the same space for holding bigger cookware such as pots and pans. The rack has two rows of stemware holders on each side, which you can use to dry your cups, water glasses, and wine glasses.
It also comes with two clear plastic containers for your cutleries and kitchen knives which can be taken apart and be washed in the dishwasher. Each of the containers is also divided into three segments to keep your cutleries organized, for example, you can easily separate the forks, knives, and spoons, by keeping them in separate compartments.
Another thing that we find to be practical in the design of the utensil holder is that it has a porous base, which prevents the water to collect inside the holder. This prevents the formation of mold and also helps to dry your tableware faster.
The rack has two feet at the base of the rear end, which can be either raised to keep the rack lifted from the counter, or be folded in. The front end of the rack has a spout which will guide the direction of water flow from the rack into the sink, preventing the formation of pools on the countertop.
Although a dish rack has the image of being left beside or inside the sink, many people actually prefer to keep the dish rack stored away in their kitchen cabinet when they are not being used, to make more space on the kitchen counter. This would be a problem for the wired dish racks since there is no compact way to store them. But this rack is an exception. By folding in the plate holders, the two rows of stemware holders on the sides, the spout, and the rear feet, you can reduce the total size of the rack by 46% and fit it snugly in your cabinet.
As for the quality of the materials and the appearance, OXO has always maintained its good reputation, and it has been no different this time as well. The whole dish rack looks contemporary with white, grey and chrome accents, Although much of the body has been made of plastic, it is very sturdy and well-built to provide a high durability.
6. Polder Dish Rack & Tray 4 PC Combo
Polder is a company that has been making tools for homes since 1976. From a company that has been making reliable products for so long, you would expect something great and this dish rack from them have not failed to meet the users’ expectations.
It has parts that can be separated easily to give you additional flexibility in how you want to use the dish rack. The dish rack comes with a drying tray and a drainer tray. The drainer tray is the one that goes under the wired rack and will hold the water dripping from the washed items that you put on the rack.
This tray has a sloping base, which will make sure that the water flows into the sink and not onto your counter. The drying tray, which is a separate component, can be kept beside the rack to be used as a drying mat which many people use instead of a rack for drying miscellaneous kitchen items.
This tray also comes with a sloping side which prevents the water from overflowing onto your counter, and a dotted surface, which prevents items like glasses from toppling or slipping. The additional tray increases the surface available for drying and is a great component that can be used if you have to do a larger amount of dishwashing, for example, after a dinner party.
The rack itself measures 9x14x6 inches and gives you the capacity for holding up to 6 glasses and 10 plates. The inside of the rack also has some additional space so that you can dry things other than just the plates. For drying your utensils and table wares, the rack comes with a separate compartmentalized container for drying your utensils in an organized way. The wall of this container has been designed with slits so that the container can stay well-aerated.
7. PremiumRacks Professional Dish Rack
If you have been wasting your money by spending it on cheap dish racks that do not work as expected or breaks easily, then it is high time you say goodbye to those and go premium with this dish rack from PremiumRacks.
As the name suggests, this is one of the higher-end dish racks on our list and also one of the most versatile. It has a modular construction, which gives you a lot of flexibility in the way you arrange or customize the dish rack. Unlike the other racks, this rack can be turned into a powerful double-decker by installing the top shelf unit onto the bottom shelf.
The top wire rack has slots for holding the plates which are the most space-consuming of all the other items and moving the plates to the top shelf opens up a lot of space in the bottom shelf for other items like bowls and saucers.
The top rack can not only be installed but also be made to fit on n left, right, front or back side of the rack, or be removed when you do not need it. The rack has a space for drying your cutting board as well, which is something you do not find in all dish racks. There are three attachments for holding your cups and glasses, and since they come as detachable holders, you can fit them in any place on the rack.
This rack is also a life-saver for everyone who uses expensive kitchen knives and drying them along with the spoons and forks in the utensil holder does not seem like an appealing option. This dish rack has a designated holder with slots for six knives with narrow blades and three knives with wide blades. Even if you do not need a separate knife holder, you will find this compartment very useful for storing objects like sponges since the upper part of this compartment with the knife slots can be taken apart.
The rack also has a spacious utensil holder which is divided into three parts organize all your tableware. This holder has been designed with pores at its base so that the utensils can dry out quickly. Without a proper drainage and water collection at the bottom, a dish rack is almost useless and this rack shows that PremiumRacks knows this very well, since they provide two drip trays with different designs and a microfiber mat with this rack. One of the trays can be used to collect the water while the other one has an opening so that the water can flow directly into the sink, without creating any pools or puddles on your kitchen table.
The other mat, which is made of microfiber, can be used as a drying mat to dry delicate glassware. The stainless steel parts of this rack are made of grade 304 stainless steel, which has an 18% chromium and 8% nickel content, resists corrosion and rust even in areas with a high salt and acidity content in the air.
8. Deluxe Chrome-plated Steel 2-Tier Dish Rack with Drainboard
This two-storied dish rack from Neat-O is not only functional but also is a work of art. The wire racks are made of stainless steel with a chromium plating, which gives it a shiny, polished look and also shields it from rust and corrosion.
The upper rack is held securely by two beautiful rings on the sides, which makes the whole unit appear fashionable. Along one side of the rack is a row of stemware holders where you can neatly hang your wine glasses or champagne glasses.
9. Zojila Rohan Dish Rack
Most dish racks including the ones in the higher-end range have drainer racks that are made of plastic. Although plastic has its own merits, it can gather grime and mold easily and is hard to keep clean.
Also, there are many of us who do not like to use plastic household tools, especially somewhere which is visible to the guests, since most plastic lacks the elegance that a metallic material has. If you are one of the people who have been looking for a dish rack that is made solely of stainless steel and without any plastic parts, then this could very much be what you have been looking for.
The rack has a unique design, with an outward facing slanted surface of plate-holders, which gives an edgy look to the rack. The drip tray also looks nothing like the commonly-found trays but is a stainless steel, smooth, polished surface, that has been contoured to let the water flow toward the sink, preventing the water from dripping onto the countertop.
Even the cutlery holder of this rack is made of stainless steel and is two horizontal compartments, one on top of the other which holds your cutleries in a compact way. Although the rack does not look bulky at all, it has a high capacity for holding 13 plates, 8 cups or glasses, and more than 50 tableware. The feet of the rack has a soft covering which prevents any scratches on the surface of your kitchen counter and stabilizes the rack in place.
10. Chef'n CleanGenuity Garden Dish Rack
This is the perfect kitchen gadget to make your dishwashing time more fun and entertaining. This is very different from all the other dish racks that we have previously looked at and has a distinct and interesting shape.
Many users have even said that this deserves a place in the Museum of Modern Arts, due to its design. Unlike most dish racks that are wired shelves of rectangular shapes, this does not have any shelves, but actually is a crown shaped design with spikes of carefully calculated heights, which allow you to organize your items on it for drying.
It has a round shape, with taller spikes on the outside, and lower spikes on the inside, which means you dishes and cups will be securely held within the rack. Unlike the other racks on the list which comes with pre-assigned spaces for your individual items, it gives you the freedom to arrange and organize your items however way you want, which adds fun and flexibility in washing and drying your dishes.
The rack also comes with a utensil holder, which can be attached to any place you want on the rack. At the base of the rack are five feet instead of four, which means the rack will stay stable even if you put heavier objects on one side and lighter on the other. This adds safety and comfort while working and makes sure the rack does not topple over. You can fit this rack inside your sink, but if you choose to keep it outside, and you probably would, given its fantastic design, then you can easily do so and also make sure that the water drains into the sink by using the water drainage spout on this rack.
The spout is made of silicon and gives you the option to keep it closed or open depending on your convenience. Another great addition to this spout is the fact that the rear feet of the rack, is longer than the front ones, which means the unit is slightly sloped towards the spout end, which means water would always flow out of the spout and into the sink.
Although the plastic build of the rack might make some people skeptical about its durability, the plastic that has been used to make this is heavy-duty, durable plastic and it also does not have the risk of rusting and causing stains on your precious ceramics like stainless steel does.
Things to Consider Before Buying Best Dish Rack
Before buying a dish rack you have to be sure that the product you are buying is made of the right materials and is of the right size for your household. Other than the size and the material, there are other crucial factors that you need to consider before you can make a good decision regarding which dish rack to buy for your kitchen and this section is going to tell you all about those factors.
Inside the Sink or Outside
Many people like to keep their dish rack inside the sink while many people tend to leave it beside the sink, on the countertop. There are also households where they already have a dishwasher and dish racks are only taken out of the cabinet and used when there is something that cannot be washed in the dishwasher and hence needs to be cleaned by hand washing. If you want to keep your dish rack inside the sink, then you need to find a size that will fit your sink.
f you want to keep the rack just outside your sink then you would intuitively want the water that drips from the dishes to drain into the sink, since otherwise, that water would be making pools and puddles on your countertop. For this reason, it is important to look for racks with a proper drainage mechanism, for example, with spouts that direct the water into the sink or sloped drainage tray that makes the water to flow into the sink.
We would not say that a dish rack can get so sophisticated that there is an electric system that blow dries the dishes since there are dishwashers for that purpose but nowadays there are dish racks that can be more than just a rack made of steel wire. Many racks on our list are made of modular components that can be attached or detached and have foldable parts that can change the structure and functionality of the rack.
If you are the type of person who likes to have the freedom to customize their racks, then you can go for the sophisticated types, for example, the ones from OXO and PremiumRacks. But if you are more the type of person who does not want to fiddle around with their kitchen gadgets and are looking for something that is simple and reliable, then you can go for the more robust ones from Neat-O.
The two most commonly used material when it comes to making a dish rack is plastic and stainless steel. While plastic ones have the advantage of not rusting and being more versatile, they have two major drawbacks. The first one is that plastic parts are more prone to attracting grimy residues that come from the leftovers on your dishes and hence is harder to clean if you let the dirt to accumulate on the rack for a long time.
Plastic racks, especially the cheaper types can crack if you put too many dishes or put heavy items on the rack. Hence it is very important to make sure that the plastic rack that you are going to buy has a high durability and can be cleaned easily. If you are opting for the stainless steel ones, make sure they are chrome plated or are made from food-grade stainless steel like grade 18/8 which has sufficient resistance to rusting.
Size and Capacity
Before buying a dish rack, you have to have a good idea of how much space you have beside or inside your kitchen sink depending on where you want to place your dish rack. A bigger dish rack does not mean a dish rack with a higher capacity and this also needs to be taken into consideration. If you have a small space on your counter but have a lot of plates, something that you can do is to go for the two-tiered dish racks which will be taller than the one-tiered racks but will help you to make extra space for your dishes. Another thing to think about is which item you have the most.
Do you use many plates, many cups, or is it the utensils that take up most space in your rack? Different racks come with different capacities for each type of item and having a good idea of the distribution of kitchen items will help you make the right choice of dish rack fitting to your needs.
Whether you have a dishwasher or not, it is good to have a dish rack by your side so that you can keep all your kitchen items and clean, dry and free of mold. This will help you to maintain proper food hygiene at all times without having to tire yourself out by constantly wiping and cleaning dishes.
If you have found the best dish rack for your kitchen, you can hum your favorite tune and start enjoying washing your dishes as the rack will be ready by your side to hold all the dishes that you have just washed and make sure they are completely dry and organized.