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OUR TOP CHOICE
OUR TOP CHOICE
Each dish rack is customizable
Versatile modular construction
Great value to price ratio
Hard-wearing steel material
Removable cup holder attachment
Separate knife holder slots
Believe it or not, hand washing dishes is still a reality for many people. While many of us rely on our dishwasher to clean our dishes and cookware with minimal effort, they aren’t always practical and not everyone owns a dishwasher.
If you are hand washing dishes on a regular basis, then you know how important it is to have a sturdy and secure place to set your dishes to allow them to dry, or to hold them before you hand dry them. For those of us that are still hand washing dishes, a good dish rack is an important investment. Dish racks are also a necessity for those of us that like to get away in our camper or RV. They make managing post meal clean-up a breeze.
If you’ve never thought much about a dish rack, then you’ll be surprised to learn that there are surprisingly quite a variety of dish racks. They come in many sizes, shapes, styles, and materials. However, we also found that no dish rack is perfect, and no matter how useful it was, every dish rack we tested had limitations.
It’s important when you’re shopping for a dish rack to consider what you’re putting in it. Are you using it to wash delicate dishes or glasses? Do you have large pots, pans and bowls that won’t fit in your dishwasher? These are the things that you need to consider when you’re shopping for a dish rack. And believe it or not, you should also consider your budget, because some dish racks can be really pricey.
To help narrow down the field, and to help you make an easier choice, we’ve reviewed and tested many of the dish racks on the market today. After washing a lot of dishes, and reading tons of customer reviews, we’ve compiled this list of 9 great dish racks. We’ve got something here for everyone, but just in case we missed something, we’ve also put together a handy buying guide to help you select the perfect dish rack for your needs.
Our pick for the best dish rack is the PremiumRacks Professional Dish Rack. It held a wide variety of dishes, it was pretty stable, and didn’t cost a ton of money. We found that it did the best at accommodating the most variety and did the best at evenly drying dishes.
- Best Overall – PremiumRacks Professional Dish Rack
- Runner up – OXO Good Grips Convertible Foldaway Dish Rack
- Best Over The Sink – SANNO Expandable Dish Drying Rack
- Best High-End – Simplehuman Kitchen Steel Frame Dish Rack
- Best Steel – Yamazaki Harness Rack
- Best Budget – Ahyuan Roll up Dish Drying Rack
- Best Large Capacity – Neat-O Deluxe Chrome-Plated Steel 2-Tier Dish Rack
- Best Small – Rubbermaid Antimicrobial Dish Drainer
- Best Tub – Umbra Tub Countertop Dish Rack
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Top 9 Best Dish Racks Review
1. Best Overall – PremiumRacks Professional Dish Rack
Extra- large capacity
Durable stainless steel
Good spacious utensil holder
Very good drainage
Having to reconfigure can be a hassle for some
- Capacity: Large customizable
- Material: 304 stainless steel
- Dimensions: 17.5 x 13.9 x 6 inches
- Weight: 4.41 pounds
This top pick is a really great rack that can easily handle the daily demands of any sized family. It’s made from 304 stainless steel so you’ll find that it won’t rust, and is gentle enough for delicate glass and dishware.
We like the dual layers that allow you to stack plates, glasses and bowls in a single rack, without taking up added counter space. The knife attachment is also a great feature. This rack is fully customizable, so you can arrange the attachments in the places that work best for you.
If you want a truly versatile dish rack, that has enough capacity for a full day’s worth of dishes, but is also attractive sitting on your counter, then you’ll appreciate the style and design of the PremiumRacks professional dish rack.
2. Runner up – OXO Good Grips Convertible Foldaway Dish Rack
Folds for larger capacity items
Two utensil holders
Easy to store
Not the best drainage
- Capacity: Large
- Material: BPA-free plastic and sleek stainless steel
- Dimensions: Open dimensions are 19.4 x 15.5 x 5.125 in inches. Closed dimensions is 19.4 x 12.5 x 3.87 in inches
- Weight: 4.7 lbs.
If you’re looking for versatility but also a compact option, our runner up is the pick for you. The OXO Good Grips convertible, foldaway dish rack expands when you need to use it, providing a ton of space for your dishes, but folds down so you can store it easily in your cabinets.
We liked the tines for glasses and the clear utensil holders. Made of plastic, this is a durable option that will not rust and resists mold.
3. Best Over The Sink – SANNO Expandable Dish Drying Rack
Expands to fit
Hard-wearing steel material
Lightweight and easy to move around
5 Years Manufacturer’s warranty
Only 2 utensil compartments
No drain mat for countertop
- Capacity: Up to 7 dishes
- Material: Stainless steel, rubber
- Dimensions: 15″Lx12″Wx 4″H(Collapsed) and 21 inches Long (two handles fully Extended)
- Weight: 1.85 pounds
Basic but functional is the name of the game with this dish rack from Sanno. This expandable dish rack is made to span your sink, to allow air flow around your dishes for complete drying. It can also sit on your counter, but no drip tray is included. Made from stainless steel this rack is rust and mold resistant. We liked that this rack fit a variety of sink sizes. However, we did think that it was a bit small when it came to capacity.
4. Best High-End – Simplehuman Kitchen Steel Frame Dish Rack
Noble large capacity
Durable, long-lasting materials
Exterior wine glass holders
Big for some
- Capacity: Family size
- Material: Stainless steel and plastic
- Dimensions: 19.8″W x 17.7″D x 12.2″H
- Weight: 8 pounds
If you don’t mind spending some cash on attractive kitchen accessories, then this is the dish rack for you. The SimpleHuman steel frame dish rack is made from solid stainless steel, and has stainless steel accessories that are rust resistant and look great.
This rack has plenty of room for dishes for a family of four. We really like the wine glass hanger, which is a feature we didn’t find in many other racks. The drip trays are tilted to drain conveniently into your sink. The price is high though, at nearly $80.
5. Best Steel – Yamazaki Harness Rack
3 compartment cutlery holder
Good wooden accent handles
No external cup holders
- Capacity: 15.75″ of Useable dish rack space
- Material: Steel and Plastic
- Dimensions: 18.5”x13”x7.87”
- Weight: 4.08 lb.
The Yamazaki steel dish rack is our pick for the best steel rack, because it is super functional and looks great. Made from powder coated steel, this rack is gentle on dishes, and has more capacity than some other racks. We like the white color with the wood handles.
The wood handles can double as a towel rack, which is handy. The utensil cup is a bit on the small side, and it would be nice if it hung outside of the rack, to free up some extra capacity.
6. Best Budget – Ahyuan Roll up Dish Drying Rack
Rolls up for easy storage
Long-lasting steel material
Good multi-purpose rack
Very solid and sturdy
Be sure to order correct size
- Capacity: Up to 10 pounds of dishes
- Material: 304 Stainless Steel
- Dimensions: 20.5”x11.2”x1”
- Weight: 10.6 ounces
No frills and a reasonable price tag is what you get with the Anyuan roll-up dish rack. This simple drying rack is made to span your sink, and then rolls up compactly for easy storage. This rack doesn’t have utensil holders or supports for plates and bowls.
It is made from stainless steel and is rust, mold and heat resistant, so it can double as a trivet or to cool baked goods. We like the versatility, but do wish that it held plates a bit more securely.
7. Best Large Capacity – Neat-O Deluxe Chrome-Plated Steel 2-Tier Dish Rack
Good large 2 tier capacity
Detachable cutlery cup
Has goblet holders
Some find challenging to assemble
Not the best draining
- Capacity: 10 plus plates + glasses
- Material: Chrome-plated steel
- Dimensions: 17 x 13 x 13 inches
- Weight: 4.6 pounds
If you frequently entertain or need to do dishes for your family every night, then consider the Neat-O deluxe 2-tier dish rack. This solid steel dish rack has plenty of space for up to 10 plates, and smaller items can be set on the bottom rack.
The drip tray is designed to drain to the sink. We really like the hangers for wine glasses, and compact design. This rack is made from chrome-plated steel, so we did notice some rusting after a while.
8. Best Small – Rubbermaid Antimicrobial Dish Drainer
Good capacity with extra-deep slots
Durable coated wire construction
Built-in Microban antimicrobial protection
A detachable silverware cup
Not as durable as used to be
- Capacity: Up to 13 dishes
- Material: Coated plastic
- Dimensions: 14.31″ x 12.49″ x 5.39″
- Weight: 3.2 ounces
Perfect for small kitchens or for your camper or RV. The Rubbermaid dish drainer is a great basic dish rack that has been a staple in kitchens for years. This rack holds up to 13 plates, and has a removable utensil holder.
It’s made from plastic coated metal which resists rust, and it is antimicrobial to inhibit bacterial growth. The Rubbermaid dish rack doesn’t come with a drip tray, which is a bummer. It also doesn’t feel as sturdy as they used to be.
9. Best Tub – Umbra Tub Countertop Dish Rack
Good large handles
Durable, self-draining design
Good choice for small spaces
Hand Wash or Wipe Down Only
- Capacity: 2 person meals
- Material: BPA-free plastic
- Dimensions: 15 x 14 x 7.5 inches
- Weight: 1.76 lb.
Our pick for the best tub style dish rack is the TUB rack from Umbra. This handy plastic dish rack is molded to be seamless, which reduces the places for mold and bacteria to grow. This rack has evenly spaced tines that hold up plates or support cups and bowls.
We like the simple design and the sturdy construction. The drain isn’t terribly convenient, and for some sink/counter configurations the drain just makes a mess. However, the compact design was nice for smaller kitchens and would be great for camper or RV use.
When it comes to dish racks, we found that the PremiumRacks Professional Dish Rack was our favorite dish rack on the market today. Of the nine options we’ve offered, it is the most versatile, and in general does a pretty decent job of drying dishes.
Dish racks aren’t a glamorous part of your kitchen but they are a handy tool that makes life easier for those chefs that don’t have a dishwasher or just need to hand wash items from time to time. We hope that our list of dish racks has helped you find a great option for your kitchen and your dish washing needs.
How to Choose the Best Dish Rack
Before you run out and select a dish rack, you’ll want to know what features you’re looking for. The best dish rack is really about what you need in your kitchen for the types of dishes that you’ll be using it for. To help you narrow down the choices, we’ve put together this handy buying guide. The features that we’ve included are the same ones that we used to make our list of the nine best dish racks. We think this list will do a great job of helping you find the perfect dish rack for your kitchen.
We think that the type of dish rack that you purchase is the most important feature when it comes to selecting a dish rack. Once you decide which style best fits your needs, you can then select the right size, material and shape. When it comes to the type of dish rack, you have a few options to consider.
In-Sink: In-sink dish racks are made to sit inside your sink, and use the sink to catch water dripping from your dishes. These are handy if you have a larger, two or three compartment sink, and you don’t mind giving up a sink for drying dishes. These are nice because you don’t have to worry about losing valuable counter space.
Over-Sink: Over the sink dish racks are much like the in-sink rack. They use the sink basin to catch any drips from your drying dishes. These dish racks use feet or bars to balance the rack across the sink. Depending on the size and shape of the dish rack and the size and shape of your sink, these can be really handy. They can also be a bit unsteady, so make sure you carefully consider your sink size in relation to the over sink rack you choose.
Counter Top: If you don’t mind using a bit of countertop to dry your dishes, a counter top dish rack is a great option. These racks come in a greater variety of sizes and styles, and offer you more versatility with what you can put in them, than other options. Look for countertop dish racks that come with a catch pan that will either divert water into your sink or hold water until you can pour it out. This will eliminate the need for you to put down towels under the rack.
Collapsible: If you don’t have a ton of space for your dish rack, but need one on a regular basis, you should consider a collapsible dish rack. The most common version of these that you’ll find are the ‘X’ shape dish rack. These aren’t the most versatile, but they do the job, and are easier for transporting or for tucking in your cabinet.
Cabinet Insert: These aren’t as popular in the United States as they are in Europe, but you can find them. We actually think that cabinet insert dish racks are really handy, especially for items you use everyday. Cleaned dishes go directly into your cabinet where they dry, and are ready for use. You don’t have to wait for dishes to dry before putting them away. This is a handy time and space saver for busy people or small kitchens.
Dish racks do come in a variety of sizes that range from full size, that have enough space to handle normal daily dishes for a family of four, to smaller compact sized options that are great for individuals or for using in your camper or RV. If you are washing dishes for a larger group or for your family, do make sure that you’re selecting a larger option, or you’ll find that it doesn’t improve convenience. Also consider the storage space you have to keep your dish rack in when it’s not in use. In general, our suggestion is to pick a dish rack that has enough space for your daily dishes, but isn’t so big that you can’t store it easily.
When it comes to shape, most dish racks fall into three shapes: X-shaped, square/rectangular or round. Like with size, do pick a shape that best fits the needs of your daily dishes or the space you have for storage. Round dish racks are interesting, and do a decent job of drying dishes, but they aren’t always the most convenient to store. X-Shaped don’t offer a ton of versatility when it comes to stacking dishes, but they are convenient to store, since most fold up.
Most dish racks come in one of three basic materials. Which you pick really depends on where you’re using it, and how much you want to spend.
Plastic: Plastic is the most inexpensive, and most light weight of the options. However, in our experience, it is also the least sturdy of the options. We do think that plastic does have its benefits however. It seems the most resistant to mold, and won’t rust. It is also great for using in your camper or RV.
Metal: Metal comes in two options, coated and uncoated. Coated metal dish racks are generally inexpensive, and seem to resist rusting better. These are also more lightweight than the uncoated options. Uncoated dish racks are usually made of stainless steel. These look great on your counter, but can rust. And may not be great for some types of dishware.
Wood: When we talk about wood, we’re thinking bamboo or teak. These two types of wood are most durable with water, and tend to last a longer time than other wood options. Also, many of the X-shaped, collapsible dish racks are made from wood.
There are two things to consider when it comes to durability. First, a good dish rack should last you at least five years, ten years if you want to spend some cash. You can get some really affordable options that will do a great job and last a long time.
The two worst enemies when it comes to dish racks and durability? Mold and rust. Mold and rust can turn a perfectly good dish rack into a mess, in a hurry. Do look for dish racks that don’t have too many nooks and crannies for mold to hide in.
And make sure you protect any coatings on metal dish racks, so they don’t rust. One thing that you should be aware of is that wood dish racks tend to mold the quickest, so in general, we’re not a huge fan of wood dish racks.