Dish racks: you need one (whether you’ve got a dishwasher or not) to keep wet dishes upright and your countertops puddle-free. They come in lots of designs and price points, so your ideal dish rack will depend on the size of your kitchen, your counter space, where you’d like to set up your drying station, how much you’ll have to dry, personal style, and budget. Below, some of our favorite dish racks to get you started on your search.
Add a little whimsy. Amazon
The Boon Grass drying rack doesn’t look like your ordinary drying rack: in green, it looks more like a flush field of grass (in white, like a field of snow), with flexible “blades” that hold up the strangest shape of items to dry. It’s BPA-free free and, at just 9.5 inches square, sized to fit most kitchens. Want to hang mugs and add to your grassy countertop look? Grab a drying rack twig to complete your kitchen-top forest and your drying needs.
A Pick That Doesn’t Stand Out
Chrome plated sink side drainer with a plastic cutlery cup. Amazon
This guy does no more and no less than what you’d expect: it’s a minimal steel rack you can place on your countertop or in your sink to air-dry. There are slots to hold up more than eight dishes, a detachable cup for cutlery, and notches to hang your cups. This unfussy rack measures 13 x 14 x 5 inches.
Two functions in one.
A foldable dish drying rack and mat in one. Amazon
Try this dish drying rack and mat combo if you want a rack that packs away and multitasks efficiently. A removable BPA-free plastic rack has 19 slots for dishes, while the rest of the rack consists of an absorbent microfiber mat. If you need to put it away, it’s easy to fold up and tuck into a drawer. The standard size measures 24 x 18 inches, or go for a 20 x 13-inch mini version great for smaller countertops.
Go Big Or Go Home
This elegant choice is packed full of features. Amazon
Want to upgrade to something a bit more deluxe? Go for the simplehuman dish rack, which has all sorts of thoughtful features, like a swivel spout that reroutes water into the sink, not onto your counter. Or: a hydrophilic coating that helps water spread and gets the plastic tray to dry more quickly. It’s also made of rust proof, fingerprint-resistant stainless steel.