Four dish drying racks for every type of kitchen

Whimsical, practical, smart.

grass drying rack
Passive drying.Amazon

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.

Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack

Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack

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.

Neat-O Deluxe Chrome-plated Steel Small Dish Drainers

Neat-O Deluxe Chrome-plated Steel Small Dish Drainers

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.

Umbra Udry Mini Dish Rack and Drying Mat

Umbra Udry Mini Dish Rack and Drying Mat

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.

simplehuman Kitchen Compact Dish Rack

simplehuman Kitchen Compact Dish Rack

An elegant dish rack with smart features to help dishes dry faster.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.