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Last year Business Insider voted our dish rack best overall. We forgot to blog it when it was released but here it is...

Here's what that they had to say:


  • A top-quality dish drying rack has a large capacity without taking up too much space, is designed for easy water run-off and efficient drying, and is easy to clean. The Premium Racks Professional Dish Rack is our top pick because it is customizable and can hold all of your odds and ends.

Even if you have a dishwasher, there are some kitchen items you just don't want to trust in it. For instance, you should always wash your best knives by hand. And, you will extend the life of your cookware by cleaning it with old-fashioned elbow grease.

Dish drying racks are an indispensable tool when doing dishes by hand. They keep your dishes in a holding pattern until you are ready to dry them. Or, you can just leave them to air dry.

Aside from bamboo knife blocks and silicone mats, the most popular materials used to make dish racks are stainless steel and hard plastic. Both materials have their plusses and minuses. Though it generally isn't an issue, some cheaper brands use stainless steel that is sometimes susceptible to rusting. Plastic dish racks are more likely to break. For the most part, though, you are unlikely to experience these problems when you choose one of the top-rated racks.

When shopping for a dish drainer, pay special attention to its dimensions if you have a small kitchen. You don't want to end up with a behemoth that dominates your counter space. Yet, if you have the extra room and a large family, one of the bigger models might be preferable.

Drying racks can be used for much more than just drying dishes. Some people like to use them as cooling racks for cookies, cake, bread, and other baked goods. If you decide to buy one of the dish racks we recommend, don't throw out your old one. Apartment Therapy offers a number of useful ways to repurpose dish drainers. You might use your old dish rack to organization mail or files, as a planter, or as a book caddy.

While researching the best dish drying racks, we looked at hundreds of rating and reviews of countless racks from both experts and buyers. The ones included in our guide are durable, well-designed, and they allow water to run off easily to ward off mold.

Why you'll love it: The Premium Racks Professional Dish Rack can hold twice as many dishes as other racks and comes with several unique features.

What sets the Premium Racks Professional Dish Rack apart from other racks is its customizability. You can choose where to place the cutting board attachment, three cup holder attachments, microfiber mat, knife holder, wide utensil holder, and the two drainboards. Also, the top shelf is removable and can be positioned front to back or side to side.

The rack is made of 304 stainless steel, which typically resists rust and other corrosive elements. With a 17.5-inch long by 13.9-inch wide by 11-inch tall footprint, the Professional Dish Rack can hold a lot of dishes, but it may not be the best solution for smaller kitchens.

The Kitchen Professor recommends the Premium Racks Professional Dish Rack because it can be customized and configured to meet your needs. The reviewer liked that it kept water off the counter, but would have preferred it if there were rubber stoppers on the feet to prevent sliding and scratching their countertop.

The reviewer at The Wirecutter was impressed with how many dishes and extra features this rack had, but stopped short of recommending it because the testers had trouble putting it together. They did find that Premium Racks' customer service was responsive.

About 85% of the people who reviewed the Professional Dish Rackon Amazon gave it four or five stars. Buyer Big Sur Scott commented that the instructions for assembling the rack seemed like they were designed by "a small family of squirrels in Romania." Overall, though, he gave the rack five stars because of the knife drying attachment and other similar perks. Other buyers were impressed with the number of dishes that the rack can hold.