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We tested dish racks from PremiumRacks, Joseph Joseph, OXO, and Simple Human to find the best option for your kitchen.
If you’ve ever washed dishes by hand, you understand the necessity of a good drying rack. Choose well and the rack will hold lots of dishes securely for optimum drying, choose poorly and you’re in for a wet countertop and broken plates. And make no mistake—having the right dish rack matters, because you’ll use it every day.
That’s why we made it our mission to find the best dish rack for your kitchen, testing seven of the most beloved racks on the market to determine the top performers. Whether you have lots of counter space or none to spare, our favorites, like the PremiumRacks Professional Dish Rack , are exactly what you need.
PremiumRacks Professional Dish Rack - 304 Stainless Steel - Fully Customizable - Microfiber Mat Included - Modern Design - Large Capacity
Before I unboxed this bad boy, I never knew dish racks could have so many bells and whistles. Its countertop footprint isn’t as big as you’d expect for something that can hold as many dishes as the PremiumRacks—but that’s only because it happens to be a smartly designed double-decker. The bottom portion is your standard featureless rack, fine for balancing bowls or perhaps a colander, but the top portion holds plates more securely than most racks. A cutlery basket hooks onto the side, as does a second basket that can be topped with a lid specifically designed for sharp knives. The cup holder clips don’t work as well as they should, but you have plenty of space to dry your cups on the rack itself—especially if you dry your cutting boards in the special cutting board attachment. The rack also comes with two drain board options—one meant to let water pool, and the other designed to tip any water into the sink—plus a microfiber cloth to set underneath.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the features, don’t be. The most stressful part of the rack is simply assembling it, which could take 10 minutes and a good look at some Ikea-style visual instructions, but once it’s assembled, everything is fairly straightforward. All of the extras are optional, including the top rack, but if your cabinets are high enough to accommodate a double-decker rack, then I highly recommend this rack. It’s sturdy, shiny, and uses space pretty efficiently—what could be so bad?