PremiumRacks Professional Dish Rack
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?
A common theme among reviewers of this model is that it’s worth the (relative) splurge, because “The quality is top notch.” One previously exasperated reviewer writes, “I’ve been searching for the perfect dish rack for over a year now, and apparently the fourth time is the charm! I was hesitant to buy this, mainly because of the price, but figured I’d give it a try after seeing all the positive reviews and photos. I’ve spent over $100 in the last year on total duds, anyway.” One of the most-cited features is just how much it can dry at once. One reviewer explains, “The amount of dishes it can hold is not to be underestimated. I wasn’t expecting the two levels to be able fit all that it can, and am very pleased because I need all the dish space I can get with four kids running around.” Another echoes, “It really does hold all the things! Very well designed!”