Nobody loves washing the dishes. It’s one of the certainties of modern living; like death and taxes.
The second worse job is drying the dishes. If only there were something that made drying up a little bit easier?
Dish drying racks are the perfect solution. They’re cheap to buy and will reward you with effortless drying. And you won’t have to pile your wet pots and pans into a tower, waiting to fall like a game of Jenga.
We think that these are the best dish drying racks
A buyers guide
Dish drying racks come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are most commonly made of stainless steel, plastic or bamboo.
Dish drying racks often sit over the sink, draining excess water from the dishes that drips down the drain.
Folding dish racks are useful when you have a limited countertop space, as they are easily stored. If you have a draining board section of your sink unit, you could consider a more permanent solution, rather than a fold-away rack.
Some dish drying racks have compartments for knives and forks, as well as plate holders so that your plates will stand on edge for maximum drainage.
If you don’t have a draining unit and it’s not practical to place a dish drying rack over the sink, you could consider an optional drip tray, which will collect the excess water from underneath the rack. This could be placed on any clear area of your counter-top, next to the sink.
Consider a drying rack made from heat- and oil-resistant materials. Some flat drying racks can double up as a pot holder/trivet for resting cooking pots, straight from the oven.
It’s worth considering a rack that includes a glass holder to store your wet drinking glasses while they dry, to avoid breakages.
The roll-up dish drying rack is a wonderful, space-saving invention that’s easy to store when not in use.
The Muzitao folding dish drying rack is made from premium stainless steel to prevent corrosion and rust, and is coated with silicone to protect your crockery and fragile drinking glasses from sliding around while drying.
The rack is 20.5″ wide and 13″ long. This larger unit will fit perfectly over the sink or draining board.
The entire rack is dishwasher safe. Drying racks, if left out permanently, get splashes from cooking and other kitchen activities, so regular cleaning is essential to keep the unit hygienic.
The drying rack is designed to be placed over the sink or draining board. The water drains away into your sink, rather than dripping into a puddle on a drip tray which requires regular emptying.
The rack comes in two colors – Steel Grey and Charcoal, designed to blend into your kitchen decor.
The Muzitao Roll-Up dish drying rack is also capable of withstanding high heats, so can be used as a cooling rack for hot pots and serving dishes, straight out of the oven.
20.5″ x 13″ – plenty of space for your crockery.
Sleek, foldable design
2 colors – Steel Grey and Charcoal
Can be used as a cooling rack
Silicone covered to keep crockery and glasses from sliding around
Just a single-tiered rack – not stackable. Would be useful for a limited wash.
2. SANNO Dish Rack Over Sink, Adjustable Arms Holder Utensil Drainer Functional Drying Organizer for Vegetable and Fruit, Kitchen organizer Strainer Dish Drainer- rustproof stainless steel
The Sanno Over-Sink dish rack is a small unit, perfect for complementary washing and drying of items shouldn’t go in the dishwasher.
This Sanno rack also doubles as a fruit and vegetable airer, great for drying veg after you’ve cleaned them under the tap.
The unit is the standard 13″ long, which will fit most kitchen sink units, and 10” wide. There’s a rubber coating on the extendable arms to keep the rack firmly in place when placed over the sink, and 4 rubber feet that will ensure that it stays in place when placed on the countertop.
This rack, made of top 304 stainless steel, will never rust or corrode and can be cleaned in the dishwasher without causing damage.
This is a perfect space saver for small kitchens without a draining board, taking up about half the space of a large dish drying rack.
Because this rack fits over the sink, it’s the perfect tool for cleaning vegetables.
This unit comes with a 2-year manufacturer’s guarantee, as well as a 180-day return and money-back guarantee.
Small unit, perfect for smaller kitchens
Fits over the sink
Extendable arms ensure that it will fit any sized kitchen sink
Made from 304 stainless steel
Rubber coated arms to keep the rack in place
Rubber feet to protect your countertop and keep it in place
Small unit. Wouldn’t be suitable for large washes. Not capable of stacking dishes.
The Purzest folding dish drying rack is the perfect solution for drying larger volumes of dishes and cups. Made from durable, natural bamboo, this rack adds a little rustic charm to your kitchen – perfect for the cottage-style kitchen lover.
The unit folds down flat for easy storage after use. And to ensure that the rack dries out thoroughly after use, this Purzest rack comes with a microfiber drying mat.
At 18” long, this is a large dish drying rack, capable of storing a full dinner set.
The rack is made from high quality, eco-friendly, natural bamboo, so is an excellent choice for those of us who want to save the planet. It’s easy to clean and maintain.
This 2 level dish rack has plenty of room for a full dinner set of plates on the upper level and 4 cups on the lower level.
Made from eco-friendly, natural bamboo
Stylish and rustic, perfect for the cottage-style kitchen
2 levels of drying
Will accommodate a full dinner set, and 4 cups.
Folds down after use
Comes with a microfiber drying mat
Stainless steel drying racks tend to last for longer than bamboo racks. Although they’re sturdy, they can rot at the joints over time.
The Neat-O dish drying rack is perfect for the smaller kitchen, but still has plenty of capacity to hold plates, glasses, and cups. This unit comes with a cutlery holder.
The chrome-finish is stylish and will prevent premature corrosion. The color-coated wire base helps to prevent your plates and glasses from sliding around, while keeping the rack in place on the draining unit or countertop.
There are enough raised slots for 8 dishes, and holders for 4 drinking glasses. The plastic cutlery holder is perfect for drying knives, forks, and spoons, keeping the finish tarnish-free.
This unit is 13″ long to fit a standard-sized kitchen sink and 14″ wide. It’s small enough to fit on the countertop or draining board, or to sit in the sink tub after cleaning.
Small unit, perfect for smaller kitchens.
Coated feet stop the rack from sliding around on the countertop or draining board
Coated bottom keeps your dishes in place while drying
Holds up to 8 plates and 4 drinking glasses
Comes with a plastic cutlery drying compartment
Quite lightweight in build. Although it is strong enough to hold 8 plates and 4 glasses, the chrome wire is quite thin.
This simplehuman dish rack is made from sturdy grey plastic, with a rotating draining spout, making this a perfect solution for the countertop.
The plastic base collects the drips and directs the draining water through a single spout. If you don’t have a draining board, this is ideal for placing alongside the sink, with the spout aimed towards the tub, so that excess water drips down the drain and not onto your countertop.
This could be one of the best dish drying racks for the smaller kitchen – an excellent, all-in-one solution for draining your dishes. The internal metal rack is soft-coated to protect your crockery from chips and scratches and is strong enough to hold up to 10 plates, and the cutlery holder will hold plenty of knives and forks.
The internal rack is rust-proof and easy to clean. The easy-clean plastic walls of the unit help to hide the clutter of drying dishes.
The simplehuman compact dish rack comes with a full 5-year warranty.
Pivoting spout allows you to direct the drips from the bottom of the rack directly into the sink
Sturdy plastic walls keep the clutter of drying dishes out of view
Easy to clean
Metal drying rack is coated to prevent scratches and chips on your precious crockery and drinking glasses
Comes with a cutlery holder for drying knives, forks, and spoons
Although the pivoting spout is excellent for draining most of the excess water, some remains in the bottom of the drainer. You need to shake out the remaining water to prevent mildew developing.
This is a slightly different type of draining board. The OXO Tot Bottle and accessories drying rack is designed for the nursing parent.
The base of the rack has 56 flexible tines, designed to fit baby’s bottles for drying. This unit will accommodate at least 8 disassembled baby bottles and their component parts. The tines provide perfect security for the upside-down bottle, keeping it ventilated to ensure hygienic drying.
The elevated ribs along the base of the unit are perfect for drying smaller bottle parts, keeping the air circulating around them while they dry.
The cup for holding utensils, straws and medicine droppers can be moved and clipped on to other parts of the rack, making this a versatile product, perfect for any kitchen.
The entire unit is dishwasher safe and can also be used to hold baby plates and cutlery once the nursing period is over.
Perfect for the nursing parent
Holds up to 8 bottles and their component parts
The entire unit is dishwasher safe
Raised drying ribs keep air circulating around all of the drying utensils
Not suitable for family drying. Specialist baby-drying unit.
The Best Dish Drying Rack
They all serve a purpose, but we think that the simplehuman Compact Dish Rack is the best for homes with (or without) a draining board. The water drips are directed by a movable spout, so that the water drips into the sink, rather than onto the countertop. It can hold up to 10 plates, giving you plenty of scope for a full wash.
The plastic sides are high enough at the sides to conceal your drying dishes, keeping your kitchen ordered and tidy.