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The Best Paper-Towel Holders on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about storage bins, dishwashing gloves, and the best kitchen sponges and dish towels to use if you’re afraid of bacteria, we’ve gone deep here on the best paper-towel holders you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best countertop paper-towel holder under $10

Greenco Chrome Paper Towel Holder
$8 at Amazon

4.3 stars, 677 reviews

“For months and months, my husband would just put the roll of paper towels on the counter. It would roll around all willy-nilly, and sometimes it would get wet because it would find its way into a puddle of water. Then I finally took the situation into my own hands and purchased this paper-towel holder because it was the cheapest one on Amazon that fulfilled my purpose. This paper-towel holder does exactly what it is supposed to do. It keeps the paper towel off the counter and keeps it in one place. All is well once again.”

Best one-handed countertop paper-towel holder under $20

GoodTurn: Vertical One Handed Paper Towel Holder
$17 at Amazon

4.3 stars, 1,025 reviews

“This is possibly the most innovative piece of kitchenware available on this planet. That is why I am writing to NASA asking that they include this item on the next Mars mission! Not only is this visually pleasing, but is functional to infinity and beyond! Future space explorers will be overjoyed at being able to use only one hand for paper-towel-dispensing. And, who knows, this may be adaptable to toilet paper as well!! May the Force be with you.”

Best stainless-steel countertop paper-towel holder

OXO Good Grips SimplyTear Standing Paper Towel Holder, Brushed Stainless Steel
$25 at Amazon

4.5 stars, 1,823 reviews

“I absolutely love my Good Grips SimplyTear Paper Towel Holder. My wooden one snapped at the screw and became stripped after twisting off the knob to replace the paper-towel roll. [But] immediately, I could tell the great quality of the Good Grips Paper Towel Holder. The brushed stainless steel doesn’t smudge with fingerprints and the arm offers just the right amount of tension to make it easy to tear off a paper-towel sheet by sheet, or even two at a time. It is sturdy enough to not tip over even with a one-handed quick tear in an emergency. It is very stylish and blends well with the rest of my stainless-steel appliances. I thought the price was high for something to hold my paper towels, but it is definitely worth it!”

Best marble countertop paper-towel holder

4 stars, 3,077 reviews

“This is one of my favorite kitchen accessories. More or less, it adds a base that the paper-towel roll can now pivot on, but being marble it also is quite heavy and gives the paper-towel roll a strong, solid base. This makes it easier to rip these off, and much more difficult to accidentally knock them over because the weight of the marble is now adding stability. The paper-towel holder also has a felt bottom, which is a nice touch, given that it prevents marking on the counter or sink.

So this is an awesome product and a must-have for the kitchen. It’s got the looks. It’s got the function. It makes life a little more convenient, and can prevent accidentally ruining an entire roll of paper towels. These also make pretty cool gifts. I have given this to a few different people, and everyone I have given this to thus far has absolutely loved it.”

Marble Paper Towel Holder

Best wall-mount paper-towel holder under $20

Kamenstein Perfect Tear Wall Mount Paper Towel Holder, Stainless Steel
$15 at Amazon

4.5 stars, 2,870 reviews

“I love this paper-towel dispenser. We have one in our kitchen and in our guest bathroom. It is open on one side, so it is super easy to install the paper-towel roll, and once you slide your paper-towel roll on, it holds firmly. I haven’t had any issues at all with the paper towel slipping off or with pulling off more sheets than I wanted. The best part is the resistance. It keeps me from pulling off too many sheets at one time because once I pull and rip, it doesn’t keep rolling.”

Best wall-mount paper-towel holder over $20

SimpleHuman Wall Mount Paper Towel Holder, Stainless Steel
$26 at Amazon

4.6 stars, 1,464 reviews

“After 45 years of marriage, and having used many different paper-towel holders over the years, this one is by far the best one we have ever owned or used! I did read the other reviews and tried slightly shorter wood screws to mount it under the cupboard. However, they still penetrated the the floor of the dish cabinet a little. I simply stuck felt circle pads on the tips, and added a new shelf liner. It is not a deal-breaker, as this is by far the best paper-towel holder we have ever had. It is easy to load with new towels and to rip off a single sheet with one hand. We mounted it out far enough, so it will take the largest size if we wished. Even though it is a little pricey, my husband wants to buy a second one for our cottage. Life is too short to be aggravated by a poorly designed paper-towel holder! I recommend it for everyone!”

Best clear-plastic wall-mount paper-towel holder

Spectrum Diversified Wall Mount Paper Towel Holder, Clear
$6 at Amazon

4.4 stars, 977 reviews

“I am not super gentle when I am ripping a paper towel. I didn’t want something I would have to CAREFULLY pull on and pray it didn’t break off. This is as sturdy and strong as I could hope a plastic towel holder would be. I like that you can attach it different ways, vertically, under a cabinet, onto a cabinet. Two screws hold it very securely. I had a metal one in the past, and I like this one better. Easier to change the roll, blends in well with décor, and I don’t really notice it on my white door (I have it attached to an outside door of one of my kitchen cupboards because I have a kitchen from the late 1800s, and space isn’t what it would be in a more modern kitchen).”

Best bamboo wall-mount paper-towel holder

InterDesign Formbu Paper Towel Holder for Kitchen — Wall Mount, Bamboo/Brushed Stainless Steel
$11 at Amazon

4.2 stars, 322 reviews

“I needed a good-looking, well-constructed, easy-to-load (and use), wall-mounted paper-towel holder for my laundry room. This fits all the requirements. We are very happy with it. The wood is attractive, which I appreciate because the laundry room is also the entry from the garage, and I like it to be an attractive entrance to our home.”

Best wall-mount paper-towel holder with shelf

mDesign Wall Mount Paper Towel Holder with Shelf
$11 at Amazon

4.7 stars, 165 reviews

“This is a pretty simple thing, but it does exactly what it says. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality for the price. I will likely purchase a couple more of these. Nice not to have the scummy buildup from the bottom of soap bottles on the side of the sink, prevents rust rings from the bottom of powdered cleaners. Also, although they tell you the size, the shelf part is a lot wider than I visualized; it would hold pretty good-size bottles. My husband installed it, and he didn’t offer up any complaints about the process, but I can’t speak to that because I didn’t do it myself. I know we used the included hardware and feel like it is secure enough in the drywall.”

Best under-the-cabinet paper-towel holder

Prodyne M-913 Stainless Steel Under Cabinet Paper Towel Holder
$14 at Amazon

4.6 stars, 758 reviews

“We wanted to get our paper towel off the kitchen counter to save space, but were worried about putting it under the cabinet because we thought it would hang down too low and be annoying. This holder is working perfectly for us and is so low-profile that I don’t even really notice it. It was simple to install and is easy to get the paper towel off and on. We are very pleased.”

Best copper under-the-cabinet paper-towel holder

InterDesign Forma Swivel Paper Towel Holder for Kitchen — Wall Mount/Under Cabinet, Copper
$12 at Amazon

4.6 stars, 681 reviews

“We bought this paper-towel holder because we don’t have a lot of counter space and wanted to have the paper towels mounted on the wall. We are very pleased with this holder. Here’s why: The paper towels fit well and don’t fall off. I was worried that in the motion of pulling a towel off the roll, the whole roll would come off the bar. This is not the case. Next, aesthetically, this holder is very pleasing. It looks very high-class and will fit well in a modern kitchen. The hinge is well-made and doesn’t squeak. I like that it comes with the hardware you need to install it to the wall or under a cabinet. Lastly, the price is great for what you get. This is a simple, functional holder that will look great in the kitchen.”

Best over-the-cabinet paper-towel holder

Spectrum Diversified Over the Drawer Paper Towel Holder, Brushed Nickel
$7 at Amazon

4.5 stars, 896 reviews

“This is the best paper-towel holder ever. It fits on different-style cabinet doors and still allows the doors to close. I’ve used this in three different kitchens, and it works well. I really like that you can rip the paper towels off with one hand, and the holder stays in place. Super easy to put the rolls on and easy to clean. Great item. Perfect for smaller or galley kitchens — or any place you don’t want your paper-towel hanger visible on a wall or counter.”

Best giraffe-shaped paper-towel holder

Kalalou Rust Giraffe Paper Towel Holder
$29 at Amazon

4.4 stars, 501 reviews

“I was looking for something different to use as a paper-towel holder in the kitchen. This giraffe adds just the right amount of playful to the kitchen. It is the perfect height for a ordinary roll of paper towels; the head and chin poke out above the roll. It is cute enough to consider getting another one for toilet paper or giving as a gift.”

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13 Best Paper-Towel Holders on Amazon, According to Reviews