Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in a 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 products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of things that help you do your laundry — including the best laundry bags, best laundry baskets, and best portable washers — here we’ve rounded up the best clothes-drying racks, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated clothes-drying rack
With over 70 percent of reviews being five-star ratings, this clothes-drying rack was a favorite among shoppers for its durability, sturdiness, and how easily it folds and unfolds. One reviewer, who says it’s sturdy “like a tank,” writes, “I’ve had this drying rack for a few years now and keep meaning to write a review of it because I love it so much. I know—a drying rack. How can you love a drying rack? But I use this almost every day to hang dry delicates and synthetic-fabric athletic wear and it is really the best.” And more than one reviewer wishes they’d found this rack earlier. One says, “My only regret with this purchase is that I didn’t do it sooner. My apartment’s dryers are terrible at drying anything, so it is almost a guarantee that I will still have some of my laundry that is damp/wet after a cycle. This rack makes that painful experience a little easier now that I don’t have wet clothes hanging all around my house. I can finally have people over on laundry day!” Another late adopter praises the rack highly, saying, “It’s taken me 40 years to finally own a folding drying rack, and damn, you can cram it full of items. The rack stands proudly, a sturdy white beacon of steel, rivet and pride, and hope … and an overall more sensible way for a man to do his own laundry on the fly.”
Best-rated (less expensive) clothes-drying rack
“Awesome product for the price!” says one reviewer. Plenty of others agree, sharing sentiments like “good design and price” and “strong, practical, and at a great price.” Beyond the price, reviewers rave about this drying rack as a space-saver in small apartments. “Who ever thought they would be reading a review for a laundry hamper? I am even more surprised that I am WRITING a review for a laundry hanger! That said, here I am, writing it, because it is just that good,” says one reviewer. “This thing is an absolute lifesaver for small spaces. Rather than hanging delicates on every surface of my apartment, I can clip small things to this guy and hang them on a door or on my shower bar.”
And now for some micro-picks for every type of clothes-drying rack you might be looking for.
Best stainless-steel clothes-drying rack
Shoppers praised the sturdiness of this rack, and many called it “heavy duty.” The stainless-steel frame was a big selling point, too. One reviewer says, “I love the fact that it’s stainless steel and there’s no chance for the slightest bit of mold to grow on it.” And reviewers liked that they could use the rack outside without worrying about rust. “The stainless steel and plastic construction is all-weather durable: it won’t mildew or rot like some wood racks can,” says one shopper. Another writes, “The stainless steel makes it great for using outside and it’s really sturdy — haven’t had it fall over or get pushed at all in the wind.”
Best bamboo clothes-drying rack
Another rust-free option is bamboo, and shoppers loved how low-key and reliable the material is. “I would recommend bamboo over any other material,” says one shopper. “It gets wet, then it dries; no big deal. I know I’ll have this for a long time without having to worry about it rusting or getting gross. It’s exactly what I wanted.” And the design is so good that even an architect praised it: “I LOVE this bamboo clothes drying rack, so much that I custom built its own cabinet in my laundry to hold it,” she writes. “It folds up to a small size, but opens up to hold an entire load of clothes. As an architect, the thing I love about it most is that the drying rods also serve as the structural support of the rack. I’ve had it for 2 years, and it’s very durable.”
Best clothes-drying rack for small spaces
“This has a very small footprint, but it’s so well designed and sturdy that it holds a lot,” says one reviewer. Another shopper, who calls this a “space saver that gets the job done,” says, “I live in a small apartment, and before I bought this I’d have to hang my delicates to air dry wherever I could — my bathroom, my towel hangers, my living room — anywhere. This thing not only holds a lot of clothes and solves my air drying problem, but I mostly appreciate how it’s compact because my storage space is very limited.”
Best clothes-drying rack for sweaters
“Have amazing expensive sweaters you don’t want to dry clean? THIS IS YOUR new GO-TO,” enthuses one reviewer. “This has changed my life.” And if you’ve dried sweaters flat on a towel in the past, this mesh clothes-dryer speeds up the process. “The mesh allows air to circulate around the sweater so it dries faster,” writes one shopper, who also noted that “it folds up for storage.” And compared to other sweater-drying racks, this one is a standout. “This is a very well designed product,” comments one. “I have had other sweater dryers and have been so frustrated because they constantly pulled apart. This one stays together once assembled and easily folds up for storage … It also is stackable, which is another plus.”
Best wall-mounted drying rack
If you’re looking to free up some floor space, a wall-mounted drying rack might be a good choice. “This thing is great!” says one shopper. “It’s so nice not to be tripping over or constantly moving drying racks, or dodging stuff on hangers hung on the shower rod.” It’s another one that works well in small spaces, and even has a two-in-one towel bar feature. “This rack is everything we wanted for our small laundry room,” writes one reviewer. “It’s perfect for drying baby items and other clothing that cannot be hung. I love that the rack takes out so little when not being used. In addition, I love that there is a permanent towel bar on the bottom when even the rack is retracted. As a result, I didn’t have to install a separate towel holder on the wall. Highly recommended.”
Best wood drying rack
Over 90 perecent of reviewers gave this clothes-drying rack a five-star review. “Can’t wait to do laundry, sounds weird, doesn’t it?” says one reviewer. Even though the price is higher than some of the racks on this list, shoppers found that it was worth the splurge. “This was the most expensive drying rack I considered on Amazon … however, this is truly a case of ‘you get what you pay for!’ ” comments one. “This rack is extremely well made of solid, heavy duty wood, which is untreated, which was one of the main reasons I selected it. The rack is large, and will hold a lot of clothes, and sits solidly on the floor. My thought after unpacking it (and boy, was it well packed!) was that this is a multi-generational drying rack — my granddaughters and their children will be using this! I am totally delighted with my purchase.”
Best X-frame drying rack
“The X-frame is the perfect formation for hang drying clothes,” writes one reviewer. “HUGE and I love it!” says one shopper. Another writes, “I absolutely LOVE this drying rack! It is so compact and easy to store. Yet it will fit in my bathtub for really wet items. One of the best purchases I’ve ever made!” Reviewers praise the design of this rack for offering plenty of room for drying. “I absolutely love the iron table folding design and there’s so much more width and space,” says one. Another says, “To be honest, my expectations were low due to the very low price point but wow was I pleasantly surprised! This drying rack is great! It’s lightweight but sturdy when in place. Folds easily and fits in a closet when not in use. I highly recommend!”
Best rotary clothes-drying rack
“Whoever designed this is brilliant!” says one happy shopper who gave this five stars. “This rotary clothes dryer is at the top of my list for favorite products ever purchased! … So easy to let up and down, very sturdy but lightweight. Excellent design! I haven’t used my electric dryer in months and the utility bill is much lower.” Reviewers also praise this rack for being sturdy, and one even says, “Moved house five times, and it is as sturdy as the day I bought it.” Another writes, “It’s funny to get envious comments from visitors on a clothesline but I have had several on this one … It turns easily so I can stand in one spot to hang up clothes. It also turns in the wind which, while it might not make any difference in clothes drying, sure is fun to watch.”
Best clothes-drying rack for underwear
Reviewers found that this was a great option for hang-drying lightweight items like socks and underwear. And even though it’s small, it holds a lot: “I put 4 sports bras, 2 pairs of shorts, and 5 or 6 underwear. It easily held these and could hold more,” says one shopper. “Great product, lots of clips,” says another, calling the rack “sturdy” and noting that it “balances well when items are on it.” They also write, “I usually use it for socks, tights/leggings, and delicate underwear, but have also used it to hang dry heavier items such as shirts or jeans. Very happy with this product — I use it weekly when I do laundry!”
Best over-the-door drying rack
Another apartment-friendly option, this drying rack was a favorite of those doing laundry in smaller spaces. “I have a small apartment and not a lot of room for laying out clothes that can’t go into the dryer. I’m very happy with this!” says one reviewer. “It folds flat when not in use, so even if you just keep it hanging it won’t take up a lot of space.” And the price is right, too: “For $9, I gave this over the door drying rack a try and it’s perfect. Just the right size to lay out my shirts, folds flat against the door when not in use, very sturdy and best of all, cheap! If you live in an apartment, this is perfect for drying your clothes,” writes one shopper.
Best stackable drying rack
Reviewers who needed to lay multiple items flat to dry at once praised this rack for its stackability. “This drying rack is stackable, and perfect for my needs. Have used it LOTS this winter and would definitely recommend to others. Lightweight and portable, but large enough to accommodate a cardigan,” writes one commenter. One shopper notes that there is “no limit indicated by manufacture on how many you can stack, but I don’t see a problem with stacking 10 or 15 units.” And they’re a much better option than the old flat-drying-on-a-towel method. “This stackable mesh sweater drying rack is exactly what I wanted. I moved out from my parents a few years ago and had no way of drying my sweaters flat for the last 3 years so this is a great improvement from setting them on a towel and flipping it every few hours,” comments one shopper. “Because this is mesh it dries much faster than my towel method, which is something that I need for sure. I make sure to but the rack somewhat near a vent or leave a fan running in the room to help it air dry a little bit quicker.”
Best travel drying rack
At least seven reviewers mention bringing this portable clothesline to Europe, and those who already had were pleased with the results. “Truly a lifesaver during our 3-week trip to Europe this fall,” says one. “We used this in the shower on a cruise and even out on our deck (behind the deck chairs) during our evening sails to dry socks, underwear and T-shirts. It saved us a ton on laundry services.” And if you’re traveling somewhere where you’ll be in or around water, this is an especially good pick. “Perfect item to bring with you when traveling, especially when you’re vacationing where you have plenty of water activities with the need to air dry clothing,” says one reviewer. Another writes, “Brought this travel clothesline along on our 35-day cruise to hand wash underwear and hang to dry. It worked perfectly! The hooked ends make it easy to attach to anything you can put the ends through or around.”
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