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The Best Clothes-Drying Racks 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 products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about the best portable washing machines, laundry bags, and clothes steamers, here we’re delving into the best clothes-drying racks on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

The Best Accordion Clothes-Drying Rack

AmazonBasics Foldable Drying Rack

“Hands down, best one considering ALL aspects, as follows: Coated metal is much like curtain rods — baked on, not just painted. Nothing to snag delicate fabrics on. (Yay!) Joints are all sturdy and smooth moving. Easy foldout or collapse, and it definitely stands independently when collapsed (another peeve solved). I’m very surprised at the quality for the price frankly. It’s quite tall, so things on hangers won’t drag on the floor, and given its height, it’s as stable as it possibly could be. This little sweetheart is everything I hoped for and more.”

The Best Gull-Wing Clothes-Drying Rack

Honey-Can-Do Heavy Duty Gullwing Drying Rack

“This is my favorite drying rack, and we’ve tried quite a few! This one is really sturdy. I can cram so much stuff onto it, and the adjustable wings make it perfect for drying longer pieces like maxi dresses, too. I use it mostly for drying my leggings and cloth diapers, both inside and outside in the sun, and it happens to fit perfectly in a Jacuzzi tub. I can fit an entire load of cloth all in one, and easily double or triple that hanging down. It folds up really flat, and we’ve stored it in the bathroom, in the kitchen, and in the garage without issue.”

The Best Tripod Clothes-Drying Rack

Household Essentials 5009-1 Collapsible Portable Indoor Tripod Clothes Drying Rack

“This is the greatest invention ever. I bought it for vacation, to use for staging what we’re packing without things get wrinkled, as well as hanging things to dry when we get back from the beach. This thing is perfect! It adds so much hanging space yet fits right in the corner and the two tiers are really useful. It was super easy to assemble and operate. It doesn’t seem to tip over if not evenly weighted. It’s very sturdy and substantial. And it was a good price.”

The Best Bamboo Clothes-Drying Rack

Household Essentials 6524 Tall Indoor Folding Wooden Clothes Bamboo Drying Rack

“This is exactly what I was looking for in a clothes-drying rack. My previous rack was painted white, and the paint flaked off onto everything and made a big mess. This rack is not painted, though it does have a nice glaze (which should be beneficial in preventing mold). The rack is sturdy and tall. I’ve hung a dozen shirts on hangers on it. Not only does it hold them all, but not one of them touched the ground! I needed something that would fold up small to fit in the closet and that was portable. This rack exceeded my expectations.”

The Best Hardwood Clothes-Drying Rack

Pennsylvania Woodworks Clothes Drying Rack

“I have been searching for ‘just the right’ drying rack for a couple of years. This drying rack is large enough to hold a full load of delicates, smooth enough not to snag them, and has large dowels to minimize the crease marks. It’s also very stable; no swaying as I’m loading it up. Though it’s pricey, I’m a firm believer in you-get-what-you-pay-for. The quality is exceptional, and I know I won’t need to purchase another rack for a very long time!”

The Best Outdoor Clothes-Drying Rack

Brabantia Lift-O-Matic Rotary Dryer Clothes Line

“This umbrella clothesline has been such a blessing!! It comes with a metal spike that you can place in the ground and pour concrete around. We have had no problems with it falling or tilting. I love how it rotates and is tall. It comes with a protective cover I use sometimes. I can put three-plus loads of laundry on here and there are no problems with the arms holding up the weight. It has been through a lot, but still looks brand-new and has already paid for itself with the money it has saved us, instead of using the dryer!!!”

The Best Drying Rack on Wheels

Idee Freestanding Collapsible Height-Adjustable-Rack Rolling 3-Tier Clothes (Laundry) Drying Rack

“This thing is awesome! Racks are adjustable. They fold. It rolls. Little hooks for socks, bras, underwear, and gloves. A spot for hangers. Heavy-duty middle bar for jeans. This will hold two extra-large loads of laundry for our family of five. Since the racks fold, we’ll be able to save room by only having what we’re using open. Even the legs fold up for storage, so we’ll be able to keep it out of the way when not in use. I’ll be very sad when this rack finally gives out on us. I expect that to be many years away.”

The Best Stainless-Steel Wall-Mounted Clothes-Drying Rack

Aero W Stainless Steel Folding Clothes Rack

“I hang my wash using this clothes rack and it’s both sturdy and durable. Ultimately, the fact that it’s stainless steel and the design is simple sold me on it. Wet clothes add up to quite a bit of poundage, but this thing has yet to demonstrate any difficulty. That said, I screwed it into the studs, so barring a massive catastrophe, I don’t think it’s coming out. Sometimes I lay a towel beneath to catch any dripping. So far, it’s been a lifesaver, helping me get away from an appliance-dependent lifestyle.”

The Best Plastic Wall-Mounted Clothes-Drying Rack

Leifheit 83100 Telefix 100 Wall Mount Retractable Clothes Drying Rack

“I have always hated drying racks … a necessary evil. They aren’t sturdy, and they always seem to get in the way when they’re in use. At last a solution!!!! These mounted racks are awesome! A pair of jeans and four yoga pants held up perfectly! The rack folds into itself and is barely noticeable when not in use. The BEST part is that even when they are open and full of clothes, they take up half the room of my old rack and leave plenty of space to move around and put in another load in my small laundry room.”

The Best One-Tier Clothes-Drying Rack

Honey-Can-Do Metal Folding Drying Rack, X-Frame Design

“Perfect size for my apartment, and I am amazed how much clothes I can fit on it! I have used it regularly every week for a few months now and it still looks brand-new — no rust problems that I’ve read about previously, and overall a great laundry alternative!”

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The Best Clothes-Drying Racks, According to Amazon Reviews