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The Best Dish Racks on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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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 ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written about plenty of kitchen essentials before — including the best flatware sets, basic-but-cool ceramic plates, even what to do if you’re scared of dirty kitchen sponges — here we’ve rounded up the best dish racks, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated dish rack

Surpahs Over the Sink Multipurpose Roll-Up Dish Drying Rack (Warm Gray, Large)

This adaptable, roll-up drying rack has a dedicated fan base among reviewers, many of whom call it things like the “greatest thing ever,” “durable,” “extremely sturdy” and “exactly what I needed with a sink that didn’t have a separate section for drying dishes.” One reviewer who recommends it writes simply, “Buy this, you will understand why people rave about it.”

People love that it works well for drying regular dishes — “My dishes dry much better, without leaving any residue, especially my glasses and clear plastic containers. Glad I purchased this.” — as well as more niche needs. One person explains, “I bought this because my husband rinses out his multi-part coffee maker each morning and had to leave the parts on paper towels on the counter to dry. It took up a lot of my counter space! This is really great because he can put it over one side of the sink to dry his coffee stuff, then I just roll it back up so I can use that side of the sink when there’s nothing that needs [to be] dried.” Others have found it useful for things like “sopping wet swimsuits” over a laundry room sink. Many echo that it’s become an everyday household essential, like one reviewer who says, “LOVE! I’ve been told before that I have commitment issues, but this thing will be with me for life!”

Best-rated (less expensive) dish rack

Camco Durable Mini Dish Drainer Rack and Tray

Many reviewers found this small dish rack useful in compact spaces like RVs, like one who writes, “This dish drainer is exactly that we needed for our camper. It is VERY compact and fits in our cabinet neatly.” Another RV owner who “needed it to fit in the sink when not in use” found that this one “fits the bill,” and that its capacity “works for dishes for the two or three of us there are so long as you do dishes after each meal.”

It’s also earned itself fans among stationary small-space dwellers, like one who has “a small counter top” and was impressed by how much the rack could hold: “Don’t assume you’ll only be able to put small cups and dishes on it, because full-size dishes do fit on it … It was designed in a compact, efficient way, so that it utilizes every inch of its body, with the cup holders on two sides, and the molded utensil sleeves built inside it.” The result? “I’m very pleased, which is saying a lot, because I’m picky about everything.”

And now for some micro-picks for every type of dish-drying rack you might be looking for.

Best collapsible dish drying rack

Prepworks by Progressive Collapsible Over-the-Sink Dish Drainer

Reviewers love that this collapsible dish rack “easily compresses into a flat board (as thick as a cutting board)” or, as one describes it, “flat as a pancake.” One apartment-dweller explains, “Like many other residents of NYC, I do not have much counter spaces in my kitchen. This rack is exactly what I need … I store it in a standing rack with my cutting boards.” Many satisfied customers also love that it’s adjustable for different sink sizes, like one who says, “I think my sink must be odd-sized. [This] will fit any sink. Just adjust by pulling out the sides.”

Best over-sink dish rack

Over-the-Sink Kitchen Dish Drainer Rack, Durable Chrome-Plated Steel (Black)

The sturdy build and secure fit of this dish rack made it a favorite among reviewers. Many prefer it to adjustable models (“The solid design actually makes it easier to use.”), as one raves, “It’s wide and fits my sink wonderfully. I’ve tried others that expand and they seem too weak to hold what I put in them so this is the way to go.” Another explains that it works so well because the “Rubber edging keeps from sliding,” and it has “rubber stoppers on the ‘feet’ so when necessary, I can pull it out & use as regular dish rack.” Several people also found its design to be a positive feature, like one who was “very surprised at how attractive it is. I know, a sink drainer, attractive? But it is and looks so much nicer with my stainless steel sink … I used to hide my old one when company came, [but I] will leave this one where it is.”

Best dish drainer rack

Neat-O Deluxe Chrome-plated Steel Small Dish Drainers

“Small” and “sturdy” are the words of praise echoed by reviewer after reviewer for this rack, which can rest fully in most sinks. One reviewer writes, “This little drainer fits perfectly in the side of my standard stainless double sink … Now my countertop is not cluttered and I am a HAPPY GIRL!” She finds it useful for purposes beyond dishwashing, as well, adding, “Another bonus is that I use it when I’m washing produce to let my fruits, veggies, and lettuce drip dry. It’s easy to keep clean and it looks nice — Very unobtrusive.” Reviewers love that it can hold a lot despite its relatively small footprint. One calls out that “The plate holders are even big enough to take my heavy, big, diner-style plates. And all without tipping over.”

Best stainless steel dish rack

Simplehuman Steel Frame Dish Rack With Wine Glass Holder, Fingerprint-Proof Stainless Steel, Gray

Dozens of reviewers praise the “functional, sturdy, and beautiful design” of this rack and feel it’s worth the price, including one who goes so far as to say, “I’ve owned this dish rack for over a year and can state unequivocally this is the best dish rack in the history of man. (How’s that for drama?)” Another praises its functions like being “compact yet spacious; well-built (solid); very easy to clean; doesn’t leave water marks; has a “tongue” which directs water right into the sink where it belongs; AND has great eye appeal. I receive compliments on this dish rack often.”

Best two-tier dish rack

PremiumRacks Professional Dish Rack — 304 Stainless Steel

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!”

Best drying rack with a drain plug

OXO Good Grips Convertible Foldaway Dish Rack, Stainless Steel

What makes this model “THE BOMB,” as one person put it, and sets it apart from others, according to reviewers, was the “ingenious” drain plug at the bottom. One explains, “I keep it closed and then open to drain into the sink after a wash’s worth; it somehow reminds me of my swimming bathtub Aquaman … Just a cool feature, and efficient. Get one.” Its collapsibility was also a favorite feature for many, who said things like, “I love the way that it folds down to take up very little space when you need to put it away … [and] the collapsible plate rack.”

Best bamboo dish drying rack

Totally Bamboo 20-8517 Dish Drying Rack, Brown

Reviewers loved that this dish rack was “gorgeous” and that it had a certain “sleekness.” One satisfied customer calls it the “best dish rack ever,” saying it looks “much better than that plastic [rack] that I would clean and clean and clean and it never looked good after the treatment wore off.” Many reviewers found the bamboo model easier to care for than its plastic or metal counterparts, like one who said, “We replaced a “high-end” disk rack that, although well designed, was a pain to clean … the water/mineral build up was almost impossible to remove. This (bamboo) dish rack, on the other hand, has NO water/mineral build up, at all … Prayers answered!” It was also a favorite for one reviewer with a very niche need: “We don’t use this for dishes. But it makes a perfect drying rack for vinyl records after we clean them!”

Best mini dish rack

Umbra Sinkin Mini Dish Rack, Black/Nickel

“What a perfect size this is for me,” writes one reviewer, echoing the sentiment of many others looking for a scaled-down drying rack, and continuing, “it fits perfectly and is stable and doesn’t move around. If you have a ton of dishes, and need lots of capacity, this rack is not for you. But for apartments, condos, etc. with smaller kitchens, this is pretty nice.” Another reviewer called it “the perfect dish rack for the 40 section of my new 60/40 sink.” Many reviewers were fans of the low profile of the piece, so that the sink “doesn’t look like there is always something not put away in it.”

Best baby bottle drying rack

Boon Grass Countertop Drying

Parents of infants love this drying rack for baby bottles and are impressed both by its “cute modern appeal” and the number of bottles it can hold. One writes, “A TON fits on here, as you can see even one blade of ‘grass’ can hold an item up on sides.” While another notes, “I was able to fit all ten of my 2-ounce bottles, a few larger bottles, and all of my pump parts and a few nipples no problem.” It also has fans among people who use it for regular dishes. A third reviewer also says it’s good for non-baby products: “I hand wash our stainless steel straws, blender, and some of our decorative glasses, but didn’t want a huge dish dryer contraption on the counter top. When I saw this in a magazine for baby dish drying, I thought it would be perfect … Very cool looking, great design, and very practical.”

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The Best Dish Racks on Amazon, According to Reviewers