Are All Dish Drying Racks the Same?

The number and diversity of dish drying racks is quite impressive and it’s not only the round contours and fewer tight corners that you should look for. You need to also check the crevices where water or gunk may get trapped too.

Taking a closer look to the tray or bin-shaped racks, whether they’re made of metal or plastic, is going to help you make an easier choice when shopping. The draining abilities are essential too and looks fall to last place, as they’re such a subjective matter.

What do professionals say

The specialists say that efficient dish racks are mostly about management and durability. Most popular dish drying racks are made for the people who don’t have the time nor the will to clean it very often. They’re also a good choice for those not having a dishwasher so cleaning them very often isn’t possible.

A reliable dish drying rack should last for at least 3 years, but you may want to aim for more than 5 years. If you’re getting a plastic model, you should expect mold and discoloration issues in time, whereas for the metal one’s rust is the main concern. A dish drying rack that has lower risk for this kind of problems is one with round contours and not many tight corners or crevices, as water may gunk or get trapped in there. Therefore, a drying rack designed and shaped like that is going to be easier to clean too.

Even though dish racks made of bamboo are popular, we’re not going to talk much about this type or racks as they do raise some problems too. If you’re thinking about building your very own dish rack out of wood, you need to consider use a drill for the hole to get the joints, and this exposes the wood a lot more to developing mold sooner or later. Let’s not forget that a dish drying gets wet all the time and dries back again, which makes it expanding, contracting all the time. Due to this continuous processes, it’s only a matter of time until wood is going to crack. You also need to wax or oil it on regular basics, which doesn’t really mean easy to take care of.

You can find dish racks that use flat collection trays, whereas others present an angled drain. It seems that many drain trays aren’t steeply enough to really count and that the effects are rather psychological.  However, some still like the racks with tilted trays, despite the reality that the effect of the angle is purely psychological.

The wall-mounted racks are quite common in Europe and stand as a great choice when your counter is crowded as it is. Many retailers do sell metal racks that are designed for installation in standard cabinets.

Which features count

The models we took into consideration were addressed to one-to four person households, that are washing dishes almost daily. The counter space is the most common problem when it comes to the dish drying racks. Everyone wants a dish rack that has a very small footprint and/or it’s easy to clean. Here are the categories when taking the use of space into consideration:

  • Full-size- a rack of this type is big enough for a family of 3 to 4 members, that eat daily at home
  • Compact size- the dish rack that addresses the smaller households or who don’t eat at home daily
  • Over-the-sink/in-sink- the rack that is great for the double sinks
  • Collapsible-this is for everyone dealing with counter space or in need for more flexibility in their kitchen

The best way to find out about the dish racks types are the customer reviews and it’s wise to check several websites on that.

When you’re checking a dish rack, it’s important to figure out how much it can hold and how well it’s doing its job. You need to check its stability and balance when loaded on one side. How compatible it is with the other sinks and other features also count.

Get a dish rack that comes with drain tray as it’s more efficient on the long run. Try to stay away from the racks with thin plastic parts or protruding parts as they are more difficult to clean and have tight corners as well.