The area next to our kitchen sink has always been a source of disdain for us. The reason for our ill feelings? The dreaded dish rack. If it's pretty it doesn't work well (counters getting soaked, mildewy build-up in the drip tray), and if it functions well it's probably ugly. Not the case with our latest find, though.
Sure, it's no Dish Doctor, but the stainless steel is nice and the plastic not obtrusive. But what won our hearts is the functionality of the product. The drip tray is elevated with a slight slant, meaning no funk build-up between tray and counter, and water runs smoothly down the spout (the rubber thing that looks like it's sticking it's tongue out) and into the sink. The plastic utensil bins ensure you won't get any of those little rust marks from metal on metal contact, and the knife block keeps blades safely covered. The sides fold down so you can store it out of sight easily and the drip tray can be positioned in either direction, in case your counter space is shallow. It's $50 (a little groan), but in a line from our favorite movie, "It costs money... it costs money, because it saves money" - meaning no new trays and no products for getting rid of any moldiness on your counter.
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