Product Review: Bamboo Dish Rack from Simple Human

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Name: Bamboo Frame Dish Rack from Simple Human
Price: $79.99
Rating: Recommend*

I do not have a dishwasher, which means all the dishes get hand-washed in my house, so it’s not uncommon for the dish rack to be under quite a bit of strain from the day’s (week’s?) plates, glasses, and pans. We went through two replacements of this wooden dish rack from IKEA, which warped and cracked both times. I was tired of having a “disposable” dish rack. I wanted something sturdy, reliable, and long-lasting, but still nice to look at! This dish rack from Simple Human fit the bill.

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The dish rack is made with natural bamboo sealed with a durable waterproof coating and a rust-proof anodized aluminum. The drainage system consists of a swivel spout and drip tray that pulls out beneath the cup holders to divert water into the sink (and not on the countertop). Cup holders stack along the frame, and there are special holders for both utensils and knives. Utensil holder, inner frame, and drip tray are top-rack dishwasher safe; clean all other parts with warm, soapy water. 5 year warranty. Measures 20.5″D x 15.2″W x 8.7″H.

The Verdict:

I really like how sturdy and attractive this unit is. It holds a ton, and I know it’s not going to break or warp if it gets used a lot (which it does). The units (like the utensil and knife block) are configurable, so you can set up the rack however you see fit. I honestly don’t really use the knife rack, since I found I needed the space more for cups and plates, and I could just slide my knives along the drip tray to dry.

While the bamboo is lovely, I’m not crazy that the drip try, utensil holder, and the base of the knife holder are made from plastic. There could be more hangers for glasses on the outside. The dish rack also takes up a lot of counter space. This doesn’t bother me, since it happens to fit in the perfect spot next to my sink, but the large footprint may be a hindrance to you.

Finally, it’s expensive for a dish rack, yes. But it’s great-looking and it’s definitely going to last me a long time, so for that reason I’d recommend it.

Buy It: Bamboo Frame Dish Rack, $79.99 from Simple Human

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