A good dish rack isn't exactly the most exciting purchase you can make for your home, but you will certainly appreciate its virtues every single day. Likewise, a bad one purchased with little thought will have you cursing slimy buildup and crowded, disorganized dishes. We've selected 12 of our favorite models and tested them out to choose our favorites, so you're guaranteed to find a dish rack perfect for your kitchen.
Every week we bring new products into our "test lab" and have the whole office vote on their favorites, based on quality, appearance, and price. The winners become the Top Picks of our Annual Guides, which showcase the best products of the year.
Maxwell Ryan, our Founder & CEO, chooses his own Top Pick as well, and demonstrates his favorites in our Annual Guide videos and weekly Instagram story series. Come back every Thursday for a new Annual Guide and Maxwell's Top Pick Instagram story!
Our Top Pick
Our overall top pick, this option from Crate & Barrel accomplishes the impossible and makes dish racks look pretty. It's a great size for small spaces - not too big, but large enough that you can fit more than a few items on it at a time. The clean white finish and wood handles make this our top style pick as well.
This simply designed dish rack from OXO is great for the basics: plates, glasses, and mugs. Excess water is contained by deep walls and corners and can easily be poured out. Best part — it's dishwasher-safe and is the most budget-friendly option on our list.
If you have plenty of wall space but little counter space, check out the GRUNDTAL from IKEA. This dish rack is hung from a rail (sold separately) to keep counter clutter to a minimum. As an added bonus, the water tray underneath is removable, allowing for easy cleaning.
Another great option for those lacking in space, this dish rack can be rolled up and put away when not in use. When needed, it fits over the sink so no counter space is used. This pick is also super functional and can be used as a vegetable colander or food prepping platform.
Our top minimalist pick, this dish rack from West Elm is small and attractive enough to detract from kitchen clutter. Made with a deco copper finish and completely dishwasher-safe, this little rack can even be folded and put away when not in use.
If you have a big kitchen and lots of dishes, this maximalist dish rack is definitely right for you. With two tiers and side storage, there's plenty of room to fit all your dishes, cups, silverware — pretty much the basics of your whole kitchen.
Another great option from OXO, this dish rack is customizable for your specific needs. The plate rack can be folded down to make room for larger bowls and cookware, and the legs can be folded out for elevation. There's also a spout that opens to drain directly into the sink. It's a great option, even if we may be a little biased here — this dish rack is the one we use in the Apartment Therapy office kitchen.
This pick is pricey but fully customizable. It has two different style drain boards, three separate cup holder attachments, and a cutting board attachment that can be used or set aside depending on what you want. Even better — the top shelf can be moved around and the utensil holder's top can be removed to hold sponges (or more utensils!).
Our top pick for the industrial dish racks, this option from simplehuman comes in two sizes and has a great drainage system that keeps water flowing into the sink. If you're a wine lover you'll appreciate the built-in wine glass holder, which let's you safely hang up to four glasses by the stem in a separate area.
If you're sick of the traditional stainless steel dish racks, check out this bamboo option from The Container Store. Its simple but clever design easily lets you dry plates, mugs, and glasses in separate sections, and can be folded away when not in use.
Another x-shaped dish rack, this pick from Yamazaki will actually make your counter look good. It's on the small end, holds a lot, and comes in black or white.
This dish rack may be expensive, but it's basically art and would make a unique gift for your designer friend. It's a reproduction of a few Manhattan blocks, and can also be used as a desk organizer if you so choose. It may not be the most practical option, but it'll definitely make washing dishes much more entertaining.
Kitchen Storage Tips
- Use your walls. Things like wall-mounted rails, peg boards, and S-hooks are oh so versatile — you can use them to hang small things like mugs and spatulas, or more heavy duty items like pots and pans. Either way you're saving some much needed counter/cabinet space.
- Add some extra work surfaces. If you have the space, look into buying a kitchen cart or counter-height table. This addition will not only get clutter off your counters, but a cart allows for movement and more convenience.
- Don't forget about your sink! Your sink actually offers a good deal of space if utilized correctly. Look into adding a small corner caddy to store your dish cleaning supplies, or a utility rack that can fit inside your sink. A hanging storage rack above your sink can also hold your supplies if your sink is too small.
Our Best Kitchen Storage Posts:
- 10 Design-y Dish Racks for Your Compact Kitchen
- No Counter Space? Solutions for a Clean and Clutter-Free Kitchen Sink Zone
- This Tiny Countertop Dishwasher is a Small Space Dweller's Dream
- The Very Best Ideas from Super Small, Stylish & Smart Kitchens
Other Good Resources:
- The Best Dish Rack — Wirecutter
- The 13 Best Dish Racks on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers — The Strategist
- The Best Dish Racks — RealSimple
- 15 Dish Racks That a) Work and b) Aren't Hideous — Architectural Digest