The Convertible, Space-Saving Dish Rack That Every Tiny Kitchen Needs

published Jul 28, 2022
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If dishwashing feels like a revolving door of never-ending dirty dishes and cookware, you’re not alone. More often not, the dreaded task results in a puddle of soapy, food-speckled water pooled on the countertops and a pile of wet rags from all the drying. Gross. That’s why equipping your kitchen with a dish rack that does the job and does it well is pretty darn important. The only issue? Finding a functional, durable, and well-designed dish rack can feel virtually impossible, let alone one that looks good next to the sink. So, when we stumbled across the Tower Two-Tier Dish Rack from Yamazaki, we just had to share our find.

Let’s be honest, it was no surprise to discover such a versatile, useful, and aesthetic rack on their site. The brand is one of the best places to source effective, high-quality, and attractive solutions to all sorts of storage needs — think everything from a do-it-all magnetic storage shelf to towel organizers that make space out of thin air.

So, what makes this rack so special? Allow us to explain. As the name suggests, the Tower Two-Tier has two levels to maximize space. The body of the rack is made from sturdy steel, while the removable tray and utensil holder are made of a durable plastic. The best part? The tray can slide beneath either level, depending on what your dish-drying needs are. If you have a small drying job, simply insert the tray beneath the upper level to siphon all the excess water off to the side with the tray’s draining spout (it rotates 360-degrees). Plus, if you plan on using the rack that way, you can easily store something beneath, making it a great storage solution for small kitchen counters.

And if you find yourself cleaning up after a big feast, you won’t have to worry about hand drying. This thing can handle it all. In fact, tons of reviewers were left pleasantly surprised by the streamlined solution’s unexpected capacity: “Its compact size fits more dishes than you expect,” said one. Another customer shared: “I can’t believe I am saying it but this dish rack has literally changed my life.” We’ll take it! They added on, admiring the rack’s hardy construction, “it’s heavy and substantial enough that it won’t tip with heavy things in the top, and it’s compact enough to fit in my tiny kitchen while still allowing me to dry a lot of dishes at once.” Where has this been all our lives?!

Aside from its customizable two-tier design, the rack also comes along with hooks and a utensil holder that clips onto the upper level. Just think about how much extra space you could achieve by hanging spatulas and tongs from the hooks instead of jamming them into the holder with your forks and spoons. “I love the three hooks for measuring cups and measuring spoons,” wrote one reviewer. They praised its space-saving abilities, too: “It’s also a perfect, narrower size to give us a little more counter space. Next to it I have the bottle drier which is great to dry our water bottles, reusable bags and small coffee carafe.” Who wouldn’t want more counter space?

Yet another bonus? It comes pre-assembled, so you don’t have to worry about pulling out a tool kit or fumbling with confusing instructions. The truth is, so many of us have clunky dish racks that take up way too much precious countertop real estate — or worse, a rack that’s not efficiently designed. You’ll be surprised how making the simple switch to this Yamazaki find will instantly upgrade your kitchen.

Take it from this reviewer: “I simply love this dish rack. Amazingly, it has a way of making my small kitchen feel more efficient and organized. Dare I say it makes doing the dishes fun?”

This post originally appeared on The Kitchn. See it here: The Convertible, Space-Maximizing Dish Rack That Every Tiny Kitchen Needs