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Stylish dish drainer recs?

My husband made our wonderful concrete countertops and really doesn't want me to cover up a big section with a dish drainer, but I really just can't dry dishes every time I do them. So does anyone have a particular good-looking dish drainer? He might be appeased if it's pretty enough :)

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  1. I went around and around on dish drainers, but I could never get anything that I liked. They always took up too much space and since my sink has a raised lip, the drainboard never actually drained and eventually got really nasty.

    Finally, I got one of these: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

    If you have a dishwasher (read: you don't handwash a lot of plates), it might work well for you.

    1. When we redid our kitchen, we got one of the stainless steel folding drainers. They are far more attractive than the Rubbermaid type, and reasonably functional. I also have an auxiliary stainless drainer that fits over one side of my double-sink. I keep that one under the sink, and pull it out when I need my dish-draining capacity. Works just fine.

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      1. re: masha

        I also have a stainless one, and underneath I use an attractive dishtowel to catch the drips. Would that work for you?

      2. http://www.amazon.com/Stainless-Steel...
        OR check Target or similar stores. I have an inexpensive stainless one that I kept from my indie refurbished no-dishwasher apartment.
        When I wasn't using it I hung it up on the wall, on a pair of nails. My kitchen was decorated with chunks of farm implements and assorted metal stuff on the walls, so it doubled as art. -grin-

        1. Check out Target. They have a nice folding one but also some nice chrome and charcoal grey ones that are small enough to tuck away when not in use. They have clear drainers too so you can still see your beautiful counter top. Simple Human has a gorgeous one but I find it too big and way too expensive.

          1. the small Micheal Graves/Target design looks more interesting than most others

            1. pigtowner, We faced exactly that question four or five years ago. After looking at all the options available then, we found that almost every drainer out there was relentlessly rectangular; and we ended up with the Michael Graves oval design which is exclusive to Target (picture attached). I see that neighborguy has referred to it, also. I am not certain that it remains available, but it cannot hurt to look.

              1. I got a Simple Human stainless when we had our quartz countertops put in a few months ago. Both look great.

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                1. re: pikawicca

                  But, is the Simple Human dish rack functional as well?

                  It looks like it would work with plates and dishes, but not so much with pots and bowls. And, despite the large footprint, it doesn't seem like you can dry as much as those X style disk racks.

                2. I hate devoting any space to dish draining. I have an over-the-sink rack in stainless that has expandable handles, and a flat white plastic tray, found in Bed Bath & Beyond for a few dollars, that has a white grid in it. When I need to drain things, I lay them in the over the sink rack or on the flat tray. When I am done, I put the tray in the over-the-sink rack to drain.

                    1. I am embarking on a kitchen remodel and the sink will not be under a window and will have a cabinet above it. We are retrofitting the cabinet above the sink by opening the bottom and fitting it with a dish rack. We have a dishwasher so this is just for the odds and end that get handwashed.

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                      1. re: JudithC

                        I rented an apartment in Helsinki this past summer that had this set up. I'd never seen it before and thought it was ingenious! Made a note to myself to build something similar into my own kitchen someday.

                      2. I think there are at least a few good looking ones on the market.

                        I would recommend looking at the dish doctor.

                        Or this bamboo dishrack by better housewares.

                        The Guzzini dish drainer is pretty sleek, and if you look around you might find it in different colors.

                        Lastly, the High&Dry is pretty cool looking.

                        With that said, designer racks and ones that look good (in my experience) usually are less functional than the 'ugly' ones. It's the trade-off that often happens in the kitchen.

                        Good luck.

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                        1. re: smkit

                          I agree 100% on the function-over-form notion. I use a dish drainer constantly (the "ugly" Rubbermaid type) and in fact I have a second one in reserve if needed. I've looked at all the other types and they are all either too small (can't really load it up with pots, pans, etc which I constantly do) or have an integral drip pan (which I don't like).

                          I've reached the stage in life where how something works (or in the case of shoes and clothing, how comfortable it is) definitely trumps how something looks, LOL!

                          1. re: dessert_diva

                            I'm also a function over form type. I sometimes feel that a utilitarian look is rather appealing, from an engineering point of view :)

                            I have had good luck with this dish rack

                            It's not super stylish but it's a bit better looking in my opinion. I like being able to put it away when not in use (which it seems to spend a lot of time on the counter anyway). When people come over or I don't need to have it out, it's nice being able to fold it down and tuck it in with my cutting boards. I've only had it a short while so I can't comment on durability just yet. There's an over-the-sink version of this rack as well but I wouldn't feel comfortable putting too much weight in it as its base is supported by the collapsing side material. I mainly use mine for utentils and pots/pans since dishes go in the dishwasher. so far it has held up well and doesn't look to bad, it won't be winning any awards any time soon.

                        2. It all depends on how you define "good looking."

                          I have this one: http://www.amazon.com/Rubbermaid-Larg... which also comes with a matching metal drainboard

                          I've had it for over 8 years with no problems.

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                          1. re: taos

                            That's the same as the classic rubber-coated wire one that I've been buying for years, only it's done in a chromed version. ;-)

                            Btw, I had to laugh at the reviewers who whined about the drainer rusting. Good grief, what did they expect for 11 bucks??! Which is only a dollar or so more than the rubber-coated-wire version. That's like expecting to get Mercedes features in a Kia-priced car. The rubber coated version rusts too, over the years as the rubber coating gets little nicks and cuts in it from normal usage.

                            Now if they made THIS exact drainer in stainless steel I would definitely buy it. It would no doubt have to be priced at $30 or more, though, and that pricepoint isn't Rubbermaid's business model.

                            1. re: dessert_diva

                              I have had Simplehuman's chrome (SS?) rack for several yrs and no rust yet. It's large and versatile and I love it. Only downside is that there's a gap thru which some dishes can fall over if you're not careful (totally avoidable if you are). You can find it on their web site.

                              They also have a new model out with a bamboo knife rack and more plastic parts, but I don't like it as much.

                          2. We have had dish drainers but they take up space and I really do not like them. Now we just lay out some micro fiber towels and drain the dishes on those and them throw them in the wash. We gave the drainers away. We usually just finish drying the dishes and put them away.

                            1. I don't use a rack.. I use a soft dish mat from Bed Bath and Beyond.
                              The small ones are $5, large about $8.
                              They are lightly padded so help keep things from knocking around.
                              Small also comes in gray and they fold up out of the way easily and throw in the wash machine.
                              I love them.

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                              1. re: grnidkjun

                                What do you do about pots, pans, silverware, knives, etc. - can they all fit on that mat?

                                I use a drying rack in addition to my D/W, and find that by the time dishes and pots/pans dry on my rack, it's meal time again,. So don't understand how folks can not have a dish rack permanently on their counter (?).

                                1. re: iyc_nyc

                                  ahh.. well.. I use the dishwasher for silverware and glasses.
                                  I have two of these for pots and pans and things I don't want to put in the dishwasher.

                                  1. re: grnidkjun

                                    Got it - thanks. So when do you put the mat away -- doesn't it take several hrs for pans to dry, and by then, it's time for the next meal?

                                    1. re: iyc_nyc

                                      I suppose it depends on how many you are cooking for.. and it takes a little bit.. but I don't use the same pans for every meal.. so if I am to use one off the counter.. I use it.. if not.. I put it away and then there is space for the ones I am using to dry when I'm done cleaning up.

                                    2. re: grnidkjun

                                      I do that same thing. Easy stuff in the dishwasher and the rest by hand. Sometimes I have to dry a round to get the second batch on the rack, but it is better than I used to be. I used to use my dishwasher as my spice rack because I never even turned it on.

                                2. If you have a double sink, this type of drainer sits right in the sink--love that there's no need for a dumb pad or board underneath it!...somewhat adjustable...I love mine:


                                  1. Btw, just to take it to an insane level. Here is a stylish rack from Alessi.

                                    It is out of stock (amazingly) and it runs $232 and the tray is another $34. Ouch.


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                                    1. re: smkit

                                      Yikes.. the design brings to mind a round shoe tree to me..
                                      It's neat.. but wow.. they do think highly of it don't they?

                                      1. re: smkit

                                        Recession?? What recession??? LOL

                                      2. Ok, here is another design-oriented dish rack, but this one actually seems really functional too. Look at how much can be stacked and the simplicity is intriguing. Of course, dishes could slide off and onto the floor too, but it will be interesting to see how much it will retail for when it comes out.


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                                        1. re: smkit

                                          I see that no dimensions are given, but going by the typical sizes of those glasses and small bowls (my mom used to call them "monkey dishes", have no idea why), that pot shown in the second photo must be no bigger than a 1/2-quart ... 1 qt at the max.

                                          Put one decent sized pan on it and there'd be almost no room for anything else. And because it has no sides (as Rubbermaid, et al, designs do) once the bottom rods are inaccesible, you're just stacking stuff on top of each other, a la one of those typical "Survivor" challenges, LOL.

                                          1. re: dessert_diva

                                            You are probably right. That looks like the 1 qt All-Clad pot and those Kartio glasses are the small tumblers. And it even looks like a kids fork in there too. I guess if you put all miniature dishes in a rack, it will hold quite a lot.

                                        2. Here's yet another stylish but not so practical dish rack.


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                                          1. re: smkit

                                            LOL, it reminds me of something I used to have on my office desk! File folders would go in the vertical spaces, and letter/paper trays where the horizontal ones are. :-D

                                          2. As a fellow functionalist, I am redoing my kitchen and installing an Oliveri sink with a built in drainboard. I am never giving up my dish drain. I use my kitchen every day, all day. Not everything can go in the dishwasher and I can't be constantly drying pots, breakables and oversized pieces.