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May 1, 2014 09:11 AM

Do you use a dishrack?

we will have a dishwasher, but there's still things that will need to be washed by hand. and i really don't seem myself drying a putting the dishes away immediately. if you use a dish rack have you found one that you like and isn't an eye sore?

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    1. re: mike0989

      This is what I do - I also have a pack of these dish drying mats:

        1. re: emily

          We have a couple of those too and really like them. No dish rack here

          1. re: rasputina

            You guys must not have many dishes! What do you do when you have 8 plates to wash?

            I have one of those, too, but I mostly use it when I have a lot of stemware to wash

            1. re: kaleokahu

              Dishes go in the dishwasher but I wash all my bakeware and pots and pans by hand.

              1. re: kaleokahu

                what i primarily use my dishrack for is the plastic storage containers that need to air dry after going in the dishwasher. and for roasting pans, knives, stemware, and baking stuff.

                1. re: kaleokahu

                  Some of us use this new thingy. It's called a dishwasher. ;-)

              2. re: emily

                This is what we use in our camper... they fold up nicely so they don't take up room like a dish rack does.

              3. re: mike0989

                Another towel user here. As others have said, I too do not want a rack on my counter (I'm pretty good about drying and putting away in an hour or so).

                I use a "bath mat" technically, provides plenty of space. A low-pile terry rectangle found in the bed/bath section of the dept. store Those things can be ~expensive~. Who knew?

                I now scout them out at TJMaxx, Big Lots, etc.

              4. I have a double bowl sink (which I hate, but that's another story) and a small dish rack fits down in one side. In my last house, I had a large farmhouse sink, and also, a small dish rack was kept in there. There are also some nice folding racks that you can put away after use. has several nice racks, especially a foldable stainless model that just lays over your sink. I believe I saw it first in Real Simple magazine as an item that they really liked

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                1. re: jacquelyncoffey

                  i'm getting a 36 inch single bowl. i'm going to check out container store. thanks!

                  1. re: eLizard

                    Container store is also an actual store, not just online, check and see if there's one near you. They have all kinds of great things

                    1. re: jacquelyncoffey

                      yeah, i'm a fan of the container store..... there's one near me.

                  2. re: jacquelyncoffey

                    I think this is what you're referring to:

                    Looks interesting and I like the fact you can roll it up and put it away.

                    1. re: emily

                      I've switched from my drying mats to the SS rack in the link above. Doesn't take up counter space, I don't have to worry about drying it out and it folds up so I can store it under the sink. Definitely an improvement!

                  3. I use a dish rack, just a standard white plastic one on the side of the sink.

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                    1. I hate the look of a dish rack on the counter, and finding enough space to stash one when it's not in use is a problem. I have a double bowl sink and I've bought a plastic colander insert that fits the smaller bowl. I put hand-washed items into the colander to drain and dry, then I put the items away. No countertop clutter!

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                      1. re: CindyJ

                        that would be ideal. except i'm getting a single bowl sink.

                        1. re: eLizard

                          I opted for a double bowl sink for exactly that use. If I had only a single bowl, I'd be inclined to get a folding rack that took up as little space as possible when folded, and I'd try to store it under the sink.

                          1. re: eLizard

                            Our sink came with inside grates and one expected bonus is that I can stand pots and pans on their rims to dry (leaning against the wall or rim) because the steel rods that form the grid stop them from sliding. It's also handy for big bowls, I just set them upside down in the sink. Excellent bonus use! That could work with your single.

                            Between that and my drain mat I'm pretty well covered, but when we have a crowd, it's a sure bet someone's going to be drying some dishes. :-)

                        2. I replaced my dish rack with a Norpro microfiber dish mat, which I like much better.

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