The best dish drainers

Dish drainers and drying racks are a necessity in the kitchen, especially if you don't have a dishwasher but prefer to wash up by hand - a good dish drainer will help everything dry better until you get your tea towel out.

3-tier dish drainer

by Sophie Knight |
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If you need a new dish drainer, then you will already know their importance, and how this is NOT the most boring thing you have thought about this week, but instead an integral part of the kitchen that just causes nightmares if you don’t have a good one.

When we moved into our new house, we thought the circular sink and draining board in the kitchen were stylish – we soon realised they’re actually impractical and annoying. But life got better once we bought a decent dish drainer.

Here are our favourite dish drainers to buy today, whatever your budget - from a stylish high end to out-and-out bargain:


The Best Dish Drainers

Relaxdays CROSS Dish Rack,1 of 8

Relaxdays CROSS Dish Rack,

Best for traditionalists Plain and simple, this wooden rack does the job without any fuss. Use the top rack for plates and bowls, then cups and small bowls on the lower rack. It's made of bamboo, so it's sustainable and robust. Size: 23 x 42 x 36 cm

Keraiz Chrome Plated Durable Dish Drainer2 of 8

Keraiz Chrome Plated Durable Dish Drainer

Best for big familiesMade of strong chrome-plated metal, making it durable for your dish-draining needs. There's plenty of room for a large family's washing up, with extra space for cutlery and glasses on the sides; the plastic drip tray catches extra water that drains off. It's available in black, chrome, and red. Size: 425mm x W: 245mm x H: 375mm

Decdeal 3-Tier Dish Rack3 of 8

Decdeal 3-Tier Dish Rack

Best for even bigger familiesAn even bigger option when a standard-size dish drainer simply won't do. This has additional side holders for cutlery and chopping boards, and three tiers for plate, bowls, and cups. Being three tiers means it's space saving, not taking up too much room on your work surface. Size: 42 x 25 x 45 cm

simplehuman Steel Dish Drainer and Glass Holder, £754 of 8

simplehuman Steel Dish Drainer and Glass Holder

Best for big budgetsNot the cheapest option, but it is super smart if you're looking for and aesthetically pleasing dish drainer. Size: W 51cm x H 31cm x D 55.2cm

Dish Drainer, £35 of 8

Dish Drainer

Best for small budgets Simple but effective, this plastic dish drainer does the job. It has soft grip handles, and room for plates, bowls, and cutlery. Size: 51cm x 39cm x 9cm

Beldray Collapsible Dish Draining Board6 of 8

Beldray Collapsible Dish Draining Board

Best for gadget loversThis is a great space-saving dish drainer - it's collapsible, so it's brilliant if you need to tidy it away and keep the sink area clear - but also a great idea if you're camping or travelling. Size: 36.8 x 31.5 x 13 cm

Joseph Joseph Connect Adjustable 3-Piece Dishrack - Grey7 of 8

Joseph Joseph Connect Adjustable 3-Piece Dishrack - Grey

Best for style iconsThis isn't just super practical - it's adjustable and flexible - but it just looks great. It looks more like an art installation than a dish drainer. Massive fans of Joseph & Joseph already and this doesn't disappoint. We also love that it has a little spout so the water can run off into the sink.

Deluxe Chrome-plated Steel Small Dish Drainer8 of 8

Deluxe Chrome-plated Steel Small Dish Drainer

Best for small kitchensA great option if space is at a premium, while still offering plenty of room to dry your plates and bowls. There's a detachable cutlery pot too.

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Sophie Knight is Editor of WhatsTheBest and Contributing Editor for Mother&Baby, Closer, Heat, Yours and Empire websites.

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