Dish Racks

Whether modern stainless steel or simple, flexible colored plastic; dynamic and interesting bamboo or a more classical wire finish, dish racks are one of the most important parts of the modern kitchen. Used to store wet dishes, particularly those that need to drip dry after machine or manual washing, a dish rack is an essential accessory for passionate chefs and casual home kitchen users alike.

Despite their supposed simplicity – most dish racks are little more than a wire frame with gaps for dishes to slide into – there’s actually a huge range of features to look for when shopping around for a dish rack. From variable sizes, allowing the rack to fit onto a smaller apartment kitchen counter, to built-in fans and other advanced features, a range of very useful dish rack features are available.

But before we get into the ‘must have’ features, let’s look at the type of materials that are typically used to built and finish dish racks. While the material and visual finish of a dish rack may seem to be a fairly needless secondary feature, it’s actually quite important. The right finish can blend into your kitchen, while the wrong choice can make your dish rack stick out like a sore thumb.

For more modern kitchens, particularly those with granite or dark marble countering, it’s best to go with a dish rack in brushed metal or stainless steel. These two finishes are distinctly modern, giving your dish rack a look that matches your kitchen. If possible, it’s best to match your dish rack with a sink or other kitchen accessory – stainless steel sinks are best used alongside a stainless steel rack.

Kitchens that have polished wood countertops, particularly those in older homes or modern condos, may suit a bamboo or treated wood dish rack. While slightly less durable than their steel alternative choices, these dish racks are more than enough for the home. Make sure not to chip away at wooden finished with knives and other utensils – this can happen, although it’s not a common fault.

Likewise, stainless steel dish racks, along with their brushed or gunmetal counterparts, can scratch when they’re hit by a sharp knife or another steel utensil. Remember to place sharp objects in these dish racks using the handle first, as this prevents the blade from marking the material. This issue is especially common with polished dish racks and racks with a thin metallic paint finish applied.

Finally, there are plastic and wire dish racks. Plastic dish racks are an inexpensive option for users that aren’t all that concerned about style and ‘matching’ their current kitchen’s finish. Flexible, easy to store, and typically quite affordable, they’re the ideal option for users that are unlikely to need a kitchen rack all that often. While not particularly durable, they’re strong enough for everyday use.

Wired dish racks, on the other hand, tend to look great in more traditional kitchens. Light and easy to store, these racks are generally sold with a plastic or rubber colored coating applied. Be careful with this coating, however, as sharp knives and serving forks can scratch it. As with stainless steel dish racks, it’s best to store sharper items using the handle first to prevent scratches and damage.

It’s important that your dish rack includes storage for all of the kitchen utensils and storage pots that you anticipate using. For general use, pick a dish rack that features drying space for larger pans and other items – features that may be excluded on smaller drying racks. Apartment kitchens and small home kitchens may benefit more from a smaller rack exclusively for small utensils and dishes.

Many dish racks include small clamp ties, in which an extra pot rack can be attached. These can be good choices for home kitchens in which horizontal countertop space is an issue. By linking up the pot rack to the top of your dish rack, you can add an additional layer for pots and pans to dry. Keep in mind that these will require a fairly large dish rack in order to stay stable and prevent spillages.

Dish racks can range in price from inexpensive units of under $10, to full-featured luxury racks of over $100 with built-in drying fans and heat elements. For most users, it’s unlikely that basic racks won’t be enough – stick with something simple unless you’re a commercial user. For the most part, simple stainless steel or wired dish racks should be enough for any home or apartment kitchen.

While choosing the ideal dish rack certainly isn’t that tough, it’s worth considering how it will be used before completing your purchase. Make sure your rack can account for all of the dishes that you use frequently, while at the same time fitting easily into your kitchen. Choose right and you’ll needn’t worry about replacing your dish rack for several years, even with heavy kitchen use.

This Dish Racks Review is Written/Updated on May 30th, 2011 and filed under Home Improvement. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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