I do not have a dishwasher, which means all the dishes get hand-washed in my house, so it's not uncommon for the dish rack to be under quite a bit of strain from the day's plates, glasses, and pans. We went through two replacements of this wooden dish rack from IKEA, which warped and cracked both times. Fed up with "disposable" dish racks, I knew I wanted something sturdy, reliable, long-lasting, yet aesthetically pleasing. This dish rack from Simplehuman fit the bill.
The rack is made of natural bamboo sealed with a durable waterproof coating and a rust-proof anodized aluminum. It features a drainage system consisting of a swivel spout and drip tray that pulls out beneath the cup holders to divert water into the sink (and not on the countertop). Cup holders stack along the frame, and there are special holders for both utensils and knives. Utensil holder, inner frame, and drip tray are top-rack dishwasher safe, while all other parts need to be cleaned with warm, soapy water. The rack has a 5 year warranty, and measures 20.5"D x 15.2"W x 8.7"H.
I really like how sturdy and attractive this unit is. It holds a ton, and I know it's not likely to warp or crack. The units (like the utensil and knife block) are configurable, so you can set up the rack however you see fit. I don't really use the knife rack, since I found I needed the space more for cups and plates. I just slide my knives along the drip tray to dry.
While the bamboo and steel are lovely, I'm not crazy about the plastic spout/drip tray, utensil holder, and the base of the knife holder, especially since the plastic spout broke off after only one month's use! (I now have to keep a small bowl underneath the rack to catch the water, which I dump out after every washing.) There could also be more hangers for glasses on the outside, and the rack takes up a lot of counter space. That doesn't particularly bother me, since it happens to fit in the perfect spot next to my sink, but the large footprint may be a hindrance to you. Finally, it's expensive for a dish rack.
The rack is great-looking and, despite the broken plastic drip tray, the rest of it remains sturdy and solid. If you're someone who likes piling up dishes to dry, and you don't mind spending more money upfront for a sturdy dish rack, then this is a good rack for you!
Buy It: Bamboo Frame Dish Rack, $79.99 from Simplehuman
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