This Scandi-Inspired Dish Rack Is the Best Thing to Happen to My Sink

updated May 20, 2023
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Sink full of colorful dishes, mid-wash with suds
Credit: Photo: Sidney Bensimon; Prop Styling: Anna Surbatovich

There are certain times I’ll use my dishwasher, but 90% of the time in my household of two, hand-washing is just easier — plus, it means I can use my favorite blate that much sooner. Washing dishes by hand is not what I’d consider a fun activity, though, so you bet I’ll find any way to make it more seamless. Enter: the Yamazaki Tosca Dish Rack

What’s So Great About the Yamazaki Tosca Dish Rack?

It’s a fairly simple dish drying rack, but in that simplicity is a world of function. To start from the most obvious, the Tosca holds up to 22 pounds, which, for me, translates to more than enough dishes for my household of two. The rack’s frame is sturdy powder-coated steel with an open criss-cross weave for maximum airflow from all sides; this way, there’s no mysterious buildup and you can see when things are dry. The rack also has raised ridges (to hold plates, bowls, and even cutting boards), a flat section for cups and mugs, and a utensil caddy with three sections for easy organization. 

Wooden handles on the side make it easy to move the tray around my sink and counters as needed, and it’s a spot to hang dry dishcloths too. The easy maneuverability of the drying rack means I can keep it on either side of the sink on my kitchen counter whenever I’m washing dishes and then push it behind the sink to let them dry out of the way, while the low profile means I can drop in wet dishes with ease. There’s no need to fuss around with finding an unobtrusive spot by the sink.

The utensil caddy can be placed anywhere around the rack, and can be hung facing inward or outward for a bit of extra space. Being able to move it around has come in handy when the drying rack gets too full after avoiding dirty dishes for a whole weekend. There are perforated holes throughout the entire base of the caddy too, so there’s no room for water to hide and fester in any of the corners. 

Finally, the removable drip tray underneath has high edges to hold a ton of water so I don’t have to hold a plate or bowl over the sink to let excess water drip before I put it into the drying rack — that just defeats the purpose! While the tray doesn’t have ridges to direct water flow (doesn’t gravity take care of that?), I prefer the smooth base because I can use it as an extra serving tray when needed (I’ve taken advantage of this a few times when friends come over). However, if you grab the white version like I have, be prepared to rinse it out every week or so because of visible water stains — especially if you have hard water (don’t worry, it takes all of five seconds).

Credit: Jada Wong

But the Tosca drying rack isn’t just about the function — it looks great, too. The white frame, wooden handles, and open weave lend an airy Scandi vibe to my otherwise utilitarian kitchen sink area. In fact, it’s inspired me to rethink a few of my storage and organization items for more aesthetically driven finds.  

At almost $90, it’s an investment for such a simple and straightforward kitchen item, but you do get what you pay for — a sturdy drying rack that balances form and function, makes hand-washing dishes more seamless, and provides an extra serving tray when all your others are being used.

Buy: Yamazaki Tosca Dish Rack, $88