A Dish rack is in my opinion a basic kitchen necessity whether you use a dishwasher to wash the dishes or handwash them. You'll need a dish rack to hold and dry the clean dishes. Therefore, it is worth the time spend to do a little bit research on picking the best product for your kitchen.
With so many brands and choices available, it makes the selection harder. Evaluating each factor below may help to ease the decision to buy the right dish rack.
Type: Determine the suitability of the rack for your kitchen setup - counter top, over the sink, or folding rack?
Is it the right size
Bulky dish rack takes up the kitchen space. Consider space availability to put the rack as well as the dish rack size which is appropriate for the number of people in the household. Collapsible or two-tiered racks are ideal for small kitchen as they save space yet functional.
Durability: The durability of the rack is highly dependent on the material used. It can be wood, bamboo, plastic, stainless steel, and chrome. Bamboo and stainless steel materials are good choices as they are easy to maintain and clean.
Ease of cleaning:
Clean the dish tray
Even though a dish rack is used for drying clean dishes, it is also a bacteria prone spot. Grime and slime tend to build up over time especially when the rack retains water and not clean regularly. Hence, ease of cleaning is an important factor to consider when choosing a dish rack. Pick one with a slopping bottom or a drip tray to ensure proper water drainage. A sliding dray is great as it can be easily removed for cleaning purposes.
Compartments for holding plates
Check if the rack design is practical for your storage needs. Make sure it is compartmentalized for storing plates, cutlery, bowls, and mugs.
Price: There is a wide selection of dish racks to suit different budget. To get the most value for money, Victoria basement and Trade Secret are two highly recommended stores to find big brands for less compared to normal retail stores.
Feel free to share if you take other factors into consideration when buying a dish rack.