The 5 Best Rust-Proof Dish Racks

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No matter the size of your kitchen or the kind of dishes (or pots and pans) you need to dry, a durable dish rack is key. There are a lot of options on Amazon in a range of prices and sizes, but the best rust-proof dish racks all hold lots of dishes without wasting counter space.

For a long-lasting dish rack, stainless steel is a good choice because it's rust-proof, easy to clean, durable, and sleek, which is why that's what all of these picks are made of.

When shopping, consider if you want to use your dish rack on the counter or around the sink. To keep your countertop dry, look for one that comes with a drainboard or drying mat — otherwise, you may want to purchase a drainboard separately. In-sink versions can drain directly into the kitchen sink while over-the-sink dish racks are a great space-saving choice that can hold things like hand soap and sponges, too. Alternatively, you might prefer a versatile dish rack you can roll up and stash away when you’re not using it — perfect for those short on space.

Whether you need a large-capacity dish rack to clean up after family meals or a compact version for small kitchens and the odd saucepan, these are the best dish racks that will stay rust-free through it all.


The Overall Best

Made from durable and rust-proof stainless steel, this two-tier dish drying rack has plenty of space for all of your dishes and can hold up to 110 pounds. The top tier is ideal for drying plates and glasses while the bottom rack is great for heavier things as well as mugs and bowls. On the sides, there’s a utensil holder and cutting board rack. The dish rack has three removable drainboards to help keep the counter dry. The nonslip feet are height-adjustable. Plus, this dish rack is backed by more than 9,000 five-star reviews.

According to a fan: “This thing has been incredible! Super sturdy, super easy to clean the little trays that catch the water. I have put super heavy pots and pans on the top rack and it still holds well.”


Editor’s Pick: A Modern Dish Rack That Drains Into Your Sink

Not only is this sleek dish rack rust-proof, but it also has a spout that allows you to direct water drainage straight into the sink. "I've used this Joseph Joseph dish rack every day for almost a year and it hasn't rusted. While it has a stainless steel exterior, the interior is made of a washable rubber that's easy to clean and won't rust,” explains Bustle editor Amy Biggart. “I also love that it's expandable so I can adjust it based on how many dishes I have.” What’s more, the spout can be placed in three different positions and the cutlery drainer is moveable, too.

According to a fan: “It has a nice finish and look to it with nothing that can rust on it. It is lightweight but it doesn't slide around while closed or expanded so there is no feeling of cheapness despite its weight - its sturdy.”


The Best Small Dish Rack

Made with a rust-proof stainless steel frame, this dish drainer rack is a great budget option that can be used on the counter and inside the sink. It can even be placed over the sink — just use the adjustable nonslip arms to fit it over sinks measuring between 14 and 18.5 inches long. A removable utensil holder is also included. While it does not come with a drainboard, you can pick up a coordinating universal drainboard if you want to use this dish rack on the counter.

According to a fan: “The product definitely fits the bill for small kitchens. It will hold quite a bit of clean dishes so is good for use with multiple dish users. No rust yet.”


Editor’s Pick: A Roll-Up Dish Rack That Doesn't Rust

If you have a small kitchen or just don't make a lot of dishes, a roll-up dish rack is a great multipurpose choice that easily tucks away when you're done. This is made from durable stainless steel with a silicone border and comes in four sizes to suit your home. "When I moved to a home with a dishwasher, I had to get rid of my full-size dish-drying rack. But I still needed something to dry the occasional hand-washed dish — that's where this roll-up rack comes in handy,” says Bustle editor Wesley Salazar. “It's compact enough to leave out, but it also rolls up for easier storage. Plus, after four months of daily use, I haven't spotted any rust." It also works as a food rinsing rack, and because it’s heat-safe up to 450 degrees, it can be used as a trivet, too. However, you won't get a utensil cup with this pick.

According to a fan: “I’ve had this for almost a year now, dishwater safe, hasn’t fallen apart, easy to store and most importantly it HASNT RUSTED!!”


A Large Over-The-Sink Dish Rack & Organizer In One

This over-the-sink dish drying rack offers a space-saving solution and comes in three sizes. It’s made from high-grade stainless steel that’s easy to clean, and sturdy suction cups on the bottom help keep it in place. The dish rack has separate spots to fit everything from dishes and bowls to flatware and a chopping board. There's a utensil holder, plus a basket you can use to store soap, sponges, and other items, too.

According to a fan: “It frees up my counters and I can still get the the window. It can hold a lot of weight and is so sturdy. We have had it about six months and I'm just as in love with it as the day it arrived. It was so easy to assemble! And came with everything you needed to put it together. There have been no signs of rust and it doesn't leave any marks on the counter.”

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