A good dish drainer will not only make your kitchen countertop more organised, it will also help improve kitchen hygiene and allow your dishes to dry quickly.
There’s a huge choice of dish drainers available in the UK, ranging in price from under £5 to over £50. Some are designed for small kitchens, and only have space for a few dishes, while others are much larger and can store a lot of washing up. Some dish drainers are only designed for plates and bowls, while other can also be used for pots, pans and cutlery.
When choosing a dishdrainer, you also need to think about the material it’s made from. Metal dish drainers can rust and will also accumulate stains if you live in a hard water area. Plastic dish drainers can be a better option, or you could choose a stainless steel dish drainer which won’t rust so easily.
We’ve researched the market and selected some of the best dish drainers for different purposes currently available in 2017. We hope this helps you find the perfect dish drainer!
Best Dish Drainers for Small Kitchens
Joseph Joseph Flip Double Sided Draining Board
Dimensions: 37.5 x 37.5 x 3.2 cm
This draining board is very small and easy to store away, making it great for small kitchens with limited space. On the flipside, it doesn’t store many plates, so it’s not very good for families.
The Joseph Joseph Flip Double Sided Draining Board has a draining spout on one side for draining water into the sink. If you can’t position it next to your sink, you can turn the draining board over and use the other side, which stores the water instead of removing it through a draining spout. This makes it very versatile and perfect for small kitchens and small spaces. It’s also very thin, so you can easily store it somewhere else if you need to free up space on your countertop.
Like other Joseph Joseph drainers, this product is made from plastic, which means it won’t rust. While it does drain water away effectively, the bottom of the drainer can develop stains from hard water and needs to be scrubbed clean every week or so.
Buy online: £15.60 on Amazon.co.uk
OXO Good Grips Foldaway Dish Rack
Dimensions: 51.3 x 33 x 10.4 cm
This cleverly designed dish rack can be folded away when you’re not using it. It’s a very versatile dish drainer that can be used to drain cutlery, dishes, cups, glasses, pots and pans. It also features utensil holders for drying cooking spoons, whisks and so on.
This dish drainer can hold pretty much anything, but only in small quantities, so it’s perfect for single people and couples. It can be folded up and stored under the sink, which is great for small flats and kitchen with a limited amount of space.
Buy online: £26.98 on Amazon.co.uk
Joseph Joseph Extend Expandable Dish Rack
Dimensions: 53 x 36.5 x 16 cm
Like most Joseph Joseph products, this dish rack is designed in a very smart way. It has a sliding design that lets you expand it to store more items if you need to, or condense it to save space. It’s designed to drain water back into the sink using a draining spout, and the base has raised ribs to stop water getting trapped under plates and bowls. This makes it more hygienic than many other draining racks that don’t actually drain the water away effectively.
This drainer is made of plastic so it won’t rust. The design looks modern and stylish, and the plastic used is tough and high quality.
The ability to expand and then close up the drainer is great if you have a small kitchen and need to be able to save space when you’re not using the drainer.
While we’re big fans of this drainer, it does have some flaws. The plug doesn’t always work perfectly, so it can leak onto your countertop. It’s also quite expensive, as you pay a premium for the Joseph Joseph brand.
Buy online: £37.49 on Amazon.co.uk
Best Large Dish Drainers
Delfinware Large Drainer
Dimensions: 48.5 x 37.6 x 13 cm
The Delfinware Large Drainer is a good dish drainer for families, as it should offer enough space for drying dishes after a meal for 4 people or so.
It’s a straightforward dish rack that doesn’t look very exciting but gets the job done. It’s nice and heavy at 1.4 kg, so it won’t tip over if you place a heavy plate at one end. This drainer feels well made and sturdy, and while it’s not the cheapest drainer out there it offers good value for money and should last you years of use.
The gap between the rungs is about 2.5 cm, which is relatively wide, so it’s not a good choice if your plates are very thin. This drainer features a cutlery holder with three compartments which you can use to sort knives, forks and spoons.
Buy online: £17.60 on Amazon.co.uk
Joseph Joseph Connect Adjustable 3-Piece Dishrack
Dimensions: 44.5 x 10.5 x 29.5 cm
This dish drainer comes in three separate parts which can be put together in different ways depending on how much space you have and how many dishes you need to drain. It’s a good drainer if you want to save space but have a large enough kitchen to be able to extend the drainer when you need to. It could be a good choice for single people and couples who occasionally have more people round to eat. It’s also large enough for families of 4 or so.
This product is one of the best-looking dish drainers on the market. The design is modern and smart, and the plastic used is high quality and won’t rust. Washing the dishes might be boring, but this drainer will make it feel a bit more fun and interesting.
This dish rack drains very well, but will need cleaning regularly. It’s generally easy to clean, though cleaning the cutlery holder is a bit fiddly.
Buy online: £22.40 on Amazon.co.uk
Best 2-Tier Dish Drainer: Addis 2-Tier Drainer Dish Draining Rack
Dimensions: 42.5 x 33 x 26.5 cm (lower deck)
This two-tier dish drainer is made from stainless steel, which looks fantastic and shouldn’t rust, at least not for a long time. As it has two tiers, so you can dry more dishes than you would with a regular dish drainer. It’s also very sturdy so there’s little danger of it toppling over.
This drainer should offer enough space to dry your pots and pans as well as your dishes. A cutlery drainer isn’t included by default, but you could by one separately such as this Kitchen Craft Hook Over Cutlery Draining Basket.
This drainer’s feet are made from plastic to prevent the drainer from scratching your kitchen countertop. The drainer doesn’t store water underneath, so it’s best for metal surfaces that will drain water into the sink themselves.
Buy online: £19.98 on Amazon.co.uk
Best Value Dish Drainer: Delfinware Popular Drainer
Dimensions: 42.6 x 32.6 x 11.4 cm
This straightforward drainer offers good value for money and strikes a good balance between quality and affordability. It looks nice in most kitchens, stores a good number of dishes and is easy to clean.
The drainer is made from sturdy wireware and is coated in black plastic, so it shouldn’t rust. It doesn’t come with anything for holding cutlery, but you could buy it together with this Delfinware cutlery drainer.
If you’re looking for a simple, inexpensive dish drainer that won’t rust, the Delfinware Popular Drainer is a great choice.
Buy online: £11.85 on Amazon.co.uk