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I paid $100 for this popular KitchenAid dish rack — here's why it's totally worth it

More than 15,000 reviewers have given it a perfect 5-star rating.

KitchenAid Dish Rack (Photo via Amazon Canada)
KitchenAid Dish Rack (Photo via Amazon Canada)

Dishes are a pain — but what's worse is trying to figure out how to juggle wet dishes, plates and cutlery. Obviously a dish rack is a necessity.

In all honesty, I’ve never been too excited about dish racks. That is, until I ordered this one from KitchenAid. Since I started using it, I’ve seen less leakage on my counter and found my clean dishes much easier to organize (and dry).

But it’s not just me who’s obsessed. Amazon reviewers also love chatting about how wonderful it is. In fact, it has more than 19,000 reviews, with more people adding to the conversation monthly.

To see why reviewers keep on talking about the KitchenAid Dish Rack, read my full review below.

This popular dish rack has more than 19,000 reviews.

$100 at Amazon Canada
  • 💵 Price: $110

  • Used for: Two years

  • Our rating: 5/5

  • 🛍️ Reasons to buy: You’re tired of budget dish racks breaking on your and want something sturdy that’ll last a long time.

  • Reasons to avoid: You refuse to pay over $25 for a dish rack.

This dish rack may cost more than that one you have from the dollar store, but it is worth it — and I'll tell you why. The body of it is sturdy enough to hold hefty pans and larger serving dishes in place without toppling over. The edge is designed to hold cups and wine glasses, so they won’t take up premium plate and bowl space. As for utensils, they have their own removable caddy, divided into three sections with slots for knives, forks and spoons.

I tried the ever-popular KitchenAid Dish Rack (Photo via Alice Prendergast)
I tried the ever-popular KitchenAid Dish Rack (Photo via Alice Prendergast)

The metal is rust-resistant and it has soft feet that’ll stop it from scratching up your counters. And, the slanted drip tray has a mouth that’ll drain excess water into your sink, keeping any grossness from pooling up in the bottom.

I never really thought a good dish rack could make a difference in my life. I had always purchased mine from dollar stores or on sale at department stores and didn’t think much of it. However, when I moved houses, I got blessed with butcher block counters. While they’re gorge, I am trying to avoid water stains at all costs, and that meant finding a dish rack that didn’t spill any water onto my counter.

Not only does it keep my counters dry, but for its size it can actually hold a lot of dishes. And, because it’s so sturdy, things won't topple over when you stuff it to the brim with dishes. I’ve had it packed with cast iron and non-stick pans and it hasn’t budged, which is obviously pretty great.

KitchenAid Dish Rack (Photo via Alice Prendergast)
KitchenAid Dish Rack (Photo via Alice Prendergast)

The reviewers on Amazon Canada are are pretty jazzed about the KitchenAid Dish Rack. It has more than 19,000 reviews — more than 15,000 of which are 5 stars — and an average 4.4-star rating.

One reviewer says that it’s “the best dish rack you can find at this price." They absolutely love how spacious it is and note that similar models can actually run you a lot more money.

Others are head over heels for its ability to keep water contained. They say the drip tray seamlessly funnels water to their sink, keeping it off their counters. They also love how easy it is to remove, so they can give it a good scrub down when it’s looking a bit worse for wear.

KitchenAid Dish Rack (Photo via Alice Prendergast)
KitchenAid Dish Rack (Photo via Alice Prendergast)

And you won’t have to worry about replacing it months after you buy it. One reviewer used their KitchenAid Dish Rack for a very impressive ten years and loved it so much that they ordered a new one when it started losing its lustre (several others have similar stories, with many lasting 7+ years).

As we all know, no product is perfect in everyone's eyes. Some reviewers felt like it was too small to hold larger loads of dishes. Others found that water pooled inside the utensil rack due to its lack of drainage (that's especially annoying if you forget to wipe it out and face unwanted gunk in your cleaning adventures). And of course, it's hard to ignore the price tag.

When it comes to dish racks, what I’m looking for is something that fits all my dishes, doesn’t topple over, and doesn’t leak water onto my counters. This one ticks all of those boxes. It also has a sleek, minimalist design, so it’s not a total eyesore to keep out, which I love. If you’re willing to splurge, this dish rack has definitely upped my kitchen experience — and I think it may do the same for you!

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