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Best Dish Drainers UK

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Washing up – you either like it or you don’t. Most people would try to get out of doing the dishes if they could. Let’s face it, nobody enjoys standing at the sink doing this mundane task, but it has to be done.

So you get it done – but then there’s the dilemma of letting it air dry or standing there for another 10 minutes drying it by hand. Honestly, who are we kidding, there’s not many of us who would towel dry the plates, cups, and cutlery after we’ve just washed it all up.

So air drying it is, but where do you put it all? On a drainer of course. And this is where we help you out, we’ve found 5 of the best dish drainers on the UK market today which will help dry your kitchenware quickly and hygienically.

Before we go any further though, let’s take a look at dish drainers in a little more depth. We want you to choose the most ideal drainer for your needs, so read on to find out the benefits of using one, the size and material best suited to you, and how to keep it clean.

Our Top Overall Choice

washing plates next to loaded dish drainer

Baodan give us a great first contender and while the price tag may sit a little at the high end, we definitely think this dish drainer is worth it.

It will last long enough to more than get your moneys worth, so give this one some serious thought.

Why should I use a Dish Drainer?

Most kitchen sinks are made up of two parts, one where your washing up bowl goes (if you choose to use one) and the other part to stack up your plates, cups, pans and anything else you clean.

Now it’s all too easy to just get the washing up done as quickly as possible and pile everything up on the flat drainer like some kind of crazy kitchen Jenga game (according to my husband, I am guilty of this too!).

Unfortunately, when your crockery is piled up like this, the water and moisture has nowhere to go, it cannot drain off, drip down or dry properly, therefore you run the risk of bacteria, odours, and streaks forming on your freshly cleaned kitchenware – meaning washing them up was pretty pointless because chances are you’ll need to at least rinse them again.

Most dish drainers are made from plastic or stainless steel which is easy to keep clean. There won’t be much maintenance for keeping your drainer free from bacteria, mould, or anything else that may pose a risk. Wiping them down with anti-bacterial wipes, a damp cloth, or sponge will ensure it’s kept clean between use.

Benefits of using a dish drainer

  • Good use of space – If you are in a household that uses a lot of plates, glasses, etc, then it would be ideal to get a tiered dish drainer, giving you ample space to stack everything that has been washed up
  • More efficient drying – The kitchenware is more likely to dry properly when it has the room to do so. Placing your dishes or cutlery in a designated space will allow the water to drip off easily
  • Less breakages – Because you won’t be stacking things up on top of each other, you are less likely to chip your crockery or crack your glasses
  • More organised kitchen – Your sink area and worktop will look that much better when using a dish drainer. You won’t need to worry about the unsightly balancing act that comes from piling up your Sunday lunch plates along with your pots and pans
  • Easy to keep clean – Most dish drainers can be kept clean by a simple wipe down, keeping your sink and worktops free from bacteria and stale water

Top 5 Dish Drainers

So, let’s get on to the good part, we give you our review of the best dish drainers in the UK. We give you a range of prices to best suit your budget as well as different features, shapes and size to accommodate your needs.

Baodan 2 Tier Dish Drainer

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Material: Stainless Steel

Dimensions: 23cm(d) x 42cm(w) x 41cm(h)

Colour: Black

We kick things off with a dish drainer from Baodan, a supplier who seems to sell an array of products – anything from dog beds, to clothes, to drones.

For today though, let’s take a look at their dish drainer – you get a choice of black or green. We’ve personally opted for black because it will fit into most kitchens easily, but if you fancy a subtle splash of colour then go for the green.

The drainer is made from stainless steel, giving it sturdiness and longevity while being easy on the eye, and with its dimensions it is not imposing or going to look out of place next to your sink. The non-slip feet give you added reassurance that it will not move when it gets wet or when you start loading it with plates and dishes.

Onto the features now. Firstly, you will notice it has two tiers which is ideal for those who get through a lot of plates, dishes and so forth. Under each tier you can place your drip tray, this is where you can catch all the water that drips from your items. This is especially useful underneath the top shelf as you wouldn’t want the water dripping onto the shelf below and increasing the drying time. These trays easily pull out so you can discard the water down the sink and keep them clean and dry between use.

The top shelf has enough sections to put all your plates. The slots on the top are slim meaning you can also put glasses or mugs on there without worrying they may fall over or not dry properly, while the bottom shelf has wider slots, so you are able to put dishes, pans or anything that needs a little more room.

This drainer really does use every space to its full potential. On one side there are hooks which can hold your bigger utensils such as spatulas or wooden spoons, as well as a holder for your everyday utensils. On the other side there is space to slot your chopping board or trays.

All of these extra features are detachable – this makes everything easy to keep clean. There’s no point putting your clean kitchenware onto a dirty drying rack! You can simply wipe it down after use and it will be clean and ready for the next load of washing up. There will be no soapy build up, no bacteria, or smells from stale water.

Top Overall Choice

washing plates next to loaded dish drainer

Baodan give us a great first contender and while the price tag may sit a little at the high end, we definitely think this dish drainer is worth it.

It will last long enough to more than get your moneys worth, so give this one some serious thought.

Simplywire Circular Dish Drainer

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Material: Metal

Dimensions: 34cm(d) x 34cm(w) x 10cm(h)

Colour: Chrome

Onto our second choice now – something quite different to the first – from Simplywire.

This is one of the budget choices on our list and with the dimensions and overall look you can see why. This would be ideal for a single person or a couple who do not have too much daily washing up.

Similarly, if you live in a smaller home where maybe there isn’t much kitchen or sink space, then this would fit nicely into your smaller room. It can hold up to 4 dinner plates, as well as utensils, mugs and dishes.

It is a sturdy compact drainer that allows your plates, dishes, and cups to dry naturally. With its anti-slip plastic feet, the water will simply drain through the slots and into your sink. You won’t get any stale smells from excess water thanks to the airflow not being restricted of this well-designed dish drainer.

Because it is made from metal it is easily cleaned, simply wipe it down with a cloth to remove any leftover water (which won’t be much), it can dry on its own or you can dry it with a towel to maintain its sparkle and then it’s ready for the next use.

The two handles either side make it easier to turn or move to different places when needed. It is lightweight too so you can even take it away when you go to stay in your caravan for the summer. At this price though, you could probably afford to get one for both your everyday kitchen and your holiday home.

Ideal For Smaller Homes

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Simplywire have given us the prefect solution for a smaller household and the chrome will suit most kitchen décor.

If you’re on a budget or just need a smaller dish drainer this could be the one for you.

Addis Dish Drainer

Drainer with plates and cups on next to sink


Material: Plastic

Dimensions: 38cm(d) x 41cm(w) x 11cm(h)

Colour: White and green

Next up we have a dish drainer from a more well-known manufacturer – Addis. At some point through your life you will have either seen or purchased something from this brand, whether that be laundry baskets, bins, or cleaning tools, and we’re confident you will love their dish drainer too. So let’s take a closer look.

We’ll start with the overall look – it is compact and sleek, with its curved edges and simple design, it will fit nicely into any kitchen area. The majority of the drainer is white, while the non-slip mat inside is green giving a little splash of colour. You can also buy the dish drainer in black and grey or white and grey for a bit more money.

We like that you have the option to buy matching kitchen accessories such as a washing up bowl and a draining tray.  Obviously these options will cost you more money, but if you are the kind of person who likes everything to match in your home then it’s good to know you have the choice there.

While it looks quite minimalist, it can still hold up to 9 plates, ideal if you’ve had a dinner party or just not had the chance to wash up from the night before. With space for your glasses and dishes too, as well as 3 compartments for cutlery or utensils it is perfect for a medium sized busy household.

It is made from plastic so easy enough to clean. You can simply pick it up and give it a wipe over inside, outside, and underneath. If you wanted to give it a thorough clean with disinfectant spray every now and again you could do that easily too.

The rubber feet allows the water to drain off your kitchenware, giving you dry and fresh plates, dishes, cutlery and anything else you need to place on there. The rubber will wipe clean with minimal effort.

Great For The Minimalist Kitchen

Drainer with plates and cups on next to sink

Addis have given us a delightful dish drainer here which sits at the lower end of our price range.

It is compact and lightweight, easy to keep clean between uses and wouldn’t look out of place at your sink area.

KINGRACK Expandable Dish Rack

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Material: Stainless steel and plastic

Dimensions: 55cm(d) x 31.5cm(w) x 11cm(h)

Colour: Grey and chrome

KINGRACK give us the most expensive on our list today, but for good reason and we think a lot of households will find this model extremely useful. So, let’s delve a little more into why the price of this dish drainer is justified.

You get the choice of 4 colours, we’ve chosen to review the grey rack, but you can also choose black, white, and another shade of grey, all at differing costs.

You have probably already noticed from the title that it is expandable – what a brilliant feature! This is useful for a number of reasons such as if you don’t fancy doing the washing up straight away, so it is left until the next morning along with your breakfast bowls, there is room for all of it thanks to the expandable tray. Or maybe you live in a smaller household but enjoy entertaining so instead of piling all the washing up on a smaller drainer or even worse, having to stand and dry your plates before you can wash the second load, you can simply pull out the tray and fill that too.

You have space for up to ten plates, as well as your dishes, mugs and glasses. There is a place for your cutlery too.

When not in use the tray simply slides underneath, leaving you with a more compact drainer when you don’t need so much drying space. All this while still managing to look sleek and minimal to fit in with your kitchen décor.

It is made from plastic and stainless steel which means it is hardwearing and sturdy. The slots for your plates are made from steel which also have plastic protective covers on the end so not to scratch them, as well as having non-slip rubber feet to help it stay in place, steel guard rails so nothing can fall over, break or get damaged, along with a handy swivel drainage spout which will direct any excess water to your sink, and handles to pick it up easily when needed.

It is simple to keep clean – it can be wiped down with a cloth to keep bacteria from forming and the cutlery holder can be removed for easy maintenance.

Is this the most expensive on our list? Yes. Is it worth the money? Absolutely.

Perfect For Larger Households

expanded drainer with kitchenware

Is this the most expensive on our list? Yes. Is it worth the money? Absolutely.

If you have a little extra cash to spare, you’re a larger household, or maybe don’t have the luxury of a dishwasher, then we would recommend the dish drainer from KINGRACK.

You really won’t be disappointed.

Plastific Folding Dish Drainer

x shaped dish drainer


Material: Plastic

Dimensions: 36cm(d) x 32.7cm(w) x 7.1cm(h)

Colour: Taupe

Last on our list today is our cheapest dish drainer. It is a simple x-shape design that does exactly what it’s supposed to – drain the water from your dishes.

You can buy this in a variety of colours including white, pink, turquoise, and the one we’re looking at, taupe. There really is something for everyone’s taste – and you’ll be pleased to know that they all cost the same low price no matter which colour you choose.

Made of plastic, it is easy to keep clean and the design means it’s sturdy enough when holding your kitchenware. It can hold a lot of plates on the top row, this is ideal for people who have a lot of mouths to feed as there is guaranteed to always be a lot of washing up after!

On the bottom row, there is room to put mugs and dishes and because of the design you can place your utensils on either row and they won’t slip through any gaps.

Underneath you will find a removable tray which will catch any excess water that drips from your plates, mugs and so on. This allows your kitchenware to dry naturally and effectively, leaving no risk of moisture build up that can cause bacteria or foul smells.

A useful feature of this dish drainer is that it can fold away when not in use. If you like your kitchen clutter free and minimalist, you’ll be pleased to know that this can be folded down and stored away in a cupboard. When you have finished using it, wipe over with a clean dry cloth, fold it flat and store until it is needed.

Best Budget Option

x shaped dish drainer

If you are on a budget or just not in the market for anything to expensive or fancy, then Plastific give you the ideal dish drainer.

Don’t be put off by the cheaper price tag, this might be the one that surprises you!


We’ve given you what are in our opinion the 5 best dish drainers in the UK, along with their specs and features – all you have to do now is choose the right one for you.

Whether you need a long-term drainer or you are looking to purchase one for your caravan holiday home, we think any of these on this list will be perfect for your needs.

We have covered different price ranges, materials, sizes, and features so you can hopefully spend less time stacking your washing up and worrying if it will topple over, and more time relaxing in your home knowing your kitchen is clean and clutter free. You never know, you might even find you start to enjoy the washing up a little bit more!

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Meet our reviewer – Michelle Vernon

Michelle is one of the lead writers at Washing Check and also holds an editor role. She is a busy parent who understands the needs of daily domestic life and the challenges it can bring.

She genuinely loves cleaning products and equipment, which although is quite strange to many, is a blessing to us here at Washing Check.