KitchenAid 3-piece dish-drying rack, made by
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KitchenAid actually makes several different dish-drying racks. This is the
classic one, in black. They also make compact ones, stainless steel ones, red
ones, etc. It looks like prices top out at about $125.
I have a high-end automatic dishwasher, but I also wash by hand. I don't put
plastic in the dishwasher. Plastic items get sprayed with vinegar and then
washed using dish soap. Also washed by hand are my fry pans, baking sheets,
Dutch ovens, cutting boards, all cutlery, all Corningware, some glasses, some
cups, some tableware, and various other items. All day long, I cycle items onto
and off of the dishrack (I work from home).
I've been using the same white plastic dish rack for about the past 25
years. No problems with it, except keeping it clean is a challenge. Baking
soda and vinegar clean it up, but there's also a fair amount of scrubbing
involved to get gook out of the corners and crevices. I wasn't really
looking to replace it, but when this item appeared on Amazon Vine I decide
to take the plunge.
At first, I did not like this rack. It's oriented 90 degrees away from the one
I've "always" had. Instead of sitting lengthwise from wall to counter edge and
draining from one side, it sits with a side facing the wall and drains from one
end. After a little finagling, I found a position that actually frees up usable
counterspace versus my old rack.
It turns out this rack is the same color as my coffee maker, which sits on the
same countertop. Across from them is my black refrigerator. Sometimes my black
cat sits midway between these black items, completing the picture.
Another thing I did not like about this rack at first is I couldn't get my fry
pan lid and fry pan to sit the way I was accustomed to. Again, a little
finagling and again the result is better than what I had.
The utensil tray, however, was an improvement that I immediately liked. You can
put it on either end, there are mounting pegs to enable that. This tray drains
not into open space, but onto the drip tray.
Another thing I noticed with this new unit is I have no fear that it will tip
over into the sink the way the old one occasionally did. Big plus, there.
This unit is configurable. The drip tray drains in one direction, but you can
remove the tray, flip it around, and put it back on. This means you can have the
rack sit with tines facing the counter edge or facing the wall, regardless of
whether it's to the left or to the right of your sink. You can have the utensil
tray on the left side or the right side, independent of the drain direction.
I've got this the way I want it, but being a guy I know I'm going to be
reconfiguring it periodically just because I can. Another huge plus of this rack
is that it is very easy to clean. You can remove bottom and the utensil tray,
and each is easy to clean when separated from the main unit.
After a couple of days of getting used to this rack, I put Old Faithful into the
recycle bin (I am so cruel). I promptly went into the kitchen and reconfigured
this rack one more time.