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When dishwashers were introduced to the home appliance market, homeowners reveled in their ability to clean dishes automatically. Gone were the days of laboring over a sink filled with dirty dishes, cleaning them, and placing them in a dish rack to dry.
Over the years, dishwashers have become increasingly affordable to the point that they are practically standard appliances in most American homes. And this has led to most modern families relying solely on their dishwashers for cleaning their dishes.
So, this begs the question – do you still need a dish rack if you have a dishwasher?
Your first instinct might be to toss your dish rack in the trash once you get a dishwasher, but you could be doing yourself a disservice if you choose to do this. The reason? Even though you have a dishwasher, a dish drying rack can still be a valuable thing to have in your kitchen.
Having a dish rack at your disposal allows you to do a quick clean and rinse of your dishes, cups, and cutlery in between meals. Or, if you have a lot of dirty dishes, the rack can be used to hold dirty but rinsed dishes while you’re waiting for your dishwasher to finish cleaning the first batch of dishes instead of them sitting in a pile in the sink where they can easily get chipped, cracked, or broken.
You may also have certain items that you don’t want to put into the dishwasher. Things like delicate cups and glasses, heirloom China or silverware, expensive Crystal, high-quality knives, or large pots and pans. These items require careful handwashing, and a dish rack is the perfect solution for letting them air dry. Plus, with almost every dinner, there is always a pan or dish that requires a little more elbow grease to get it fully clean and you will need to put it somewhere to dry once you’re done washing it. The best place? A dish drying rack.
Another reason to have a dish rack is that not all dishwashers are equipped with drying features and those that do consume a lot of energy while doing a rather inefficient job. Even a top-of-the-line dishwasher will still have wet dishes or cups with water still in them after the drying cycle completes. So, if you want to ensure that your dishes are fully dried before you put them away, then taking them out of the dishwasher and setting them in a dish rack is an alternative to having to hand dry each item.
As with everything in your kitchen, the design and build of your dish drying rack matters. After all, you want your dish rack to complement your kitchen’s aesthetic without sacrificing its performance. You also want to ensure that it is capable of handling whatever you need it for.
At Michael Graves Design, we have a wide range of durable and beautifully designed dish racks available, so finding the right one for your kitchen is easy. Our racks are surprisingly roomy despite their compact design, and they come with removable utensil compartments, so you can increase the storage capacity if needed. Shop our selection of designer sinkware today to find the perfect dish rack for your kitchen.