Umbra Slat Bamboo Dish Drying Rack with Tray
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- Dish drying rack with drainage tray and built-in utensil holder (two-piece set)
- Rack constructed of durable bamboo; tray/utensil holder constructed of molded plastic
- Rack holds up to 16 dishes; flat surface accommodates glassware; comes apart for easy cleaning
- Size: 18-3/4 by 8 by 4-1/2-inch
- Design: Alan Wisniewski
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So I took some quick measurements (using my hands, as opposed to any real metric technology) and ordered this thing. Then I became nervous because, in my experience, Umbra's high-design-affordable-price ethos has resulted in some pretty flaky products. But the new dish rack arrived before I could rethink it. I oughtn't have worried, because it is terrific. Like my old trusty drying rack, this thing comes in three pieces: the main body for holding dishes; the drain/tray for catching and rerouting dribbles; the utensil caddy, for drying flatware upright. But with Umbra's smart design, the main body is actually a slatted tray, platformed just high enough away from the counter to get a deep hold on even the biggest, heaviest dishes and keep them standing sturdily. The plastic trough underneath is subtly sloped so that water will drain toward the lip.
Everything is very clean and stylized, too, all these straight lines and rounded edges. I think I worried that the white-and-bamboo, together, might seem very stark and cold, but it doesn't. Out-of-the-box, the bamboo smells really *good*, too, the way I remember my pricy chopping block used to smell. And it's seemingly well made and very not-crappy (I was concerned!). The whole operation has a very low profile, literally and metaphorically, so that it fits underneath that low-hanging cabinetry. If nothing were drying on it, you might never notice it is sitting there.
Obviously I am enamored. I would recommend Umbra's slatted drying rack to anyone--it's practical, if you are practical, it's green if you are concerned about its manufacture, it's aesthetically very nice if you appreciate a certain kitchen minimalism--but I especially must recommend it to fellow apartment-dwellers with limited resources. While it has a larger footprint than some compact dish racks, I have discovered there is a function-over-form here that makes much faster work of your sink-pile, at a very small expense of space. What I'm saying is, I can finally see the bottom of my sink.
At first, I looked at the Simple Human line of dish racks. They seemed well-designed, if quite expensive, and one was even made out of bamboo and stainless steel, so I thought maybe I could pretend it wasn't a depressing boxy wire-and-plastic dish rack. I bought it, got it home, and it looked ok, although still uncomfortably kin to the wire-and plastic tragedies, but more importantly, it seemed HUGE on my counter. Call me crazy, but I don't really want my dish rack to be a major focal point in my kitchen, and I don't exactly have an excess of counter space to begin with, so I returned that and began to look for something a bit more low profile, which is when I stumbled on this Umbra Bamboo Dish Rack.
After a week of use, I'm basically really happy with this dish rack. It's priced pretty fairly for what you get, and I like how comparatively low profile it looks on my counter - definitely the least conspicuous, most pleasant-looking dish rack I have ever owned or even seen. There's one really cranky review of this dish rack on here that complains that you can't flip the silverware caddy around to be on the far side of the tray from the sink, but I haven't found that to be true. Yes, there are two little slots in the bottom plastic tray at the spout end where the silverware caddy is supposed to snap into place. But I honestly don't think those slots do much. As an experiment, I flipped the bamboo top around so that the silverware caddy was on the far end of the tray, away from the sink (you can do this because the bamboo top is not attached in any way to the bottom plastic tray). The caddy still rested down in its bamboo cradle just fine, and did not flip over when I loaded it full of silverware. But in any case, I don't see that it's a huge deal to have the silverware on the sink end. I mean, if you have problems stabbing yourself with your silverware because they're between you and the rest of the rack, presumably you could just set your silverware aside and wash it last, no? So I don't think that's a big issue, is what I'm saying.
The only actual con for me is that the white plastic tray is a bit more conspicuous when it's sitting on my counter than it appears to be in the picture, and it kind of cheapens the whole effect of the rack. I wish they had made the tray either a little shorter or thinner or something, or else made it out of some slightly nicer material - bamboo outside with a plastic lining, or some such.
But overall, I'm quite happy with this drying rack - it's definitely the best-looking, least conspicuous drying rack I've ever seen, and somehow I felt like we regained a lot of counter space. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.
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the only problem I found is with one set of dishes, the dont fit in the holes.Read more