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Maggie O’Neill, McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Published April 25 2012

Thursday review: Nifty features make dish rack a useful tool

You wouldn’t think that the dish rack you use in your kitchen matters much, but the simplehuman brand flip-top dish rack can make order out of a piled mound of drying dishes.

This stainless-steel rack is practical for many reasons. One of the most significant is the utensil holder that runs the entire length of one side. Two compartments allow you to separate out utensils and other small items while a bamboo knife block holds individual knives.

The interior of the dish rack offers ample space and features a plastic-edged holder on the bottom that provides extra care for your plates and actually holds them upright. A removable cup-holder on one side provides room to hold two extra cups while an add-on on the other side acts as a place to dry wine glasses.

To top it off, an adjustable flip-top shelf can be opened up to allow for extra space in the center for drying pots or pans. When it’s not flipped out, it’s an upper shelf to hold smaller items, such as reusable plastic containers, sippy cup lids, or even that egg slicer.

This dish rack also features a dual-direction drip tray with a stainless steel spout. This means you can turn the rack either way to allow water to drip into your sink. The dish rack comes with a five-year warranty and is available for $79.99 through www.simplehuman.com or Bed Bath & Beyond.

It’s not often you can look over to your kitchen and think: “Now, that’s a nice dish rack,” but you can with this one.