Simplehuman Steel Frame Dishrack

I was given the opportunity to review the Simplehuman Steel Frame Dishrack, which looks quite unlike any dish drainer I have ever used or seen, but really appealed to me on the basis that it had a spout to direct the water in to the sink, rather than it pooling on the draining board.

Now we do have a dishwasher, but tend to only run it once a day overnight, so I do all the breakfast and lunch pots, plus all the pans, sharps, children’s cups and baking stuff in the sink and usually allow it to drain rather than drying it.

So for the technical blurb…

The simplehuman steel frame dishrack has an elegant solid steel frame that hides dishes neatly out of sight while drying. The extendable drip tray and pivoting spout channels water directly into the sink. A fingerprint-proof coating helps protect against smudges, and the natural bamboo knife block is gentle on sharp blades. Flip-up tines and flip-out cup holders provide multiple storage options. The drip tray, utensil holder, and inner wire frame are all dishwasher safe.   It comes with a 5 year warranty.

Cost £59.99

So there are a number things that we really liked:

The fact that is has a knife block (keeps the sharp blades safe)

It raises the crockery away (stops the children grabbing it)

The water is directed to the sink to drain rather than the draining board.  I hate the way it always pools on the drainer and is you dont wipe it scales up

Extendable draining area

But as always there was a few small issues that niggled us

The rack is slightly too large for my draining area on the sink

You need to regularly wash and wipe the trays to stop them gunking up (but they are dishwasher safe).

I really like the aesthetics of the draining board, however, when my mother in law popped round on Thursday evening, her first comment was “what is that monstrosity on your sink” – nice!!

MadDad think it is fine, buy being quite a typical man refuses to get excited by a kitchen item!

Now would I buy this myself, no, not at £59.99.  Our drainer came from Woolworths for £5.99 about 10 years ago and was going fine.  Yes I had become anal about wiping the draining board all the time, but I doubt I would have ever considered spending that sort of money on a draining board.  However, for those of you with a really swish designer kitchen then this would be the finishing touch, the icing on the cake that would possibly just make it all perfect.