Reviews Roundup: Bottle Drying Racks

Breastfeeding or bottle feeding, you will need a bottle drying rack. No getting around it. Whether it’s the parts from your breast pump, sippy cup valves, pacifiers, or teething toys, you’ll want a space to land them. Much better than trying to use your regular dish rack or a towel. It’s one of those basic items you forget to register for, and no one gives as a shower gift (…but should!) I like keeping baby things in their very own little spaces, so it’s easier to control the sprawl. I have two drying racks, but I have the proverbial ‘2 under 2’ , so we’ve got lots of pieces/parts to manage.

My criteria? The rack has to hold A LOT of items, look great, and take up very little counter space. Finally, it should be easy to clean. My top picks are reviewed below. Some runners-up by Munchkin, Dr. Brown’s, Luv’nCare and First Years are less appealing to me in both capacity and design, but have more economical price points, or can be folded away when not in use.

Here are my top two picks:

L’ovedbaby Bottle Trees ($26.95) are beautiful, solid maple racks that take up a tiny footprint on your counter. They hold up to 12 bottles plus accessories, and I love the varying peg sizes for all the oddly shaped items. There is a reservoir at the base to catch water drips with a removable plug to drain any collected drips. Doesn’t seem necessary to me, but it’s helpful if you place very wet items on the rack. This is the best-looking rack to blend into your traditional decor, and goes perfectly with my maple cabinets. Dimensions: approx. 6.5″ base by 13.5″ high.

The Skip Hop Splash Bottle Drying Rack ($28) comes from the well-known diaper bag and accessory company, which also makes other cool and functional baby items. Their bottle rack is a contemporary design statement in itself. While its footprint is larger than the L’ovedbaby rack, it rotates, which is very convenient, and holds even more bottles and accessories. It also has a rubber-gripped bottle brush right in the center that is part of the design, and the removable drainage tray is dishwasher-safe. In the white/tangerine, poppy/charcoal and marine/storm colors (rack/brush), this rack is a very stylish and modern solution. Dimensions: 10.5″ circular base by 11″ high.

Munchkin makes several bottle rack styles, and if you want an inexpensive solution, I’d pick the Bottle Drying Rack & Brush Set.

I originally bought this rack without the optional brush (under $10) in an act of desperation. My countertops had disappeared under so many breast pump pieces and sterilized feeding items right after my daughter was born, that my then 10 year old son thought the kitchen had been overtaken as a bootleg still. To control the clutter, I found it was a very good value and does the job. Also, Munchkin’s model is dishwasher-safe and folds away when you don’t need it. It holds fewer items than my two favorites above, and I didn’t like that many of the smaller items end up sitting in the rack’s reservoir and getting wet from the bottle drips. I also had trouble with the vertical pegs, which often collapsed and sent the bottles and pieces overboard (they fold for storage, but didn’t stay upright consistently when it was in use).

A runner-up for the Munchkin came from Nancy who added her two cents: “I used the First Years 2 in 1 Bottle and Drying Rack (now $14.95) for the first two years of my son’s life. It did the job, but was hard to clean and came apart very easily. It did hold a lot of bottles and parts, and came with a plush bottle cleaning brush. It also can drain right into the sink, which really came in handy.”

If you use a bottle drying rack, which one do you like?

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