Best Drying Rack for Clothes

Best Drying Rack for Clothes

A clothes drying rack can be an important part of your laundry room. Since a dryer is one of the top energy sucking appliances in your home, using a drying rack can save you money on your utility bills. But there's other reasons why air drying your laundry can be a smart alternative to giving your dryer a break. 

Advantages o​f Using a Drying Rack

  • Save money on your utility bills by air drying your laundry. A dryer is one of the top energy using appliances in your home.
  • Drying racks can reduce the wear-and-tear on your clothes. Just think of the lint screen in your dryer!
  • Using a drying rack can make a big difference in reducing your household dust level.
  • No fear of fire (at least not from your dryer). Did you know that a clothes dryer is among the top fire hazards in your home?

Best Laundry Drying Racks


Our Favorite Drying Rack

Dimensions: 58"L X 24"W X 40"H

  • Stainless steel construction
  • Can be used inside and out
  • Will not rust
  • Folds down for storage
  • Removable shoe hooks
  • Sturdy and won't tip over
  • 1-year warranty

Best Budget Drying Rack

Dimensions: 14.5"L X 29.5"W X 41.75"H

  • Light-weight steel
  • Epoxy coating
  • Available in chrome and white
  • Mildew and stain resistant
  • Folds flat for storage
  • 1-year limited warranty

Best Wooden Drying Rack

Dimensions: 52"L X 36"W X 17"H (large)

  • Solid wood: Maple 
  • Available in 5 sizes
  • The large rack provides 37 ft of drying space
  • Collapses for storage
  • Can used inside and out
  • Sturdy enough to use as a quilt rack
  • Designed to last a lifetime

Best Wall Mounted Drying Rack

Dimensions: 34.65"W X 23.6"D X 8.86"T

  • Solid stainless steel
  • Available in 2 sizes
  • Folds to a depth of 5.11"
  • Expand to the depth you need
  • Can hold up to 60 lbs

Best Ceiling Mounted Drying Rack

Dimensions: Each bracket is 16" Wide and 7.5" High. Select the length of the wooden slat. 

  • Cast iron brackets and pulleys are hand cut and powder coated
  • Guaranteed not to rust
  • Wooden slat length ranges from 3 to 8 feet
  • Can be used inside and out
  • Can hold up to 68 lbs
  • 5-year warranty

Best Heated Drying Rack

Dimensions: 28"L X 29"W X 54"H

  • 300 watt heat output
  • Less than 4 cents per hour
  • 68 ft of drying space
  • Can hold up to 33 lbs
  • Folds for storage
  • A cover can be purchased to increase the efficiency by trapping the heat inside

Best Over-the-Door Drying Rack

Dimensions: 20"L X 15"W X 6"H

  • Matte silver with adjustable black plastic hooks
  • Epoxy-coated
  • Up to 2 ft of drying space
  • Utilizes small or unused spaces
  • Fits over doors, radiators or window sills
  • Great for RVing

Best Indoor Clothes Line

Dimensions: 8-foot clothesline

  • Stainless steel and iron housing
  • 8-foot braided nylon line
  • Line locks tight regardless of distance
  • Extend the line and hook it into the wall latch
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Helpful Tips for Using a Drying Rack


  • Wash Early - When using a drying rack, the most effective time of day to wash your clothes is in the morning. The daylight brings both light and warmth, allowing plenty of time for your laundry to dry. If you wash your clothes in the morning, they'll be dry and ready to fold by evening.
  • Use the Sun Light - Move your drying rack to the sunny side of the house. Clothes dry faster in the sunshine. If you have access to a deck or patio you may want to move the rack outside. Not only will the sun and breeze help speed the drying process, your clothes should also have a freshness about them.   
  • Use Hangers -  Not all clothes need to lay flat on a drying rack. If you have shirts that you plan to put in your closet with a hanger, why wait until they're dry? Hanging them will give you more space on the rack, allow plenty of air flow for drying. Not to mention, it'll save you time when you put your laundry away.
  • Plenty of Space -  When placing your clothes on the drying rack, make sure they don't touch each other. When wet clothes overlap, the moisture in the material doesn't come in contact with the surrounding air and they will take much longer to dry. 
  • Turn-um - Turning your clothes over on the rack can really speed the drying process. If you have time, turn each item over about midway thru. On those cooler days, when clothes just aren't drying as fast as you like, this can help get the job done.