9 Best Baby Bottle Drying Racks for Every Need
When babies are in the picture, washing bottles and other tiny accessories is just part of life. So while a bottle drying rack may not be at the top of your registry list, it’s something you’ll use more than you think. Bottles and sippy cups that don’t thoroughly dry between uses can grow mold and bacteria in the wet spots, says Melissa St. Germain, MD, a pediatrician and and medical director of Children’s Physicians and Urgent Care at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. “It’s important to make sure bottles dry out completely to keep them germ-free,” she says.
The best bottle drying racks have plenty of space for bottles—both wide-neck and regular—as well as room for all those little pieces and parts, like caps, nipples, screwtops and tiny utensils and sippy cups (for when baby gets a bit older).
There’s no need to spend a ton of money on a baby bottle drying rack, but there are a few features to keep in mind while shopping. Look for racks that are spacious enough to meet your needs: consider how many bottles you’ll need for baby and how often you plan to clean them. Counter space is often at a premium, so this should be a consideration as well. A bottle drying rack that folds flat for easy storage when not in use is a great feature for tight spaces, as is one that stands against a wall or fits neatly under your cabinets.
Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best bottle drying racks, no matter your needs.
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Designed to look like grass, the popular Boon Lawn grass bottle drying rack cleverly (and expertly!) holds bottles large and small, along with any accessories you can think of, like nipples, breast pump parts and more. The drying rack offers generous capacity without taking up your entire counter, and water conveniently drains into the lower tray, which you can easily separate and pour off. Choose from the brand’s iconic bright green “grass” color, or go for a more subdued gray or white option.
This travel bottle drying rack boasts many of the features found with OXO’s full-size baby bottle drying rack in a conveniently smaller size. Snap it shut for easy transporting, or open it flat for 18 silicone-tipped tines to hold bottles, sippy cups and other accessories. This set even comes with a bottle brush that tucks neatly into the carrying case, as well as a nipple cleaner.
It’s not every day you find a compact baby bottle drying rack that can accommodate wide-neck bottles, but this pick from Nanobebe is a game-changer. Designed to fit the brand’s signature wide-neck bottles (and others), the drying rack features prongs with two heights for added versatility. The removable prongs allow you to space them further apart for wide bottles, and a breathable base helps keep mold and mildew growth at bay.
This clever space-saving bottle drying rack sits against the wall to avoid taking up that precious counter space. It’s small enough to fit beneath most cabinets, but still features nine angled hooks to hold bottles, nipples and sippy cups. A convenient tray at the top also holds small accessories while they dry. However, it’s important to note that some consumers feel the drip tray at the bottom is a bit small, causing water to leak onto the countertop.
With capacity for up to eight bottles of any size, the OXO Tot bottle drying rack may take up a bit of countertop space, but it’s got you covered when it comes to drying all those tiny pieces and parts that come with feeding baby. Silicone-tipped tines provide sturdy storage without damaging bottles, and the included cup is convenient for small accessories like spoons and medicine cups. Although this drying rack doesn’t feature automatic drainage, it’s easy to pour off excess water thanks to draining channels and rounded corners.
If you’re like most parents, you only want to buy one drying rack for bottles. That way, you can keep everything you need in one convenient place and cut down on searching for bottle pieces and parts when baby’s cranky and hungry. Dr. Brown’s bottle drying rack has room for everything, from their signature vent system pieces to nipples, both wide and standard bottles and even cups, utensils and medicine cups. The rack has a self-draining platform, and the fold-down feature allows for easy storage when not in use.
Looking for an eco-friendly option? Check out this sleek bamboo bottle drying rack from PopYum. Featuring ten extra-long prongs to hold bottles and sippy cups, along with an oversized platform with widely spaced slats for easy draining, this drying rack is a favorite among parents. Other notable details include the oversized silicone bumpers on the bottom that hold it in place and a flat fold for easy storage.
With all the baby gear you’ve bought, you’ll be looking to save money any chance you get. That’s why we’ve included a budget option on our list. For just $11, you can snag this spinning bottle drying rack from First Years. What’s more, it comes with ample bottle storage (16 prongs can hold both large and small bottles) and extra space for smaller accessories. The open grid on the dual-level platforms makes for easy draining too.
In search of a posh bottle drying rack that’ll look amazing on your countertop? This adorable option from Little Pea Shop is the way to go. With mold-resistant silicone cacti that double as bottle holders and an open grid bottom that prevents buildup, this drying rack for bottles is dishwasher friendly for easy clean up, and breaks down for slim storage too. It’s available in four pretty colors that will surely go with any kitchen decor.
About the experts:
Melissa St. Germain, MD, is a pediatrician and serves as vice president and medical director of Children’s Physicians and Urgent Care at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. She earned her medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.