“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Dish Drainer / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant „
Although the majority of the washing up in our house is done in the dishwasher I do tend to wash cutlery and other bits and pieces in the sink. I hadn't got a drainer and would just leave the washing up on the side of the sink but the cutlery didn't really dry very well and ended up with water marks. Also as it was usually stacked on top of each other probably wasn't very hygienic this way. I bought this one from Tesco for £4 which I think is a decent price. It does look quite stylish and expensive and it goes well in my kitchen as I have a few other black items such as a black mug tree and kitchen roll holder. It also comes in chrome if you prefer this look.
The drainer measures 12.8cm tall, 19.3cm wide and 7cm deep and weighs .33 kilos. There are holes at the bottom so that any water which drains off the cutlery will drain out of the bottom. It has little ball feet which keep it lifted from the surface of the sink so again allows the water to drain. I would describe the shape as a curved rectangular and does hold quite a lot of cutlery comfortably. When I have had the family round for dinner I can fit all the cutlery in it in one go.
There are five thinner rungs with a much thicker one on the top which go all around the drainer and there are four separate compartments. I find that normal cutlery such as knives, forks and spoons are the ideal height for them to be sticking out the top sufficiently for you to remove them, the same being with wooden spoons and larger knives. However smaller items such as small knives, potato peelers and small spoons tend to stick out the gaps in the rungs and it is easier to remove them from the sides than the top.
It does seem to keep clean and apart from giving it a quick rinse under a hot tap occasionally I haven't had to do anything else. I think it is because it has so many holes in that the water tends to drain out which stops it becoming clogged up. It states that it isn't suitable for the dishwasher.
I would recommend this neat little drainer as it looks quite expensive and does a good job of keeping my cutlery tidy and helping it to dry quickly and hygienically. I think that £4 is a good price to pay for this as you can pay a lot more for similar products. I have had this for about nine months and it has not shown any signs of wear or tear.
Tesco stainless steel cutlery drainer
I needed a cutlery drainer because nothing was drying properly leaving them on the side of the sink and the cutlery ended up with water stains.
This one is available online at www.tesco.com and is also available in Tesco stores. It costs £4 so isn't as expensive as some cutlery drainers. I bought mine in black but it is also available in a chrome colour.
The product is made of stainless steel, obviously coated in black and the nice thing about it being black in colour is that it obviously doesn't show any water or finger makrs. Immediately, it scores points from me, because I don't have to worry about smears.
It is rectangular in shape with curved edges and is about 13cm high so plenty tall enough to put even larger kitchen implements in to drain without them falling out. With a depth of about 7 cm and its width being about 19cm, it is space saving but still big enough for all of that cutlery. I like the fact that it isn't too big, because if it was huge I would have a tendency to leave the cutlery in until I ran out. This way, it does get full and has to be emptied.
It has three separate compartments and bars round the edges but with a flat and covered base so that the cutlery doesn't fall out of the bottom. The upper edging of the drainer is thicker than the bars down the sides which makes it easier and more comfortable to pick up and means that even when hands are wet I can get a good grip and not drop the thing.
For anyone interested it is not dishwasher safe so I tend to clean it as I do the dishes, in warm soapy water and this does the trick. Its not microwave safe but I haven't had any reason to prove or disprove this, and can see no reason why I would want to put it in the microwave.
It looks quite stylish for a cutlery drainer and in theory is very practical, but there is a down side, involving tea spoons. The fact that the horizontal bars run all the way round the product means that the teaspoons keep falling out of the sides. There is also an issue with the three compartments; whilst they look separate, they are actually joined at the bottom so the teaspoons tend to fall through and lie on the bottom of the drainer. This then involves some upside down shaking to get them out.
A cheap enough drainer which is well made and looks good. However, the design faults means that I can rate it only as average and give it three stars. If this was sorted out, then it would be much better but if you want a cutlery drainer buy one which keeps the teaspoons nicely in place.
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