Best Bakers Rack of 2021
The AmazonBasics Kitchen Storage Rack is a classic, timeless option to add storage to any space. This versatile piece can perform in almost any room in the house with a durable construction that can hold a lifetime of applications. The simple design is recognizable and adds a tasteful industrial utility to any space. Long favored in commercial spaces, the chrome finish adds brightness while also being extremely durable. While many racks require at least one if not multiple tools to assemble them, this has a quick no-tools necessary assembly. In our testing, this was the fastest rack we put together. The shelves are adjustable, which allows you to tailor the spacing specific to your needs, and with the strength to hold up the heaviest appliances. The real wood top is a welcome change from the laminate surfaces on almost all our other racks.
While this contender achieves remarkable strength in its metal shelving, it is preferable for large-item storage. Smaller items have trouble sitting flat on the wire shelving, and a plastic shelf cover (ordered separately) may be a useful addition for many people. The chrome finish is attractive, but its bold look may clash with some interiors. Although the assembly was uniquely fast, lining up, the shelf supports can require some patience. Luckily, double stripes on the chrome uprights help with alignment. Overall, this is a top recommendation, and if you have heavy items for storage, this is our favorite.
The Vasagle Alinru is bakers rack with a clean and modern look that blends well into almost any kitchen space. We tested multiple racks in the three and four-tier category, and the Alinru excelled in material quality and design. The wood laminate shelves and black metal framing are an understated semi-gloss finish, which helps the rack blend into the room. The thin square tubing with its overhead accents on the upper-level shelf adds a modern touch to a utilitarian unit. The wire basket has sidewalls to keep items from escaping, and hooks allow for accessory racking on the outside of the frame. Metal nut inserts into the counter surface added confidence that the Alinru could be lifted by its main shelf without fear of coming apart.
While few racks are as straightforward to assemble as the AmazonBasics rack, the Alinru was a contender for the most hardware for assembly. Be patient, as the parts can be easy to mix up — even though they are all labeled. The top shelf "spice rack" could interfere with built-in cabinetry or hanging artwork because of its extra height. It's not a required item, and the Alinru can be built up without it easily. Move spaces, and you can always add it back on. This is a good choice for those seeking a high-quality, low-priced option with a versatile design.
The Bestier 4-Tier is a standout compact option for those looking to add counter and storage space to their well-loved but compact kitchens. We were pleasantly surprised by the outstanding materials and hardware of the Bestier. Most racks utilize a sliding (no wheel) basket for pull-out storage, while the Bestier incorporates a full-span roller shelf to increase the modular utility of the unit. Place a large item on the shelf and gain easy top-down access by sliding the shelf out. Further customization is possible, as the rack arrives with the option of feet or rollers. Hold onto both and change them out down the road if needed. This is a well-made product with a compact footprint.
The time the designers put into the utility and material quality of the Bestier must not have left a lot of energy for design flourishes. Utilitarianism best describes the visual style of the rack. A simple high contrast black frame and light laminate wood grain could be at home in kitchens or offices. It's not the most exciting-looking rack, but its plain visual performance also makes it an aesthetically versatile piece. The biggest concern is the fine motor skills needed for assembly. Of all the racks we built, this one required the smallest screws in building up the roller shelf. For those needing a nicely designed piece for small spaces, this has our vote.
The Soges 3-Tier Kitchen Rack is an excellent option for the open storage of glass and dishware. The understated but dark wood laminate against the white frame looks great with glass and ceramics. Small but noticeable highlights like the chrome finish feet make this a surprisingly attractive piece to add to any kitchen. We enjoyed using the sliding wire shelf as silverware storage and found that an aftermarket silverware tray fit perfectly. The laminate shelving is durable and resists scratching, and will hold up well to everyday use.
What it achieves from a distance didn't hold up to close inspection as well as some other racks we tested. If you are very detail-oriented, you may not like the sloppy plastic work on the chrome feet or the thin weight of the wire shelf. The hardware was also a bit lower quality than competing racks, and the silver hex head bolts were thin and particularly prone to stripping if not installed carefully. The Soges is a simple and tasteful addition; it can handle daily abuse but is best suited for smaller appliance storage.
The Vasagle Industrial impressed us with its quality finishes and excellent hardware. It's the small things that count, and the robust feet included with the Vasagle indicate the overall quality of the piece. The wide framing makes a bold statement in profile and narrows neatly when viewed straight on. The powder coat black is a pleasant visual and tactile finish. The wire shelf has backstops on the slider rails that keep you from marring the wall surface behind your rack. The three-tier option is a great design overall and will fit on short divider walls between kitchens and dining rooms, or as end storage to a center island, or in pantries lacking existing shelving.
The additional stability does come at a slightly higher visual impact. While many other racks have a square tubing frame system, the Vasagle opts for a larger rectangular frame. This bulks up the rigidity but makes the unit look heavier. Depending on your space, you may prefer the more substantial look or a thinner option. The finish on the laminate was a touch overdone for our tastes. A simpler wood grain graphic would have been a more understated overall result. Aesthetic preferences aside, we expect that the Vasagle will stand up to the most arduous daily use.
The Homfa 5-Tier Free Standing is one of the most versatile units we tested in the bakers rack category. Equally at home in the kitchen, living room, bedroom, or bathroom, it tilts away from pure utility and towards accent piece. Simple yet elegant, we are impressed by the visual impact of adding the Homfa to any space. The tall narrow profile increases the perceived height of the space and makes use of otherwise difficult to incorporate areas. In corners or as an end piece to existing furniture, the Homfa will surprise you with its transformative ability. The shelves are light, and the entire unit is straightforward to assemble. There are no tight spaces to access, and the hardware is good enough to inspire confidence.
The unique size of the Homfa can present challenges in some spaces. As an acknowledgment of the tipping potential, the unit arrives with a wall anchor that can be installed to prevent an accident. The middle bracket that connects the vertical framing can be a little finicky to assemble and requires two hands-on for a successful build. The adjustable feet will allow some leveling, but the Homfa is best suited to hard, flat surfaces. The ladder-like side frame may beg to be climbed by young children, so take proper precautions to anchor the top. If you have a narrow space that needs the illusion of a little extra height, take a gander at this option.
The Seville Classics Rack is one of the sturdiest racks we tested, making it reliable for heavy items. A heavier gauge metal inspires confidence. It is one of the easiest racks to assemble, coming together in just under 15 minutes in our test. No tools are necessary, and the two lower shelf heights remain adjustable even after the initial build. The hanging rack is dramatically stronger than other racks and is one of two racks on which we are willing to hang heavy items like cast iron skillets. If your kitchen is awkwardly hiding heavy-duty appliances in tight cupboards, the Seville rack is an excellent option.
The primary reason Seville lost out to the AmazonBasics is because of the quality and placement of the wooden countertop. The Seville claims a butcher block wood top while delivering a wooden top with a heavy synthetic varnish. It's a durable and attractive surface, but we wouldn't want to cut directly on it. The counter height was a touch low for our testers at 33.25 inches of the ground. Seville states that the wooden top can be flipped over for two top styles, but the underside is disappointingly rough and unfinished. For large storage of heavy items, this is one to consider.
The Mr. Ironstone 3-Tier is an ultra-compact three-tier option on wheels. With a low overall height, 28.75 inches, the Ironstone 3-Tier could be an excellent option for those who want under counter storage with the possibility of additional counter space when necessary. Wheel it out while preparing a meal, and wheel it back into its resting place to reduce clutter. The small footprint achieves stability easily, and we had no complaints with any of the included hardware. It boasts a simple design that will easily fade into the background and accomplish its humble goal of adding quick, compact storage.
A few design upgrades could have made the Mr. Ironstone a more versatile unit. With rounded front corners and 90 degree back edges, it's not symmetrical; this is a small detail, but one that made it feel out of place when it wasn't pushed up to a wall. It also made it feel strange as an island unit. The Ironstone comes only with wheels, unlike the Bestier that ships with wheels and leveling feet. Although there were no immediate concerns with the wheels from a durability standpoint, they are not the highest quality materials. The most considerable concern is the very low top counter height. We mentioned that this feature makes it a viable under-counter option, but it also makes it a less enjoyable surface for chopping and everyday use. For those looking for wheeled and mobile storage, you should consider this.
For another great three-tier option, the Mr. Ironstone 3-Tier + 3-Tier bakers rack is another choice to consider. Similar to the Vasagle Industrial, this model has a simple but attractive offset three-shelf design with an integrated wire rack. The wood laminate is a nice warm tint without too much red. The black framing is narrow square tubing that provides adequate stability with a casual look. The feet are easy to level, and the Ironstone excels in various spaces and on a variety of surfaces.
We had little to complain about in our testing of the Mr. Ironstone. Assembly is long and relatively complex, but no more so than similar competing units. The wire shelf has widely spaced bars that may not support small items. We found dish towels to be the perfect item to store there. We would have preferred metal insert nuts to screw the top counter to the frame, but the item we tested had plastic inserts.
The Rolanstar Utility Shelf transforms the tried and true bakers rack formula into a distressed vintage aesthetic. Curved framing softens the rack's typically angular presence into an older style. Brushed dual-tone paint on the black framing creates a patina reminiscent of subtle rusted iron. The laminate uses a pronounced textured grain to further the weathered feel. Where most racks use individual hooks, the Rolanstar comes with a group of hooks that are pre-fixed to a hanging rack. It's a cleaner and better application of hooks — if that is a feature you are interested in.
The antique aesthetic of the Rolanstar may not be for everyone; if you are looking for a whimsical baker's rack, it might be a good choice. We are disappointed to have a broken weld point on the wire basket. The basket still functions decently, but the failure is indicative of the lacking construction quality. Our testers are preferential to basic modern style racks, but for its style flair, the Rolanstar is one of our favorites.
Bright colors and round styling characterize the Mr. Ironstone 3-Tier + 4-Tier. Ample storage is available in the offset three-shelf design — plus overhead spice rack. The overhead rack leaves some counter space uncovered to allow for larger items. The high arches on the overhead rack are tall enough that we could stand books without them tipping over the supports. In the wide rack class, this Ironstone is a remarkably stable unit. The wire basket has four sidewalls to keep items enclosed, and the spacing on the wire cage allows for storage of fruits and other medium size items.
The wood laminate of this Mr. Ironstone unit is a bit over the top. The high contrast grain looks passable from a distance, but up close, the rack feels a bit tacky. The high gloss white frame is durable and strong but doesn't boast the most attractive finish. The hardware is noticeably softer than competing racks and sadly required more care during assembly to avoid stripping the hex heads. This will be a bright piece for any kitchen if you enjoy its unique stylings.
Why You Should Trust Us
Organizing spaces is a hobby of Eric Bissell, our lead tester on this review. Eric has lived in a variety of spaces, each with its unique challenge of maximizing efficiency and enjoyment. At home in Eric is always looking for ways to improve the utility and design of a space. He is chosen to be our leading expert for his keen eye for attention, aptitude for organizing small areas, and experience as a baker and cook in the kitchen.
To cut through the countless baker rack options on the internet, we researched dozens of the most popular racks available. This involved looking at feedback, assessing materials, and choosing options that we'd pick ourselves. We also took the time to choose pieces that would represent the entire market. So, finding the best options that we could to represent different categories. We then assembled each contender and noted which were easier or harder to put together. Once assembled, we meticulously compared each rack, placing heavy and small items on the shelves to test material integrity. We also noted which were best for specific spaces. After hours of hands-on testing, we assess them all across similar metrics to get a comparative score for each.
Analysis and Test Results
From the moment the racks arrived at our test kitchen, we started assessing how they stood up to one another. We wanted to capture the entire experience of finding the best baker's racks, from the assembly to raw material quality, to aesthetics, to accessories, to stability. Considering each rack via these five criteria allowed us to focus on the best options with key uses and features for different spaces.
Bakers racks don't arrive pre-built (far from it), so we wanted to test the process of transforming the flat-shipped item into its final product. They are also not the most straightforward item to order online. All told, we spent 311 minutes and 40 seconds assembling all the products for this review. The average rack took 28 minutes and 20 seconds. The fastest to assemble is the AmazonBasics Kitchen Storage Rack at 13 minutes and three seconds, with the Seville Classics Rack being a close runner up. These two were standouts because they didn't require any tools for assembly.
From no tools to multiple tools, the longest rack assembly time was the Mr. Ironstone 3-Tier + 3-Tier. Most racks in this style were of comparable difficulty, but this one in particular had a few tricky moments when attaching the drawer rails with the provided tiny screwdriver. Overall, we learned that you'd be better off having a few hex keys and a nice screwdriver on hand for a more enjoyable assembly experience. We wanted to get the full experience for the test though, so we used the provided tools. Another standout tricky assembly was the Bestier 4-Tier rack. Although it had some of the nicest materials, the Bestier required the most delicate motor skills getting some tiny screws to set in wood for the roller shelf rail.
Although there were broad similarities to the material quality of most racks, some racks put more effort into sourcing better quality materials to construct their product and improve the assembly. Standouts items were again the Seville Classics Rack and the AmazonBasics Kitchen Storage Rack for using durable chrome-plated steel framing and real wood countertops. In the wooden shelf style racks, the Bestier 4-Tier impressed our testers as soon as we opened the box with heavier gauge metal framing and roller wheels on the sliding shelf. Another standout was the Vasagle Industrial, a unit with one of our favorite powder coat matte black finishes. The Vasagle also used metal insert nuts for attaching the countertop to the frame, where some units used plastic inserts on the countertop.
A bakers rack that didn't impress us with its material quality was the Mr. Ironstone 3-Tier + 4-Tier. The high gloss white finish felt tacky, and the graphic print for the wood laminate was too high contrast to replicate real wood grain. Another rack that seemed to cut corners with its materials was the Soges 3-Tier Kitchen Rack. The shelves were very thin, and the chrome-colored feet were rough plastic fakes. In the end, we enjoyed the aesthetic of the chrome feet more than expected and only wished they could have sourced the real deal for their product.
In testing and comparing aesthetics of the top bakers racks, we considered the achievements of their intended style as well as their versatility in a variety of interior designs. Although aesthetics can be subjective, we felt some brought joy to our testers for their design considerations while other racks excelled in other categories. The ability to reference a timeless design allowed the AmazonBasics Kitchen Storage Rack to be a standout visual addition to any kitchen. Its chrome finish can complement modern spaces and add contrast to rustic spaces. A sneak performer was the Homfa 5-Tier Free Standing, which we praised for its balanced proportions and ability to elevate a variety of backgrounds. For displaying heirloom objects, the Homfa is an excellent choice. For a more traditional look, we commend the Rolanstar Utility Shelf for its patina finish and softer curves.
Some racks were not as visually pleasing and were best suited to a pantry closet. Mr. Ironstone 3-Tier didn't make a positive visual statement and loudly proclaimed utility over beauty. We found the red tint of its wood laminate to be a bit off-putting as well. Another rack that disappointed testers in its aesthetic was the Mr. Ironstone 3-Tier + 4-Tier. In the kitchen, its materials appeared tacky. We did think that as a storage unit in a kid's room or garage, it would look quite nice.
Each bakers rack in our testing provided a few accessory options. Almost all models provided some sort of hanging hook option, and many included a wire shelf or basket. All the racks included feet that could be adjusted for quick leveling or rolling wheels. The Bestier 4-Tier was the only model that came with both feet and wheels and overall spared no expense on its accessory items. The Bestier's roller shelf (the only rack to include such a feature) could be a fantastic feature in the right use. The Rolanstar Utility Shelf had hooks like most other designs, but in a nice alternative, the hooks are fixed to a hanging frame as a unit. The individual hooks on the other designs are useful but somewhat cheaply designed and fall off their hanging bars easily.
The Soges 3-Tier Kitchen Rack feels like the hooks were a major oversight. The wire shelf on the Soges is also thin and insubstantial but worked well when we included a silverware drawer on top of the rack. One obvious low performer in the accessory metric was the Homfa 5-Tier Free Standing because it didn't come with any accessories. It did, however, include a wall anchor to prevent tipping.
We tested each bakers rack for its loaded and unloaded stability, as well as evaluating its joint stability during assembly. In testing, the Seville Classics Rack is one of the strongest options available with a stated 350 pound distributed weight capacity. It and the AmazonBasics Kitchen Storage Rack were the only racks we trusted to hang heavy pots and pans from. The Vasagle Industrial was a sturdy and stable option within the shelving style bakers rack. Sturdy feet inspired confidence, and we trusted the Vasagle would last a long time. A surprise result was how well the Mr. Ironstone 3-Tier + 4-Tier performed for stability; it was one of the most stable wide 4-tier racks.
In general, feet were more stable than rolling wheels in our analysis. The Mr. Ironstone 3-Tier wheels were nice as an accessory but lacked the stability of leveling feet. It also has thin wood with a wide span that should be a consideration for large heavy objects. Many racks had a little racking (side to side motion) when push tested. The Rolanstar Utility Shelf was especially noticeable. In general, though, most racks were plenty stable for everyday use.
After building enough bakers rack to make our hands sore, we tested them in various uses, with consideration to a range of kitchen appliances. All of these racks added space and organization to our test kitchen. Some provided additional counter space, while some excelled at storage capacity. For a quick and relatively easy upgrade to any kitchen, look no further; these can also be used in a living room or bedroom; don't be fooled into thinking bakers racks are just for bakers.
— Eric Bissell