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Basin Protectors & Racks
Rubbermaid Home 6103-M5-WHT Sink Rack
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I used these racks in my white, porcelain sink basins for four years. The plus side is that they sit up high enough off of the bottom of the basin to allow food particles to be washed down the disposal with a rinse of the hose, without having to lift the rack. The hole in the middle is definitely a necessity when using this over a disposal.
The downsides are that this rack has two long pieces of coated wire on either side that serve as the part which rests directly on the sink basin. I prefer the racks that have four rubber feet. This long section of material directly touching the basin eventually made thousands of tiny scratches in their path, and when stained they are very obvious.
I was also frequently frustrated that there were not any pieces of wire running in a perpendicular direction on each end of the unit. A grid would be a much better design. Utensils can easily fall through those long, narrow openings between wire.
The price is certainly indicative of the quality, although I still expected better from Rubbermaid. The racking is somewhat thicker than coat hanger wire, for that is the material that sprang to mind when I examined this rack. It is hardly the stout material one needs to protect the finish of a sink from, for example, an errant steel pot, much less anything constructed of cast iron. Spend a bit more and get a substantial rack: the racks made by Better Houseware and available at Amazon are Far Superior.
After 6 months they already have two cracks in the vinyl coating, one where it contacts the sink which has led to a rust spot on the sink enamel.
I called Rubbermaid to complain & come to learn these racks are NOT dishwasher-safe. Whether it said that on the original package I can't say because I don't have the original packaging. Now you might think (like I did) that sink racks would be something that you can just plop in the dishwasher to clean. WRONG! You have to treat these with kid gloves apparently. My last set of racks were stainless steel & lasted for years going through the dishwasher. No more vinyl-coated steel racks for me.
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