Compact and easy to store
Holds up to 32 pounds of laundry
Limited storage capacity
Clothing may touch
We purchased the AmazonBasics Foldable Clothes Drying Laundry Rack so our expert reviewer could put it to the test in her home. Keep reading for our full product review.
Air drying is a great way to extend the life of your clothing and prevent it from shrinking. It also conserves energy and can save you money on your electric or gas bills due to less dryer use. Despite its compact design, the AmazonBasics Foldable Clothes Drying Laundry Rack provides an ample amount of space for your clothes. This laundry rack is a favorite among users, so we were eager to give it a try and see how well it performed. Assessing components like size, design, and overall performance, we determined if this clothes drying rack is worth buying. Read on for our observations.
Size: Lightweight and compact
The AmazonBasics Foldable Clothes Drying Laundry Rack is compact and incredibly lightweight. Weighing about 4 pounds, the rack is highly portable. We were able to carry it around the house easily, even when it was fully expanded. When not in use, we tucked it away in our laundry closet. Measuring 29.5 x 14.5 x 41.8 inches, the rack is substantial enough to hold a good amount of clothing without taking up a lot of space.
You’ll want to consider how much laundry you do at one time and how many items you’re looking to air dry simultaneously. This size rack is perfect for our household because we always wash our clothes separately to prevent any mixups. We tend to wash small loads throughout the week rather than one big load. If you have a large family and prefer to throw everyone’s clothes in together, this drying rack would likely be too small for you. However, you could always buy two.
Since the rack is so compact, we left it out in our bathroom for several days. The weather was unseasonably warm and we had a lot more delicate items to wash than we normally would at this time of year. We hand-washed some of these garments in the sink and even after wringing them out, they were still pretty wet. Rather than letting them drip on the bathroom floor, we realized we could fit the drying rack right into our shower—a major convenience.
Design: Ideal for smaller jobs
The AmazonBasics laundry rack comes already assembled, which is a definite bonus. All you have to do is expand it and hook a bar on the top into place. Thanks to its accordion design, it folds up easily and lies flat for convenient storage. The rack is made from a lightweight steel. We got the white one, which is coated with a smooth epoxy to prevent it from snagging your clothes. There is also a chrome option (which costs just a few dollars more). Both are designed to be stain and mildew resistant and can be used inside or outside on a sunny day.
This rack is intended for small- to medium-sized loads of laundry. There are 11 arms on the rack, each measuring 14.5 inches long. Four of those arms are situated horizontally at the top of the rack, which serves as a good place to lay clothing out flat. Unless you’re hanging up small items like lingerie, socks, or children’s clothing, you probably wouldn’t be able to fit more than one article of clothing on each arm. It’s important to spread out clothing in order to dry it thoroughly and prevent wrinkling. We would say the rack can accommodate about eight to ten full-sized articles of clothing. There is plenty of room for small items like lingerie and socks, too.
Performance: Impressive overall
The first load of laundry we hung on this rack was fairly small. It consisted of three lightweight nightgowns and five pairs of socks. We put a bathrobe on the rack as well. We would normally put the robe in the dryer, but we wanted to see how well the rack held up to heavier items. The rack remained stable and all of the items fit without touching one another. Later that day, we added a few more heavier items to the rack—a pair of jeans and a fleece sweatshirt—and the rack remained standing sturdy. In total, the rack is supposed to hold up to 32 pounds of laundry at once, which we found more than sufficient for our needs.
We realized we could fit the drying rack right into our shower—a major convenience.
We did have to rearrange some items to accommodate the additional clothing. Once more pieces were added to the rack, we noticed some of the clothing was touching. This seems to be the downside of having a compact rack with multiple tiers—it’s difficult to stagger garments and keep them separated. Longer shirts and pants graze the tiers below them. Although the rack is somewhat limited in terms of storage capacity, it’s perfect for smaller-sized loads.
Retailing for roughly $30, the AmazonBasics Foldable Clothes Drying Laundry Rack is a well-made unit at an affordable price. We thought it was an ideal size for our small household. If you have a big family or prefer to line dry all of your laundry, however, you might want to invest in a clothes drying rack with a larger capacity or purchase multiple.
AmazonBasics Foldable Clothes Drying Laundry Rack vs. CRESNEL Stainless Steel Clothes Drying Rack
Retailing around $60, the CRESNEL Stainless Steel Clothes Drying Rack is far more expensive than the AmazonBasics model. We tested this rack as well and found it’s a good investment depending on your space and laundry needs. The CRESNEL has an extra-large storage capacity and can accommodate more than double the amount of laundry as the AmazonBasics one. If you have lots of laundry to air dry, this heavy-duty stainless steel rack is an excellent option. It does take up a good amount of floor space, though, so make sure you have the room for it.
For us, it’s a winner.
We liked everything about the AmazonBasics Foldable Clothes Drying Laundry Rack, particularly its compact design and sturdy build. Considering its reasonable price tag, you really can’t go wrong with this unit. The only downside is its limited capacity, but it was perfect for our two-person household.
- Product Name Foldable Clothes Drying Laundry Rack
- Product Brand AmazonBasics
- MPN SL-DRYM-006
- Price $28.53
- Weight 4.56 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 29.5 x 14.5 x 41.8 in.
- Color White, chrome
- Material Steel
- Warranty 1 year