The 12 Best Kitchen Cabinet Organizers of 2021

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Both compact and practical, this functional organizer has pull-out drawers that make it easily accessible and a stackable design.
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If you need an extra shelf in your cabinet, this affordable option can offer you the space you need and is available in two sizes.
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It has a versatile design that can hold dishes, shallow bowls, and mugs, and also can be used as a drying rack or cookbook holder.
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This iron cabinet organizer has eight tiers that can hold both pots and their respective lids, and has a heat-resistant design.
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This below-cabinet organizer has drawers that fully extend, and a 100-pound weight capacity for storing your heavy pots and pans.
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Available in a range of widths and heights, this organizer glides out easily and has a mesh design to keep items contained.
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Made to fit small spaces, this easy-to-clean organizer has three tiers and a pull-out drawer for the smaller items in your space.
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An outer lip prevents items from slipping off, while the entire bamboo turntable rotates for easy access to your basil and more.
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These stackable shelves can help you utilize space in corner cabinets, and are able to hold up to 22 pounds at any given time.
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Thanks to an adhesive backing, you can attach these clear bins to your cabinet doors to help you utilize every inch of your space.
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Whether you're blessed with ample kitchen cabinetry or are working with limited storage space, internal organizers are crucial. They give your pots, whisks, and spices a home of their own, and allow you to quickly reach for what you need at mealtimes. They say goodbye to constant clutter, and ultimately make your space feel more complete.

"Without cabinet organizers, your shelves can turn into an abyss," says Ashley Stewart of O.C.D. (Organize Create Design). Stacks of containers can easily topple over, and you can even lose an item to the unused back portion of the cabinet. With organizers, daily annoyances are gone and storage space is maximized, as you give every inch of your cabinetry purpose. Laura Bostrom, a professional organizer and the owner of Everyday Order, says they help you use the entire depth and height of your cabinets and make the most of your available cabinet space, which is key.

What type of kitchen organizer do you need, exactly, though? Sara Losonci, a professional home organizer and founder of Shelfie in New York City, explains there are different options, like a lazy Susan or food storage container. When shopping around, it's key to consider what you'll be using the product for—dinner plates, baking essentials, or pots and pans—as well as the dimensions of your cabinets. This will help you determine what type and size you need. Lastly, you may want to consider the material, so the organizer is consistent with the style of your space.

Here, the best kitchen cabinet organizers for a tidier home.

Best Overall: Simple Houseware Stackable 2 Tier Sliding Basket Organizer

SimpleHouseware Stackable 2 Tier Sliding Basket Organizer Drawer

Dimensions: 16.75 x 11 x 12 inches | Material: Metal | Color: Chrome

What We Like
  • Reasonably priced

  • Stackable design

  • Has pull-out drawers

What We Don't Like
  • Too large for most wall cabinets

  • Some assembly required

  • Can have sharp edges

For an all-around great kitchen cabinet organizer, your best bet is the two-tier Sliding Basket Drawer from SimpleHouseware. Measuring at 16.75 inches deep, 11 inches wide, and 12 inches high, it's large enough to hold things like cleaning supplies, baking essentials, tin foil, or even plastic wrap, but also compact enough to save you precious space in your kitchen. While it's best suited for below-counter cabinets due to its size, it has a two-tier design that makes it super easy to organize and access.

The pull-out drawers are a game changer, plus the stackable design makes this freestanding organizer all the more versatile. If you need a bigger solution for under your sink or inside your pantry, you can stack an additional basket shelf on top, or opt for the three-tier model. Assembly is required, but it's easy and doesn't require any tools. Just be very careful of the sharp edges on the product, and you'll be left with a durable, metal rack that more than gets the job done.

Best Budget: Salt Cabinet Shelf in White

SALT 12-Inch Cabinet Shelf in White

Dimensions: 12.56 x 10.2 x 5.59 inches | Material: Steel with polyethylene coating | Color: White

What We Like
  • Minimalistic design

  • Easy to clean

  • No assembly required

What We Don't Like
  • Not as sturdy as other picks

  • Not stackable

On a budget? Opt for the Salt Cabinet Shelf. Made of powder-coated steel, it's notably durable and heat-resistant, and has a minimalist appeal. It's designed to turn one shelf into two, so you can place the unit in your pantry, kitchen cabinets, or fridge and maximize your storage space. It's a particularly great pick for canned goods, plates, mugs, refrigerated snacks, and more—you name it.

This kitchen organizer comes in two sizes, both about 5.5 inches high and 10 inches deep. The medium-sized organizer is 12.5 inches wide, and the large is about 18 inches wide. The "downsides" of this pick is that it's not stackable and isn't necessarily as sturdy as other units. You'll want to test it on a flat surface if it's been shipped to you, to make sure it wasn't bent between Point A and Point B.

Best for Dishes: HBlife Bamboo Dish Stand

HBlife 2pcs Bamboo Dish Plate Bowl

Dimensions: 12.5 x 5.1 x 3.7  inches | Material: Bamboo | Color: Brown

What We Like
  • Reasonably priced

  • Bamboo construction

  • Multi-purpose design

What We Don't Like
  • May not fit some bowls

  • Some assembly required

The HBlife Bamboo Dish Stand will make your dishes more reachable at mealtimes, and make setting the table a total breeze. Crafted from renewable bamboo, it's both sturdy and sustainable. Plus, it's quite the stylish addition to your space and bound to match with any kitchen's palette. The multi-purpose storage solution can hold vertical plates, upside-down mugs, and shallow bowls. (However, it may not fit any big or bulky cereal bowls that you own.)

It also works as a drying rack or cookbook holder, which may make you want to purchase more than one. If you do use it as a drying rack, though, you'll want to make sure to air it out in between uses, as mold or mildew can develop. You can buy a single HBlife Bamboo Stand, or a pack of two or four. Assembly is required.

Best for Pots and Pans: Mudeela Pan Organizer Rack for Cabinet

 Pan Organizer Rack for Cabinet

Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 8 inches | Material: Metal | Color: Black

What We Like
  • Reasonably priced

  • Heat-resistant construction

  • Large capacity

What We Don't Like
  • Some assembly required

  • Not strong enough for heavy cookware

You might currently find yourself pulling out several pans to access the one you need at mealtimes. With the Mudeela Pan Rack in your home, say goodbye to that exhausting routine. This organizer boasts eight tiers, which you can adjust to fit all of your cookware. There's plenty of room to keep lids with their pot or pan, but you also have the option to separate the two pieces if you'd like.

Made of iron with an anti-slip silicone coating, this organizer is fairly durable and even heat-resistant. It should be noted, however, that it's not always strong enough for heavy cookware and may require some thoughtful balancing. For example, you'll want to place pieces of similar weight on either side, so it does not tip over in your cabinet.

Best Pull-Out: Rev-A-Shelf 2-Tier Wire Basket Pull Out Shelf

Rev-A-Shelf 5WB2-0918CR-1

Dimensions: 8.75 x 18 x 19 inches | Material: Metal | Color: Silver

What We Like
  • Lots of size options

  • Drawers fully extend

  • Easy to install

What We Don't Like
  • Relatively pricey

  • Too large for most wall cabinets

Rev-A-Shelf's 2-Tier Pull Out Shelf has a little bit of everything. Made of heavy-gauge metal with a 100-pound weight capacity, it's strong enough to hold several of your heaviest pots and pans at once, and is truly designed for a gourmet's space. Thanks to a thoughtfully designed ball-bearing system, the basket drawers glide out effortlessly and fully, so you can easily grab what you're looking for while cooking up a hearty side dish or delicious appetizer.

You'll have to install this adjustable kitchen organizer in your below-counter cabinets, but it comes with everything you need to tackle the job. Once it's assembled, you can also use it as a hidden drying rack, if you would prefer a clean counter after every meal. Just be sure to measure your cabinets before buying this rack, as its dimensions can be a bit large for most wall cabinets.

Best for Deep Cabinets: The Container Store Elfa Mesh Easy Glider Pull-Out Cabinet Drawers

Elfa White Mesh Pull-Out Cabinet Drawers

Dimensions: 9 x 20.75 x 4.5 inches | Material: Steel | Color: White

What We Like
  • Epoxy-bonded steel

  • Smooth-gliding design

  • Lots of sizes available

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't extend all the way out

  • Some assembly required

Your deepest cabinets will feel complete with these Elfa cabinet organizers. Not only are they attractive, but they also are incredibly easy to operate and glide oh-so smoothly. The mesh drawers are made of an epoxy-bonded steel with a minimalist white finish, and come in many different heights and widths. Each version of this product also measures just under 21 inches deep, allowing it to fit in large below-counter cabinetry with a few inches of wiggle room.

Losonci is a fan of Elfa basket pull-outs for deep cabinets as well, even though they do require assembly once they've arrived at your home. While they don't extend all the way out, they make great add-ons to a kitchen cabinet that currently houses pots, pans, measuring cups, or utensils, and can also be used in a bathroom cabinet to neatly arrange your favorite flat irons, cotton balls, or skincare products.

Best Small: Joseph Joseph CupboardStore Compact Tiered Organizer with Drawer

Joseph Joseph CupboardStore Compact Tiered Organizer with Drawer

Dimensions: 4.25 x 6.75 x 10.25 inches | Material: Plastic | Color: Gray

What We Like
  • Reasonably priced

  • Good for small spaces

  • Easy to clean

What We Don't Like
  • Only one color option

  • Drawer doesn't lock in place

If you're short on kitchen storage space and want to make the most of what you have, consider this tiny yet mighty organizer from Joseph Joseph. Measuring 10.25 x 6.75 x 4.25 inches, it's both small enough to fit in almost any cabinet, but large enough to keep spices, bottles of vanilla extract, and more at bay. The compact organization solution, unfortunately, only comes in one color, so you'll need to settle for a shade of gray that may or may not blend in with the aesthetic of your space.

However, you will be treated to tiered shelves, a nifty bottom drawer that allows for more storage, and a decent price tag. The organizer is also made of ultra-durable plastic so it's easy to wipe clean with a wet cloth. When organizing items in it, just know the drawer doesn't lock in place. It's essentially it's own part and will need support underneath it, if you want to store and access heavier items.

Best for Spices: Lipper International Bamboo Wood Kitchen Turntable

Lipper International Bamboo Wood

Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 1.25 inches | Material: Bamboo | Color: Natural

What We Like
  • Reasonably priced

  • Bamboo construction

  • Multiple sizes available

What We Don't Like
  • Limited weight capacity

  • TKTK

When it comes to organizing spices, Stewart and Bostrom recommend a bamboo lazy Susan, like this one from Lipper International. Available in a 10-inch or 14-inch build, and with one or two tiers, it's the perfect size for most cabinets and allows for easy access to your basil, oregano, paprika, and more. An outer lip prevents items from sliding off, and the bamboo construction makes the item suitable for any aesthetic or kitchen style.

You'll need to be careful with how many spices you pack onto this turntable, since it does have a weight capacity. If you load it up with many bottles and containers, you may notice that it has trouble spinning, and is less accessible. Otherwise, the price tag is reasonable, and it's a basic product that makes a good impact on your living space and lifestyle.

Best for Corner Cabinets: The Container Store Franklin Corner Shelf Riser

Franklin Corner Shelf Riser

Dimensions: 14.75 x 14.75 x 5.75 inches | Material: Steel | Color: White

What We Like
  • Sturdy construction

  • 22-pound capacity

  • Stackable design

What We Don't Like
  • Not as spacious as other picks

  • On the expensive side

Corner cabinets can be quite tricky, but the stackable Franklin Corner Riser helps you make the most of the awkward area of your home. It's constructed from steel, and features a chic white coating and foam feet to protect the surface below. While it's not as spacious as other picks, it can handle heavier items—thanks to its 22-pound capacity. Plus, even with cans on top of it, it's very sturdy.

It's truly a good option for small spaces and large spaces alike, partly due to the type of organizer it is. "Shelf risers are your best friend when you find yourself running out of space on your shelf," says Anai Sanchez, a Las Vegas-based personal organizer. "This product requires no tools, and it's super easy to set up."

Best for Cabinet Doors: mDesign Modern Plastic Adhesive Cabinet Storage Organizer Bin

mDesign Plastic Self-Adhesive Wall Mount Kitchen Pantry

Dimensions: 3.5 x 11 x 6.5 inches | Material: Plastic | Color: Clear

What We Like
  • Reasonably priced

  • Good for small spaces

  • Multiple sizes available

What We Don't Like
  • Adhesive can be unreliable

  • Doesn't have a great weight capacity

When organizing your kitchen, you shouldn't overlook your cabinet doors. Some pantries don't have any space to house items like tin foil and plastic wrap on their doors, but others are more flexible and a true hidden gem. If you have this flexibility, these shallow organizer bins are just the thing for you. Thanks to the strong, adhesive backing, all you have to do is stick them on your cabinet doors. They come in a few sizes, too—each 3.5 inches deep with varying heights and widths.

Tracy Bowers of Organize Simply is a big fan of the clear acrylic kitchen organizers from mDesign. "They are beautiful and usually have the best prices," she tells The Spruce. Now, in some cases the adhesive is hard to remove, and in others it's barely effective. Press into the adhesive firmly when installing, and be sure the area is cool and dry, so you can make the most of the sturdy plastic organizer. In addition, stick to storing lighter items.

Best Under-Sink: Lynk Professional Slide Out Under Sink 11.5 x 18 Pull Out Drawer

Lynk Professional Under Sink Cabinet Organizer Pull Out Two Tier Sliding Shelf

Dimensions: 11.5 x 21 x 14 inches | Material: Steel | Color: Chrome

What We Like
  • Steel construction

  • Slide-out design

  • Multiple sizes available

What We Don't Like
  • Power drill required for installation

  • Only extends 75 percent

Instead of tossing all your cleaning supplies in a pile underneath your sink, tidy them up with the Lynk Professional Pull Out Drawer. This utilitarian organizer has two tiers with baskets, and offers plenty of space for your soaps, sponges, and dishwasher detergents. It's engineered to have a slide-out design, and can be found in multiple sizes.

Made of commercial-grade steel, you can count on a great weight capacity and long-lasting durability. However, you will need a power drill to install it. In addition, it only slides out 75 percent. It's probably a good idea to put your commonly used items close to the front for easier access.

Best for Pantry: iDesign + The Spruce 14 x 6-Inch Plastic Multi-Use Insert Drawer Organizer

14 x 6-Inch Plastic Multi-Use Insert Drawer Organizer

Dimensions: 14 x 6 x 8 inches | Material: Plastic | Color: Clear

What We Like
  • Multi-use design

  • Built-in handles

  • Good for dry snacks

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't have a lid

  • A bit more expensive

This versatile bin from The Spruce's collaboration with iDesign is ideal for organizing your pantry. Thanks to two built-in dividers, you can keep all your dry snacks upright and orderly, and say goodbye to spills. If you'd like, you can also remove the dividers to stash larger items, such as bags of chips, baking supplies, or even storage bags. Additionally, the thoughtful, multi-use design features built-in handles so you can easily grab what you're looking for and get back to your day.

"Almost every time I organize a kitchen, I use a clear bin with handles," says Sanchez. "They keep things contained and act as a DIY drawer." Sanches notes you can easily slide the bins out and see everything you have, which is ideal when you're about to head to the store. What's more, you can mix and match all 17 pieces from the collection for organized, aesthetically pleasing cupboards.

Final Verdict

While the right option for your home depends on your unique needs and available space, the best kitchen cabinet organizer overall is the SimpleHouseware Stackable 2 Tier Sliding Basket Drawer (view at Amazon). We appreciate the reasonable price tag, stackable design, versatility, and durability. Having said that, Salt's Cabinet Shelf (view at Amazon) is our top budget-friendly option. It's easy to clean, doesn't require any assembly, and particularly great if you need a storage solution for your wall cabinets.

What to Look for in a Kitchen Cabinet Organizer

Purpose

When shopping around for a kitchen cabinet organizer, the first thing you'll want to consider is its primary purpose. Do you need a solution for your cookware, wine glasses, plates, spices, or pantry snacks? How much room do these items need, and how much do they weigh? By answering these questions, and taking a deeper dive into the recurring problems you have, you can figure out what type and size of cabinet organizer you need. You can also start crafting a storage plan that's both sustainable and within your budget.

Type

The type of kitchen cabinet organizer you purchase is directly related to the purpose you defined. If you decided you need a solution for the cleaning products under your sink, for instance, you should reach for a clear bin or pull-out drawer. If you need to store dry food in your pantry, then an air-tight container is in the cards for you. "When I am organizing a kitchen, my top three products to use are shelf risers, clear bins with built-in handles, and turntables," explains Sanchez. "You'll never have to search through your condiments and spices again with a turntable."

Other popular types of kitchen cabinet organizers include: sliding baskets (either freestanding ones or installed ones), under-sink units, corner shelf dividers, and bins that attach to doors. In addition, there are vertical dish dividers, tiered shelves, and heavy-duty racks for pots and pans. Find a type that feels comfortable to use, and serves the correct purpose for you.

Size

Before adding a kitchen cabinet organizer to your space, you want to measure the space it's going to live in, so you know it'll fit and do its job well. Base cabinets (under the counters) are typically 24 inches deep, and wall cabinets are about 12 inches deep. However, some modern wall cabinets are a little deeper. In any case, Bowers recommends measuring before you go shopping. In addition to the kitchen cabinet dimensions, you should also check the weight capacity to confirm the cabinet can hold what you need it to.

Material

The material of your cabinet organizer isn't as essential to consider when shopping, but can help you create storage solutions instead of problems in your space. For example, a metal rack can be easier to maintain and typically support heavier objects. It can be a quality option if you're hoping to store cleaning supplies under your sink. On the other hand, a wooden turntable can match the style of your space, or help create a consistent aesthetic. You'll want to consider your purpose as well as your personal preferences when it comes to material.

FAQ
  • Why do you need kitchen cabinet organizers?

    According to Stewart, cabinet organizers are all about three things: containment, easy accessibility, and knowing where everything is. By adding them to your space, you're creating a long-lasting storage system that'll give you some peace-of-mind and streamline your mealtimes.

    Bowers agrees, saying, "If a home has been created [for an item], the chances of it going back to its designated spot is so much higher!" You are much less likely to create clutter if you have a sustainable system in place.

  • How should I organize my kitchen cabinets?

    The first step in organizing your kitchen cabinets is to give everything a home, or a designated spot. When deciding where each item goes, start sorting everything by category.

    Then, you can place things based on how frequently you use them, whether they should be near the dishwasher (such as glassware), and what needs to be easily accessible or used in a timely manner. Additionally, Bowers says, "You want to make sure to label the containers, so the whole family is on board as to where things belong."

  • How should I style my kitchen cabinets?

    To make the inside of your kitchen cabinets as aesthetically pleasing as possible, you should consider getting matching organizers. Whether it's powder-coated wire mesh, chrome-finished steel, bamboo, or clear acrylic, using the same color and material will make everything look more cohesive.

    Luckily, most organizers come in various shapes and sizes, so you should be able to get a collection that works for your space. Shelf liners can also help protect the material and enhance the look of your cabinets.

Why Trust The Spruce?

Theresa Holland is a commerce writer specializing in interior design and home improvement, and has been writing for The Spruce since 2019, where she covers organizational solutions, furniture, and cleaning products. For this piece, she interviewed six professional organizers and researched the various types of units. She looked at dozens of products from a wide range of brands, combed through user reviews, and carefully considered the specifications and key features before making her final selections.

Recently, she also completed similar research while looking for pantry and bathroom organizers for her new home. Theresa ordered a few Elfa Easy Gliders from The Container Store, which she loves.

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