Product Review & Giveaway –The Dish Mat: An Alternative to Dish Drainers

by Jimmie Lanley on October 14, 2011

I left my double decker dish drainer in China and got a dishwasher here in America! That was a great exchange to say the least.

Despite having the automatic dishwasher, I still seem to hand wash a lot of items — my wooden spoons, good knives, kitchen scissors, large cutting boards, pots and pans. So I’m stuck with an ugly plastic dish drainer on the counter.

No longer.

I am now a convert to the dish mat. I have three of these; I love them that much!

[ Are you jealous of my cast iron skillet? It is jealousy worthy. What a blessing — a hand-me-down from a friend at church. It was his mother’s, and he gave it to me when she passed away. It’s been used for probably forty years, so it’s seasoned to perfection. I love it. And you know it can’t go into the dishwasher.]

The dish mat is visually unobtrusive. And when it’s physically in the way, I can fold it up or put it into a drawer. Try doing that with a dish drainer!

Besides serving as a dish mat, I use it while I’m working in the kitchen for several other uses. It works fantastically as a fruit and veggie mat after I wash the produce. No more puddles of water all over the counter. The dish mat absorbs it all. No more fruit rolling off the counter. The foam center of the dish mat gives the fruit a tad of cushion that keeps it from rolling around.

I also use it to soak up the water from thawing packages of meat, like the fish fillets you see pictured here.

Somehow this mat is constructed to wick away the moisture. I washed two glasses and placed them top down on the mat, no tilt, no air getting in. I wondered if they would retain moisture inside and need to be wiped before putting them away. Nope. Dry inside and out the next morning. (Yes, I leave clean dishes out overnight, don’t you?)

Another huge advantage of the dish mats over a conventional dish drainer is how easy they are to clean. I despise how a dish drainer gets a brown film on the bottom. It’s not an easy thing to wash because of all the crevices. The dish mats go straight into the washer with the towels.

I’ve washed my mats several times already, and they always come out of the washer and dryer looking brand new. I learned that these dish mats are specially constructed with a layer of foam sandwiched between two layers of microfiber.  The three layers are actually fused together so that the mat can be repeatedly washed and dried without the layers separating.

You can purchase these online at Garden Botanika or in retail stores Walmart and Dollar General. You need to know that the discount stores’ dish mats are available only in the tan color, and the texture of the mat is a terry cloth weave rather than a waffle weave. You can see the differences in the photo above. The sage green is the one you buy online. The tan one is for sale at discount stores. The Garden Botanika version is more attractive and feels a bit more quality, but they work the same. The differences seem to be merely aesthetic.


On Thursday, Oct. 20, I will choose three different winners to receive a 16×18 inch, gray dish mat.

How to Enter

1. REQUIRED:  Simply leave a comment here, telling me what feature of the dish mat sounds most appealing to you.

2.  OPTIONAL:  For an extra entry, tweet this contest at Twitter, using the hashtag #dishmat. (If you use the Tweet This button at the top or bottom of this post, you will need to manually add that hashtag.) Please post an additional comment letting me know that you tweeted it.

Not a fan of gray?

Well, there are a total of eleven bloggers doing dish mat reviews and giveaways. Enter each giveaway to increase your chances of winning or to find that prefect color match for your kitchen. (See all the colors online at Garden Botanika.)

  1. A Slob Comes Clean –Coastal Blue
  2. Spell Outloud — Coastal Blue
  3. Many Little Blessings –Sage Green
  4. Finding Joy — Sage Green
  5. Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers — Gray
  6. Raising Arrows –Red
  7. Feels Like Home –Red
  8. An Oregon Cottage — Cream
  9. Mama’s Learning Corner — Black
  10. Crispy Not Crunchy — Black

The Fine Print

RULES: Prizes can be shipped only to continental US addresses. You will be contacted by email and must reply within 48 hours to claim your prize. If you do not claim your prize, another winner will be chosen.

DISCLAIMER: I received free dish mats and was compensated for my time to write this review and to organize this giveaway. (But I already owned a dish mat which I purchased at Dollar General before I was contacted to hold this giveaway. My first review is here.)


rhoda Kindred October 14, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I’d love to try it for dishes and fruits and veggie! Thanks

Jolene (Homespun Heritage) October 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm

That is THE answer to my problem! I have a double WOOD drying rack and I love the look of wood but it mildews horribly! Its time for a new one! But I think I am now a convert to the dish mat! I can wash and dry it and no more mildewy wood!

(We have 4 going on 5 children and have no dishwasher so we wash a TON of dishes!)

Penny October 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I love that cast iron pan! Oh, I have one of these and love it! I could use another one with the holidays coming up!

Penny October 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I tweeted it too! THanks!

Amy October 14, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I love that it soaks up the water! Right now I dry stuff on towels and they just get soaking wet and it’s useless!

jamie October 14, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Oh how I would love one of these… we have no dish washer, and the conventional plastic dish drainer is never enough– i always have overflow when it comes to air-drying dishes! (now.. if I have a couple more hands, perhaps I wouldn’t mind drying dishes half-way– )

Cathy October 14, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I would love to try this to dry dishes. My daughter has one and loves it.

julie October 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm

seems like it wouldn’t take up as much room on the counter–would be handy in washing fruits/veggies (what I probably would use it most for)… handy-what a cool helper

Annette October 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I don’t have a dishwasher so I always have dishes drying on the counter in the lovely plastic thing (and yes, I leave mine out overnight, too). My neighbor has a drying mat and I was hoping to give them a try.

Sandra October 14, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Would love it for drying dishes of course but I think it would be great for canning too – maybe even having two during that time for drying fruit/veggies as well as jars, etc.

j g October 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm

I would love it for veggies and also the occasional pot/pan I have to wash! 🙂

Tiffany (As For My House) October 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Sounds great for a lot of reasons… but I guess the biggest is getting back the SPACE that that big drainer takes up on my counter!

Tiffany (As For My House) October 14, 2011 at 3:26 pm
Kathleen October 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I loved that it can be washed with the towels!!

Wendi S October 14, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I love that it is machine washable!

Kathleen October 14, 2011 at 3:32 pm
Shari Enns October 14, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I would love one of these for my dishes! My dish drainer takes up so much space!

Bev Goodrich October 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I love my mat too. Just a caution: if you don’t wash it that often it can mildew. However, after a quick soak in bleach, mine has come clean again! Be sure to hang them up to dry before storing away.

Holly October 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Dishes! I use dish towels and they become a sopping mess! Great giveaway!

Michele Gerrells October 14, 2011 at 4:01 pm

I hand wash all of my dishes and I despise cleaning my dish drainer! I have never heard of these dish mats before, they look wonderful! I would love to win one!

Bonnie October 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I would love to win this! I do not like having a dish drainer on the cabinet. Thanks!

Faye October 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Like you, I hate a dish drainer, and I’d like to try one these. It sounds like the perfect answer! I like the idea of drying fruits and veggies on it, too, since I do a lot of that. I use a dish towel now, but it isn’t as absorbant as it needs to be. Thanks for this idea!

MelissaB October 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm

That is so cool! I don’t have a dishdrainer, but I do have a shammy that I have been using and I hate it! It has to be damp otherwise it is all hard and brittle and when it’s wet, it doesn’t really soak up much water. So a dishtowel works better than the shammy, but the mat sounds like the answer to my prayers.

Jimmie October 14, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I can see how a chamois would not be ideal. The dishmat is always pliable.

Jennifer October 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I love this idea! I usually use a towel to dry my cast iron and other hand washables, but they never quite dry on the inside. I love that this is washer/dryer safe. Genius product.

Jimmie October 14, 2011 at 5:54 pm

It really IS a genius product!

Linda October 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Not having a dish drainer or a soggy wet towel on the counter!! I have been wishing for one of these!

Jen October 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I like that it can be folded up and put away.

Ran October 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm

How wonderful! Water wouldn’t make it’s way to the floor…and the mat is still dry by morning? I would love to try one to see for myself!

Bekah H. October 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Wow, this has so many great features it’s hard to pick just one. Perhaps the hygienic feature (the ability to throw it in the washing machine and no nasty film to wipe up) is the best. It sounds like a great product!

Shannon C October 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I loved my dish mat and then my husband threw it away! I had thrown it down the basement stairs to later wash it and he took it as trash. Sigh… I haven’t replaced it yet so this would be great!

Momof4Barkers October 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm

This would be wonderful. My dishwasher recently stopped working, and for the brief moments that nothing is drying, having a mat I could put away would be fantastic. I would appreciate not looking at the dish rack anymore! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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