If you've ever opened your kitchen drawers only to discover a mess of utensils, linens, and random knick-knacks, then you know the importance of investing in good kitchen drawer dividers. Drawer and cabinet organization can be the difference between loving to cook in your kitchen and dreading every second of it because you can't find what you're looking for. But with so many options available, it's hard for the average shopper to determine what makes a kitchen drawer organizer truly great, which is why we asked the experts.
We chatted with Nicole Papantoniou, Director of the Kitchen Appliances and Innovation Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, and Eva Bleyer, a Home & Kitchen Appliances Reviews Analyst at the Good Housekeeping Institute, to talk about what they look for when shopping for kitchen drawer dividers.
Before clicking "Buy Now" on your new kitchen drawer dividers, there are a few pieces of information you'll want to have on hand. For starters, you should know the dimensions of each kitchen drawer you want a divider for before purchasing. "The biggest thing to consider is the size of your drawer," Nicole says. "Take measurements before you shop and maybe even bring a measuring tape with you when you go shopping to double check."
Also, think beyond your kitchen drawer dividers just fitting. Try to get as close as possible to the dimensions of your drawer for a tight fit so you don't need to worry about slipping and sliding. "I like drawer dividers that don’t move around in your drawer and can at least keep your spoons, forks, and knives separate from each other with at least one overflow section," Nicole says. "If you have a bigger drawer, you’ll be able to consider dividers that separate your big and little forks, as well as your big and little spoons." But if you happen to get a little slippage, Eva has a genius tip for preventing it: double sided tape. "While some organizers have a no slide bottom, some don't, and it ensures that your organizers don't slide around at all when you close the drawer and helps keep items in place," she says.
Got plenty of drawer space to go around? Then you may consider upgrading to an expandable drawer organizer. "If you’re extra lucky and have a drawer that’s large enough to fit cooking utensils, you might want to consider a larger, expandable divider that allows for more customization," Nicole shares. These organizers allow you to retract or expand based on your needs at the time, something parents will surely appreciate.
And, with that, you're ready to shop! You can take a look at Nicole and Eva's picks below, as well as our favorite kitchen drawer dividers.