Spice makes our food taste good and that in turn makes our lives better. Sooner or later we all end up gathering quite the collection of different spices and we reach a point when we need to find a better way to store and to organize them.
That’s when we start looking into all the different types of spice racks. There’s actually a lot of diversity here so it’s important to know what you’re looking for. Hopefully, our selection can be of some help to you.
How to Choose A Spice Racks
It can be hard to narrow down the best type of spice rack to suit your needs as there are more than one type on the market but the most important thing to remember is any one is better than having your spices in bottles, jumbled in or on your cupboards.
You will want to determine a couple of things before making your final decision when it comes to a spice rack and they include, but are not limited to:
- If the spice rack will be stored within a cupboard or on top of the kitchen counter. There are various models available for each storage type so that will definitely factor into your decision.
- How many spices you plan to store – do you cook with a number of spices or are you the type to have the basics on hand?
- The current décor of your kitchen – you wouldn’t want to use a wooden spice rack when all of your kitchen additions are metal.
- How often do you plan to use the spices in the spice rack? Is this something that comes out for every meal or only when you are experimenting with cooking?
Question to Ask
What are some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to spice racks? Well some of them depend on if you are planning to purchase a spice rack locally and in-person or if you plan to purchase it online. You might have questions regarding the shipping, packaging, and warranty.
People also tend to ask about the durability and stability regarding the spice racks, how long they will last, should you use any particular cleaning or maintenance on them, and should you store your spice rack in a cool, dry place or in a warmer area?
Does your spice rack come with spices already in the storage containers? Are the storage containers included in the purchase? How about labels or extra lids?
These are all the questions that should be answered before you make the final decision regarding the spice rack you want to purchase.
Types of Spice Racks
There are multiple types of storage racks to suit everyone’s needs and wants when it comes to their kitchen utensils.
Some of the most common types of spice racks are:
- Wall-mounted spice racks with storage shelving
- Swivel spice racks that are placed in the cupboard or on the countertop
- Storage racks that feature drawers instead of shelving
- Magnetic spice racks that are stored on the fridge
- Sliding spice racks that come out from your pantry on a track system
- Extendable spice rack that features different height levels
Tips for storing
There is definitely a method to storing spices in the best manner to maintain freshness, potency, and consistency. Improper storing of your cooking spices can lead to staleness, clumping together (if moisture gets into the storage containers), and even a different taste to your prepared dish when an expired or damaged spice is used.
People find the following helpful when it comes to storing spices:
- Keep your spices in airtight containers to prevent moisture from getting inside. Whether you use plastic or metal storage containers, make sure the lid is tight!
- Keep all your spices in a cool, dry, and dark place to prevent them from losing freshness.
- Keep your spices only for the amount of time that is recommended on the packaging (the expiry date) because they will lose their potency after a period of time; approximately one to two years for most.
In-cabinet spice racks
In-cabinet spice racks are typically designed to be adjustable and versatile in order to fit a variety of different types of kitchen cabinets and pantries. This one like most others is designed to accommodate your typical store-bought spice jars so there’s no need for special containers. The system is very convenient and practical. You can keep this spice rack inside your upper kitchen cabinet and just pull it out when you need to reach the containers at the back.
It glides out easily and smoothly and can be adjusted to fit any type of cabinet or shelf.View Deal
- Slide out access
- Commercial quality steel
- Easy mount design
- Storage jars not included
- Installation can be difficult in tight spaces
Whether intentional or not, your collection or spice jars is constantly growing so it’s really great to have a spice rack that is able to accommodate all the containers and to expand. That’s exactly what makes this one so special. This expandable rack can hold 36 spice jars which is quite a lot. It organizes them on several different steps, each one being 3” deep.
- Holds 36 spice jars
- Durable steel construction
- Can be used for other storage
- Stores better on the top of counter
In-drawer spice racks
Keeping all the spice jars inside a kitchen drawer is quite common but not very practical if you don’t have a spice rack to help with the organization. There are quite a few options in this case. This rack for example has a very slim profile and a sleek and stylish look. It’s able to fit most drawers. It has slanted little shelf-like levels which make it easy to grab each bottle and to identify its contents at a glance.
- Installs directly into drawer
- Durable construction
- Sleek and stylish
- Moves around in bigger drawers
This particular rack is really great because it’s so simple and so versatile. It’s designed to fit in most drawers and includes 6 drawer spice liners that measure 2.5”W x 18”L each and 15.0”W x 18”L total. It’s soft to the touch and easy to set up. If needed you can easily trim it with scissors. It can accommodate 24 spice bottles and it keeps them all in place, helping you to maintain a clean and organized kitchen.
- Can be trimmed to fit
- Stores 24 spice bottles
- Includes six liners with foam
- Instructions could be clearer
These wooden spice organizers can be easily inserted into a kitchen drawer and you can combine as many as you need to, depending how big your spice jar collection is. Each drawer insert lets you conveniently store and organize the containers and looks elegant while doing so. You can trim it to fit your drawer if needed.
- Inserts directly into drawer
- Can store as many spices as needed
- More than one can be used at the same time
- Have to remove to clean drawer
Wall-mounted and magnetic spice racks
Another idea is to have all the spice jars and containers organized up on a wall. This is useful if you have a tiny kitchen and you don’t want to occupy a drawer or a portion of your cabinet with a spice rack. This is a set of five heavy gauge chrome-finished spice racks and you can install it on a wall but also on the inside of the pantry door or even the inside of a cabinet door.
- Six chrome racks
- Space to suit your needs
- Can be installed in various places
- Complaints of inconsistent quality
This particular spice rack is excellent if you like minimalism and you want your kitchen to look as clean and as simple as possible. It’s made of acrylic and it’s super sturdy and strong without looking very heavy or robust. In fact, the spice jars and bottles seem to be floating when placed on it. This rack also doesn’t discolor and can stay fresh and clean for a very long time.
- Don’t discolor over time
- Simplistic and sleek
- Heavy duty construction
- Doesn’t line up well
Here’s a wall-mounted spice rack that’s really great and practical if you have a ton of different spices and condiments.It measures 17” in Width x 3 Inch” x 26.4” Height and it has five tiers. It can accommodate most standard-sizes spice jars but of course you can also use it to store and to organize various other things in order to keep your kitchen clean and tidy.
- Mesh shelving
- Easy to clean
- Very spacious
- Can be hard to place larger bottles in the rack
Magnetic spice jars are my favorite. They’re super convenient and you can store them on the fridge and arrange them however you want. They also look really cool and double as decorations for the kitchen. This is a set of 16 magnetic spice tins. They each have a powerful magnetic back which prevents them from falling off and a transparent lid so you can see the contents. You can stick them not just on the fridge but on any metallic surface.
- Sticks easily to fridge
- Transparent lid
- Waterproof labels
- Heavier spices can cause sliding
Free-standing spice racks
Free-standing spice racks are probably the most common of all. They tend to be more…universal, if that even makes sense. They’re not specifically intended to fit in a particular type of space like a drawer or on a shelf. That means you can place them on any flat surface, most often the kitchen counter. This means they take a bit of counter space which isn’t ideal but it also means you can easily move them from place to place. This compact and modern-looking spice rack comes with 2 pre-filled glass spice jars.
- Modern design
- Easily find spices
- Stores 20 jars
- Needs to be placed on a flat surface
Similarly, this rack comes with 16 pre-filled spice jars and also has a modern revolving design which gives you easy access to all the jars. They’re organized in two tiers and the rack also features a handle which is very convenient for carrying the rack and moving it around while cooking. The jars have labeled caps which makes it easy to identify the contents at a glance.
- Pre-filled jars
- Modern design
- Carrying handle
- Can be bulky on countertop
This is a rather different type of spice rack. It’s rather similar to a desk organizer and has a strong and durable iron frame with an anti-slip mat which keeps it stable and protects the countertop. With this rack you get to store and organize up to 30 full-size spice bottle or 60 half-size ones, both round and square-shaped. It’s easy to assemble using the screws and tools included. The drawers slice out so you can easily read the labels and see all the spice bottles.
- Durable iron frame
- Anti-slip mat
- Drawers slide out
- Assembly required
This wooden spice rack can hold 60 large glass jars and does so in a very elegant fashion. It has a solid wood frame which can be made from a variety of different wood types. The rack comes with 315 pre-printed labels which are waterproof and have a matte finish. Its overall dimensions are 25.25″ x 16.5″ x 4.75″ and if you want to keep on the kitchen counter you need a minimum of 16.5” clearance between the surface of the counter and the cupboards placed above it.
- 315 pre-printed labels
- Can hold 60 glass jars
- Solid wooden frame
- Takes up significant countertop space
With this set you can create a very clean and seamless design on your kitchen wall for all the spices you usually use. The shelf itself is very slender and that suits modern and contemporary interiors best. The set includes the stainless steel shelf which can be easily mounted to the wall using 2 screws and 13 glass mini cube bottles with cork tops. Each jar holds 1.4 ounces and there’s a special slot for a regular olive oil bottle to fit into.
- Slender design
- Easily mounted to wall
- Olive oil bottle slot
- Needs to be installed onto cupboard door
If you don’t want all your spice jars to be out in the open or if it’s inconvenient to have to drill holes into the wall for a floating spice rack, alternative solutions can definitely work. This spice rack is one of the options. It’s made of metal with a chrome finish and it measures 19” H x 14.5” W x 3” D. It’s also designed to be installed on the inside of a regular cabinet door which makes it very space-efficient and ideal for small kitchens.
You might not realize it but spices add up quickly. There are lots of condiments, oils and other things that are required for different types of recipes and when you gather them all up they make quite the collection. You can keep everything nice and organized with this stylish rack set that’s big enough to hold 40 spice jars and various other containers. It also includes a space for kitchen utensils and a slot where you can store the chopping board and there are also hooks that can be easily repositioned along the frame.
- Slots for other kitchen utensils
- Hanging hooks included
- Taller design
Similar to the previously mentioned model but smaller in size, this kitchen organizer can hold 20 spice jars and various other containers such as bottles for example. It’s a 3-tier storage system which allows you to adjust the position of the shelves based on your needs. The bottom is equipped with four suction cups for added stability and the rack is made of metal which makes it strong and sturdy.
- Small construction
- Suction cups keep it stable
- Sturdy metal construction
- Needs to be stored on countertop
This is a great all-in-one organizer for all kitchen-related accessories, not just the spice jars. It’s a multifunctional module with slots of kitchen utensils, chopping boards, knives and various other items and it can also hold 50 spice jars which are included. The shelves are removable for easy cleaning and the entire set is made of metal and sturdy enough to hold both regular spice jars and bigger bottles.
- Multifunctional module
- Removable shelving
- Can support bigger bottles
- Can be bulky
This particular spice rack was specially designed to fit inside narrow kitchen organizers where bottles are typically stored. It can also fit inside drawers and it can be paired with dividers and other accessories. The rack is simple and made of wood, measuring 4.88” H x 10” W x 19.5” D in total. It can hold different types of spice containers which sit on the narrow ledges, slightly angled towards the center.
- Slides inside narrow drawers
- Made from solid wood
- Can be awkward to install
This spice rack has a simple design which would look great in a modern or a contemporary kitchen. It’s designed to sit on the countertop or on a shelf and has a square-shaped base. It’s made of plastic and steel and can hold 20 spice jars which are included and made of glass. The revolving mechanism allows you to reach all the jars with ease and is very convenient.
- Simple and sleek design
- Plastic and steel construction to last
- Revolving mechanism
- Will take up countertop space
This design is a lovely choice if you want to add a bit of warmth and natural texture to your kitchen. The spice rack is designed to be wall-mounted and it’s handcrafted out of premium grade aged teak wood. It’s simple and versatile and the style has a traditional vibe which would also fit well in a rustic décor. The number of spice jars that it can hold depends on the size and shape of the containers.
- Simple and easy
- Rustic décor
- Easily moved
- Can only hold certain-sized bottles