Paper Towel Holders That Turn Dreaded Spills into Cleaning Sprees
In the kitchen gadget world, there's a lot to be excited about: Multi-purpose cutting boards. Hand mixers that do everything from pull chicken to quietly whip up a batch of banana bread. Avocado slicers, strawberry hullers, cast iron skillets, copper pots, cute kitchen towels. Honestly, there's so much good stuff that the only thing that prevents me from having a kitchen rivaling a magazine prop closet is space and budget. Since I can't have it all, let's get down to the basics—the things a functional kitchen can't go without. A paper towel holder is one of these things.
In my short (read: 24 years of) life, I've used a few paper towel holders. I definitely remember the less-than-stellar ones. In my grandmother's house, we had one that was so lightweight that it threatened to topple like the tower of Pisa if you pulled just a little too hard. In college, I can't quite remember if we had one at all. Certainly not in the dorm. The roll sat on top of the microwave and dramatically fell to the floor the day I nearly fell out of bed trying to snooze my alarm.
The best paper towel holders have always been the ones my mother buys. I think in my entire life, she's maybe bought two? The lady loves to stretch a dollar. Her paper towel holder has outlasted many a nonstick pan (which I bemoan, but I can't convince her to see the charms of stainless steel) and stands tall and firm, no matter how many times she violently jerks a towel (or, let's be honest, two or three or four) in a fit of cleaning frenzy.
So, what makes the best paper towel holder? First, of course, it's sturdy. Can't have the whole roll tumbling to the ground, which always happens at the most inconvenient time (like spilling an entire glass of milk underneath a lazy Susan). Then, we give it bonus points if it's compact (there's never enough counter space at our house). And, if it multitasks? Well, that's a true winner.
Here are some of the best paper towel holders you can find on the internet, taking into account form, function, practicality, reviews, and value.
- Best Paper Towel Holder (tie): OXO Good Grips SimplyTear Standing Paper Towel Holder
- Best Wall Mount Paper Towel Holder: simplehuman Wall-Mount Paper Towel Holder
- Best Bathroom Paper Towel Holder: Nature Supplies Bamboo Paper Towel Dispenser with Removable Top Tray
- Best Magnetic Paper Towel Holder: Katzco Magnetic Paper Towel Holder
- Best Under Cabinet Paper Towel Holder: InterDesign Swivel Wall Mount Steel Paper Towel Holder
- Best Wooden Paper Towel Holder: Winston Porter Pine Wood Paper Towel Holder
- Best Farmhouse Paper Towel Holder: Whitewashed Paper Towel Holder
- Best Marble Paper Towel Holder: Roomoxie Marble Paper Towel Holder
- Best Countertop Paper Towel Holder (tie): OXO Good Grips SimplyTear Standing Paper Towel Holder
- Best Hanging Paper Towel Holder: Kamenstein Perfect Tear Paper Towel Holder
- Best Stainless-Steel Paper Towel Holder: OXO Good Grips Steady Paper Towel Holder
- Best Paper Towel Holder With Shelf: mDesign Metal Paper Towel Holder With Storage Shelf
- Best Acrylic Paper Towel Holder: Modern Innovations Acrylic Paper Towel Holder