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The best paper towel holders

Submitted by Tech Insider on August 3, 2020 - 4:00pm

We don't give our paper towel holders much thought considering that we use them on a daily basis. You don't need anything fancy, of course, but if you're just using a paper towel holder that falls over because it's too lightweight or you end up unraveling half of the roll because you can't get a good enough grip, it might be time to upgrade.

If you prefer a horizontal paper towel holder that you can mount on the wall or hang over a cabinet or drawer, there are options for you, too. Overall, the picks in this article are made with quality materials and design features that facilitate an easy-rip experience.

After all, you shouldn't really have to think about your paper towel holder.

Here are the best paper towel holders:

Prices and links are current as of 8/3/20. We added more purchase options so you can choose which retailer to shop from. We also expanded our selection of related buying guides.

The best overall

The OXO Good Grips SimplyTear Paper Towel Holder looks attractive on your counter and makes tearing off a sheet a total breeze.

OXO is known for elevating everyday staples with a superior user experience — because you don't want to dwell on the items you use over and over again. You just want them to work.

The brand's Good Grips SimplyTear Paper Towel Holder is a no-fuss vertical paper towel stand with a brushed stainless steel finish that goes with most kitchen fixtures. A spring-loaded appendage lets you tear a single sheet of paper towel with one hand. The weighted base keeps the entire thing from tipping over when you pull.

Pros: Able to tear with one hand, looks good on the counter, spring-loaded arm helps hold towels in place, weighted base

Cons: Reviewers say you need two hands as you get closer to the end of the roll

The best wall-mounted holder

Save counter space with the Simplehuman Wall Mount Paper Towel Holder, which can be hung vertically or horizontally to match your needs.

If you don't have a lot of counter space, you can choose a paper towel holder that can be hung up on the wall. The Simplehuman Wall Mount Paper Towel Holder can be mounted vertically or horizontally under a cabinet or above the counter for easy access.

A spring-loaded ring at the base of the cylinder that holds the roll makes it easy to pull one or two sheets off at a time, rather than unraveling half of it at once, which tends to happen often with less sophisticated holders. A knob on the end prevents you from pulling the roll off the holder if you choose to mount it horizontally. That same knob is equipped with a quick-release mechanism to facilitate easy changing — just squeeze the sides to release it.

Pros: Can be mounted vertically or horizontally, spring ring prevents you from ripping too many towels off at once, clean stainless steel look

Cons: The screws that come in the package won't work with every type of cabinet

The best marble holder

The Fox Run 3831 Marble Paper Towel Holder won't fall over every time you try to rip off a paper towel, thanks to the weighty material.

The Fox Run 3831 Marble Paper Towel Holder is about as elegant as a paper towel holder can be: It's basically a marble pillar that happens to be slim enough to support a roll of paper towels.

But it turns out to be pretty functional as well. Made of 100% genuine marble, it's high-quality, easy to clean, and simply pretty. And when one of the most common problems with paper towel holders is their tendency to topple over with too hard a yank, a heavy base becomes an important feature. You can't really top marble in the heft department.

As the product description points out, the grain differs slightly between each holder since its made of a naturally occurring material, which can be a pro or a con depending on how much you like the look of the one in the photo.

Pros: Elegant design, weight of the marble is effective at facilitating easy tearing

Cons: Might need two hands to tear off only one sheet, especially near the bottom of the roll

The best for hidden storage

The Spectrum Diversified Over the Cabinet Paper Towel Holder fits over most standard-sized drawers and cabinets to stow easily away and out of view.

For those with limited counter space who don't want to mount anything semi-permanently on the walls, the Spectrum Diversified Over the Cabinet Paper Towel Holder is the perfect solution. It simply slides over the top of any conventionally-sized cabinet door or drawer and fits any sized paper towel roll.

The holder is backed with a padded foam material designed to guard your surfaces from scrapes and scratches in case it slides around. The only major downside, which the brand itself acknowledges in the product description, is that it may prevent you from completely closing the structure it's attached to depending on the size of the cabinet or drawer.

It's a great option for renters who don't want to put holes in their walls or for anyone whose limited counter space prevents them from keeping a roll out in the kitchen. It's also a great choice for the aesthetically minded who don't want paper towels to be part of their kitchen decor.

Pros: No nails or screws required, slides over cabinets or drawers, padded to protect furniture

Cons: Won't fit all cabinets or drawers

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