A paper towel holder may seem like an unnecessary purchase until you try to grab a paper towel with one hand while in the middle of making dinner or cleaning up a big mess. Suddenly, that seemingly redundant piece of plastic or steel is the thing that could have helped you easily grab a sheet of paper towel instead of accidentally knocking the roll into the sink, soaking the entire roll and rendering it useless. So, yeah, you need a paper towel dispenser.
A paper towel dispenser has several benefits. One, it just looks good. It’s the difference between having the aesthetic of just moving into a frat house or giving your kitchen a polished, finished look. Two, paper towel holders lift the roll off the counter, protecting it from spills and leaking water. Paper towel holders also can make it easier to grab one or several sheets at a time only using one hand.
For users who don’t have much counter space or like to keep their counters as clutter-free as possible, we also like paper towel holders that can be mounted under a cabinet, to a wall or inside a cupboard.
Stop fighting with your paper towels and give them their own dedicated space. Check out our top picks for the best paper towel dispensers below.
1. simplehuman Wall Mount Paper Towel Holder
Save counter space with the simplehuman Wall Mount Paper Towel Holder. Made with durable stainless steel and a long-lasting design, the simplehuman comes with the three screws necessary for quick and easy installation as a wall-mounted or under cabinet paper towel dispenser. The sleek and modern design features a die-cast metal bracket and oversized stainless steel rod. Ideal for users with smaller kitchens, the simplehuman provides a convenient solution to storing paper towels.
Pros: A ring spring prevents the roll from unraveling and provides enough tension that users can rip off one or multiple sheets single-handedly.
Cons: For those who want to mount the simplehuman to the inside of the cabinet door, they will likely have to purchase shorter screws.
2. Spectrum Diversified Euro Paper Towel Holder
For a simple and affordable paper towel holder that will elevate rolls off the counter and provide a clean look to kitchens, we recommend the Spectrum Diversified Euro Paper Towel Holder. Featuring a minimalist design, the Spectrum is available in a wide variety of finishes, including copper, gold, black chrome and chrome (shown here). The loop design of the paper towel dispenser leaves enough room at the top to easily carry the Spectrum from the counter to the table and back while a roll is on the holder.
Pros: The Spectrum can accommodate any size of paper towel roll, including jumbo rolls, although they will cover the base.
Cons: Users will likely need two hands to tear off paper towels. There is no padding on the base of the Spectrum, which can create a grating sound when pulled across the countertop.
3. Mikasa Storage Caddy with Paper Towel Holder
Put everything you need for entertaining or group dinners in one place with the Mikasa Storage Caddy with Paper Towel Holder. The multifunctional kitchen holder features a separate section for paper towels, as well as spots for utensils, plates or condiments. Available in black or matte gold, the storage caddy is made with heavy-gauge, carbon-structured steel and finished with a BPA-free, food-safe powder coating. A whisk style handle provides a convenient holder for moving the caddy from one space to another.
Pros: Assembly is minimal and the Mikasa can fold for compact storage when not in use.
Cons: The Mikasa has a big price tag and the paper towel holder can’t be separated and used on its own.