We tried many different drying mats before this one, and now finally have the perfect solution for our home! We have butcher block counter tops, so if we used any of the traditional cloth ones that are supposed to absorb water, inevitably the water would soak through creating mold on our counter tops. The other cheap plastic ones simply weren't large enough and the water would spill off, leading to the same problem. This one is large enough to hold our dishes, and looks great when not in use. We love it!