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Best Paper Towel Holders in 2022 – Reviewed

Okay, it’s probably safe to say that not many people think about paper towels and probably fewer people think about paper towel holders. Yet these two things are an important part of any kitchen. Paper towels are useful for cleaning up messes on the fly, and the holders, well, hold them. Since we feel the holders are the ones that are the least considered, we’ve decided to go ahead and find the best paper towel holders and put them to the test. Although we’re sure that few people wonder just how useful this device is, we’ve decided to go ahead and list the ones we thought worked the best.

Quick Summary of Paper Towel Holders

 Editor’s Choice 
OXO Good Grips Standing Paper Towel Holder  (review)
 Also Recommended 
mDesign Metal Wall Mount Paper Towel Dispenser  (review)
 Also Consider 
Carry 360 Paper Towel Holder With Shelf  (review)
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OXO Good Grips Standing Paper Towel Holder

 Editor’s Choice 

Paper towel holders have been around for a long, long time. We’re not exactly sure when paper towel holders were first invented, we’re sure that it’s probably some time after paper towels were first invented—which were over 110-years ago. Most of these holder s simply held the paper towels on some sort of spindle or central axis. Sure, they kept the paper towels in place, but they didn’t do a good job of keeping them from unraveling. Fortunately, that has all changed thanks to this innovative model. It not only holds the paper towels in place, so the consumer can pull one off as they need to, but it keeps it from unraveling from the cardboard roll. It’s pure genius.

This holder is made out of brushed stainless steel and measures 14-inches high and 7-inches in diameter. It’s designed with a spring-activated arm lock that makes it easy for the user to hold but keeps the paper towels firmly in place. When the consumer removes a sheet of paper from the roll, it’s this arm that holds the rest of the roll in place, so the paper towels don’t unspool everywhere. And because this unit has a non-slip base, the dispenser stays where it’s located, and the consumer doesn’t have to worry about it shuffling the entire length of the counter every time they grab a paper towel.

Sure, we know that this unit is more expensive than other paper towel dispensers, but we also know that this device will save the consumer a whole lot of aggravation. And because this unit is made out of quality materials, it’s sure to last the household for quite a long time to come. All of these are good reasons for the consumer to invest in this unit. In our opinion, it’s one of the best paper towel holders that have ever been invented, which is quite impressive considering how long they’ve been around.


  • It keeps paper towels from unraveling.
  • It holds any brand or size of paper towels.

  • This product costs more than other paper towel holders.

mDesign Metal Wall Mount Paper Towel Dispenser

 Also Recommended 

This is another paper towel holder that wasn’t inexpensive, but we feel is more than worth the cost. It’s a holder that’s designed to be mounted underneath cabinets or to walls and it holds the paper towels vertically. It’s approximately 12×4.5×2.5-inches high, is made out of stainless steel that has a brushed metal look to it, and it has a durable finish as well. Because of the way that it’s mounted, it saves space on the counter, but still keeps the paper towels within arm’s reach. If the user desires it, this holder can even be mounted in a cabinet, or underneath a countertop. That makes it all the more convenient.

One of the things that impressed us when we first saw this holder was that it holds the paper towels very securely. Whenever we pulled a towel from it, we didn’t feel like the roll was going to pop out with it. Even when we gave a sturdy tug to the roll, it still stayed in place. However, when it was time to remove the roll from the dispenser, it didn’t hold on aggressively the same way that other dispensers are known to do. It was easy to simply remove the roll and replace it with a new one when it was time. After all, there’s nothing worse than having to mess around with a paper towel dispenser more than necessary.

Of course, this holder doesn’t have to be mounted vertically if the user wants to mount it horizontally. It can be used both ways if the consumer so desires. For us, it was better to mount vertically and use it that way than to mount it horizontally, but to each his own. Either way, it’s installed, the installation process is going to be a breeze because it comes with all of the necessary hardware. All the consumer has to do is to use their own tools and install it according to specs. We think that some consumers are going to like this product so much, they may even want to buy them to give away as house warming gifts, birthday gifts or Christmas gifts.


  • Holds paper towel rolls securely.
  • Has a nice brushed metal look to it.

  • It was difficult to remove from the packaging.

Carry 360 Paper Towel Holder With Shelf

 Also Consider 

Anyone who’s been searching high and low for a paper towel holder that saves a ton of space will probably want to check this one out. That’s because it not only saves space because it’s meant to be hung vertically on a wall, but it also saves space because it has a shelf on top of it. This shelf can be used to hold everything from spices to cleaning supplies, which is quite helpful in crowded kitchens. This shelf is approximately 12-inches by 4.3-inches in size, so it provides a good amount of storage space to the user. Another thing that we liked about this holder was that the consumer didn’t have to drill holes in their walls to mount it because it comes with an adhesive strip that allows it to be mounted easily.

However, we can’t say that this holder is without its problems. One of the problems with this holder is that the adhesive that attaches it to the wall isn’t strong enough to adequately do its job. Sure, the consumer can user Krazy glue or some other adhesive to fix that problem, but they shouldn’t have to. With that being stated, however, we still feel that this is a great paper towel holder that many consumers are going to enjoy using. It’s made out of stainless steel with a brushed metal look, holds standard paper towels and seems quite durable. It’s also a shelf that looks nice and should fit in with just about any modern kitchen.


  • It doesn’t require to be screwed into the wall.
  • It contains a shelf for holding spices or other objects.

  • The adhesive isn’t as strong as it should be.

The Ultimate Guide To Paper Towel Holders

Anyone who still thinks that choosing a paper towel holder is easy better buckle up because we’re not done with the subject yet. We wanted to do a deep dive on the subject, so consumers have all of the information they need to make an educated decision. Since we’ve already covered the best paper towel holders, we thought that we would expand on the subject with this guide on paper towel holders. Now that we’ve stated our premise, let’s get started and find out everything about paper towel holders that our readers wanted to know but were afraid to ask.

Step One: Choose A Type Of Holder

The first thing that anyone looking for a paper towel holder is going to want to do is figure out whether they need a horizontal model or a vertical one. Vertical models are available either as models that sit on the countertop or are attached horizontally to a wall. Horizontal models can be attached to a wall, in a cabinet or under a cabinet—as dictated by the needs of the consumer. The best thing about horizontal models is that they save space, but vertical models have their pros as well. The biggest pro associated with vertical models that sit on the counter is that they don’t have to be installed. All the consumer has to do is set them on the counter and they’re ready to go.

Step Two: Choose What It’s Made From

The next step to choosing the best paper towel holder is to decide what the holder is made out of. Paper towel holders are made using several different materials, but the most common materials used in their construction is plastic, wood, or stainless steel. Plastic tends to be the cheapest of the three options, but it also happens to be the one most likely to break. Both stainless steel and wood paper towel holders are good and tend to hold up well, so the user should choose the one that best fits in with their décor. We personally think that stainless steel models are the best combination of looks and durability, but it is up to the personal tastes of the consumer.

Step Three: How Is The Holder Mounted?

Another thing that the consumer may want to consider is how the paper towel holder is installed. With countertop models, that’s not a big deal because they sit on the counter and don’t have to be installed at all, but for other types of paper towel holders, it’s an important thing to think about. Someone who is living in an apartment might not want to have to screw a holder into the wall, especially if they’re going to be charged for the holes by the rental company when they leave the apartment. In that case, the consumer might want to go with a model that’s mounted using an adhesive. For everyone else, using screws to mount the holder to the wall is probably the most practical option and will ensure that the holder stays put for a long time to come.

Step Four: Additional Features Worth Thinking About

Finally, the consumer might want to think about some of the optional features that can be found on paper towel holders. Although these holders look quite simple, some models have sophisticated features that make them easier to use. Below are just a brief overview of some of the features available, but our readers should realize that new features come out all of the time, so the consumer might want to keep that in mind.

  • Additional Storage Shelves
  • Hanging Hooks
  • Spring-Loaded Clamps The Hold The Roll
  • Easy-To-Remove Clamps

As it’s clear to see, paper towel holders are a lot more sophisticated than people give them credit for nowadays. There are dozens of different types of paper towel holder designed and sold by a variety of different companies. If the consumer wants to find the one that’s best for them and their household, then they’re going to have to do the leg work and see what’s available.

However, we promise our readers that if they take the time to do that and see what’s available, then they should have no problem finding the best paper towel holder for their home. One that fits in with their décor, is easy to install and dispenses paper towels like a dream. Now all of our readers should go out there and find the holder or dispenser of their dreams. They’re just waiting to be bought.

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