Here at Remodelista, we've put a lot of energy into sleuthing the perfect toilet paper holders, toilet brushes and receptacles, doormats, brooms and dustpans, and dish drainers. But somehow, until now, we've overlooked the countertop paper towel holder (perhaps because the more conscientious among us have stopped using paper towels altogether). Nonetheless if, like me, you aren't blessed with a built-in paper towel niche in the kitchen, you likely have a roll standing naked on the countertop for use at least now and then. Here are our 10 favorite countertop paper towel holders to help wrangle the roll.
Above: From Williams-Sonoma, the Ceramic and Wood Paper Towel Holder has a solid maple dowel and glazed white ceramic base and end knob; $19.95.
Above: David Mellor's Kitchen Roll Holder is made from hand-turned ash wood and is £22 at David Mellor in London.
Above: The CUSI Paper Towel Roll Holder by Blomus is fabricated from stainless steel and fits a standard-size roll; $34.19 at Lumens.
Above: West Elm's Raw Wood Paper Towel Holder is made of acacia wood and brass-toned metal; $29.
Above: The Copper Paper Towel Holder is made from solid recycled copper and has two brass knobs; $89.95 from Williams-Sonoma.
Above: From Danish company Scanwood, the Kitchenroll Holder is made from sustainably harvested beech wood; £20 at Karlsson.
Above: Crate & Barrel's French Kitchen Paper Towel Holder is made from gray-veined Carrara marble; $19.95.
Above: The very simple Torkad Papertowel Holder is made of galvanized steel; $1.99 at Ikea.
Above: Skagerak's Bollard Paper Towel Holder has a small recess in its wooden base to keep the end of the roll from unwinding. Made of teak wood and steal, the holder is $70 at Fjørn Scandinavian.
Above: The Polished Brass Kitchen Paper Holder from Allied Brass is $48.99 on Amazon.
See wall-mounted versions in our post, 10 Easy Pieces: Wall-Mounted Paper Towel Holders. And for more toilet paper holders, visit 5 Quick Fixes: Inventive Toilet Paper Storage and DIY Toilet Roll Holders. Another use for paper towels beyond the standard kitchen clean-up? Sprouting seeds (as seen on Gardenista).