We have a very small kitchen in our new flat so there is no drainboard next to the sink. A towel will do, I thought. And it did for a few years until I spotted this mat. OK, it wasn't expensive and I thought it might come in handy and I might use it from time to time. How wrong can one be. I use it all the time! It is super convenient, I have it nicely stored close to the sink. It is very pleasant to touch and work with, soft to the glasses and I even put wet vegetables there to dry. The black color is a great idea because it won't stain that easily. I LOVE IT AND USE IT ALL THE TIME.