The Colander – 5 of the BEST!

COLANDERWhatever type of colander you’re in search of, whether its a pasta colander, berry colander, stainless steel colander, mesh colander, or a multi-purpose colander set that’s good for rinsing, draining, and straining just about anything, there is certainly plenty of choice out there! This isn’t surprising when you consider how often colanders get used.

From rinsing lettuce to draining family-sized portions of pasta, we use colanders almost every day. Since they play such an integral role in our cooking, you shouldn’t opt for a cheap model that keeps turning your pasta into mush.

So, let’s take a look at five of the best colanders available today!

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COLANDER

PICTURE

QUALITY

HOW IT LOOKS

POPULARITY

PRICE

OUR OVERALL RATING

OXO
Good
Grips
Stainless
Steel
Colander

5

4

5

$$$$

4.6

Al
de
chef
Stainless
Steel
Colander

3

4

3

$$

3.3

OXO
Good
Grips
3 Piece
Berry
Bowl
and
Colander
Set

5

3

4

$$$

4

RSVP
Pierced
Berry
Colander

5

5

2

$$

4

Cook
Pro
Stainless
Steel
Mesh
Colander

3

4

4

$

3.6




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1. OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Colander

Some pierced colanders come with overly large holes and some have flimsy looking mesh that can be difficult to clean.

Also if you’ve ever had the handles on your old colander fall off after a few years because they were only soldered on, you know you need something a little bit more special.

If all this sounds like you, you will be pleasantly surprised with the OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Colander.

The bowl and the handles are all one piece, and since the handles are rubber coated, they’re non-stick and never get hot! Rather than having a fewer number of large holes, it’s pierced all over with a bunch of small holes, so it can drain anything in seconds.

At five quarts in size, it’s the perfect metal colander for straining angel hair pasta or orzo, rinsing fruits and vegetables, and much more! It even fits perfectly inside of OXO’s matching stainless steel mixing bowls.

It may be a little pricey, but it has some excellent features and is the Cadillac of colanders in the eyes of myself and many others. In fact spending slightly more on a decent Colander is like forking out a little bit extra for a quality cheese grater. Sure you can get by with a basic model, but once you realise how much better an experience you get with a higher quality product (even if it costs a little more) you’ll never go back!

“Expensive but very popular”

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4.6

2. Al-de-chef Stainless Steel Colander

On the other end of the spectrum, if you want a basic, no-frills, get the job done kind of metal colander with a classic design, the Al-de-chef Colander is the one for you. Featuring a classically sleek stainless steel design, this durable kitchen colander is appealing to the eye and more than capable of easily straining virtually anything.

Stainless steel is hands down a better cooking and kitchenware material than plastic. This inexpensive stainless steel colander is a solid kitchenware item that will get the job done.

Although the handles aren’t rubber coated, it’s a great basic metal colander that’s cheap and easy to clean, making it a popular option for many of today’s home cooks.

“Durable and inexpensive”

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.3

3. OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Berry Bowl and Colander Set

It may be labeled as a berry bowl, but you’ll immediately discover many more uses for the OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Berry Bowl and Colander Set as soon as you take it out of the box! Of course, it works fine as a berry bowl, but its uses are rather remarkable and exactly what you would expect from OXO.

The berry bowl, or berry colander, sits neatly inside the skid-proof nesting bowl, which comes with a snug lid. While a convenient storage option, the lid can only be used on the bowl and not the colander itself.

Nonetheless, it’s really just an added bonus. Instead of merely getting a high-quality berry colander, you’re also receiving an equally well-constructed storage bowl. That’s what I call value!

If you’re not particularly keen on berries, the 3-piece colander set can be used for many other foods as well. In fact, it could just as easily be considered a pasta colander as well, because it also works perfectly for any type of pasta.

It’s really up to you to decide how you want to use the set, but its versatility is hard to beat.

“Popular and versatile”

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4. RSVP Pierced Berry Colander

Featuring a sleek design and made from quality 18/8 stainless steel, the finely pierced RSVP Pierced Berry Colander is perfect for washing berries, lettuce, fresh herbs, and more.

Approximately the size of a standard breakfast bowl, this little kitchen colander is the perfect size for washing a handful of small fruits and veggies. However, thanks to its small size and lack of handles, it can also be easily placed inside of a pot and used as a steamer as well.

Unlike some folding colander models or bulky colanders with large holes, the precisely made fine holes of the RSVP Pierced Berry Colander are pierced so finely that ripe, delicate blackberries and raspberries stay perfectly intact when rinsing and shaking.

Simply rinse berries quickly under hot water to release more of their natural flavors and immediately hit them with cold water to have perfectly fresh and flavorful berries all summer long! This little dandy of a berry colander is also quick and easy to clean, because it doesn’t have handles, mesh, or a non-stick base.

With a cool design and undeniable quality at such a low price, it’s hard to overlook the RSVP Pierced Berry Colander when on the hunt for a first-class strainer at a budget-friendly price.

“Durable and affordable”

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4

5. Cook Pro Stainless Steel Mesh Colander

If you want a large and inexpensive kitchen colander with a uniquely different design, this is the colander for you.

The Cook Pro Stainless Steel Mesh Colander is a completely mesh colander with a sturdy base and reinforced body, which means it drains like a dream and is strong enough to withstand heavy items and years of use.

Thanks to its sturdy base, it’s quite difficult to tip. When you factor in its sizable capacity and how nicely it strains, this remarkably low-priced metal colander is definitely worthy of a spot in any kitchen.

Although it can get bent out of shape if you use it to rinse a sack of potatoes and the mesh can take a little more work to clean, for such a great price, you really can’t go wrong.

“Unique and inexpensive”

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3.6

Find the Right Colander for You!

Just like quality baking mats and decent kitchen knives, colanders are kitchen staples that every household absolutely must have. However, if you’re like a lot of people, you’re probably trying to get by with an old plastic colander that you picked up for sale at a “big-box” store. Sure, it may work just fine for making the occasional mac n’ cheese, but if you’ve got a family to feed or take pride in your kitchen and want the best kitchen tools, one of these popular, high-quality colanders is absolutely for you!

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