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Colanders & Strainers Buying Guide

Getting the liquid out -- that’s the main function of a colander or strainer in your kitchen. While it’s not a fancy kitchen item, it sure is essential. Types, styles, and colors vary by brand. For convenience, think about styles that fit over your kitchen sink.

Types of Colanders & Strainers

Types of Colanders & Strainers

Colanders can be made of fine wire mesh, stainless steel or enamel-coated steel (dotted with small holes), plastic, or silicone. Use a colander to drain vegetables or pasta after cooking or to hold raw vegetables or fruits under running water as you wash them. A strainer is used for getting liquid out of food and can range in size from a small wire-mesh sieve to a large pot. A small strainer (one that is easily handheld) is ideal for straining seeds out of fresh berries and preserves for use in dessert sauces. But it also can be used for draining cooked pasta and vegetables.

Stainless steel

You can’t go wrong with a stainless-steel colander or strainer, and the product will last for years. This is a good basic for any kitchen.

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ExcelSteel
$10.64

A required tool in the home of a seasoned cook, this strainer has a fine-grid mesh for draining the excess liquid from just about ...any food. Has a long handle to keep hands away from heat and an easy grip to keep a firm hold. read more

ExcelSteel
$11.57

A required tool in the home of a seasoned cook, this strainer has a fine-grid mesh for draining the excess liquid from just about ...any food. Has a long handle to keep hands away from heat and an easy grip to keep a firm hold. read more

ExcelSteel
$11.99

A required tool in the home of a seasoned cook, this strainer has a fine-grid mesh for draining the excess liquid from just about ...any food. Has a long handle to keep hands away from heat and an easy grip to keep a firm hold. read more

Supreme Housewares
$30.90

These colanders are our best sellers. Just take a look and them and you'll see why. They're available in a wide variety of styles ...and sizes. You're sure to find one that will suit your needs. Made of 18/8 stainless steel and imported from China. Hand wash is recommended to keep original finish. read more

Wire mesh

When thinking about a strainer, a wire-mesh material is perfect for smaller jobs such as straining berries. Bigger mesh strainers work well for pastas and vegetables.

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Crestware
$20.99

These mesh strainers in stainless steel allows for multiple uses. Unique and effective design allows chefs to separate and drain f...ood. read more

Norpro
$14.84

Absolutely no lumps, food chunks, or anything but the finest particles will filter through the double mesh bottom of the Norpro st...ainless-steel mesh strainer. The smooth, polished steel ring rests evenly atop bowls and pots so that you can multitask while your food drains and strains. The 6-1/2-inch sieve is handy for straining almost anything from gravies to sauces. It's also ideal for rinsing cooked vegetables and pastas. Made of Krona stainless steel, which won't chip or dent. read more

EKCO
$5.31

Features:-Innovative features and an attractive style. Item:-Food Strainer. Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom:-6.38". Ove...rall Width - Side to Side:-1.63". Overall Depth - Front to Back:-3.13". Overall Product Weight:-0.06 lbs. Colander Colanders Plastic Strainer Cooking Housewares Sifters Strainers Tools Food holidays, christmas gift gifts for girls boys read more

KitchenAid®
$14.99

Use this KitchenAid Stainless Steel Mesh Strainer for rinsing and draining various fruits and vegetables, or to scoop and strain f...oods from liquids. Has a fine stainless steel mesh screen perfect for straining sauces, purees and stocks. Features a lip that will easily slide over pot edges allowing for hands-free straining. The handle is comfortable & easy to hold. Dishwasher safe. Mesh strainer measures 7 inch diameter. read more

Enamel-coated steel

If you want a spot of color in your kitchen, an enamel-coated colander offers that. They are generally dotted with smaller holes for effective draining.

Plastic or silicone

An economical solution that's easy to clean, plastic or silicone colanders come in a variety of colors, and some have grips for safe handling.

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eva solo
$24.92

The Eva Solo Colander makes it possible to uphold important hygiene standards when rinsing fruit, salads, vegetables and pasta. In... addition to its stylish design, the colander's square rim shape with its easy-to-hold corners adds to the appeal of food being served. The feet of the colander's base allows it to sit securely on a table or counter when displaying or serving food. The colander is made of plastic and is dishwasher safe. Designer: TOOLS. read more

eva solo
$24.92

The Eva Solo Colander makes it possible to uphold important hygiene standards when rinsing fruit, salads, vegetables and pasta. In... addition to its stylish design, the colander's square rim shape with its easy-to-hold corners adds to the appeal of food being served. The feet of the colander's base allows it to sit securely on a table or counter when displaying or serving food. The colander is made of plastic and is dishwasher safe. Designer: TOOLS. read more

Good Cook
$7.91

Colander, 3qt. Plastic Plastic colander with sturdy handle, is great for rinsing pasta and produce.

Vasconia®
$4.99

These Plastic Strainers by Vasconia are ideal for scooping and straining foods from liquids. Use for fruits, vegetables, pasta or ...straining broth or sauces. Designed to hang over a pot, making straining much easier and features a loop on the handles for hanging and convenient storage. Hand wash only. Set of four convenient sizes makes straining easy. Set of 4 includes: 11 inch long x 5-3/4 inch diameter, 8-1/2 inch long x 4-1/2 inch diameter, 7 inch long x 3-1/4 inch diameter and 5-3/4 inch long x 2-1/2 inch diameter strainers. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

This kitchen essential is affordable, so having a couple of size options on hand is a good place to start. A large colander and small strainer will get you going with food prep. Add to your collection as time and experience change your needs.

Size

Colanders and strainers come in a variety of sizes, and each can serve a different purpose. Large colanders are good for straining a pound or more of cooked pasta or for rinsing lots of vegetables. Medium colanders are handy for smaller amounts of pasta or vegetables and for pressing seeds out of berries. And small colanders or sieves are perfect for sifting powdered sugar over baked goods or shaking dust out of chopped nuts.

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WESTON
$175.00 $119.99

A powerful 200-watt motor propels this electric tomato strainer and grinder to separate seeds and skin from pulp, giving you perfe...ctly strained and ground tomatoes every time. includes 3 stainless steel grinding plates, grinding knife, stuffing funnel, strainer and stomper forward and reverse operation 200-watt motor AC/DC current stainless steel and plastic 10.5Lx13.25Wx12.75"H hand wash assembly required, no tools necessary imported read more

SAVORA
$65.00 $39.99

This colander is elegantly designed and boasts a striking, polished stainless steel body making it perfect for food preparation or... as a stunning centerpiece. perforations are designed in a vortex pattern to allow food to drain or ventilate durable, polished handles help provide a sure grip pedestal base elevates colander Stainless steel. Measures 11.43x9.68x6.73"H. Dishwasher safe. Imported. read more

SAVORA
$65.00 $39.99

This colander is elegantly designed and boasts a striking, polished stainless steel body making it perfect for food preparation or... as a stunning centerpiece. perforations are designed in a vortex pattern to allow food to drain or ventilate durable, polished handles help provide a sure grip pedestal base elevates colander Stainless steel. Measures 11.43x9.68x6.73"H. Dishwasher safe. Imported. read more

SAVORA
$65.00 $39.99

This colander is elegantly designed and boasts a striking, polished stainless steel body making it perfect for food preparation or... as a stunning centerpiece. perforations are designed in a vortex pattern to allow food to drain or ventilate durable, polished handles help provide a sure grip pedestal base elevates colander Stainless steel. Measures 11.43x9.68x6.73"H. Dishwasher safe. Imported. read more

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Cuisinart
$140.00 $59.99

Individual Cookware: Cuisinart 6-Qt. 3-pc Pasta Pot with Strainer - Cook up hearty servings of pasta or steamed entrees with this ...large-capacity pasta pot with strainer insert set. Made of stainless steel, the pot has an aluminum base for even heating with no hot spots and the colander insert makes straining pasta and vegetables a breeze. Its stylish, robust silhouette in stainless steel construction with cast aluminum disc bottom steel goes from stovetop to table. View all Cuisinart products -Dishwasher- and oven-safe to 500 degrees -Non-lemon dishwasher read more

WESTON
$175.00 $119.99

A powerful 200-watt motor propels this electric tomato strainer and grinder to separate seeds and skin from pulp, giving you perfe...ctly strained and ground tomatoes every time. includes 3 stainless steel grinding plates, grinding knife, stuffing funnel, strainer and stomper forward and reverse operation 200-watt motor AC/DC current stainless steel and plastic 10.5Lx13.25Wx12.75"H hand wash assembly required, no tools necessary imported read more

SAVORA
$65.00 $39.99

This colander is elegantly designed and boasts a striking, polished stainless steel body making it perfect for food preparation or... as a stunning centerpiece. perforations are designed in a vortex pattern to allow food to drain or ventilate durable, polished handles help provide a sure grip pedestal base elevates colander Stainless steel. Measures 11.43x9.68x6.73"H. Dishwasher safe. Imported. read more

SAVORA
$65.00 $39.99

This colander is elegantly designed and boasts a striking, polished stainless steel body making it perfect for food preparation or... as a stunning centerpiece. perforations are designed in a vortex pattern to allow food to drain or ventilate durable, polished handles help provide a sure grip pedestal base elevates colander Stainless steel. Measures 11.43x9.68x6.73"H. Dishwasher safe. Imported. read more

SAVORA
$65.00 $39.99

This colander is elegantly designed and boasts a striking, polished stainless steel body making it perfect for food preparation or... as a stunning centerpiece. perforations are designed in a vortex pattern to allow food to drain or ventilate durable, polished handles help provide a sure grip pedestal base elevates colander Stainless steel. Measures 11.43x9.68x6.73"H. Dishwasher safe. Imported. read more

Berghoff
$50.00 $31.99

Prep food effortlessly with this versatile mesh strainer designed to do more than drain liquids. 18/10 stainless steel raised foot...ed base lets you serve, wash, drain, steam and deep fry welded cross feet provide stability rubber covered handles ensure a safe grip Stainless steel/rubber. Measures 10x14.1x4.92"H. Dishwasher safe. Imported. read more

Fiesta
$65.00 $39.99

With color and function working together, this cutting board with colander makes food preparation a breeze. all-in-one piece for e...asy cutting, dicing and slicing conveniently drains while prepping non-slip edges for safe, easy use removable silicone colander if needed solid 24x12" bamboo cutting board hand wash board; dishwasher safe colander imported read more

Reston Lloyd
$23.36 $16.18

Dimensions: 7-8 x 6-2 x 3-5 inches- Well placed holes for easy draining- Use for hot or cold food rincing- Chrome Plated handles- ...Enamel-on-Steel Finish- SKU: RNLD133 read more

KitchenAid
$17.99 $16.19

Find Sifters, Strainers And Separators at Target.com! This KitchenAid Black Stainless Steel Colander is ideal for washing or strai...ning fruits, vegetables or pasta. The multiple perforation design allows for quick rinsing and draining. Comes with a convenient hanging storage handle fore easy stowe away. Dishwasher safe. Black stainless steel colander holds 3 quarts. Color: Steel/Black. read more

KitchenAid
$24.99 $22.49

Find Sifters, Strainers And Separators at Target.com! Revel in quicker rinsing and draining with the KitchenAid Black Stainless St...eel Colander. It's perfect for washing or straining fruits, vegetables and pasta. The many perforations allow for quicker rinsing and draining. The handle is designed for convenient hanging storage. Dishwasher safe. Black stainless steel colander holds 5 quarts. Color: Steel/Black. read more

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