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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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Williams-Sonoma

These colanders are made entirely of stainless steel so they will never rust. Fine mesh makes them ideal for draining everything f...rom potatoes to rice, and stable pedestal bases elevate them, allowing water to drain quickly. Set includes three colanders, in graduated sizes. Made of dishwasher-safe stainless-steel for a lifetime of service. Fine mesh makes them handy for draining and straining foods large and small. Looped handles ensure a secure grip. Pedestal bases provide excellent stability and elevate them above draining liquid. Designed to nest for easy storage. Dishwasher safe. read more

Williams-Sonoma

Life in the kitchen is easier when you use the right tool for the task. Great for busy cooks, this sturdy basic is both a colander... and strainer. Ideal for everything from rinsing produce to draining pasta and straining soups, it can be used as a handheld tool or positioned over a pot or work bowl. Part of our exclusive Open Kitchen collection, designed and developed by Williams-Sonoma. Loop handle provides a comfortable grip and easy hanging storage. Made of durable stainless steel. Dishwasher safe. read more

All-Clad

Whether youre draining a big batch of pasta or rinsing a few fresh strawberries, you can rely on this generously sized colander fo...r first-rate performance. Larger holes at the top and smaller ones at the bottom promote quick draining. Crafted by All-Clad, a premier maker of professional-quality kitchenware. Made of 18/10 stainless steel for a lifetime of service. Graduated holes encourage fast drainage. Pedestal base provides excellent stability. All-Clads signature handles ensure a secure grip. Brushed interior, polished exterior. Top-rack dishwasher safe. read more

Williams-Sonoma

In a busy kitchen, youll find plenty of uses for a colander, from rinsing produce to draining pasta. Ours is made of dishwasher-sa...fe 18/10 stainless steel, with a wide bottom that lets water drain quickly and a rolled rim that facilitates pouring. Made of durable 18/10 stainless steel with a brushed exterior and polished interior and rim. Looped handles ensure a secure grip. Ringed foot provides a stable base and elevates. Designed to nest for easy storage. Set of three includes small, medium and large colanders. Dishwasher safe. 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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Cook Pro
$40.73
at Amazon

Constructed of high quality stainless steel, this strainer set comes with a reinforced wire rim and pan hooks. Features a flat woo...den handle for easy handling and is perfect for sifting and straining ingredients. Comes in 4 1/4", 6 1/4" and 7 3/4". read more

Cuisinart
$22.00
at Amazon

Cuisinart's colanders deliver superior drainage for excellent results. A versatile workhorse in the kitchen, the set of 3 strainer...s is perfect for sifting and straining wet or dry ingredients. Our collection of strainers and colanders are dishwasher safe with durable, stainless steel mesh. They also come with a lifetime limited warranty backed by Cuisinart. read more

WMF
$20.00
at Amazon

This WMF Profi Plus Strainer features a fine mesh scoop, making it ideal for sauces, gravies and vegetables. This tool can also do...uble as a sifter, and great for dusting a cake with powdered sugar. This great gadget features high quality 18/10 stainless steel construction with a satin-finish, and is beautifully balanced. This WMF strainer is a top pick, and its heavy-duty hanging loop makes this tool perfect for storing in a utensil crock or hanging on the wall. Seamless construction ensures durability and easy cleaning. read more

WMF
Williams-Sonoma

These colanders are made entirely of stainless steel so they will never rust. Fine mesh makes them ideal for draining everything f...rom potatoes to rice, and stable pedestal bases elevate them, allowing water to drain quickly. Set includes three colanders, in graduated sizes. Made of dishwasher-safe stainless-steel for a lifetime of service. Fine mesh makes them handy for draining and straining foods large and small. Looped handles ensure a secure grip. Pedestal bases provide excellent stability and elevate them above draining liquid. Designed to nest for easy storage. Dishwasher safe. 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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OXO
$19.99
at Amazon

Drain pasta and rinse fruits, vegetables, herbs and more, even with a full sink of dishes, with the OXO Good Grips Plastic Convert...ible Colander. Non-slip legs spring out and rest securely over the sink for easy rinsing and draining. The legs can also be folded down for use as a traditional Colander and for convenient storage. This 5-quart Colander is large enough to drain a pot of pasta or rinse large batches of grapes, berries or spinach. Soft, comfortable, non-slip handles make shaking easy and convenient pour spouts on either side facilitate pouring. The non-slip surfaces protect sinks and countertops during use. Measuring 23? when fully extended, the Convertible Colander fits both single and double sinks either horizontally or vertically. read more

OXO
OXO

This 3 1/2-quart colander is designed with the user in mind. It features soft, comfortable, non-slip handles, so maintaining a fir...m grip is easy. read more

OXO
OXO

Drain pasta, vegetables and more with the SoftWorks Plastic Colander. Soft, comfortable, non-slip handles provide a firm grip when... you shake the Colander to drain water. For efficient draining, the Colander's holes are elongated to direct water down into the sink. Four feet offer stability in the sink, and hanging holes in the handles let you store this Colander on your pot rack. read more

OXO
Preserve
$11.59-$13.99
at Amazon

Same colander, new durable construction! Two convenient handles with fast draining action means more confidence making your pasta!... Made from responsible #5 100% recycled plastic, these colanders are dishwasher safe, BPA-free, and 100% recyclable. This large 3.5-quart size is available in apple green. This product from Preserve Plastic is both innovative and sustainable, promoting and protecting our environment while providing you with a useful item. Products from Preserve are safe, durable, made in the USA and 100% recycled. 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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CHEFS

Set of three mesh colanders with stainless steel rims and wire supports. Includes 7.5" (1 1/2-Qt.), 8.5" (2-Qt.), and 9.5" (3 1/2-...Qt.) sizes. Nest for space-saving storage. Imported. CHEFS signature collection of professional-quality cookware, kitchen tools, bakeware, dinnerware and more is meticulously crafted and tested to delight the most discerning cook. CHEFS commitment to innovative, functional design is the key to delivering products of exceptional quality, performance and durability for home and professional kitchens. read more

OXO

OXO has you covered with this ideal nesting set for rinsing and straining, mixing and serving, storing and stacking. Three durable... modern colanders and three bowls with lids in graduating sizes do it all, then store in a minimum of space. Two-tone bowls have kitchen-to-table appeal; colanders feature elevated rings on the bases for stability and elongated perforations for faster draining. Snap-tight lids keep prepped ingredients and leftovers fresh in the fridge.9-Piece OXO® Nesting Bowls and Colanders and Lids Set: three of each size. 10.5" dia. x 5.5"H Polypropylene, VistaMaxx and thermoplastic polymer BPA-free Dishwasher-safe Not freezer-, microwave- or oven-safe Made in China Medium LidWidth: 9" Depth: 9.5" Height: 0.5" Medium BowlHeight: 4" Diameter: 9" Small ColanderWidth: 7" Depth: 8" Height: 3" Overall DimensionsHeight: 5.5" Diameter: 10.5" Small LidWidth: 8" Depth: 7.5" Height: 0.5" Medium ColanderWidth: 9" Depth: 10" Height: 4.5" Large ColanderWidth: 10.5" Depth: 13" Height: 5.5" Large LidWidth: 11" Depth: 10.5" Height: 0.5" Small BowlHeight: 4" Diameter: 7.5" Large BowlHeight: 5.5" Diameter: 10.5" read more

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ExcelSteel
$9.99
at Casa

Cook Pro 7-1/2- Stainless Steel Mesh Colander 7-1/2-Inch stainless steel mesh colander with reinforced body Dimensions: 7.5? x 7.5...? x 4.25?. read more

Kitchenaid
$11.99
at Target

This simple KitchenAid 5 quart colander allows you to quickly and efficiently rinse vegetables, drain pasta and more. It has non-s...lip handles on the sides for easy handling. This salad spinner is made of ABS and has a glossy finish. Dishwasher safe. Features: Nonslip GripCapacity (volume): 5.0 Qt.Material: ABSFinish: GlossyCare and Cleaning: Dishwasher-safeDimensions: 14.0 " W x 13.0 " D x 6.0 " H Weight: 0.88 Lb.Warranty Description: 1 Year Limited Manufacturer Warranty read more

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Guzzini
$19.79 $29.08
at Casa

Founded in 1912, Fratelli Guzzini introduced Plexiglas to the domestic landscape in 1938, at a time when household objects were st...ill strongly tied to the more traditional materials of wood, glass and iron. Continuous innovation in the following decades led to the development of the Guzzini style. With an exciting approach to colour and materials, Guzzini plays a large part in what the world recognizes as the Italian look. Guzzini is still a family-run business, and is one of the leading designers and manufacturers of kitchenware. The best names in international design choose to work with Guzzini due to the companys ability to combine quality and beauty. Guzinni has received the prestigious Compasso dOro award in recognition of the companys commitment to design. This capacious, functional, solidly built and unbreakable colander will help you cook and bring color to your home every day. Features include: Latina collection SAN acrylic Designed by Giugiaro Dishwasher safe Dimensions: 13.8in length x 11in width x 5.7in height read more

Guzzini Latina 11 x 13 x 5.7 Colander
HIC Brands that Cook
$3.49 $5.40
at Casa

HIC Brands that Cook Nylon Mesh Strainer, 3 Mesh strainer; 3-inch diameter Made of durable and long lasting nylon Non-reactive mat...erial; will not retain or transfer tastes and odors Handles hook on side of pot or bowl to hold in place while straining Convenient eyelet in handle for creative storage solutions Need more information on this product? Click here to ask. ? Imported- China read more

HIC Brands that Cook Nylon Mesh Strainer, 3
OXO
$49.99 $62.49
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Whether youre rinsing berries for a snack or making pasta for the family, the 9 Piece Nesting Bowls and Colanders Set has the tool... for the job. These Bowls and Colanders nest for compact storage, so they dont take up a lot of space in your cabinets. The Bowls feature non-slip bottoms for stability while mixing and their dual tone colors provide kitchen-to-table appeal. The curved Bowls have no internal angles or corners, ensuring efficient mixing and easy cleaning. The Colanders have elevated rings along the bottom to keep them stable in the sink or on the countertop and elongated holes for fast, efficient draining. The lids seal the Bowls for convenient food storage in the fridge, or rests on nested Bowls and Colanders to stack while storing. All Bowls and Colanders are dishwasher safe. Imported. Dimensions: Measures 11 wide by 12 long by 6.5 tall/deep Care Instructions: Dishwasher Safe Whether youre rinsing berries for a snack or making pasta for the family, the 9 Piece Nesting Bowls and Colanders Set has the tool for the job. These Bowls and Colanders nest for compact storage, so they dont take up a lot of space in your cabinets. The Bowls feature non-slip bottoms for stability while mixing and their dual tone colors provide kitchen-to-table appeal. The curved Bowls have no internal angles or corners, ensuring efficient mixing and easy cleaning. The Colanders have elevated rings along the bottom to keep them stable in the sink or on the countertop and elongated holes for fast, efficient draining. The lids seal the Bowls for convenient food storage in the fridge, or rests on nested Bowls and Colanders to stack while storing. All Bowls and Colanders are dishwasher safe. Imported. Dimensions: Measures 11 wide by 12 long by 6.5 tall/deep Care Instructions: Dishwasher Safe read more

OXO Good Grips 9 Piece Nesting Bowls and Colander Set-Multicolor
OXO
ExcelSteel
$10.29 $14.55
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ExcelSteel Professional Quality Heavy Gauge Strainer 9 w/ Hanging Hook, Stainless Steel ?Quality stainless steel mesh strainer wit...h a hanging hook for convenient storage ?Also features a long riveted handle for easy handling ?Sturdy base sits on the countertop or sink comfortably ?Strong construction makes last even longer ?Non food reaction Need more information on this product? Click here to ask. Dimensions: 8.83? x 4? x 15.25?. read more

ExcelSteel Professional Quality Heavy Gauge Strainer 9 w/ Hanging Hook, Stainless Steel
ExcelSteel
$7.29 $14.99
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Cook Pro 10 Stainless Steel Mesh Colander Stainless steel mesh colander with reinforced body and sturdy base Great for countertop ...or sink use Easy to clean and hygienic Need more information on this product? Click here to ask. read more

Cook Pro 10 Stainless Steel Mesh Colander
Guzzini
$26.49 $53.95
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Founded in 1912, Fratelli Guzzini introduced Plexiglas to the domestic landscape in 1938, at a time when household objects were st...ill strongly tied to the more traditional materials of wood, glass and iron. Continuous innovation in the following decades led to the development of the Guzzini style. With an exciting approach to colour and materials, Guzzini plays a large part in what the world recognizes as the Italian look. Guzzini is still a family-run business, and is one of the leading designers and manufacturers of kitchenware. The best names in international design choose to work with Guzzini due to the companys ability to combine quality and beauty. Guzinni has received the prestigious Compasso dOro award in recognition of the companys commitment to design. This capacious, functional, solidly built and unbreakable colander will help you cook and bring color to your home every day. Features include: ?Latina collection ?SAN acrylic ?Designed by Giugiaro ?Dishwasher safe Dimensions: 13.8? x 11? x 5.7?. read more

Guzzini Latina 11 x 13 x 5.7 Colander
Trademark
$7.49 $19.99
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Chef Buddy Microwave Pasta Cooker w/ Strainer Lid ?#5 Polypropylene plastic construction- safe for you and the environment ?Microw...ave safe ?Strainer lid with large and small size holes ?Two easy pour spouts ?Eases prep time Need more information on this product? Click here to ask. Dimensions: 10.62? x 3.38? x 7.25?. read more

Chef Buddy Microwave Pasta Cooker w/ Strainer Lid
Oneida
$20.79 $25.99
at Kohl's

Expand your kitchen accessories with this handy colander. Featuring expanding, rubberized arms to safely fit over any sink. And la...rge wire mesh for easy draining. 18/8 stainless steel Expands to 22 in. Dishwasher safe Manufacturer's lifetime warranty Model no. 50077 read more

Oneida® Stainless Steel Expanding Colander
Food Network
$31.99 $39.99
at Kohl's

No strain, no gain! That's why this strainer set is the perfect kitchen accessory. It's versatile and handy, making cooking a bree...ze. Commercial-quality stainless steel construction can withstand lots of wear and tear. Coarse and fine mesh construction strains anything from sauces and stocks to powdered sugar and cocoa. Loop handle and resting lip provide balance on any surface. Nested design allows for convenient, compact storage. Details: 3-piece set Set includes: 3-in. strainer, 5-in. strainer and 7-in. strainer Dishwasher safe Model no. 121-3FN read more

Food Network? 3-pc. Strainer Set
ExcelSteel
$12.79 $16.82
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Sturdy Colander for a Lifetime of Straining This 5-quart colander is constructed in stainless steel with oversized handles to make...s carrying food comfortable and easy. The sturdy base sits on counter and sink. ExcelSteel 242 5-Quart Colander: 5-quart capacity Easy-grip handles Mirror polished Constructed in stainless steel for durability Dimensions: Measures 9 in. x 9 in. x 8.5 in. A Closer Look: Sturdy and strong. Take Care: Hand washing recommended. read more

ExcelSteel 242 5 Quart Colander, Stainless Steel
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