Colanders & Strainers Buying Guide

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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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$12.99

Kitchen Tools and Storage -A household essential, our Red Stainless Steel Colander makes cooking your favorite pasta meals a cinch.... Plus, you'll love the festive pop of springtime color that it adds to your kitchen. Material: , Color:Red. Also could be used forcolander, cooking, food preparaton, kitchen, kitchen items, kitchen tools. By Cost Plus World Market. read more

$12.99

Kitchen Tools and Storage -A household essential, our Aqua Stainless Steel Colander makes cooking your favorite pasta meals a cinc...h. Plus, you'll love the festive pop of springtime color it adds to your kitchen. Material: , Color:Blue. Also could be used foraqua colander, colander, cooking, food preparation, kitchen, kitchen items, kitchen tools, strainer. By Cost Plus World Market. read more

$12.99

Kitchen Tools and Storage -A household essential, our Stainless Steel Colander makes cooking your favorite pasta meals a cinch. Th...is metal colander is perfect for draining pasta, washing veggies and many other conventional uses. Material: , Color:Silver. Also could be used forlettuce, noodle, salad, strainer. By Cost Plus World Market. read more

Cost Plus World Market
$12.99

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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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HIC Harold Import Co.
$6.04 $6.00

HIC’s Double-Ear Nylon Mesh Strainers are the perfect cooking tools for sifting, draining, straining, and sieving foods and ingred...ients before baking and cooking. Each nylon strainer features a double-ear support to sit securely on pots and pans, mixing bowls and other food preparation containers, keeping both hands free for other tasks, like measuring and pouring. Use them like a fine mesh sieve to remove seeds, skins and other fibrous bulk and smaller bits for even consistencies and creamier textures in soups and sauces, pastes and purees. No more lumps! These food strainers are versatile kitchen accessories. Rinse legumes, rice, and grains before cooking, catch seeds and pulp when juicing fresh lemons, or drain and strain infusions of herbs or mulling spices. They double nicely as a sifter, too. Powdered ingredients like flour, crushed spices and confectioners’ sugar or ground nut, oat and grain flours tend to settle and compact during packaging and shipping. HIC’s Nylon Mesh Strainers remove clumps from these ingredients and aerate them for even lighter, fluffier baked goods. Made from a durable nylon with a fine nylon mesh and a double-ear design for added stability. Nylon is the perfect non reactive material for use with more acidic foods, like tomato and citrus. HIC’s Double-Ear Nylon Food Strainer will not retain tastes or odors and impart flavors on foods. Top-rack dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. Hangs for convenient storage. 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

KitchenAid®
$11.99

This KitchenAid Stainless Steel Mesh Strainer is perfect for rinsing and draining various fruits and vegetables, or to scoop and s...train foods 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 and easy to hold. Dishwasher safe. Strainer measures 5 inch diameter. read more

ExcelSteel
$26.49

Made of high quality 18/8 stainless steel and topped with hanging loops, this set of three mesh strainers makes a durable and mult...i-functional addition to any household. Sift, strain and scoop both food and non-edibles with these handy kitchen tools.... 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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Farberware
$3.99

Find Sifters, Strainers and Separators at Target.com! The Colander Farberware is perfect for small jobs. The strainer is just righ...t for draining and rinsing a can of beans or a washing a pint of raspberries. The bright color brings a smile and the handles on either side make the sieve easier to work with. The best part is clean up—it's top-rack dishwasher safe, and with the petite size it easily fits! 6x6"x3" (HxWxD). Color: Hyper Orange I/Yellow. read more

Good Cook
$6.90 $6.88

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

Farberware
$3.99

Find Sifters, Strainers and Separators at Target.com! The Colander Farberware is perfect for small jobs. The strainer is just righ...t for draining and rinsing a can of beans or a washing a pint of raspberries. The bright color brings a smile and the handles on either side make the sieve easier to work with. The best part is clean up—it's top-rack dishwasher safe, and with the petite size it easily fits! 6x6"x3" (HxWxD). Color: Hyper Orange I/Yellow. read more

$12.99

Kitchen Tools and Storage -A household essential, our Red Stainless Steel Colander makes cooking your favorite pasta meals a cinch.... Plus, you'll love the festive pop of springtime color that it adds to your kitchen. Material: , Color:Red. Also could be used forcolander, cooking, food preparaton, kitchen, kitchen items, kitchen tools. By Cost Plus World Market. 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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Cook Pro
$18.99 $15.64

KPO1071 Features Constructed in stainless steel Gradual sizes for all your kitchen needs Sits comfortably on any flat surface Use ...it to rinse, wash or serve Ideal for every kitchen Dishwasher safe Item: Colander Color: Metal Material: Stainless Steel... read more

Fox Run Craftsmen
$69.99 $34.79

FRU1141 Features Stainless steel stand and wooden pestle Purees as well as strains Set includes one strainer, stand and pestle Pro...duct Type: Food Mill (Vegetables And Fruit) Material: Stainless Steel/Wood Color: Silver Power: Manual Usage: Hand-Held... read more

Fox Run Craftsmen
$69.99 $34.79

FRU1141 Features Stainless steel stand and wooden pestle Purees as well as strains Set includes one strainer, stand and pestle Pro...duct Type: Food Mill (Vegetables And Fruit) Material: Stainless Steel/Wood Color: Silver Power: Manual Usage: Hand-Held... read more

Paderno World Cuisine
$183.42

The Paderno World Cuisine 12-1/2-quart stainless steel vegetable strainer is a dual handledself-standing colander suited for drain...ing foods of excess liquids- Diameter: 12-1/2''- Capacity: 9-1/4''- Durable stainless steel construction- With a pedestal... read more

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BergHOFF International Inc.
$70.00 $45.92

Includes induction. Traditional satin polish and mirror stripe. Practical scaling inside. Straight shape and stylish stainless ste...el handles. Glass cover with team vent. Reduces the chance of boiling over. Three layer capsule base is suitable for all... read more

T-fal
$79.93 $79.00

Bring healthy cooking to your kitchen with the sleek T-Fal Celebrate Ceramic 14-Piece Cookware Set. PTFE, PFOA and cadmium free, t...his ceramic cookware set is durable, recyclable and high temperature-resistant. A high-quality ceramic nonstick interior... read more

Lodge
$120.29 $56.14

Lodge 7-Quart Cast Iron Pro Dutch Oven: Dutch oven with loop handles and cast iron cover Seasoned with oil for a natural, easy-rel...ease finish that improves with use The right tool to sear, saute, bake, broil, braise, fry or grill Great for induction... read more

Cuisinart
$54.99 $44.79

Give yourself a gift of high-quality cookware Cuisinart Chef's Classic Anodized Non-Stick 3.5-Quart Saute Pan with Helper Handle &... Cover. This medium-size pan is a great buy, whether you are looking to supplement your current cookware or start an... read more

WearEver
$134.89 $69.99

The WearEver Cook and Strain 10-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set includes cooking utensils that are specially considered to meet... your culinary needs. All of the pieces in the set are crafted from strong and durable stainless steel. In addition, the... read more

Berndes
$56.79 $54.95

The Coquere pans are made from forged cast aluminum which are finished with a triple layer of Berndes Best non-stick for healthy "...fat-free" cooking. The skillet uses Induction heating which allows you to cook in record time! Coquere cookware may be... read more

Brentwood
$30.05 $20.49

If you're trying to eat more healthy the Brentwood Aluminum Non-Stick Gray Wok with Lid is a handy tool to have on your side. Grea...t for stir frying steaming pan frying poaching boiling brazing searing stewing and lots of other cooking methods it has a... read more

T-fal
$64.99 $24.02

Built with durable nonstick coating on interior and exterior, this pan delivers even heat distribution for reliable cooking result...s and is easy to clean. The ergonomic, stay-cool silicone handles offers comfortable grasp. read more

Nordicware
$28.45 $28.36

A lovely stock pot for a growing family, the Nordic Ware 22080 Cookware Nonstick Aluminized Steel 8 qt. Stock Pot is great for one...-pot family meals or big side dishes, like your dad's famous Boston baked bean recipe. The high-quality aluminized steel... read more

Cooks Standard
$45.49 $40.94

This 1.5-quart saucepan by Cooks Standard features Air-Flow Technology makes handle stay cooler than normal handle type. Construct...ed of an alloy aluminum clad in 18-10 stainless steel this saucepan benefits from the best of elements. Details Tri-ply... read more

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