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Best Colanders

Updated November 2018
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    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.

    Colanders are one of the most necessary household items, as they offer simple yet immense help in straining water from staple foods like rice, pasta, and quinoa, and washing fresh produce. These aiding tools are available for purchase in either steel, plastic, or fine mesh forms, but all three have their pros and cons. Steel colanders are the strongest of the three, but can rust unless specified as rust-proof. Colanders made of plastic are usually the cheapest, but may not last as long as steel or mesh options. Mesh colanders are a fantastic choice for straining smaller items like rice or quinoa, but are usually smaller in diameter than steel or plastic models. Always consider the size of the colanders’ straining holes before purchasing, as they differ in width depending on your cooking needs.

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