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Best colander 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated April 1, 2020
Best colander of 2018
The best colander will make your fairytale dreams come true! Before you spend your money on colander, start by familiarizing yourself with the various types. We’ve narrowed down our options based on the customer feedback (read positive reviews), functionality, material and size. In other words, we’ve put all fundamentals into consideration to come up with a comprehensive list that suits various needs. Here, I will review 3 of the best colander of 2018, and we will also discuss the things to consider when looking to purchase one. I hope you will make an informed decision after going through each of them.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this colander win the first place?
The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I was completely satisfied with the price. Its counterparts in this price range are way worse. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing!
Why did this colander come in second place?
Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money.
Why did this colander take third place?
I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. A very convenient model. It is affordable and made of high-quality materials. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time.
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The Insider Pick
Every cook needs a good strainer or colander in their arsenal, and these are the very best ones you can buy. Our top pick, the Bellemain Micro-Perforated Stainless Steel 5-Quart Colander, has perfect sized holes for many types of food and is easy to hold with well-positioned handles.
Have you ever boiled a pot of spaghetti, ready to drain it, only to realize your colander is gone? After a quick search, you give up and attempt to drain the pot by hand, creating an awful mess and spilling spaghetti everywhere. It ends up being a delivery pizza night instead.
When this happened to us — because our kids had taken the colander to filter the fish tank water they were supposed to be cleaning — we realized the importance of this simple kitchen tool. We also learned that it’s not a bad idea to have one or two extra colanders on hand. Just in case you can’t in good conscience put food back into the other colander, no matter how many times you wash it.
If you’ve never really shopped for colanders before, you’re going to be surprised with all of the different features and options. Simply put: All colanders are not made equal. Here’s what you need to know about strainers and colanders before you browse through our top picks.
Why you’ll love it: For those who often cook with rice or other small grains, the Inomata Japanese Colander is just perfect, and it’s affordable.
If you cook with rice, you know that half the struggle is washing the rice before cooking it. Most colanders have holes that are too large to handle small grains like rice, so you lose a portion of your rice in the sink.
That’s where a rice washing colander can be helpful, and our favorite model is the Inomata Japanese Rice Washing Colander. The price is so low that Imagine Loving Life’s review says it almost ignored the product, figuring that it was a poorly made colander. However, the reviewer says they’re glad to have tested it because it’s one of the best rice washing colanders available.
The design of the Inomata colander is perfect for small grains. As Foodal points out in its review, the strainer’s tiny draining holes on both the bottom and the sides allow it to drain efficiently, while keeping the rice inside the colander.
We tested eight colanders, each roughly quarts. All were purchased online and are listed in order of preference. We eliminated the following models in pretesting for a variety of design flaws, including flimsy or poor construction, difficulty cleaning, and cramped size: Architec Gripper Colander, Dexas Popware Collapsible 10″ Pop Colander, Joseph Joseph Folding Colander, Norpro Stainless Steel Expanding Over-the-Sink Colander with Base Frame, OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Large Bowl and Colander Set, Progressive International 5-Quart Collapsible Colander, Rösle Collapsible Colander, and Tovolo Stainless Steel Perforated Colander.
We drained pound of angel hair and pound of orzo, each cooked in gallon of boiling water, in each colander, looking for efficient, thorough draining and noting when any pasta escaped. We also drained cups of diced tomatoes tossed with 1/teaspoon of salt in each model, setting each colander over a 9-inch bowl for 30 minutes.
We evaluated each colander’s perforation coverage, stability, and elevation from the sink floor (noting whether backwash from draining liquid was able to reach the colander bowl), as well as the material, size, and placement of the handles.
Design Trifecta 360 Knife Block
Admittedly expensive, this handsome block certainly seemed to live up to its billing as “the last knife block you ever have to buy.” The heaviest model in our testing, this block was ultrastable, and its durable bamboo exterior was a breeze to clean. Well-placed medium-strength magnets made it easy to attach all our knives, and a rotating base gave us quick access to them. One tiny quibble: The blade of our 12-inch slicing knife stuck out a little.
Schmidt Brothers Downtown Block
This roomy block completely sheathed our entire winning knife set using just one of its two sides—and quite securely, thanks to long, medium-strength magnet bars. Heavy, with a grippy base, this block was very stable. An acrylic guard made this model extra-safe but also made it a little trickier to insert knives and to clean; the wood block itself showed some minor cosmetic scratching during use.
Schmidt Brothers Midtown Block
In metallurgy, the field of materials science and engineering, stainless steel is a steel alloy with a minimum of 10.5% chromium content by mass. An alloy is several metals mixed together. The chromium does not tarnish or rust and gives a lustrous look and polishes well. It will rust in certain environments, but usually not sitting in your kitchen cupboards. Stainless steel is durable and strong and it tolerates high levels of heat. It is safe for the oven depending on the handles on the cookware. I love it and have a saucepan that was my grandmother’s and it is 5years old with no tarnish, is dishwasher safe, and shines like new.
When and How to Use Stainless Steel Cookware
Stainless steel can also be put into the refrigerator since it does not corrode—with foods once it has cooled.
Standard model number NC-0023is made of 18/stainless steel with an aluminum core. With the magnetic bottom, it can be used on induction cook top stoves and others including all other stove tops to include electric, gas, infrared, glass, and ceramic. The insides are smooth with stay-cool riveted handles with a V-pattern attaching to the pot itself. This gives even more air flow to your contents when cooking.
The cookware can be cleaned in the dishwasher and can go into the oven up to 500-degrees F. The lids are solid stainless steel, not glass, with cool to touch handles.
The set includes a 1.5- and 3-quart saucepan with lid, a universal steamer insert with lid that will fit both the 1.5- and 3-quart saucepans, 8-quart stockpot with lid, 8- and 10-inch open skillet, and a 5-quart 11-inch deep sauté pan with lid.
Gift-wrapping is available for your loved ones and friends for holidays, birthdays, and special occasions. The set comes with a User’s Manual and Limited Lifetime Warranty. The set is made in China.
Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was formed in 200to protest the Kansas State Board of Education’s decision to allow teaching intelligent design as an alternative to evolution.
Its members claim that the idea of a supernatural creator composed of spaghetti and meatballs is just as rational as traditional Christian creationism or any other mainstream faith.
However, Mr Harris has said that he feels “insulted” by the DVLA after it sent a response to his application, which apparently implied that it would damage their credibility.
He said: “Who are they to decide which religions are true or valid? Our religion is a minority, but the DVLA is discriminating because it allows people who practice major religions to wear headgear in pictures.
However, a letter from the DVLA simply stated: “Unfortunately the decision remains the same and you will be required to make a new application for a driving licence with an appropriate photograph.
Regardless, according to Mr Harris, who plays banjo for busking band The Iron Boot Scrapers, he has no intention of submitting a new picture despite the DVLA’s resistance.
Why we love it
This season, we’ve added to our bestselling Stoneware collection with this handy colander. Designed with style and practicality in mind, the colander is handmade for us in Portugal from special, robust clay and features a hand-painted pale gray trim. Perfect for rinsing fruit, vegetables and pasta, we think it also doubles up as a stylish piece of serveware for seasonal berries and fruit. Like all our stoneware, it’s also dishwasher proof and microwave safe.
Paderno World Cuisine Manual Salad Spinner
If our pick is sold out, we recommend the Paderno World Cuisine Manual Salad Spinner. It is comparable in price to the OXO Good Grips, and it has the second-best combination of stability, drying ability, and ease of use. However, during our testing, its pull-out rack-and-pinion handle usually required two hands to operate and was nowhere near as simple to use as the pump on the Good Grips. And its opaque green basket made it more difficult to see when the greens were clean than the Good Grips’s translucent bowl and colander. It also has a pour spout, ostensibly for draining dirty water with the greens still in the bowl, but we found it coated our greens in the dirt we’d just washed off. Still, the Paderno spinner is easy to use and dried lettuce and herbs about on par with the OXO Good Grips spinner.
The less water you have on your lettuce, the better your vinaigrette will stick.
If you regularly eat salad and you’re not taking advantage of a salad spinner, stop being silly and buy this sooner rather than later. A salad spinner will clean greens better than handwashing (by making sure to actually remove the dirty water, instead of letting it sit on the leaves) and with less mess and hassle. It will also dry your greens more efficiently, and the less water you have on your lettuce, the better your vinaigrette will stick.
If you already have a salad spinner and it’s getting your salad greens clean without too much trouble, there’s no need to upset the status quo. But if you’re using a small or cheap (or both) model, like the IKEA Tokig, consider upgrading. You’ll be able to easily clean more greens at once.
OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner
The OXO Good Grips beats the competition thanks to its pump, making it the easiest salad spinner to use out of the models we tested it against. It also stores better than similarly sized spinners.
After two rounds of tests over two years, the OXO Good Grips is still the best salad spinner we’ve found. Its pump mechanism is easier to use than other models, spinning steadily but not too forcefully. The shape of its bowl, wide base, and nonslip ringed bottom make it sturdy. It has one of the best brake mechanisms we’ve found, and a clear bowl and basket leave an easy view to see whether the greens are truly clean. Storing the Good Grips is a snap, because it has a flat lid and retractable pump. Its well-designed inner basket and two-part lid were also among the easiest to clean of the eight models we tested.
The pump on the OXO Good Grips (pictured) was the easiest spinning mechanism out of the ones we tested. In fact, the Good Grips and OXO’s stainless-steel version were the only spinners we found with a pump worthy of testing.
Flaws but not dealbreakers
There are very few flaws. The only consistent flaw in other editorial reviews is that it’s not particularly easy to store. (And that’s true; salad spinners are bulky.) It’s a large salad spinner––its colander has a 5-quart capacity, and the bowl has a 6-quart capacity––and the lid isn’t completely flat, but it’s the only model we looked at that has a locking pump, making it the easiest to stack overall. But that’s a small drawback we’re willing to deal with in light of its many, many excellent features.
We do wish it spun a little quicker, but as we learned in testing, it still does a great job drying greens and its more restrained RPM means it’s great at drying other things, too.
Last, its push mechanism does take up some room in the bowl, and we wish it could be allocated to whatever you want to put inside. But considering the machine’s large size, it’s not really necessary—the Good Grips is still very, very roomy.
Long-term test notes
We’ve been using the OXO Good Grips spinner for more than a year and have consistently found it to dry lettuce and herbs well. The pump mechanism has continued to work, as has the brake.
Our only complaint is one that would probably plague any salad spinner. The two-part lid and colander can get a little dingy looking over time. Our kitchen editor—who doesn’t have a dishwasher at home—has used this model for three years and she’s found a regular sponge doesn’t really get the gunk off (a brush might help). A run through the dishwasher would likely do a better job than handwashing the lid and colander.
Care and use
The Good Grips is top-rack dishwasher safe; the lid comes apart easily so you can clean it separately. If you don’t have a dishwasher, you may want to use a scrub brush on the colander, as it can collect grime from washing greens over time.
Wrapping it up
We think the OXO Good Grips is the best salad spinner you can buy, bar none. It’s strong enough to expel water from leaves and to dry herbs without ruining them, and should you make a mess, it’s super easy to clean. Our experts says it’s the best salad spinner out there, and we agree.
Sturdy stainless steel frames keep these everyday essentials both looking and working perfectly. Raised bottoms help you quickly rinse and drain everything from fruits, pastas, potatoes and more. Flat rims make them easy to lift. Set of three: 8″, 10″ and 11″ (20-cm, 25-cm and 28-cm) diameters. Dishwasher-safe.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your colander wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of colander
- №1 — Kitchen Gizmo Snap ‘N Strain Strainer
- №2 — Colander – Stainless Steel with Handles – Micro Perforated Fine Mesh Strainer with Solid
- №3 — Colander Set – 2 Collapsible Colanders