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The Best Colanders of 2022

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Editor's Choice Product image of OXO Good Grips 5-Quart Stainless-Steel Colander
Best Overall

OXO Good Grips 5-Quart Stainless-Steel Colander

Even drain holes, non-skid feet, and a grippy rim make this colander one of the best you can find. Read More

Pros

  • Easy-grip rim
  • Non-skid feet
  • Even holes and drains well

Cons

  • None that we could find
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Product image of Bellemain Micro-Perforated Stainless Steel 5-Quart Colander

Bellemain Micro-Perforated Stainless Steel 5-Quart Colander

Made of stainless steel, this colander drains easily due to its elevated bottom and even perforations. We like how the handles stay cool, too. Read More

Pros

  • Drains well without clogging
  • Hole size suitable for very small foods, like rice
  • Handles stay cool

Cons

  • None that we could find
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Comfify Collapsible Over The Sink Colander

This spacious over-the-sink colander can hold six quarts at a time. The collapsible silicone design makes it easy to store but difficult to clean. Read More

Pros

  • Collapsible design for easy storage
  • Fits even very wide sinks

Cons

  • Difficult to clean
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Product image of OXO Good Grips 3.5-Quart Silicone Collapsible Colander

OXO Good Grips 3.5-Quart Silicone Collapsible Colander

It's cute, collapsible, and compact, but it also clogs, clings to food, and can't handle a wide variety of kitchen tasks. Read More

Pros

  • Small, collapsible design

Cons

  • Difficult to clean
  • Not ideal for variety of foods
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Product image of Joseph Joseph Square Colander (Medium)

Joseph Joseph Square Colander (Medium)

You might be won over by the minimalist look and nice handle on this colander, but watch out for poor draining and food that slips through its holes. Read More

Pros

  • Minimalist design
  • Nice handle

Cons

  • Drains poorly
  • Holes slightly too large for some foods

You might find yourself overlooking the importance of a good colander—until you can't find one and end up trying to drain a steaming-hot pot of pasta using a cutting board. That's when you'll wish that you had the OXO Good Grips 5-Quart Stainless-Steel Colander (available at Amazon for $32.95) in your corner.

I've underestimated the importance of this tool more than once, and I admit that I own a cheap plastic colander that constantly frustrates me as it allows pasta to pass through its large holes. But with such a massive variety of colanders on the market, upgrading can be confusing! Is there a difference between stainless steel, mesh or enamel? Should you opt for a simple plastic piece or an easy-to-store collapsible one? And what about these over-the-sink models? To put a rest to these questions, I chose seven top-rated colanders from each category and looked into each colander to examine how each one strains pasta, rinses rice, and holds up under boiling water. After tallying the results, I came away with a few recommendations.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

OXO Good Grips 5-Quart Stainless-Steel Colander
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Best Overall
OXO Good Grips 5-Quart Stainless-Steel Colander

The OXO Good Grips 5-Quart Stainless-Steel Colander passed every test we threw at it with flying colors. Covered from rim to base with perfectly sized holes, this stainless steel colander features an easy-to-grip rim and non-skid feet that stayed put as we tossed food into it. It was well-shaped to funnel water out of the perforated sides, and never clogged with pasta or rice. It was also relatively easy to clean. It was the most expensive colander we tested at just under $30 but it also aced all of our tests, earning it our pick for best overall.

Pros

  • Easy-grip rim

  • Non-skid feet

  • Even holes and drains well

Cons

  • None that we could find

Product image of Bellemain Micro-Perforated Stainless Steel 5-Quart Colander
Bellemain Micro-Perforated Stainless Steel 5-Quart Colander

I really enjoyed using the Bellemain Micro-perforated 5-quart Stainless Steel Colander. Its holes were small enough to rinse rice and drain pasta without clogging. And, because the colander is perforated all over and the base keeps it up off of the ground, it drained the water with surprising ease. Like all the stainless steel models, it did heat up when we covered it with boiling water but the sturdy, well-spaced handles remained cool even when the bowl was warm to the touch. Overall, there was a lot to like about this model.

Pros

  • Drains well without clogging

  • Hole size suitable for very small foods, like rice

  • Handles stay cool

Cons

  • None that we could find

Product image of Comfify Collapsible Over The Sink Colander
Comfify Collapsible Over The Sink Colander

If you’re looking for the convenience of an over-the-sink colander, the Comfify 6-quart Over the Sink Collapsible Colander is a great choice. Its adjustable arms were helpful for fitting it to my oversized farmhouse sink. The colander itself was the largest capacity that we tested, making it overkill for a pound of pasta—although it's collapsible design means it can be stored flat. The handles were a little awkward (especially if you pull out the arms) but they’re well-spaced to avoid contact with any lingering steam. My only complaint? The silicone coating made it a bit troublesome to clean.

Pros

  • Collapsible design for easy storage

  • Fits even very wide sinks

Cons

  • Difficult to clean

Product image of OXO Good Grips 3.5-Quart Silicone Collapsible Colander
OXO Good Grips 3.5-Quart Silicone Collapsible Colander

I love that the OXO Good Grips 3.5 Quart Silicone Collapsible Colander collapses to store flat, so I wish that it had tested better. The very small holes were perfect for rinsing rice but they became waterlogged when draining the pasta. I had to shake the colander to drain all the water and then shake it even harder to remove the pasta. Not only did the silicone coating cling to food, it was difficult to clean. While this smaller OXO wasn’t my least favorite, it certainly wasn’t on the top of my list.

Pros

  • Small, collapsible design

Cons

  • Difficult to clean

  • Not ideal for variety of foods

Product image of Joseph Joseph Square Colander (Medium)
Joseph Joseph Square Colander (Medium)

The Joseph Joseph Medium Square Colander is an inexpensive minimalist choice, but it just didn’t perform as well as some of the other colanders. The holes were slightly too large to rinse rice and some of the pasta slipped through them while straining. The square, plastic frame was sturdy enough, but its shape made it awkward to store and a bad fit when placed inside another bowl for reserving strained liquids. I did really like the location of the handle, although it did allow me to shake out hot water without placing my hands over the steam.

Pros

  • Minimalist design

  • Nice handle

Cons

  • Drains poorly

  • Holes slightly too large for some foods

Meet the tester

Lindsay D. Mattison

Lindsay D. Mattison

Professional Chef

@zestandtang

Lindsay D. Mattison is a professional chef, food writer, and amateur gardener. She is currently writing a cookbook that aims to teach home cooks how to write without a recipe.

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