1) Progressive Collapsible Over-the-Sink Colander
(For the kitchen that lacks counter space)
UPSIDE Arms slide easily to fit standard sink dimensions; plastic base for stability; dishwasher-safe.
DOWNSIDE White plastic discolors over time.
2) Typhoon Large Retro Colander
(For the cook who likes a pop of color)
UPSIDE Enamel surface wipes clean; comes in three colors.
DOWNSIDE Small foods like rice may slip through drainage holes; enamel-coated feet may scratch surfaces.
3) Orka Silicone 5-quart Colander
(For the kitchen that lacks storage space)
UPSIDE Doubles as a steamer; footed base for stability; dishwasher-safe; heat-resistant to 420 degrees.
DOWNSIDE Small foods like rice may slip through drainage holes.
4) OXO Good Grips Plastic Colander
(For the solo cook on a budget)
UPSIDE Inexpensive; soft, nonslip handles; dishwasher-safe.
DOWNSIDE Small size only holds 1 pound of pasta.
5) Endurance Stainless Steel Precision Pierced 5-quart Colander by RSVP
(For the efficient, multitasking cook)
UPSIDE Doubles as a steamer; dishwasher-safe.
DOWNSIDE Difficult to scrub food out of drainage holes.
USE YOUR COLANDER TO MAKE THIS RECIPE
*Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in February 2009.