Priority Chef Stainless Kitchen Strainer, 3 qt

Last updated date: October 30, 2019

DWYM Score
9.2


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 68 expert reviews, the Priority Chef Priority Chef Stainless Kitchen Strainer, 3 qt placed 4th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note February 7, 2020:
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Expert Summarized Score
9.7
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
459 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The handles making rinsing and straining even easier and mean that you can utilize the hands free draining system when the colander is placed over you sink or on top of a large pot.
- Kitchenistic
July 1, 2019 | Full review
It features a strong base in the shape of a ring providing more stability than other strainers that come with feet. With evergreen and classic stainless steel look it will adorn your kitchen counter and can be used to store fruits and veggies just after you wash them.
- Kitchen Gear Zone
July 8, 2019 | Full review
- No Place Called Home
August 27, 2019 | Full review
It is made of the highest quality Stainless Steel that will never rust and will always provide a hygienic water draining!
- Belua reviews
- Review Meta
What experts didn't like
We advise you not to order this product with any other product as it will be shipped in one box and the other products might cause damage to it.
- Kitchen Gear Zone
July 8, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

PriorityChef Micro Perforated 3 Quart Colander Everyone uses a colander. It is an indispensable kitchen tool that you can use when you want to drain water from pasta noodles or after washing your fruits and veggies. A colander may also be used to stop grease splatters or steam veggies. This tool truly plays an important role as it can help you in a variety of ways in the kitchen. But did you know a colander offers more than just that? You can also use it for straining rice, quinoa, or spices. It’s also a wonderful tool if you want to sift powdered sugar or skim sauces. Ideally you want to have fine mesh in your colander to make it perfect for skimming, straining, or draining. With the fine mesh, you won’t have to worry about the pasta or rice or quinoa from slipping through the holes. But at the same time, you don’t also want to have very tiny holes that will obstruct normal draining. It’s a delicate balance actually. More importantly, you need to have a colander that’s rust-proof and stain-resistant since you’re going to use it on a variety of ingredients and other food stuff, not to mention the possibility of draining hot, boiling water. If you own a colander now but aren’t getting these features or benefits, you are missing out on the full potential for what this kitchen tool is designed for. Here at PriorityChef, we are fully aware our customers’ needs. We know how restricting it can be to work with ineffective or unreliable kitchen tools. We understand how life in the kitchen would be made better, easier, and more convenient if we’re given the right tools. With respect to colanders, we’ve been through many occasions where we have encountered challenges in the kitchen, which could be have remedied if only we have the right draining and straining tool for the job. Having gone through the trouble and inconvenience, we have come up with a wonderful solution for these woes. Looking to sieve frill pasta or spaghetti water? Want to drain water after washing your fruits? Would you like to steam veggies? We offer this amazing kitchen tool. Introducing the PriorityChef Colander. Designed for comfort and convenience, we created the PriorityChef Colander with our customers’ needs and demands in mind. We made sure to address all straining and draining issues with this particular product so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Fabricated using stainless, rust-proof steel, the PriorityChef Colander offers great capacity with multiple uses. You can use it for your tea leaves, rice, quinoa, pasta, ground beef or meat, fruits and veggies, and more. This 3-quart colander features micro-perforated holes, a large stable base, and easy-grip handles. The PriorityChef Colander is very stylish and is intelligently designed for convenience, versatility, and multipurpose use. It’s your all-around partner in the kitchen! Would you like to learn more about our new offering? We invite you to read below for its features and benefits. Quick Draining With Micro Perforations Do you use a colander to drain things as rice, quinoa and pastas? Most colanders on the market today use wider holes in the attempt to drain water quickly when washig or starining your food. Because we believe in delivering maximum convenience to all users, the PriorityChef Colander is designed for quick draining. It's ergonomic and intelligent design offers great convenience. This awesome product features closely spaced, micro perforated holes to ensure quick and effective draining. So whether you’re draining pastas, vegetable, meat, or etc., you don’t need to tilt it to drain the remaining water. You can be sure there won’t be a puddle at its bottom. Highly Versatile and Convenient for Many Uses The PriorityChef Colander is designed for multiple uses, great capacity, and convenience. The 3-quart mesh colander is perfect for all your straining and sieving needs: spaghetti, quinoa, rice, fruits, and veggies. It also features a sturdy and stable ring base that will offer you the stability you need while using it, unlike other 3-legged colanders offered in the market that has a tendency of tipping over. And with its easy-grip handles and large base, you can do just about anything with it. It’s durable and reliable! With it’s stainless steel and classic design, it can even be used as a display bowl for your countertop for fresh fruit and other items. 100% Stainless Steel and Easy to Clean PriorityChef designs kitchen products from the customer’s perspective. With this colander, we understand how rust can discourage many people. This fantastic strainer is made of 100% stainless steel for easy cleaning. We used only the highest quality stainless steel available to ensure hygienic water draining. Ensuring that it will never affect the freshness and taste of your food. Simply set it in the dishwasher for a fast, hygienic, and perfect cleaning. Even without a dishwasher, this colander is so easy to clean—just put it under running water and it will be as good a new, ready to be used again. This colander won’t rust, bend, or break! Do More in the Kitchen with Convenience In our company, we’ve always strived to exceed expectations with our products, and our metal colander was made with the same belief. The PriorityChef colander allows you to do more in the kitchen with ease and comfort. With its large stable base and easy-to-grip handles, this product is designed with your comfort and convenience in mind. This is truly a great partner in the kitchen that is durable, hygienic, and multifunctional. So make your kitchen life easier with this great kitchen accessory! Trust us, it’s truly one of the best colanders in the market. Get yours today! Easy Grip Handles That Double Up As Great Hanging Hooks Sometimes you need things in a hurry. The times when your piping hot rice is ready for straining, you grab the pot and then realise that the strainer is stored somewhere that isn't the most convenient! With out large handles and sleek stainless steel design, hanging our colenader in an easy to get place just became easier. The large handles allow you to grip quickly and firmly, reducing and risk of injury and even more so, stress!

Overall Product Rankings

1. LiveFresh Micro-Perforated Colander, 5 qt
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 10
2. Cuisinart Fine Mesh Strainers, set of 3
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 8
3. Learja Collapsible Colander, set of 2
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 0
4. Priority Chef Stainless Kitchen Strainer, 3 qt
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 5
6. Vremi Mixing Bowl and Colander Set, 13 pc
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 6
7. Bellemain Micro-Perforated Colander, 5 qt
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 14
8. Comfify Collapsible Colander, set of 2
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 8
9. Homwe Large Collapsible Kitchen Colander, set of 3
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 1
10. ExcelSteel Stainless Steel Colander
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 0
11. ExcelSteel Stainless Steel Colander, 5 qt
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 7

An Overview On Colander Sets

Some of us have a favorite kitchen tool for everything. A go-to pot for boiling pasta, a failsafe steamer for rice, a pan that gets our veggies just right every time. But there’s one bit of kitchenware essential for all those dishes: The humble colander.

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If you’ve somehow been straining the water out of your food with a strategically-placed plate up til now, you should know that a colander is a container that’s lined with small holes. They’re generally bowl-shaped and the size of the holes might vary from minuscule mesh to large and decorative, but the purpose of any colander is to allow water or other liquids to drain out of and away from your food.

This simple process of gravity and filtration doesn’t lend itself to a lot of innovation in the design of colanders, but there are definitely some features you’ll want to look for in this heavily-used tool. First of all, the shape. Most colanders are bowl-shaped, though you’ll find some “over-the-sink” models that are wider and might even be shaped like a pan. They have long handles on either side that are meant to let it suspend itself over your sink, straining your food into the drain while you take care of other prep. While this can be great for certain meals, they’re generally not as versatile or easy to pour from.

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The classic bowl shape will generally come with “feet” or a raised base that can vary in height. This lets it sit above the liquid that drains out of it. In that sense, it does the work of draining just as easily as an over-the-sink colander — as long as you’ve got room in the sink.

Both sides can be constructed from a variety of materials. The most common is definitely stainless steel, for obvious reasons. The rust-proof properties of this go-to cookware alloy are invaluable when you’re in contact with lots of food and water. The size and spacing of the holes will vary a lot, but they’ll tend to be around an eighth to sixteenth of an inch. That makes them great for most types of pasta, meat and veggies, but maybe a bit too large for rice or other grains.

Mesh strainers, like the Cuisinart Fine Mesh Strainers, set of 3, are basically woven steel wire with a pinhole-sized space in between. They’re generally used for draining those smaller grains or berries, and mesh strainers will sometimes have longer handles that (along with their lighter weight) make them easier to maneuver around. In most cases, though, this construction doesn’t allow for the raised base that other colanders have. And depending on the construction, mesh colanders might be prone to dents or warping.

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A growing amount of colanders are made of plastic or silicone. There’s a lot of benefits to this type of material, including feather-light weight. Some silicone colanders are even collapsible, making them much easier to store than other types. On the downside, they’re not generally as durable as steel, may melt in boiling water and they won’t drain as quickly since the material doesn’t lend itself to smaller holes with tiny spaces in between.

Some fancier “heirloom” colanders might be covered in enamel or porcelain, with steel or plastic underneath. These will hold heat fairly well, and there’s nothing quite like the look of decorated porcelain. Just make sure you handle them with care: Any chipping of the outer layer will ruin the look and possibly expose the steel underneath to rust.

Whatever type of colander you buy, it’s always worth paying a little more for durability. As we said, it’s one kitchenware tool you’re likely to use for multiple meals a week.

DYWM Fun Fact

Like most simple tools, the colander has more applications than one. When you’re done using your colander to drain your pasta and veggies, you can also use it to:

  • Store your berries. Keeping a colander full of rinsed berries in the fridge helps them stay aerated, reducing the chance of mold.
  • Keep the flies away. Don’t want to share with the wildlife while you’re eating outside? Simply plop a colander upside-down over your dish.
  • Grow a garden. Put some moss into an old colander, fill it with dirt, and voila: You’ve got a great medium for houseplants or herbs to grow in.

The Colander Set Buying Guide

  • Whether you’re going with stainless steel, mesh, plastic or some combination of the above, size matters. If you’re only getting one colander, make sure it’s roughly the size of the largest pot you own. Both the LiveFresh Micro-Perforated Colander and the Bellemain Micro-Perforated Colander, 5 qt can handle up to five quarts, perfect to pair with your biggest pot. That way, you’re covered no matter what dish you make.
  • Of course, big colanders open up a whole storage problem. Collapsible colanders, like the Learja Collapsible Colander, set of 2, are just perfect for campouts or filling out the smaller kitchen cabinets of mobile homes. Some colanders come in sets of more than one, which is ideal for a kitchen tool that you’ll use as much as this one. In those cases, look for colander sets of multiple sizes that nest inside one another, so you don’t give yourself additional storage problems. If those colanders come with a variety of different hole sizes, so much the better.
  • Going with plastic colanders? Take a look at the type of plastic, and whether it’s able to consistently stand up to the heat of boiling water (212° Fahrenheit). Even if it will, you’ll want to also make sure they’re BPA-free. BPA, or bisphenol A, is a chemical used in the construction of polycarbonate plastics, although it’s less common. Which is a good thing, since it can leach into foods that are heated, contributing to a host of health concerns.