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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2007
This product looks nice, but was quick to rust around the bottom. I still use, but it will soon be retired to the garage to be used as a planter or something. Not sure I'd purchase again.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2008
I've had this for quite some time and it has held up very well. As the title states, this is (as with most enamel kitchen items) ENAMEL ON STEEL. I treat it exactly as I do my enamel tea kettle - hand washing only and wiping dry after each use. Enamel does take a little extra care but ours gets a LOT of use, and is more than worth it. This is so convenient, especially after using the plastic colanders (with no raised base) that sit flat in the sink and soak in the very water being drained. The price is impossible to beat, as well. When this is sitting on the counter top, it's also a practical way to display non-refrigerated fruit or vegetables!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
As others have noted, water eventually gets under the paint and rusts the metal, which is both unattractive and perhaps unsafe once the paint starts to peel. That said, we did get many years of good service from ours. But it's headed for the trash bin, to be replaced by one made of stainless steel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2011
Don't bother, unless you are planning to replace it yearly. Rust quickly forms. I bought it for my wife because she liked the look, but we should have chosen a stainless steel colander.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2008
We bought this colander and after about two years, rust was evident at the edges and under the enamel. Which of course makes it unusable for food preparation. Not recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2014
After using this for six months to strain pasta, the hot water took off the yellow enamel coating. This item should be able to handle heat better. Would not buy again.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2007
This is painted metal, not enamel. As mentioned in another review, the paint starts to bubble and chip off with very mild wear. With all the worry about lead lately, I worry about using this painted (not enamel) cookware item.
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I had purchased this lovely colander in August of 2012. I could not resist the color, despite some rather negative reviews. I wish I made note of when the first signs of damage occurred but I did not. However, today, January 15, 2014, I decided it was time to look for a replacement. The first damage I noted was that the bottom of the base developed large patches of an orangy color which I attributed to rust. Today I could not help noticing a large amount of the covering peeling away in the center of the colander and so I decided it was time to replace it with a plastic one that would not rust. I paid just under $24 and I still figure it was worth it as the yellow color was very lovely in my stainless-steel sink. What I will purchase next is a large, plastic one of either purple or orange color which will look just as lovely but without the disadvantages of a metal structure. I gave it three stars because I rated it as average in performance and longevity, and still consider it a good purchase, even if it did not last as long as I had hoped it would.
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on August 1, 2015
I loved this colander when I received it- But then just after a few months, numerous cracks in the paint occurred (with handwashing and good care). The cracks turned into flakes that get into our food. Under the flakes is all rusted- I couldn't believe it!!! I still can't as it seems like the paint is think and should be fine, especially in the short term.
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on August 13, 2014
Rusts very easily. We are admit about washing and drying immediately, yet this colander has easily rusted on the bottom strain. We also have the 5 quart colander from Calypso and the same happened. Expensive colander if you have to constantly replace.
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