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RSVP Precision Pierced Stainless-Steel 5-Quart Colander
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- 18/8 Stainless Steel
- 13" x 11" x 5"
- Sold in 3 Qt. or 5 Qt
- Dishwasher safe
- Product sold only in a custom RSVP Color Sleeve
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|Width||11 inches||11.22 inches||6.5 inches||4.45 inches|
|Item Package Weight||0.9 pounds||0.75 pounds||0.02 pounds||0.65 pounds|
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UPDATE, Oct 1, 2010: I've gotten a lot of comments on this review, and yesterday F. Navi mentioned that the OXO Good Grips 5-Quart Stainless-Steel Colander looks like a terrific alternative to the RSVP colander because it has the FEET that I wished for. I haven't purchased it myself, though, but I wanted to include a link for you here. I can already see one drawback to it (for me, anyway) -- I use one of the loop handles on my RSVP colander to hang it on the wall by my sink, and I wouldn't be able to do that with the OXO's rubber grip handles. Ah, well!
Hope this update helps. :)
UPDATE, Nov 30, 2010: A new comment came in from C.J., wishing for more photos. I added three to help illustrate the drainage issue that I originally described. Look for them under the main product image and click to read the captions.
This is the first durable colander I've seen that has incorporated the rapid drain ability of a sieve (the other way around, a self-standing, largish-capacity sieve, is an old idea). While I agree that this is the best small-capacity colander ever, there is room for improvement.
-- Self standing
-- Sufficiently large to handle one pound of dry pasta, cooked
-- Sturdy but light: heavy-gauge stainless steel construction throughout, including handles
-- Fast draining
-- Easy to clean and dishwasher-safe
-- For both safety and comfort, I want bigger loop handles
-- It may be "simply elegant," but it also seems expensive for a basic utensil of this capacity
First, as many have said; Yes, the holes are quite small. It drains fast and well, and you don't lose your orzo through the holes. It is obviously made by stamping a gazillion holes into a piece of stainless steel, and then forming it into the bowl shape, and adding the rim, base, and handles. Oh, excuse me, according to the description, the holes are "precision pierced!"
But, there, in that process lies what I consider a flaw. In stamping out the holes, they use a punch press fitted with a "tool and die" that pushes a gazillion small round pins against a sheet of stainless steel under which is a "bed" with holes to match the pins. It works just like a paper punch, except it punches all the holes at once. So, metal being somewhat malleable, deforms ever so slightly on the top when the punch pushes on it before it gives way and is cut through. Therefore, the top (in this case the inside of the colander) has a nearly microscopic bevel around each hole. That's a very good thing, because it makes the colander extremely smooth on the inside.
BUT, the opposite side of the sheet of stainless steel undergoes exactly the opposite effect. When the little round blank gets pushed out into the die, a microscopic edge is raised all around the hole as the waste piece is pushed through. This means that there is a tiny little sharp raised edge around each hole on the outside of the colander. When you run your hand over it, you can clearly feel it.Read more ›
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I bought this as a recommendation from America's test kitchen. It does not disappoint. The strainer looks and feels quality.Published 6 days ago by Orlando M
My husband bought this but I love it. It cleans so well in the dishwasher without getting corroded or rusting.Published 7 days ago by Paul Anderson
I finally used this last night and it is EXACTLY everything I was looking for: Stainless Steel, not plastic, handles, a base to keep it off the bottom of the sink, small holes so... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Nikki
Sturdy and classy! I bought this because it was a top-reviewed colander on America's Test Kitchen. I've had trouble with other colanders tipping in the sink. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Thrifty Girl
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Works well. No rust. Used daily. So many wholes, no place to collect water so rinsing is optimal.Published 22 days ago by tricitydmbfan
Best colander I've used so far. Forget those made of plastic. Water drains fast and the holes are small enough to hold practically anything within.Published 23 days ago by Francis C. Sanchez