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RSVP Precision Pierced Stainless-Steel 5-Quart Colander
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136 of 146 people found the following review helpful
Color Name: Origin: KoreaItem Package Quantity: 1Verified Purchase
Even though it drains quickly and stuff doesn't get caught in the perforations, there's one thing I wish they would change on this colander. The base is a solid piece of circular metal, so the water that flows out of most of the holes ends up accumulating in the sink instead of going down the drain. (I hope that makes sense the way I've described it.) If you've got a giant sink that lets you place this NEXT to the sink drain instead of on top of it, maybe this won't be a problem for you. But I've got a double sink and the colander pretty much has to perch right above the drain because there's not a lot of room. Not fun when you're pouring out a bunch of hot pasta water! I wish the base had four sturdy FEET instead of a solid circle. When they make it that way, I'll give it five stars. :)

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.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2007
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I purchased this colander after reading a review from Cook's Illustrated and it is everything they said. The great number of very small holes drains everything well but doesn't let any of the item being drained fall through. Very sturdy, easy to clean and well worth the cost.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2008
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Every once in a while, something will come along that represents such a brilliant re-implementation of a basic tool that it makes you wonder why on earth it wasn't done that way in the first place--or at least why it took so long to change. This colander does that for me.

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.

PROS:
-- 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

CONS
-- 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
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97 of 116 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2013
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OK, first let's establish the fact that I am an extremely picky guy. Things that other people find acceptable, annoy me, especially when it comes to quality tools. To start, this is an expensive colander in my book. Therefore, I expected it to be above average. In some ways, maybe it is.

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. When you run your microfiber dish cloth or towel over it, it catches the microfibers and snags them.

For me, it takes away the quality feel of the item, and diminishes its usefulness. It's rough and feels unfinished on the outside, compared to the nice smooth inside. There are manufacturing processes that could either avoid this or minimize it after the fact, so they could ship out a colander that is smooth on both sides, but that would add to the manufacturing cost. So, I'm not happy with the finish. It's cheap and careless. I expected better. It's like they intended to make a good product (which in other respects, it seems to be) and didn't finish the job.

Update 10/24/13 - Well, this morning, I was forced to edit my review after a flurry of cooking activity last night. I used the colander to strain pasta (angel hair, to be exact) and was pleased to see not one escapee. After dishing the pasta I washed and rinsed the colander and set it into the drain board. This morning it is covered by a light layer of rust, yes you read it correctly.... brown, icky rust. Now I own probably 30 "stainless steel" items, that all get washed in a "stainless steel" sink, and NOT ONE of these items has ever developed so much as a spot of rust. Some develop darkening and colorful heat stains, but a little scrubbing with commercially available cleaners quickly restores the luster. So, I have to assume that this is a poor grade of stainless steel, and as such not suitable for daily kitchen use where it is subject to frequent contact with hot, high salinity liquids, such as pasta water and chlorinated sanitizers. The hunt for a better colander continues!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2009
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Cooks Illustrated was right when they chose this colander as their favorite - the small holes keep the food in while letting the liquid out. It's a great size, and a must have in the kitchen. I've gotten rid of my other colanders - I only need this one. Beware, though, it arrived in an unpadded light cardboard 'envelope' and was dented. I was able to knock out the dents, but for the shipping cost, they should use a box.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2012
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Like someone else mentioned, sometimes it's just time to replace 25 yr old kitchen equipment. My old plastic colander had all the issues mentioned; it had feet that slipped into the drain, was not stable and tipped, had exactly 50 1 inch slots, losing about a serving of spaghetti when draining, and water backed up, probably from the pasta now blocking the drain. I usually had to keep one hand on the colander and hold a pot full of water and pasta with the other.

I picked this one based off the Cooks Illus recommendation, after all it needs to last another 25 years. I have none of the issues I had with my old one; its stable, drains quickly, all the pasta stays in the colander, and I just like the all stainless look. I have a std dbl sink found in most homes, and had no issues setting it slightly off center if I wanted to.

A few comments comparing the RSVP and the OXO mentioned several times... I had the opportunity to use that colander at my daughters. It does have feet, they don't slip, but they are very small, putting the true center bottom of that colander almost level with any flat surface the colander is sitting on, or in this case the top of the drain. We had water back up problems with it. We also had about 6 servings of pasta, I usually cook 2 at home. The RSVP colander center bottom sits about 1 inch off a flat surface. IMHO, the water backup issues can be affected by several factors; the clearance of the colander, the drainage itself, the amount of pasta and water, and the speed in which it is dumped into the colander. I, also, am glad I choose this one over the OXO after using it.

DH, who did not see the need for a new colander, blessed it the first time I used it. Apparently, he was annoyed when I made fries and laid several layers of paper towels on the counter top. With this colander, I can drain the soaked potatoes, fry them, line the colander with towels, drain them, fry them again, add more towels and drain them all in this colander without fear of anything melting. Might not be big enough for a lot of servings, but its plenty big enough for 2, and saves dirtying a second pan or the counter.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2011
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I don't know if other people are like this, but I tend to keep using kitchen items that I've had since the 70's just because the thought never occurred to me to replace them (e.g., "Harvest Gold" and "Avocado Green" plastic items). And, while there are some things that I would NOT replace with something from today's market because the quality would not be nearly as good, there are other things that I'm kind of embarrassed to pull out of the cabinets when friends and family are around (e.g., bent, scratched, Teflon-coated cake pans and cookie sheets).

Such was the case with my old, white, plastic colander that I probably got as a bridal shower gift back in 1973. It was on the small side, had holes that were too large, often tipped over while pouring spaghetti and boiling water into it, and didn't always come clean - even when washed in the dishwasher. But I didn't really give it much thought until I happened to see Cook's Illustrated's review on colanders. This RSVP Stainless Steel 5-Quart colander was "Highly Recommended". Something about this colander just caught my eye. It looks expensive. It's sleek design and the shiny stainless steel definitely put my old colander to shame.

I've had it for 6 months now, and realize every time I use it, that it really was a good purchase. It's larger size is more practical - yet it's not so large that I had trouble fitting it into the spot where I stored my old colander. Even though the holes are much smaller than my old colander, because of the design and the number of holes, water drains out several times faster than my old one - and less time holding a heavy pot means less strain on my wrists. It has a solid well-designed base that keeps it from tipping over (although I found that I need to place something (like a table knife) just under one edge of the base so that the water draining out of the colander doesn't rush into the sink drain faster than the drain can handle -- as a previous reviewer (Shelley Ryan) mentioned in her review).

I would like to give it 4.5 stars, taking off 1/2 star because it has to be hand washed, but since half stars are not an option, I will have to go with 4 stars. If it were dishwasher-safe, it would merit 5 stars. I probably would have disregarded the hand wash only suggestion, had Cook's Illustrated not said that washing this colander in a dishwasher will eventually result in the handles becoming loose or falling off. Having had it for a while now, I find that it really isn't as hard to wash as I thought it might be. Even the starchy gunk from pasta washes off pretty easily with a few swishes of a dish cloth or sponge.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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You get a clean, quick drain with this colander
because there are a lot of small holes. So small
pasta sizes like orzo and pastina don't fall through.
You also get a fast drain-especially handy when
you want to drain the pasta and return it
immediately to the pot to be finished in a sauce.

The handle attachments do seem flimsy and at this
price, they ought not to be. But as long as it stays
in one piece, it'll be hanging near my sink.

--Lynn Hoffman, author of New Short Course in Wine,The and
bang BANG: A Novel ISBN 9781601640005
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2010
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Needing a new colander, and based on a cooking magazine review, I purchased a 3 qt. RSVP Precision Pierced Stainless Steel colander. I truly expected it to work the same as the stainless colanders I have been using for the past 40 years. Boy, was I ever wrong! This colander is so far superior at quick drainage and easy cleanup, that I not only purchased the five quart size for myself, I am going to purchase one for my daughter and for each daughter-in-law (or son), despite the cost. Pasta used to get stuck in the holes in my old colanders, making them miserable to clean. Nothing gets stuck in the holes of the RSVP colanders. A quick swiped with soapy water and they are clean. They are so easy to clean that there really is no need to put them in the diswasher. Like others, I wish that the handles were more securely attached, but so far I am extremely pleased with this product. Just make sure that you order the correct RSVP product. There is a less expensive version that is not at all what this one is; it is a fine mesh and does not work the way this one does.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2010
Color Name: Origin: KoreaItem Package Quantity: 1Verified Purchase
First, the product was delivered on-time, however the packaging was not adequate for protection. The upper bowl portion was slightly crushed onto the lower stand, however I was able to pop the unit back in place without damage.

The colander performs very well. I appreciate the smooth stainless steel construction for easy cleaning without cuts or scrapes. The lower stand is also well constructed. Bottom line: I immediately donated my two other plastic colanders.
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