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Calypso Basics 5 Quart powder coated Colander, Turquoise

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Width 11 inches 9 inches 5.25 inches 7.5 inches
Item Package Weight 1.85 pounds 1 pounds 0.85 pounds 0.9 pounds
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Color: Turquoise

The Calypso Basics line in an outstanding selection of colors to brighten any kitchen while using practical kitchen tools. This turquoise powder coated 5 quart colander in the right size for larger gatherings, fruit basket or just as decoration.

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Color:Turquoise
Product Dimensions 11.1 x 11 x 6.5 inches
Item Weight 1.9 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Department Cookware
Manufacturer Reston Lloyd
ASIN B000AZGR3E
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Item model number 88702
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4.1 out of 5 stars 235 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #30,339 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#109 in Kitchen & Dining > Kitchen Utensils & Gadgets > Colanders & Food Strainers > Colanders
Date first available at Amazon.com October 1, 2005

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This is my third colander from this line. I also have:
Calypso Basics, 08703, 1-1/2 Quart powder coated Colander, Marina
(as well as a 1-quart version that is really too small to be useful for anything.)

There's a huge variation on the ratings of these colanders, and it seems to me there's a simple reason for this: You buy a pretty colander like this because you're a little bit silly and you like the color. If you want a colander that's going to last forever, buy a stainless steel colander.

The problem, I think, is heat. You shouldn't put enameled ANYTHING in a dishwasher, for example, because the enamel and the metal expand at different rates, and that leads to chipping. I would think that draining pasta would have less of an effect like this, but it might be similar, depending on how hot the water is. I use mine for rinsing vegetables and things like that, so I've never had the chipping problem. (My first one is now a year and a half old.)

These colanders have also impressed me in that I've dropped them from the place where I hang them (above my head) onto the very hard tile floor with no apparent damage.

So yeah, me, I'm silly and the color makes me happy, so I have these hanging next to a stainless steel colander which is the one I use for more serious things. But when I'm rinsing veggies, I grab these.

Oh, another thing to note: The holes on these are pretty good sized. I like that they drain better than my stainless steel colander. But some have complained that their spaghetti slips through, and yes, the holes are definitely big enough for that to happen.
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Color: Turquoise
The colander is attractive, and if used as a fruit bowl or only occasionally it's probably fine. But using it to cook with on a near-daily basis, it's gotten rusty and the enamel has worn off around many of the holes. The pattern of drainholes is also not 100% ideal (would work better if there were drainholes closer to the bottom on the sides).
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Color: Azure Verified Purchase
This Colander is pretty, and nice if you just want to use it for decoration. However, I bought it to use and it has started rusting at some of the seams. I wash by hand, and dry immediately after. Very disappointed.
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Color: White
Although very charming looking and available in fabulous colors,this colander does not wear well. After about 9 mos of normal family kitchen use, the bottom is rusting out and the paint is peeling off (my stainless steel colander, on the other hand that I've had for 5 plus years, is still going strong with only some minor dents).If you are wanting/expecting to have a colander that will last-this isn't the product for you.
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Color: Turquoise
I really love the size, shape, and weight of the colander. It is also a beautiful color, and it drains well. I do, however, have one complaint. The enamel tends to wear off at points where it is welded and then those spots rust. It happened the second day I had my first one and I had to get a replacement, it is starting to happen with the second one also. Thankfully, it is just at the bottom where no one can really see and I love it otherwise, so I will keep it.
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Color: White Verified Purchase
We built this new house and also decided to upgrade my kitchen utensils. This colander is sturdily built, a good design, and easy to clean. The only down side is that it does take up shelf space because it cannot be nested with anything else because of its enamel surface. A caveat: I've had this for a number of months now and it has started to RUST around the bottom....
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Color: White
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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Color: Azure Verified Purchase
oh it was lovely. but after over 5 months of use, think it is a piece of crap. after using it just a few times to strain pasta, the color started fading in weird streaky patterns. now the color is marbled, blue and lighter blue. the finish is clearly not stable. i only hope i am not poisoning myself, and wonder if i should just throw it out. also, noticed today that the finish is wearing off near the base, and rust is forming. considering i hand wash it and dry it immediately after each use, this is pretty pathetic.
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