Yes, sorta like golf clubs and motorcycles, some choices of kitchen equipment are best for the newcomers to the party. This Chinois is really a modified jelly juice press, as far as I'm concerned. The mesh isn't as dense as those in high-end chinois(es?), which means a) the purees won't be as fine and b) the wire will get dented faster. This may not matter, and if you're not using a chinois now, you're missing out on amazing textures in food; soups that are perfectly smooth, sauces without lumps, and mashed potatoes that are truly food of the gods, even better than those pressed through a ricer. Overall, for up to a third less than the high-end, you'll be very happy with this important kitchen tool.