We have a lot of colanders in my kitchen. We started out with a basic bowl-shaped colander. It works fine, but it takes up a lot of space in the dishwasher, so when we use it, we usually hand-wash it.
Then my mother-in-law gave us a mesh basket colander with adjustable handles that rest on the edge of the kitchen sink and hold the basket above the sink. Kind of a cool feature, and this one actually fits nicely in the dishwasher. But pasta gets stuck on the sides of the basket and can be a pain to get out.
And when both of these colanders are not in use, they take up lots of space in the kitchen cabinets. Very awkward to store!
So we also have a smaller colander that is not a bowl or a basket. It just sits on top of the pot you're using, which is really handy! It works best on pots with two handles, but I've managed to make it work with saucepans. Only problem is that it's not dishwasher-safe, so it does add to our hand-washing load whenever we use it. At least it's small enough for storage!
But I think I've found the best of all worlds with the Good Cooking Collapsible Silicone Colander. I received this colander for free to try out and review, and I was really impressed.
Is it dishwasher-safe? Yes!
Is it easy to store? Yes! It folds down into a thin little slice when not in use. And then when you do use it, just pop it open! It maintains its shape when in use.
This colander is made of food-grade silicone and stainless steel. It's also 100-percent BPA-free.
I like having this colander in my arsenal. At 9.5 inches in diameter, it's big enough to hold and drain our pasta, it fits easily into our dishwasher without taking up precious dish space, and it stores easily, too. Plus, it's a fun color!
If you're looking for a new colander and a way to add some pop to your kitchen, then I would recommend this one. It's available at amazon.com and scsdirectinc.com for just $24.99. Might make a nice housewarming present or wedding shower present, too.