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I'm a shopping editor, and this $13 snap-on strainer changed my kitchen life

Updated ·2-min read

When you're short on kitchen space, you become really good at finding the smallest possible versions of everything. For example, my dish rack goes over my sink, my oven doubles as storage for my pots and pans, and my colander clips onto my skillet. Wait, what? Yep, and right now this top-selling invention is on sale for as low as $13 at Amazon (down from $16), so you'll want to hurry and grab one while it's still on sale!

This s not your mother's strainer.
$13 at Amazon

This strainer is made entirely of silicone, which means it can fit virtually any round bowl, pot or pan — even the lipped kind. All you have to do is clip it onto two sides and pour out the extra water, grease, oil or sauce.

two of the pasta strainers in different colors
Meet your new favorite kitchen tool. (Photo: Amazon)

Storage is where this strainer really shines, though: It's approximately a quarter of the size of the average colander, and it's totally flexible (unlike traditional metal or plastic ones). You can even fit it in your cutlery drawer! It's so compact, it leaves practically no footprint in your kitchen: I keep mine behind my sink and pull it out whenever I'm boiling pasta.

Shoppers are absolutely loving this wondrous gizmo: Over 23,000 of them have given it a perfect five-star rating.

the red strainer attached to a pot filled with pasta
At just $13.50, this won't put a 'drain' on your budget. (Sorry. Just....sorry.) (Photo: Amazon)

"This is a better invention than the Pet Rock!" one '70s aficionado exclaimed. "My first use of it was draining fat from beef from a 12-inch pan, and it was so much easier than using the lid or losing burger through the holes of a strainer. ... The natural curve of the strainer adjusted easily to the pan shape. Would repurchase 100 times!"

Another shared: "It works over every pot and pan in our kitchen, and it works well. No more accidentally dumping out your hard-earned meal because your lid slips as you try to drain the pan. Great kitchen device!"

Here's a succinct take: "Really unique concept! Many times I needed three hands to drain spaghetti or other foods in a large pot. With this strainer, I just snap it on the pot and use my remaining two hands to direct the pot. Best invention ever!"

With this low price and a choice of three vibrant colors or basic gray, why not nab some for the cooks in your life? (FYI: The red model is slightly cheaper than the others.)

It lets the water out and keeps your food in! No wonder over 23,000 Amazon shoppers gave it a perfect five-star rating.
$14 at Amazon

If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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