Colanders are perforated bowl-shaped containers that drain water from pasta and cooked veggies -- and more: They're handy for rinsing fruit and make an airy storage bin for potatoes and onions. They have handles and a base (or feet) and are usually constructed of metal or plastic.
What to Look For
You'll want a colander with a 4- or 5-quart capacity, big enough to hold a pound of cooked pasta when you drain and shake it. Pick one that has large holes or slots for the quickest draining, a sturdy base (to prevent tipping), and large handles (for a better grip).