Collapsible Collander

This Collapsible Colander That Folds Down to 1.8 Inches Is a Game-Changer for Small Kitchens

And it’s just $13.
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Storage space (or lack thereof) is a recurring issue for those of us with small kitchens. Food & Wine has covered plenty of storage solutions, from drawer organizers to hanging baskets, all of which are designed to help you take advantage of every inch of counter, drawer, and cabinet space possible. To add to our collection of organization tips, we found a collapsible colander that takes the bulk out of a kitchen tool that's proved itself surprisingly difficult to store. 

The QiMH Collapsible Colander and Strainer is perfect for small kitchens with minimal storage space, since it stands at 5.1 inches tall but collapses to just 1.8 inches tall. When collapsed, it's easy to slip into cabinets or drawers; but it also has openings on the handle that allow you to hang it on a hook.  

White and grey colander
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To buy: $13 at amazon.com

The colander is made from rubber and BPA-free plastic that's heat-resistant up to 302° Fahrenheit, so straining pasta or other ingredients in boiling water is no problem. It's also dishwasher safe, making cleanup a breeze. 

Amazon shoppers love this colander for small kitchens, traveling in RVs, and more. "I did not know what I was missing until I purchased this wonderful colander. It is sturdy, (does not rock) dependable, and such a space saver," one reviewer wrote. 

Another reviewer said this colander is perfect to use with the "limited storage space" in their RV kitchen. "It pops out easily and turns into a perfectly sturdy and good sized colander. When not in use, I just pop it back in and it's thin enough to store within a cooking sheet and not take up any extra space really," they wrote. 

If you're looking for a colander that will provide all the functionality of a larger model without taking up too much space in your kitchen, this pick is for you. The brand also offers several other colander and strainer options, including one that can be conveniently placed over the sink to easily wash fruits and vegetables.