Stainless steelStainless steel is the conventional colander material because it manages to be both lightweight and durable at the same time. LiveFresh Stainless Steel Perforated Colander $24 at AmazonPlasticTough BPA-free plastic is a great alternative if you're looking for the best colander to use with kids. These can get dropped and banged around, and also won't get as hot to the touch as their stainless steel counterparts. You can find this style of colander in a variety of different materials, but I like standard stainless steel for durability, and collapsible, dishwasher-safe plastic for easy storage. That means you can easily add pasta water into sauces, or use produce-rinsing water to water plants.