Yes, life can be a bit of a strain. So when it comes to draining cooking items from the pot all you ask for is that it is strong and it does the job. As for life, it will take care of itself! The aluminum colanders in this section all have evenly distributed holes and sturdy handles and bases that will make straining water, pasta, and other items much easier than the old method of pot and cover. Plus, your hands are one of your greatest assets as a cook, so you should spare them from boiling water! Keep more than one in the kitchen or if you are a neat freak designate your colanders for particular uses, one for pasta, another for rice, and so on!