These $11 kitchen sink strainers are my no.1 cleaning hack as a new homeowner

Fengbao 2PCS Kitchen Sink Strainer & Bathroom Drain Strainer. Image via Amazon.
Fengbao 2PCS Kitchen Sink Strainer & Bathroom Drain Strainer. Image via Amazon.

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I have a little confession to make: most days, I'd rather chew glass than clean out a clogged kitchen sink. Following an informal poll among my colleagues, it appears as if I'm not the only one either.

If you're also looking to make the sink-cleaning experience just a little bit easier, then I'm here to share my latest Amazon Canada must-have. I recently moved into a new home, and one of the first purchases I made was to upgrade the standard builder-grade kitchen drain stopper for a set of sink strainers.

These strainers have been a life-saver for catching even the tiniest food scraps, helping to prevent clogged drains. This two-piece set is also on sale for 27 per cent off, making it the ideal time to stock up.

Save 27%: Fengbao 2PCS Kitchen Sink Strainer & Bathroom Drain Strainer

Fengbao 2PCS Kitchen Sink Strainer & Bathroom Drain Strainer. Image via Amazon.
Fengbao 2PCS Kitchen Sink Strainer & Bathroom Drain Strainer. Image via Amazon.

$11 $15 at Amazon

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The details

Unlike most standard kitchen drain stops, these strainers have a fine perforated construction instead of the slits that can allow food particles to build up and clog your sink.

According to the product description, these strainers have 2 mm diameter micro-perforations that "efficiently prevent even the smallest food particles from going through" — simply dump the mess into the trash and given them a quick rinse before replacing them in the sink.

This set of two strainer baskets fits into most drains, and are made from corrosion-free stainless steel. Use them in the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room to prevent blocked drains.

My Fengbao Kitchen Sink Strainer in action (I'll spare any images of it filled with food debris).
My Fengbao Kitchen Sink Strainer in action (I'll spare any images of it filled with food debris).

'High quality kitchen sink strainer'

These sink strainers have earned a 4.7-star average rating from more than 35,000 customer reviews, which was enough to convince me to make my purchase. Shoppers have called them a "high quality kitchen sink strainer" that works well and offers "great value for money."

"These drain catchers are awesome!" shared one reviewer, who called them "a perfect fit" for their kitchen sinks. "They catch everything except coffee grounds," they added.

Another noted that "the strainer holes are small," which makes them "very easy to clean" compared to similar items made with a mesh filter.

Fengbao 2PCS Kitchen Sink Strainer & Bathroom Drain Strainer. Image via Amazon.
Fengbao 2PCS Kitchen Sink Strainer & Bathroom Drain Strainer. Image via Amazon.

$11 $15 at Amazon

'You can’t go wrong with this sink strainer'

While some sink strainers allow for food to pass through, the micro perforations on the Fengbao set works to trap the smallest particles — even "grains of cooked rice."

Amazon shoppers have said that "you can't go wrong" with these strainers, and I'd have to agree. The only issue that may come up is if your sink drain happens to be different from the standard size, as this strainer has a 4.5-inch diameter.

Some other reviewers have also found that it "moves around when water is running," and wished that it was a "little heavier" to help better stay in place.

Final thoughts

From someone who loathes touching the wet food debris that can pile up in the sink, this strainer set has been a total game-changer.

The wide rim makes it easy to remove this strainer from the sink without having to touch the food that's been trapped. It's also an affordable upgrade for any kitchen — just be sure to double check your sink's measurements to make sure that this sink strainer will fit your space.

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

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