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Save precious kitchen space with this 4-in-1 mixing bowl, colander and grater

My boyfriend hates stuff, which is funny (at least to me), because as a shopping editor, I have a lot of it. I've learned that the key to keeping things from feeling overwhelming in our home is to keep organized, purge often and buy things that have more than one function. On the latter point, I'm a big fan of this 4-in-1 Colander with Mixing Bowl Set. It save's precious kitchen space, to be sure, but it's also incredibly useful and, well, just smart.

Yeah, it says "4-in-1," but by my count it's a mixing bowl, colander, cheese grater, veggie slicer, produce washer and storage container.

And I'm not the only one who got more than they bargained for. "This is one of those multipurpose items that actually works better than I expected," said one Amazon fan.

$30 at Amazon

The 4-in-1 Colander with Mixing Bowl Set is a mixing bowl with a detachable, stainless steel colander that swivels to keep food horizontal, even as you drain water out. How cool is that? That makes for an elegant, easy way to soak and wash produce, rinse rice, drain pasta and more.

Then there's its genius lid. The center is designed to be removed and replaced with one of the three included graters. Use it for cheese for pasta, or to slice and shred veggies — whatever you're prepping will fall straight into the bowl — no spills, splashes or countertop wipe-down necessary! Post-meal, you can pop the solid center of the lid back on to cover your leftovers and store them in the fridge.

Cleanup's a breeze, too. The bowl, lid and colander are all dishwasher-safe. Yes, the graters need to be hand-washed to keep them sharp, but soaking them for a bit in some soapy water should do the trick.

All in all, while it can tackle any number of tasks, this thing is a salad-lover's dream. I mean, you can rinse lettuce, slice veggie toppings and mix it all together all in one vessel, creating minimal mess.

This mixing bowl can replace up to four items in your kitchen! No wonder TikTokers love it. (Amazon)
Tired of the constant "strain" of countertop chaos? We're "bowl"-ed over by how this thing does such a "grate" job of replacing up to four items in your kitchen! No wonder TikTokers love it. (Amazon)

I first saw this 4-in-1 multitasker on TikTok, where it went viral. Since then, it's been such a big hit that it's kept selling out. But now it's back in stock on Amazon and you can score one for just $30.

"Was I influenced to buy this? Yes. Was it completely worth it? Absolutely," testified one Amazon shopper. "I used to be too lazy to wash vegetables and fruit, but along with some veggie wash, this basket made it super quick and easy. I like that it also has a cover, so I can be even lazier and put the whole thing in the fridge."

"I love this! It serves so many purposes!" said this enthusiast. "You can grate/shredded/slice etc. right on the lid, and no mess! It all falls right into the bowl! You can rinse your fruit and veggies or just use the bowl. I love it so much I bought my daughter one!"

"It’s one of those kitchen items that you didn’t know you needed until you have it," gushed a five-star fan. "It really makes soaking fruits and vegetables easy! I find myself reaching for this bowl for a lot of different purposes."

Need to bring some efficiency and ingenuity to your kitchen? This jack of many trades will save room in your cabinets and keep your countertop clean while you meal-prep and cook. It might even win over your "stuff"-averse partner...

The bowl comes in six colors: beige, green, pink, black, blue and dark gray. But heads up, the price may vary a bit based on the color you choose.

$30 at Amazon

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