This serves the need perfectly -- drain the pasta without pouring out the pasta water. The handles are arranged so that they are very easy to flip up for lifting the pasta out of the hot water. The small feet on the bottom enable the strainer to sit in the sink and finish draining -- no need to let it drain into a bowl or pan. It was a little smaller than I expected. It does fit well within my pasta pot with lid. I measure 8-1/8 inches diameter x 5-1/8 inches height.