If you make a lot of salads this is such a help. I wash the lettuce in the clear part, then place it in the colander part, put it together and spin. Lettuce is dry almost instantly. I have had this one for at least 20 years and it has held up great. Also works well with leeks or any of the leafy vegetables you want to dry well. Lettuce could also be stored in it but it would take up a lot of room the refrigerator, I prefer a ziploc.