Each segment has its own handle for easy lifting and straining. Also, each segment has three short legs on which to balance when taken out of the pot. This insert is part of the PA+ series, which is an extremely innovative line of products. Each item is constructed of fiberglass, nylon and polyamide. These products are heat-resistant up to 450° Fahrenheit, non-porous, virtually unbreakable, dishwasher-safe and non-stick surface friendly. This is perfect for the chef preparing four different types of pasta at once! Note that each ¼ insert is sold separately.