It has a handle with a loop on top for easy transportation. The base and handle are constructed of stainless steel. The set is ideal for cane sugar, brown sugar and raisins for serving with oatmeal or for condiments such as ketchup, mustard and relish. It is of professional quality and great for use at restaurants and buffets. Melamine looks just like porcelain, is extremely resistant to breakage and has a glossy finish. Melamine is dishwasher-safe, suitable for refrigerators and freezers and resistant from -58° Fahrenheit to 212° Fahrenheit. It will never absorb odors or flavors.