Buyer’s Guide: Food Storage Containers
For better storage and organization of leftovers and bulk goods, start here with our top recommendations.
To cut back on food waste, have ingredients handy, or store items for later on, high-quality food storage containers are necessary to preserve freshness and nutrients. Keep reading for our roundup of favorite picks among the best food storage container options available.
Our Top Picks
1. BEST OVERALL: Greener Chef Glass Food Storage Containers with Lids
Greener Chef’s glass containers are made entirely without plastic. That means they are non-toxic, BPA-free, and phthalate-free. The containers’ unique bamboo lids are “tip tested” and designed to stay sealed even when turned upside down. Plus, thanks to their heavy-duty borosilicate glass construction, these food storage containers are safe to use in the microwave, freezer, oven and dishwasher. Four different sizes (from 1-1/2 cups to 6-2/5 cups) offer maximum versatility, and the nesting design saves space and makes storage easy.
2. RUNNER-UP: OXO Good Grips 10-Piece POP Container Set
OXO Good Grips 10-Piece POP Container Set includes a series of airtight, stackable units that come in a variety of sizes and shapes, suited to storing beans, coffee, pasta, cereal, and nuts. The lid seals release at the press of a button, and the square and rectangular shapes of the containers fit together snugly to maximize cabinet and countertop space. OXO’s containers are handy for a broad range of organizational needs even beyond the kitchen, including in the playroom or garage.
3. MOST PORTABLE: fullstar Food Storage Containers with Lids
At 35 ounces each (about four cups), fullstar’s meal prep containers are just the right size for packing workweek lunches. Made from ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), a type of BPA-free plastic with a low melting point, these plastic containers don’t break down as easily when subjected to high temperatures, and so meet FDA food safety standards as well as the approval of the European certifying agency LFGB. The locking lids ensure freshness and leak-proof peace of mind when toted in a purse, briefcase, or backpack.
4. BEST FOR BULK GOODS: Wildone Airtight Food Storage Containers
With Wildone’s air- and water-tight containers, bulk goods like cereal and pet kibble stay fresh and organized, thanks to 20 chalkboard labels, a measuring cup, and a marker pen. The containers are made of BPA-free, FDA-approved, food-grade plastic, and the lids lock on four sides, ensuring no spills. Wildone’s sturdy, practical containers are microwave-, freezer-, and dishwasher-safe. Included are four medium (54.1 fluid ounce) and two large (121.8 fluid ounce) containers that stack together.
5. ALSO CONSIDER: Prep Naturals Glass Food Storage Containers with Lids
Each of these affordable and durable glass storage containers boasts two separate compartments—the ideal design for apportioning leftovers. (Note that the lids, made of BPA-free plastic, are dishwasher safe but not, according to the brand, microwave-, oven-, or freezer-safe.) Approved by the FDA and compliant with European food safety standards, the Prep Naturals set gives you ten 24-ounce (three-cup) borosilicate glass containers and ten SmartestLock lids.