Over the past year, many people have been cooking and eating at home more than before, and that means there are lots of leftovers in the fridge and food in the pantry. While we’ve written about a bunch of items to keep your kitchen (and fridge) more organized — including reusable storage bags, kitchen carts, and everything a recipe developer uses to keep her space tidy — here, we’ve rounded up the best food-storage containers, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
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Best-rated food-storage containers
These food-storage containers have nearly 30,000 five-star reviews, including hundreds of satisfied customers who appreciate that the lids “snap to the bottom of the bowls” and “stack inside each other making storage super convenient,” so one customer says that these containers take up one shelf of cupboard space, whereas their previous set took up three. Another reviewer says these lids have eliminated “lids falling all over the place when I open the cupboard door or looking through a large container for the correct lid,” adding that the containers “seal easily.” Hundreds of other customers vouch for the lids effective seal, and steam vent, which allows food to cool in the fridge or in the microwave. The vents also “make for splatter-free microwaving like spaghetti or meats. They insulate well, keeping stuffing hot and deviled eggs cold on a 45-minute drive to a family dinner,” adds one customer, who has used these containers for years, and describes them as spill proof and long lasting. The word durable is used to describe these containers in over 100 other reviews, including one customer who appreciates that these containers withstand many uses, and come in “a great variety of sizes for the price. Personally I don’t need a ton of gigantic containers, as I sometimes have a small amount of leftovers or sauces and dips that need storing,” she adds.
Best-rated (less expensive) food-storage containers
This affordable storage container receives high praises for its compact size. “I like that the box is compact, but in my opinion it holds a lot (And I am not a small eater),” writes one. Another exclaims, “These are just too cute! I love that they are BPA-free, and dishwasher- and microwave-safe. I’ve been using them for my work lunches for a couple of months. I love the ice pack that comes with it. Everything stacks so nicely.” That accompanying ice pack is another selling point for many reviewers. “Best lunch boxes ever! I throw the cold packs in the freezer, and they’re always frozen by the next morning. I pack my entrée, a sliced apple or some other kind of fruit, and a couple kinds of raw nuts for snacks, and I’m set for the day,” writes one satisfied customer. “They’re sturdy, convenient and I’m glad I found them. I was looking for a bento box, but these are better.”
Best food-storage containers for meal prepping
These single-compartment food-storage containers are hundreds of reviewers’ go-to pick for meal prepping. “These containers are a lifesaver! They save me so much time and money!” writes one satisfied customer who formerly lived off of TV dinners but now uses these “convenient” containers to prep “healthy, home-cooked” meals and pop them in the microwave. “I can just stick my leftovers in the freezer and have a variety of different home-cooked meal options in my freezer all at once,” they add. Another reviewer, who’s been meal-prepping with these containers for a few months now, also says that they freeze well, insisting that “food just seems to taste better out of them. I LOVE how organized they look in the fridge.” Although some reviewers compare them in appearance to takeout containers, one customer says these “are more durable, not to mention I trust these in the microwave and dishwasher,” because they’re BPA-free, and so they are safe to use with both appliances, unlike some plastic containers.
Best leakproof food-storage containers
“I’m pleased with the performance of these glasslike plastic containers. They’re great for meal prep, freezing, and microwaving. Even microwaved tomato sauce doesn’t stain these,” says one satisfied reviewer. “The clip-on lids mean there’s no spilling or leaking despite frequent drops.” The visual appeal of these containers, while being extremely lightweight, gets a lot of top marks from reviewers. “My healthy salad and veggies look so bright and colorful — people often comment on how delicious my lunch looks, and it’s usually just a green salad. The crystal-clear container really makes it look appetizing, and the seal is supertight,” notes one. “I’ve thrown soup in my purse and carried it around all day without worrying. I’ve always preferred glass, but these are so light, nestle so well, are supereasy to clean, and so dripproof that maybe I’m a convert. I immediately purchase another set as soon as I got the first.” Another reviewer confirms, “The seal is very tight and absolutely no spilling or leaking. Another big plus for me is the microwave vents that appear when the latches are opened. I haven’t had them long enough to see if they scratch when eaten out of, but they seem very durable. Great buy!”
Best no-stain plastic food-storage containers
Although some plastic containers are prone to food stains, these food-storage containers are stain-resistant, even against “food that would usually stain containers” including salsa and spaghetti, according to one pleased customer. “I’ve been using for a few months now and they are still crystal clear,” says another customer who appreciates that these containers are dishwasher-safe and that “the lids attach and detach easily and are excellent at preventing leaks.” Another reviewer, who is one of many to point out that the lids are “very sturdy,” adds that “nothing sticks or soaks in after warming something in the microwave. Not even tomato! Stays nice and clear and odor free,” they say, though they do add that while the containers microwave well, the lids are not microwave-safe.
Best stacking food-storage containers
“These are great! Even more so because they stack inside each other, like Russian nesting dolls,” writes one customer. “It’s great for space-saving, which was a major issue we had with our old Tupperware. It made for a pleasant surprise!” Another reviewer is so pleased with these containers they’ve purchased them more than a dozen times: “Just ordered my 14th set. Now refrigerators at our house, cabin, and boat are well organized and have more usable space. Seems like it nearly doubled the capacity of our tiny boat fridge … They stack and stay put even in wavy conditions on the boat.”
These sealable food-storage containers work just as well on land. “I ordered these as airtight containers that I could use to keep pantry moths from invading my house,” writes one reviewer. “They have really been helping, and I love using the ones I don’t store food in my cupboards in for taking lunches to work and whatnot. They are great, leakproof containers. They also make my cabinets look really neat, swapping plastic baggies and twist ties for a sleek stack of containers. Highly recommended!”
Best food-storage containers in bulk
These deli-style Freshware food-storage containers are a great value at less than a dollar per container, and that makes them a great option for those who are tough on their food-storage containers. “Having so many of them at a great price makes microwaving food that may stain them less stressful,” explains one such reviewer. Another reviewer, who says they “don’t know how to cook for ‘small family’ size,” calls these containers a “complete lifesaver for me” and mentioned that they “work equally well in freezers, refrigerators, and microwaves.” And although they’re cheap, these containers are well made. One reviewer even reports using the same set for eight years for everything from “soups, spaghetti sauce, chicken and gravy, baked beans, and a whole lot of other stuff.” They write, “I’ve been using the same 15 to 20 of these over and over, with the rest put in storage, and I have yet to throw any of them away for any reason. They have held up well.”
Best collapsible food-storage container
These Prepworks storage containers collapse down to a third of their original height, which is why one reviewer calls them an “RVers best space-saving friend.” And more than a hundred other reviewers think they’re excellent for keeping in small spaces like trailers and campers. Others prefer to use these while on the go, and they even have the approval of an airline crew member: “I often carry my own food due to my busy day. I found these bowls, and THEY ARE THE BEST! Easy to clean and break down after use to fit in my luggage.” And even though they are easily collapsible, they’re still quite sturdy. “They do not squish down when trying to put the lid on like some of the others, and they hold up very well,” one reviewer writes.
Best glass food-storage container
“My mess of takeout containers and random plasticware is no more. I have this lovely set, and I am never going back to plastic,” starts one review of these Pyrex containers that “look nice in the fridge or freezer, are stackable, I can see the food stored inside, they reheat great, and are pleasant to eat out of straight from the container.” Lots of other reviewers say that this glass is more durable than plastic containers, including one self-proclaimed Pyrex obsessive who says, “None have broken, even between three moves and countless times dropping them.” And others say a perk of owning glass containers is that you can bake with them. As one reviewer sums it up, “These containers are fantastic for leftovers, for baking smaller dishes in the oven, and I can’t see how people function without them. They rinse up clean, don’t stain like plastic, and are super-sturdy.”
Best glass food-storage container with locking lid
The snap-on, airtight lids on this variety pack of containers is a major selling point among thousands of reviewers. One writes, “I love this set so much! I ordered it because I knew that glass is so much better than plastic for storing food. On top of the quality, I love how many differently sized containers the set comes with, and how wonderfully airtight each one is. It’s perfect for making food for the week as well as storing leftovers. Good-bye, Saran Wrap!” Plus, this food-storage set has a variety of different-size containers for different uses. “This set is a great value for what you get, nine varying size containers that have great airtight lids that are easy to use,” raves one reviewer. “I have used them for food storage, warming up food in a microwave and oven, and also use one to keep my freshly ground coffee in the freezer so it stays fresh. ” Another commenter adds, “If you remove all the lids, they nest even better with all of the same shape fitting together. I’m short of space so this is perfect for me. You can stack the lids separately or nest one bowl with lid inside another.They actually take less space than my old mixed plastic bowls.”
Best produce-saver container
The words magic and life-changing regularly appear in reviews of this produce-saving food-storage container. “I wish I would have gotten these sooner,” writes one reviewer. “I am a vegetarian, so I eat a lot of produce, and recently my husband has started eating healthier as well, so we eat even more. I bought strawberries for my children, and then I forgot about them. I found them in the back of the refrigerator almost TWO WEEKS later, and they were still good. It keeps blackberries for a really long time. The lettuce (washed and cut up, even) has lasted close to three weeks.” Here, a reviewer gets into how the containers work: “Each one has a green plastic perforated tray at the base that raises the produce above any liquid that settles on the bottom and allows for air flow. It isn’t very high, and can be kind of a pain when it falls out, but it is effective.” They include good advice: “The best thing you can do to keep your produce safe other than these containers is to get them into the fridge as soon as possible after buying them … These containers are better than the original berry containers, and far better than just loosely wrapping them in the plastic bag they came in and hoping for the best.”
Best food storage containers for kids
If you’re storing food for a child, reviewers agree that these three-compartment food-storage containers will make the job easier. One parent used to waste time at night sorting through containers in order to find the correct ones for packing her kid’s lunches, but now “these boxes are my default. They are easy to open and close tightly. The size is perfect for grade-schoolers. It makes lunch preparations so much easier,” she says, adding that there’s a main storage compartment and room for two smaller sides. Another parent, who admits that she has a cabinet full of lunch containers, says she reaches for these “95 percent of the time” because unlike with most of these containers, her child can unpack them herself. They have “a single easily-opened lid, can be run through the dishwasher, are sturdy and last a looooong time,” she says, adding that the teacher recommended these to all of the attendees at parent’s night. However, nearly 100 adults say these containers fit enough food for a full meal, including one customer who says he’s saved a lot of money on lunch since these inspire him to pack his own. He says, “The containers are a good size for an average lunch,” and the lids “fit snugly but not air tight.” One parent even bought them initially for her kids but has now ended up using them for her and her husband’s lunches as well since they “work GREAT!”
Best food-storage containers for pantries
We’ve written about these OXO food-storage containers on the Strategist before, as recommended by a professional organizer, and hundreds of Amazon reviewers also recommend these for easy kitchen organization. “I wanted to organize my baking cupboard,” writes one such reviewer, who also outlines the criteria behind the review: “I didn’t want to waste counter space with the ‘decorative’ containers. I also didn’t want to waste cupboard space by using round containers. Yet another demand was that the containers would close supertight so bugs couldn’t get in. These checked all those boxes and so many more!” Another reviewer, who describes this container as “wonderful,” uses the four-quart option to store flour: “All-purpose unbleached, whole wheat, bread flour, coconut flour. They hold five pounds just perfect and keep the flour FRESH for months! I also store my sugar. The top is wide enough to easily get your measuring cup in to measure. They keep my cupboards so organized.”
Best food-storage container set for pantries
When in the market for a canister-style food-storage container, this Oggi option is a top choice. “I got these canisters as a gift and I really love them. These are perfect for storing lentils, flours, or anything you wish to keep airtight,” writes one reviewer. “They look pretty in the pantry and make it look orderly and uncluttered. I think the price is good too. So I think it is worth it. I wish I had known about them before I bought my other canisters. That way my pantry would have looked even better.” And they’re not just for human food: These canisters get high praise for pet-supply storage, too. As one reviewer mentions, “It’s pretty sturdy. I’m using it to store dog treats. I like it that it is airtight and the different sizes are good for different treats. The smallest size fits a bag of small treats. The second biggest size fits two bags of teenie Greenies. The largest size is good for any long meat jerky treats.”
Best guacamole keeper
“Rarely do I buy something that delivers 100 percent of what they claim it will. I’m happy to report that the Guac-Lock completely lived up to my expectations,” writes one satisfied guacamole enthusiast. “Truth be told, it works even better than I expected it to. I made a batch of guac a week ago. Two or three times during the week, I unlocked it, dipped a chip or two, and then relocked it. After a week, the guacamole is as fresh as if I made it this morning.” Another reviewer purchased this guacamole keeper for their sister, “who loves guac and is constantly throwing it out because it goes bad after like a minute. She LOVES it! So happy it lives up to the hype!”
Another reviewer notes, “I typically make a batch of guac each week and use it as a snack or as a spread on sandwiches. I also typically throw out 1/3 to 1/2 of the batch because it spoils before we can eat it. Not any more. I estimate the food I’m not wasting will actually pay for the Guac-Lock in about a month.”
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