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The Best Food-Storage Containers on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

While we’ve written about enamel bowls that keep fruit fresh longer, sleek bento boxes for school and work lunches, reusable food-storage bags, and a bunch of other ecofriendly kitchen products, we’ve gone deep here on the best food-storage containers on Amazon.

Best-rated food-storage containers

These BPA-free, microwavable 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! I wish I had discovered them sooner,” writes one satisfied customer. “I used to live off of those processed frozen TV dinners until about two years ago, when I decided to go vegan and adopt a plant-based, mostly whole-foods diet. In the last two years, I have admittedly missed the convenience of being able to pop a tray in the microwave and have a meal in five minutes, but now I can again (only a healthy, home-cooked version).” Another reviewer writes, “I’ve been using these meal-prep containers for a few months now, and I love them! I’m not sure why, but food just seems to taste better out of them. I LOVE how organized they look in the fridge.”

One compares these plastic container to those from a takeout spot, noting, “Like those, there are no areas to separate your food, so be aware of that prior to purchasing. Otherwise, no leaks, solid seal on lid, universal lids, and containers are all the same size, which is excellent for food preppers. I highly recommend these for anyone who wishes to own microwavable, BPA-free, and dishwasher-safe food-storage containers.”

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.”

And now for some micro-picks for every type of food-storage container you might be looking for.

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

According to hundreds of five-star reviewers, these food-storage containers are all about the stain-resistance. “Perfectly clear, hasn’t stained a single bit, and the inner container surface remains perfectly smooth after microwaving something,” says one reviewer. “Looks really clean and clear, and mine have not stained,” adds another. “I have stored spaghetti in them and other random foods, tossed them in the dishwasher, and I haven’t noticed any stains or discoloration. Been using them for about four to five months now.”

The lids get lots of praise as well. Here, a reviewer writes, “The lids are very secure and don’t slip or pop off. Additionally, they’ll click in to the bottom of other containers — of the same size — in the set so you can find them and securely them easily.”

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 with easy-to-find lids

These food-storage containers have hundreds of satisfied fans who are sick of rooting around in the cabinet for matching lids, like this one, who admits, “I know, ridiculous, it’s just food storage, but it’s really great. Since it all nests together (EASILY) AND the lids connect, it has simplified my container cabinet!” Another reviewer says, “They’re very rugged — I don’t think I’ve ever had to throw one away. They stand up to microwaving, they easily survive multiple trips through the dishwasher, and the lids stay on tightly, even when the occasional container slides out of my refrigerator and bounces off the floor.”

Best food-storage containers in bulk

One self-described “health nut,” who dries fruits and herbs at home and cooks a lot, swears by these medium-size plastic containers: “I love how affordable it was for them all. If you are not looking for variety in sizes, and need bulk plastic fast, I would surely recommend these.” Another reviewer, who is handicapped and likes to bulk cook so to avoid being “on my feet in the kitchen every day,” notes, “These are perfect for the freezer. I haven’t had any problems with them thus far, and they are affordable enough that if I have to throw one away, I don’t feel too badly.” And these containers are versatile. As one reviewer explains, “We cook our ground chuck in bulk and then freeze it. We do the same for big batches of vegetable soup and then freeze in these containers. My favorite is during canning season when we do applesauce, tomatoes, and strawberry jam — just pour in and freeze, simple and easy.”

Best collapsible food-storage container

These BPA-free food-grade silicone containers collapse to a third their original size, a feature that many reviewers love. “First, I really love the way they collapse for easier storage. Very easy to do, and it saves quite a bit of room. It’s even nice when I take my lunch to work to finish and collapse the container so I have a smaller package to carry home, as my lunch sack is soft sided and foldable,” explains one reviewer. Another writes, “LOVE these storage containers! Purchased these for our RV and finally getting rid of some of the bulkier ones we use. These fit great in our drawer and work great for various leftover food items.”

Best glass food-storage container

“Wanting to move away from plastic storage, I have purchased multiple sets of these Pyrex storage sets and used them exclusively for the last few years,” writes one reviewer. “Huge pros are that you can microwave them, freeze them, they are easy to see the contents in the fridge so leftovers don’t get lost (I use removable painter’s tape to label them as well), and I think they look nice enough to set on the table for an evening’s dinner. In fact, I will frequently serve them in the storage container, and then cover and put in the fridge.”

The material is nonporous, so it doesn’t absorb food odors and flavors, a perk noted by another reviewer who also switched from plastic: “I was getting totally annoyed by all the random plastic containers in my cabinets. The lids to the plastic containers would always go missing, the plastic would melt in the microwave with certain foods, and they tend to retain odor of whatever you store in them. I use these mostly for storing leftovers and portioning out meals to bring to work for lunch. The glass is heavy and appears to be durable. The lids are very snug and haven’t leaked at all. I’m considering buying another set.”

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 hundreds 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 pantry

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 pantry

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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