The 15 Best Food Storage Containers of 2022


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Food storage containers might not be the first thing you think to add to your registry, but hear us out: a good food container or set is actually a pretty big deal. The right containers can save you space, cut down on time spent cleaning, help you live a more economically and environmentally sustainable lifestyle, and elevate the look of your kitchen. 

That being said, there are a lot of different food containers out there, and it can be time-consuming to sift through all of the available products, especially if you aren’t exactly sure what you want and need. Are you looking for the perfect dry goods containers to stand out on your countertop? Or an all-purpose set with everything you need for lunches, leftovers, and more? To help, we’ve put together this guide to help you find and select the storage containers that are just right for your household.

Read on for the best food storage containers.

Final Verdict

Rubbermaid Brilliance is the best option for starting from scratch or replacing old, mismatched containers. Ikea’s Pruta containers are the best bargain, especially if you’re always sending guests home with containers of food that you may or may not see again. Joseph Joseph's nesting set is the most space-efficient thing out there, and Prepworks' cake and cupcake carrier is just genius. Finally, iDesign's Crisp Berry Bin is our number one pick for keeping your produce fresh in the fridge. 

What to look for in a food storage container

When in search of food storage containers, there are many things to consider: purpose, price, material, space efficiency. It’s best to have a good idea of what you need before you start looking at all the shiny new toys on the market. 

Purpose

First, what do you plan to use your new containers for? Are you looking for pantry storage for your dry goods? Do you want to cut down on dirty dishes and clean up times by finding containers you can use to bake, freeze, and reheat meals? Is it crucial that your new containers take up as little space as possible? Do you need containers with leak-proof lids for soups or something light and compact for meal prepping and packing lunch? What about a container that will preserve your produce for longer or something elegant to put on display? Answering questions like these is key to narrowing down your search. 

Price 

If you want something sure to last—like thick, sturdy glass containers—or a special use item—like a vacuum-sealed container for coffee beans—be prepared to pay a bit more. It's also a good idea to splurge on a nice set as a registry item. If you’re just looking for an inexpensive way to meal prep or pack lunch you can go with a cheaper, plastic option. 

Material

It’s a good idea to consider what material you want and what its pros and cons are. For instance, glass is heavier and more fragile than plastic, but it can also resist stains and odors better and is oven, freezer, and dishwasher safe. 

Space efficiency 

This may not be an issue for some, but those with smaller kitchens and cabinets should keep in mind that some containers can take up a lot of space. If you’re the latter, make sure you buy containers that nest and stack efficiently. 

Is glass or plastic better for food storage?

It depends on your priorities. Both have several advantages. Plastic is cheaper and can take more abuse. Plastic container sets often nest and tend to take up less space than glass sets.

Glass sets are more likely to chip, crack, and take up space, but they’re more versatile. They’re always dishwasher, freezer, microwave, and oven safe, whereas many plastic containers are not. Because of this, glass makes reheating meals easier and cuts down on cleanup time because you can bake, refrigerate/freeze, and reheat a dish all in the same container. Glass is also much less likely to stain and absorb odors than plastic which means your glass containers will stay in great condition long after you’ve had to replace your plastic containers. 

Do I need airtight food storage containers?

We do recommend airtight storage containers as they keep your food fresher for longer and prevent leaks and spills a bit better. 

Do I need a food storage cabinet? 

Having a food storage cabinet is ideal because it can save you from a cluttered kitchen and protect foods that should be kept out of direct light. However, if you prefer to display your foods in aesthetically pleasing containers, you can always find a shady spot for more delicate items. 

Why Trust Brides?

Mckenzie Eggers is obsessed with organization and is always looking for the best storage options to streamline her life (and her kitchen). Over many years and many moves, she’s tried plastic, glass, collapsible, and nesting containers and has strong opinions on them all. 

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