Tired of trying to piece together haphazard old storage containers from the back of your kitchen cabinets? Maybe it’s time to upgrade to a new set—you know, one that has all the lids. The investment may pay dividends too. High-quality containers keep food from spoiling, encourages you to cook in bulk, and makes it that much easier to bring your lunch to work instead of buying a $10 salad you don’t really like.
Our favorites are budget-friendly, made in a range of materials, and come in convenient multi-sets sized for a variety of kitchens.
Freezer- And Microwave-Safe
Durable group that won’t be easily stained.
Glass containers are great for food storage: they won’t absorb food odors or stains, and won’t soften in the microwave. These Pyrex containers come in 10, 18, and 24-piece sets, and in a variety of sizes and shapes, both rectangular and round. They’re durable and long-lasting, easy to stack for storage, and are all microwave, dishwasher, preheated oven, and freezer safe.
Built-In Vents Prevent Microwave Splatter
Stackable bundle that’s easy to store.
These storage containers are crystal clear: the super durable plastic known as Tritan looks like glass, but is much more lightweight and shatterproof. These stain-resistant lids and bases keep leaks at bay and prevent air circulation, with security clasps that keep food fresher longer. They stack for storage, and are dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe. They also come with a lifetime warranty.
A Less Permanent Purchase
Durable and lightweight storage with interchangeable tops.
These budget-friendly deli-containers are the secret arsenal of restaurateurs—you’ll find these plastic containers in fridges in any restaurant kitchen, storing herbs or dressings for prep, or used as giant water cups. They work perfectly in your home too: they’re lightweight, stack and store well, and use the same sized lids for any container. These come in sizes of 8oz, 16oz, and 32oz, in a set of 24. They’re microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe, and are made out of durable food-grade, BPA-free plastic.