The best food containers for leftovers and meal prep

Be prepared for storing (and carrying) anything.

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What're you going to do with all that food?Rachel Park v

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 multisets sized for a variety of kitchens.

Pyrex Simply Store Glass Container Set

Pyrex Simply Store Glass Container Set

Durable glass containers that won’t be easily stained.Amazon

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.

Rubbermaid Brilliance Leak Proof Food Storage Containers

Rubbermaid Brilliance Leak Proof Food Storage Containers

Airtight lids.Amazon

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.

DuraHome Food Storage Containers with Lids

DuraHome Food Storage Containers with Lids

Durable lightweight containers with interchangeable lids.Amazon

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, dishwashe, and freezer safe, and are made out of durable food-grade, BPA-free plastic.