On test: Tupperware sets

Airtight, durable food storage containers are a practical investment - they can be used for storing dry goods in your cupboard, or transporting soups and salads in packed lunches.

Why buy? 

Ideal storage for food, leftovers and packed lunches, a multi-purpose Tupperware container is an extremely useful and practical piece of kit. 

What should I buy? 

Multi-purpose containers that are strong, light, leak-resistant, ideally airtight, compact, easy to clean and easy to store. A variety of shapes and sizes will come in handy.

What we looked for... 

1. Ease of use/fit for purpose: Tupperware that is easy to open and close with a tight fitting lid, preventing leakage. 

2. Versatility: Is it microwavable, and freezer safe?

3. Cleaning and storage: We were looking for Tupperware that was easy to clean and dishwasher safe, plus stackable, easy to store containers.

4. Durability: Sturdy Tupperware made from a long lasting material, suitable for multiple uses.

1. An affordable set of 10 boxes

LakelandLakeland 10-piece stack-a box set

As the name suggests these containers stack on top of each other for easy storage, but as the base does not sit snugly inside the lid of the box below, they can topple over if nudged.  The boxes are microwave-, freezer- and dishwasher-safe with lids that are easy to remove and replace. These containers are not leak-resistant so would only be recommended for use as a storage solution for solid food. 

Key features: Stackable, airtight, freezer-, microwave- and dishwasher-safe.

£11.29, from Lakeland

2. Affordable and leak-resistant

IKEA setIKEA JÄMKA 4-piece round and oval food containers

The lid was a little tricky to take off and replace, however, these containers are leak-resistant and could be used to transport a liquid lunch or dressed salad.  The base material is a thick solid plastic and should keep contents safe from damage.  The plastic also cleaned up very well with no residue left.  This set is versatile, microwave- (apart from lid), freezer- and dishwasher- safe.  An affordable, simple Tupperware option for transporting meals and food storage.

Key features: Transparent, can be stacked inside and on top of each other.

£2.75, from IKEA

3. Multipurpose, compact and attractive

Joseph JosephJoseph Joseph 6-piece nest storage, various sizes

These are attractive, bright and compact containers that fit inside each other in a neat nest. The containers are airtight, leak-resistant, freezer-, microwave- and dishwasher- safe and made from a strong plastic that feels very sturdy and durable.  They also have large easy-pull tabs on two corners of the lid to make lid removal easy and a good range of sizes, from a tiny snack pot to one that would accommodate a loaf cake or stack of baked goodies.  Multiple containers can be used to separate food as the smaller tubs will fit inside the larger ones - ideal for children’s lunches.

Key features: Airtight containers, BPA-free.

£40 from Joseph Joseph

4. Affordable and stackable

WilkoWilko 4-piece multi-coloured storage boxes

These tubes stack neatly on top of each other for easy storage.  It does take some tugging to remove the lid but when replacing, it pops back on with a reassuring click.  However, the containers are not leak-resistant so they would not be appropriate for transporting a dressed salad or soup. We microwaved a liquid to boiling point with no problem but the packaging does not state whether the containers are microwave-safe so we can’t guarantee that the food was not tainted by the plastic. It also doesn’t state if it’s dishwasher-safe. The material is reasonably sturdy and what you would expect from a £4 set. This is Tupperware at its most basic and can be used as a simple storage option for solid food, or to store items in the fridge or cupboard. 

Key features: Stackable containers with cliptop lids.

£4, from Wilko

5. Quick and simple opening/closing

OXO setOXO good grips 4-piece set

Stackable containers with a unique pop-up button feature in the lid that makes opening and closing the lid very quick and simple.  The containers are leak-resistant so could be used for safely storing a liquid and the edges are moulded to allow for easy pouring.  The style of this collection is suited more to a storage solution for the kitchen rather than transportable Tupperware.  They are freezer safe, although OXO warn that extreme temperature changes may cause the container lid to lift due to changes in air pressure. The containers are not recommended for microwave use and only the silicone gasket is dishwasher safe all other parts should be hand washed.  Full cleaning instructions are supplied to disassemble the lid for thorough cleaning which is quite fiddly.

Key features: Airtight seal, pop-up button for easy access.

Individually priced, from £9.25-£13.25 from Divertimenti

We'd love to hear your product recommendations too - do you swear by a particular Tupperware set? 

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