Best food storage containers

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

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Lakeland 10-piece stack-a-box set

Lakeland storage containers on white background

Best afforable set
Top functions: 
Stackable, airtight, freezer-, microwave- and dishwasher-safe.

As the name suggests these containers stack up 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.


Joseph Joseph 6-piece nest storage

Joseph Joseph storage container nest

Best multipurpose set
Top functions: 
Airtight containers, BPA-free.

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.


OXO Good Grips pop containers

OXO container

Best mechanism
Top functions: 
Airtight seal, pop-up button for easy access.

Stackable containers with a unique pop-up button feature in the lid to make 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 being transportable. 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.


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Buyer's advice

Why buy storage containers? 

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

Which food storage containers 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 in storage containers... 

1. Ease of use/fit for purpose: Containers that are 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 containers that are easy to clean and dishwasher safe, plus stackable, easy-to-store containers.

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

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