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.
Best affordable set
Best bits: Stackable, airtight, freezer-, microwave- and dishwasher-safe.
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.
Best leak resistance
Best bits: Transparent, can be stacked inside and on top of each other.
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.
Available from IKEA (£2.75)
Best multipurpose set
Joseph Joseph 6-piece nest storage
Best bits: 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
Best bits: Airtight seal, pop-up button for easy access.
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.
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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.
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