The 10 Best Glass Storage Containers

Updated February 03, 2018 by Misty Alder

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We spent 43 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Plastic food storage containers are the go-to choice for a lot of busy households, but they're hard to clean, stain easily, may warp or melt if they get too hot, and can contain harmful chemicals. Odor and stain-resistant glassware can offer the ideal solution. It comes in various sizes and shapes, including stackable versions, and it's often freezer, microwave, and oven-safe, too. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best glass storage container on Amazon.

10. Kinetic GoGreen Glassworks

Kinetic GoGreen Glassworks reusables are convenient and sturdy enough for daily use, with watertight silicone seals to help maintain the freshness of their contents and prevent messy mishaps in the refrigerator, pantry or to-go box.
  • 18- or 22-piece set
  • 12-month limited warranty
  • no size markings on bowls
Brand Kinetic
Model 55041
Weight 11.2 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

9. Pyrex Simply Store

Pyrex Simply Store assortments come with matching tops in lively shades that create a lovely rainbow effect in your cabinets. They can go from freezer or fridge to oven or microwave, but rapid or frequent temperature changes may cause the lids to deteriorate over time.
  • tight all-around seal
  • great for small storage spaces
  • bit pricey for what you get
Brand Pyrex
Model 1123268
Weight 12.3 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

8. Royal Glass

Durable borosilicate Royal Glass rectangular containers are versatile and practical for chilling or freezing everyday edibles, or keeping them fresh at room temperature. When it's time to eat, remove the top before popping food in the microwave to warm it up.
  • covered by satisfaction guarantee
  • easy-clean rounded corners
  • lids may be damaged by heat
Brand Royal
Model pending
Weight 12.1 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

7. MealPrep 3-Compartment

MealPrep 3-Compartment rectangular dishes are environmentally-friendly and convenient for storing the last bit of each dish left over from dinner, or packing Bento-style meals on the go. Leakproof sealing gaskets keep contents from escaping for less-messy brown-bagging.
  • great choice for portion control
  • can be stacked without tops
  • lids prone to warping and wear
Brand MealPrep
Model pending
Weight 6.1 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

6. Glasslock 18-Piece Assortment

The components of the Glasslock 18-Piece Assortment are made exclusively from recyclable, natural materials. They are both oven- and microwave-safe, so they're perfect for leftovers or for preparing meals ahead of time to reheat later.
  • leakproof latching lids
  • affordably priced and well-made
  • seals prone to detaching from lids
Brand GlassLock
Model 11363
Weight 9.3 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

5. Wean Green Snack Cubes

Wean Green Snack Cubes are a great way to start making the transition from disposable plastic. Stash that takeout you didn't finish in the fridge for later, and portion out individual servings in these handy reusables to be tucked into lunchboxes on busy mornings.
  • attractive colorful lids
  • bpa- and phthalate-free
  • not safe for oven use
Brand Wean Green
Model GL426GP
Weight 1.9 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

4. Rubbermaid Easy Find Set

Each of the eight pieces in the Rubbermaid Easy Find Set nests neatly inside another for compact storage. The varying sizes make finding the right option for your leftovers easy, and the clear lids make it a snap to locate what you're looking for in the fridge.
  • seal well with a single press of lid
  • smooth edge-free interiors
  • may crack with severe shifts in temp
Brand Rubbermaid
Model 2856008
Weight 6.4 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

3. Pyrex Smart Essentials Mixing Bowls

Pyrex Smart Essentials Mixing Bowls are made of nonporous materials that won't absorb funky flavors, smells or colors. The larger sizes are ideal for keeping family-friendly meals fresh, while the smaller ones are perfect for holding snacks and individual servings.
  • smooth-lipped edges
  • fit nicely inside each other
  • heavy-duty and break-resistant
Brand Pyrex
Model 1123266
Weight 10.6 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Anchor Hocking Round Canisters

Great for keeping dry goods from going stale, Anchor Hocking Round Canisters make it easy to store pastas, coffee beans and other items close at hand. These eye-catching, airtight jars come in an array of sizes and have hinged lids with silicone seals.
  • powerful clamp tops
  • can also be used for liquids
  • easy to view contents
Brand Anchor Hocking
Model 27479H
Weight 7.3 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

1. Snapware Total Solution Set

The Snapware Total Solution Set features four-latch lids that are easy to open and close. It includes four stackable units each of 1-, 2-, and 4-cup sizes, and every piece is completely spill-proof and stain-resistant for years of continuous use.
  • superb for going in the oven
  • tightly fastening covers
  • attractive enough for serving
Brand Snapware
Model 1122515
Weight 17.4 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

A Brief History Of Glass

Mankind first began to make glass sometime in the third millennium before the Common Era. Archeological evidence points to craftsman in regions now falling within the borders of Syria, Egypt, and several other nearby countries. Early glass (and indeed many types of glass made throughout human history) was made in much the same way naturally forming volcanic glass is created: by the super heating and then rapid cooling of compounds with a high silica content, an example of which is basic sand.

Glass was initially formed into beads and small objects likely used for decorative and ornamental purposes and for trade. True mastery over the creation of and control over glassmaking and glass craftsmanship would not commence for more than a thousand years after its method of creation was devised. By the middle of the second millennium BCE, however, glass was becoming less and less of a rarity, and was more often used to create objects used not just for decoration or devotion, but for everyday life.

Glassmaking was common in Ancient Rome, with the modern word for glass even descending from the Latin word glesum. By the early centuries of the Common Era, artisans were making elaborate and ornate artifacts out of glass in many parts of the world. Delicate drinking glasses and finely crafter vases were being made across much of Asia, while in other parts of the world the usefulness of glass as a building material had been fully embraced.

Excavations of early Medieval buildings across much of Europe show extensive use of glass for windows, and by around the year 1000, the glass used in windows was not merely chosen for translucence, but also for aesthetics. Churches from the late Anglo-Saxon and early Norman years had windows outfitted with elegant stained glass.

By the 13th Century, craftsman were making simple sheets of glass suitable for use in small windows. Blown plates of glass would be common by the early 1600s, and then in the 19th Century glassmaking technology lurched dramatically forward. That century saw the advent of tempered glass, which resists shattering and heat distortion, rolled glass, which can feature patterns and texture, and an early forerunner of safety glass, too.

Today, the medium is used for everything from windows to fiber optic cables to furniture. And glass is having a moment of elevated popularity with health and wellness conscious consumers turning away from plastics for use in food storage containers. Inherently free of many of the potentially harmful chemicals found in plastics, including BPA (or Bisphenol A), glass is a great choice for food storage, transport, and even for cooking.

Choosing The Right Glass Storage Containers

First, a few words on why glass storage containers are superior to other food storage options. As mentioned above, glass imparts no harmful chemicals or compounds into your foods. Glass also neither imparts nor absorbs unpleasant odors, tastes, or colors, so your foods will have their flavor profile unblemished, and your glass containers will remain taste and scent neutral, provided you clean them well. And cleaning most glass storage containers is easy as almost all of them can be tossed in the dishwasher, and they stand up to rugged scrubbing when needed.

Unlike any plastic food storage containers, many glass options are also both freezer and oven safe, and most are microwave safe as well. That means easy reheating of leftovers or long term storage of frozen foods. Many glass containers also make excellent servicing dishes -- for everything from a dip or sauce to a main course, depending on their size -- which can simplify food service.

There are so many different sets of glass storage containers available, it can be hard to know where to start your consideration process. So instead of first looking at sets of glassware, first look at the leftover foods you and your family regularly end up with, and/or at the types of snacks, fruits, and vegetables you like to have on hand. It will be easier to envision (or write out) all the types of foods you would like to be able to store well and then to see which set (or sets) of glass storage containers will work best for you.

If you're mainly looking for leftover storage, then choose a set with a few larger containers. If you're selecting a set intended to help you prep and sort snacks or lunches, then a set with many sizes of containers and varied colors of tops is a fine idea.

Easy Make Ahead Meal Ideas

One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is the gift of time. And one of the best ways to do that is to cook large batches of foods that can be frozen for later reheating and enjoyment with minimal work.

If you have a set of glass storage containers that are both freezer, microwave, and oven safe, then you are already well on your way to easy, delicious, nutritious meals that require minimal prep time when it's time to eat.

While perhaps the easiest "freezer meals" are large batches of soups or stews portioned out into individual sizes of glass container for later microwave heating, there are many more options at your disposal. (Which is not to say that soups and stews aren't tasty and healthy.) Homemade lasagna can be frozen and stored for weeks or even several months, and then tossed into the oven for a "fresh" taste after its re-baking.

So too can many casseroles, Mexican classics like enchiladas, and of course timeless favorites like potpies all be frozen for extended periods of time in your glass containers and then cooked to perfection and served right out of the same unit.

Just make sure to allow foods to thaw and their containers to warm before you begin to cook them in a hot oven or microwave, and to make sure they have cooled to at or near room temperature before you place them in the oven; otherwise, you run the risk of your glass container cracking or even shattering dramatically with the rapid temperature change.

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Last updated on February 03, 2018 by Misty Alder

Born and raised in the American Deep South, Misty's career in elder care took a sharp left turn when she was swept away to the land of Robinhood by her very own Merry Man. She's a coffee-swilling master of stitch-witchery with a magical touch in the kitchen and a never-ending stream of Disney gag reels playing in her head.

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