The 10 Best Glass Storage Containers

Updated June 17, 2017 by Ezra Glenn

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We spent 41 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Between leftovers and meal preparation, food storage can quickly become a headache in a busy home. Plastic containers stain easily, are hard to clean, and often contain toxic chemicals. Switch your family's food storage over to glass containers to alleviate some of the hassle. They are much easier to clean, won't retain odors, and many are 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. Popit! 6+6 Set

The Popit! 6+6 Set is made from sturdy borosilicate glass that will last for years of heavy use. It features a combination of smaller receptacles perfect for reducing fridge clutter as well as larger units that are great for storing leftovers in the freezer.
  • lids lock on easily
  • flaps may develop stress cracks
  • material is prone to chipping
Brand Popit!
Model SET-GLASS_6+6
Weight 8.3 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

9. Wean Green Snack Cubes Garden Pack

The Wean Green Snack Cubes Garden Pack is a great choice for anyone looking to make the transition from plastic. You can toss out a few of your old takeout containers as you'll have plenty of space with this new four-piece set.
  • attractive colorful lids
  • bpa- and phthalate-free
  • not safe for use in the oven
Brand Wean Green
Model GL426GP
Weight 1.9 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

8. Anchor Hocking

Each of the four pieces in the Anchor Hocking set has a 1-cup storage capacity that accommodates small portions and leftovers. They are a great size for taking snacks, dips, and more with you on the go so you never find yourself too hungry.
  • oven safe up to 425 degrees
  • indented lids for easy stacking
  • lids tend to split at the edges
Brand Anchor Hocking
Model 82628L11
Weight 2.3 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

7. Snapware Total Solution Set

The Snapware Total Solution Set features four-latch lids that are easy to open and close. It includes four units each of 1-, 2-, and 4-cup sizes, and every piece is completely leakproof and won't stain even with years of continuous use.
  • made in the united states
  • genuine pyrex glass
  • lids may warp over time
Brand Snapware
Model 1122515
Weight 13.9 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

6. MealPrep Premium Set

The environmentally-friendly construction of the MealPrep Premium Set helps you feel good about where you're putting your food while it reduces odors and keeps leftovers fresh. They feature a leakproof silicone gasket locking system to ensure a mess-free experience.
  • 28-ounce size is good for full meals
  • can be stacked without lids
  • a bit expensive for a set of three
Brand MealPrep
Model 72102
Weight 4.5 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

5. 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 3.8 / 5.0

4. Vremi 18 Piece Set

The Vremi 18 Piece Set features nine sturdy vessels in four sizes ranging from 11 to 35 ounces, each with a corresponding color-accented lid. They're freezer and dishwasher safe and can withstand temperatures of up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit in the oven.
  • built-in air vents for microwaving
  • airtight seals prevent oxidation
  • can be hard to snap shut at first
Brand Vremi
Model SYNCHKG114107
Weight 10.7 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

3. Oxo Flip Lock 2-1/2-Quart

The elegant round shape of the Oxo Flip Lock 2-1/2-Quart makes it perfect for countertop display. Its tall design offers plenty of room without taking up too much space in your kitchen, and allows it to comfortably store long pastas.
  • shatter-resistant borosilicate
  • airtight vacuum-sealed closure
  • lid ring doubles as a handle
Brand OXO Good Grips
Model 1268182
Weight 1.6 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

2. Glasslock 18-Piece Assorted Set

The components of the Glasslock 18-Piece Assorted Set are made exclusively from recyclable, natural materials. They are both oven- and microwave-safe, so they're perfect for leftovers or for making meals ahead of time to reheat later.
  • leakproof latching lids
  • affordably priced and well-made
  • fda-approved for industrial use
Brand GlassLock
Model 11363
Weight 11.7 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

1. Pyrex Smart Essentials

The Pyrex Smart Essentials is made of non-porous glass that won't absorb flavors, odors, or colors. The larger bowls are suitable for serving while the smaller ones are perfect for storing and reheating individual meals and snacks.
  • work well as mixing bowls
  • each lid includes a size indicator
  • backed by a 2-year warranty
Brand Pyrex
Model 1086053
Weight 10.5 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 June 17, 2017 by Ezra Glenn

Ezra is a writer, photographer, creative producer, designer, and record label-operator from New York City. He's traveled around the world and ended up back where he started, though he's constantly threatening to leave again.


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