The 10 Best Kitchen Canisters

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This wiki has been updated 26 times since it was first published in February of 2018. The right set of canisters can help you organize your kitchen so it's a breeze to find your staples, like coffee, tea, flour, and sugar, at a moment's notice. They seal tightly so as to keep food fresh longer, which is sure to save you money. Our selection features a variety of convenient designs in your choice of durable stainless steel, nonreactive glass, or BPA-free plastic. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Tramontina Gourmet

2. Rubbermaid Brilliance

3. Anchor Hocking Set of 2

Editor's Notes

May 25, 2020:

Whether you’re partial to durable stainless steel, nonreactive glass, BPA-free plastic, or shiny ceramic, our well-rounded list has some sturdy kitchen canisters for you. You’re sure to find one that matches your decor as well as keeps foods protected and fresh. Today we removed the Rubbermaid Zylar which, like the Rubbermaid Modular, have been discontinued. In turn, we added in the popular Rubbermaid Brilliance, which are basically a step up from their red-lidded counterparts, featuring lids that are clear and have vented components. These allow you to use them for microwaving foods with the lids on without any splattering. The two taller containers are good for storing sugar and flour, whereas the smaller components are good for holding things like dried beans and coffee, as well as storing leftovers in the fridge. Unlike many others, these have a leakproof design, and they’re unlikely to break if dropped. In addition to the microwave, they’re safe for placement in the freezer.

In today’s update, the Tramontina Gourmet remains in the top spot, as these four stainless steel containers are as attractive as they are durable, and they’re designed to hold up for many years of use. The borders and knobs are polished to a shiny, mirror-like finish, so you can display them on your countertop proudly. For a vibrant ceramic option that’s good for storing coffee, we added in the Bean Envy Airtight, which comes in your choice of blue, red, gray, or stainless steel, and included is a scoop that attaches conveniently to its side. Gone are the days of your searching through your drawer for your coffee scoop every morning. The airtight lid features a numerical day and month tracker, so you’ll always know how fresh your coffee is. For a set with a charming hammered copper finish, look to the newly added Old Dutch Antique, which have surfaces that resist tarnishing and lids with handles securely bolted on.

If you’re a collector of Le Creuset pieces, you’ll appreciate the handmade Le Creuset Coffee Storage Jar, which is available in red or two shades of blue, with matching pieces sold separately that include a French press and containers for cream and sugar. The coffee jar has a two-quart capacity, has been hand-inspected by French artisans, and is backed by Le Creuset’s lifetime warranty. If you feel nostalgic when you think about the penny candy shops of your youth, you’ll appreciate the Oxo Good Grips Pop, which looks just like the containers you’d see lining the counter filled with candy and other treats. This one is available in three sizes and is great for keeping foods like popcorn, cookies, or pretzels close at hand. If you’re looking for more food storage options, be sure to check out our lists of best plastic food containers and best glass food containers.

Special Honors

Victoria and Albert Tea Caddy This bone china caddy features an intricate design based on a Worcester plate from England’s Royal Collection that was made in 1840, decorated with the cipher of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as well as the Royal Crown. It’s perfect for storing tea or simply for use as a decorative piece. It’s part of a limited-edition production of only 125, and is presented in a handmade gift box with its numbered certificate.

Williams Sonoma Glass Canister Well suited for holding coffee, tea, grains, herbs, or dried fruit, this airtight vessel is designed to keep your ingredients fresh. Its innovative lid can be pressed to the surface of the contents, which completely removes air and locks in freshness. It boasts an attractive pearl finish, a stainless steel and plastic lid with a silicone gasket, and a twin valve system that reduces air volume. When purchased in the medium or large sizes, it includes a stainless steel spoon that stores on the rim.

4. Zeppoli Set

5. Bean Envy Airtight

6. Old Dutch Antique

7. Le Creuset Coffee Storage Jar

8. Oggi Acrylic

9. Home Basics Ceramic

10. Oxo Good Grips Pop

Karen Bennett
Last updated by Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett lives in Chicago with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found practicing yoga or cheering on her kids at soccer games. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English, and her writing has been published in various local newspapers, as well as “The Cheat Sheet,” “Illinois Legal Times,” and “USA Today.” She has also written search engine news page headlines and worked as a product manager for a digital marketing company. Her expertise is in literature, nonfiction, textbooks, home products, kids' games and toys, hardware, teaching accessories, and art materials.

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