The 10 Best Plastic Food Containers
This wiki has been updated 17 times since it was first published in December of 2017. Meal-preppers swear by them and leftovers lovers can’t live without them, but even if you don’t fall into one of those categories, a set of quality plastic food containers is sure to come in handy. Some of these options are basic and lightweight, while others are heavy-duty with locks on the lids, and many are conveniently safe for the microwave, freezer, and dishwasher. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
October 23, 2019:
Though they’re similar in size and shape to their glass counterparts, plastic food containers offer a more portable, lightweight design – and their affordable price means you won’t sweat it if someone fails to return one. They seal tightly to prevent leaks and to lock in freshness (and odor), and many are safe for use in the dishwasher, microwave, and freezer. It’s a win-win situation for any meal prepper or anyone who enjoys the convenience of leftovers.
Joining the selection today is the Snapware Total Solution, a set that’s packed with useful features – including a variety of shapes and sizes and a nestable design for tidy, space-saving storage. Not only are they a budget-friendly choice, but they’re also backed by a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects, so it’s really hard to go wrong with this reliable set. (They’re dishwasher safe, but note that the lids need to be placed on the top rack.)
Retaining a top spot on the list is the Zeppoli Set, which are great for storing both solids and liquids, thanks to their convenient, pour-friendly corners. Once they’re sealed shut, they’ll keep freshness in and can be trusted not to leak. Their convenient stackable design means they’ll look neat and tidy on your pantry shelves. This set provides 15 containers in all – and if you don’t need so many, sets are also available with 5 and 10 pieces.
Leaving the list today is the Popit! Little Big Boxes, due to issues with availability.
For safety's sake, be sure to follow manufacturer guidelines as to whether any given plastic container is suitable for use in the microwave.