The 10 Best Storage Containers
This wiki has been updated 16 times since it was first published in March of 2018. Fighting clutter is a never-ending battle, as it can seem like as soon as you get one mess sorted out, another two pop up in its place. If you're trying to keep your living space neat and tidy, these storage containers can help tame the piles of junk and bric-a-brac that are taking over your home. And once you get your stuff in order, you'll have an excuse to buy more stuff (Don't do that). When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
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We have looked for a range of storage containers, but it's important to note that a container's stated exterior dimensions may not indicate the amount of storage space inside. Thick plastic, sloped walls, and more can mean smaller interior dimensions than might be expected, so pay close attention if you have specific items you'd like to put in a container. Keep in mind, too, that unlike storage baskets, most have lids, but these containers still may not be entirely sealed against the elements or bugs. In fact, that's why we selected the Iris USA Weathertight. It is appropriate for items that need to stay dry and clean, and as a bonus, it's offered in a range of sizes, so there's one for all needs. The Rubbermaid Commercial Brute comes in a close second when it comes to keeping its contents protected, but it is opaque, so you won't be able to tell at a glance what's inside unless you label it somehow.
If these models are too utilitarian, you might instead consider the Household Essentials Basket, the iwill Create Pro Closet, or the mDesign Bins. Of the three, the former is perhaps the most attractive, but it's also the least sturdy, so you should plan to treat it at least somewhat gently. The mDesign containers are plain but sleek, with a clean, modern feel that works everywhere from the bathroom to the kitchen. Plus, they are a cinch to wash, so if you choose to store food or sunscreen in them — and find yourself with a mess on your hands — they're easy enough to clean up. If you like the look, but need a lid, there's the Sterilite Flip Top. They aren't airtight, but they'll keep everything inside relatively secure, and at a budget-friendly price.
Oxo Good Grips Pop Container Set You may be surprised when you see how much the Oxo Good Grips Pop Container Set costs, but it does have 20 containers of various sizes, so it has all of your food storage needs covered. Each one is airtight, so even coffee and tea will stay fresh within them, and they're BPA-free for your peace of mind. oxo.com
Pelican Protector Transport When nothing less than ultimate security will do, there's the Pelican Protector Transport. These wheeled, exceptionally heavy-duty equipment cases won't let water, dust, or oil inside, nor will they fall victim to rusting or cracking. And, of course, they are lockable. pelican.com
ESD Safe Divider Box If it's electronics you need to store or carry, you may find the Uline ESD Safe Divider Box quite handy, since it lives up to its name with carbon-infused walls that guard against static damage. The interior of each can be arranged to suit items of various sizes, although you'll need to purchase the dividers separately. uline.com