The best food storage containers as chosen by Mumsnetters
20 February 2020
From packed lunches to leftovers, reheating to freezing, a good food storage container is a hugely versatile staple of any family kitchen. Leak-proof, dishwasher-safe and incredibly useful, here are the containers that Mumsnetters swear by
Sistema KLIP IT Food Storage Containers, £18.41 for pack of 10
Sistema containers are considered a classic – and with good reason. This ten-piece set includes stackable food storage containers that maximise space, making them ideal for smaller kitchens. Each container has a flexible seal that keeps food fresh, whilst the smartly-designed KLIP IT locks keep lids secure. Mumsnetters love the longevity of these containers and the fact that they’re BPA-free is another advantage.
“Sistema. BPA-free; nice designs; not too expensive.”
“Another vote for Sistema. Had some of mine for years and use them daily.”
“I have the Sistema ones too. I use a couple for packed lunches most days and they have lasted several years.”Buy now from Amazon
Glasslock Food Storage Set, £51.86 for 18
This 18-piece set of glass food boxes is ideal if you’re looking for recyclable containers with excellent resilience. Non-toxic, dishwasher-, microwave- and freezer-safe, each box has an easy-to-use, snap-lock airtight seal that keeps your food fresh and intact. Plastic food container staining is a common irritation amongst Mumsnetters (oh, the glamour) but these glass containers are scratch-, stain- and odour-resistant so they're sure to last longer.
“I use Glasslock which is super resilient and closes really well.”Buy now from Amazon
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Esma Food Storage Set, £19.99 for a pack of five
The impressive German brand, Esma, offers a whopping 30-year warranty on this smart food storage set that includes a range of BPA-free containers in various sizes. Hygienic and leak-proof, these containers have even been certified as safe for baby food for complete peace of mind.
“I have now moved on to Emsa containers and won’t look back. They come in plastic or glass but the best bit is the seal is joined to the lid, making it SO easy to clean. A bit more expensive, but worth it in my opinion.”Buy now from Amazon
Joseph Joseph 12-Piece Compact Food Storage Set, £35.29
Funky, attractive and practical, the Joseph Joseph Compact Food Storage Set was designed with ease-of-use in mind. All the containers stack inside one another – including the lids – so they are easily accessible as well and look neat and tidy too. BPA-free and freezer-, microwave- and dishwasher-safe, each container has an airtight lid that’s colour coded, so you can say goodbye to rummaging through the cupboards in search of the right lid
“I like my Joseph Joseph nesting ones, all the containers and lids fit into the largest container so you don't have an avalanche when opening the cupboard.”
“I love the Joseph Joseph nesting ones. They changed my kitchen completely – now we just have the one tub of tubs!”Buy now from Amazon
Ikea PRUTA Food Containers, £4
Coming in at the bargain price of £4 for a 17-piece set, the Ikea PRUTA range is a favourite with Mumsnetters thanks to the range of sizes available and, of course, the very reasonable price tag. Microwave-, freezer- and dishwasher-safe, this set is also BPA-free and empty containers can be stacked on top of one another to save storage space.
“IKEA ones go down to teeny tiny little ones that just fit a biscuit and a few grapes and slip into the pocket of your jeans. Great for snacks and kids' lunches.”Buy now from IKEA
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Addis Clip & Close 1L Plastic Food Container, £15.19 for a pack of four
Ideal for cereal or for neatly storing staple foods such as rice and pasta, this four-piece set of food containers from Addis keeps food fresher for longer. The 1L size means there’s plenty of room for your goods and the airtight seal means there’s no chance of spills. Clear in colour, you can instantly identify what’s being stored and the 10-year guarantee from Addis gives Mumsnetters real peace of mind.
“Addis ones are great. The sizes I find most useful are the 0.6 or 0.7L ones for single portions or a couple of child-size portions, and the 1L is plenty big enough for a couple of adult size portions of stew, chilli or soup.”Buy now from Amazon
Home Planet 2 Compartment Glass Food Container Set, £24.99 for three
This clever set from Home Planet allows you to store different foods within the same container without the risk of contamination or spillage. The No-Mix lid forms a seal with the separator, making these containers perfect for meals such as yoghurt and granola or curry and rice, where you don’t want the components to mix before you’re ready to eat. Made from non-toxic and non-absorbent glass, Mumsnetters love that these containers don’t hold odours or stains.
“I love my Home Planet compartment containers. They’re glass so a little more pricey but definitely worth it. I love that you don’t get those horrible orange stains that you can get with plastic ones.”Buy now from Amazon
Cambridge Bamboo Meal Prep Boxes, £12.99 for three
For the environmentally-conscious, this well-priced set of food storage containers is made from bamboo, reducing the need for plastic whilst providing a stylish food storage solution. Lightweight and durable, the bamboo material is easy to clean in the dishwasher, as well as odour- and stain-resistant.
“We won’t be going back to plastic after using bamboo food containers. Much easier to clean and just as durable.”Buy now from Amazon
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