The Best Dry Food Storage Containers After over 15 hours of research and testing, we think Rubbermaid’s Premium Modular Canisters are the best dry storage containers. The containers are sturdy, the lids are airtight and interchangeable across multiple sizes, and a narrow design allows the containers to stack nicely. You can buy them individually or as a set, and they’re less expensive than some of the far-more-fragile models we tried.After over 15 hours of research and testing, we think Rubbermaid’s Premium Modular Canisters are the best dry storage containers. The containers are sturdy, the lids are airtight and interchangeable across multiple sizes, and a narrow design allows the containers to stack nicely. You can buy them individually or as a set, and they’re less expensive than some of the far-more-fragile models we tried.Pack away leftovers, throw them in your purse or bag, and don’t worry about spills or leaks with these round airtight stainless steel storage containers. Their sleek, retro looks put your takeout container “tupperware” to shame, and in 5 sizes, there’s always one that’s a perfect fit. You can even freeze meals in them, and reheat in the oven (just remember to remove the lid!) Each container has three clips attached to the bottom that keep the lid (lined with a silicone seal) on tight. Choose from a set of all 5 sizes, a set of the 3 smallest sizes, or a set of the 2 largest sizes.100% airtight, our Weathertight Trunk is just right for protecting items from moisture, dust and pests. It features a generous capacity and rugged construction. Stack several for larger storage needs.Product Information 100% airtight, our Weathertight Trunk is just right for protecting items from moisture, dust and pests. It features a generous capacity and rugged construction. Stack several for larger storage needs. Made from translucent polypropylene Air- and watertight seal Lockable (lock not included) Not designed to be completely submerged100% airtight, our Weathertight Trunk is just right for protecting items from moisture, dust and pests. It features a generous capacity and rugged construction. Stack several for larger storage needs. Made from translucent polypropylene Air- and watertight seal Lockable (lock not included) Not designed to be completely submergedRated 5 out of 5Â by FloridaOrchid Watertight trunk gives me peace of mind The container store is my favorite place to shop. I was pleased to find watertight containers because of all the humidity in Florida. I bought the watertight trunk and several of the smaller watertight containers. The size of the trunk is perfect for storing my many photo albums (photos span 6 generations) from humidity. Also, with the threat of hurricanes here, I am no longer worried that my pictures will get ruined. Although the trunk is not designed to be completely submerged, by storing it on a shelf, if the roof leaks, the container will keep my albums safe. The trunks can be stored in the garage and attic (which is very humid in the summertime). I cannot use cardboard boxes because they absorb moisture and smell of mold. If you live in an area that has high humidity, I highly recommend these trunks to keep out moisture and protect your treasures. April 17, 2014Our collection of food storage products is second to none. Here, you’ll find everything you need, from beautiful countertop solutions for dry goods to products for storing Fido’s kibbles. All of our food storage containers are BPA-free.April 8, 2015: After more than 40 hours of testing plastic storage containers by stuffing them, dropping them, soaking them, and hauling them around, we found the Sterilite 30 Quart Ultra Latching Storage Box has the best balance of durability, security, and affordability ($40 for a six-pack). It didn’t crack in our drop tests or leak in our water tests designed to recreate a flooded basement. And if you need a larger or super-rugged bin, we have picks for those, too. Collapse Most Recent UpdatesIn an ideal world, plastic storage bins are packed and organized with the thoughtful planning and care of a Smithsonian archivist. The reality is plastic storage bins are usually stuffed haphazardly and to full capacity, often in a hurry, and used in situations ranging from office document storage, in children’s rooms for toys, for transporting stuff in a move, as seasonal closet annexes, or for hauling camping gear out of a garage. They’re the MacGyver of storage accessories, and they live rough lives.Rated 5 out of 5Â by efficiencyexpert Watertight trunk better than expected I bought three of these online based on reviews, and I was not disappointed when I unpacked them after doing the in-store pickup option. They are very well made and stack securely, thanks to the groove design in the top and bottom. Other reviewers have noted the seal inside the top to keep out bugs, dust, and moisture. Important note: the handles are sturdy and separate from the lid so you don’t mess with the seal when you pick them up. These are well-made, useful storage containers. Worth the cost. If on sale, so much the better! August 25, 2014Despite their presence in nearly every American home, plastic storage bins get surprisingly little attention in terms of professional reviews. But our experts overwhelmingly steered us toward Sterilite, noting the brand’s easy availability and their affordable bulk prices, followed by Rubbermaid and The Container Store bins as other options. Additionally, we visited Home Depot, Lowe’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, The Container Store, Target, Walmart, and a local hardware store in person to inspect a selection of models firsthand to become acquainted with materials, ergonomics, and feature quality beyond online and interview recommendations. This research proved extremely important since some of features noted by organizers—sliding doors, flap door lids, drawers, and wheels—felt cheap and prone to breakage when inspected in person. We eliminated almost all models with any of these add-on features, believing the convenience did not make up for their potential to break easily. We also passed on models designed for food storage, and under-bed storage designs. The bins we chose to test are your basic two-piece combos: the tub, lid, latches, and not much else.Storage bins often end up in semi-outdoor or uninsulated spaces, like garages, attics, and basements, where they’re subjected to less than ideal temperature, humidity, and air quality. They need to stay sealed shut, so we paid special attention to the fit and finish of their lid and latch locks. We looked for both tactile and auditory cues indicating a seal was properly made, along with extra foam or rubber gasket to help secure a seal. The best plastic storage bins, which are ready long-term storage and require infrequent access, usually have thicker polypropylene or polyethylene walls, with tub bottoms and lids designed to interlock for vertical stacking. We chose to test both clear and opaque models, because there are circumstances when content visibility would (and also would not) be desirable. Good products can have additional material added to stress points, like honeycomb or diamond patterns reinforcing the lid and bottom sides.Rated 5 out of 5Â by Gummi Fantastic Purchase I have one of these for camping and hunting gear. It spends time in the back of the truck and sees all kinds of funky weather. My gear stays clean and dry, no matter what the conditions. It holds up to being tossed in the truck, and having other gear, tools and equipment loaded on top of it. It doesn’t squish down when I use ratchet straps to secure it, or if someone chooses to sit on it in camp. I plan to pick up 2-3 more and replace the crummy containers that the rest of my gear is in. April 15, 2014Before that, I spent several years as an industrial designer, working on children’s toys and lifestyle products for the likes of Little Tikes, Shrek, and The Simpsons. That means I’ve long been acquainted with the design details of injection-molded plastic products. Durability, ergonomics, and safety were just a few of the things I kept in mind when looking over these polypropylene containers.Rated 5 out of 5Â by glasslonestar Excellent Storage Option Extremely sturdy storage trunk – will not be crushed by stacking. Just what I need to protect my yarn stash but will work for anything that can be damaged by moisture, insects, etc. December 29, 2014If not for the price, the Ziploc 60-Qt Large Deep Weathertight Storage Box would be our top pick. The Weathertight design did everything expected of a plastic storage bin, either scoring at the top or near the top of all of our tests. If we were planning to store away anything of sentimental or monetary value for more than a few months in a garage, basement, or attic, we’d invest in a set of the Weathertight Boxes after seeing how well they fared under ordinary and extraordinary conditions.Container Store 70-Quart Stor-It-All ($19): The all-black design seems to hint that these are made for the garage and shed storage. And indeed, you could stuff this nearly 18-gallon-capacity model with gardening tools or sporting goods easily. But the Stor-It-All also scored well when stuffed with a trio of throw pillows and a folded blanket to test its capacity and lid security, attributed to a locking handle incorporated onto the lid, instead of attached to the base. This feature made it easier to engage the locking mechanism by pushing downward instead of locking upward like other models when overstuffed with soft goods. Online reviews praise the Stor-It-All for being tough and capable of storing/supporting plenty of weight, from keeping a contractor’s supply of paints in check, storing food preservation equipment, to the somewhat mysterious claim of it holding “the weight of 100+ pounds of armor on it” without issue. Unfortunately this reinforced construction unit is marred by an uncomfortable handle grip, with sharp edges that can dig into fingers while lifting heavier loads. These models also have a sharp taper from the opening down to the bottom, which means less available storage space at the base of the bin. Though not as large or as heavy as the Rubbermaid ActionPacker, it is more suitable for stacking in multiples (and it’s available in other smaller sizes for modular groupings). Be careful, though, as an unusually glossy finish on the lid makes it a bit too easy for other bins to shift around on top.