From meal prep sets to baby food organizers, these durable containers are all smart buys.

September 19, 2019
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This story originally appeared on realsimple.com by Katie Macdonald.

In our opinion, one of the best feelings in the world is looking inside a clean and organized fridge. It’s just soothing to see your bins and shelves fully stocked and ready for mealtime. And since a nicely-stocked fridge is key to cooking more efficiently, you won’t have to waste five minutes hunting for your carrots or favorite yogurt flavor.

Related: A Beginner's Guide to Meal Prep

One of our preferred tools to help organize the fridge is a quality set of glass food storage containers. For starters, they make it easy to see what’s where—but that’s just the tip of the iceberg of what they can do. There are so many other reasons we love glass: it’s durable, versatile (microwavable and freezer-friendly!), stain-resistant, and doesn’t absorb tastes or odors (yes, even your smelliest tuna salad). Not to mention, glass food containers are one small step toward more sustainable living.

But not all glass containers are created equal—you’ll want something that’s leak-proof, easy to open and close, and sturdy enough to handle a tumble. So to help you find the best glass food storage containers for your needs, we turned to reviews from real customers who have purchased and tried these products for themselves. What’s more, they’re all available to order on Amazon. Whether you need an easy-to-use set for your little one or are looking for a freezer-friendly find that’s best for meal prep, these best-selling sets all have near-perfect ratings and rave reviews describing why they’re so great—so you can trust that they’ll do the job.

Here are the nine best glass food storage containers, according to customer reviews:

Keep reading to shop the nine glass containers customers love the most.

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1. Best Overall: Glasslock 18-Piece Assorted Oven Safe Container Set

For a consistent seal, easy-to-use lids, and a wide selection of sizes, check out this set from Glasslock. It includes nine rectangle, square, and round containers ranging from ¾-cup to 6 ⅓-cup capacities, and is completely BPA-free. The standout feature of Glasslock containers, according to many reviewers, is the snap-down lids and silicone gaskets that create an airtight seal on each container, but are still easy to take on and off.

In fact, customers can’t stop gushing about the set. With more than 2,000 perfect five-star reviews, this Glasslock set is one of Amazon’s most popular glass containers. Shoppers rave about how leakproof the containers are, as well as how they’ve held up over years of use.

“I have used the small ones nearly every weekday to bring my lunch to work, usually placed sideways in my backpack,” writes a reviewer who has used them for more than three years. “In all that time, I have never experienced a leak, even when carting soup. It's great to have something made of glass, because I can stick it straight in the microwave at work (taking the lid off of course) and not have to worry about melting or leaching as I would with plastic. I have also used the larger containers weekly to store food for the week, and have even put some of them in the freezer for long-term storage. So far, so good, and at this point, I would buy another set in a heartbeat if I needed it.”

To buy: $40; amazon.com

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2. Best for Meal Prep: Prep Naturals Meal Prep Containers

If your perfect Sunday night involves cooking and prepping a week’s worth of meals, then make sure to check out these containers from Prep Naturals. Made of strong borosilicate glass, they’re microwave, oven, and freezer-safe, making it even easier to reheat your batch meals later. They also feature glass dividers to keep foods separate (if you don’t want your salad and spaghetti mixing), and a leakproof lid with a removable rubber seal for easy cleaning.

The portion control-friendly containers have earned themselves a 4.4-star rating on Amazon, with one customer writing, “I love these containers. I started meal prepping about two months ago and these containers (as well as the single compartment containers) have been a life saver. The glass is quite durable as I've accidentally dropped a container or two and they have not broken.”

To buy: $28; amazon.com

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3. Best for Organization: Rubbermaid Glass Containers with Easy Find Lids

Few things are as frustrating as fruitlessly searching for the right lid in a cabinet full of storage containers. Thankfully, Rubbermaid has a smart solution: its Easy Find Lids snap together with same-sized lids so you can keep your cabinets organized. They also feature the brand’s signature OnePress Seal design for easy closing. While the lids are made of BPA-free plastic, the tempered glass bases are oven-safe up to 425 degrees and can be nested together for compact storage between uses.

Over 1,500 Amazon shoppers have given this set of 11 multi-sized containers a 5-star rating, with some calling them “genius” and “well designed.” One customer declared the set as the best glass containers she’s every used: “I ordered my first set about 2 years ago now and could not be happier. All of the parts have done well in my dishwasher; no broken glass and no cracked or warped plastic tops. (I am carefully to wash the lids in the top rack only.) They have also done great in my freezer and microwave; again, no issues. Rubbermaid seems to have chosen perfect sizes, as I always have the size I need: not too small and not too large. They stack well in my cabinet and on refrigerator shelves. When they are stacked in the fridge or freezer, I appreciate how the lids are slightly depressed and reduce the chance of the top container slipping off.”

To buy: $45; amazon.com

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4. Best for Large Portions: OXO Good Grips 8-Cup Smart Seal Leakproof Glass Rectangle Food Storage Container

Whether you’re stocking up on soup or prepping a big batch of grains, this 8-cup container is perfect for storing larger portions. Its borosilicate glass body is sturdy enough for the freezer or oven, and the Smart Seal lids feature four locking tabs to keep your food extra fresh and sealed. It even has a removable gasket for thorough cleaning.

The container is so popular among shoppers, it earned itself a coveted Amazon’s Choice recommendation. “These are a must,” wrote one user. “I finally got rid of all my plastic ware and got these and I couldn’t be happier. They are actually air tight and can be used anywhere. Freezer, microwave and oven safe. No more trying to clean it after using plastic in microwave and food getting stuck. It’s a life changer.”

To buy: $15; amazon.com

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5. Best for Small Portions: 1790 Glass Meal Prep Containers

If you only need a few containers for bringing lunch to work or have limited cabinet space, this three-piece set is a great option. The containers fit 3.5 cups of food and nest inside each other for convenient storage. The three matching lids even come with a sliding vent for steam release.

The containers have a 4.4-star rating on Amazon with hundreds of reviews. “These containers are a perfect size when you are working on portion control and meal prepping for the week,” writes a shopper. “The containers are solid because they are glass. Very well made, I would like to add. I love the lids, the plus for me is the air vent on the top. Highly recommend.”

To buy: $19; amazon.com

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6. Best for Baby Food: OXO Tot Glass Baby Blocks Food Storage Containers

Looking for a safe food container for your little one? This four-container set from OXO Baby allows you to portion, store, heat, and serve your baby’s food in one convenient container. Made of borosilicate glass, the 4-ounce containers have useful measurements for portioning and can go directly from the freezer to the oven or microwave without the risk of shattering. The set also comes with a stackable tray to make organizing the fridge even easier.

Amazon shoppers love the baby-friendly containers, praising how leakproof and durable they are. “This product makes storing homemade baby food a dream,” a commenter writes. “It is easy to store food items in with its leak proof, easy snap lid. You can throw it in the microwave to warm food up and it’s dishwasher safe. The tray makes it easy to safely stack all the containers in the fridge or freezer so you can organize and even label.”

To buy: $20; amazon.com

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7. Best for Dry Food Storage: Essos Glass Jars With Wood Lids Set

Cut down on bulky bags in your pantry, keep your ingredients fresher for longer, and do your part in helping the environment with this container set. These stackable glass canisters are made from strong borosilicate glass and feature bamboo lids with a silicone ring designed to keep air and moisture out for long periods of time. They also come in a variety of sizes, from compact spice holders to canisters big enough for spaghetti noodles.

Amazon shoppers can’t stop raving about the containers, calling them beautiful and versatile. “We purchased these jars to store spices that we buy in bulk — and we are thrilled with their quality and practical design,” said a shopper. “The jars stack nicely in the cupboard, yet are attractive for use during family gatherings (not sure if I need this much salt at the table, but I guess I won’t need to refill a shaker at Thanksgiving).”

To buy: $53; amazon.com

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8. Best Bake-and-Serve Set: Pyrex Easy Grab Glass Bakeware and Food Storage Set

While many glass containers can safely go from the freezer to the oven, this set from Pyrex also seamlessly transitions to a table centerpiece that you can eat out of during your meal. The set comes with four containers that are safe for use in the microwave, pre-heated oven, and freezer, including two baking dishes with handles for easy grabbing. What’s more, they’re dishwasher-friendly for easy cleaning.

The set is Amazon’s best-selling Bake and Serve Set, with more than 600 five-star ratings. Reviewers praise the container set’s storage capacity and sturdiness, as well as its versatility. “Excellent cookware,” raves a shopper. “I use the big ones for cooking my weekly batch meals, then portion out the finished product into the smaller ones. I have multiple sets with different sizes. They're safe to go from fridge to microwave and clean easily in the dishwasher.”

To buy: $21; amazon.com

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9. Best Sustainable Set: Nummyware Plastic-Free Glass Food Containers

Shoppers might be surprised to find that most glass food storage containers have plastic lids (don’t worry, everything we’ve included here is BPA-free!). But for someone trying to completely cut out plastic, these food containers are the perfect get. Not only are the bodies made of oven-safe borosilicate glass, but they also feature strong bamboo lids made with a food-grade silicone seal. (Bamboo is completely biodegradable and doesn’t need pesticides to grow.) The lids can even double as a portable cutting board for cheeses, fruits, and veggies.

The containers have a 4.3-star rating on Amazon, with users applauding its plastic-free design. “I bought these as our family works to transition away from plastics in our household,” writes a reviewer. “They are gorgeous! The bamboo lids are so stylish and make the containers really easy to stack and store. The seals seem to work well, as you hear the little vacuum pressure "hiss" when you push them on. Sizes are a nice variety to accommodate most of our leftovers. I plan to give these as wedding gifts in the future.”

To buy: $40; amazon.com

This article originally appeared on realsimple.com

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