The Best Meal-Prep Containers, According to Our Editors
Between work, social lives, kids and more, cooking every day just isn't an option (or a desire) for most people, which is where meal prepping comes in handy. Meal prep helps you save time, money and the stress of answering, "What should I eat?" But before you can become a whiz at meal prep, you'll need the right containers to support all of your make-ahead cooking. That's why our editors have put together this list of the best meal-prep containers (and if you're looking for meal-prep ideas, check out ThePrep, a weekly meal plan to help you shop and cook with ease).
Things to Consider When Buying a Meal-Prep Container
When it comes to meal-prep containers, there is a wide range of materials to choose from, including glass, plastic and more. It's important to consider the material of the container and, more importantly, its various capabilities. For example, if you're planning on preparing lunches for work and you bring in Chipotle-Lime Cauliflower Taco Bowls, you'll want to make sure your container is microwave-safe so you can easily reheat your lunch. Or, if you're looking to freeze a big batch of Easy Loaded Baked Omelet Muffins for breakfast, you'll want a container that's freezer-friendly. Another capability to consider is if a container's material is dishwasher-safe. Keep these things in mind when selecting a container because it'll make cooking, eating and cleaning easier.
From round containers to rectangular containers, shape is an important thing to keep in mind, especially if you plan on packing these containers in a lunchbox or bag (check out the best food-storage containers for packing kids' lunchboxes). Some meal-prep containers may also be designed with multiple compartments or sections. Compartments are a great way to keep foods separate or from getting soggy.
The best size for meal-prep containers depends entirely on what you plan to make. For example, if you're looking to meal-prep a recipe like Brussels Sprouts Salad with Crunchy Chickpeas, you'll want to pack it in a few different-sized containers to keep the greens and dressing separate so nothing gets soggy. From a pint to a gallon and everything in between, we recommend having a variety of sizes so you always have the appropriate option on hand when meal prepping.
Related: A Beginner's Guide to Meal Prep
Best Meal-Prep Containers
This is our list of the best meal-prep containers, which are all tried-and-true favorites of our editors.
- Best Glass Meal-Prep Container (It's a tie!): Prep Naturals & OXO
- Best Plastic Meal-Prep Container: OXO
- Best Meal-Prep Container for Snacks: Anchor Hocking
- Best Microwave-Safe Meal-Prep Container: Rubbermaid
- Best Freezable Meal-Prep Containers: Souper Cubes
- Best 2-Compartment Meal-Prep Container: OXO
- Best Meal-Prep Containers on Amazon: Joseph Joseph