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The Best Storage Containers for Every Room, According to Professional Organizers

Shop the best-of-the-best with these storage recommendations from the pros.

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Walking the aisles of The Container Store makes my organization-loving heart pitter-patter, but many times I leave empty-handed, feeling lost and overwhelmed with options. With so many wonderful baskets and bins available, it's hard to choose the right one for the job.

So, I reached out to the experts and picked their brains for suggestions on the best storage containers. Of course, each decluttering strategy is different, requiring unique tools, so I listed their picks by room so that you can find the exact product to fit your needs. Read on to see the top storage containers that professional organizers recommend.

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Much as we'd like to think otherwise, plastic is a big part of our lives—it's in our kitchens, our bathrooms, our clothing, even our decor. One issue with this, obviously, is the waste: 26 million tons of discarded plastic went to landfills in 2015, according to the EPA. But just as frightening as that is the negative effect that plastics can have on our health. No, this isn't a bunch of hippie-dippie fearmongering: As Vox reported earlier this month, man-made chemicals like BPAs and phthalates can leach from plastic food storage containers into the substance they're containing—be that water, soup, dry goods, dairy, or the leftovers you're toting to the office for lunch—especially if they're heated. Those chemicals can mess with the hormones in our body and, according to the article, "there’s compelling evidence that their 'endocrine-disrupting' capabilities have a range of disturbing health effects, from an increased risk of obesity and diabetes to problems with reproductive development." Bad, right?

The easiest way to protect yourself is admittedly pretty difficult: getting rid of plastic food storage containers. No more pop-top plastic cereal containers or zip-top plastic baggies, no more reheating your soup in the quart-sized plastic takeout container it came in. It's a big change to make, so we did our part by rounding up some of our favorite nonplastic food storage containers in stainless steel, bamboo, cork, silicone, glass, linen, and wood. Refrigerate, freeze, and microwave to your heart's content.

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Best food storage containers for your kitchen

We’ve also included glass storage containers as they are less likely to discolour over time or absorb smells and flavours from the contents. You’ll often find they can be transferred straight from the freezer to the oven. Obviously they’re a heavier alternative to plastic containers, so have a think about what you’ll be using your food storage for; they might surprise you with added features.

Discover our picks of the best reusable plastic, glass and eco food storage containers, picked by BBC Good Food experts. 

If you’re kitting out your cupboards, our top kitchen storage solutions and the best kitchen essentials could provide some inspiration for stress-free cooking. There are also over 400 guides in our reviews section, including the best fitness trackers, best fridge freezers, best kombucha and best juicers to name a few.

Best food storage containers

Home Planet glass food container set

Best compartment food container

Top functions

  • Leakproof no-mix lid
  • Multiple compartments
  • Freezer-to-oven-safe
  • Microwave-safe

Alongside being generally robust and extremely practical, one of the major perks of the Home Planet set is the ability to keep two or three foods separate thanks to a two- or three-compartment glass design and no-mix lid. Which means if you’re eating on-the-go you can, for example, keep your curry and rice separate before reheating.

The lid is water-tight once clipped and the dishes are microwave (lid excluded), dishwasher, freezer- and oven-safe. Home Planet is also committed to cutting plastics from its packaging – a move we’re greatly in support of. These would be a great buy. 

Lock & Lock eco 3-piece set

Best eco credentials

Top functions

  • Air- and water-tight lids
  • 100% recycled
  • Dishwasher-safe 

A firm favourite of BBC Good Food’s Lulu Grimes, the Lock & Lock are not only high-quality but also have good eco credentials. Each box is made from 100 per cent food-grade waste plastic salvaged from the production offcuts, rejects, redundant stock and surplus, meaning less waste. The boxes come in a variety of colours and sizes, which offer good versatility for snacks. 

The Lock & Go system claims to be 100 per cent air- and water-tight, plus they’re freezer-safe and can handle being thrown in the dishwasher. With a lifetime guarantee, the brand is confident for good reason. 

Rosti Mepal clear kitchen storage canisters

Best containers for efficient storage 

Top functions

  • Air-tight lid
  • Squared-off sides
  • Glass-like material

The modular design of these Rosti Mepal food storage containers are really practical. When it comes to storing full containers in a cupboard, it helps when they can stack efficiently to make the most of limited space. These are a bit like building blocks, squared off to slide into corners and make use of whatever space you have available. The boxes themselves are clear acrylic designed to look like glass and have a clear window for peering into from above. For a slightly safer alternative to glass storage containers, this dishwasher-safe set is a great option. 

IKEA 365+ glass storage container with lid

Best affordable glass containers 

Top functions

  • Freezer-to-oven-safe
  • Low-cost

These are great alternatives to plastic containers if you’re looking for affordable tubs that can be transferred straight from the freezer to the oven.

The clear glass and lid negates any need for labelling, particularly when stacked with leftovers in the fridge. For freezer use, the air-tight seal prevents frost buildup inside. Yes they’re heavy, which could be a drawback for someone looking for a food container for on-the-go use. 

IKEA Pruta plastic containers (set of 17)

Ikea

Best basic stackable storage 

Top functions

  • Slimline lids
  • Lightweight boxes
  • Stack well

These see-through boxes are resident bits of kit at the BBC Good Food test kitchen. They stack well, are super-lightweight and non-bulky to store.

So far, we’ve never kept a set of lids intact; partly because they’re so slimline. However, being green helps you spot them, particularly when they’re buried in the dishwasher. The sets are pretty basic; they’re not leak- or spill-proof, however, if you’re after easy-to-store standard food storage containers, the different size options sit happily inside each other when stacked and will do the job well. 

Sistema KLIP IT food storage container

Best sealed plastic containers

Top functions

  • Water-tight lid
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Freezer-safe
  • Microwave-safe

These aren’t the easiest stackers for storage, but Sistema have a great reputation for the quality of their containers; particularly the effectiveness of the seal. Four clips secure the lids to the box to form a tight closure that’s 100 per cent water-tight and leak-proof. Dishwasher-safe (top rack only) and freezer-safe, you can also pop these in the microwave without the lids to reheat leftovers.

Lakeland 10-piece stack-a-box set

Best affordable food storage set

Top functions

  • Stackable
  • Air-tight
  • Freezer-, microwave- and dishwasher-safe

As the name suggests, these containers stack up for easy storage, but as the base doesn’t sit snugly inside the lid of the box below, they can topple over if nudged. The boxes are microwave-, freezer- and dishwasher-safe with lids that are easy to remove and replace. These containers are not leak-resistant – we’d recommend using to store solid food only. 

Joseph Joseph 5-piece nest storage

Best multi-purpose food storage set

Top functions

  • Air-tight containers
  • BPA-free

These are attractive, bright and compact containers that fit inside each other in a neat nest. The containers are air-tight, leak-resistant, freezer-, microwave- and dishwasher- safe and made from a strong plastic that feels very sturdy and durable.

They also have large, pull tabs on two corners of the lid to make lid removal easy, and a good range of sizes, from a tiny snack pot to one that would accommodate a loaf cake or stack of baked goodies. Multiple containers can be used to separate food as the smaller tubs will fit inside the larger ones – ideal for children’s lunches.

OXO Good Grips pop containers

Best mechanism

Top functions

  • Air-tight seal
  • Pop-up button for easy access

These stackable containers with a unique pop-up button feature in the lid make opening and closing it very quick and simple. The containers are leak-resistant so could be used for safely storing a liquid, and the edges are moulded to allow for easy pouring.

The style of this collection is suited more to staying in the kitchen than being moved around. They’re freezer-safe, although OXO warns that extreme temperature changes may cause the container lid to lift due to changes in air pressure. The containers are not recommended for microwave use and only the silicone gasket is dishwasher-safe – all other parts should be washed by hand. Full cleaning instructions are supplied to help you disassemble the lid for thorough cleaning, which is quite fiddly.

Buyer’s advice

What we look for in storage containers…

Ease of use/fit for purpose: containers that are easy to open and close with a tight-fitting lid, preventing leakage.

Versatility: is it microwavable and freezer-safe?

Cleaning and storage: we were looking for containers that are easy to clean and dishwasher-safe, plus stackable and easy to store. 

Durability: sturdy food containers made from a long-lasting material, suitable for multiple uses.

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June 25, 2021

In the quest to tidy, storage containers can make the difference between an organized home and one heaped with mismatched boxes in the closets and garage. To find the best, we tossed 32 bins and totes down a flight of stairs, left them in the rain, and stuffed them full of books and blankets. We found seven for indoor and outdoor use that’ll keep your stuff clean, dry, and easy to access.

All of our recommended containers will stow your things safely and are easy to carry (or roll around). Our picks include clear plastic storage bins for indoor closets, a heavy-duty garage tote, cheap bins for big projects, an extra-large wheeled bin, an indestructible container that’s great for camping, an easy-access box, and zippered cloth boxes for clothes.

Why you should trust me

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I’m Wirecutter’s resident textile writer and I’ve worked on our guides to closet organizing ideas, clothing irons, and ironing boards. I’m also a published quilt designer and former librarian. I’m a born organizer. I have experience maintaining entire school libraries, keeping hundreds of yards of fabric organized, and storing and cataloguing the onslaught of sheets and blankets I’ve tested for Wirecutter.

Best clear plastic storage bins: Iris Weathertight Totes

Stacked Iris storage containers with black handles.

Best for: Seeing what you’ve stored and keeping a range of everyday items from pet supplies to linens inside the home.

Why it’s great: Any closet could benefit from a few Iris Weathertight Totes. They’re sturdy and easy to use and they come in more sizes (12) than any other bins we tested. They were also the tightest-sealing clear bins we tested, thanks to a foam gasket in the lid and extra latches around the edges (most bins have only two on each end). The Irises also stack more securely—each bin’s base sits snugly into a groove on the lid of the one below. In addition, the Iris bins maximize interior space because they have straighter sides than several other bins we’ve tested.

Stacked Iris storage containers.

Iris makes similar totes for three brands: The Container Store (top), Ziploc (middle), and Home Depot (bottom). Colors and sizes vary, but they all work together as a system. Photo: Rozette Rago

A view from above a closed, clear storage container.

Strong latches keep the sides and ends of the lid securely closed. Photo: Rozette Rago

The handle latches of a clear storage container.

The large, smooth latches double as comfortable handles—especially important when the bin is full of heavy stuff. Photo: Rozette Rago

Iris manufactures the Weathertight in slightly different sizes and lid colors for The Container Store, Ziploc, and Home Depot, but you can use them all interchangeably. Staffers who have used these boxes for moving, and to store countless items over the years, highly recommend them. We also recommend the under-bed size in our guide to closet organizing.

The Weathertight Totes receive strong owner reviews, with a 4.6-star (out of five) average across almost 400 customer reviews on The Container Store’s site. We took particular note that commenters—ranging from a personal historian stowing photos and personal documents to small-apartment dwellers—rave about the watertight seal and neat stackability.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: Like other polypropylene bins, they’ll become brittle in cold temperatures; we don’t recommend them for storage in a freezing garage or basement. If you live in a temperate climate you can probably get away with using these in a garage or unheated part of the house. But we wouldn’t risk it in colder climates. They chipped and lost latches in our drop tests, so look to our heavier-duty bins if you plan to treat them roughly.

Long-term test notes: Over the past two years, I’ve used the Iris test samples for everything from storing my daughter’s artwork in a closet to housing baby chicks (with a hacked lid to let air flow) until they’re old enough for our family’s chicken coop. The bins have stayed watertight when I’ve left some outside in the rain for weeks here in the Pacific Northwest, and even after they’ve lost a latch or two (which happens a lot), the seal still keeps moisture out. Several other Wirecutter staffers have used these bins for years, although a couple of people have noted that the bins can be smelly when you first get them. Because they stay so well sealed, the smell can transfer to clothes and linens inside, so one senior staff writer recommends throwing some cedar blocks in.

Sizes: 19, 30, 41, 46, 62, 74 quarts (The Container Store); 6½, 19, 30, 41, 62, 74, 103 quarts (Home Depot); 16, 26½, 44, 60 quarts (Ziploc)

Best bins for the garage, basement, and attic: Rubbermaid Brute Totes

A Rubbermaid Brute Tote sitting on a wood floor.

Best for: All-purpose storage in basements, attics, and garages.

Why it’s great: If you want bins for your garage, attic, or basement that can take a lot of abuse, we recommend the Rubbermaid Brute Totes. These containers are made with high-density polyethylene, a sturdier and more temperature-resistant plastic than the clear polypropylene containers we’ve tested, like the Iris Weathertight Totes. The Brute’s molded handles also made them more comfortable to carry than the less expensive garage bins we recommend, the Home Depot HDX. Like most bins we tried, the Brutes didn’t let water in, although in our tests, the deeply grooved lid collected a lot of water, which can attract bugs and bacteria.

A view of the top of the Brute.

The Brute’s deep lid helps it stack more securely but also allows water to pool. Photo: Rozette Rago

A view of the inside of the Brute.

The 20-gallon size we tested was big enough to hold eight throw blankets. Photo: Rozette Rago

A close-up of the Brute's handle.

The large, sturdy handles made this tote comfortable to carry—especially important for heavy loads. Photo: Rozette Rago

The Brute comes in two sizes: 14 and 20 gallons. We tested the larger size and it held 59 books or eight throw blankets. In our drop tests (down a flight of stairs), the Brute was one of our only picks to survive damage-free—the lid popped off, but the container itself was completely intact.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: The Brute’s lid was tricky to open when the bin is empty but it was much easier once the bin was full of heavy books. If you need something more accessible, the butterfly lid of the Akro-Mils bins we recommend might work better.

Long-term test notes: In two years of long-term testing, we haven’t had any problems with the plastic degrading, although we have seen at least one reader comment noting that this happened to their bin. We’ve stored ours in an unheated workshop year-round, and so far the bins look new, have kept the contents dry, and prevent mice and insects from getting in.

Best cheap storage totes: Home Depot HDX Tough Storage Totes

Stacked HDX storage bins towering against a brick wall.

Best for: Organizing on a budget or large-scale projects.

Why it’s great: If you’ve decided that this is the year you’ll organize your basement and you’re looking to stock up on storage, consider Home Depot’s HDX Tough Storage Totes. They come in eight stackable sizes and they’re cheap—you can buy a dozen HDX totes for the same price as one or two of our more expensive picks. Unlike the super-durable Brute totes, the HDX bins are made with polypropylene, so they’re not as tough in extreme cold temperatures and they break more easily when dropped. But if you live in a mild climate or aren’t worried about years-long durability we recommend them for garages and basements. We even spotted them in an episode of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo in a freshly decluttered garage.

A view from above of the inside of an empty HDX.

Although you could technically use these for closet storage, they’re much bigger than the Iris totes and won’t work as well for most indoor spaces. Even the smallest, 12-gallon size is almost three times as big as the smallest Iris. The HDX totes are reliably available in Home Depot stores—many of our other picks are mostly sold online—so you can see them in person to figure out exactly which sizes you need.

The HDX totes get very strong owner reviews on Home Depot’s site, with a 4.7-star (out of five) average across over 17,000 reviews. Common praise for the boxes include that they stack easily, they’re durable, and they’re a good size for the price.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: In our drop tests, the HDX cracked and lost a small chunk of plastic. The lid stayed on, though, unlike with the Brute Totes. Though the container would probably need to be replaced after a major fall, your stuff would stay inside.

Long-term test notes: Test bins have held up after two years of long-term testing in an unheated workshop, and they seem to be pest-proof: At my house, we used to keep our animal feed bags on a shelf, but after mice began eating into them we moved them to these HDX bins, and the mouse attacks stopped completely. In addition, one Wirecutter staffer says that at her previous job people used these bins to haul AV equipment back and forth to various locations, and they were durable and comfortable to carry.

Sizes: 12, 17, 27, 38, 55 gallons

Best bin for bigger loads: Sterilite 40 Gallon Wheeled Industrial Tote

The Sterilite 40 Gallon Wheeled Industrial Tote sitting on a hard wood floor.

Best for: Oversize items or big loads that are hard to carry.

Why it’s great: The extra-large Sterilite 40 Gallon Wheeled Industrial Tote is helpful for anyone who struggles to carry heavy containers or for those who want to save multiple trips by filling one giant bin instead of several smaller ones. It’s the only bin we’ve found with wheels and a big, comfortable handle that folds down when it’s not in use. Though the HDX bins we recommend come in an even bigger size (55 gallons), they don’t have wheels. In testing we consolidated three bins of holiday decorations into the Sterilite and wheeled it into storage—quick and easy. This bin is bigger than most people probably need (and more than most wirecutter staffers we asked actually want), but if you have the space, it’ll save some backaches. It also didn’t let water in when we sprayed it with a hose.

A closeup of the Sterilite's red, sturdy handle.

The Sterilite gets a 4.6-star (out of five) average across more than 200 customer reviews on Walmart’s site. Commenters use them for everything from camping gear to storing holiday decorations.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: The Sterilite is too cumbersome to carry up and down stairs. In testing the wheels did pop off of this bin—we think that’s due to the sheer weight and size of something this big taking a tumble down a flight of stairs—but we easily reattached them. The container was otherwise undamaged. It’s usually sold in a two-pack (Sterilite told us that it sells the bins to retailers in pairs), which may be more storage than many people need. If you do plan on packing one of these full to the brim, be mindful of weight (we’d recommend things like clothes and decorations over documents and dry goods).

Long-term test notes: I’ve used these bins to pack away all of our family’s holiday decorations for three seasons now, and the wheels, handles, and latches have held up to an increasingly large amount of stuff packed inside, in addition to surviving being dragged up and down a hill and across our gravel drive (our storage room is outside). The bins keep everything dry and secure, and they’ve made digging out the holiday decorations much more pleasant every year. One note: I noticed that while the bin was empty and in storage over this past holiday season, a critter got in and chewed up a small box. This is the first such problem we’ve had, but I’d stuffed the bin so full last year that the lid bent upward, leaving an air gap. So this one is the result of my own user error, not a fault with the bin itself.

Best camping storage bin: Rubbermaid 24 Gallon ActionPacker

The Rubbermaid ActionPacker viewed from the front.

Best for: Keeping things secured and safe outside.

Why it’s great: Take the Rubbermaid 24 Gallon ActionPacker camping or throw it in the back of your truck—it’s the best storage container we found for outdoor use. Nothing we tested, including the smaller and larger ActionPacker sizes, beat the 24-gallon size for its combination of durability, security, and portability. In our drop tests, it outperformed everything else we tried. After we threw it down the stairs, a few corners were a bit dented but the latches held and the lid stayed tightly closed. It’s also our only pick that can be padlocked.

The ActionPacker’s deep, rounded handles make it easier on the hands than the Brute, Roughneck, and HDX bins we tested, and the 24-gallon size is much easier to haul around than its big sibling, the 35-gallon ActionPacker.

A view of the ActionPacker's ribbed top that prevents water pooling.

The ActionPacker’s lid was one of the few we tested that didn’t allow water to pool, so it’s ideal for outdoor use. Photo: Rozette Rago

A closeup of the ActionPacker's lock hole that enables the use of a padlock.

It was the only bin we found that lets you use a padlock for extra security. Photo: Rozette Rago

A view of the inside of the Rubbermaid 24 Gallon ActionPacker.

Like many bins we tried, the molded plastic wastes some interior space. Photo: Rozette Rago

We prefer it to the Brute and HDX bins for long-term outdoor storage, too—those bins have lids with raised lips that help them stack securely but also allow water to collect. If the ActionPacker is sitting outside for long periods, water will run off, so the lid won’t turn into a putrid pool (where bacteria and bugs can fester). This bin is made with durable HDPE, so it will withstand weather better than many others we tested.

On REI’s site, the ActionPacker receives an average of 4.4 stars (out of five) across more than 100 reviews. Many commenters seem to use the box as storage. We saw several commenters saying they’ve used the ActionPacker for years and that it’s held up through all types of weather.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: Because of the thick plastic and bulky design, it doesn’t make the most efficient use of the space inside, which is why we don’t recommend it for everyday garage storage.

Long-term test notes: We know these bins can survive tremendous wear and tear. Staffers have kept them outside for years in all kinds of weather (one senior editor has stored hers outdoors in both Los Angeles and in Maine). And one of our two-year-old test samples survived a bear attack last year and is still going strong. The bear stole the bin from outside my chicken coop, dropped it on the latched side until it popped open, and made off with some chicken food. The only lasting damage was a small puncture hole from one of the bear’s claws. The latch still works perfectly, and if I had padlocked the bin (the lock was purchased but sitting in the house forgotten), I’m pretty confident the bear would have failed in its quest for food.

Easiest to open: Akro-Mils KeepBox Attached Lid Container

The Akro-Mils KeepBox Attached Lid Container

Best for: Convenient, easy-to-open storage when bugs and leaks aren’t a concern.

Why it’s great: The Akro-Mils KeepBox Attached Lid Container is the most convenient bin for anyone who struggles with tight lids. The lid has no latches to secure it—its two halves just lift open—so it’s easier to open than any other we tested. The flip-top (also called a butterfly lid) is attached to the container, so it’s also ideal for anyone who tends to misplace container lids. The KeepBox was just as sturdy as the one other butterfly-lid bin we tried (the Quantum QDC2115-12) but about half the price and more widely available. We also like that the KeepBox is clear so you can easily see what’s inside. We’ve seen the KeepBox used to store everything from Legos to home-birthing supplies.

This style of container is used for industrial shipping because it can take a beating and it stacks neatly. It’s made of a polypropylene and HDPE blend, so it’s stronger than the clear polypropylene Iris Weathertight Totes. In our drop tests we didn’t see any damage to the plastic, but the loose lid did fly open. To ensure the lid stays shut on things you want to store long-term, these bins have eyelets at their connection point that can perfectly hold a zip tie. One of our staffers has owned several of these bins for years, so we know they hold up over time.

The KeepBox receives an average of 4.6 stars (out of five) across over 2,000 owner reviews on Amazon. One reviewer uses them to stow Legos, and we saw several mentions of people keeping craft supplies in the boxes. We did note some complaints about the boxes cracking but it wasn’t an overwhelming complaint.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: This is the only plastic container we recommend that let water in when we hosed it down. Water gets in, and bugs can probably also climb in. This isn’t the bin to use to protect your stuff against the elements.

Long-term test notes: We still think these are the best easy-access bins, and although they don’t seal as tightly as our other picks, I was surprised to see how dry, dust-free, and pest-free our test Akro-Mils bin stayed after a year in my storage room. Also, our family used to store pellet litter for my 8-year-old daughter’s indoor rabbits in an Iris Weathertight Tote, and she never reattached the lid because the six latches were too tricky; instead, she frequently left it tossed aside somewhere, which meant stray litter ended up all over the carpet. I switched to the Akro-Mils bin last year, and now she can easily manage the lid—and we never have carpet spills. It’s a secure, accessible alternative to latched bins.

Best cloth storage bins: iWill Create Pro Storage Box with Zipper Lid

A front view of iWill Dustproof Clothes Storage Boxes stacked one on top fo the other.

Best for: Seasonal and long-term clothes storage.

Why it’s great: The breathable, zippered iWill Create Pro Storage Box with Zipper Lid is a simple, inexpensive way to store and protect clothes. It’s perfect for garments that need airflow, like wool sweaters (just keep in mind that they aren’t moth-proof). We also like the iWill for items like scarves and belts—accessories you don’t use every day but still want ready access to. We tested three cloth storage containers and the iWill’s zippered top and structured sides made it the easiest to use. Retrieving items was much less frustrating than with the smaller and more expensive front-loading Container Store Sweater Box, which had to be completely emptied to pull out one thing. We also tried the Sorbus Foldable Bags but they were so floppy that filling them was a challenge—the iWill’s rigid sides were much easier to pack.

a view of the inside of the iWill.

The iWill’s rigid sides and large opening make it easier to fill up than floppier boxes. Photo: Rozette Rago

A closeup of the fabric and zipper of a cloth storage container.

The breathable fabric and zipper are ideal for protecting clothes from dust, although they may not keep out moths. Photo: Rozette Rago

a close-up of the iWill’s handles.

The iWill’s handles made the containers easier to move around a closet or grab off of a high shelf than others we tested that lacked handles. Photo: Rozette Rago

The Iris Weathertight Totes we recommend will also work in your clothes closet and they’re clear, so you can see what’s inside, but we prefer the iWill’s zippered closure to the Iris’s heavy latches, which can feel like overkill when you just want to grab something. We also think the iWill containers are a good-looking storage option for any area where you’ll have to look at them frequently; we’ve seen commenters on Amazon who use them to store weights in a living room, linens in a hall closet, and odds and ends in a car.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: The iWill doesn’t have a slot for a label and because the container is opaque identifying what’s inside is difficult. We tried to attach a few sticky labels but they fell off immediately, so we think a marker or a good memory is the best way to keep track of what’s inside.

Long-term test notes: I’ve used the test samples for two years, and they do a solid job of keeping everything inside clean. They fit neatly on my closet shelves, but they’re not firm enough to stack if I fill them with anything bulky or heavy. They’ve withstood a lot of handling as I take them on and off the shelves, and I appreciate that each lid zips completely open, which makes it easy for me to see everything I’ve stored and to add more stuff.

Size: 17.6 by 13.6 by 9.7 inches

How we picked and tested

To find a range of containers that work for a variety of needs we researched a total of 82 bins and used these criteria to narrow the field:

Holds a lot: We considered bins that would neatly and securely hold a variety of items and stack without wobbling. Organizer Beth Penn told us to look for the squarest bins possible to maximize the space inside.

Widely available: A helpful storage bin is one that’s easy to buy. Some popular bins were hard to find, so we focused on containers sold by multiple retailers or sellers with reliable inventory. Sometimes you need to see a container in person, so we also looked for options that could be picked up in store.

Durable: All bins should have closures that work consistently and materials that won’t break or tear with everyday use. Not every bin needs to withstand heavy abuse, so we also considered some that were less durable but highly practical for storage. Our plastic picks are made with polypropylene (labeled PP, the most common plastic we found) or high-density polyethylene (HDPE, for heavy-duty containers). Both PP (PDF) and HDPE (PDF) will degrade eventually from exposure to oxygen and UV from sunshine—which can cause discoloration—but the bigger concern is cold. Polypropylene can become brittle at just below freezing, which is why we don’t recommend PP bins for storage in an unheated basement or garage. Instead, choose HDPE bins, which won’t become brittle until nearly –100 degrees Fahrenheit. Neither material should be affected by the hottest outdoor temperatures—weaker PP doesn’t break down until about 176 degrees Fahrenheit.

Easy to carry: We tested for handles that didn’t hurt our hands and lids that didn’t dig into our stomachs when carrying a full box.

In 2015 we tested 11 bins; for our 2019 update we tested 21, in a range of sizes. Over the years we’ve simulated flooding and water leaks by hosing the bins down, submerging them in a kiddie pool, and leaving them out in the rain overnight. We’ve dropped them and tossed them down flights of stairs (which, we’ve found, is relaxing and pretty good for stress relief). If a container survived those tests, we filled it with household goods to see how much it held, if it closed when overstuffed, if it stacked securely, and how comfortable it was to carry. We filled clothing boxes with sweaters and hoodies, noting how much the boxes held and how easy they were to pack and empty.

A note about labeling

We recommend investing in a label maker. Labels are easy to remove and replace if you decide to repurpose a box. If you still prefer writing on the bins, we suggest dry-erase markers instead of Sharpies, particularly on clear storage containers. A quick pass with a wet wipe or magic eraser will take off the marker so you can reuse the box. Penn also suggests keeping an index inside the closet so you’ll never forget what you’re storing.

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The competition

2019 testing

Indoor storage

We like the Sterilite Ultra Latch containers, and used to recommend them, but they’re harder to find and come in fewer sizes than the Iris Weathertight Totes.

The lids on the IKEA Sockerbit Boxes don’t latch, which made the boxes uncomfortable to carry and less useful than our picks.

Heavy-duty containers

Rubbermaid’s Roughneck Totes, which we tested in 18-gallon, 10-gallon, and 3-gallon sizes, are excellent, and a favorite with a lot of our staff. They’re just really hard to find.

Attached-lid containers

The Quantum QDC2115-12 storage containers were very similar to the Akro-Mils KeepBox in testing but they aren’t clear and they cost a lot more.

Closet storage boxes

2015 testing

Even when empty, the now discontinued Sterilite 25-Gallon Ultra Tote was warped. Our recommendations are better-made.

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Sources

  1. Beth Penn, home organizer and founder of Bneato Bar, email interview, December 27, 2018

  2. Ductile/Brittle Transition Temperature, Omnexus by SpecialChem

  3. Rebeca S. Grecco Romano, Washington Luiz Oliani, Duclerc Fernandes Parra, and Ademar Benevolo Lugao, Effects of Environmental Aging in Propylene Obtained by Injection Molding, AIP Conference Proceedings 1914, December 15, 2017

  4. P.C. Lodi, B.S. Bueno, and J.G. Zornberg, UV Degradation of HDPE and PVC Geomembranes in Laboratory Exposure (PDF), proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Geosynthetics, May 1, 2010

  5. Peter Dunn, Why Do Plastics Get Brittle When They Get Cold?, MIT School of Engineering, June 2, 2009

About your guide

Jackie Reeve

Jackie Reeve is a senior staff writer covering bedding, organization, and home goods at Wirecutter since 2015. Previously she was a school librarian, and she’s been a quilter for about 15 years. Her quilt patterns and her other written work have appeared in various publications. She moderates Wirecutter’s staff book club and makes her bed every morning.

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