Nobody likes stale food, but when you loosely roll the opening of a chip bag to close it, there’s no guarantee that air and moisture won’t get inside and ruin what was otherwise a perfectly crunchy snack. Enter chip clips, a classic tool for sealing bags to maintain freshness. From preserving party-size bags of tortilla chips from a tailgate to sealing flour to avoid spills, chip clips can be incredibly useful—however, there are many options out there, and one kind may serve you better than another.
We researched and rounded up the best chip clips, so you can find the optimal option for your pantry.
House Again 12 Pack Chip Bag Clips
3 inches wide
No magnetic backing
Our top spot goes to the bag clips from House Again. They may look simple, but they are incredibly effective. While they are made of sturdy stainless steel, you don’t have to worry about any sharp edges, as each clip is tipped with colorful silicone.
The mouths of the clips are wide (3 inches, to be exact), making them a great choice for sealing larger bags. You can even use them to seal up bags of frozen veggies, since they are freezer-safe. The clips are sturdy and strong and won’t slip.
Price at time of publish: $14
Materials: Stainless steel, silicone | Set Count: 12 | Dimensions: 3 x 2.5 inches
Oxo Good Grips Collection Bag Clip, 4 Piece Set
Can hang from hooks
Multiple colors available
A bit small
Magnetic chip clips are incredibly convenient and versatile. You could pin important reminders to the fridge, store them for easy access, or even hold up tools and bags for storage. Oxo’s Good Grips bag clips have a strong magnetic backing. They also feature holes to hang them from hooks or pegs.
Both the handle and the clip mouth are non-slip, so the clip won’t slide out of your hand or off the bag. Each clip in this four-piece set has a different color: red, light blue, navy, and yellow. If those aren’t your favorites, Oxo also has an assorted neon-colored set and a plain white set.
Price at time of publish: $10
Materials: Plastic, magnet | Set Count: 4 | Dimensions: 3 x 1.5 inches
Williams Sonoma Metallic Bag Clips, Set of 4
Durable stainless steel
Many people prefer metal chip clips for their strength and durability, and Williams Sonoma has a beautiful four-piece set of stainless steel chip clips that create a tight seal. Long and slender, these clips are spring-loaded for easy clipping. Each one features an eye-catching brushed matte-black finish.
Price at time of publish: $25
Material: Stainless steel | Set Count: 4 | Dimensions: 4.5 inches long
GripStic Reusable Bag Clips, Extra Large
Freezer- and dishwasher-safe
No sharp edges
Extra-large size only comes in green and pink
Not all chip clips look the same. This ingenious device from GripStic promises an airtight and waterproof seal. Fold the bag, slip the GripStic over it, and that’s it. Not only does the clip keep snacks fresh, but it also makes things look neater.
There are multiple sizes of GripStics, ranging from small 5-inch clips to extra-long 13-inch clips—each size in a different color—to fit all sorts of bags, from single-serve candy pouches to party-size tortilla chips.
Price at time of publish: $24
Material: Polypropylene | Set Count: 12 | Dimensions: (Pink) 13 inches long, (green) 11.25 inches long
Best Large Set
Kizmos Magnetic Plastic Bag Clips, Set of 15
If you have a lot of snacks or baking ingredients to keep fresh, you’ll need more than a small handful of clips. This colorful 15-count set from Kizmos features ridges at the mouth to ensure that the clips won’t slip off the bag, and the silicone grip is comfy to grasp.
Though magnetic, many reviewers note that these aren’t particularly strong when it comes to hanging things on the fridge, so they may be best for holding lighter items, like recipe cards or grocery lists. Each clip is a different color, providing a rainbow of useful tools that are great for keeping bagged snacks fresher for longer.
Price at time of publish: $12
Materials: Plastic, magnet | Set Count: 15 | Dimensions: 3 inches long
Vistaprint Jumbo Magnetic Clips
Many colors available
Extensive customization options
18-count minimum purchase
It’s always nice when something has a personal touch, right? Vistaprint offers highly customizable jumbo magnetic clips with 14 color options available, different sizes and shapes, and the ability to upload your own icon or logo. Vistaprint also has design services available if you’d like professional guidance.
This is a great option for giving business clients, using as memorable party or wedding favors, or simply having personalized chip clips around the house. Please note that there is a minimum purchase of 18 clips.
Price at time of publish: Starting at $81 (for a set of 18)
Materials: Plastic, magnet | Set Count: Varies, 18 minimum | Dimensions: 1.97 x 2.99 x 1.5 inches
Kikkerland Rainbow Bag Clips
Vibrant and bright
Not ideal for larger bags
Who said chip clips had to be boring? Add a pop of color to your pantry with these rainbow bag clips from Kikkerland. The neon-bright clips come in eight vibrant shades, but please be aware that retailers might sell slightly different color sets.
Each clip is made of sturdy polypropylene for the clip, and steel for the springs. They might not be the largest clips, but they are certainly the brightest. Combined with their fun, rounded shape, they are statement pieces as well as handy tools.
Price at time of publish: $9
Materials: Polypropylene, steel | Set Count: 8 | Dimensions: 2.5 x 1 x 1 inches
CandyWrapIsland Nacho & Chip Clips
Can specify desired quantity
Nacho and potato chip shapes sold separately
For those with a sense of humor, there’s the chip-shaped chip clip in not one, but two classic shapes: a ridged potato chip and triangular nacho chip. Though both types are available in the shop, they must be ordered separately. Still, they're totally worth it for the humor alone.
Price at time of publish: $3 per clip
Material: Plastic | Set Count: Buyer’s choice | Dimensions: (Potato chip) 2 x 2.5 inches, (nacho chip) 2.3 x 2.5 inches
Best for Kids
Yeuhtll Cartoon Animal Sealing Clips
Whimsical crocodile and bird shapes
Must snap shut (not spring-loaded)
Animal shapes sold separately
These chip clips combine two things kids love: bright colors and animals. They take the shape of a long crocodile snout or beak of a tropical bird. The beak and mouth click shut to keep the seal, unlike many spring-loaded chip clips. Each pack comes with a set of four in green, red, blue, and white. If you want both styles, you’ll have to order them separately.
Price at time of publish: $10
Material: Polypropylene | Set Count: 4 | Dimensions: (Crocodile) 5.66 x 1.18 inches (bird) 5.19 x 1.77 inches
3DShapeEngineering Corgi Chip Clips
Many color options available
Love dogs? There’s a clip for that. These 3D-printed chip clips are shaped like adorable corgis. Available in a multitude of colors, the clips come in sets of 10. You can have them all be the same color or a rainbow (two yellow, two orange, two red, two purple, and two blue), or or take a risk and try the random colors option.
The corgis aren’t traditional clips, per se. Instead, they feature grooves into which you can slip bag top. These loyal pups will keep your snacks from going stale too quickly.
Price at time of publish: $17
Material: PET plastic | Set Count: Buyer’s choice | Dimensions: 2.75 x 2 x 0.5 inches
What to Look for in Chip Clips
Not all chip clips are the same. Many use spring tension to keep bags closed, while others have groove slits or slide over bag tops to create a seal. Some have magnets. Even mouth styles can be different, with some clips having wide mouths and others being much smaller. With such variety, it’s important to ask yourself what you plan on clipping shut and which styles work best for your needs.
Unfortunately, some chip clips are rather thin and flimsy, which makes them prone to breakage. To avoid that, you’ll want to look for a more durable model. Metallic clips are known for their sturdiness, but there are also thick plastic models that hold up well.
While chip clips are certainly handy tools to have around, how many do you really need? If you only want to preserve the occasional chip bag, you might not need a set of 20 clips. But if you plan on clipping shut bread bags, sacks of sugar, or party-size chips, or even to hold up grocery lists and notes, you’ll need more than a few.
How do you close a chip bag without a clip?
There are many methods to closing a chip bag to preserve freshness, even without a clip. If there’s enough space, some bags can be tied off. Using rubber bands is another common way to secure a bag. There are plenty of life hack solutions in DIY videos, but we’ve found that the easiest (and most effective) way is just to use a chip clip.
How do you store chip clips?
When not in use, chip clips have to go somewhere. Most are small enough to store in a drawer or a bin in the pantry. Some clips have magnetic backs and can be stored on a refrigerator for easy access. There are even some clips that feature holes in their handles so they can hang on pegs or nails.
How do you fix a broken chip clip?
Sometimes the springs in certain chip clip models can come off their tracks and not close properly. If that’s the case, they can usually be nudged back into the proper position for an easy fix. If something cracks or breaks off, we recommend tossing it out, to avoid cuts. Luckily, most bag clips are fairly inexpensive and come in sets.
Why Trust the Spruce Eats?
From saving large chip bags from movie-watching parties to keeping flour bags shut while baking, Allison Wignall has been using chip clips all her life. She prefers magnetic clips for the convenience, and bright colors for the style. Allison's work has been featured in publications including Southern Living, Food & Wine, and Travel + Leisure.