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Are you thinking it may be time to ditch the plastic and upgrade to glass storage containers? While plastic containers may be convenient, they aren’t always the best choice. Making the switch to glass containers has benefits beyond easy cleaning. Turning to glass has both environmental and health benefits. Glass containers minimize our exposure to harmful plasticizers like BPA and phthalates found in a lot of plastic containers. They're made of a nonporous surface—so they don't absorb smells or stains your plastic containers. And while the price might be higher than their plastic counterparts, glass storage containers last longer. We’ve found a few BPA-, phthalate- and PVC-free faves to help you find the perfect fit for all your storage needs.
Oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe
Made with durable, BPA-free glass
Lids are tough to secure at first
Users praise the Glasslock lids for being easy to use and for sealing the container securely, so there are no leaks or drips when you’re storing food. They’ll keep your food fresh, whether you’re stashing leftovers or prepping herbs and spices for a recipe. This set includes both round and rectangular-shaped containers with matching lids. The rectangular containers include one 6.3 cup, one 3.3 cup, two 3.5 cup, and one 1.6 cup container. The round containers include one 3.1 cup, one 1.6 cup, and one .7 cup container. There is also one 3.3 cup square container. They are all microwave, oven, freezer, and dishwasher safe. Our product tester was pleased to discover that these containers distribute heat evenly in both the oven and the microwave: "I reheated a casserole and found no hot or cool spots," she says.
"I stored garlicky sauces and pungent leftover Thai food and found no residual scents after a quick wash." — Linnea Covington, Product Tester
Durable borosilicate glass
Vented lids for easy cooling
Compartments aren’t individually sealed
Lids can't go in dishwasher, microwave, or freezer
Lids are hard to lock at first
Great for meal prep, each of these containers has two compartments so you can portion ingredients for meals and keep them separate without having as many containers. The containers hold 29 ounces each, with one section larger than the other. Our product tester does note, however, that the divider is shorter than the rest of the container. "If you have liquids on one side, it could easily spill over into the other compartment," she says.
The containers are microwave, oven, freezer, and dishwasher safe. While the manufacturer says that the lids are not microwaveable, some users reported that they have used them in the microwave with no issues. A vent on the lid allows you to vent steam if you’ve put hot food in the container, or to release pressure if food has cooled and the lid has suctioned on. This is a set of five containers and five matching lids.
"The divider makes the containers perfect for storing a sandwich (or, say, a small chicken breast or steak) in the larger end, and fruit or veggies in the smaller side." — Rebekah Joan, Product Tester
Stain and odor resistant
Durable, high-quality tempered glass
Dishwasher, freezer, and microwave safe
Containers get very hot in the microwave
This set of six glass storage containers, plus lids, is perfect for stashing leftovers, whether it’s meat and vegetables from dinner or leftover chopped vegetables from salad prep. The set includes three different sizes: 2 cups, 4 cups, and 7 cups, so you can choose just the right size no matter what needs to be stored. The containers are made from tempered glass that is freezer, microwave, and preheated-oven safe, so you can safely stash the food for later or reheat it without having to transfer it to another bowl. Our product tester gives high marks to the set's tempered glass, which can withstand any oven temperature.
When the containers are empty they’re dishwasher safe for super-easy cleaning. The lids are plastic and can be used in the freezer—though our tester found that they're not quite microwave safe, despite being advertised as such. They’re top-rack dishwasher safe for easy cleaning, but they can’t be used in the freezer. These are made in America.
"The 4-cup container traveled well and didn’t leak in my backpack on the way to work." — Tierney McAfee, Product Tester
Microwave, oven, and freezer safe
Lids are tight and leak proof
Lids are not oven safe
This set of 10 containers with lids includes a variety of sizes and shapes that will come in handy for storing everything from leftover cooked pasta to gummy candies. The rectangular containers include two 1.6 cup, two 3.6 cup, and one 7.6 cup. The round containers include two 1.28 cup and one 3 cup. The square containers include one 1.8 cup and one 4 cup. The lids lock on and have a silicone ring that prevents spilling if the containers are accidentally tipped. Many reviewers praise the secureness of the lids, saying that they don't have any trouble with leaks and spills.
The containers are oven safe to 752 degrees, so they can handle the heat of kitchen ovens with ease, or they can be used to reheat food in the microwave. For storage, they can handle the refrigerator or freezer. The lids are not oven safe, but they can handle the microwave if they’re vented and can be used in the refrigerator and freezer. They’re top-rack dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
Freezer, dishwasher, oven, and microwave safe
Includes measuring marks
Easy to store in the fridge and freezer
Perfectly sized for baby food, this set of four containers has measuring marks that make portioning easy. You can also monitor how much your baby has eaten. Several reviewers like how easy these containers are to store: a plastic tray is included, and you can neatly stack sets on top of each other. These are freezer, dishwasher, oven, and microwave safe, and the lids snap on securely for a sure seal. These come with teal or pink lids, and 8-ounce containers are also available, for hearty eaters. When your little one has outgrown these containers, they’re handy for storing small amounts of herbs, spices, freshly squeezed lemon juice, or pre-prepped garnishes for your favorite recipes.
Glass dish is microwave, oven, freezer, and dishwasher safe
Lid fits well and is easy to seal
This 3-quart dish is the one you’ll reach for when it’s time to prep ahead and cook later. In fact, the dish garnered high marks from several reviewers for its versatility: it’s perfect for make-ahead French toast casserole, for bread pudding, and for all kinds of casseroles. Make them ahead of time, snap the lid on, and refrigerate them to bake later. Plus, it's great for marinating meats before they meet the grill and for storing leftovers without moving the food to a different container.
When it’s time to bring a dish to a potluck, the lid makes it easy to transport everything from salad to lasagna to cookies, and since it’s microwave safe, food can be easily reheated. The glass dish is safe for the microwave, preheated oven, refrigerator, freezer, and dishwasher. The lid is top-rack dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
Lids are tight and seal completely
Wide mouth for easy pouring
Includes chalkboard labels and marker
Not "mason jar" quality as described
These 32-ounce glass containers are great for pantry storage since the lids clamp on tight and seal completely to keep pests and dust out. The lids open wide for pouring pasta or snacks, and the wide opening allows a scoop or measuring cup to fit inside. This set also includes chalkboard labels and a chalk marker to attractively label the containers so everyone knows what each one holds. While these are great for dry goods, they can be used for liquids as well since the silicone seal prevents spilling and the glass jars are easy to wash in between uses. Several reviewers say they are happy with how these containers perform for dry food storage, though many observe that the jars are not mason-jar quality as described.
Includes removable silicone sleeves
Dual-lock silicone lids offer tight seal
Oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe
Containers can be heavy
Containers are a bit shallow
Glass is the perfect non-staining, non-toxic, odor-resistant material for containers, but the downside is that glass can break if it’s bumped hard or dropped. These handy 2-cup containers help to solve that problem since they’ve covered with a silicone sleeve that cushions and insulates the container for safer storage. Meanwhile, the dual-lock lids seal tight, keeping food fresh, whether it’s leftover gravy, a sandwich for lunch at work, or onions that were prepped ahead of time for taco night.
The containers are oven and microwave safe for easy cooking or reheating, and they’re dishwasher safe so cleaning is a snap. This is a set of four containers, each with a different colored sleeve, so it’s easy to color-code lunches for the family or remember which holds herbs and which is tomatoes. The sleeves can be removed if desired.
Several reviewers gave these containers high marks because they're shatter-resistant when cushioned with the silicone sleeves, though a few say they wish the containers themselves were a bit deeper.
Safe for microwave, oven, freezer, and dishwasher
Lids seal well and are easy to attach
Made in the USA
Lids take a long time to dry
This 10-piece set consists of one 1-cup bowl, two 2-cup bowls, one 4-cup bowl, and one 7-cup bowl—so you’ll always have the right size for storing everything from leftover stew to pre-made salad. It's great for food prep or for storing leftovers or tasty snacks.
They’re safe for the microwave or a preheated oven and can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer. For cleaning, the containers are dishwasher safe. Our product tester likes that she is able to use one container all the way from meal prepping to cooking to reheating.
The lids are top-rack dishwasher safe, so cleanup after dinner is effortless. These are made in America.
"The smaller containers make the set great for meal prepping and packed lunches, while the larger containers make storing large portions of leftovers easy." — Rebekah Joan, Product Tester
Containers made of heavy-duty glass
Lids are airtight and watertight
Containers are microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe
Lids may be difficult to snap on
These extra-large containers are perfect for make-ahead dinners for the family, for freezing fruits and vegetables, and for collecting odds and ends in the freezer for making soup stock. They’re airtight and watertight for safe storage and for transporting food to potlucks and parties. The set includes one 27-ounce container, one 40-ounce container, and one 74-ounce container, so you won’t have to use multiple containers for large quantities. The containers are safe for the microwave and for the oven to 932 degrees, so they’re great for baking and roasting, too. The lids and containers are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning every time. This set garnered high marks for how durable and heavy duty the glass containers are.
We awarded the GLASSLOCK 18-Piece Assorted Oven Safe Container Set the top spot because they're sturdy and eco-friendly, with a simple yet aesthetically pleasing design. If you don't have much space in your kitchen, try the Anchor Hocking TrueSeal Round Glass Food Storage with Mineral Blue Lid. This set of three containers nests inside each other to save you space.
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Cookbook author Donna Currie is a writer and product tester for The Spruce Eats. She's also an expert on all things to do with kitchen storage and meal prep solutions. Take a look at her other roundups on this topic: top meal prep containers, avocado storage solutions, and the best bento boxes.
What to Look for When Buying Glass Food Storage Containers
Number of pieces: Are you revamping your entire kitchen storage situation, or are you just looking for a few perfect pieces for storing leftovers or lunch? Larger sets take up more space, but they're also generally more cost-effective.
Size range: Do you need small containers or are you looking for a few pieces that can handle potluck-sized meals? There’s no right answer for everyone, but it’s wise to look at all the sizes included, so you don’t end up with extra pieces that you’ll store but never use for food.
Safe uses: In theory, most glass storage containers can handle a wide temperature range, but if you want pieces that are guaranteed to be safe in the freezer, refrigerator, microwave, or dishwasher, make sure they're rated for those uses. Lids will have different temperature ranges, so make sure you’ll be using those correctly as well.