The 10 Best Glass Food Storage Containers of 2021

Ditch the plastic and go with these durable, safe sets

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Our Top Picks
"Includes both round and rectangular shaped containers with matching lids."
"Each container has two compartments so you can portion ingredients for meals."
"Includes a variety of sizes and shapes that will come in handy for storing everything."
"They’re airtight and watertight for safe storage and for transporting food to potlucks and parties."
"Made from tempered glass that is freezer, microwave, and preheated-oven safe."
"Nests neatly for space-saving storage."
"Great for pantry storage since the lids clamp on tight and seal completely to keep pests and dust out."
"Covered with a silicone sleeve that cushions and insulates the container for safer storage."
"Comes in a set with measuring marks to make portioning easier."
"The one you’ll reach for when it’s time to prep ahead and cook later."

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. Unlike plastic, certain glass containers can go from freezer to microwave or oven to table, for example.

But making the switch to glass containers has benefits beyond versatility. 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 like your plastic containers. While the price might be higher than their plastic counterparts, containers made of glass last longer.

Here, we list the best glass storage containers that are free of BPA, phthalate, and PVC to help you find the perfect fit for all your storage needs.

Best Overall: GLASSLOCK 18-Piece Assorted Oven Safe Container Set

Glasslock 11292 18-Piece Assorted Oven Safe Container Set
What We Like
  • Oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe

  • Made with durable, BPA-free glass

  • Recyclable

What We Don't Like
  • Lids are tough to secure at first

  • Heavy

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 0.7-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

Best for Meal Prep: Prep Naturals Glass 2-Compartment Meal Prep Containers, 5 Pack

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What We Like
  • Durable borosilicate glass

  • Divided interior

  • Vented lids for easy cooling

  • Leakproof

What We Don't Like
  • 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

Best Set: AmazonBasics Glass Locking Lids Food Storage Containers

What We Like
  • Microwave, oven, and freezer safe

  • Lids are tight and leak proof

  • Dishwasher safe

What We Don't Like
  • Lids are not oven safe

This set of ten 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.

Best for Freezer: Razab HomeGoods Extra Large Glass Food Storage Containers with Airtight Lids

What We Like
  • Containers made of heavy-duty glass

  • Lids are airtight and watertight

  • Containers are microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe

What We Don't Like
  • 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.

Best for Leftovers: Pyrex Glass Food Storage Set

What We Like
  • Stain and odor resistant

  • Durable, high-quality tempered glass

  • Dishwasher, freezer, and microwave safe

What We Don't Like
  • 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

Best for Small Kitchens: Anchor Hocking TrueSeal Food Storage Containers

What We Like
  • Safe for microwave, oven, freezer, and dishwasher

  • Lids seal well and are easy to attach

  • BPA-free lids

  • Made in the USA

What We Don't Like
  • Lids take a long time to dry

This ten-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

Best for Dry Storage: Flrolove Glass Kitchen Storage Canister Mason Jars with Lids

What We Like
  • Lids are tight and seal completely

  • Wide mouth for easy pouring

  • Includes chalkboard labels and marker

What We Don't Like
  • 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.

Best with Sleeve: Frego Plastic-Free Glass and Silicone Food Containers

What We Like
  • Includes removable silicone sleeves

  • Dual-lock silicone lids offer tight seal

  • Oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe

What We Don't Like
  • 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 contains 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.

Best for Baby Food: OXO Tot 4 oz. Glass Baby Food Storage Blocks

What We Like
  • Freezer, dishwasher, oven, and microwave safe

  • Includes measuring marks

  • Easy to store in the fridge and freezer

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

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.

Best Bake and Store: Anchor Hocking TrueFit Glass Baking Dish

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What We Like
  • Glass dish is microwave, oven, freezer, and dishwasher safe

  • Versatile

  • Lid fits well and is easy to seal

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

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.

Final Verdict

We awarded the GLASSLOCK 18-Piece Assorted Oven Safe Container Set the top spot because it's sturdy and eco-friendly with a simple, yet aesthetically pleasing design. Small kitchen? Try Anchor Hocking's TrueSeal Food Storage Containers.

What to Look for When Buying Glass Storage Containers

By Marshall Bright

Purpose

You may think glass storage is just for use in the home or for storing leftovers, but there are a wide variety of options, including lighter-weight glass containers designed for taking lunch on the go. On the other hand, heavier glass containers are often chemically treated to withstand high and low temperatures without breaking; these are a lifesaver for baking and freezing. But if you simply want glass containers to store dry goods at room temperature, you can go with a lighter-weight, untreated glass. The kinds of storage you want to do will also influence what kind of lid or seal the container has. Many glass containers have a plastic or silicone lid, which can offer a tight seal that protects leftovers or dry goods. 

Anchor Hocking TrueSeal Food Storage Containers
 The Spruce Eats / Rebekah Joan

Lid Type

Most glass containers feature some kind of silicone or plastic lid. Snap-on lids protect from spills, and are good for travel or storing liquid. If you want to go completely plastic-free, you will have to look for silicone lids or glass cover. While glass is typically microwave-safe, not all the lids sold with glass containers are—if you want to microwave covered food, be sure to check on the microwave specifications of the entire set when you shop. 

Capacity 

Glass containers range from big (like for your lasagna) to itty-bitty (baby food). Most containers will list their capacity in cups or ounces, though you can also typically find dimensions listed in inches. If you want an all-purpose set for leftovers, look for sets that contain a variety of sizes so you can store leftover veggies as easily as last night’s pot roast. 

For dry goods, bigger isn’t always better. Consider the shelf life of what you’re storing: spices can lose their flavor stored too long, for example, and some flours can go bad in a few months. If you are buying in bulk and storing food, consider your own usage and buy containers accordingly. 

Prep Naturals Glass Meal Prep Containers
 The Spruce Eats / Rebekah Joan

Safety

As previously stated, certain glass, like tempered and borosilicate, are specifically designed to be heated or frozen without shattering. While untreated glass can typically be frozen, you will have to carefully thaw it at room temperature before transferring it to an oven or microwave. Untreated glass is also unsafe to put in the oven. Treated glass, however, is oven-safe with limits: usually around 425 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Quantity

You can buy containers in sets as well as piecemeal. Sets typically offer some value and allow you to build up your kitchen quickly. But you can also buy individual pieces if you primarily want it for packing lunch, for example. Sets also often offer the advantage of being easier to store together if they’re designed to nest. Rather than buying things one at a time from different brands, you can often more easily stack and store containers from the same brand or collection. 

Prep Naturals Glass Meal Prep Containers
The Spruce Eats / Rebekah Joan 

Types of Glass Storage Containers

Untreated Glass

The cheapest glass to produce is likely all around you: untreated soda-lime glass is used to make jars, bottles, and cups. If your glass container doesn’t say it’s tempered or strengthened, it’s probably untreated, or just regular old glass. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing; for storing food in the fridge or at room temperature, soda-lime glass is fine. It’s when you freeze or heat the glass that you want another option. 

Tempered Glass

Soda-lime glass can be tempered or heated in such a way that it can withstand a wider range of temperatures. This tempering process also means that the glass is less likely to shatter. And, when tempered glass breaks, it tends to fracture into small, harmless pieces, not the big, jagged pieces of untreated glass. Tempered glass is not just used in food; car windows, shower doors, and microwave oven doors are made from this material. 

Borosilicate Glass 

Borosilicate contains boric oxide, which makes it even more resistant to thermal shock than tempered glass. But it’s also more expensive to produce. If you’re not ready to shell out for borosilicate, don’t worry; it usually takes an extreme temperature change, like putting a frozen casserole directly in the oven, for tempered glass to shatter. 

Pyrex Simply Store Round Food Container Set
The Spruce Eats / Tierney McAfee 

Brands/Manufacturers

Pyrex

Pyrex containers were some of the first to be made out of borosilicate glass. Today, however, Pyrex is made out of tempered glass. While some die-hards scour the internet for vintage Pyrex made from borosilicate, most home cooks hardly notice the difference and heat and freeze their food in Pyrex with no problem. 

Pyrex Simply Store Round Food Container Set
The Spruce Eats / Tierney McAfee 

OXO 

If you are committed to going the borosilicate route, check out OXO. Its glass containers, from casseroles down to baby food, are made from durable glass. 

Anchor Hocking 

Like Pyrex, Anchor Hocking has been a mainstay in American kitchens for over a century. In addition to selling tempered glass containers and bakeware, Anchor Hocking also sells glassware, bowls, and other kitchen pieces. 

Anchor Hocking TrueSeal Food Storage Containers
 The Spruce Eats / Rebekah Joan

Maintenance

If treated with care, glass can last and last. A good glass food container should be dishwasher-safe. If you need to really scrub, a scrubby sponge, as well as steel wool pads, are perfectly fine. The trickier part may be cleaning the lids. Plastic lids are more likely to warp in a hot dishwasher, so be sure to check cleaning instructions before buying. Debris can also build up in crevices of snap-on lids, so be sure to spend some time scrubbing there if you hand-wash. 

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

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.

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