The 8 Best Meal Prep Containers of 2020

Prep a week's worth of meals in these perfectly sized containers

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Our Top Picks
"If you like to keep your proteins, starches, and veggies separate, these three-compartment containers are perfect for you."
"A silicone sleeve provides some insulation while also offering a non-slip grip and slide-resistance for these glass containers."
"Sturdy enough to be washed in the dishwasher, but inexpensive enough to be sent to school with forgetful kids? Perfect."
"These containers include their own cutlery, making them perfect for lunches on-the-go."
"Besides withstanding rougher use, metal containers are also a lot lighter than their glass counterparts."
"These small, 2-ounce containers make it a little bit easier to make your baby's purees in your own kitchen."
Best Individual:
IKEA 365+ Lunch Box at Ikea
"Each of these 15-ounce containers are freezer, microwave, and dishwasher safe, making your prep, meal, and cleanup times easy."
"These colorful containers are see-through enough that it’s easy to tell which is holding a sandwich and which has the fruit salad."

Best Glass: Prep Naturals 3-Compartment Glass Meal Prep Containers

The best containers for families who like to plan meals ahead, the three compartments in these containers make it easy to keep foods separate, whether it’s a salad, sandwich, and snack, or it’s meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and green beans.

These containers are freezer safe, so meals can be prepped and saved for much later, and they can be microwaved to heat the food for serving. They’re also dishwasher safe, so cleaning is easy when dinner is done.

Each container in this set of five can hold a total of 34 ounces. While the containers are leakproof, there is no seal along the walls of the compartments, so if these are turned on their sides, liquids can leak from one compartment to the next.

Best Microwave Safe: Ello 10-Piece Meal Prep Food Storage Container Set

These glass containers have a silicone sleeve that provides some insulation while offering a non-slip grip and slide-resistance on the table. The silicone also helps protect the glass from accidental bumps and drops, making them more sturdy than typical glass containers, and perfect for taking back and forth to work.

These containers have one large storage space, so they’re great for big salads, soups, stews, or even a sandwich and chips. Each silicone sleeve is a different color, so it’s easy for family members to grab their own lunch from the fridge, or to keep track of them in the freezer. For hot foods, these are microwave safe, and they’re dishwasher safe when it’s time to clean up. Each of the five containers in this set holds up to 3.4 cups of food.

Best Budget: Freshware 3-Compartment Meal Prep Containers (30 Pack)

Sturdy enough to be washed in the dishwasher, but inexpensive enough that no one will worry if a container is left behind at school or accidentally thrown away, this economy pack of 21 containers is enough for make-ahead meal planning, for freezing leftover meals for later, and for giving ready-made meals to neighbors who need some extra help.

Each container is split into three compartments, so it’s easy to keep foods separate, and since they’re microwave safe, it’s easy to heat and eat the food at school, work, or home. When they’re empty, they won’t take a lot of storage space since they nest neatly, so they can be collected on a shelf until it’s time for some more make-ahead meals. Each container holds a total of 24 ounces between the three compartments.

Best Set: Pohl+Schmitt Glass Meal Prep Containers

The perfect set for lunches on-the-go, these meal prep containers even include their own cutlery, neatly tucked into a compartment in the lid where they stay clean and ready to be used, whether lunch is a salad or a hot bowl of pasta. The containers are glass, with one large compartment, and are microwave safe for easy food reheating. With each set, you'll get five 30-ounce containers and five sets of cutlery to go with them.

Reviewers point out that, because the lids are shaped to accommodate the utensils, they’re rounded rather than completely flat which means these containers are wobbly when stacked on top of each other.

Best Metal: LILYS KITCHEN Stainless Steel Food Containers

While glass containers are durable, they can still break if dropped. Metal containers like these can withstand rougher use, whether it’s an accidental fall from the counter, or a backpack that’s loaded with books, keys, and your coffee thermos. They’re also lighter than glass containers, so they won’t add as much weight to your book bag or briefcase.

The lids snap on securely and have a lifetime warranty, so they can be replaced easily if they ever do get damaged. This set includes three different container sizes, great for families with different appetites or anyone who is prepping multiple types of meals through the week. The containers nest for easy storage when they’re empty, and are dishwasher safe when you're finished eating. This set includes one 13-ounce container, one 25-ounce containers, and one 40-ounce container and plastic lids.

Best for Baby Food: OXO Tot Baby Blocks Food Storage Containers

Prepping food ahead of time for the baby or toddler can make homemade baby food just a little bit more manageable. These small 2-ounce containers help busy parents make serving sizes that won’t waste food. The included tray keeps all the containers neatly together whether they’re grouped by ingredients or arranged by meals, and the snap-on lids seal securely, so you can keep them in your diaper bag when you head outside.

When baby outgrows these small containers, they’re handy for freezing leftover egg yolks or whites, or for freezing herbs, tomato paste, and other foods in small portions. This set comes with six 2-ounce containers with lids, plus a tray to hold them. You can choose between pink and teal containers, and a similar set with 4-ounce containers is available for kids who are eating more food at each meal.

Best Individual: IKEA 365+ Lunch Box

While most prep containers come in sets, these round containers can be purchased individually so you can buy as many as you need—no more, no less. The bowl itself doesn't have dividers, but it includes vertical storage to keep foods separate, whether it’s salad and croutons, or pasta and garlic bread, or soup along with a crunchy snack for later.

The container is made from durable plastic with a lid that creates a vacuum seal to keep foods fresher and safely contained. The 15-ounce containers are freezer, microwave, and dishwasher safe, so you can cook in batches, reheat your food at work, and easily wash it all at home.

Best Plastic: Imperial Home Meal Prepare Food Storage Set

This set of three 20-ounce containers comes in three different colors (pink, blue, and green), so it’s easy for family members to grab the right meal from the fridge or freezer. Since they’re made from plastic, they’re lighter than glass or metal containers, so they’re easier to carry. They’re also see-through enough so it’s easy to tell which is holding a sandwich and which has the fruit salad.

For hot meals, these are microwave safe, and they’re freezer safe for long-term food planning and storage. When the containers come home, they’re also dishwasher safe.

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