Stain- and odor-resistant
Durable, high-quality tempered glass
Dishwasher-, freezer-, and microwave-safe
Tempered glass bases can withstand any oven temperature
2-year limited warranty
Lids are not microwave safe despite being advertised as such
Containers get very hot in the microwave
We purchased the Pyrex Simply Store Round Food Container Set so our reviewer could put it to the test in her kitchen. Keep reading for our full product review.
Somewhere near the Island of Lost Socks lies the Island of Mismatched Tupperware. If you’re ready for a fresh food storage start, this nestable container set will help transform your cabinets from tumultuous to tidy. And like all Pyrex glassware, these containers are just as at home on your shelves as they are in your fridge, microwave, oven, and dishwasher. More durable than plastic containers, these quality pieces are a great investment for anyone who’s ready to get serious about food storage. Keep reading for our review of the set’s design, material, price, and more.
Design: Spacious and space-saving
This handy six-piece set includes a 2-cup, 4-cup, and 7-cup round glass container, each with an airtight blue plastic lid. While the containers offer a spacious interior for all your food storage needs, they also tuck neatly inside each other, saving valuable cabinet space in our tiny kitchen.
This set may be called “Simply Store” but it does so much more than just keep your food fresh. The containers can also be used to microwave, reheat, and bake food in the oven. They can even be used for measuring ingredients during cooking since the measurements are conveniently noted on the bottom of each container in quarts and liters/milliliters.
We found the 7-cup container to be perfectly sized for multiple leftover meals, while the 2- and 4-cup containers were better suited to meal prep and lunches. During the two weeks that we tested this set, we used the 2-cup container to store sliced fruits and vegetables, as well as single servings of leftovers. We used the 7-cup container to store dinners that we made in advance of busy weeknights and the 4-cup containers for individual lunches.
The 4-cup container traveled well and didn’t leak in our backpack on the way to work (more on that below). We love that the containers can be used in the microwave, so we could easily store, heat up, and eat our meals in the same container.
The 4-cup container traveled well and didn’t leak in our backpack on the way to work.
The containers held up well in the microwave, but we noticed that they were often too hot to handle after a couple minutes of heat. While this isn’t ideal, it is typical for glass, so just be sure to use paper towels or pot holders to remove the containers.
One of the only drawbacks we found with this product is that the lids are not microwave safe despite being advertised as such. After we microwaved one container with the lid on for five minutes, the top became warped and a little piece melted into the glass container. The lids will face a similar fate if used in conventional or convection ovens, which Pyrex advises against.
We also tested the containers for leakage by filling them with water, turning them upside down, and shaking them around vigorously. For the most part, we found that the lids remained secure and none of the liquid leaked out, except for one incident in which the lid completely slipped off of the 7-cup container. We think we were just a little overzealous with our shaking, though, as when we tested one of the containers in a more realistic scenario—bringing soup to work—it didn’t suffer any leaks.
Material: Durable and time-tested
Pyrex glass kitchenware has stood the test of time for more than a century. In 1915, the brand became the first to release consumer cooking products made with temperature-resistant glass. Many people keep their Pyrex glassware for a lifetime, pass them down through generations, or collect the brand’s vintage casserole dishes and mixing bowls.
All Pyrex glass is made in the United States, which will surely be a selling point for some, and it lives up to its hype as being remarkably resilient and durable. While there have been reports in recent years of Pyrex cookware exploding when it gets too hot, we didn’t run into any problems when using the containers in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. When we reached out to the company’s customer service, we were told that Pyrex glassware can withstand any temperature in the oven, as long as it’s preheated and not on a broiler setting. Just to be safe, we recommend using your Pyrex containers at 350 degrees or less.
One of the only drawbacks we found with this product is that the lids are not microwave-safe, despite being advertised as such.
We used the 7-cup container in the oven to make vegetable lasagna pie, which came out evenly cooked and delicious. We also liked that the simple yet attractive glass bases can double as serving containers, easily making the transition from our oven to our kitchen table.
Another great thing about this set is that the lids are made out of BPA-free materials, which means they don’t contain Bisphenol A, a chemical commonly used to harden plastic food containers while causing fetal development issues.
Care: Easy to clean
Dishwasher-safe bases and top-rack dishwasher-safe lids make these containers extremely easy to clean. Each piece held up well after multiple washes, with the lids remaining unwarped. Unlike plastic containers, Pyrex glassware is nonporous, so it won’t absorb food odors, flavors, or stains. We put this to the test by storing spaghetti sauce in one container for a couple of days, and it washed up totally clean and clear.
Price: Lots of bang for your buck
Glass food storage containers are certainly more expensive than plastic ones, but we think this set’s quality and versatility makes it well worth the $18 investment. Plus, it comes with a two-year limited warranty against manufacturer defect.
Rubbermaid Food Storage Container Set vs. Pyrex Simply Store Round Food Container Set
To see how the Pyrex stacked up against other glass sets on the market, we also tested the Rubbermaid Glass Food Storage Container Set. Rubbermaid’s offering consists of one 1-cup, two 1.5-cup, one 2.5-cup, and one 4-cup container with easy-find plastic lids. Like the Pyrex containers, the Rubbermaid containers can also be used for storage, baking, serving, cooking, and microwaving. The biggest perk of the Rubbermaid set is its cleverly designed lids, which feature a “press to seal” button in the middle to ensure a tight, leak-proof fit. The set is a bit more expensive at $30, but it does offer 10 pieces as opposed to Pyrex’s six.
Go for it!
Like the Pyrex name itself, this sturdy and dependable container set will stand the test of time in your kitchen.
- Product Name Simply Store Round Food Container Set
- Product Brand Pyrex
- UPC 071160092280
- Price $17.99
- Weight 4 lbs.
- What’s Included 2-cup round dish, 4-cup round dish, 7-cup round dish, 3 lids
- Material Glass