You'd think that picking out a solid food container is pretty straightforward. But there are actually several factors that go into finding the best airtight containers. The good news is that I've done all the research for you and put together a list of some of the top selections out there. Before you skim through, there are a few key considerations to think about.
First, look at the lid. This is one of the most important considerations because it's what determines a container's freshness. Push-down style lids aren't typically the best, though there are exceptions. Usually, it's better to go with a lid that snaps down, clamps on, or otherwise locks into place. When possible, it helps to read reviews to see what others say about how airtight the lid is (and I've got you covered there with my picks below).
Next, think about the material. This has an enormous impact on the quality of your containers. Look for materials that are strong and durable, like Zylar, acrylic, or polypropylene, so the canister doesn't crack or break — even better if it's something nonporous, like borosilicate glass, as that means it won't absorb odors and tastes.
Once you've considered these factors, also think about the smaller details, like whether you want containers that stack neatly in your pantry or something attractive that you can leave out on your counter.