Organizing your pantry and considering diving into the addicting world of decanting? Dying to know the best pantry canisters? Well, I’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news is, there’s no one “best” pantry container, so my answer will not be super clear. The good news is, anything goes, so you can match your pantry canisters to your style, budget, and preferences.
Below, I’ve organized the canisters from plastic to glass, then most expensive to least expensive within those categories. If you’re leery of plastic, just scroll a bit and you’ll find glass options.
Related Reading: Canisters in the Pantry: To Decant or Not to Decant
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Best Plastic Pantry Canisters
OXO Pop Containers
These OXO Pop Containers are, by far, the most popular pantry containers. They are airtight, good quality, and have an oh-so-satisfying mechanism on the top that’s quite fun to push. They’re dishwasher safe and fit together nicely, both side by side and stacked.
The OXO Pop Containers can be quite pricey, so if budget is a concern, look at some other options below. Purchasing a multi-piece set will save you some money, but may not be perfect for your needs. They occasionally go on sale at Costco.
Another factor that concerns some is that they make these pantry canisters of plastic. They’re BPA-free, but still not going to be as safe as pantry canisters made of glass.
You can expect to pay around $60 for a set of 8 or 9 OXO Pop Container unless you catch a sale.
Progressive ProKeeper canisters is another popular pantry canister choice. These are less expensive than OXO and just as durable, if a little less satisfying to pop open and closed.
The lids of these clear containers are attached with a hinge. This doesn’t REALLY matter, although I do like that if I open the canister I don’t misplace the lid (don’t judge, things get a little crazy when you bake with three kids). Plus, if you have multiple canisters open and the tops are the same size, you can mix up which lid goes on which jar and potentially contaminate the contents. Probably not a huge deal, just something to consider.
A fun aspect of these pantry storage containers is they actually design the canisters for specific foods and come with small accessories such as a terracotta moisture stone (brown sugar), a plastic leveling bar (flour), or a shaker spoon (powdered sugar).
Also made of plastic, these ProKeeper Containers are durable and dishwasher safe. They can be purchased as a set or individually and stack nicely. (TAKE PIC)
A set of 6 Progressive ProKeepers is priced around $45 to $50, although I’ve seen them as low as $30 at Costco.
Rubbermaid Brilliance Pantry Storage Containers have a lot in common with OXO and Progressive. Along the same lines as the options listed above… BPA free plastic, dishwasher safe, removable lids, and 10,000 reviews. A solid option, for sure! These are also sold individually or in sets — and there are A LOT of set options, so weigh your needs before purchasing.
Rubbermaid Brilliance Canisters are about $45 for a set of 10 canisters, plus 10 lids.
Better Homes & Gardens Flip-Tite Canisters
As with OXO and Progressive, these Better Homes & Gardens Flip-Tite Canisters are made of BPA-free plastic. They are sold individually or within a set. I picked up a few on a whim and have been really pleased with how fresh my marshmallows have stayed within them (it was hot chocolate season when I grabbed them, and marshmallows can actually be quite tricky to keep fresh!)
The Better Homes & Gardens canisters are even less expensive than the Progressive. Plus, with OXO and Progressive, the individual container are considerably more expensive than a set. Not so with Better Homes & Gardens.
A package of four Better Homes & Gardens Flip-Tite Canisters are sold for $25 at Walmart, but individual containers start at just $5.
Chef’s Path Food Storage Containers
Last on the list of plastic food canisters is the Chef’s Path Food Storage Containers. While there are multiple types of Chef’s Path available, this version was recommended to me by another professional organizer.
Chef’s Path is the most economical option, however you cannot purchase individual containers, you need to grab a set. I have some concerns about the flaps along the edges of the lids — I feel like they might break down with age.
A set of 14 Chef’s Path containers is $40-45.
Best Glass Pantry Canisters
If you have concerns about plastic, glass jars are a great alternative. While they tend to be pricier, heavier, and potentially breakable, they’re also durable, timeless, and they won’t get scratched or discolored like plastic might.
Oh, and they’re gorgeous. Glass canisters are having a moment, and the lid options are endless. From stained wood, to clear glass, to black metal, you will find a canister to match your needs and your style. They’re so pretty, you’ll probably want to leave them out on the counter instead of hiding them away in a pantry or cabinet.
Anchor Hocking Montana Canisters
The Anchor Hocking brand has been around for a while, but I’m not sure they’ve ever been this pretty. Their line of Montana Canisters are pretty and functional. You can find their fresh seal lids in both brushed aluminum and black. Rumor has it you can sometimes find these on sale at HomeGoods, but if not, The Container Store and Amazon have your back.
These are wide and round and cannot be stacked, so consider how much space they’ll take up before committing.
Depending on size, Anchor Hocking Montana Canisters are $12-30 each.
Keeping it simple and Scandinavian, Ikea has a lot of glass jar options. Some come with lids, some lids are sold separately, all of them are lovely and work well. These are more narrow than other glass options and the flat bamboo lid lends itself well to stacking.
One of my favorite combinations is the 57 oz 365+ glass jar and bamboo lid. There’s a rubber seal inside to keep food fresh — although I’m not sure they’d stand up to the demands of brown sugar.
Expect to pay about $8 for the 365+ Jar with Lid combo at your local Ikea.
Anchor Hocking Cracker Jars
A little less air-tight than the Anchor Hocking Montana Canister above, the Anchor Hocking Cracker Jar is a solid choice for anything you’re not worried about drying out (again, brown sugar). They’re large with a wide mouth and a screw on top. Their square shape helps them fit together better than round jars, and their flat sides allow for easy labeling.
These jars also come in several sizes, the largest of which is 1 gallon, so it holds A LOT. They can be used in the pantry, bathroom, or laundry room.
Anchor Hocking Cracker Jars are $3-6, depending on size.
They’re simple, inexpensive, and can be used in so many ways. They’re on the smaller side so maybe not the best vessel for a 5 pound bag of flour, but they’re great for smaller snacks.
I prefer quart-sized, wide-mouth jars with plain sides. Priced around $10 for 12 jars, you really can’t beat the price of mason jars. Upgrade to plastic lids
Reusing Random Glass Jars
Finally, the last item on my canister list is free and functional. Use and reuse jars you purchase from the store with food in them. Spaghetti sauce jars, pickle jars (well washed!) and jugs of juice are all great for reusing in the pantry. Sometimes it’s even worth splurging on a brand you don’t normally buy just to get the jar. Adding labels to identify what’s inside is helpful!
So what pantry canisters do I use?
I use almost all of the above. I think it’s an occupational hazard. When I see a canister that looks good and might work great, I just need to try it out! Which then leaves me with a whole mismatched set of canisters.
Starting from the top of the list, I use…
- Progressive ProKeepers: I have two multi-piece sets and use them for all our baking goods, as well as chocolate chips and oatmeal. I’ve had these for years and I’m very happy with how they’ve held up and how fresh they keep my food.
- Better Homes and Gardens Flip-Tite Canister: I have three that I purchased on a whim. I currently have cocoa powder and marshmallows in two, since we drink a lot of hot chocolate in the winter. I have dog biscuits in a third. I haven’t had them long, but they’ve been working well!
- Ikea 365+ Glass Jar: I have two of these, one for sugar and one for coffee. These stay on my counter next to my coffee pot. They’re simple and the bamboo lids are pretty.
- Anchor Hocking Cracker Jars: While I don’t use these in the pantry, I do use them in my laundry room. Sometimes the metal lids are frustrating to get on nicely, but for the amount they hold and the price, it’s a great solution.
- Mason Jars: I use these for a TON of different items, both in and out of the pantry. Trail mix, granola, popcorn kernels, almonds… you name it. We also use them for pencils, craft supplies, and leftovers.
- Sauce Jars: Glass spaghetti sauce jars — specifically Classico brand — are essentially mason jars with different lids. I don’t hang on to all the jars, but I do save a lot of those. They’re perfect for leftovers, flowers, and other odds and ends that you might use mason jars for.
Read about my “rules” for decanting here.
The Best Canisters for your Pantry
So, there you have it! 10 of the best pantry canisters for your kitchen and pantry. Regardless of budget, materials, and style, there’s sure to be something on the list that meets your needs.
What do you think of my list? Do you have something else to add that I missed? I’m always looking for new recommendations, so leave a note below and let me know!