Canstar Blue’s reusable food storage containers review compares Tupperware, Décor, Sistema, Anko (Kmart), Pyrex, Big W, Coles, Woolworths and IKEA on quality and durability, ease of use, ease of clean, design, variety, value for money and overall satisfaction.
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Is there anything more annoying than spending hours making a delicious packed lunch, only to have it spill open as soon as you pick up your bag? And why does your plastic container still smell like the beef stew you had three weeks ago? Food storage containers are an underrated household staple that can hold everything from lasagna to Legos, with our survey revealing that most people (40%) purchased not one, but a set of food storage containers to keep on hand. But, which brand is best?
To find out, we asked 1,400 Australian consumers to lift the lid on the reusable food storage container(s) they purchased and used in the last 12 months. Respondents scored brands on quality and durability, ease of use, ease of clean, design, variety, value for money and overall satisfaction. Brands that received the minimum sample size (30 responses) required are rated and compared in this year’s report.
In our first-ever reusable food storage container ratings, Tupperware snapped up the winning spot with five stars for overall satisfaction and in the majority of other categories!
Here are the best brands of food storage containers in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s ratings:
Tupperware was locked in as the best-rated food storage container brand, earning the only five-star review for overall satisfaction and top marks for quality and durability, ease of use and clean, design and variety.
Most other brands scored four stars, except for Coles, Woolworths and IKEA which ended on three stars overall. The only brand that got an edge over Tupperware was Kmart’s Anko line, taking the lead for value for money with five stars.
There aren’t many companies that have dominated their respective markets to the same extent Tupperware has in Australia for the past 60 years. Tupperware is so synonymous with food storage containers that many people often refer to reusable containers as ‘Tupperware’, regardless of whichever brand they’re using.
The brand offers a wide selection of pantry storage containers, fridge and freezer storage containers, food prep containers, kitchen storage containers and pet food storage containers. Tupperware also serves a variety of kitchenware and drink bottles, as well as eco-friendly products like microfibre cloths and reusable shopping bags.
Usually, nothing beats a good dishwashing liquid, sturdy sponge, and a little elbow grease when getting rid of stains and smells in food containers. But avoid over scrubbing, especially if you’re using a scouring pad because this can end up causing scratches and weaken the integrity of your container.
You can also remove stains and smells with very little effort by simply soaking your container in a mixture of warm water and detergent while doing the dishes first. It’s advised to soak your containers as soon as you can, otherwise, the food will start to dry onto the sides and make it more difficult to clean.
Knowing when to replace your plastic food containers is important because things like poor sealing and odd bumps can make them unsafe to use. A loose lid, for example, can cause your food to spoil and put you at greater risk of food poisoning. Doming or dents can also be a result of melted plastic.
Here are a few tell-tale signs that your plastic food container has gone past its used-by date and should be replaced.
Most plastic food containers are microwave-safe, especially since these are designed to cope with reheating and, in some cases, freezing. But check the product or packaging for the microwave-safe symbol. If the container is not made to be used in the microwave, it can cause the plastic to melt and potentially make it unsafe to eat from.
Many plastic food containers are also dishwasher-safe, but make sure to look for the dishwasher-safe logo. If the container is not made to be cleaned in a dishwasher, it can harm the integrity of the container and cause damage.
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.
Canstar Blue surveyed more than 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and used a new food storage container (i.e. glass, plastic and lunch boxes) in the last 12 months – in this case, 1,400 people.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.
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