In this microwave-safe meal prep containers review, we analyse the best food containers that you can use to carry food on-the-go, and also to store, microwave and freeze leftovers for later.

With most restaurants and cafes closed due to the current Covid 19 pandemic that the world is experiencing, it has become next to impossible to have a meal out and it is becoming increasingly difficult to stop by a shop or takeaway outlet to get ready-to-go food. This has led to eating ‘al desko’, the re-emergence of home cooking, and let’s not even mention the surge in baking and obsession with banana bread! In light of the growth in home cooking, many people are often left with extra portions, having to eat at their desk and opting for picnics instead of meals out. Let’s try and make your life easier by reviewing 5 of the top food containers.

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5. Prep Pro Quality Meal Prep Containers

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  • Rank: 4.0 out of 5
  • Product Description:
    • Made from plastic
    • BPA-free
    • FDA approved
    • Dimensions: 22.5 x 15.5 x 5 cm
    • Microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe
    • Lid is transparent and stain-proof
    • Available in 1 colour
    • Airtight containers with tab locks to prevent leaking
    • Suitable for reuse and recycling
  • Pros:
    • Excellent value for money
    • Microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe
    • Suitable for recycling
    • Stackable for compact storage
    • BPA-free
    • Contains lock seal tabs to prevent leaks and lengthen food preservation
    • Tested and approved by various international standards
    • Excellent for preparing food in bulk
  • Cons:
    • Only available in 1 colour
    • Only available in packs of 10
    • Leak-resistant but not leak-proof
  • Guarantee: No, but covered under returns policy
  • Buy here: Prep Pro Quality Meal Prep Containers

These are great for people on a budget, people looking for compact containers and those who engage in the likes of bulk meal prep marathons. While they may not be the prettiest of food containers, don’t let that cloud your judgement or be the deciding factor in your purchase! They have, after all, been awarded approval by various international standards, which isn’t something you find in every product.

    4. Japanese Microwave Compartment Leak-Proof Bento Box

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    • Rating: 4.0 out of 5
    • Product Description:
      • Made from polypropylene plastic
      • BPA-free
      • Material is strong and durable
      • Available in 2 sizes
      • Dimensions: single layer: 17 x 10 x 5cm, double layer 17.5 x 8 x 8cm
      • Capacity: single layer: 500ml, double layer: 400ml
      • Double layer box includes chopsticks
      • Has moving partition to segregate foods
      • Microwave-safe and suitable for hot and cold foods
    • Pros:
      • Manufactured from one of the safest plastics available
      • Available in 2 colours: blue and beige
      • Option to choose between 1 or 2 layers
      • Leak-proof silicone seal to prevent leaking
      • Eco-friendly container suitable for reuse and recycling
      • Aesthetically pleasing container
    • Cons:
      • Size is smaller in double-layer option
      • May have a slightly small capacity for some people
    • Guarantee: No, but covered under 30-day returns policy
    • Buy here: Microwaveable leak-proof bento lunch box

    Bento boxes seem to be the new craze nowadays, and it’s no wonder really. With the surge in Instagram, there’s a growing population seeking to copy the food presentation styles of social media influencers and have Instagram-ready food to show off to the world. This bento box certainly helps there. While it is slightly on the small side, it’s ideal for storing snacks with the divider. Simply remove the divider and you’ve extra space for your lunch! The beauty about this bento box is that you don’t have to use straps or fidget about with rubber bands to ensure your food doesn’t leak – kudos for that!

    3. Glass Meal Prep Containers with Lifetime Lasting Snap Locking Lids

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    • Rating: 4.7 out of 5
    • Product Description:
      • Made from borosilicate glass
      • Glass food storage containers
      • Microwave, oven, freezer and dishwasher safe
      • Capacity: 36 Oz/1L
      • Dimensions: 41.2 x 24 x 18.6 cm
      • Use snap lock lids that comes with silicone seals
      • The lids will not break or slowly stop working
    • Pros:
      • FDA certified food grade safe & BPA free
      • Features as an Amazon’s choice product for ‘glass food containers’
      • Perfect size for food storage – 36 Oz/1L
      • Airtight smart locking lids are excellent to prevent leaks
      • Locking lids are durable and have lifetime guarantee
      • Silicone seals help ensure that your meal prep food will last much longer than normal plastic food storage containers
      • Made from high quality borosilicate glass, which is stronger and can adjust to temperature changes much better than cheaper glass food storage containers
      • Glass doesn’t stain
    • Cons:
      • Only available in 1 size
      • Only available as part of a pack of 5 containers
      • Lid is not suitable for the dishwasher, oven or microwave
    • Guarantee: Yes
    • Buy here: Glass Meal Prep Containers

    If I was choosing a glass food container, I would be opting for this. The versatility in terms of being not only suitable for the dishwasher, microwave and freezer, it can also be used in an oven! The price is also very reasonable, and let’s not forget the lifetime guarantee for the locking lids. They’re quite aesthetically pleasing to look at, and while it may seem shallow, we all eat with our eyes, and sometimes it’s nice to not eat out of a plastic container!

    2. UMAMI Bento Lunch Box with 1 Sauce Pot & 3 Cutlery PiecesMicrowave-safe meal prep containers - UMAMI bento lunch boxMicrowave-safe meal prep containers - UMAMI bento lunch box

     

    • Rating: 4.8 out of 5
    • Product Description:
      • Made from polypropylene plastic
      • BPA-free and BPS-free
      • Capacity: 1.20L
      • Dimensions: 18.5 x 10.2 x 9.5 cm
      • 100% hermetic with silicone seal to prevent leaks between compartments
      • 2 food layer compartments and 1 compartment for cutlery storage
      • 2 movable/removable food dividers included
      • Sauce pot included
      • 3 pieces of sturdy cutlery that lock in place for quiet transportation
      • Available in 5 colours: bamboo black, white, matte black, denim blue and kawaii pink
      • Airtight containers with tab locks to prevent leaking
      • Suitable for reuse and recycling
    • Pros:
      • Very versatile and convenient – can carry up to 4 separate meals
      • CE and FDA approved
      • Spare parts available
      • Comes with lengthy warranty and 24/7 customer support
      • Free from BPA and BPS
      • Microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe
      • Excellent selection of colours
      • Aesthetically pleasing
      • Suitable for reuse and recycling
      • Eco-friendly product manufactured by company committed to the 1% for the Planet programme
      • Product is manufactured by popular and well-established brand
      • Cons:
        • While it is value for money, it is more expensive than other food containers available
        • Need to apply seal on lid to ensure it stays closed – can be a bit cumbersome
      • Guarantee: Yes, 5-year warranty
      • Buy here: UMAMI Bento Lunch Box with 1 Sauce Pot & 3 Cutlery Pieces

      I think I have fallen for this container, it’s just so versatile! Just think of the convenience of having usable cutlery (not the flimsy stuff you normally get), not to mention the movable dividers and a sauce jar! I could easily picture my eating lunch at my desk with this beautiful bento box and not having to worry about sourcing cutlery; the sauce jar is an added bonus that eliminates the ordeal of carrying in a full bottle of dressing that could spill all over your bag – we’ve all been there! It’s also very stylish, the bamboo black colour is my personal favourite. It would also make a great gift – and that’s not something you can say about many lunch boxes.

      1. Sistema Microwave Rectangular Container, 1.25L

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      • Rating: 4.9 out of 5
      • Product Description:
        • Made from plastic
        • BPA-free, phthalate free and led-free
        • Capacity: 1.25L
        • Dimensions: 23.3 x 7.9 x 14.8 cm
        • Lid is transparent
        • Lid contains steam release vent
        • Available in 2 colours: red or blue
        • Airtight containers with tab locks to prevent leaking
        • Suitable for reuse and recycling
      • Pros:
        • Excellent value for money
        • Features as an Amazon’s choice product for ‘microwaveable lunch box’
        • Microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe
        • Available in 2 colours: red or blue
        • Suitable for recycling
        • Stackable for compact storage
        • Free from BPA, phthalate and lead
        • Contains lock seal tabs to prevent leaks
        • Steam release vent allows for splatter-free heating of food
        • Product is manufactured by a popular and well-established brand
      • Cons:
        • Some reviewers observed leaking of liquids
      • Guarantee: No, but covered under 30-day returns policy
      • Buy here: Sistema Microwave Rectangular Container

      If you’re looking for reliability, all you have to do is search for the Sistema brand; they’ve been around for years and you know that you’re getting a quality product every time. This food container is very reasonably priced, durable and the steam-release vent is a game-changer as it eliminates the hassle and ordeal of having your food splatter all over the microwave, and then the effort to cleaning it up. I’m sure I don’t even need to mention the fact that it has the accolade of an Amazon’s choice product, which really sells the product all on its own.

      Conclusion

      It was a very close tie between choosing the number one spot. There was something appealing about each one I used and I know if I had each of these containers, I’d put them all to use! Personally, if I could only choose 1, I would probably opt for the Sistema microwave rectangular container as I own a number of them and I can’t really fault them. I’ve only ever used the red coloured containers, which are great as they don’t stain. This is something that frustrates me about some of the clear plastic containers, as it can be next to near impossible to remove the stains from sauces. (By the way, if anyone has suggestions on how to remove these stubborn stains, please share them below!). The Sistema container also reasonably priced. I haven’t had any experience of them leaking and they’re very convenient in terms of storing food in the freezer and being microwaveable. It’s astonishing how many containers are not suitable for microwaving!

      If I was choosing a food container for convenience, it would be the UMAMI food container, which was a close second. It would also be remiss of me to not applaud the glass storage containers for functionality, the Prep Pro containers for value and the Japanese bento box for having a no-mess functionality. But ultimately, it depends on what you’re looking for. The above 5 products are all different in terms of function, size, cost, and aesthetics, so you could easily pick each one of them if you wanted and they would all serve different purposes. Hopefully one of the above will serve your needs!

      By the way, if you’re looking for some gadgets to assist you in the kitchen and with measuring ingredients, check out food portion control for weight loss and bulking – tips & gadgets

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      Have you used any of the above containers? What’s your favourite food container that you’ve come across? I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions below.

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      12 Comments

    • Md · 04/05/2020 at 4:13 PM

      Hey!
      It’s very difficult to cook sometimes for working professionals, deciding which container goes with microwave is also not easy if we’re in a hurry.

      I must say, your compiled list will make my life a lot easier.

        Sharon · 04/05/2020 at 6:07 PM

        Hello,

        I know how you feel, cooking can take quite a bit of time. You easily could spend 2-3 hours cooking if you wanted! The best thing is to pick microwave safe containers, you could regret it if you don’t!

        Thanks, that’s great feedback!

        Sharon

      Partha · 04/05/2020 at 4:47 PM

      Hi Sharon,

      A really wonderful and informative review.

      I will say that (much like everyone else I guess) I am missing the weekly visits to our local restaurants, although on the plus side, my overall eating habits are far healthier during the current lockdown.

      I’m going to have a much closer look at the products above, as I have been doing a fair amount of batch cooking over the recent weeks.

      So, a lot of meals are being stored in the freezer for a later date. However, I typically use the plethora of takeaway containers I seem to have collected over the years.

      As for the stubborn stains on plastic containers – our good old friend baking soda.

      Simply mix with water to form a paste, apply to the stained areas and let it sit for at least a couple of hours. Then just wipe away with a moist cloth or sponge and Voila!

      Thanks
      Partha

        Sharon · 04/05/2020 at 6:11 PM

        Hi Partha,

        Thank you so much, I really appreciate it!

        Yes, that’s definitely the case, we’re fortunate enough to still have some takeaways open, but it’s not really the same as a meal in a restaurant! Well at least you’ve a silver lining, I wonder how many people will be living out of restaurants when they reopen!

        Oh brilliant, I didn’t know that a kitchen staple would cut through the stains – thanks a million, I’ll have to try that out!

        Best wishes,
        Sharon

      Joshua · 04/05/2020 at 5:17 PM

      This article is excellent, Sharon. I meal prep my meals every week, and I have a hard time looking for proper containers. I was intrigued by the glass containers, and I never thought about investing in those until I read this post. Thank you for this beneficial information!

        Sharon · 04/05/2020 at 6:12 PM

        Hi Joshua,

        Good to hear, I’m glad you found it valuable. That is, after all, one of my key goals with these posts. You won’t regret buying them, I know some containers can be a bit expensive, but they’re definitely worth the investment when compared to the hassle of cheaper ones that tend to leak, break and stain!

        Thanks for the feedback.

        Best wishes,
        Sharon

      Teresa · 04/05/2020 at 6:28 PM

      This is really great information. I would love to do more meal prep but I travel a lot so it’s difficult. I have a tendency to purchase the Rubbermaid containers when they are on sale before Christmas. Great review, thank you!

        Sharon · 04/05/2020 at 7:48 PM

        Hi Teresa,

        It really can be challenging when you travel often. I haven’t used the Rubbermaid containers if I’m honest, but when the likes of those go on sale, it’s great to snap them up.

        Thanks for your feedback.
        Sharon

      Marlena · 06/05/2020 at 7:45 PM

      I loved this article! I’ve accidentally melted a few containers (whoops) so seeing so many options is helpful!

      I love the UMAMI bento box style one! It’s super cute and versatile.

      Thanks for sharing this info! I will definitely be using it in the future.

        Sharon · 06/05/2020 at 8:36 PM

        Hi Marlena,

        Thank you so much for your kind words. I hope the article was of interest and use to you. Don’t worry, I think we’ve all done that, I learned at a pretty young age that plastic containers and ovens don’t get on too well!

        From the perspective of aesthetics, it’s my favourite container for sure. I’ll probably end up buying it yet, even though I’ve piles of them already.

        Best wishes,
        Sharon

      Dustin Johnson · 06/05/2020 at 8:28 PM

      This is a great read ! I have been in the dark as far as the options on the market for good food storage containers but now I have an idea which direction to go. No more cheap rubbermaid containers for us ! Thanks for the info.

        Sharon · 06/05/2020 at 8:37 PM

        Hi Dustin,

        Hi there,

        Wow, thank you so much, I really appreciate it!

        It’s definitely worth the investment, you won’t regret it.

        Hopefully you learned a few valuable tips from the article anyway!

        Best wishes,
        Sharon

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