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Lock & Lock Storage Containers

*Est. $30 for a 16-piece set
Reviewed
September 2010
by ConsumerSearch
Lock & Lock Storage Containers

Best food storage containers for leftovers

Pros
  • Leakproof
  • Lightweight
  • Can nest with the lids attached for easy storage  
  • Inexpensive
  • BPA-free
Cons
  • Can stain
  • Lids can be hard to clean
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When it comes to leftovers, Lock & Lock Storage Containers are top-rated in expert reviews. Experts say these food containers are truly leakproof and extend the life of produce and other foods by blocking out air. Furthermore, they say the containers are easy to use and inexpensive. The lids are secured with four hinges, and reviewers say they're extra sturdy for commuting. Lock & Lock containers feature a silicone sealed ring that provides a snug seal, but some reviewers say the ring is difficult to clean. Users like that the containers can be stored with the lids partly attached, cutting down on clutter. The Lock & Lock containers don't contain bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that's associated with health risks in animals.

We found the best review of Lock & Lock Storage Containers at Cook's Illustrated magazine and ConsumerReports.org, which both conducted rigorous testing of food storage containers. Hundreds of owners posting to QVC.com are happy with these containers. We also found consumer reviews of Lock & Lock storage containers at QVC.com, Buzzillions.com, and Amazon.com, most of which are positive.

Our Sources

1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine

Cook's Illustrated conducted some rigorous testing on eight plastic storage containers, including Lock & Lock storage containers. Testing included water submersion, freezing, microwaving and more than 50 dishwasher runs, and all tests were repeated a second time.

Review: Plastic Storage Containers, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, May 1, 2010

2. ConsumerReports.org

Editors at ConsumerReports.org test Lock & Lock containers along with two other storage-container brands by storing cold cuts, cheese and fresh fruit in them, at room temperature and in the refrigerator for more than a week. They also store pasta sauce in the refrigerator overnight, microwave the containers and wash them to see whether they stain.

Review: Storing Food the High-Tech Way, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, February 2007

3. Amazon.com

User reviews from Amazon.com provide good analysis of the everyday use of Lock & Lock storage containers. More than 30 users weigh in, giving the container 4.5 stars out of 5. The biggest praise is for its airtight seal. However, cleaning the containers can be an issue for some. A few users say mold can grow around the silicone sealing ring on the lid.

Review: Lock & Lock HPL838SA 17-Piece Rectangular Food-Storage Container Set with Lids, Contributors to Amazon.com

4. Bestcovery.com

Mariette Mifflin recommends five specialty food containers. The Lock & Lock 8.4-cup tall container ranks fifth in her list. Mifflin likes that it is safe to use in the dishwasher, microwave and freezer. She says it's perfect for storing long pasta and because of its locking lids, can be stored on its side. Mifflin's testing methodology and what other models were tested are unclear.

Review: Best Specialty Food Storage Containers, Mariette Mifflin, Jan. 29, 2010

5. AssociatedContent.com

In this older product review, Sherry Upson gives high praise for Lock & Lock storage containers. Upson discloses that she has trouble with stiff hands, and she says the Lock & Lock containers' easy to work lids are a "God-send." She also suggests that people who have stiff hands can use the back of a spoon to operate the lids.

Review: Product Review: Lock & Lock Food Storage Containers, Sherry Upson, April 11, 2007

6. QVC.com

At QVC.com, Lock & Lock containers are highly rated by customers, with most sets earning an average of 4.8 stars out of 5 in more than 100 owner reviews. Owners call them durable, airtight and well made. Owners say they're easy to use, and they like the fact that they're stackable, allowing for easier storage and reducing cabinet clutter.

Review: Lock & Lock 7-piece Pantry Food Storage Container Set, Contributors to QVC.com

7. SeriousEats.com

At SeriousEats.com's Talk forum, where users share advice on cooking and restaurants, a contributor asks what kind of clear, easy-to-access containers are ideal for a small kitchen. Numerous contributors call Lock & Lock containers airtight, stackable, stain-resistant and durable.

Review: Food Storage Containers: What Do You Suggest?, Contributors to SeriousEats.com, Feb. 10, 2009

8. Buzzillions.com

The Lock & Lock storage containers are rated 4.7 stars out of 5, with less than a dozen reviews. The responses are mostly positive. Many say the Lock & Lock containers don't leak and have good seals. One user says they've had one of the containers for five years and it still works.

Review: Airtight Food Storage Container Set - 6 Piece Rectangular Lock & Lock, Contributors to Buzzillions.com

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