According to the most credible reviews, the Rubbermaid Produce Saver containers are the go-to choice for produce storage and do not contain bisphenol A (BPA). Reviews say these plastic containers, which have clear bases and bright green lids, keep lettuce crisp for a week. A small, built-in tray keeps produce above standing water, and it doesn't become soggy; the lids are perforated to allow water to evaporate. The vents do let in air (and, potentially, insects), which shortens the life of leftovers, cheese and dry goods, and they're best for storing raw fruits and vegetables. If you're looking for a set of containers that can accommodate more types of food, reviews say that Lock & Lock Storage Containers (*Est. $30 for a 16-piece set) work beautifully. Additionally, the line of Rubbermaid Produce Savers is limited to three sizes: 2-, 5- and 14-cup containers. Some reviewers say the smaller sizes are too small to accommodate certain vegetables because the bottom tray takes up space.
Positive reviews of the Rubbermaid Produce Saver can be found at Real Simple magazine and from reviewers at Amazon.com. We also found some other amateur tests of the container from bloggers at Dabble.com and MultitaskingMommy.com.
1. Real Simple
In this hands-on test, editors say their Rubbermaid Produce Saver container kept lettuce crisp for a week. We would have liked to see the same test conducted with other brands (editors don't reveal brands that didn't make the cut).
Review: The Best Food-Storage Containers, Editors of Real Simple magazine
More than 40 reviewers give the Rubbermaid Produce Savers 4 stars out of 5. One reviewer noted that it "saved a fortune," keeping blueberries fresh for three weeks and preserving a sliced tomato for a week and a half. Many other users attest to the produce-saving ability of these containers. Negative comments focus on the sizes. Some users say the containers are too small for a head of lettuce because the bottom tray takes up space. Another reviewer notes the containers are too small to store vegetables like squash and eggplant, or several tomatoes. One reviewer said the container dried out the vegetables too much.
Review: Rubbermaid 7J93 Produce Saver Square 8-Piece Set Food Storage Containers, Contributors to Amazon.com
This blogger and self-proclaimed "organization junkie" gives a thorough overview of the Rubbermaid line of food storage containers. She analyzes the containers based on their ability to save space and says she's quite impressed that all the lids are attachable to their base, noting that her favorite line is the Produce Savers. She says their unusual design keeps her produce fresh and helps her save money.
Review: Review: Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids Food Storage System, "Deb", Oct. 5, 2009
In this review, blogger Stasia Siscoe puts the Rubbermaid Produce Saver to the test with a bag of salad. She puts one-third of the salad in a Ziploc container, one-third in the Rubbermaid Produce Saver and leaves the last third in its original packaging. After one week, Siscoe says each containers salad looked too much alike to determine a difference. In all, she is not convinced with the Rubbermaid Produce Saver's ability. Photos of the test are available on the site.
Review: The Goods: Rubbermaid Produce Saver, Stasia Siscoe, May 6, 2008
This blogger shares her frustration with keeping berries fresh. In her own experiment, she places one half of a container of berries in a glass bowl with plastic wrap and the other half in a Rubbermaid Produce Saver. She says the berries in the Rubbermaid container are "by far firmer" after just a few days.
Review: Rubbermaid Produce Savers, "Multi-testing Mommy", July 11, 2008