Disposable food storage containers provide an inexpensive way to keep food fresh, but can be given away or thrown away when they become too stained. Ziploc Smart Snap Seal storage containers fare well in reviews. The container uses a "smart snap seal" that allows users to push the middle of the lid to snap it closed. Reviewers say these containers are good containers for storage, but don't expect a 100 percent airtight seal as with the Lock & Lock storage containers (*Est. $30 for a 16-piece set). Some users say the Ziploc Smart Snap Seal Containers will break open when dropped and will warp in the dishwasher, resulting in a loose, ill-fitting seal. All in all, users like these inexpensive containers that they don't mind losing or giving away. The Ziploc Smart Snap Seal Containers don't contain bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that's associated with health risks in animals.
We found the good professional reviews for Ziploc from Good Housekeeping and from Bestcovery.com. There are also positive user reviews from Epinions.com and AssociatedContent.com.
1. Good Housekeeping
Editors at Good Housekeeping evaluate 28 food storage containers on their abilities to keep moisture out, liquid in and stains off. They also ran each container through 14 dishwasher cycles to see how they fare. Reviewers say the units will warp in the dishwasher because of their lightweight plastic. They like that the Smart Snap Seal line comes in eight and they're easy to find in stores.
Review: Best Storage Containers: For Wet or Dry Foods, Editors of Good Housekeeping
Mariette Mifflin lists her top five food storage container sets. The Ziploc Smart Snap Seal medium square 4-pack is ranked fifth. She says these containers are the best budget containers that you don't mind giving away. Mifflin likes that the containers are affordable and come in different sizes. She notes that they do stain, however.
Review: Best Food Storage Sets, Mariette Mifflin, Jan. 29, 2010
A handful of reviewers give the Ziploc Smart Snap Seal 4.5 stars out of 5. One user indicates a preference for Ziploc to other varieties of disposable containers for their good seal and nesting abilities. They also include marked measurements on the container, which users say is useful. Some users complain about the extended rim, saying it collects too much water in the dishwasher, as well as the seal -- one reviewer says the lid comes off when dropped on the floor.
Review: Ziploc Containers with Snap ‘n Seal Lids – All Varieties, Contributors to Epinions.com
In this detailed review of the Ziploc Smart Snap Seal, contributor "Info Doc" says these containers are a necessity and "transformed my kitchen life." There is an account of the lid coming off when dropped on the floor, but in all, the review is positive. The user says the containers are handy because they can go from freezer to refrigerator to microwave without changing lids. He also likes that they come in a variety of sizes and says they make cleanup after meals easy.
Review: Ziploc Containers with Snap 'N' Seal Lids: For People that Missed Dinner, "Info Doc", July 22, 2009