The 10 best reusable storage bags
Staff, courtesy of Stasher
If 2021 served anything universal, it was that we could all be a little more organized and eco-conscious in the kitchen. One of the most effective ways to reduce plastic waste, streamline lunch prep tasks, and organize your pantry is to switch from plastic bags to washable and reusable food storage bags. There are a plethora of models available in the market, made from different materials, in different sizes.
It should be noted that all of our picks are BPA free and made with food grade materials. Also, although these bags require a modest outlay of money at the start, you will save money over time.
What to consider
While many people want to go green when it comes to food storage, there are so many products on the market that it’s hard to know what to look for. Keep the following in mind, and you are much more likely to be happy with your purchase.
Equipment: All of our selections are BPA free, but it may be a good idea for some to select silicone containers, while others may prefer a washable material.
Convenience: Some (but not all) of these reusable products are dishwasher or machine washable and can be used in the freezer, microwave, and even in the oven. Keep your needs in mind before settling on the final set.
Design: Some storage bags are more suitable for children than others. We’ve noted which ones will appeal to children, and also which ones are easier to open and close for little fingers. Some bags are also more waterproof than others, which we also noted.
How we selected
We’ve reviewed hundreds of reusable food storage containers, looked at expert recommendations, and sifted through thousands of user reviews. We’ve narrowed the list down by selecting the top rated, most convenient products from companies with a great customer service track record. Good storage!
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Stasher Platinum Food Grade Silicone Storage Bag
This best-selling silicone stasher bag comes in a variety of colors (including aqua, raspberry, and lavender) and sizes, including a half gallon, sandwich, and snack. This lot includes a pack of four small bags.
This set of storage bags gets high marks for its sturdiness but flexibility, and the fact that it does not contain PVC, latex or petroleum-based materials. These bags can also be put in the microwave, dishwasher and freezer.
They can even be sautéed in the oven up to 425 degrees! The 10.5 x 1.5 x 8.25 inch bags feature a Pinch-Loc system to seal air in and keep food fresher longer.
Reviewers like these bags to be “dishwasher safe”. One reviewer says, “I’ve tried a lot of reusable bags, and the fabric ones are getting gross. Vinyls are difficult to clean. This one is the simplest and easiest to use!
Itzy Ritzy Reusable Snack Bag
If having a nice bag is as important as having a sturdy, user-friendly one, then Itzy Ritzy is for you. The 7×7 inch bag features a variety of designs, from arrows and unicorns to butterflies, and is the perfect size for storing snacks on the go or small portions of leftovers.
All bags are lead, phthalate and PVC free, and feature a zipper closure to keep air out and keep food longer. The cotton bags are machine washable cold. Dry them with a rope.
Reviewers love the look, but some say it would be more practical if you could ‘see what’s inside’. Others like how “durable” and easy to “open and close” they are, which makes them very suitable for children.
Best standing bags
Durbl Reusable Silicone Food Storage Bags
This set of standing storage bags is a great starter kit if you are serious about getting rid of your plastic habit. Set of five includes one half gallon (10.35 x 9.25 inch) bag, two sandwich bags (8 x 7 inch), and two snack bags (7.75 x 5 inch). These bags are designed to withstand high temperatures, from minus 40 to 446 degrees Fahrenheit. The bags are freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe.
Reviewers say they are “great alternatives to disposable Ziploc bags.” Others warn that because they are only dishwasher safe for the top rack, larger bags are difficult to clean completely.
Better bulk storage
Rezip Tall waterproof reusable storage bag
This pack of two storage bags is ideal for bulk storage. The Rezip has an expandable base which means it is very compact and easy to clean. The lightweight yet durable bags are made from a durable food grade PEVA material that is also PVC and lead free.
Clear bags come in two sizes, one that can hold six cups (5.5 x 4.5 x 9 inches) and another can hold eight cups (7 x 4.5 x 10 inches). They go in the freezer and can be washed in the dishwasher. Users love the durability, but want them to be even bigger.
Most suitable for children
Bumkins Snack Bags
This super cute snack pack will appeal to young children and their parents. The graphic design (cartoon birds, buildings, and dogs) and easy zipper closure make it perfect for kids, especially those who have trouble sealing Ziploc bags.
They’re also the right size (7 x 0.2 x 3.5 inches) for on-the-go snacks. The polyester fabric is easy to clean with a wipe, and the entire bag can be placed in the washing machine or in the upper rack of the dishwasher. Air dry to extend shelf life.
Reviewers say they “love these little bags. It was great not having to constantly use and throw away or wash the plastic ones. Others warn that they are not “waterproof.” Snacks that are a little wet like grapes are good, but you wouldn’t want to put anything too watery in them. Others say they seal in freshness for “a day, but can’t store crackers and the like for weeks.”
Pack of 6 SPLF waterproof silicone bags
This six gallon (11.73 x 11.61 x 0.59 inch) pack of vinyl acetate and polyethylene won love for its ability to seal air and keep food fresh for weeks ( even months). The bags are PVC, chloride and lead free and are easy to seal, with improved double closures. Bags go in the freezer, but should be hand washed.
While many reviewers wish they were easier to clean, others are delighted. A satisfied customer writes: “I like the thickness and flexibility of these bags. I immediately tested the tightness and it works SUPER!
Pack of 18 Ideatech reusable bags
This 18-Pack PVC & Silicone & Lead-Free Plastic Bags is perfect for anyone already committed to reducing waste and wanting a full set of storage bags. These bags are heat and cold resistant and safe for the freezer.
They do, however, need to be hand washed which will be a snap for some. The set includes four large bags (10 x 7.6 x 2 inches), five sandwich bags (8 x 6 x 2 inches) and seven snack bags (6 x 4.5 x 2 inches).
Reviewers like that “the pleated bottom spreads out, which makes them stand up” and that they are “easy to use”, with “a good seal”. Others say “they’ve completely replaced the Ziplock bags” in their home.
Best for products
Earthwise Reusable Mesh Product Bags
This set of nine mesh produce bags each measure 11 x 13.5 inches and can be used for a number of items, but it’s mostly used to keep produce fresh and crispy. Each bag is made of polyester mesh and closes with a drawstring. These bags can also be thrown in the laundry.
Reviewers say they can put “8 large Granny Smith apples inside, while still pulling the cord.” These are fantastic!
Others praise the price you get for the price and say they are “simple and effective.” I chose them specifically because they are very easy to see and at the grocery store the cashier does not need to open the bags to read the barcodes. Still others warn that “the mesh isn’t fine enough to use with things like polenta, but it’s perfect for beans and other larger grains!”
LunchSkins Reusable Storage Bag Set
This PVC and phthalate free set of a large and small reusable bag is ideal for children’s breakfasts. The Velcro seal is suitable for little fingers and features cute patterns of whales and waves. The bags are dishwasher safe and moisture resistant.
While these bags are ideal for carrying those sandwiches and snacks you plan to eat in a day or two, they are not airtight and should not be used for long term storage.
Reviewers love these “cool” bags, with many saying they’ve stocked up on multiple sets and “hold up really well” after over a year of enthusiastic use.
Ideal for fruits and vegetables
Food Huggers 5-Pack Food Saver
This reusable food storage system is an eye catcher, but it has become popular because of its user-friendliness.
Food Huggers stretch to accommodate fruits, vegetables and other foods, and are ideal for retaining flavor and reducing waste. The silicone lid set is dishwasher safe. Each silicone food keeper overlaps the next, so a set of five will fit most types of products, while keeping them neatly stored when not in use.
Reviewers love them for storing “half a fruit or vegetable” and say the “fun color options” and “different sizes” make them stylish and practical. Others say they’re great for jumping on open bottles and cans.
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