Rubbermaid ActionPacker Lockable Storage Bins, 2-Pack

Last updated date: September 11, 2020

DWYM Score
9.4

Rubbermaid ActionPacker Lockable Storage Bins, 2-Pack

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 13 expert reviews, the Rubbermaid Rubbermaid ActionPacker Lockable Storage Bins, 2-Pack placed 3rd when we looked at the top 7 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 16, 2020:
Checkout The Best Storage Bins and Tubs for a detailed review of all the top storage bins & tubs.

Expert Summarized Score
9.8
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.1
1,257 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
In our drop tests, it outperformed everything else we tried. After we threw it down the stairs, a few corners were a bit dented but the latches held and the lid stayed tightly closed. It’s also our only pick that can be padlocked.
- The New York Times
What experts didn't like
Because of the thick plastic and bulky design, it doesn’t make the most efficient use of the space inside, which is why we don’t recommend it for everyday garage storage.
- The New York Times

From The Manufacturer

ActionPackers are made with impact resistant material to withstand harsh temperature of 0-100℉. Perfect for storing a range of supplies from lighting and communication tools to personal safety and sleeping supplies

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An Overview On Storage Bins & Tubs

Totes provide an excellent solution for all of your storage needs. Use them in the living room to organize your kids’ toys, the garage to separate your tools or the attic to keep your seasonal items safe until it’s time to pull them out again. As you browse the available totes on the market, you’ll want to consider each of their features.

Size is the first thing you’ll need to review. Smaller totes are ideal for knick-knacks, while medium totes can hold things like craft supplies and makeup. Larger totes are best for storing clothing and stuffed animals. There are even industrial-size totes, like the Rubbermaid Brute Tote, 20-Gallon that can handle items that are a bit heavy.

If you’re in the market for more than one tote, search for a stackable set. The Sterilite Ultra Latch Box, 17-Liter comes in a six-pack and has specially designed lids that allow you to store the totes one on top of the other.

Carrying totes can be difficult if there are no handles, or if the handles are rough around the edges. The Akro-Mils Plastic Tote with Attached Lid, 12-Gallon has strong molded-in handles that are made for lifting. Other models feature ergonomic handles for added comfort.

Consider how far you need to transport the tote, especially if you’re going to fill the tote with heavy items. The Sterilite 151 Liter Wheeled Tote, 2-Pack has a set of wheels, so you can simply pull the tote from the house to your shed. If you’re going just a short distance, there are some totes with reinforced bottoms that hold up well to dragging and dropping.

DWYM Fun Fact

Plastic totes can be used for many things, not just storing your belongings. Here are a few creative ways people have used plastic totes:

  • Turn your tote into a hamster or gerbil cage. You can even run a tube from one tote to another to give your pet more room to roam around.
  • Paint the symbol for recycling on the front of the tote and use it to collect your bottles and cans throughout the week.
  • Transform the tote into a homemade filing cabinet. This is an excellent option if you don’t have enough files to fill a big cabinet, or you live in an apartment or home where space is an issue.

The Storage Bin & Tub Buying Guide

  • Most totes are made of plastic, and therefore are easy to clean. All you need is a little dish soap, warm water and a rag. Should the totes have any type of odor, you can also wipe them down with vinegar or a baking soda paste. Rinse the containers clean and either allow them to air dry or dry them with a lint-free cloth.
  • Depending on the type of items you’re storing in the totes, you may want to pick up a few silica gel packets. Toss several inside each of the totes to protect everything from photos to DVDs to books.
  • The price for totes is dependent upon the size of the tote and how many totes you get in each set. The Sterilite Ultra Latch Box, 17-Liter and the Akro-Mils Plastic Tote with Attached Lid, 12-Gallon are on the lower end of the price scale when you take into consideration the number of totes you get for the price. The Rubbermaid Brute Tote, 20-Gallon and the Sterilite 151 Liter Wheeled Tote, 2-Pack are slightly more expensive, as they are larger and have extra features, such as wheels and ergonomic handles.