Rubbermaid Leak-Proof Food Storage Containers

Last updated date: October 29, 2019

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Rubbermaid Leak-Proof Food Storage Containers

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We looked at the top Storage for Leftovers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Storage for Leftovers you should buy.

Update as October 29, 2019:
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Overall Take

This lightweight container set holds plenty of leftovers. A leak-proof design and odor-resistant plastic sweeten the deal. They've also got vents under the latches for easy microwaving at lunchtime. In our test kitchen, we liked how lightweight these containers were, as well as the fact that they were easily stackable.

In our analysis of 60 expert reviews, the Rubbermaid Leak-Proof Food Storage Containers placed 1st when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Thanks to its airtight seals and secure latches, this set of Rubbermaid Brilliance Food Storage Containers is guaranteed not to leak, allowing mess-free transport of your favorite foods—even soups, stews, and sauces. Each piece also sports a modular design that allows convenient stacking in your fridge or lunch bag, saving you some much needed space. No need to unstack and unseal multiple containers to find a specific dish; their crystal-clear Tritan construction lets you see what you’ve stored at a glance. This material also provides stain and odor resistance to keep the container spotless and fresh after every use. Want an easier way to re-heat leftovers? Built-in vents allow steam to escape so you can microwave food without removing the lid. In addition to being microwave-safe, these Brilliance containers can also be placed in the freezer and the dishwasher without warping or discoloration—but should anything ever go wrong, Rubbermaid Brilliance products are backed by a full lifetime warranty.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

21 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

3,366 user reviews

What experts liked

These containers feature convenient air vents under the latches, so I don't have to open the entire lid to microwave my food, which prevents splatters.
- BuzzFeed
They’re made of super-lightweight, BPA-free plastic so you’re way more likely to want to lug these around as opposed to clunkier glass storage containers.
- The Kitchn
Great low price, leak-proof design, odor-and stain-resistant plastic
- Business Insider
Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE containers are absolutely 100% leak proof guaranteed and also spill proof. I’ve put them to the test.
- Simply Stacie
The clip-on lids mean there’s no spilling or leaking despite frequent drops.
- New York Mag
Another choice from the masterminds at Rubbermaid and this time they've produce a completely leak-proof option from their range. They're also stain and odor-resistant, while remaining crystal clear and BPA free
- Kitchenistic
These containers are designed to be freezer-safe and are made from super-clear Tritan material so you can easily see what’s inside. The lids are guaranteed leakproof and the containers are airtight.
- The Spruce Eats
June 13, 2019 | Full review
Rubbermaid – Brilliance containers are made of lightweight, durable and BPA-free Tritan plastic.
- Your Best Digs
Made of clear hard plastic with a latching lid, Rubbermaid Brilliance was one of the very best at keeping chips crispy.
- Reviewed
May 17, 2019 | Full review
Neat-looking, elegant, and 100% leak-proof, this set from Rubbermaid is a configuration of containers perfect for storing, microwaving, and serving food to your guests.
- Think Eat Save
The set is made for neat stacking, claims to be 100 percent leak-proof, and even uses vents to maintain splatter-free reheating in the microwave, so you don't have to remove the lid and hope for the best.
- Men's Health
July 31, 2018 | Full review
These containers are extremely durable with temperatures. You can store these guys in freezers as well as microwave them without a problem.
- Economical Chef
They held up through multiple drop tests and trips through the dishwasher. Impressively, the lids are completely watertight, making these some of the tightest-sealing containers we tried.
- New York Times Wirecutter
The Rubbermaid Brilliance food storage container’s beautiful design stack perfectly on top of one another to save space and stay organized in the fridge.
- Beauty and the Bump
We appreciated that its gasket was attached to the lid for cleaning without the fuss of removing a slippery bit of silicone, and we liked its pair of lid clips that doubled down on its already-tight seal.
- Cook's Illustrated
April 4, 2018 | Full review
100% Guaranteed Leak Proof.
- Powered by Mom
With the Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE Food Storage containers you’ll never have to worry about leaking containers. They are 100% leak proof guaranteed.
- Flour On My Face
May 18, 2017 | Full review
They contain air vents! When you are ready to reheat, simply pop open those clasps to reveal the ventilation holes. They’re also made with heat resistant BPA free material so there’s no worries with leaching.
- SAHM Reviews
These are safe for dishwashers, microwaves, and freezers and built-in vents under the latch allow splatter-resistant microwaving with lid.
- Bulk Food Storage Container
The containers are BPA free and also safe for the dishwasher, microwave, and freezer. They’re also made with an ultra-durable Tritan material. This helps keep the containers both stain and odor-free
- Smart Savvy Living
The highlight of Rubbermaid Brilliance containers is their leak-proof design. They’re guaranteed to be 100% leak-proof no matter what I pack inside.
- Mommy Kat and Kids
November 16, 2017 | Full review

What experts didn't like

Some lids become misshapen with time.
- Business Insider
The lids are difficult to clean and tough to open.
- The Spruce Eats
June 13, 2019 | Full review
The only thing we didn’t like about the Rubbermaid – Brilliance is that the silicone gaskets cannot be removed from the lids. The gasket bends so you can scrub underneath its ridges, but to completely avoid odor retention, the entire lid would need to be submerged in cleaning solution.
- Your Best Digs
When filled with water and dropped, it didn’t break but the clasps snapped open, making a mess. And while it kept air out to keep chips fresh, it did let water in when submerged for several days.
- Reviewed
May 17, 2019 | Full review
The containers can stick together if stacked into each other without lids.
- Think Eat Save
The lid fits the “in” holder decreasing the internal capacity.
- Bulk Food Storage Container
While it’s handy to have 2 compartments for the snack container I kind of wish they were fused together. It’s not difficult to get both in the container but it sometimes takes a bit of jiggling.
- Smart Savvy Living

An Overview On Storage For Leftovers

Whether you’re whipping up holiday favorites, packing lunches or saving leftovers from your favorite takeout joint, one thing’s for sure: You’re going to need a great set of containers to store your leftovers. You could toss your Thanksgiving stuffing into a Ziploc bag or stuff your midday work snack into a flimsy sandwich bag, but you — and your food — deserve better. A fantastic set of reusable storage containers for your food is the best way to keep it fresh.

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Food storage containers come in an array of sizes, materials and colors. Glass containers are sturdy and generally safe to put in the microwave, oven and freezer. They’re also easy to see through, so you never lose track of that meal you cooked up a few days ago. However, they are heavier than plastic containers, and they can break or chip if you drop them.

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You might end up spending more than you’d like to with glass containers. Luckily, hard plastic containers are quickly catching up to glass in terms of durability and longevity. Most new plastic food storage containers are also BPA-free. Some are dishwasher, oven, freezer and microwave safe, but they still might break down over time. They’re also more likely to retain odors or colors from your food, but this can be prevented with proper care. 

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Locking lids are available on both glass and plastic containers. These lids offer a tighter seal that may keep your food fresher for longer. They can also prevent spills or leaks, which is vital when packing leftovers for lunch. 

Finding the right storage containers for your food will keep your tastebuds happy for days or weeks after you make your meal. Head over to our Tips & Advice for more hints on buying the right set.

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The Storage For Leftovers Buying Guide

  • If you want a container that you can pop directly in the microwave or oven, look for a glass container with built-in vents under the locking lid. This type of lid provides the airtight storage you need to keep your food fresh and the convenience you need to reheat food in seconds. 
  • Make sure that any plastic containers you buy are marked “BPA-free.” BPA is an industrial chemical used to make certain plastics, and it was common in plastic containers until a few years ago. It can seep into food over time and cause health problems.
  • Many plastic containers are marked safe for ovens, freezers and microwaves, but consumer reviews beg to differ. If you want a guarantee that your plastic containers will last, wash them by hand and let them air dry.
  • Airtight containers should have a silicone seal built into the bottom of the lid. Look for this feature before you plunk down cash for a set that isn’t truly airtight.