10 Best Backpack With Lunch Box Compartment – Tested By Expert

In the quest to tidy, backpack with lunch box compartment can make the difference between an organized home and one heaped with mismatched boxes in the closets and garage.

Consumers have been using storage boxes to organize nearly every part of their lives: In homes, on the farm, at warehouses, and even for travel. Over the years, many users have bought numerous brands and styles of storage containers for different applications. Some have served faithfully for decades in storage sheds, while some were only good for a year before cracking.

The best backpack with lunch box compartment can lead to smarter living in your home. With a functional aesthetic, storage bins can declutter and organize. To find the ideal backpack with lunch box compartment available, we conducted hours of research and evaluated product models on durability, size, type of plastic, closures, and price.

Top 10 Bestbackpack with lunch box compartment : Editor’s Choice

 

List of 10 Best backpack with lunch box compartment: Selected and Tested by Experts

1. Lunch Bag Backpack, Insulated Cooler Backpack Lunch Box Laptop Backpack with USB Port for Women Men Fits 15.6 Inch Laptop

Features :

  • INSULATED&LEAKPROOF COOLER FUNTION: School laptop backpack 15.6inch not only keeps the food warm but also keeps cold drinks for about 2-4 hours. The high quality insulation layer of lunch box compartment keeps the food fresh and warm in this college school bookbag, which makes it easy to clean and store food. Travel Laptop backpack cooler bag is suitable for school,office,college,picnic,beach,trip,travel,outdoor&indoor. Dimension of the cooler compartment: 10.7 x 5.7 x 7 inch
  • TOTE DESIGN&LAPTOP COMPARTMENT: Travel backpack lunch bag of one separate laptop compartment hold 15.6 Inch laptop as well as 15 Inch,14 Inch and 13 Inch computer. The design of full opening of this college backpack is convenient to store items, the school items inside are clear at a glance, you don’t have to worry about not finding what you want in this womens laptop bag
  • CONVENIENT USB PORT: USB charging part of this college school backpack makes it easy to charge your phone while you’re walking,convenient and practical,note not inclube power bank.Two side pockets of this college school laptop bookbag to hold umbrellas and water bottles, womens lunch bag’s waterproof fabric protects Office&school supplies in this lunch bag backpack from getting wet.School backpack, best gift for back to school student,college high school big student backpack for boys,girls,teens
  • STORAGE CAPACITY&ORGANIZED POCKETS: One main spacious packing compartment of this college school backpack roomy for tech electronics accessories, daily necessities, pen pockets, notebooks, books, magazines, make your items organized and easier to find. Durable zipper of this college backpack ensure smooth use, durable, extended the use of lunch bags. Laptop backpack lunch bag provides independent space for your laptop, mobile phone, lunch box, clothes, water bottle, umbrella, wallet, pens, keys
  • DURABLE MATERIAL&SOLID: School laptop backpack with lunch box compartment of durable and thick shoulder strap design for long time wearing will not feel tired, high quality and breathing strong fabrics will not let the back feel hot. Business laptop backpack cooler leakproof suitable for college ,student,women,nurse,men,business,adults.For your children, as a college students gifts, a must have for school supplies, phones, pen, keys, wallet, purse, glasses and other small items

Additional Info :

Color Black
Item Dimensions
Height 10.699999989086
Width 5.699999994186
Length 6.99999999286

2. LOVEVOOK Lunch Backpack Insulated Cooler Backpack, Waterproof Laptop Backpack Vintage Work Lunch Box Bag Fashion School Backpack Stylish Travel Bag for Women Girls, Fit 15.6 Inch Computer

Features :

  • 【LUNCH BOX & LEAKPROOF COOLER DESIGN】The lunch backpack with a insulated cooler compartment, made of superior insulating tin foil and high quality leak-proof TPU material, not only keep the food warm but also keep cold drinks about 3-5 hours. High-quality lining material makes it easy to clean and keeps the food fresh, let you enjoy delicious food at any time. Cooler compartment size: 11.8 x 6.7 x 7.6 inch
  • 【DEFORMATION DESIGN】When you use the lunch box to store lunch or fruit, the partition inside the main compartment that fixed by Velcro can prevent food from being crushed by heavy objects, when you don’t need to carry food, the lunch box can be folded and the partition can be fixed by the Velcro on the back, so you can carry many items. Stylish, convenient and practical.
  • 【CONVENIENT USB PORT】With an external USB port and an inside charging cable, it’s convenient to charge your cell phone and other electronic devices while walking(Note: Please provide your own portable charger). When you don’t need charge your devices, the internal charging cable can be stowed into the small zip pocket, keep items cleaner and tidy.
  • 【LARGE CAPACITY (FITS A LOT!)】The backpack features 1 big main zipper compartment(contains 2 zipper pockets, 2 open pockets and 2 pen slots), 1 laptop sleeve compartment for 15.6 15 14 13.3inch laptops, 2 front pockets for your daily supplies, 2 side pockets for umbrella or facial tissue, and 1 anti-theft pocket on the back for your valuables. You can use the backpack as a lunch backpack, laptop backpack, cooler backpack, school backpack, business backpack, travel backpack, computer bag, etc
  • 【ON-THE-GO CONVENIENCE】Cushioned shoulder straps, easy-grab top handle, and stroller straps allow you to wear this lunch bag as a backpack or attach to a stroller. With a luggage strap on the backpack, it allows the backpack to securely fit on the handle of a rolling suitcase – ease the burden in you journey. Just contact us if you have any questions or suggestions, we promise we will give you a good solution.

Additional Info :

Color Style1_flower
Item Dimensions
Height 15.8
Width 9.4
Length 12.6

3. Lunch Backpack, Insulated Cooler Backpack Lunch Box Laptop Backpack with USB Port for Women Men,Water Resistant Leak-proof Lunch Bag Gifts for Women Work School Hiking Picnic Fits 15.6 Inch Laptop

Features :

  • INSULATED&LEAKPROOF COOLER FUNTION: Matein lunch backpack for women 15.6inch not only keeps the food warm but also keeps cold drinks for about 2-4 hours. Patent pending. The high quality insulated layer of lunch box compartment keeps the food fresh and warm in school bookbag, which makes it easy to clean and store food. Laptop backpack with lunch compartment is suitable for school,office,college,picnic,beach,trip,travel,outdoor&indoor. Dimension of the cooler compartment: 10.7 x 5.7 x 7 inch
  • STORAGE CAPACITY&ORGANIZED POCKETS: One main spacious packing compartment of backpack lunch bag for women roomy for tech electronics accessories, daily necessities, pen pockets, notebooks, books, magazines, make your items organized and easier to find for dialy use. Durable zipper of college school backpack with cooler compartmen ensure smooth use. Laptop backpack with lunch box provides independent space for laptop, mobile phone, lunch box, clothes, water bottle, umbrella, wallet, pens, keys
  • TOTE DESIGN&LAPTOP COMPARTMENT: Work backpack lunch bag for women with one separate laptop compartment hold 15.6 Inch laptop as well as 15 Inch,14 Inch and 13 Inch computer. The design of full opening of college cooler backpack is convenient to store items, the school items inside are clear at a glance in women’s laptop bag with lunch compartment, best birthday gifts for women,man,girlfriend,boyfriend,wife,husband,ladies,students,girls,boys on Valentine’s Day
  • CONVENIENT USB PORT: USB charging part of school lunch backpack for women makes it easy to charge your phone while you’re walking,convenient and practical,note not inclube power bank. Two side pockets of college school laptop bookbag to hold umbrellas and water bottles, Waterproof fabric of lunchbox backpack protects Office&school supplies in lunch bag backpack from getting wet.School backpack, best gifts for back to school student,college high school student backpack for boys,girls,teens
  • DURABLE MATERIAL&SOLID: School laptop backpack with lunch box compartment of durable and thick shoulder strap design for long time wearing will not feel tired, high quality and breathing strong fabrics will not let the back feel hot. Business work laptop backpack cooler leakproof suitable for college student,women,nurse,men,business,adults.For your children, as a college students gifts, a must have for school supplies, phones, pen, keys, wallet, purse, glasses and other small items

Additional Info :

Color Austere Grey
Item Dimensions
Height 10.699999989086
Width 5.699999994186
Length 6.99999999286

4. Lunch Backpack for Men,Insulated Cooler Lunch Box Backpack,50L Extra Large Travel Laptop Backpack with USB Charging Port,Water Resistant 17 inch Computer Bag Big Work College School Bookbags,Black

Features :

  • INSULATED LUNCH BOX COMPARTMENT – The lunch backpack with a insulated cooler compartment,which can keep foods and drinks cool or warm about 3-5 hours(If you put 1-2 packs of ice packs, cold drinks can be kept more longer), easy to clean and storage when not use,perfect for school, work, office, picnic, hiking, camping, cycling, other outdoor activities and daily life use. Besides.Dimension of the cooler compartment: 14.5 x 6.7 x 7.8 inch, can hold up to 12 liters by volume.
  • TONS OF STORAGE & POCKETS- Large backpack for men own 1 separate thicker padded laptop compartment to hold up 17.3 inch laptop. 3 main compartments with double zippers can accommodate 50 liters of things, such as books, lunch, clothes and school supplies, travel accessories and other daily necessities. Both side water bottle pockets outside for holding water bottles or umbrellas. More than 15 functional pockets ensure you to keep your personal belongings well-organized and get them easily.
  • TSA APPROVED & MULTIPURPOSE – Convenient at Checkpoint, can be opened the extra large backpack freely 90-180 degrees making you quickly through the airport security and keep items tidy, exclusive designed for airplane travel. The big backpack is perfect for indoor/outdoor activities. Suitable as large travel backpacks for men, business travel backpack and work backpack for men. Perfect for work/commuting/occasional international travel/weekend trips/airplane trips/hiking camping/overnight trips.
  • LARGE SIZE & DURABLE MATERIAL- the 17 inch laptop backpack Dimension: 19.7″H x 13.4″W x 7.9″D. weight: 2.07lb, Capacity: 50L, separate padded laptop compartment hold for 15.6, 17 and up to 17.3inch Laptop/computers for boys and girls, teens, adults, women, men and teacher. The large laptop backpack made from high quality polyester fabric Anti Scratch with high density nylon lining for better TEAR and WATER RESISTANT and heavy duty backpack. Travel bookbag is an idea gift for men women.
  • FUNCTIONAL & COMFORTABLE – The usb backpack with built in charging cable offers a convenient way to charge your phone and other electronic devices while walking. The back of the large laptop bag uses a comfortable and breathable mesh design, Comfortable wide breathable mesh shoulder straps with plentiful sponge pad help relieve the stress from your shoulder. One sides of the shoulder strap with lanyard design, can hang sunglasses. Perfect choice as large bookbag for men women.

Additional Info :

Color Black
Item Dimensions
Weight 1.984160358

5. Lunch Bags for Women, Cooler Lunchbox Insulated Work Backpack with USB Charging Port, Water Resistant Travel Computer Bag College School Bookbag Fits 15.6 Inch Laptop Friendship Gift for Women , Grey

Features :

  • INSULATED&LEAKPROOF COOLER FUNTION: MATEIN lunch bags for women adopts environment-friendly and durable Oxford cloth and insulating aluminum foil, which can keep food fresh for 2-4 hours and protect supplies from getting wet. The non-toxic materials in the lunch box make your food safer. Work Backpack for Women cooler bag is suitable for work meals, picnic meals, outdoor barbecues, food management, travel or shopping.Dimension of the cooler compartment: 10 x 5.5 x 7.5 inch
  • COMFORTABLE and STRONG: Comfortable and breathable back design of small lunch bags is friendly to college students. Thick and soft multi piece breathable pad provides maximum support for the back of nursing students. Breathable adjustable shoulder strap reduces shoulder pressure of medical students
  • STORAGE SPACE and POCKET: The separate padded pocket fits most laptops with screens up to 15.6 inches, as well as 14-inch laptops or 13-inch laptops. There is a hidden anti-theft pocket on the back of travel laptop backpack to protect your valuables from being stolen by thieves. Suitable for international air travel and day trips, as gifts for women
  • USB INTERFACE DESIGN: External built-in USB charger, built-in charging cable, this bookbag makes it more convenient for you to charge your phone while walking. Backpack with lunch compartment are great friendship gifts. Please noted that this backpack doesn’t power itself, usb charging port only offers an easy access to charge
  • MULTI-PURPOSE: This laptop backpack is suitable for you to put under the plane seat when you travel or business travel. Suitable for commuting or carrying, easy to store. The headphone hole of the travel backpack allows you to enjoy music at any time. Lightweight and fashionable, this small lunch bag is very suitable for work, University, short trip, hiking, commuting, daily use, outdoor activities

Additional Info :

Color 1-grey
Item Dimensions
Height 17
Width 7.5
Length 11
Weight 2

6. VANKEAN Lunch Backpack for Women Cooler Bag with Lunch Box, Large Laptop Backpack with USB Port for 15.6 Inch Laptops, Waterproof Backpack Insulated Lunch Bag for School/Work/Camping/Picnics

Features :

  • INSULATED LUNCH BAG COMPARTMENT: VANKEAN lunch box compartment is made of insulated aluminum material which can keep foods and drinks cool or warm for 4 to 5 hours. Food container insulated lunch box compartment dimension:11.2”x8.46”x 5.3”+1.2”(front part). Note: The lunch box will take up the space of the adjacent main compartment. Please accurately measure the size of your bowl before buying to make sure it can hold.
  • ROOMY COMPARTMENT BACKPACK: VANKEAN 15.6” laptop backpack is with 2 big main compartments, 2 front pockets for daily supplies, 2 side pockets for umbrella or water bottle. Convenient for various applications, whether you’re catering to an outdoor picnic for your family, or storing food and fruit as a travel bags, or use as work business backpacks. Overall dimensions of VANKEAN backpack: 16.9”x11.15”x7.5″/9.5″.
  • WATERPROOF MATERIAL & WATERPROOF ZIPPER: VANKEAN Lunch backpack is made of water resistant nylon fabric, safety aluminum material and durable metal waterproof zippers. Provide better protect for your items.
  • BACKPACK USB DESIGN: With a USB charging port extended on the side of the backpack and built-in a charging cable inside, it offers easy access to charge your phone (POWER BANK is not included) What’s more, VANKEAN bag weighs only 2 LBS and easy to carry.
  • IDEAL GIFTS: VANKEAN ergonomic laptop bag with more foam padding inside is comfortable to carry for a long time, perfect gifts for women, work, sport, hiking, picnic time, beach time, camping, business trip, school life, etc. Especially great for breastfeeding mothers!

Additional Info :

Color Navy / Red
Item Dimensions
Height 16.899999982762
Width 7.49999999235
Length 11.149999988627
Weight 2

7. Lunch Backpack for Women, 15.6 Inch Laptop Backpack with USB Port,College School Laptop Bookbag Teacher Nurse Work Backpacks with Insulated Cooler Lunch Bag Gifts for Women Men Girls Travel,Grey

Features :

  • This laptop backpack includes a detachable insulated lunch bag, it is made of cleanable aluminum foil and high-quality Oxford cloth to keep the food warm but also keep cold drinks about 3-5 hours. Allow you to enjoy delicious food at any time.
  • The school backpack has 1 big main compartment with laptop sleeve compartment, which can provide excellent protection for a 15.6-inch laptop. Separated compartments and mesh pockets are roomy for tablet, power bank, A4 files, clothes, books, wallet and more your items. A elastic pocket at each side can hold your umbrella, water bottle, etc. The insulated lunch bag can carry lunch box, fruits, drinks etc.
  • The women’s two-in-one design backpack can be used as a lunch bag or laptop backpack. When you store food on the lunch bag, adjust the baffle of the lunch box to form a space for storing the lunch bag. No need to hold the lunch box anymore! Or adjust the baffle to get more space to carry more items when you don’t need to carry a lunch box. In addition, we designed a special compartment to store the laptop.
  • With a USB charging port extended on the side of the backpack and built-in a charging cable inside, it offers an easy access to charge your phone on the go(POWER BANK is not included). The backpack is perfect for a variety of purposes, including as a lunch bag, school bag, laptop backpack, business backpack, travel backpack, and hiking backpack.
  • This college backpack is made of durable fabric with metal zippers, which will not rip, tear or scratch. The shoulder straps are breathable and wide enough to release your shoulder stress in long-term use, and will not let the back feel hot.This lunch bag is perfect for school, college, work, travel, and everyday use. It’s also a great gift for your teens, girls, sisters, daughters, girlfriends, mother etc.

Additional Info :

Color Grey Blue
Item Dimensions
Height 16.99999998266
Width 7.49999999235
Length 11.799999987964
Weight 2

8. Lunch Backpack, BAGSMART 15.6 Inch Laptop Backpack for Women, Insulated Cooler Lunch Box Water Resistant Leakproof Lunch Bag College School Bookbag for Women Men Daily Work Travel (Pink)

Features :

  • 【ALL-IN-ONE BACKPACK】No more carry separate purse,laptop bag and lunch bag in work, travel or school! Simply together in one backpack. Multi-compartment backpack dedicated padded laptop compartment plus built in insulated cooler lunch box on the front, and wide open roomy main compartment for daily stuff. Dimensions: backpack:11.7”Lx 7”Hx 17.7”W, insulated cooler portion:11.7”L x 11”H x 5.5”D
  • 【Insulated Cooler Compartment】The lunchbox padded Eco-friendly EPE foam which has the function of heat and coolness to keep the food cold/hot for 2-4 hours. The food grade aluminum layer is easy to clean. You can store food/drinks/fruits/snacks in lunch box. A perfect bag for work and to carry lunch.
  • Large capacity: Separated laptop compartment fits 15.6 inch notebook. Large main compartment make your items organized and easy to find. 2 side pockets for water bottle or umbrella. Back hidden pocket for wallet, passport, phone, ect.
  • Durable and Convenient: This lunch bag is made of high quality water resistant fabric. Top handles and back luggage strap for easy transport. The wide open top design for better access.
  • Multi Usage: The lightweight backpack works as a lunchbox and a laptop backpack perfect for school, work, daily and outdoor activities. It’s a ideal gift for school students, girls, women and men.

Additional Info :

Color Pink01
Item Dimensions
Weight 1.87

9. SLOTRA 17 inch Laptop Backpack with Lunch Box USB Port Travel Computer Backpack Large Capacity Busniess Commute Bag

Features :

  • 【Backpack with Insulated Lunch Box】This commuter backpack is come with an insulated lunch bag, with a separated compartment to store it. if you are tired of or frustrated with carrying a case for your laptop/miscellaneous and another case with your lunch, then just grab this. It will work perfectly for traversing the parking lot and dodging the hazards of office/cube life. Totally worth it than buying a separate lunch bag (The lunch bag color may little different with picture for UPGRADE reason)
  • 【Built in USB Port】Travel backpack come with external USB port and cable inside, convenient to charge phone/tablet/other devices with your power bank inside. Free your hand when on the way
  • 【Large Capacity & Anti-theft Side Load Laptop Compartment】17 inch laptop backpack with separated easy access side entry back laptop compartment sized 18.9 * 12.6 inches, can fit 15.6 most 17 inch laptop. External dimensions: (L * W * H) 19.3 * 13.8 * 7.9 inches, Lunch Box: (L * W * H) 11 * 5 * 7 inches roomy main compartment and a whole array of pockets to let everything organized
  • 【Ergonomic design computer bag 】Ergonomic S shaped padded shoulder strap, with breathable back system,comfortable to wear. Backpack with chest belt design, make it more comfort even when heavy load. With lugge belt design, ideal for business travel
  • 【Quality Material】 Tear-resistant water resistant oxford for unexpected rain, wipe in 5 minutes, no mark left. Lockable zipper on the main compartment and laptop compartment provides super travel safety to you.

Additional Info :

Color Grey-631
Item Dimensions
Height 20.472440924
Width 7.480314953
Length 12.992125971
Weight 1.98

10. Cooler Backpack for Women, Insulated Waterproof Lunch Box Laptop Backpack Cooler Leak-Proof Cooler Bag for Women Girls, College Bookbag for Work Picnic Travel Camping Beach Fits 15.6 Inch Computer

Features :

  • INSULATED & LEAKPROOF COOLER FUNTION: Matein Lunch Bag not only keeps the food warm but also keeps cold drinks for about 2-4 hours. Patent pending. The high quality insulation layer of lunch box compartment keeps the food fresh and warm, which makes it easy to clean and store food for student. Stylish women’s lunch bag cooler bag is suitable for school,office,picnic,beach,trip,travel,outdoor&indoor. Dimension of the cooler compartment: 10.7 x 5.7 x 7 inch
  • STORAGE CAPACITY & ORGANIZED POCKETS:One main spacious packing compartment roomy of this functional lunch bag for women to store tech electronics accessories, daily necessities, pen pockets, notebooks, books and more, make your items organized and easier to find.Durable zipper ensure smooth use, durable, extended the use of lunch bags. Lunch bag provides independent space for your lunch box, mobile phone, clothes, water bottle, umbrella, wallet, pens, keys
  • WIDE OPEN DESIGN & LAPTOP COMPARTMENT:Travel bag of cute floral pattern for women of one separate laptop compartment hold 15.6 Inch laptop as well as 15 Inch,14 Inch and 13 Inch Macbook.The wide opening of this lunch bag is convenient to store items, the items inside are clear at a glance, you don’t have to worry about not finding what you want in this lunch box bag, best gifts for women,girlfriend,wife,ladies,students,girls on Valentine’s Day
  • CONVENIENT USB PORT & Stylish:USB charging part of this lunch bag for girls makes it easy to charge your phone while you’re walking,convenient and practical,note not inclube power bank. Two side pockets of this college school bookbag lunch box bag to hold umbrellas and water bottles,the waterproof fabric protects office&school supplies from getting wet. It’s super cute design of stylish & unique patterns for women, school lunch bag with lunch box cooler bag, best gift for back to school student
  • DURABLE MATERIAL & SOLID:School lunch bag with lunch box compartment of durable and thick shoulder strap design for long time wearing will not feel tired, high quality and breathing strong fabrics will not let the back feel hot. Business lunch bag cooler leakproof suitable for college student,women,men,business,girls,teens,adults.The sweet design also a super cute stylish gift for your girlfriend, wife, daughter,friends, mother, grandmother,her

Additional Info :

Color Multicolor
Item Dimensions
Height 10.699999989086
Width 5.699999994186
Length 6.99999999286

How to choose the best backpack with lunch box compartment: Important features to consider

Materials: Polyethylene vs. polypropylene – Low-density polyethylene (stamped on the bottom as LDPE, recycling group number four) is more flexible than stiff, cheap polypropylene (recycling group five), so it won’t crack as easily if you drop a loaded bin on the garage floor. It also won’t become brittle at freezing temperatures the way polypropylene does.

Each material has some advantages. Polypropylene can be made see-through, and it’s much more heat resistant — all the way up to boiling temperatures. LDPE is always tougher, but it gets very soft at temperatures above 110 degrees Fahrenheit and melts in boiling water. Our testers have seen far more polypropylene bins fail in long-term storage, especially in cold climates, but in a baking-hot attic, you’d want to be very careful about how much weight is stacked on an LDPE bin.

Latching lids – A flip-up latch will hold your bin closed even if you over-stuff it, which is handy for things like bulky sweaters and puffy blankets. If you put too much strain on latches, though, they’re prone to pop out of the mounting holes. Those holes also mean an entry point for moisture and insects.

A waterproof seal – If you just need a bin to shed rain, almost any will do: with one exception, the lids we tested to cover the edge of the bin, which means water will roll off without getting inside. A totally sealed lid (like our top pick) will also keep out humidity, though damp items can mildew quickly if you’re not careful about what you put in the bin.

Stackable designs – Nearly any bin can stand on top of another, but some designs are able to neatly mix and match small and large bins while creating a topple-resistant tower.

Single-size lids – If you’re building a collection of storage containers to fully organize your life, it can be handy to have bins with same-size openings. This usually means you can stack and nest different sizes as well as share lids between them. Usually, there will be at least two sizes in a series of containers with a common lid and footprint size, with the difference in volume made up by height.

What to Look for in a Plastic Storage Bin

Capacity

“Pre-sort items you want to organize into categories for containment,” says Marci McAvoy, professional organizer and founder of Marci McAvoy Home Organization. After pre-sorting, consider the storage bin’s capacity. Measure what you need to store and the space where it will live.

“There’s nothing worse than buying a bunch of bins and getting home and realizing that your space is too narrow for the bin you chose, or maybe you didn’t realize that your shelves couldn’t be adjusted for height,” says McAvoy.

Plastic storage tubs list the capacity in quarts or gallons, and some may also include the weight limit. If you’re shopping online, you can get a sense of what a bin can hold by looking at both product photos and images posted by shoppers, which are often the most helpful.

Material and Design

Rigid plastic materials are less likely to buckle when filled with extremely heavy items. These are sometimes labeled as high-density bins. “A bin like this tends to be more expensive because it is really durable, keeps dust and critters out, and is airtight,” says McAvoy.

If you’re storing bins vertically, look for a stackable style (these usually have recessed lids), since this will help the bins stay stable and maximize your storage space from top to bottom. Note that some storage bins are narrower at the bottom and wider on top, so they can nest when they’re empty. This is a helpful feature, but if you are lining these up on shelves horizontally, you may have wasted space between them.

Lid Closure Type

Storage bin lids can be attached or removable. The attached lids might be on a single set of hinges, or they may split down the middle and interlock. When the lid is integrated into the design, you’re less likely to lose track of it, but McAvoy warns that sometimes these can break, rendering the entire bin unusable.

McAvoy prefers removable lids with side snaps and latches. If you live with small children, you might need to opt for more secure closures. If you love color-coding, consider lids that come in different colors. Others might opt for clear lids so they can easily see the contents.

 

FAQ
  • When is the best time to buy plastic storage bins?

    Plastic bins often go on sale in January or February, when retailers try to capitalize on customers’ resolutions to get organized. Containers in colors like red and green maybe even more deeply discounted at this time.

  • How should you label plastic storage bins?

    There are almost as many labeling options as there are plastic containers. If you want flexibility, stick to erasable options such as removable chalkboard or whiteboard labels, and use either chalk paint or dry-erase markers. Label bin clips work well on the handles of open bins, and can also be used with dry-erase markers or Sharpies. Some people opt to simply write directly on clear bins, or buy pre-printed stickers. If you want your label to be permanent, use a marker like a Sharpie or an acrylic paint pen.

  • How can you hide plastic storage bins in your home?

    If you’re looking to hide storage bins in your home, one option is to buy larger, more attractive containers made from materials like wood or rattan, and fit the plastic boxes inside. This works best for items you don’t need frequently. You could also use fabric, washi tape, drawer liner paper, spray paint, and stencils to decorate the exterior of plastic storage bins. If you really don’t want to see them, opt for under-bed storage containers.

  • Can you recycle plastic storage bins?

    Check the number on the container as well as your area’s recycling rules. Many storage containers are made of polypropylene (labeled 5 or PP), and although this can be recycled, not all localities currently do this curbside, but some may accept them at transfer stations. You may be able to recycle polypropylene storage bins through a recycling company like TerraCycle. Try searching “specialty recycling company” and then the name of your town and state. Acrylic can be difficult to recycle, but some specialized facilities may accept it1. Products containing BPA cannot be recycled.2

    If you can’t easily recycle your old bins, try posting them on a local swap group such as Buy Nothing or Freecycle, or using them for other home projects, such as building a terrarium or mini greenhouse. If they’re clean and in good condition, you can also donate them.

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