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Best Budget: Sterilite Latching 64 Qt. Storage Box
Not everyone needs a fancy footlocker to store their goods. For most, a basic, no-frills set of plastic storage bins can get the job done just fine. That’s where Sterilite’s Latching Storage Box comes in. With an innovative latch to keep your possessions safe and secure and recessed lids that make them easy to stack, investing in a few is an easy way to keep your items in order in larger storage situations. Measuring 23.75 x 13.5 inches and boasting a transparent base so you’ll never mix your things up with your housemates’ possessions, the Sterilite Latching 64 Qt. Storage Box is a must-have for the organization-minded at a fraction of the price of the competition.
Best Stackable: iDesign + The Spruce 12 x 8-Inch Plastic Multi-Use Insert Drawer Organizer
If you want to keep your items organized, but still easy to access, try these stackable containers from The Spruce Organization line. Each of the 12 x 8 x 8-inch containers come with a removable divider to help keep different items separate, and the containers are easily stackable, so you can add a few to your bathroom cabinets, kitchen pantry, or even your craft room for easy storage.
These bins are also compatible with other, smaller storage bins in The Spruce Organization line in case you have lots of cords, buttons, cotton balls, or spices to keep organized. Each bin also has a handle in the front, so while these bins aren't sealed against outdoor conditions, they're perfect for indoor use when you need to quickly access what's inside.
Best Flip Top: HDX 12 Gal. Flip-Top Storage Tote (4-pack)
Flip top storage bins offer an advantage over other types of containers: their lids remain attached to their frame, so there’s no chance of losing it in the chaos of the moving process. But HDX kicks the basic flip-top style storage bin up a notch, allowing users to remove their containers’ lids in case they need frequent access to their goods. Able to hold up to 12 gallons each, this four-pack of flip-top bins brings a total of 48 combined gallons of storage capacity to any closet, self-storage unit, or moving truck — enough room to store all of the family pack rat’s “treasures.”
Measuring 21.25 x 14.9 x 13.19 inches, HDX’s storage totes are spacious enough to fit a variety of items, yet compact enough to stack easily —though users otherwise happy with their purchases do report that every few units contained cracks after stacking. Always remember to arrange your storage totes with the heaviest at the base to reduce the possibility of damaging lighter, less densely-packed bins.
Best Snap Top: STERILITE 30 Qt. Ultra Latch Box (6-pack)
Snap-top storage bins are an alternative to flip-tops with one major, and obvious, difference: as their names suggest, these storage containers boast removable lids that snap closed via two latches that click tightly into place on either side. A total of six boxes, each measuring 18.1 x 12.2 x 11.5 inches, means a combined storage capacity of 180 quarts—that’s a whole lot of space to store your things for a great price.
While we wouldn’t recommend purchasing these units to store larger objects, they’re a worthwhile investment for the fashionista looking to pack away her summer clothes or the mom who just can’t part with her child’s first few years’ worth of outfits.
Best Oversize: IRIS 169 Qt. Remington Store-It-All Tote Storage Bin
A big, durable storage bin with a name as over-the-top as its quality, the IRIS 169 Qt. Remington Store-It-All Tote Storage Bin is the container you opt for when you’ve got important things to store and no puny, small-change storage bin will do. As its name suggests, this behemoth packs a whopping 169 quarts into a 40.566 x 19.68 x 19.68-inch body. And while it can handle even your heaviest goods — from gardening supplies to camping necessities and everything in-between— the Remington doesn’t skimp on transportability, boasting a reinforced pull handle and wheels so that it’s ready to move as soon as you are.
If security is a priority, IRIS has got you covered. Their heavy-duty storage bin, which looks more like a treasure chest the longer you stare at it, allows owners to outfit it with a zip tie or standard padlock so that unwelcomed guests know to keep their hands off.
Best Compact: STERILITE 6 Quart Storage Box (12-pack)
On the opposite side of the storage bin spectrum is Sterilite’s 12-pack of super light, super compact containers. To be frank, these bins aren’t meant for the moving process—but they’re perfect for storing smaller objects like your crafts and art supplies, your kids’ favorite toys, your go-to jewelry pieces, or even your beloved shoes (so there’s no more temptation to kick them off into the closet after a long night of partying!).
Measuring a mere 14.13 x 7.75 x 4.88 inches, this value pack is worth every penny. Don’t let the small size of these bins (or their low price tag) deceive you—for compact plastic storage bins, they’re all about durability, with satisfied buyers reportedly surprised at how well they hold up. And with a see-through base, you’ll never struggle finding exactly what you need in your containers.