Four Things to Look for In Your Next Plastic Storage Bin

Storage bins that nest on top of one another are a great way to pack the kids off to college or simply store just about anything at home. Here’s what to look for in solid storage bins.

Personal holding a storage bin
Pack it up and pack it in.Sterilite

Every day is a good day to get more organized. One of the best ways to get yourself there? Stock up on sturdy storage tubs. Here are three quick options when choosing solid storage tubs.

IRIS USA TB-28 32 Quart Stack & Pull Box, Clear, 6 Count

Comes in Seven Sizes

See-through options make remembering where you put something much easier.IRIS

Durability is key, so look for models that are strong enough to stand up to bumps and bangs. See-through plastic models are perfect for quickly identifying what's inside from shoes to school supplies to sweaters. And lock-down lids will help keep the dust bunnies out.

IRIS USA CNL-17 17 Quart Clear Storage Box, 12 Pack


These nest nicely and you don’t have to worry about breaking latches.IRIS

Look for models where the lids snap down securely for a tight seal, particularly if you plan on storing sweaters or other woolen garments, like hunting pants and shirts, in mothballs during the off-season.

Sterilite 40 Gallon/151 Liter Wheeled Industrial Tote, Black Lid & Base w/ Racer Red Handle & Latches, 2-Pack

Load It Up

Also a great option for families with small children looking for a rolling toy chest for quick clean-ups.Sterilite

Got a lot of heavier/bulkier items to store, like boots, books, or tools? Many manufacturers offer lidded storage bins with wheels and beefy handles—perfect for those long bag-drags from the car to the dorm room.

Rubbermaid Commercial Brute Tote Storage Bin With Lid, 14- Gallon, Gray

For the Garage

A beefy, commercial-grade option great for storing tools or transporting items, particularly if you’re hauling them in the back of a pickup.Rubbermaid

Good grips reduce finger and back strain, ribbed construction allows these to be dragged out of the back of a pickup without scraping up the bed, and holes in the handles allow water to drain—perfect if you’re transporting tools to the job site or clothes to the cabin on a rainy day. Some models even have holes molded in for attaching a padlock.