Waterproof Storage Containers

Rated 5 out of 5 by MaryInMountLaurelNJ from A Personal Historian’s Dream Not many households are able to put a personal archive in cold storage or in neatly compiled archival-grade museum boxes. As a personal historian I advise people to reorganize and digitize or photograph their treasured family memories. I tell everyone to store their most valuable family moments in these weathertight boxes. They’ll keep them safe from water and typical household pests. Creating a family archive takes time and an investment The Container Store makes that idea very easy by offering numerous sizes of IRIS Weathertight Containers. This fantastic product that is both sturdy enough to store and transport. I keep one in the trunk of my car. I love the fact that this product is made from a thicker plastic than less expensive containers. On two projects for clients, I’ve stacked four on top of each other without any weight issues. I’ve even created signage for the front of the box that says “Family Archive.” In case of an emergency, if I had to leave my house in a hurry (think wildfires or flooding) I’d reach for a few specific and labeled boxes. Date published: 2017-01-16
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Waterproof Storage Containers

April 8, 2015: After more than 40 hours of testing plastic storage containers by stuffing them, dropping them, soaking them, and hauling them around, we found the Sterilite 30 Quart Ultra Latching Storage Box has the best balance of durability, security, and affordability ($40 for a six-pack). It didn’t crack in our drop tests or leak in our water tests designed to recreate a flooded basement. And if you need a larger or super-rugged bin, we have picks for those, too. Collapse Most Recent Updates
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Waterproof Storage Containers

In an ideal world, plastic storage bins are packed and organized with the thoughtful planning and care of a Smithsonian archivist. The reality is plastic storage bins are usually stuffed haphazardly and to full capacity, often in a hurry, and used in situations ranging from office document storage, in children’s rooms for toys, for transporting stuff in a move, as seasonal closet annexes, or for hauling camping gear out of a garage. They’re the MacGyver of storage accessories, and they live rough lives.
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Waterproof Storage Containers

Rated 5 out of 5 by PinkElephant241 from Great product If you have need of water tight containers, perhaps for a garage or leaky storage room, these are a great find. They stack neatly on top of each other, keep out bugs, water and mildew. These totes come in several sizes. Date published: 2016-08-27
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Waterproof Storage Containers

Despite their presence in nearly every American home, plastic storage bins get surprisingly little attention in terms of professional reviews. But our experts overwhelmingly steered us toward Sterilite, noting the brand’s easy availability and their affordable bulk prices, followed by Rubbermaid and The Container Store bins as other options. Additionally, we visited Home Depot, Lowe’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, The Container Store, Target, Walmart, and a local hardware store in person to inspect a selection of models firsthand to become acquainted with materials, ergonomics, and feature quality beyond online and interview recommendations. This research proved extremely important since some of features noted by organizers—sliding doors, flap door lids, drawers, and wheels—felt cheap and prone to breakage when inspected in person. We eliminated almost all models with any of these add-on features, believing the convenience did not make up for their potential to break easily. We also passed on models designed for food storage, and under-bed storage designs. The bins we chose to test are your basic two-piece combos: the tub, lid, latches, and not much else.
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Waterproof Storage Containers

Storage bins often end up in semi-outdoor or uninsulated spaces, like garages, attics, and basements, where they’re subjected to less than ideal temperature, humidity, and air quality. They need to stay sealed shut, so we paid special attention to the fit and finish of their lid and latch locks. We looked for both tactile and auditory cues indicating a seal was properly made, along with extra foam or rubber gasket to help secure a seal. The best plastic storage bins, which are ready long-term storage and require infrequent access, usually have thicker polypropylene or polyethylene walls, with tub bottoms and lids designed to interlock for vertical stacking. We chose to test both clear and opaque models, because there are circumstances when content visibility would (and also would not) be desirable. Good products can have additional material added to stress points, like honeycomb or diamond patterns reinforcing the lid and bottom sides.
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Waterproof Storage Containers

Before that, I spent several years as an industrial designer, working on children’s toys and lifestyle products for the likes of Little Tikes, Shrek, and The Simpsons. That means I’ve long been acquainted with the design details of injection-molded plastic products. Durability, ergonomics, and safety were just a few of the things I kept in mind when looking over these polypropylene containers.
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Waterproof Storage Containers

Rated 5 out of 5 by GodzillasRus from I converted an 8′ closet into a built-in bookcase and needed containers. These were used for storing our NES game machine, controllers and about 80 games. They all fit in a single container and were clear, so we could see what was inside. I ended up coming back and buying a total of six of these to house (and corral) various video game systems with their associated controllers and cables. Finally we can find them but they are out of the way! The boxes fit perfectly in my deep bookcase and are very very sturdy. Date published: 2016-11-27
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If not for the price, the Ziploc 60-Qt Large Deep Weathertight Storage Box would be our top pick. The Weathertight design did everything expected of a plastic storage bin, either scoring at the top or near the top of all of our tests. If we were planning to store away anything of sentimental or monetary value for more than a few months in a garage, basement, or attic, we’d invest in a set of the Weathertight Boxes after seeing how well they fared under ordinary and extraordinary conditions.
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Container Store 70-Quart Stor-It-All ($19): The all-black design seems to hint that these are made for the garage and shed storage. And indeed, you could stuff this nearly 18-gallon-capacity model with gardening tools or sporting goods easily. But the Stor-It-All also scored well when stuffed with a trio of throw pillows and a folded blanket to test its capacity and lid security, attributed to a locking handle incorporated onto the lid, instead of attached to the base. This feature made it easier to engage the locking mechanism by pushing downward instead of locking upward like other models when overstuffed with soft goods. Online reviews praise the Stor-It-All for being tough and capable of storing/supporting plenty of weight, from keeping a contractor’s supply of paints in check, storing food preservation equipment, to the somewhat mysterious claim of it holding “the weight of 100+ pounds of armor on it” without issue. Unfortunately this reinforced construction unit is marred by an uncomfortable handle grip, with sharp edges that can dig into fingers while lifting heavier loads. These models also have a sharp taper from the opening down to the bottom, which means less available storage space at the base of the bin. Though not as large or as heavy as the Rubbermaid ActionPacker, it is more suitable for stacking in multiples (and it’s available in other smaller sizes for modular groupings). Be careful, though, as an unusually glossy finish on the lid makes it a bit too easy for other bins to shift around on top.
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Runner-up Sterilite 70-Qt. Ultra Latching Storage Box (4-pack) With the same latches, lid, and overall construction as our main pick, this bin is simply a bigger version—go for it if you can't find our main pick or simply need more storage space.
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The 140-quart Rubbermaid ActionPacker is the big, burly cousin of the indoor plastic bin—a rugged, tough, and durable option with security features that go far beyond any other bin we tested. The bin’s heavy-duty sidewalls, reinforced lids, and cord-securing channels make it ideal for storing camping gear, tools, and other heavy-duty items that might damage lesser models. More suited to a garage, shed, or basement than an indoor closet, the big bin is not easy for one person to carry, but two people can haul it—and then easily sit on it side by side. (If that’s too big, it’s also available in 32- and 96-quart sizes; if it’s somehow too small, there’s a 192-quart monster.) After our drop tests and water tests, it came through damage free and bone dry. If you need an outdoor gear locker that can go from your home to the back of a truck, then be hauled to a campsite or tailgate to be used as all-in-one storage and seating, this is it.
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During my seven years as a managing editor at Apartment Therapy, a home decor and lifestyle site, I specialized in advising countless readers (and friends) about room and storage optimization when square footage was at a premium. My wife and I even appeared on shelter network HGTV’s now defunct series, Small Space, Big Style, with our 1917 Los Angeles studio apartment highlighted as an example of efficient use of space. 

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