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IRIS USA 19 Quart WEATHERPRO Plastic Storage Box with Durable Lid and Seal and Secure Latching Buckles, Weathertight, Clear with Black Buckles, 6 Pack

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Polypropylene can become brittle at just below freezing, which is why we don’t recommend PP bins for storage in an unheated basement or garage. Why it’s great: The Akro-Mils KeepBox Attached Lid Container is the most convenient bin for anyone who struggles with tight lids. The Brute’s molded handles also made them more comfortable to carry than the less expensive garage bins we recommend, the Home Depot HDX.

They fit neatly on my closet shelves, but they’re not firm enough to stack if I fill them with anything bulky or heavy. To find the best, we tossed 32 bins and totes down a flight of stairs, left them in the rain, and stuffed them full of books and blankets. Several other Wirecutter staffers have used these bins for years, although a couple of people have noted that the bins can be smelly when you first get them. I have experience maintaining entire school libraries, keeping hundreds of yards of fabric organized, and storing and cataloguing the onslaught of sheets and blankets I’ve tested for Wirecutter. The bear stole the bin from outside my chicken coop, dropped it on the latched side until it popped open, and made off with some chicken food.

The Iris Weathertight Totes we recommend will also work in your clothes closet and they’re clear, so you can see what’s inside, but we prefer the iWill’s zippered closure to the Iris’s heavy latches, which can feel like overkill when you just want to grab something.

Read more about the condition New: A brand-new, unused, unopened and undamaged item in original retail packaging (where packaging is applicable). Long-term test notes: I’ve used these bins to pack away all of our family’s holiday decorations for four seasons now, and the wheels, handles, and latches have held up to an increasingly large amount of stuff packed inside, in addition to surviving being dragged up and down a hill and across our gravel drive (our storage room is outside). Holds a lot: We considered bins that would neatly and securely hold a variety of items and stack without wobbling. Long-term test notes: We still think these are the best easy-access bins, and although they don’t seal as tightly as our other picks, I was surprised to see how dry, dust-free, and pest-free our test Akro-Mils bin stayed after a year in my storage room.If you do plan on packing one of these full to the brim, be mindful of weight (we’d recommend things like clothes and decorations over documents and dry goods). The bins have stayed watertight when I’ve left some outside in the rain for weeks here in the Pacific Northwest, and even after they’ve lost a latch or two (which happens a lot), the seal still keeps moisture out. Why it’s great: If you want bins for your garage, attic, or basement that can take a lot of abuse, we recommend the Rubbermaid Brute Totes. We tried to attach a few sticky labels but they fell off immediately, so we think a marker or a good memory is the best way to keep track of what’s inside. We like that this tote is easy to open, can withstand freezing temperatures and costs less than similar bins.

If you live in a temperate climate you can probably get away with using these in a garage or unheated part of the house. If you still prefer writing on the bins, we suggest dry-erase markers instead of Sharpies, particularly on clear storage containers. Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH).The Irises also stack more securely—each bin’s base sits snugly into a groove on the lid of the one below. In the quest to tidy, storage containers can make the difference between an organized home and one heaped with mismatched boxes in the closets and garage. The latch still works perfectly, and if I had padlocked the bin (the lock was purchased but sitting in the house forgotten), I’m pretty confident the bear would have failed in its quest for food. Neither material should be affected by the hottest outdoor temperatures—weaker PP doesn’t break down until about 176 degrees Fahrenheit. This jumbo-sized, wheeled bin is the easiest for transporting large loads or storing long, oddly shaped items that won’t fit in other bins.

Not every bin needs to withstand heavy abuse, so we also considered some that were less durable but highly practical for storage. This is the only such problem we’ve had, but I’d stuffed the bin so full over the last few years that the lid bent upward, leaving an air gap for something small to crawl in.

The bins keep everything dry and secure, and they’ve made digging out the holiday decorations much more pleasant every year.

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