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Best pet food containers: Keep pet food fresh for longer

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The thought of shopping for the best pet food containers may not immediately get your heart fluttering with excitement, but before you write off this humble household item as one of those boring yet necessary buys, let’s see if we can jazz this topic up for you.

Have you ever gone to finish that packet of your favorite biscuits or corn chips only to find that they’re stale? Major disappointment, right?! Well, the same thing can happen to kibble that’s left in its original bag - only your furkid can’t let you know that the reason they’ve lost their appetite is because their dinner tastes like wet cardboard.

If we were gambling people, we’d bet anything that you love your furkid more than anything and that you’ve probably invested plenty of money in the best dry dog food or best dry cat food to keep them happy and healthy. But the last thing you want to be doing is handing over your hard-earned cash only to have it wasted when half a bag of kibble ends up going in the bin right alongside your corn chips - double bummer.

And that’s where the best pet food containers are a lifesaver. Not only do they help keep food fresher for longer, their shape makes them easier to store - you can pop them in the pantry, on the counter, or if you have one of the best automatic pet feeders, you can sit it right alongside so you can quickly fill up the hopper when you spot it getting low. Oh, and unlike kibble bags, containers prevent your furkid from clawing their way inside for a midnight snack.

Pet food containers come in all sizes and materials, from simple BPA-free plastic containers that are airtight and have flippable easy-pour lids to stylish metal options that have a rustic farmhouse look and come with scoops and tight-fitting lids. Whatever your home aesthetic, you can bet there’s a pet food container to match it.

While the best pet food containers do a great job of keeping food fresh for months at a time, we recommend having some labels handy that you can write the expiry date of the kibble on and fix it to the lid or sides so you have an idea of when it needs to be replenished - if it lasts that long that is! Let’s lift the lid on our favorite pet food containers, including a very cool wall-mounted option that’ll save you space.

PetsRadar's pick of the best pet food containers

  • Best pet food container overall: IRIS Airtight Food Storage Container With Scoop
  • Best budget dog food container: Van Ness Pet Food Storage
  • Best budget cat food container: IRIS Airtight Cat Food Container
  • Best pet food container for measured diets: Pission Pet Food Container With Measuring Cup
  • Best exterior pet food container: Gamma2 Vittles Vault
  • Best wall-mounted pet food container: Bergen Wall-Mounted Container
  • Best pet food container set: Morezi Pet Food and Treats Containers

Pet food container: IRIS Airtight Food Storage Container With Scoop

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IRIS Airtight Food Storage Container With Scoop

Best pet food container overall

Capacity: 25lb + 10lb | Dimensions: 16.5 x 10.8 x 18.6 inches | Material: Plastic | Airtight?: Yes | Includes Scoop: Yes

Large capacity
Comes with wheels
Airtight
Takes up plenty of space

The IRIS airtight storage pet food container is such a versatile piece of equipment, it’ll cover you for pet feeding scenarios you probably hadn’t even thought of before. It’s a large plastic trolley, and has wheels on the bottom so you can easily move it around. Because its maximum capacity is 35lb, if you fill the bottom and top containers it gets quite heavy, so the wheels are necessary if you store your pet food away from their feeding area (which most of us do).

It’s made of sturdy plastic, and the lids on both the top and bottom containers are airtight, so it will keep either dog or cat food fresh for a long time. The seals are effective, and the lids are firmly shut, so they can’t be forced open by pets or young children. The multi-layer stacking system means you can store two types of food in a single container, which means that you can mix regular kibble with other, more specialized diet types. If you have a cat and dog, the IRIS works for both - put the dog food at the bottom and the cat food at the top.

This model includes a scoop, which is very handy. However, it is a single scoop, so if you’re using the two compartments for different pet foods, you may need to buy a separate scoop to cover both. And while this container is a great way of getting the most storage from the minimum of space, it’s still very large, so you may struggle to include it in a smaller kitchen or apartment. Overall, though, the IRIS airtight container and scoop combo is practical, space-saving, and robust, which is why it’s our top pick. It’s also available in a variety of colors, to suit most spaces.

Pet food container: Van Ness Pet Food Storage

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Van Ness Pet Food Storage

Best budget dog food container

Capacity: 5lb-50lb | Dimensions: 12.5 x 14.5 x 16.25 inches (25lb version) | Material: Plastic | Airtight?: Yes | Includes Scoop: No

Large, simple design
Inexpensive
Has wheels
Pretty ugly

While pet food containers are far from the most designed and sleek accessories, the Van Ness pet food storage box is very, very utilitarian. It’s like a Doctor Who villain from the ‘70s, that somehow stores dog food. Okay, all joking aside, this is a great container even if it isn’t a looker. You can get it in a range of sizes, from 5lb to 50lb, but we recommend the 25lb unless you have several large dogs.

It’s very simple - there are wheels on the underside at the front and back, so you can wheel it to your dog’s feeding area (handy if it’s full and heavy). The lid opens right up from the front with an easy catch mechanism, exposing a large area from which to scoop your dog’s kibble while they dance around you excitedly. The lid seals airtight, and remains so for years. While this lid is easy to open, it can’t be forced by pets or smaller kids (although - fair warning - older children will be able to access it) and it snaps shut satisfyingly.

The plastic that Van Ness uses has been approved as safe by the US Food and Drug Administration, so you know it won’t leak harmful chemicals or colorants into your dog’s food. Most of the more popular containers are, but it always pays to check. It’s cheap too, and you get a lot of dog food storage for your money.

Pet food container: IRIS Airtight Cat Food Container

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IRIS Airtight Cat Food Container

Best budget cat food container

Capacity: 12.5lb | Dimensions: 13.8 x 8.3 x 14.8 inches | Material: Plastic | Airtight?: Yes | Includes Scoop: No

Easily stored
Well priced
Made of safe plastic
Smells a little

The smaller, 12.5lb pet food container from IRIS is perfect for keeping cat food fresh. It’s small, compact, and can be stored in a cupboard or on a standard shelf. It’s designed to be a similar size to a cereal box and can be stored alongside all kinds of similar-shaped items. The container itself is made out of safe, BPA-free plastic, and is sturdy enough to withstand being dropped, should you trip over kitty during feeding time. 

One downside noted by many users is that this IRIS container does have a distinct smell of plastic when you first purchase it, so we recommend thorough washing before putting any food in there, and perhaps being prepared to throw out a first load of kibbles a little sooner than expected, to get rid of the smell. 

The lid is airtight and fits the tub well. It has a handy clip that allows you to lift off the lid and break the seal, giving you a large area for either scooping or pouring food directly into your waiting cat’s bowl. We always recommend a scoop if your cat is on any kind of diet, and we note that at the top of this storage container is a wider rim with enough space to fit a scoop, even when it’s near-filled. It’s also relatively inexpensive for such a reliable container. Obviously, you can go cheaper with an off-brand item, but we think this is a good price for the quality you get.

Pet food container: Pission Pet Food Container With Measuring Cup

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Pission Pet Food Container With Measuring Cup

Best for pets on measured diets

Capacity: 5.5lb | Dimensions: 5.91 x 3.54 x 8.66 inches | Material: Plastic | Airtight?: Yes | Includes Scoop: Yes

Comes with measuring cup
Easy to store
Handy shape to grip
Not as sturdy as some

If your pet is on medication you’ll know how tough it can be to regulate their diet. The Pission pet food container with measuring cup helps with this, as it integrates a feeding cup that you can use to measure the exact amount of kibbles your cat or dog is getting. This means you don’t need a separate measuring cup, and therefore it saves you money and comes as a single storage option.

The Pission pet food container has all the other features you’d expect to see in a top-rated piece of pet equipment. It’s made of safe plastic, which can be recycled when you eventually decide to dispose of it, and it is airtight when you’ve clipped the lid on. The measuring cup sits on the top of the lid, and fits nicely, so it won’t rattle or fall off when you store it. We like the shape of the container too, as it has grooves at the rear, making it easier to grip when you’re pouring food into a bowl or the cup.

It’s well priced too. The only issue is that it’s smaller than some other containers, so you can’t fit as much kibble in there and may have to decant into it several times per bag. It comes in a variety of colors, and for some reason these cost a little more than the plain white one. All the containers are see-through, so you know how much kibble is left in there, and when it’s time to top-up.

Pet food container: Gamma2 Vittles Vault

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Gamma2 Vittles Vault

Best exterior pet food container

Capacity: 40lb | Dimensions: 21 x 12 x 17 inches | Material: Plastic | Airtight?: Yes | Includes Scoop: No

Easily stackable
Handy screw-lid
Large capacity
Tougher to move

We appreciate the name of the Gamma2 Vittles Vault, purely because it makes some attempt to make food storage sound exciting. We also appreciate the sturdy build quality here, and the fact it maximizes your space when it comes to storing dog food. The Vittles pet food containers can easily be stacked too, which means the only limit to the amount of food you can store is the height of your ceiling. 

The Vittles is so hardy that you can store it outside too, as the weather is unlikely to penetrate the circular, sealed lid that sits on the front of the container. The airtight seal on the Gamma2 is really impressive too, and you’re unlikely to get any moisture or other particles inside the container, which - again - makes it perfect for exterior storage if that’s what you need. The plastic is BPA free, and is FDA approved, so you know it won’t degrade and leak any harmful chemicals into pooch’s kibble.

We like that it’s stackable but, while there are handles for moving the container, this is a static solution for storing food. You bring the bowl to the container with the Gamma2, and not the other way around. It entirely depends what your particular situation is here, and you may not want to move your food around much. The Gamma2 Vittles Vault comes in 40lb and 60lb sizes so is perfect for mass storage too. No extra colors, though, and the design is one you either love or you don’t.

Pet food container: Bergen Wall-Mounted Container

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Bergen Wall-Mounted Container

Best wall-mounted pet food container

Capacity: 40lb | Dimensions: 15.75 x 11.25 x 26.13 inches | Material: Plastic | Airtight?: Yes | Includes Scoop: No

Saves on floor space
Very sturdy
You have to wall-mount it
Tough to regulate food dispensing

If you’re feeling brave, and want to save floor space, try the Bergen Wall-Mounted pet food container. It has a large capacity and you mount it to the wall yourself, using the metal plate provided - a little like hanging a TV in your living room. It’s easy enough to install, and has a decent 40lb capacity, so you won’t need to fill it too often. Kibbles can be poured into the top, and you dispense them at the bottom via a handle.

There are big pros and cons that come with a wall-mounted dispenser. Obvious advantages include space saving and the fact that rodents can’t burrow underneath it or chew it, so you know you can keep it completely pest and insect free. It is airtight too, so moisture shouldn’t seep in either, and you won’t get any coming up from the ground either if your floor is cold or prone to damp. If you struggle with bending down to scoop from a regular pet food container this can save your back or knees too. The downside is that you have to mount it and do a damn good job, because it’s heavy when full. You’ll also need to get confident with dispensing via the handle, which does take some getting used to. You’ll likely spill and overfill bowls until you work out how fast the food actually comes out.

While you can detach it from the wall easily enough, it’s tougher to clean because of this. And while it’s well-enough made, you will need to replace it with the exact same model if parts do break down beyond repair. Overall, we like the idea of a wall-mounted pet container, but it’s really up to you to decide whether the space and convenience benefits are worth the effort of installing it.

Pet food containers: Morezi Pet Food and Treats Containers

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Morezi Pet Food and Treats Containers

Best pet food container set

Capacity: 4.5lbs | Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 6.1 inches | Material: Metal | Airtight: Yes | Includes scoop: Yes

Rustic farmhouse look
Sturdy design
Tight fitting lid
A bit on the small side

We’re loving this super stylish pet food container set from Morezi which comes with your choice of cat or dog written across the front. The perfect addition to any countertop or pantry, these containers come in two different sizes so you can store both kibble and treats.

Made from metal with tight-fitting lids that come fitted with easy-grip handles, these containers have a nice sturdy feel and a retro-farmhouse look. Small enough to be portable but large enough to hold 3lbs of kibble and 2lbs of treats, they’re far more durable than their plastic counterparts and will last for years.

Available in a choice of black, gray, and white, they come with a handy matching scoop and the square design and spacious interiors make them a breeze to keep clean. They’re definitely smaller than some other containers out there, so they may not be suitable for owners of large pets, and the paint may chip over time, but we think that just adds to the charm!

Overall, this is a great set that’s well-made, has a delightfully vintage look, and offers great value for money. 

How to choose the best pet food container

Selecting the best pet food container really comes down to the space you’re working with, and the pet you have. Smaller spaces and smaller pets will require less space, but you may want something a little larger so that you can store several months’ worth of food in a single place. Equally, larger pets may require more food, so you should look for a pet food container that's big and stackable, unless space really isn’t an issue. Certain pet food containers can be stored outside but you need to be confident that they are sturdy enough to withstand the elements, and their airtight seal is strong enough to not degrade quickly.

In terms of materials, we would always suggest plastic, and always recommend that you check it is PBA-free and comes with some kind of assurance from a government agency. While you’re unlikely to get chemicals leaking into your pet’s food, it just isn’t worth the risk, and while you may save a few bucks on a cheaper container… you’ll spend big when it comes to veterinarian bills if your dog or cat does get sick.

If you want metal, always make sure that you’re storing it in a cool, dry area (because few come with airtight seals) and that you get a steel container with no harmful chemicals or elements that can rust. Rusted iron or lead in your pet’s food really, really isn’t good for them. Metal bins are often more attractive and expensive, so be sure they suit your practical needs when you buy one.

Andy Hartup

Andy is an online Editor-in-Chief, a photographer, and a cat owner of 25 years. He has owned many types of cat, rescuing some and adopting others from kittens. He currently lives with Pickle, a tortie, who loves to play with Christmas wrapping bows and eat flowers.