Every so often, someone asks my opinion of canisters similar to these. It’s easy to see what’s in them, they stack nicely and they’re generally about half the price of Lock & Lock or Sterilites.
So what’s not to like? Two things:
- With most of these, the lids are just a “tight fit.” They can jostle off just from the movement of the boat, if they’re not on perfectly bugs will get in and if you ever drop one — even if it was closed when it left your hand — it will open when it hits the counter or floor.
- The even bigger problem is shown in the photo at right. Yep, the plastic will crack. You don’t even need to drop the canister for it to crack — just the motion of the boat will do it.
The previous owners of Que Tal left several similar canisters aboard, perfectly sized for a few “odd” spaces. Our first rolly anchorage — we’d only been cruising for a few days — showed me just how inappropriate they were, as they developed cracks and I ended up taping the tops down.
My suggestion: don’t waste your money on them. Although they seem less expensive than the “good” ones, they’ll cost you more in the long run as you both replace them and lose food that was in them.
Just a note — I got the idea for this article as I was looking for a Lock & Lock container right next to these, and noticed that many were cracked, apparently just in getting them to the store. And that reminded me of the problems I’d had years ago.