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Top 23 Best Japanese Rice Storage Containers to Buy Online 2020 - Tried and True!

To make sure our precious rice is free from things like insects, dust, and humidity, we need a container capable of protecting it. Recently, we've seen a lot of new designs as well as slimmer models capable of fitting tightly inside one's refrigerator. But just which ones stand out above the rest?


Our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites like Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! Shopping for the 23 most popular rice storage containers. Then we put them to the test!


We tested each product for the following 2 criteria. 

  1. Sealing Strength
  2. Usability

Finally, we created a buying guide to help you choose the best rice container out there. So, which one will stand out above the rest? Use this article as a reference to help you make your purchase.

  • Last updated: 07-17-2020
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Top 23 Best Japanese Rice Storage Containers to Buy Online

Here are the results of each of our tests and a ranking of the best 23 Japanese rice storage containers to buy online!

1

NitoriRefrigerator Rice Container

$5.20

Material/SealPlastic/Yes
Size (Outer)6.2 x 4.3 x 11.4 inches
Quantity4.4 lbs
Lineup4.4 lbs
AccessoriesMeasuring cup
Sealing Strength5.0
Usability5.0
Overal Rating5.0
2

Watanabe Metal IndustriesOBAKETSU Caster Rice Container

$43.19

Material/SealIron/No
Size (Outer)9.5 x 9.5 x 16.5 inches
Quantity22 lbs
Lineup11 lbs/22 lbs/44 lbs/66 lbs
AccessoriesMeasuring cup
Sealing Strength4.5
Usability4.0
Overall Rating4.3
3

YamazakiUnder-Sink Sealed Rice Container Tower

3377

$26.24

Material/SealPlastic/Yes
Size (Outer)7.7 x 11.8 x 7.5 inches
Quantity11 lbs
Lineup3.9 lbs/11 lbs
AccessoriesMeasuring cup
Sealing Strength3.0
Usability5.0
Overall Rating4.0
4
Material/SealPlastic/Yes
Size (Outer)7.7 x 12.2 x 7.9 inches
Quantity13.2 lbs
Lineup13.2 lbs/26.4 lbs
AccessoriesMeasuring cup
Sealing Strength3.0
Usability5.0
Overall Rating4.0
5

Pearl MetalRice Container for 5kg Bags

HB-2167

$7.45

Material/SealPlastic/No
Size (Outer)12.2 x 6.1 x 12.2 inches
Quantity11 lbs
Lineup11 lbs
AccessoriesMeasuring cup
Sealing Strength4.5
Usability3.0
Overall Rating3.8
6

Pearl Metal 2.4kg Handy Rice Container

HB-3898

$16.52

Material/SealPlastic/No
Size (Outer)7.3 x 4.3 x 11.6 inches
Quantity4.4 lbs
Lineup4.4 lbs
AccessoriesMeasuring cup
Sealing Strength3.5
Usability4.0
Overall Rating3.8
7

QD-SGMPRice Container

$43.70

Material/SealStainless steel/No
Size (Outer)10.6 x 10.6 x 9.4 inches
Quantity17.6 lbs
Lineup17.6 lbs/26.4 lbs/33 lbs
AccessoriesN/A
Sealing Strength4.5
Usability3.0
Overall Rating3.8
8

InomataRice Container Revolution

1250

$7.66

Material/SealPlastic/No
Size (Outer)8.7 x 14.6 x 8.1 inches
Quantity11 lbs
Lineup11 lbs/22 lbs
AccessoriesMeasuring cup/smaller tupperware case
Sealing Strength3.0
Usability4.0
Overall Rating3.5
9

DAISORice and Food Container

$4.20

Material/SealPlastic/No
Size (Outer)7.9 x 12.2 x 7.1 inches
Quantity11 lbs
LineupUnknown
AccessoriesN/A
Sealing Strength4.0
Usability3.0
Overall Rating3.5
10

Pearl MetalPrepared Rice Container

H-5816

$7.84

Material/SealPlastic/No
Size (Outer in Inches)8.3 x 14.2 x 14.2
Quantity22 lbs
Lineup11 lbs/22 lbs
AccessoriesMeasuring cup
Sealing Strength0.0
Usability0.0
Overall Rating0.0
11

Iwasaki Industry Sliding Window Rice Container

B-1900CB

$21.41

Material/SealPlastic/Yes
Size (Outer)8.1 x 11.8 x 7.7
Quantity11 lbs
Lineup11 lbs/22 lbs/33 lbs
AccessoriesMeasuring cup
Sealing Strength3.0
Usability3.0
Overall Rating3.0
12
Material/SealPlastic/No
Size (Outer)11.2 x 6.3 x 11.2
Quantity11 lbs
Lineup4.4 lbs/11 lbs
AccessoriesMeasuring cup
Sealing Strength4.0
Usability2.0
Overall Rating3.0

Compare the Best Japanese Rice Storage Containers

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1
Nitori Refrigerator Rice Container 1

Nitori

2
Watanabe Metal Industries OBAKETSU Caster Rice Container 1

Watanabe Metal Industries

3
Yamazaki Under-Sink Sealed Rice Container Tower 1

Yamazaki

4
ASVEL Sealing Rice Container 1

ASVEL

5
Pearl Metal Rice Container for 5kg Bags 1

Pearl Metal

6
Pearl Metal  2.4kg Handy Rice Container 1

Pearl Metal

7
QD-SGMP Rice Container 1

QD-SGMP

8
Inomata Rice Container Revolution 1

Inomata

9
DAISO Rice and Food Container 1

DAISO

10
Pearl Metal Prepared Rice Container  1

Pearl Metal

11
Iwasaki Industry  Sliding Window Rice Container 1

Iwasaki Industry

12
Iseto Rice Container for Bags 1

Iseto

Name

Refrigerator Rice Container

OBAKETSU Caster Rice Container

Under-Sink Sealed Rice Container Tower

Sealing Rice Container

Rice Container for 5kg Bags

2.4kg Handy Rice Container

Rice Container

Rice Container Revolution

Rice and Food Container

Prepared Rice Container

Sliding Window Rice Container

Rice Container for Bags

Features

A Rice Container That Completely Locks Out Humidity!

The High-Performance Rice Container You'll Fall in Love with!

A Functional Rice Container with a Great Design!

A Measuring Cup and Seal That's Easy to Use!

Perfect for Preserving Your Rice in its Bag

A Great Refrigerator Size Rice Container That's Easy to Hold!

A Durable Stainless Steel Rice Container with High Sealing Strength

A Great Rice Container That Comes with a Smaller Case

An Economical Rice Container with a Tight Seal

A Tight Seal with a Unique Appearance

Your Run-of-the-Mill Rice Container with an Average Score

A Smaller Rice Container with High Sealing Strength

Price$5.20$43.19$26.24$14.12$7.45$16.52$43.70$7.66$4.20$7.84$21.41$6.61
Material/SealPlastic/YesIron/NoPlastic/YesPlastic/YesPlastic/NoPlastic/NoStainless steel/NoPlastic/NoPlastic/NoPlastic/NoPlastic/YesPlastic/No
Size (Outer)6.2 x 4.3 x 11.4 inches9.5 x 9.5 x 16.5 inches7.7 x 11.8 x 7.5 inches7.7 x 12.2 x 7.9 inches12.2 x 6.1 x 12.2 inches7.3 x 4.3 x 11.6 inches10.6 x 10.6 x 9.4 inches8.7 x 14.6 x 8.1 inches7.9 x 12.2 x 7.1 inches8.3 x 14.2 x 14.28.1 x 11.8 x 7.711.2 x 6.3 x 11.2
Quantity4.4 lbs22 lbs11 lbs13.2 lbs11 lbs4.4 lbs17.6 lbs11 lbs11 lbs22 lbs11 lbs 11 lbs
Lineup4.4 lbs11 lbs/22 lbs/44 lbs/66 lbs3.9 lbs/11 lbs13.2 lbs/26.4 lbs11 lbs4.4 lbs17.6 lbs/26.4 lbs/33 lbs11 lbs/22 lbsUnknown11 lbs/22 lbs11 lbs/22 lbs/33 lbs4.4 lbs/11 lbs
AccessoriesMeasuring cupMeasuring cupMeasuring cupMeasuring cupMeasuring cupMeasuring cupN/AMeasuring cup/smaller tupperware caseN/AMeasuring cupMeasuring cupMeasuring cup
Sealing Strength5.04.53.03.04.53.54.53.04.00.03.04.0
Usability5.04.05.05.03.04.03.04.03.00.03.02.0
Overal Rating5.0
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Products That Didn't Make the Cut

And why they didn't quite make it.

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Country Heart Man's Antique Glass Jar (13) has great seal strength and large volume. However, it requires a lot of strength to open and close making it a bit difficult to use


Since it's made of glass, it's too heavy to be carried around. Also, you'll have to be careful not to break it. We didn't find anything about it too great besides the fact that its design is good for interior (decoration) purposes. 

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Sunco Plastic's Rice Container (14) is useful because of it's one-touch open and close mechanism. Being able to open it with one hand to retrieve your rice does wonders for its usability. 


The seal between the body and the lid is good for warding off insects but not so much for keeping out humidity. The measuring cup is easy enough to handle but the markings are white and difficult to see. 

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Ibuki's Rice Keeper (15) is a slim, fashionable, wooden rice container perfect for Western-style kitchens. It didn't score very high in our sealing strength examination but we found that the lid closes without leaving any gaps, keeping out insects. 


The opening is large and the lid comes right off allowing you to easily retrieve your rice. It comes with a handle on the front and two wheels attached to the bottom making it easy to move around. Perfect for anyone looking to purchase a rice container made out of wood
Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Cainz's Rice Container (16) comes with four wheels attached to the bottom making it easy to get out even if stored deep in some closet. The lid can be opened single-handedly and it comes with a measuring cup making it an easy-to-use rice container with great cost performance


Closing the lid took some work so you'd think the seal would be rather impressive but it actually wasn't at all. If you do happen to purchase one, avoid using it during the humid months. 

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Seria's Rice Container (17) is a very simple rice container with a pretty decent seal. We liked how the lid snapped into place allowing us to refill the rice without difficulty. Although these points were good, we didn't see anything else too great with it, which is why it ranked so low in our examination. 

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Earnest's Star Rice Pot Container (18) measures out around one cup of rice in its front compartment when you tilt the container forward. You're then able to open the lid and take out that already-measured cup. 


With a volume of 4.4lbs, continuously lifting and tilting it forward could prove strenuous. Also, you're going to have to turn it almost completely upside-down to get the desired measurement of rice. The sealing strength was decent but not good enough to warrant purchasing it. 

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Yamazaki's One Cup Rice Container Refrigerator Tower (19) has a lid made of a soft material giving it an above-average sealing strength. 


At first glance, you'd think that it would be rather convenient but when refilling the container, the rice bounces off of the dividers and gets all over the place. Refilling each compartment individually also takes up time making it seem like it would be better just to use a good, old-fashioned measuring cup. 

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Bon Furniture's Wooden Rice Container Type-B (20) protects against humidity way more than we expected it to. It scored low in usability because of how difficult it is to open the shutter-type lid as well as how difficult it is to maintain

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

MUJI's Refrigerator Rice Container (21) is a great size for storing in the refrigerator. It scored surprising well considering there's no seal. Storing it in the refrigerator is good enough to protect the rice from going bad. 


Since no part of the container can be removed except for the cup/lid attached to the top, there's no other choice than to refill it using that opening. Washing the container itself will also prove a challenge. 

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

IRISOHYAMA's Rice Container (22) has a wide lid making retrieving and refilling the container easy, but its sealing strength is nothing impressive at all


Not only does it not come with a seal, but there are no added parts fixing the lid to the body at all. And because of that, the entire lid pops off just by opening it, undoubtedly causing stress to the user. 

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Skater's Front-Lid Rice Container (23) is designed for you to retrieve the rice you pour in first ahead of what you pour in after allowing you to continuously use up old rice first. 


However, after having used it, we found that the new rice eventually mixes in with the old, making it not as useful as we had hoped. 


Also, sealing strength is low. Enough so that you can actually see gaps, allowing for air and whatnot to enter easily. It comes with a coating of insect repellant but if you store it somewhere like under the sink, we're afraid the smell might eventually become a problem. 

How We Tested the Containers

How We Tested the Containers

We purchased the top 23 best-selling Japanese rice storage containers from Japanese websites like Amazon and Rakuten and put them to the test!


We tested each product for the following 2 criteria.


①: Sealing Strength

②: Usability

Test ① Sealing Strength

Test ① Sealing Strength

First, we examined each container for its sealing strength. 


We put paper that changes color based on the humidity of its surroundings inside each container and shut them all tightly. We then put the containers inside a bathroom set to 80% humidity and waited for 30 minutes. 

Lids That Come Completely off Have Better Sealing Power

Lids That Come Completely off Have Better Sealing Power

We originally thought that the simple fact of having a proper seal in the container would be the deciding factor on how well they keep out humidity, but it turned out to be the shape of the lid itself that caused the difference in scoring. 


There were a lot of lids that opened with a pop that had a seal on the lid but not on the body of the container itself. We can safely say that it may be that gap that is letting in the humidity


The lids that come completely off and cover the top of the container have fewer gaps and tended to have high sealing strength even if not equipped with a seal. So, if you're planning on purchasing a rice container based on the seal, it would be best to get one with a more simple design and fewer gaps. 

Test ② Usability

Test ② Usability

Next, we examined each container for how easy it is to use. 


We simulated a scenario in which we pretended to retrieve rice from the container in hopes of preparing it. We checked for how easy it is to refill, how easy it is to get out, the lid's ability to open and close smoothly, how easy it is to carry or move around, and any other unique characteristics it might have. 

Being Able to Take out Rice Easily Matters More Than Special Features

Being Able to Take out Rice Easily Matters More Than Special Features

What affected the score the most was how easy it was to take out and put in the rice. The ones designed for taking out one cup of rice at a time or dispensing older rice before the new were actually surprisingly difficult to use. We found that the simpler ones were the easiest. 


Also, we checked to see how much space is available when refilling the container, how easy it is to get the rice out, and whether or not the container comes equipped with a measuring cup. The cups with either red or black writing are the easiest to see even when full of rice, making the process quite stress-free. 

How to Choose a Rice Storage Container - Buying Guide

Before deciding on which rice storage container is right for you, we would like you to consider the following 4 points. 

Look for a Tight Seal

Look for a Tight Seal

If you'd like to preserve your rice for longer and have it taste more delicious, choose a container with a high sealing strength. We recommend either ones equipped with a proper seal or those that snap shut upon closing


And if freshness is a priority, choose one that can fit in your refrigerator. Refrigerators are a great place to store your rice since it both protects against insect infiltration and maintains a steady level of humidity. If you can get one that stores around 4.4 pounds of rice, it should be able to fit right in the pocket of the door. 

Clear Plastic Containers are Best

Clear Plastic Containers are Best

Rice containers come in plastic, wood, glass, or metal, but we recommend a plastic one since it allows you to see what's inside and is easy to clean. A lot of them have measurements written on the side, making it perfect for those of you focused on usability. 


That being said, wooden rice containers protect well against insects and mold, and glass containers are stylish and have great sealing strength. Yet, since they are both heavy and difficult to move, it would be best to have a specific place in mind you'd like to keep it.  


If you must store your rice container in a place visible to others, you might want to go with a nice metal one able to block out direct sunlight. And if you can find one with wheels, you can easily move it around and store it - even the larger ones.

Choose One That Fits Your Rice

Choose One That Fits Your Rice

Rice containers range anywhere from 4.4 to 66 pounds, so make sure to choose one that suits the amount you intend to eat during a certain time frame


Rice usually doesn't have an expiration date written on their packages, but we recommend finishing your rice within a month during humid months and within two months during normal months


Don't purchase more rice than you can consume within that time frame, and make sure to purchase a rice container that suits you and your family's needs. Daily rice consumption varies individually, but consider about 4.4 to 11 pounds per person

Look out for Automatic Measuring Cups

Look out for Automatic Measuring Cups

Some rice containers come with levers that you can push to dole out a cup's worth of rice. We recommend a container with this kind of function for those of you with large families or who eat a ton of rice and simply don't have the time to waste measuring day in and day out.  


Also, a few of them come with refrigerating functions, which is perfect for those of you who'd like to preserve your rice for longer but can't or prefer not to put it in the refrigerator. 

The Merits of Using a Rice Container

The Merits of Using a Rice Container

There are two merits to using a rice container to store your rice. 


First, it helps with keeping your rice fresh. Since air and sunlight can worsen the taste of rice, the sealing strength of your rice container can be the determining factor in how delicious your rice becomes. Storing your rice in a bag only should be avoided at all costs since it can easily be penetrated by air. 


Second, it protects your rice from insects and mould. Storing it in the bag only could leave your rice susceptible to humidity and could invite both insects and mold alike. But if you use a rice container capable of keeping out the humid air, you can keep your rice both insect- and mold-free. 

Other Items to Keep Your Food Fresh

Other Items to Keep Your Food Fresh

Check out these other food preserving products to get the best out of the food you buy!

Summary

This time we ranked the top 23 best Japanese rice storage containers!


A lot of these containers may look alike at first, but there are big differences between them when it comes to how well they can seal out humidity and insects and how easy they are to use. So choose the one that satisfies all your needs, has a design that sparks your interest, and get ready to enjoy some delicious rice!


Author: Kano Ichiyama/Translation: Andrew J. Tinkler/Photos: Koichi Miura, Yuuki Inagaki

Date of Ranking:2019/09/26

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