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Have you ever wondered what to do with your opened bag of rice? Have you been storing it in random jars or even worse, just wrapped a rubber band around the opened bag? To ensure our precious rice is free from insects, dust, and humidity, we need a container capable of protecting it. Also called rice stockers, Japanese rice storage containers are available in various designs, including slim products designed to fit inside a refrigerator. However, with so many brands and seemingly similar products, it can be difficult to choose the best rice storage container for you.

To figure out the best Japanese rice storage container, we gathered the 23 best-selling products on e-commerce sites popular in Japan like Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! Shopping and tested them all.

We tested each product for the following:
  • Sealing Strength
  • Usability

Then, based on our tests, we ranked the 10 best Japanese rice storage containers in 2022. We also put together a buying guide to help you choose the best product for your needs. Keep on reading to find out more!

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  • Last updated: 09-02-2022
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Why You Should Use a Rice Storage Container

Why You Should Use a Rice Storage 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 diminish the taste of rice, the sealing strength of your rice container can determine how delicious your rice stays. Storing your rice in a bag should be avoided since it is not tightly sealed. 


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


So why choose a Japanese rice storage container? Many Japanese households eat rice several times a week, requiring both convenience as well as secure storage. This means that in addition to keeping your rice fresh, they also often feature thoughtful designs, like shapes that will seamlessly integrate with the rest of your pantry, as well as neatly fit in your refrigerator, as we mentioned earlier.

How to Choose a Rice Storage Container - Buying Guide

Here are four essential points to keep in mind when choosing a rice storage container to purchase. 

Check the Tightness of Seal

Check the Tightness of 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 containers equipped with either a gasket or those that snap shut upon closing


If the freshness of your rice is your number one priority, choose one that can fit in your refrigerator. Storing your rice in the refrigerators protects it against pests and 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 fridge door.

We Recommend Transparent Containers

We Recommend Transparent Containers

Rice containers come in plastic, wood, glass, or metal. We recommend a plastic one since it allows you to see what's inside and is easy to clean. Many have measurements written on the side, so you know how much rice you have left. 


That said, wooden rice containers protect well against insects and mold, and glass containers are stylish and have excellent sealing strength. Yet, since they are both heavier and less portable, you should decide on an accessible place to keep the container.  


If you're keeping your rice container out in the open, where it might be susceptible to sunlight, we recommend a metal container made of tin or enamel that can block direct sunlight. Some larger containers even come with wheels, making them portable and easier to store. 

Choose a Container Size that Accords With Your Rice Consumption

Choose a Container Size that Accords With Your Rice Consumption

Rice storage containers range in size from 4.4 to 66 pounds, so make sure to choose one that accords with your rice consumption rate. 


Rice usually doesn't have an expiration date written on its packages. Still, it's best to finish your rice within a month if you live in a humid environment and within two months if you live somewhere relatively dry.


It's also best to not purchase more rice than you can consume within that time frame, and make sure to buy a rice container that suits your needs. If you live alone, choose a container that holds 4.4  pounds. If you have a bigger family, then 11 pounds might be a better choice. Ultimately, this will vary on how much rice you consume, so keep that in mind too.

Automatic Rice Dispensers Are a Highly Convenient Feature

Automatic Rice Dispensers Are a Highly Convenient Feature

Some rice containers come with levers you can push to dole out a pre-measured cup's worth of rice. We recommend a container with this kind of function for those with large families or those who eat a ton of rice and don't want to spend the time measuring out cups of rice every time.


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

10 Best Japanese Rice Storage Containers

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Watanabe Metal Industries OBAKETSU Caster Rice Container RS10 1

Watanabe Metal Industries

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Yamazaki Under-Sink Sealed Rice Container Tower 3377 1

Yamazaki

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ASVEL Sealing Rice Container 1

ASVEL

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Pearl Metal 2.4kg Handy Rice Container HB-3898 1

Pearl Metal

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Pearl Metal Rice Container for 5kg Bags HB-2167 1

Pearl Metal

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Inomata Rice Container Revolution 1250 1

Inomata

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Iwasaki Industry Sliding Window Rice Container B-1900CB 1

Iwasaki Industry

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Iseto Rice Container for Bags 1

Iseto

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Sanko Plastic Rice Case 1

Sanko Plastic

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IBUKI CRAFT Rice Keeper 1

IBUKI CRAFT

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OBAKETSU Caster Rice Container RS10

Under-Sink Sealed Rice Container Tower 3377

Sealing Rice Container

2.4kg Handy Rice Container HB-3898

Rice Container for 5kg Bags HB-2167

Rice Container Revolution 1250

Sliding Window Rice Container B-1900CB

Rice Container for Bags

Rice Case

Rice Keeper

Features

High-Performing Rice Container With Great Sealing Strength

Highly Functional Rice Container with a Stylish Design

Firm Gasket, and Easy to Use Measuring Cup

Easy to Handle, and Fits Snugly in Fridge

Portable, Tight Sealing, and Can Store Bagged Rice

Easily Refillable, Good Pest Prevention

Run-of-the-Mill Rice Container With Average Scores Across the Board

High Sealing Strength But Inconvenient to Use

Easy-One-Touch Opening Container

Doesn't Offer an Airtight Seal, but is Stylish and Portable

Price$40.29$21.82$6.95$4.28$5.94$7.20$12.67$6.53$4.51$49.01
Japanese渡辺金属工業 OBAKETSU キャスター付きライスストッカーRS10山崎実業 密閉 シンク下米びつ タワー3377アスベル 密閉米びつ パッキン付パール金属 密閉ハンディーライスストッカーHB-3898パール金属 RICE お米袋のままストックHB-2167イノマタ化学 米びつ革命1250岩崎工業 RICE STOCKER スライド米びつ5型 B-1900CB伊勢藤 お米袋そのまま保存ケース 5kgサンコープラスチック お米ケース伊吹物産 技物専科 ライスキーパー
Dimensions9.5x9.5x16.5 in.7.7x11.8x7.5 in.7.7x12.2x7.9 in.7.3x4.3x11.6 in.12.2x6.1x12.2 in.8.7x14.6x8.1 in.8.1x11.8x7.7 in.11.2x6.3x11.2 in.8.9x12.8x6.0 in. 13.8x7.1x12.6 in.
Volume22 lbs.11 lbs.13.2 lbs.4.4 lbs.11 lbs.Body: 11 lbs. (actual rice storage capacity), 10 L (maximum capacity) / Slide pocket: 0.2 oz. (actual rice storage capacity), 33 oz.(maximum capacity)11 lbs.11 lbs.11 lbs.22 lbs.
MaterialGalvanized ironBody, lid: ABS resin / non-metallic seal : silicone / measuring cup: acrylic resinPolypropylene resinPlasticPolypropyleneBody, lid, slide pocket: Polypropylene / Casters, stopper, rice cup: styrene resinBody, outer lid, inner lid, measuring cup: polypropylene / non-metallic seal : silicon rubber / frame: ABS resinPlasticPolypropylenePaulownia wood, resin, metal
Measuring cup includedIncludedIncludedIncludedIncludedIncludedIncludedIncludedIncludedIncludedN/A
LineupN/A11 lbs, 22 lbs, 44 lbs.13.2 lbs, 26.4 lbsN/AN/A11 lbs., 22 lbs.11 lbs., 22 lbs.N/A11 lbs., 22 lbs.N/A
Overall score3.973.713.713.623.573.473.343.303.283.28
Sealing strength4.33.33.33.44.33.33.33.83.23.2
Usability3.85.05.03.83.33.83.33.13.33.3
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Watanabe Metal IndustriesOBAKETSU Caster Rice Container RS10

$40.29

Japanese渡辺金属工業 OBAKETSU キャスター付きライスストッカーRS10
Dimensions9.5x9.5x16.5 in.
Volume22 lbs.
MaterialGalvanized iron
Measuring cup includedIncluded
LineupN/A
Overall score3.97
Sealing strength4.3
Usability3.8
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YamazakiUnder-Sink Sealed Rice Container Tower 3377

$21.82

Japanese山崎実業 密閉 シンク下米びつ タワー3377
Dimensions7.7x11.8x7.5 in.
Volume11 lbs.
MaterialBody, lid: ABS resin / non-metallic seal : silicone / measuring cup: acrylic resin
Measuring cup includedIncluded
Lineup11 lbs, 22 lbs, 44 lbs.
Overall score3.71
Sealing strength3.3
Usability5.0
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ASVELSealing Rice Container

$6.95

Japaneseアスベル 密閉米びつ パッキン付
Dimensions7.7x12.2x7.9 in.
Volume13.2 lbs.
MaterialPolypropylene resin
Measuring cup includedIncluded
Lineup13.2 lbs, 26.4 lbs
Overall score3.71
Sealing strength3.3
Usability5.0
4

Pearl Metal2.4kg Handy Rice Container HB-3898

$4.28

Japaneseパール金属 密閉ハンディーライスストッカーHB-3898
Dimensions7.3x4.3x11.6 in.
Volume4.4 lbs.
MaterialPlastic
Measuring cup includedIncluded
LineupN/A
Overall score3.62
Sealing strength3.4
Usability3.8
5

Pearl MetalRice Container for 5kg Bags HB-2167

$5.94

Japaneseパール金属 RICE お米袋のままストックHB-2167
Dimensions12.2x6.1x12.2 in.
Volume11 lbs.
MaterialPolypropylene
Measuring cup includedIncluded
LineupN/A
Overall score3.57
Sealing strength4.3
Usability3.3
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InomataRice Container Revolution 1250

$7.20

Japaneseイノマタ化学 米びつ革命1250
Dimensions8.7x14.6x8.1 in.
VolumeBody: 11 lbs. (actual rice storage capacity), 10 L (maximum capacity) / Slide pocket: 0.2 oz. (actual rice storage capacity), 33 oz.(maximum capacity)
MaterialBody, lid, slide pocket: Polypropylene / Casters, stopper, rice cup: styrene resin
Measuring cup includedIncluded
Lineup11 lbs., 22 lbs.
Overall score3.47
Sealing strength3.3
Usability3.8
7

Iwasaki IndustrySliding Window Rice Container B-1900CB

$12.67

Japanese岩崎工業 RICE STOCKER スライド米びつ5型 B-1900CB
Dimensions8.1x11.8x7.7 in.
Volume11 lbs.
MaterialBody, outer lid, inner lid, measuring cup: polypropylene / non-metallic seal : silicon rubber / frame: ABS resin
Measuring cup includedIncluded
Lineup11 lbs., 22 lbs.
Overall score3.34
Sealing strength3.3
Usability3.3
8

IsetoRice Container for Bags

$6.53

Japanese伊勢藤 お米袋そのまま保存ケース 5kg
Dimensions11.2x6.3x11.2 in.
Volume11 lbs.
MaterialPlastic
Measuring cup includedIncluded
LineupN/A
Overall score3.30
Sealing strength3.8
Usability3.1
9
Japaneseサンコープラスチック お米ケース
Dimensions8.9x12.8x6.0 in.
Volume11 lbs.
MaterialPolypropylene
Measuring cup includedIncluded
Lineup11 lbs., 22 lbs.
Overall score3.28
Sealing strength3.2
Usability3.3
10
Japanese伊吹物産 技物専科 ライスキーパー
Dimensions13.8x7.1x12.6 in.
Volume22 lbs.
MaterialPaulownia wood, resin, metal
Measuring cup includedN/A
LineupN/A
Overall score3.28
Sealing strength3.2
Usability3.3

How We Tested the Containers

How We Tested the Containers

We gathered the 23 best-selling products on e-commerce sites popular in Japan like Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! Shopping and tested them all.

We tested each product for the following:

  • Sealing Strength
  • Usability

Test ① Sealing Strength

Test ① Sealing Strength

First, we tested each container for its sealing strength.


We placed a paper sheet that changed color based on the humidity of its environment inside each container and shut them all tightly. We then put the container inside a bathroom set to 80% humidity and left it there for 30 minutes.

【Result highlight】Removable Lids Have More Sealing Strength

【Result highlight】Removable Lids Have More Sealing Strength

We initially thought that whether or not the container had a gasket would be the deciding factor on how well they kept humidity out. However, it turned out that the type and shape of the lid caused a more significant difference in sealing performance.


Many flip-top lids for containers had a gasket on the lid but not on the body of the container itself, which leaves a gap for humidity to enter


Removable lids that come off entirely and cover the whole top of the container have fewer gaps and tend to close just as tightly if not better, even without a gasket. So, if you're planning on purchasing a rice container based on sealing strength, we recommend a product with a simple design and minimal gaps. 



Test ② Usability

Test ② Usability

Next, we tested each container for how easy it was to use.

We used the rice containers to test how easy it was to refill and scoop out rice, the lid's ability to open and close smoothly, how tightly the lid fit, portability, and any other unique product characteristics, and gave each product a comprehensive score based on these factors.

Ultimately, Simple Products Shined

Ultimately, Simple Products Shined

Unsurprisingly, the ease of use was determined primarily by how easy it was to refill and scoop out rice. Containers with simple designs ranked the highest. 


We actually found that products with unique features, such as those designed for measuring one portion of rice at a time or the capacity to dispense older rice before the new ones were more complicated to use and not really worth the additional functionality.


We also found out that containers that come with a measuring cup were extra convenient, especially if they have colored measurements, rather than those with transparent measurements. 

Other Items to Keep Your Food Fresh

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

Author: Kano Ichiyama/Translation: Andrew J. Tinkler, Izumi Taneda, Mitsuki Nagasawa, Kazuma Fujiwara/Photos: Koichi Miura, Yuuki Inagaki

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    Ever opened your microwaved lunch and burned your tongue with the first bite only to find out the center was still cold? Or perhaps you don't have one and would settle with mediocre meals or opt to eat out instead? Gone are the days when we have to compromise one of the best moments of our workday. Now, we can enjoy hot meals right on our desks or even in our cars, for those who are always on the road.Our favorite electric lunch box is Crock-Pot's Lunch Crock Food Warmer, which heats up your meal to an ideal temperature; all you have to do is plug it into a power source! There's plenty more where that came from, so check out our 10 best list for more ideas. And if you're on the market for other varieties of electric lunch boxes, also glance at our buying guide reviewed by a professional chef for more options.
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  • 10 Best Waffle Makers in 2022 (Chef-Reviewed)
    10 Best Waffle Makers in 2022 (Chef-Reviewed)
    Do you love waffles but often struggle to make them correctly? Getting your waffles perfect is not just about the batter - you also need a good quality waffle iron or waffle maker to bake them the right way. Whether you love a classic waffle, a deeper Belgian style, or like to switch it up with fun shapes, getting your research done before purchasing can give you the best waffle experience.To ease your search, we've handpicked the 10 best waffle makers and chosen the Classic Round Waffle Maker by Cuisinart as our favorite due to it being easy to use and easy to clean. We've also put together a buying guide reviewed by a professional chef so you can pick out the best one on your own as well!
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