Need a new sugar container for your pantry or counter top? Trying to find a storage container for sugar that is functional, matches the aesthetic of your kitchen, or both can be trickier than you expect.
When it comes to kitchen storage and organization, I'm all about practicality. If I'm buying a container for sugar, I want one sugar container that can hold ALL my sugar. I don't want to have to hang on to a partially full bag of sugar until there's enough room in the container to finish filling it.
In order to pick the best four pound sugar container for your kitchen, you need to know what size container you need by volume, and what makes a good sugar container in the first place.
Let's dive in.
How Big is "A Bag" of Sugar?
Here in the United States, a standard "bag of sugar" holds about four pounds of sugar. You can buy smaller and bigger bags, but since the most common size in most grocery stores is four pounds, that's what I'm using here.
But four pounds is a weight measurement. So what size container do you need by volume?
Different sugar containers declare their capacity using different units, so here's what you're looking for when picking out the right sugar container for you:
- 10-11 cups
- 80-96 ounces
- 2.3-4 quarts
- 2.5-3 liters
- 0.75 gallons
How to Store Sugar
Moisture is the enemy of sugar, so you want to store it in a container with an airtight seal. An airtight seal will prevent clumping and also keep bugs out.
Heat and sugar also don't mix well — sugar is meltable after all. Store your sugar somewhere cool and dark.
To store sugar long term, you can even keep it in the fridge or freezer.
These sugar storage containers check as many of the "safe sugar storage" boxes as possible, and easily fit a four pound bag of sugar.
1. CamSquare By Cambro (4 Quarts)
With a four quart capacity, this efficiently square-shaped sugar container from restaurant-grade food storage company Cambro has enough room to fit a full four pound bag of sugar and tuck a sugar scoop inside with little room to spare.
While it's nice having a sugar storage container that can fit exactly one bag of sugar, I always appreciate the containers that leave a little extra room. That way I can add new sugar when there's still a little bit of existing sugar left.
As with all of CamSquare containers, this is made of BPA-free plastic, and while the lid can be sealed tightly, it is also easy to remove.
2. Anchor Hocking Montana Sugar Jar with Acacia Wood Lid (96 oz)
This wide, tall glass jar made by the 100+ year old Lancaster, OH based Anchor Hocking glassware manufacturer is a great countertop sugar storage solution.
With a 96 ounce capacity, and rubber gasket tucked under the acacia wood lid, this 100% recyclable glass jar will look great in your kitchen and can easily hold a full 4 pound bag of sugar.
I like the flat divot on the lid, which makes it a safe place for storing smaller jars or containers on your countertop without worrying they're going to slide off.
3. Aspen White Sugar Canister with Scoop (89 oz)
If white and wood is your kitchen's aesthetic, you really can't beat this snowy glazed white stoneware "Aspen" design from Crate & Barrel. It has a flat hardwood lid, and can fit 89 ounces of sugar, which is exactly enough room for a four pound bag of sugar.
If you use sugar in your tea or coffee but don't want to have a second smaller sugar jar just for hot beverages, you'll love that this one comes with a 1 tablespoon sugar scoop that slots neatly into a loop on the side.
Shop Aspen White Sugar Canister with Scoop: Crate & Barrel.
4. Progressive International Sugar ProKeeper (2.4 Quarts)
The Sugar ProKeeper from Progressive International is the sugar container I've used in my kitchen for over five years now. I love that it's super sturdy and has a satisfying airtight lock.
The pour spout is handy since I measuring my baking ingredients by weight, though does require a very firm hand to press firmly shut again. Especially if any sugar granules have gotten in the way.
I like that it has a slight divot on the back which makes it easier to grip. And while the measurements up the side are hard to read, they are etched onto the container which means they won't rub off over time.
Pick up the flour container from this line to have a matching flour and sugar container set.
5. Progressive PrepWorks ProKeeper Sugar Container (2.4 Quarts)
This BPA-free plastic sugar container from Progressive International's ProKeeper+ collection has a 10-cup capacity and features the same airtight seal and pour spout as the International model. The main differences: A grey lid, softer and more rounded edges, and a brushed metal locking tab.
As far as a container for sugar can be ergonomically designed, the divot on the back is deeper and easier to hold, but the painted on measurement numbers may start to show some slight wear over time.
I especially like that this sugar container has little rubber grippy feet on the bottom, making it much harder to accidentally knock or slip off the counter.
Pick up the flour container from this line if you want to have a matching flour and sugar container set.
Shop Progressive PrepWorks ProKeeper Sugar Container:
6. West Elm Utility Stoneware Sugar Container
If I had room on my counter for aesthetic food storage containers, this sugar container from West Elm's "Utility" collection would surely feature. I love the clean white cylindrical lines and the blocky black font SUGAR label.
With a 140 ounce capacity, this can hold more than a four pound bag of sugar — 140 fluid ounces is about 17 cups, so you have plenty of room to store a sugar scoop inside.
There is a rubber seal under the flat-top lid to keep your sugar protected from bugs and moisture. The only downside? The short, squat knobby handle on top isn't ideal if you have arthritis or dexterity difficulties, as it may be difficult to grip with wet or slippery hands.
Shop Utility Stoneware Sugar Container: West Elm.
7. OXO Good Grips POP Sugar Container (2.8 Quarts)
OXO's square shaped POP-top containers are super efficient when it comes to maximizing the space on your shelves and this 2.8 quart square container is no different.
The rubber gasket under the lid expands when you push down the circle in the center, creating an airtight seal. You can also take the lid apart easily to clean it — very important in case any sugar gets inside and prevents an airtight seal from forming.
OXO makes containers in so many other shapes and sizes, so if it's important to you that you have a matching flour and sugar container set and enough other variety of containers for all your pantry ingredients, this is a great choice.
The only downside of OXO's Good Grips sugar container is, ironically, that it doesn't have any spots that are easy to grip — you need two hands to get it down or pick it up. And it can be tricky to carry if your hands are wet or slippery.
8. Williams Sonoma Pantry Canister, Medium (3.33 Quarts)
Another entry in the white cylinder sugar container aesthetic, the medium sized (3.33 quart) porcelain glazed canister from Williams Sonoma has an airtight lid with a wide curved arch handle.
This container can easily hold a full four pound bag of sugar, and is also sold in a set of three with two other containers of different sizes. It's a countertop worthy sugar container that will look great in your kitchen while keeping your sugar within reach.
Shop Williams Sonoma Pantry Canister: Williams Sonoma.
9. Rubbermaid Brilliance Airtight Sugar Container (12 Cups)
With a 12 cup capacity, this Rubbermaid Brilliance Airtight Sugar Container can fit a full four pounds of sugar with room to spare. Perfect if you're someone who likes to keep a scoop or measuring spoon with your sugar!
One thing to note, because it's not immediately clear from the photo: The thin flat lid isn't attached to this container. It has two secure latches on either side that lock it on tightly to create an airtight seal.
While this design isn't for everyone (I prefer a lid that stays attached so I don't misplace it), it is really handy when your sugar supply gets low — a heavier hinged lid can accidentally tip your container over. That's not an issue here.
If you have other Rubbermaid Brilliance food storage containers, they can all be stacked neatly for efficient storage. And the container itself is made of freezer safe, BPA plastic and is dishwasher safe too.