Having a biscuit tin is a great way to keep your biscuits and cookies staying fresh and tasty for longer. But not only do they keep the bugs and moisture out, but they can also even add to the aesthetic of your kitchen without cluttering up the place with plastic wrappers.
Biscuit tins come in many shapes and sizes, from large steel biscuit barrels to glass cookie jars with bamboo lids. Read on for our step-by-step guide to finding the perfect biscuit tin for you, including the 10 best in the UK on Amazon, Argos, John Lewis and eBay!
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If you live with several other biscuit lovers, or you like to keep your cupboards full, a large biscuit tin with a capacity of 4 litres or above is a good idea. On the other hand, if you're a less frequent biscuit eater, it doesn't make sense to have large biscuit tin taking up space in your kitchen. So something smaller than 3 litres will more than do the job.
Not all biscuit tins have their capacity listed in litres and sometimes dimensions are given instead. As long as you have a tape measure handy, this shouldn't be a problem as you can use it to get a rough idea of how large a biscuit tin will be.
Here are some biscuits to fill your new tin with!
Look for a biscuit tin that has a lid with an airtight seal. These seals prevent air and moisture from getting to the biscuits inside, stopping them from going stale and soggy.
Another avenue is to find a tin with a lid made from a material with antibacterial properties. Bamboo is a great option as it eradicates any bugs and bacteria that attempt to survive on the lid, doesn't impart chemicals and won't absorb flavour from the food. That's a win all-around!
Gluten-Free? We've also ranked the 10 best gluten-free biscuits in the UK!
Even though they're known as biscuit 'tins', biscuit tins and barrels can be made from all sorts of materials. The material used can have a significant effect on its appearance and the way you use it.
Most importantly, the chosen material affects the biscuit tin's durability. Tins made from a flimsy materials, such as actual tin, are prone to dents which may ruin its aesthetic appeal. By choosing a sturdier material like steel, your biscuit tin will look great for years to come.
That said, while some materials won't dent, they may still be prone to breakage - Ceramic being a perfect example. Commonly used to make biscuit tins, it looks great but is almost guaranteed to smash when dropped. If you have children in your home who have access to the countertop, you may want to opt for a biscuit tin made from something else instead!
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Chelsea Collection Birds Round Biscuit Tin
Large Biscuit Barrel Available as Part of a Contemporary Kitchen Storage Set
General Store Retro Cookie Storage Tin
A Retro Biscuit Tin Made From Durable Steel
Giraffe Biscuit Barrel
Large 5 Litre Biscuit Tin With Gold and Pink Savanna Scene
Super Mario Question Mark Cookie Jar
The Perfect Cookie Jar for Mario Fans
Emma Bridgewater Strawberries Biscuit Barrel
Add a Touch of Summer With This Airtight Strawberry Biscuit Tin
Black Biscuit Tin With Bamboo Lid
A Luxurious Steel Tin That'll Stand the Test of Time
Spotted Dog Gift Company
Dog Biscuit Barrel With Lid
A Ceramic Biscuit Barrel for Dog Lovers
Mr Fox Cake Tins ｜Set of 3
A Trio or Stacking Biscuit and Cake Tins
Round Glass Jar With Bamboo Lid｜660 ml
A Minimalist Glass Jar With Antibacterial Bamboo Lid
Vintage Chinese Style Storage Jar
Go Vintage With This Unique Ceramic Jar
Inspired by vintage Asian prints, this biscuit tin depicts tropical birds in an enchanted garden. We like that the floral patterns decorate this biscuit tin nicely, without overwhelming it, with the calming pale blue offset by the bright pink of the hummingbirds.
With a 5 litre capacity, there's plenty of space in this tin for your favourite biccies. Those who love their storage solutions to match will also be pleased to hear that Sara Miller offers a range of containers and barrels in complementary designs!
Fans of everything retro will adore this biscuit tin. It looks like something right off the shelf of a traditional general store, complete with steel construction, block text, and even a mock date!
Of course, this tin would look fantastic in vintage style homes, but we feel its neutral tones would work well in any kitchen. It's made of hard-wearing steel, and its lid is airtight to keep your biscuits fresh. It turns out they do make them like they used to!
Sara Miller's a bit of a whizz when it comes to designing biscuit barrels. For that reason, we couldn't help but feature two of her creations on this list. This one features a herd of giraffes grazing peacefully—and who doesn't love a giraffe?
This barrel's colour scheme is what makes it so appealing, especially the placement of the golden giraffes against the rose-pink background. At 5 litres, this barrel will hold enough biscuits for the entire family, which is always a bonus!
There's no mystery as to what'll pop out of this question block when you bump it — biscuits! This cookie jar is a lovingly made replica of the loot box that's been a staple of pretty much every Super Mario game since 1985.
It's made of sturdy ceramic with rounded corners and a vivid yellow colour scheme. Any pop culture or Nintendo enthusiast is sure to appreciate it, but of course, it's the perfect storage solution for Mario fans.
If you're someone that prefers the warmer months, this biscuit barrel may be for you. Not only will the bright red and green remind you of going strawberry picking, but the print is guaranteed to brighten up your kitchen and cheer you up throughout the rest of the year.
There's plenty of space for biscuits of every size, and the airtight container will keep them fresh. Elite tins also offer plenty more strawberry storage solutions if you'd like to continue to add some summer warmth to your kitchen!
This biscuit tin is for you if you like classy kitchenware. Its corrugated metal design does slightly resemble a dustbin, but there's no denying that the powder-coated black colour scheme and embossed gold seal are a cut above the rest.
The construction is also impressive as it's made from premium carbon steel, which is more durable than stainless steel and resists scratches and dents better than most metals. Its sustainably-made bamboo lid is also antibacterial, to keep your goodies fresh.
If you're a dog-lover, just the photo of this biscuit barrel will be enough to make you want to snap it up instantly. That said, its obedient expression is cute enough to bring a smile to anyone's face, pup owner or not!
Its ceramic construction gives it a charming, vintage appeal that's sure to fit homes with a retro style. The 1.4 litre capacity should provide enough space for your biscuit collection, and because the lid is airtight, they're sure to stay fresher for longer.
There's nothing quite like the traditional biscuit tin. Even better, you get three in this set from Scion Living, making it the perfect storage solution for biscuits, cakes, sweets, or any of your favourite snacks!
They come in a subdued blue and orange colour scheme with a charming Mr Fox design. These tins are slightly more prone to denting than barrels, but take care of them, and they'll serve you for years to come.
If you like to know what's inside your biscuit tin before you even open it, you'll appreciate this round glass jar. Not only is it a time-saver, but it also has a neutral style to suit any kitchen - even if some people would rather keep their biscuits concealed.
We're also fans of the bamboo lid. It's antibacterial and airtight, meaning everything inside will be kept fresher for longer. And if you're worrying that this jar won't cater to your biscuit obsession, rest assured that larger sizes are available!
Here's a storage jar that stands out from the crowd. Made in a vintage Chinese style, it features a beautiful dappled design. We particularly like that it's made from ceramic, with a smooth, rounded shape that's pleasing to the eye.
The airtight lid is excellent for keeping contents fresh, making this jar suitable for storing pretty much anything, from biscuits and cakes to rice, sugar and tea. It might not necessarily fit in an ultra-modern kitchen, but if you like something with a traditional vibe, this is the biscuit jar for you!
No. 1: Sara Miller｜Chelsea Collection Birds Round Biscuit Tin
No. 2: SIL｜General Store Retro Cookie Storage Tin
No. 3: Sara Miller｜Giraffe Biscuit Barrel
No. 4: Nintendo｜Super Mario Question Mark Cookie Jar
No. 5: Elite Tins｜Emma Bridgewater Strawberries Biscuit Barrel
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