Review: Vittles Vault Jr.

Product: Vittles Vault Jr.

What it is: Pet food storage container

Manufacturer: Gamma², Carlsbad, CA. (Made in USA)

DogTipper Review: Although most dry pet foods come in “resealable” packaging to keep them fresh after they are opened, we usually prefer to decant our pets’ food into rigid containers whenever possible. We find that this method makes feeding time more convenient as we can keep a supply of our dog and cat foods in the kitchen. We’ve tried various storage solutions for pet foods: Mason jars, general purpose plastic containers, even Paris’ collection of dog-themed cookie jars, but each of these have their own problems. Glass jars are fragile and are limited to a few sizes, non food-grade plastic can leach hazardous substances into the food and although the cookie jars are cute, most of them are not truly air tight so the food doesn’t stay fresh for long. And, even the best resealable bag can leak air and invite ants.

Gamma² makes an extensive range of rugged Vittles Vault plastic containers which are purpose-built to keep pet foods factory-fresh and easily accessible. The company has several Vittles Vault product lines including:

  • Vittles Vault Prime with capacities ranging from 20 gallons down to 2 gallons
  • Vittles Vault Stackables, squarish containers designed to save space in the pantry
  • Vittles Vault Select, clear storage bins with air-tight lids
  • Vittles Vault Choice which includes both rigid and soft-sided storage bins.

Vittles Vault containers are made of food-grade, FDA approved high-density polyethylene which is BPA-free. (BPA, Bisphenol A, is a chemical which has been linked to health concerns.) They are air-tight and pest-proof, with patented large screw-in lids and FDA-grade styrene butadiene rubber gaskets.

As noted above, Vittles Vaults are available in a range of sizes to accommodate any food storage situation from the large 20-gallon size which will hold about 80 pounds of food to the Vittles Vault Jr. (holding 1.3 gallons; 5 pounds of food) which is designed for travel or for counter-top or refrigerator storage. The containers are in a neutral, grayish color and have rounded edges which are specially designed to confound chewing pests like mice and rats. Products are made in Gamma2’s facilities in California and Tennessee. If you’d like to dress up your Gamma2 product, you’ll also find Vittles Vault covers in black and pink.

The Vittles Vault Jr. we received comes with a double lid; an inner screw lid and an outer pop-off top which can serve as a measuring cup or as a travel dish. The squarish container measures 10-1/2 inches tall by 5-1/2 inches wide and has a molded handle built into one corner. The rugged container has only the faintest plastic smell (the company says that this will fade with time and it recommends washing and drying the container before the first use and between fillings).

We think the Vittles Vault Jr. is a well-built, safe product which will be the perfect storage solution for our pet foods. (The cookie jars will have to go back to the display shelf!) A big paws up for Gamma2’s Vittles Vault Jr.!

Price: The Vittles Vault Jr. retails for about $10 – $15 from various online vendors.

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Disclosure: We received a Vittles Vault Jr. to review; we were not paid to conduct this review and all opinions are entirely our own.

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