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Size Matters! Your Comprehensive Mason Jar Size Guide

Size Matters Blog Post

Hey there, Mason jar fans!

 

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One of the most common questions we receive at Mason Jar Lifestyle is about Mason jar sizes.  “Will this fit on my Mason jar?!”, “Does this fit a regular Mason jar?” and also “Does this fit a normal Mason jar?” And we get it!  I’ve been on your side of the computer screen before, finger poised over the Buy Now button of a pair of cute, size 7 shoes wondering, “Will these fit??” I always wear a 7… well almost always.  What if this isn’t one of those times!

Don’t panic!  We’ve decide to put all of your questions about regular mouth and wide mouth Mason jars to rest here in our comprehensive size guide post!

We’ve even created an awesome printable you can use at home just to be sure you’re getting the right size accessory for your Mason jar!  Read down further for directions and illustrations on how to use it.

First the Basics:

Margot with half-pint Mason jarGood news!  There are only TWO lid sizes for Mason jars – regular and wide mouth – and the difference between them is less than an inch.

So whether you have a 4 oz regular mouth jelly jar or a 32 oz regular mouth quart jar – the lid size doesn’t change!  Pretty neat, huh?!

That means you can give your kid a glass of milk in an 8 oz (half-pint) regular mouth jar with a straw lid and metal straw and then wash and reuse the same lid with a longer straw in your 16 oz (pint) regular mouth jar with cold brewed coffee in it!  So much versatility!

Also the major Mason jar brands, Ball, Kerr, and Bernardin (their Canadian brand), are made by the same parent company, Newell Brands, so you can expect consistency across the majority of the commercially available Mason jars.

These two facts will simplify your accessory shopping for sure!

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Regular Mouth or Wide Mouth:

Mason Jar Lifestyle comparison of regular mouth and wide mouth Ball, Kerr, canning mason jars

Both of these a-Mason jars have a lot to offer and canners and Mason jar enthusiasts certainly have their preferences. 

For me personally, it comes down to what I’m using the jar for that determines if I reach for a wide or regular mouth

So let’s compare them and then I’ll show you how to use our nifty printable guide at home.

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Mason Jar Size Comparison Chart:

Regular Mouth Mason Jar Size Ounces Cups Height Width @ Midpoint Straw Size
Jelly Jar 4 oz ½ 2 ¼” 2 ¾” N/A
Half Pint 8 oz 1 3 ¾” 2 ⅜” Short
Three Quarters Pint 12 oz 5 ¼” 2 ⅜” Medium
Pint 16 oz 2 5″ 2 ¾” Medium
Quart 32 oz 4 6 ¾” 3 ⅜” Long
           
Wide Mouth Mason Jar Size Ounces Cups Height Width @ Midpoint Straw Size
Half Pint 8 oz 1 2 ½” 2 ⅞” N/A
Pint 16 oz 2 4 ⅝” 3″ Medium
Pint and a Half 24 oz 2 ½ 6 ⅝” 3″ Long
Quart 32 oz 4 6 ½” 3 ¼” Long
Half Gallon 64 oz 8 9 ⅛” 4″ Extra Long
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Regular Mouth:

The regular mouth jar was the original model and measures 2 ³⁄8″  for the inner diameter and 2¾” for the outer diameter.  It often has the iconic Mason jar shape (tapered top and wider at the bottom – just like me!) and is widely popular and available.  You can easily score some regular mouth jars at yard sales and your favorite thrift store whenever you need to add to your collection.  In generally, canners prefer a regular mouth jar for pourable foods such as sauces, jellies, and jams.

Here at Mason Jar Lifestyle, we use accessories to turn our regular mouth jars into almost anything!  Below is a chart with the sizes regular mouth jars that are available and some suggested ideas:

Regular Mouth Jar Size Type With accessories, it could be used for…
4 oz jelly Snacks, dips, organization, kid-size portions
8 oz half-pint Hot & cold kids cups, crafts, sorting, pen holder
12 oz 3/4 pint Candle holder, dry goods, toothbrush holder
16 oz pint Hot & cold drinks, flower vase, soap pumps
32 oz quart Solar lights, coin banks, bug house, dry goods

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Wide Mouth:

The wide mouth jar is the newer kid on the shelf and measures 3″ for the inner diameter and 3 ³⁄8″ for the outer diameter.  This model has a distinct advantage in the cleaning category because it’s much easier to fit your hand and/or sponge into the opening.  Canners favor wide mouth jars for whole fruits and veggies as they’re easier to fill.

Here at Mason Jar Lifestyle, the wide mouth jars get A LOT of love!  We love them for drinking, making salads, and consuming leftovers.  Some more ideas include:

Wide Mouth Jar Sizes Type With accessories, it could be used for…
8 oz half-pint Snacks, dips, spreads, ramekin with a lid, air freshener
16 oz pint Hot & cold cups, leftovers, to-go lunch, straw organizer
24 oz pint & half To-go smoothies, salads, hot & cold big drinks
32 oz quart Cold brewing coffee, store juice, soup, snacks, nuts, and more
64 oz half-gallon Fermentation, sun tea, dry good storage, countertop compost

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Freezable? 

Another popular questions is which jars are freezable and which aren’t.  The answer is if the jar has straight sides (no tapering / shoulders) then it’s freezable.  On some jars there’s a fill line marked for freezer use but the general rule of thumb is to leave half an inch (½”) of open space at the top to allow for expansion.  We’ve marked which ones are freezer safe on our ink friendly printable size guide as well as our expanded versions for your convenience:MJL Printable – simple (2)

Jar Sizes and Uses:

 

The Regular Mouth Mason Jar Line Up

 

mason jar lifestyle 4oz regular mouth jelly jar half cup mason jar sizes guide comparison Ball Kerr Canning

Jelly Jar – 4 oz – ½ cup

4 oz regular mouth jelly jarMason Jar Lifestyle 4oz jelly Ball Mason jar with blue silicone sleeve, blue plastic storage lid and candy

This sweet little jar is about 2 ¼” tall and is freezable.  It’s perfect to use for jellies, jams, customized condiments, jazzed up butters, dipping sauces, and infused vinegars.

We love them around Mason Jar Lifestyle to organize office supplies like paperclips, rubber bands, pushpins, and more!  They’re also helpful in organizing small bits of craft supplies like buttons or straight pins. Add one of our many decorative lids for style and function!

Got a stinky fridge, cabinet, or bathroom?  Put some baking soda in your jar with one of our cut out lids for adorable, stink-reduction!

But my all time favorite use is for SNACKS!  The 4 oz jar is perfect for breaking up big bags of goldfish crackers and other foods that need to be kept airtight and fresh with one of our storage lids – we have stainless steel, cork, or plastic.  For snacking kiddos, I recommend adding a silicone sleeve for break protection.

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mason jar lifestyle 8oz regular mouth half pint one cup mason jar sizes guide comparison Ball Kerr Canning

Half-Pint – 8 oz – 1 cup

8 oz regular mouth Mason jarThe half-pint, regular mouth, Mason jar is about 3 ¾” tall.  Canners love this jar for jams, jellies, marmalades, fruit syrups, chutneys, and pizza sauce.  It’s also a great fit with our short size straws or grab a combo pack of straight, safer or thin, bent straws.
Shiny copper frog / flower / desk / straw organizer lids for regular and wide mouth Mason jars with pens and reusable straws

Around the house, this handy sized jar is perfect for kid’s drinks!  I keep an assortment of silicone sleeves, painted straw lids, and metal straws on hand for playdates!  Each kid can customize their cup and keep track of it all day (saving my dishpan hands!).  We add a silicone drinking lid to the jar and sleeve for kid-sized, hot, to-go drinks – our tradition is hot chocolate in the car while looking at Christmas lights!

This jar is also a great size for organizing!  Get your craft corner straightened out and stylish with decorative lids.  Tidy up your desk with a frog lid to keep your pens in place.

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mason jar lifestyle quilted 12oz regular mouth three quarters 3/4 pint one and a fourth cups mason jar sizes guide comparison Ball Kerr Canning jars

Three Quarters Pint – 12 oz – 1¼ cups

12 oz regular mouth quilted Mason jarThe quilted jelly jar is the most popular version of the 12 oz Mason jar and it measures about 5 ¼” high.  This beauty can be used as a drinking cup with any of our regular mouth lids and medium size straw in stainless steel, glass, or silicone. mason-jar-lifestyle-soap-pump-dispenser-lid-kit-oil-rubbed-bronze-#2-12oz-quilted-jar-wood

Here at Mason Jar Lifestyle, we love the 12 oz size for home décor projects and they’re extra attractive with their quilted pattern!  Add a regular mouth soap or lotion pump to beautify your bathroom.  Tame the sink chaos with a toothbrush holder or sundry lid for cotton balls and swabs.

This is also a great size to use with our solar lights outside which can hang from your fence, pergola, or tree using one of our handle options.  

No matter how you decide to use this unique jar, it’s sure to add some style and elegance!

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mason jar lifestyle 16oz regular mouth pint 2 cups mason jar sizes guide comparison Ball Kerr Canning

Pint – 16 oz – 2 cups

16oz RM

The regular mouth pint jars are a popular choice, have that iconic Mason jar shape, and measure about 5″ tall.  A pint sized jar is great for drinking all sorts of beverages!  Throw on a silicone sleeve, drinking lid, and medium straw for your perfect on-the-go cup!Sugar dispenser pour lid for regular mouth Mason jars

Buy staples in bulk?  Hey, me too!  This size jar makes a perfect counter top container to neatly pour liquids using our cruet lid or stylishly serve sugar with our diner style dispensing lid.  You can easily store other dry goods and easily pour them out with a regular mouth pouring lid.

Entertaining?  The pint size jar is pairs perfectly with our tiki torch lids or table top and hanging candle holders to bring ambiance to your gathering.

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mason jar lifestyle 32oz quart regular mouth 4 cup mason jar sizes guide comparison Ball Kerr Canning

Quart – 32 oz – 4 cups

32oz RM

Quart regular mouth mason jar with bright blue silicone sleeve, lemon yellow straw hole, silicone straw, and flowers with frog lid on office desk

Get ready to meet The Thirst Buster!  This quart jar packs 32 glorious ounces of hydration and measures a little under 6 ¾” in height.  It’s perfect paired with a silicone sleeve, drinking lid, and long straw for on the go, at the gym, or at your desk!

Watch your rainy day vacation fund pile up in a beautiful quart jar by adding a coin slot insert, such as our stainless steel option.  You can even decorate the jar with adorable chalkboard labels!

Hanging out in the backyard?  Grab a 32 oz quart jar and a regular mouth solar light to add a little twinkle to your evening.

A quart jar is also great for bug catching or storing bulk dry goods with a storage lid or pour spout.

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Wide Mouth Line Up:

mason jar lifestyle 8oz wide mouth half pint one cup mason jar sizes guide comparison Ball Kerr Canning

Half-Pint – 8 oz – 1 cup

8oz WM

The 8 oz half-pint jar is short and round (I feel ya, sister!) measuring about 2 ½” tall.  Our favorite use for this little cup is SNACKS!!!  I mean, who doesn’t like snacks!  The wide mouth half-pint has a large opening into which hands easily fit.  Plus with a plastic or stainless steel storage lid you can keep your food fresh, air tight, and leak proof!  So buy those delicious treats in bulk and easily portion them out when you get home.

Whether it’s hummus, ranch, or chocolate ganache, this vessel will accommodate all your dipping needs! You can mix, transport, serve, and store all in the one container.  If you’re taking it on-the-go, use a silicone sleeve for added protection (and cuteness!).

Add whimsy and rustic charm to your next gathering by serving individual portions of mac & cheese or custards in half-pint Mason jars instead of ramekins – just remember they aren’t high temperature oven safe so stick to no bake recipes like THESE.

Here at Mason Jar Lifestyle, we love using the 8 oz jar as an all natural air freshener by combine baking soda, essential oils (optional), and a cutout lid for flair and ventilation. Put one of these in your fridge, bathroom, basement, mudroom, and wherever odor lurk.

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mason jar lifestyle 16oz wide mouth pint 2 cups mason jar sizes guide comparison Ball Kerr Canning

Pint – 16 oz – 2 cups

16 oz wide mouth Ball pint jar

Warm frothy coffee in a wide mouth Ball pint jar ready to go / travel with faux leather sleeve with handle, gray silicone drinking lid, and stainless steel band

The wide mouth pint is one of our favorite jars at here at MJL (just peek in our dishwasher)!  This versatile jar measures about 4 ⅝” high (a little shorter than it’s regular mouth pint jar counterpart) and is a great fit for your hand.  This handy jar is probably my favorite go-to for my morning cup for warm coffee, especially when paired with a silicone sleeve and silicone drinking lid with stainless steel band.  Pictured here is my coffee in our handsome faux leather sleeve with handle – another great choice!  It’s also a great fit with all of our medium size straws or grab a combo pack of straight, safer or thin, bent straws.

Make your life easier with the wide mouth pint as it’s a great fit for putting up individual portions of homemade soup or dinner leftovers for super easy lunch packing.  When I do this, I use a silicone lid liner and stainless steel band. Then at reheating time, I only need to remove the metal band and place the lid liner slightly off-center when popping my food in the microwave.  Minimizes dishes and keeps the microwave clean – that’s a win/win!

If you like to keep things organized, then the wide mouth pint is perfect for keeping pens, markers, brushes, straws, and more neat and tidy – just add a frog/flower lid!

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mason jar lifestyle 24oz pint and a half wide mouth 2 and a half cup mason jar sizes guide Ball Kerr Canning comparison

Pint and a Half – 24 oz – 2 ½ cups

Wide mouth 24 oz pint and a half Ball Mason jar

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The pint and a half Mason jar is tied for favorite drinking vessel at the MJL warehouse (again – see dishwasher).  With it’s thirst quenching capacity of 24 oz, ability to fit in most car cupholders and sturdy height of 6 ⅝”, it’s the perfect jar for all day hydration.  I personally carrying a pint and half around with a silicone sleeve, silicone straw hole lid, and long straw all day long.  BONUS: this jar is close in height to the regular and wide mouth quart, so you can use the same size straws for both!

Are you a daily smoothie kinda person?  Well the pint and a half jar has a similar capacity to many shaker bottles!  You can add a ReCap lid, pour and store lid with handle, and/or smoothie straw to make your shake easy to drink and transport.

Grabbing a quick bite at your desk?  This jar is a great size for storing and reheating leftovers, soups, lentils, or enjoy a fresh green salad.

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mason jar lifestyle 32oz quart wide mouth 4 cup mason jar sizes guide comparison Ball Kerr Canning

Quart – 32 oz – 4 cups

Wide mouth 32 oz Ball quart jar

A Mason Jar Lifestyle wide mouth 32 oz quart jar being used with a stainless steel mesh cold brew filter for coffee and tea to make iced coffee

The wide mouth quart (about 6 ½” height) and regular mouth quart (about 6 ¾” height) jars are very close in size (about ¼” difference) and are pretty much the same width so you can use the same length straws (long) and silicone sleeves for both.  The wide mouth quart is my husband’s go-to jar for drinking at home and the office.

Love cold brew coffee?  The quart size cold brew coffee filter is my personal favorite (though we have pint and half gallon as well!).  It’s so easy to brew and then strain and store in the fridge all in one jar.  Try a pour and store lid with handle for freshness and easy serving.

Want to brighten up your décor with flowers?  Then a wide mouth quart with a frog/flower lid makes that easy and stylish!  The wide base makes it a stable vase and the wide mouth gives you lots of room for arranging. 

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mason jar lifestyle 64oz half gallon wide mouth 8 cup mason jar sizes guide comparison Ball Kerr Canning

Half Gallon – 64 oz – 8 cups

Wide mouth 64 oz half gallon Ball Mason jar - jar size

Homemade, simple lemonade using a stainless steel juicer for Mason jars, half gallon Mason jar, organic sugar, and a pour and store lid with handle for serving.

The biggest of the wide mouth Mason jars is the half gallon measuring at 9 ⅛” tall.  When you need a lot of something – this is the jar for you!  I love the half gallon for parties and I make up a big batch of sun tea, fresh lemonade, coffee punch, or another festive beverage and then serve with a pour and store lid with handle.

Got a lot to pickle or ferment?  Then the half gallon jar is the what you need with a glass fermentation weight, 3 piece air lock, and silicone straw hole lid.

The half gallon is also a great size for bulk dry good storage, cold brewing coffee (we have a filter for that!), countertop composting, and so much more!

We also sell extra long straws for these big beauties if you’re really thirsty in both stainless steel and glass!

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How To Use The Mason Jar Size Guide:

We created this handy dandy Mason jar size guide to help you understand if you have regular or wide mouth Mason jar so that you can order accessories with confidence.  For accuracy you’ll want to be sure you’re printing this PDF file on letter size paper (8½” x 11″), in landscape, and at 100% size.  You can double check you’ve printed it correctly by measuring one of the circles to see if you have the correct dimensions.  

Once you have your Mason Jar Lifestyle Size Matters – printable size guide ready, you can lay your jar over top of the circles to see what whether it’s a regular or wide mouth Mason jar:

Mason Jar Lifestyle regular and wide mouth Ball, Kerr, canning jar size guide

Measure Mason Jars regular and wide mouth to find size of Ball, Kerr, and canning jars

Measure Mason Jars regular and wide mouth to find size of Ball, Kerr, and canning jars

Remember if it’s a Ball, Kerr or Bernardin brand Mason jar, then it’ll be a regular or wide mouth Mason jar (with very few exceptions like the “mini” jar versions – such as the Ball 4oz mini storage jar and Classico Atlas jars).  Sometimes you’ll find store brands or other jars out there and they may not fit neatly into the regular or wide mouth categories so make sure you double check what brand your jar is.

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Label Size Guide For Mason Jars:

As I was doing my research for this article, I came across another blog post which gives label sizes for various shaped stickers on different canning jars.  I thought that might be a helpful reference tool for canners and crafters.  You can check out Canning Craft’s Canning Label Sizes blog post if you’re curious!


Wow, that’s a lot of information!  Hopefully I’ve covered all your Mason jar size related questions.  If not, drop a comment below and let me know what you’re still curious about.  You can also ask over on social media.  Join the conversations going on right now on our Facebook business page, Mason Jar Lifestyle, or Facebook group, Living The Mason Jar Lifestyle!  We are also on Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.  Looking forward to connecting with you soon!

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29 thoughts on “Size Matters! Your Comprehensive Mason Jar Size Guide”

  1. The mason jars I have that are 32 ounces the line markings are 32 ounces and there’s another inch inch and a half at the top so it holds more than 32 ounces. When I bought new quart jars it says they hold 32 ounces but they do not unless you fill them all the way to the tip top and that almost spills out. Last marking is 24 ounces so I don’t quite understand how you can say it’s a 32 ounce jar or that it holds 32 ounces comfortably ? How do you explain this difference in jars and how do I get the true 32 oz with some room left over when it hits the 32 ounce mark?

    1. How the measuring works may be different on different brands or older jars, but for modern Ball and Kerr jars the advertised volume of the jar is measured by when it is filled to the brim. If you’re looking for a jar that can hold 32oz with room to spare, you would need to get one size up which is the 64oz half gallon jar.

    1. Gallon jars have a larger than standard mouth size, usually about 3.9-4″ in diameter, but it may depend on the brand of jar.

  2. I have 8 cracker jars that I would like to replace the lids for and get some coloured plastic lids. Can you please help me? Do they fall under the Sam category as wide mouth mason jars? Here is the link to the jars I have. I measured just the opening/mouth and it’s 91/92mm. Thanks 😊

    1. Our current largest lids only measures 86mm in diameter, so are unfortunately likely too small for your jars.

  3. FABIOLA VALVERDE

    I need to inspect my jars, how can I know the measurement standards for the twist, do you have any source that you recommend for standards that I can share?

  4. Thank you for your article. One question: For the half-pint & quarter-pint jars, do they have the same lid sizes ( reg. & wide) as the larger jars (up to quart)?

    1. The 8oz half pint jars come in both mouth sizes. Kerr has a wide mouth 8oz and Ball has a regular mouth 8oz. The 4oz only comes in regular mouth. The mouth sizes are standard up through the 64oz half gallon jars.

  5. Thank you for the info. I love mason jars & I am going to start collecting them & doing a little more research in to the mason jar history. I am fascinated.

    -God Bless.
    💎MMc🛹

  6. Does anyone know what the height and middle width of the gallon jar is? I think they are used primarily for dispensing drinks with a spigot on the side.

  7. Thank you for all this information! I am grateful for the work you did to compile and write this post. Super helpful and things I’ve pondered.

  8. I have a vintage 6 oz Ball quilted jelly jar that is smaller than a regular mouth. They don’t make them anymore and no longer make rings and lids to fit. I had no idea they ever made these non standard canning jars. It was a fun discovery!

    1. A typical gallon jar can hold 128oz but in order to hold that much flour, the flour would probably need to be packed down fairly tightly for an entire 5 lb bag to fit.

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  10. What is the largest diameter of the glass (not the lid) of a regular 16 oz jar? It seems wider than the 12 oz or 8 oz regular jar.

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