By blog team member, Kiran. To learn more about Kiran, check out our team page!
It’s that time again – time to purchase school supplies and break out the bus schedules. Also I bet at the top of your list is figuring out the best lunch box for your child(ren).
We have good news…we’ve done the research for you! Below are five of our favorite lunchboxes that should make your lunch packing a breeze. Now if you could just get someone to prep all the food for you – ha! ;)
Compare Our Favorite Lunch Boxes
|Yumbox||PlanetBox Rover||LunchBots||Ziploc Divided Container||Bentology|
|Material||BPA-free, food-safe plastic||Stainless steel + silicone rubber||Stainless steel||BPA-free, food-safe plastic||BPA-free, food-safe plastic|
|Price||$28||$49.95*||$18.99 – $36.99||$3.29 for two||$19.99|
|Leakproof?||Yes||No, but comes with leakproof containers.||No (additional leakproof options available)||Yes||Yes|
|What We Like||Labels make it great to get kids involved; leakproof; cute design.||Very well made; kids love all the compartments, which are especially great for bigger appetites.||Numerous options let you get the perfect size for your appetite; well made and lasts.||Lightweight and affordable||Complete customization; take as many or as few containers as you like. Made in the USA!|
|What We’re Not Crazy About||Made of plastic.||Initial investment is somewhat pricey but pays off in the end.||Need to purchase leak-proof containers.||Not meant for longterm use, and made of plastic.||Many pieces to clean.|
Available in two versions, Yumbox is a kid-friendly, bento-style lunch container designed for kids and adults. The original version has an educational tray that offers cute labels for five 1/2-cup portions of the key food groups to help kids pack their own lunches with guidance. The Panino has four compartments, is sandwich and salad friendly, and is suitable for all appetites. Super durable and leakproof, this one’s a winner in our book (and book bag!).
Size: 8.5 x 6.5 x 1.8 inches Weight: 1 lb. 1.5 oz.
Made of stainless steel, the PlanetBox offers an eco-friendly option with compartments that make lunch packing a journey (yes, I did just say that!). Don’t be alarmed by the price tag. It’s well built and offers a 5-year warranty, ensuring that lots of love (think being tossed around) won’t do any real damage. Sensible portion sizes, three options to choose from, and being dishwasher safe round out the reasons why we have been longtime fans of the PlanetBox.
Note: In the graph, we tested the Rover. Compare all three sizes and costs on this page.
Size: 10 x 7 x 1.5 inches
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Another longtime favorite of ours, LunchBots stainless steel food containers and bento boxes offer endless options. Bento boxes range from one compartment to five. And though they aren’t leakproof, the condiment containers and 4 or 8-ounce rounds are. They can be purchased to round out your meal and store those leaky liquids (think applesauce, yogurt, condiments, etc.).
I (Kiran) have been using the same containers for 6 years now and they are still going strong!
Size: 6 x 5 x 1.75 inches
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Popular brand Ziploc’s take on the bento box is a very affordable, everyday product. Sold in packs of two, the BPA-Free containers consist of three compartments each and a secure fitting lid.
The product claims to be freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe, though precautionary statements for use are included on the package. Please note that the containers are also disposable and are not intended to last as long as more expensive containers, though we have had success in using them for 9+ months.
Size: 8 1/2″ x 6″
Similar to our old favorite Ziploc divided containers, Easy Lunchboxes are simple to pack and unpack. Three spots in the container leave lots of room for variety to please the appetites of those of all ages. Though they are not leakproof, they have a good price point and provide easy prep and cleanup.
Size: 9.38 x 6.1 x 2 inches
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Formerly known as Laptop Lunches, Bentology offers everything you need to pack a bento lunch, including lids for most compartments. If customizing your lunches each day is your thing, then this set is surely for you. Sleek style combined with eco-friendly materials allow you to assemble the perfect portion that you wish to take. Be sure to check out their ice packs, reusable napkins, and more. Oh, and the icing on the cake? The food containers are made in the USA. LOVE!
Size: 9 x 7 x 2.25 inches (outer container)
Another must have for the lunch box!
Before the school year (and also throughout), Lisa and I both always make sure to stock up on Lunchbox Love cards – super cute cards that have jokes, sweet sayings and trivia on them. My kids have been known to hoard these cards, and Lisa’s girls are the same! It’s such a cute way to connect with your kids to let them know that you are thinking about them while they are away for the day. This sponsor of ours has both printed cards and printables that you can download – and a special hint: they almost always have a good discount on their site, too. Check them out!
We hope all this information helps you pick the best lunchbox for you and your family! But when in doubt, there’s no need to stick to just one brand. Both Lisa and I honestly have a couple different sets that we rotate through depending on what we’re packing.
And on that note, another solution worth mentioning that comes in smaller sizes than the others above is U•Konserve (pictured). Their containers are great when it comes to pairing side items with a hot lunch in a thermos and you can get 25% off of everything on their site with the coupon code 100DAYS.
Did we forget any of your favorites on our list? If so, we’d love to know in the comments.
Good Luck and Happy Packing! :)