Best Lunch Boxes

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 16, 2017
Tired of leaky plastic bags and squashed sandwiches? Have a bellyful of fast food lunches? Then a lunch box is quite the thing! Read our review and choose the best one for delicious homemade lunches! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Compartments
Use
Best for
Material
Microwave safe
Cleanup
Conveniences
Size
Weight
 
PROS
Drop-proof rubber coated edges ensure no leakage even when carried upright. 5 compartments allow parents to vary the menu for their kids.
CONS
It might be a bit heavy for a 3-years-old child to carry around.
OUR VERDICT
This is the best option if you're looking for the first lunch box for your little one. It looks so pretty and organized once filled up! Bentgo box is durable, comfortable and attractive - all your kid needs for a good appetite!
detailed parameters
Compartments
5
Use
Fruit, Veggies, Sauce, Entree, Dessert
Best for
Kids of 3 to 7 years
Material
BPA-free plastic
Microwave safe
Removable tray only
Cleanup
Removable tray - dishwasher safe, Outer shell - hand washing
Conveniences
Leak-proof technology includes two kid-friendly latches, Drop-proof rubber coated edges, Resource to e-book 30 healthy and kid-friendly lunch ideas. Available in blue, green, purple
Size
9.2" x 7.4" x 2.3"
Weight
1.4 lbs
PROS
Every section has very cute illustrations that will definitely encourage even the pickiest children to eat heartily.
CONS
You'll have to master to get all stuff to fit in.
OUR VERDICT
YUMBOX Panino is perfect not only for preschoolers but also for teen youngsters and adults. It is very compact and, thus, convenient in use; has rounded corners that are well suited for school bags as well as parents' briefcases.
detailed parameters
Compartments
4
Use
Sandwich, Salads, Snacks, Fruit, Veggies, Dip/treat
Best for
Kids and Adults
Material
BPA-free plastic
Microwave safe
No
Cleanup
Removable tray - dishwasher safe, Outer shell - hand washing
Conveniences
Leakproof single lid, Easy-to-open latch, Illustrated "Eat Well" tray. Available in green, blue, purple, red, yellow, pink
Size
8.5" x 6.5" x 1.8"
Weight
1.1 lbs
PROS
A vacuum seal on the top tier prevents condensation. This air hole at the top also makes it possible to pop the whole thing in a microwave at work.
CONS
Boxes can't be used separately.
OUR VERDICT
If you are looking for the box with ample space for nutritious lunch, this one is all you need! With this 6-cup capacity box, you can provide your husband or kids with the necessary energy for a whole day.
detailed parameters
Compartments
2
Use
Upper for liquid/dry food, Bottom for dry food
Best for
Kids and Adults
Material
BPA-free plastic
Microwave safe
Yes
Cleanup
All parts are dishwasher safe
Conveniences
2 locks fasten both compartments together, Vacuum seal on the top tier, Handles, Freezer safe. Available in blue, green, coral
Size
8.5" x 6.4" x 5.5"
Weight
1 lb
PROS
The main benefit is - Lunch and drink in the same box! A plastic water bottle can be easily attached or detached. So, your baby will always stay hydrated.
CONS
Only one food compartment.
OUR VERDICT
Qasass Kids lunch box is perfect for on-the-go snacking and drinking. Thanks to a convenient handle and adjustable strap, your kid can carry box himself/herself like a real tourist!
detailed parameters
Compartments
1
Use
Sandwich, Fruit, Vegetables, Snacks
Best for
Kids of 3 to 6 years
Material
BPA-free plastic
Microwave safe
No
Cleanup
All parts require hand washing
Conveniences
Attachable 10 oz water bottle, Handle and adjustable shoulder strap for transportation, Easy-to-open latch, Illustrated shell. Available in blue, yellow, pink
Size
8.4" x 8" x 2.9"
Weight
0.5 lbs
PROS
This set consists of 4 boxes, so every family member can be provided with a delicious lunch.
CONS
Containers are not leakproof.
OUR VERDICT
This set is great for a big family. Lids of lunchboxes are of different colors, so you can choose your personal one. It is also a perfect choice for those who are on a diet and need to control their portions.
detailed parameters
Compartments
12 (4 boxes with 3 compartments)
Use
Entree, Sandwiches, Salads, Snacks, Fruit, Veggies
Best for
Kids and Adults
Material
BPA-free plastic
Microwave safe
Yes
Cleanup
All parts are dishwasher safe
Conveniences
Easy-to-open lid (not leakproof), Freezer safe. Available in bright, classic, and urban colors
Size
9.4" x 6.1" x 2"
Weight
1 lb ( 4 x 0.25 lbs)

What is a Lunch Box

Nowadays the rhythm of life is very intense and we often don't spend enough time and attention on our nutrition. So instead of enjoying delicious and healthy food, we eat snacks on-the-go or go to fast food restaurants. However, this may adversely affect our health. That's why we ask you - what could be more nutritious than a lunch prepared at home? Nothing! And what should we do if we work from 8 till 8? The answer is simple - lunchbox or even lunchboxes! Lunchbox is a container for storage and transportation of food. It is an excellent solution for office workers because nothing can be so uplifting as enjoying healthy food prepared at home with care and love. No more of those awful brown paper bags! You can easily take lunch box wherever you want, for a work, picnic, trip. Lunch boxes are also very useful if you have kids as you can put there the food your picky child likes and have a piece of mind that your little one is well-fed. And, finally, one more big advantage is that you’re saving a load of money by packing lunch for your family!

If you need to take not only food but also tea, coffee or other drinks, our thermoses review will be of great use. And if you exercise a lot, sports water bottles are a must!

What Features to Compare

If you're on the fence about which lunch bag box to order, we are here to help you!

Capacity

To select a suitable lunchbox, first you should determine its capacity. If you are looking for the one to pack your kid's school lunches, then you need a light model with relatively small capacity. In the case you need an adult lunchbox, remember that it must hold a pretty big portion for the full satisfaction of hunger. Note that if the lunchbox has only one compartment, you will be able to put only one dish. However, in this case, it is impossible to vary the menu or load entree with dessert. Hence, only models with several compartments will be very convenient for these purposes. They allow storing or transportation of several dishes, for example, they can easily accommodate entree, salad, dip, and dessert. You can be sure - nothing will mix together or get squashed. With the lunchbox, your meal will never be the same!

Material

Material is also an important factor to consider. The lunch container has to be safe for health and no way release toxic phthalates. If the box is made of quality materials, the stored food won't absorb odors, as can happen with a low-quality lunchbox. Nowadays you can come across plastic, glass, and even metal models. However, the most widespread are plastic boxes as they have a number of advantages. Firstly, plastic is very durable, lightweight, and reliable. Secondly, plastic lunchboxes can have a variety of shapes and designs. And thirdly, if heated or cooled, they will not deform, which is extremely important. All we know that bright good-looking lunchbox will encourage preschoolers or primary-schoolers to eat more. Also, the material affects the probability of heating food in a microwave oven, and here it's important to know that not all the boxes are resistant to changes in temperature. Another advantage would be if the lunchbox is not transparent since such a container will prevent the ingress of direct sunlight, which in its turn will extend the food storage life. As a result, the lunch will be fresh and delicious as if just cooked!

Conveniences

When choosing a lunchbox, also note the conveniences since its exploitation and transportation should not cause any difficulties for you or your child. If the lid is sealed, it will allow packaging not only dry food. For example, you can put a yogurt or applesauce not worrying about leakage. The presence of the seal under the lid excludes mixing of different dishes, located in the different lunchbox compartments. Since all children are extremely active, rubberized casing adds strength, reliability and, as a result, prolong its lifespan. Various extras like handles, latches, shoulder straps significantly simplify usage and transportation of a lunchbox. And the presence of additional bottles will provide you with an opportunity not only to eat a tasty lunch but also to drink fresh water or juice. Concerning cleanup, it will be wonderful if a box is dishwasher-safe as it will dramatically simplify the maintenance. Please note that children love turning casual dinner into a fascinating process, thus, different attractive illustrations will not only stimulate an appetite but also emphasize their individuality. Finally, when looking for a lunchbox, take into account its weight and size: a light and compact model is convenient to put in a backpack or a bag.

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Review of Bentgo BGOKIDS-G Leakproof

Bentgo BGOKIDS-G Leakproof

Bentgo BGOKIDS-G Leakproof

Capacity

Our happy customers claim that this Bentgo lunch box is practical and attractive! This model has 5 practical compartments of various sizes, so you can pack the child's lunch there and be calm. The biggest one is designed to put a salad, sandwich or entree. Three medium-sized pockets are an excellent solution to store fruit, vegetables, or child's favorite snacks. And the smallest compartment is created specially for sauces and ketchup that make dishes even more delicious. The manufacturer recommends purchasing this lunch box for children from 3 to 7 years. So, capacity is covered. What about the material?

Material

This insulated lunch box consists of an outer shell and a removable inner compartment tray. Both parts are made of high-quality plastic that is totally safe for food storage; it does not contain bisphenol (BPA-free) and is approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). So, you may be confident that this box will no way harm your little one. The great benefit is that the compartment tray is microwave safe, which means that you can heat leftover lunch in the microwave. To sum up, you can be sure that with this fantastic Bentgo lunch container, your kiddy will be able to enjoy delicious meals prepared by loving parents!

Conveniences

The lid has two latches and high-quality silicone gasket that provide secure food storage. So, once the box is closed, everything stays in place. As our happy customers claim, this lunch box really keeps everything well insulated, so they can even put some ketchup and a pie there. No mixing or leaking! The edges of the lunchbox have a rubberized coating that makes it resistant to falls. Perfect for active children! Removable tray can be washed in the dishwasher while the outer shell is recommended for hand wash in order to preserve the leak-proof seal and extend the lifespan. In addition to all these advantages, the package includes a guide that will enable you to download a “Fun & Healthy Meal Guide - 30 Kid-friendly Recipes & Meal Combos for Your Bentgo Kids” e-book with recipes for children. Thanks to it, you will be able to prepare a variety of delicious salads, pies, snacks, and more! Finally, with the compact dimensions of 9.2 x 7.4 x 2.3 inches and the weight of 1.4 pounds, it can even be placed in a school backpack. One of the best kids lunch boxes!

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Bentgo BGOKIDS-G Leakproof
Bentgo BGOKIDS-G Leakproof
 
Review of Yumbox FB-201406-E Blue

Yumbox FB-201406-E Blue

Yumbox FB-201406-E Blue

Capacity

With its bright design, the lunch bag box by YUMBOX pleases not only children but also students and adults worldwide. It is also wonderful for people who want to control their weight and are dieting. The box consists of 4 sections: one large 2-cup compartment for the entree, 2 medium 1/2-cup sides for favorite treats, snacks, vegetables or fruit, and one middle 1 oz section for a dip. Overall, now you can breathe easily: lunch packed in this 3-cup capacity box will help you get rid of hunger and renew your energy!

Material

If you have looked through tons of kids lunch boxes, but still hesitate, let us tell you more about this quality bright model. The outer shell is made of BPA-free ABS plastic. It also has a silicone seal under the lid, and the tray itself is made of Tritan. All these materials are totally safe, they are BPA-free and phthalates-free, and are even suitable for storing food in the fridge. So, even if you prepare the dinner in the evening, the food in the lunch container will keep the freshness until the next day. However, note that the manufacturer does not recommend you to use it in a microwave oven, hence, do not heat the dinner in this lunchbox.

Conveniences

Silicone lining under the lid gently contours all the compartments, creating a tight seal. Hence, you can be sure that you won't face any leaks inside or outside of the box. The top can be tightly closed by a special latch, which is so simple that even the smallest kid can handle it. One of the main advantages of this box is that a removable tray has illustrated compartments that will surely contribute to the child's good appetite. This model is recommended to hand wash so that stickers do not darken, and the silicone lining remains robust. Dimensions of 8.5 x 6.5 x 1.8 inches and a comfortable shape with rounded edges make transportation very comfortable; the weight of 1.1 pounds is okay even for toddlers. Save thousands on lunches. Buy it!

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Yumbox FB-201406-E Blue
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Review of Deco MTFB Green

Deco MTFB Green

Deco MTFB Green

Capacity

Oh, this is a real "lunch giant" as the capacity of Deco double containers is as many as six cups. It is perfect not only for children and adults' dinners but also for food storage in the refrigerator, keeping it fresh. Many customers even use it for picnics - just put the food in and go. 2-tier design allows you to put two 2 boxes of the same size on top of each other in order to separate your foodstuffs. The upper container is hermetically closed, so you can place moist foods there without worrying about leakage. Ketchup won't find its way around! But it is better to put only dry food like sandwiches or salads in the bottom container. Get it before everybody else!

Material

This one is a great alternative to any metal lunch box. It is both durable and reliable! Deco lunchbox is made of BPA-plastic. This opaque material protects the food from direct sunlight, thus, keeping it fresh and tasty as long as possible. Plastic also withstands temperature drop, so Deco lunch bag box is suitable even for use in the microwave oven. Now, heating your dinner up is very easy and convenient. All in all, buy this fantastic model if you want to enjoy delicious home-made dishes wherever you or your family members are. The lunch will certainly be very healthy and nutritious!

Conveniences

Two latches securely fasten the two containers together. The top tier boasts a vacuum seal to prevent any spills and to keep all your food fresh. Moreover, it's very useful in case of a sharp temperature drop as the vacuum seal prevents condensation. It also means that this superb container is perfect for storing food in the freezer. The manufacturer also equipped this insulated lunch box with arched handles that are very comfortable for carrying food to school, to work or on a picnic. Concerning cleanup, it's a snap as this very lunchbox is dishwasher safe. Finally, thanks to its two-tier structure, this roomy container has the following dimensions - 8.5 x 6.4 x 5.5 inches, and a weight of 1 pound. An excellent functional variant at an attractive price!

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Deco MTFB Green
Deco MTFB Green
 
Review of Qasass Beni Bear With Shoulder Strap and Detachable Plastic Water Bottle

Qasass Beni Bear With Shoulder Strap and Detachable Plastic Water Bottle

Qasass Beni Bear With Shoulder Strap and Detachable Plastic Water Bottle

Capacity

Qasass Kids Lunch Box Combo is a fantastic option to make your kid's pastime at the kindergarten or school comfortable and pleasant. You just need to put his/her favorite food in the lunchbox. With this lunchbox, even the pickiest child will look forward to eating lunch prepared by mommy. A single compartment gives you the opportunity to make eating more exciting for a child. Turn your kid's lunch into a piece of art by creating a picture from the food. Shape a rice into a bear's head, slice apple pieces into tiny rabbits. There are so many ideas! This kids lunch box is best for 3 to 6-year-olds.

Material

This lunch bag box is made of Polyethylene (PE) and Polypropylene (PP) plastic, which has no harmful PVC, BPA, and Phthalate. And in confirmation of this, we would like to stress that even FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and SGS (Société Générale de Surveillance) recommend this box for use. However, it's not suitable for heating food in the microwave oven. To tell you the truth, this is not a drawback since the children from 3 to 6 usually don't need heating sandwiches or snacks. Sale ends soon. Be quick!

Conveniences

This kids lunch box combo has a convenient handle and adjustable shoulder strap that make carrying it very comfortable. The great advantage is the attachable10-ounce water bottle with a sports cap for easy drinking and closure. Now you can be confident, your little darling will always be well-fed and not thirsty. The latch is easy to open, but remember that it is not sealed, so the box is only suitable for dry meals. It measures 8.4 x 8 x 2.9 inches and is 1 pound in weight. Note that the box is recommended for hand wash to keep its look attractive for a long time. Illustrations on the housing will definitely contribute to the children's appetite!

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Qasass Beni Bear With Shoulder Strap and Detachable Plastic Water Bottle
Qasass Beni Bear With Shoulder Strap and Detachable Plastic Water Bottle
 
Review of EasyLunchboxes ELB2SET Set of 4 Brights

EasyLunchboxes ELB2SET Set of 4 Brights

EasyLunchboxes ELB2SET Set of 4 Brights

Capacity

Pack a waste-free lunch in minutes! Bento Lunch Box container is a great choice for taking food to work, to school, on a picnic. This is possible thanks to its ergonomic compartments which are compactly arranged. To be more exact, there are 3 of them: Large 2.5-cup section, smaller 0.75-cup section, and the smallest 0.5-cup. Therefore, you can easily put 3 different tasty dishes for lunch. But the main advantage is that you'll get not one but 4 containers in the set. And they all have covers of different colors. So, now every family member can have their own personalized lunchbox, and enjoy a delicious and nutritious meal!

Material

Just like the other models in our review, this one is made of BPA-free PP (Polypropylene) plastic. It is also approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), which means that containers are PVC- and Phthalate-free. No more brown baggies or wasteful packaging when you use this eco-friendly alternative. The plastic containers are also resistant to temperature drops, so you or your child will be able to put the dinner in the fridge, or reheat it in the microwave, if necessary. However, note that the lunch containers are transparent, so it is not recommended to expose them to direct sunlight as this may adversely affect the food freshness.

Conveniences

These durable reusable containers from EasyLunchboxes company are very convenient in use as the lid can be opened even by the smallest child. Note that it is not sealed, and consequently not leakproof, so you can't put liquid ingredients. If you are not using the lunchboxes, they are really convenient to store as they can be compactly folded one into the other. What's more, they can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher, and this will not affect their look. Dimensions of one container are 9.4 x 6.1 x 2 inches, weight is 0.25 pounds; the total weight of the set is a mere 1 pound. To sum it up, if you order this set, you will get 4 lunch containers with 12 compartments in total. Great buy!

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EasyLunchboxes ELB2SET Set of 4 Brights
EasyLunchboxes ELB2SET Set of 4 Brights