Alright guys, it’s time to talk lunch boxes. Every year, when camp is over and school is around the corner, I begin to rethink my lunch box strategy. How annoying is making the lunches?! Every night as I dump out the previous day’s lunch remnants and refill the lunch boxes, I feel like the Dunkin Donuts guy…. “Time to make the donuts…”. Did I just age myself? Oh well. To be completely honest, I wish my kids would just buy school lunch. They really don’t want to, and the food does look pretty nasty, so alas, I resume my role every September as chief lunch maker.

I just did the math (again, OLD.) - I have been making lunches for ten years. In those ten years, I’ve learned a thing or two and I am going to share it here. Here are the lunch boxes that we use and have used for a long time. I am giving you the pros and cons of each. This post is NOT sponsored, it is just me passing my knowledge to you.

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  • Super easy to open and close for even the littlest hands.

  • Compartments are completely airtight and I have never had a leaking issue.

  • Makes packing lunches really easy- just fill the compartments, no fiddling with lids and wraps.

  • It is simple to control portion size and add variety.

  • Comes apart easily and all goes right in the dishwasher.

  • You can buy individual inserts separately. I do this so that I don’t have to splurge on a whole other kit, I just refill each night using the clean inserts.

  • Fits inside a standard lunchbox case.

  • This is the lunch box I reach for time and time again.

  • The only con here is that it is too small for my almost twelve year old. He is starting to eat more and want to take sandwiches.


  • Multi temperature compartments with the use of the insulated thermos insert allows you to take warm and cold food in the same bento lunchbox.

  • The sections are custom, so you can remove the thermos leaving room for a large sandwich instead.

  • Fits a standard lunchbox case OR you can take it on it’s own using the handle. It is insulated, so you don’t need to add ice packs. The side compartment fits a juice box well.

  • Durable. We have had these lunchboxes for YEARS and they’ve been dragged and dropped. The might look a little worse for the wear but they still work great.

  • Dishwasher safe on the top rack.

  • The Thermos is only keeps food hot or cold for four hours, making it ideal for half-day preschoolers, but not so great when lunch time is after that time frame.

  • I love that you can customize the smaller compartments, but I don’t love that they are not leak proof.


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  • Inexpensive and durable. These were the first bento we ever used, and we continue to use them today.

  • I am not upset if they get lost because they aren’t as expensive as the other bento boxes we own.

  • They fit easily in a standard lunchbox case.

  • You can add these silicon muffin liners to make more sections in the large compartment.

  • Holds a sandwich with room.

  • The plastic discolors over time and needs to be replaced.

  • They are hand-washable. The dishwasher will warp them… I speak from experience.

  • The compartments are not leakproof.


If you reached into our cabinet, this is exactly what you would find. Just click the image for the link. These are affiliate links, meaning that I get a small kickback from Amazon, but it costs you nothing.

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