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Best Lunch Box

Long gone are the days when you had to take your lunch in a paper or plastic bag. Those rusty old tin boxes or those easily scuffed plastic ones are also near extinction. The more modern lunch boxes are designed to store foods more efficiently.

Some common types are insulated lunch boxes for adults and children as well as Bento Lunch Boxes. The insulated boxes have taken over as the preferred way to transport lunch and keep the food fresher. The Insulated boxes for adults have a more sleek design. They look more like purses, mini brief cases or totes than lunch boxes. They come in a number of sizes. This new look is perfect for work or any to go meal.

The insulated boxes for children are awesome. They showcase lots of colorful designs as well as ones with their favorite characters. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The boxes guard well against leaks and are unbreakable.

The lunch box right now that rising in popularity is the Bento Lunch Box. These lunch boxes were inspired by Japanese lunch boxes of the same name. They come in a variety of shapes and are made from plastic, wood or stainless steel. They can be round, square or rectangular and some come with inserts. The single layer Bento lunch boxes usually hold anywhere from 2 to 4 cups of food. You store food directly in the box making it less of hassle. For double layers, you will get two stack-able boxes that can each have food stored inside each layer and then stacked for transport. Some of these boxes come with utensils, dividers or removable compartments. They are a unique way to store on the go foods and are made for children and adults.

These lists cover the best that each type has to offer. Looking over these lists will give you a re-introduction to sack lunches and how far they have come. There is a lunch box on these lists to suit everyone.

Rubbermaid LunchBlox Lunch Bags

Rubbermaid has found a wonderful way of making lunch box packing and storing easier than ever. This insulated lunch box comes with a thermos and is designed to work with the portable Lunch Blox inserts. This lunch box is my favorite and is easy to fill. It has plenty of space without leaking. You can also use any containers you have that will fit inside. The thermos attaches neatly and securely on the side for spill free transport. The cool design and durability of this lunch box is great for keeping food fresh with the insulated interior.

Yumbox Leakproof Bento Lunch Box

This stylish, pink or green hard cover lunch box is a great choice. The Yumbox Leakproof Bento Lunch Box has an innovative design. It has an interior insert tray that has a variety of compartments. What I love about this lunch box is the durable plastic construction and the ability to portion out foods. It has five sections that each hold 1/2 a cup of food and a small round section for dipping. This lunch box is leak proof and will lock tightly to keep foods fresh and secured. The removable tray is dishwasher safe and the actual lunch box can be hand washed.

Skip Hop Zoo Lunchie Insulated Lunch Bag

This cute insulated bag is perfect for sending your little ones off to nursery school or daycare. The Skip Hop Zoo Lunchies Insulated Lunch Bags are playful and come in a variety of friendly zoo animal designs. These lunch bags are sturdy and a bit smaller in size and perfect for snacks or small meals for toddlers. They're also great for moms taking snacks for small children on the go. They will delight in the design and it is guaranteed not to leak and keeps foods fresh. An inside mesh pocket is perfect for utensils and it wipes clean with a damp.

Wildkin Double Decker Lunch Bag, Whale Blue

The Whale Blue Lunch Cooler is a fully insulated and spacious lunch box that is heavy duty and durable. It has a padded shoulder strap for comfortable transport with side pockets to store extra items or snacks. This is a design that works well for older children who want a more adult style. There is enough room for bottled water, small containers, sandwiches and and other food items. The insulated interior is also PVC, BPA, and Phthalate free. It is leak proof and easy to clean by wiping with a damp cloth.

Wildkin Camping Original Lunch Bag

This adorable insulated bag is perfect for keeping lunch well secured and organized. The Camping Original Lunch Bag has a playful camping patterns with trees and bears. It has a convenient front pocket for adding extra snack or other items. The leak proof interior can easily hold drinks, a sandwich and a few other treats. It is durable and the zipper keeps the contents secured. It is easy to keep clean by wiping the inside and outside with a damp cloth.

Bento & Co Shokado Nomi Bento Lunch Box

Bento & Co Shokado Nomi Bento Lunch Box

This sleek and ample sized box was an easy choice as my favorite pick. The SHOKADO NOMI Bento Lunch Box is styled more along the look of a traditional Bento box. This five compartment box will allow you to fit all of your favorite foods for the day. It is best for cold or room temperature foods such as salads and fruits. The lid closes tightly and transporting is easy. This is perfect for work, an elegant picnic or a casual outing. Foods will stay chilled and fresh. Hand washing is preferred.

Bento & Co Shikiri Bento Box

Bento & Co Shikiri Bento Box

The Shikiri Bento Box will make taking lunch a treat. It has a single layer design along with a horizontal separator, and two 3-compartment dividers to separate your food choices. The inserts are microwavable once the lid is removed. This sturdy box can be used for sliced fruits, nuts, sandwiches and more. Trust that your foods will be kept fresh with the tight fitting lid locking in flavor. There is even a removable lid in the middle of the top where you can store your fork or spoon. The entire box is dishwasher safe, excluding the removable plastic center piece where the utensils are stored.

Skip Hop Bento Mealtime Kit

You can definitely pack a feast to go with this set. It comes with the durable and insulated bento cover, 6 Clix plastic containers for food storage with lids and a resuable cold pack. This is great if you are traveling with children or for extended trips or multiple meal servings. The containers are durable and can be clipped together to form a place setting. They are also BPA, PVC and Phthalate-free. This lunch box will keep your food organized and fresh. Wipes clean with a damp cloth and containers are dishwasher and microwave safe.

Black+Blum Bento Box

This stylish box is perfect for taking your lunch to work or for traveling. The Black+Bum Bento Box is a really good quality lunch box that can hold a generous helping of your favorite pasta or a main dish and side dish in one dish. The set includes a separator, the Bento container and a fork. The lid can also double as a plate. It is constructed with BPA free polypropylene and copolyeste. The secure lid will not leak and your foods will stay secure. The entire set is dishwasher and microwave safe.

ECOlunchbox Stainless Steel Three-in-One Bento Lunch Box

This is a good quality lunch box set that is constructed with high quality, food grade stainless steel. It comes with three nesting containers that altogether can store 4 cups of food. It has a small snack container will fit into the top container. Your foods will stay fresh and secure. Good for sandwiches, salads or other snacks or meals. You do however want to be careful with wet foods. They are not leak proof so, keep that in mind when storing foods. They are dishwasher safe.

PlanetBox Launch Complete Lunch Box

This lunch box got my top pick because it is the most awesome and innovative one I have ever seen. It has a removable tray made of stainless steel. It includes a Tall Dipper for dips or sauces, a magnet set of your choice and a glass Satellite Dish that is great for reheating your foods. The compartments allow you to hold more than one serving of food which is great when you're working late or on a road trip. Your foods will stay safe, cool and protected in the stylish lunch box sleeve of your choice. Hand washing is recommended for all pieces.

Bentgo All-in-one Stackable Lunch Box

This attractive and eco-friendly stackable lunch box is a great option. The lunch box is comprised of two boxes. One box even has a divider which is great for side dishes. The other can be used for salads or main dishes as it has no divider. As an added bonus, it also comes with a set of plastic utensils that are attached to the lid of the bottom box. Stack the second box on and secure with the thick band that wraps around the boxes. They store one serving of food and look great. They look great and come in many colors. They are dishwasher and microwave safe.

Smart Planet Silicone Collapsible Lunchboxes

This lunch box is environmentally friendly and a good size. It is made with BPA free silicone and biodegrade plastic. The Collapsible Silicone Lunch Box is a perfect for filling it with your favorite foods such as sandwiches, salads, fruits or even soup. One of the most impressive features is that it's collapsible. Once you are done, simply collapse the lunch down and store it away. It comes with a double sided spork that snaps conveniently into the lid of the lunch box. You can hand wash or place in your dishwasher.

Stanley Classic Lunchbox Cooler & Bottle Combo

This lunchbox is a nod to the classic lunch box. With the Classic Lunchbox Cooler & Bottle Combo you will get all that you need. It comes with the lunch box and a 1.1 quart, insulated vacuum bottle. The lunch box is generously sized to hold serious adult portions of food. It has sections inside to keep different items separated and cool. This is a great lunchbox for holding a lot of food. For cleaning, simply wipe it out with a damp cloth.

Delicious Agent Blue Lunch Box with Ice Pack

This sleek lunch box is made with durable, hard plastic that is BPA, Lead, PVC, Vinyl and Phthalate Free. This makes it safe for your foods and you won't need to be concerned with it harboring bacteria. It has a unique dual wall construction that provides great insulation. It has a snap-in ice pack that will keep your lunch cool. It is large enough to store a days worth of food safely. Never worry about spills because it cleans up easily. Simply wash with soap and water or the dishwasher.

Chef CJ
I am a chef and lifelong foodie committed to finding the best ways to enjoy cooking at home! I have been a professional chef for 17 years, I am a big tech nerd when it comes to kitchen appliances. I am always looking for a gadget that has purpose and can save time in the kitchen. I am currently a private chef with a diverse set of clients. My clients expect high end quality even though I am often cooking from their homes. This is why I love my kitchen tools of the trade.

I am also trained in both wine tasting, pairing and I had a stint as a professional, private sommelier. My experience with food, wine and professional kitchen appliances/tools are what makes me an expert in many areas of the culinary industry.

I have a huge repertoire of necessary gadgets and machines that make my life easier. I am always searching for the next best kitchen star tool!I am also trained in both wine tasting, pairing and I had a stint as a professional, private sommelier. My experience with food, wine and professional kitchen appliances/tools are what makes me an expert in the broad culinary industry.

I have a huge repertoire of necessary gadgets and machines that make my life easier. I am always searching for the next best kitchen star tool!
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