The count down is on! I am not sure if I am crazy excited or dreading the day my little girl becomes a big girl and takes her first step into school.
As kind of a right of passage for all those first time school moms and I, we wander in confusion through stores with children in tow with list of the ‘stuff’ our kids need on the approaching big day. Thank goodness Miss E is a happy participant in this exercise! One of the items on the list is a litterless lunch or in other words… anything and everything that goes to school comes home from school no matter its disgusting state. banana peels, plastic cutlery, ziplock bags, etc. Reusable is the name of this game.
When it came time to figure out how to handle this, like many moms, I researched. We all want the best for our little scholars but we also have to weigh it against the cost. It seems that lunch kits and bento boxes is the newest hot commodity. There are so many options to choose from spanning a huge range of price points; from picking lock’n lock containers at the dollar store to spending up to $100 on a stainless steel bento box! Of course there is some correlation between price point and quality to consider as well. Where to begin?!
I needed something:
- Easy to open and close
- Dishwasher safe
- Have the least number of parts and components as possible – where on earth am I going to store it all?!
The lunch box I ended up deciding on was the Yumbox. They met all of those requirements and more!
The Yumbox Bento Box Review
This amazing bento box style lunch kit is amazing! I purchased the original 6-compartment style because my daughter is a grazer and prefers to eat a little of a lot of stuff. The Panino, a 4-compartment box, can fit a sandwich if that is more your child’s preference. I tested this kit for over 2 months and am still happy with my decision!
- ACTUALLY completely leakproof! Every single day we tested it with yogurt and it never leaked.
- Very easy for young kids to open and close on their own
- Fun gender neutral pictures labelled with all of the different food groups to help parents fill a balanced lunch
- Only 2 pieces! AND both are dishwasher safe! The outer shell is a little large to add to a load so I usually wash that by hand but the inner compartment easily fits
- Lots of colour choices for the shells
- Fits well in many insulated lunch bags
- The inner compartment has shallow sections so even though it fits great in the dishwasher it collects gross dish water. Not a big deal since the gross is kept well away from the food once assembled but definitely not ideal.
- It is a little pricy at $36.95 + shipping in Canada and was hard to find. I purchased from Fenigo.
- The hinge of the shell looks a little delicate. I could imagine that it wouldn’t take a far drop to break. However after over 3 months of constant use it has held up to the test of time.
- Although the Yumbox holds a decent amount of food I have to pack an extra food in case my daughter has a big appetite that day. I would say by the time she is in grade 1 she will need another lunch box. If you have a light eater it may last you longer.
According to Amanda… the verdict is:
If you can stomach the cost of over $40 a pop with shipping and taxes (in Canada) for a lunch box then it is definitely worth it! For me what swung my final decision to purchase was the thought of dedicating a huge amount of cluttered kitchen cabinet space to mismatched lids and containers. I can only imagine how much sorting through that on a daily basis would make me go mad(der). The kids love it, I love it but my wallet is a little lighter after buying 1 for each of the kids! Ouch!
To make your life just a little bit easier, Yumbox also has a recipe blog to get inspiration and ideas. Hellobee has built a mini-library of Yumbox lunches pulled from various blogs. Check out her page for additional suggestions!