The 10 Best Lunch Containers For Kids

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This wiki has been updated 23 times since it was first published in March of 2018. You can ditch the brown bags if you use something from our selection of convenient lunch containers for kids instead. They come in an array of shapes and sizes, and many offer multiple compartments for separating foods. Others feature watertight seals for transporting liquids without leaking, as well as insulated components that are great for hot pasta, soups or stews. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Bentgo Prints

2. OmieBox Insulated

3. PlanetBox Rover

Editor's Notes

June 02, 2020:

These lunch containers are available in fun themes and patterns that are sure to get youngsters excited about taking them to school, and you’ll appreciate their reusable designs that are good for both your wallet and the environment. You’ll also appreciate how many of them feature multiple compartments, to help ensure your youngster gets a balanced diet that can include fruit, vegetables, yogurt, or other snacks along with a sandwich or some soup. Today we added in some bento box designs that are both stylish and practical. The newly added Bentgo Prints goes into the top spot on our list, as this popular choice is loved by many parents and kids alike, thanks to its ultra-cool pattern options that include camouflage, pink dots, rockets, and more. It’s also available in solid colors for those who prefer them. It’s got durable rubber-coated edges that make it resistant to damage from drops or bangs, and the child-friendly latches make it easy to open and close without assistance or breaking.

We also added the OmieBox Insulated. What makes this one stand out from many others is it includes a removable Thermos insert that’s great for kids who like a hot lunch. Just fill it with soup, pasta, or last night’s leftovers and insert it into the designated compartment. It’s got additional compartments for fruit, vegetables or other sides, and boasts a comfortable carrying handle. It’s the perfect size for a young child’s appetite, measuring seven square inches. The newly added PlanetBox Rover sports an environmentally friendly design that’s free of PVC, phthalates and BPA materials. It’s made of stainless steel, and kids will appreciate the included magnets they can stick on the outside to decorate it. The set we featured comes with a rocket ship theme, but you can also choose from among unicorns, cats, or dinosaurs. Each comes with a carrying bag that matches the magnets.

For another choice from a well-known name in storage, look to the Rubbermaid LunchBlox Kit, which comes with three containers that are great for holding a sandwich and a couple of sides, plus a freezer pack that snaps onto the containers to help keep the contents fresh and chilled for hours. The containers have measurement markings on the sides and lids that close securely to prevent the contents from escaping. For a set of two that are safe for the microwave or the freezer, check out the Pluspoint Meal Prep, which come with matching spoons and each contain four compartments. They’ll stand up well to everyday use, thanks to their thick and durable construction, and they boast a leakproof design. In today's update, we replaced the Easy Togo Box with a more readily available choice, as well as swapping out the Kid Basix Snacker with another selection that's more suitable for young tots. We also replaced the PickMe Bento Set which, as many reviewers have noted, is rather difficult for kids to open.

Special Honors

L.L.Bean Lunch Box Tough enough for the lunchroom, this BPA-free lunch box is made to keep the contents cool. It provides plenty of room on the side, yet is compact enough to fit into a kids’ backpack with ease. It’s made from the same durable packcloth material as the backpacks from the manufacturer, and features an easy-to-clean lining that’s BPA- and PVC-free. An internal mesh pocket can hold an ice pack.

4. Yumbox Original

5. Pluspoint Meal Prep

6. Rubbermaid LunchBlox Kit

7. Health & Diet Bento

8. Fit & Fresh Set

9. Mealcon Prep

10. Sugarbooger Hoot

Karen Bennett
Last updated by Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett lives in Chicago with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found practicing yoga or cheering on her kids at soccer games. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English, and her writing has been published in various local newspapers, as well as “The Cheat Sheet,” “Illinois Legal Times,” and “USA Today.” She has also written search engine news page headlines and worked as a product manager for a digital marketing company. Her expertise is in literature, nonfiction, textbooks, home products, kids' games and toys, hardware, teaching accessories, and art materials.

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