Once upon a time, sending kids off to school with their lunches was a fairly easy task; many families would throw together a peanut butter sandwich, an apple, and a drink of some sort, and voilà, lunch!
Today, things are more complicated, and not just due to increasingly common food allergies and the desire to provide healthier meals, but also because the once ubiquitous brown paper bag is fading into history and being replaced with insulated containers and bento-style lunch box.
With so many different lunch boxes available, choosing the right one may seem like a difficult task, so let’s take a look at two popular brands and see which one is right for you.
Things to Consider Before Buying
Before investing in a lunch box, there are a few things that you should be looking for, no matter what brand you choose:
- Right Size. Make sure that the lunch box is large enough to hold the portions you want to send with your child, but small enough that it will fit in their lunch bag or backpack.
- Sections. Related to size, are there sections in the lunch box for different foods? It’s nice to send a variety of foods, but too many compartments mean that there is only a mouthful of each.
- Dishwasher safe. Make cleanup a little easier with a dishwasher-safe box.
- Tight Seal. The lunch box should seal tightly to keep unwrapped food fresh for your child.
Yumbox Lunch Boxes
Yumbox offers you a few choices, accommodating different ages and eating habits:
- Yumbox Original has 6 sections to hold a variety of foods totalling 780 ml.
- Yumbox Panino is the same size as the Original, but with 4 sections, suitable for sandwich or salad, plus 2 smaller sections that hold 1/2 cup each, and a dip well.
- Yumbox Tapas is a larger lunch box with interchangeable trays, and is suitable for adults and teens, holding more food than the other boxes.
All Yumbox Lunch Boxes are BPA free, and dishwasher safe, though hand washing the lids are recommended to prolong the longevity of their seal. They are not insulated, so they are best used with a cold pack. Thy are not useable in the microwave or freezer.
Little Lunch Box
Started by an Australian mom, Little Lunch Box Co boxes come in cute designs that kids will enjoy and feature a large front clip that is easy for small hands to open. Like Yumbox Lunch Boxes , they come in different types and sizes:
- Bento Three is great for sandwiches and stores a lot of food with a 1L capacity.
- Bento Five, as the name implies, has five compartments to allow for a mix of foods at lunchtime.
With no removable parts, fun designs, and the ability to hold deceptively large amounts of food, Little Lunch Box is suitable for kids and adults of all ages. Like Yumbox Lunch Boxes, they are BPA free and dishwasher safe.
Comparing Yumbox Lunch Boxes and Little Lunch Box Co, you will find that they are of comparable quantity and a generally similar price, though depending on the specific type, Yumbox is a little larger and slightly more expensive. Little Lunch Box, however, has kid appeal with their fun designs, and parent appeal with their ease-of cleaning.
Whichever brand you choose, you are doing your part to help the environment by using a reusable box and creating more varied and healthy lunches for your kids, so you can’t go wrong.
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