Remember the stainless steel, divided lunch containers I mentioned in My Ongoing Household Detox Resolution, Phase Three: Kitchenware? In my efforts to pack a plastic-free lunch, we invested in a set of LunchBots containers. We’ve been using them for several
months years now, so I thought I’d do a little review…
The verdict: We really like them!
Update (October 2017): More than four years later, our LunchBots are still going strong. We love them so much that our collection has grown to include quite a few LunchBots in various shapes and sizes. All the details are shared below…
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What we love about LunchBots:
While stainless steel LunchBots require a bit of investment over plastic containers and Ziploc bags, we’ve found them to be worth every penny. Here’s why…
PS–LunchBots are a perfect gift to put on your child’s wish list for holidays and birthdays. If you have friends or family members who love to give gifts to your children, let it be a useful and long-lasting gift.
As I mentioned in My Ongoing Household Detox Resolution, Phase Three: Kitchenware, I’m trying to reduce our use of plastic, so these stainless steel bento containers are the perfect alternative.
They’re just the right size for the boys’ lunches. They even work well for Mr. Native Texan when he joins us for lunch on-the-go, as long as I pack his fruit separately.
UPDATE: There is now a large bento box, perfect for adult-sized meals. We also love the smaller pico container, a handy size for smaller snacks or for separating certain foods from the rest of your meal.
Except for the painted lids, which must be handwashed. We found out the hard way…even though it’s clearly stated on both the website and the product packaging. The actual containers, as well as the stainless steel lids (non-painted) go right into the dishwasher. Easy peasy! UPDATE: Check out these awesome new dishwasher-safe lids!
Perfect for our on-the-go This-n-That lunches! Plus, I think it’s a proven fact that food is just more fun to eat from a divided container. Or maybe that’s just the OCD in me…
Easy to stack in a cooler
They stack so nicely, and the entire stack fits perfectly in our cooler. Which means that everything stays put–we’ve had absolutely no spillage.
The slight lip all the way around the lids make them the perfect plate when removed and placed upside down next to the divided container.
Our original Lunchbots are almost five years old and are still going strong. We’ve used the heck out of them (have I mentioned I have three boys?) and they’ve held up amazingly well. These babies are built to last.
More than four years after the purchase of our first set of LunchBots, we now own an entire collection in different sizes and shapes. There is literally a LunchBots for any and every food-packing need!
- Regular Uno – awesome for sandwiches, fruit, etc.
- Regular Duo – just like the Uno, but divided.
- Regular Trio I – just like the Uno, but with three compartments. We use these often!
- Regular Trio II – just like the Trio I, but with slightly different compartment configuration.
- Regular Quad – we use this one for Little Bro’s lunch. See very last picture below.
- Large bento box – perfect for adult-sized lunches. Or brownies for the entire family, as pictured above.
- Small Pico Uno – great for snacks or for toddlers.
- Small Pico Duo – just like the Pico Uno, but divided.
- Round leak proof 4 oz – they really are leak proof!
- Round lead proof 8 oz – ideal for yogurt, applesauce, and other drippy foods.
- Tiny round condiment containers (They work really well for my favorite salad dressing*, hummus, crispy sunflower seeds, dark chocolate squares, and more!) *These tiny containers have a rubber gasket in the lid, which provides a water-tight seal.
We love these stainless steel containers! They’ve held up very well despite frequent abuse from little hands over several years, and I’m confident they’ll last for years to come. Do you have any tips for packing a plastic-free lunch?
Kathleen Henderson is the Yankee behind the Homestead, where she keeps up with Mr. Native Texan, three busy boys, a large dog, an assortment of chickens and an organic garden on three beautiful acres in Northern Virginia. Yankee Homestead is where she organizes her tips, tricks and resources for a healthy life. Favorite topics include real food recipes, gluten-free living, essential oils and home remedies, all things natural and nontoxic, plus mommy musings and homeschooling resources. Find out more on the About page