If you've been reading any of our lunch-packing stories over the years, you've probably seen us use these stainless steel LunchBots containers again and again. They start at $20 (for one with no compartments) and go up to $40 (for the one pictured above with five compartments), which I realize is a lot of money to spend on a lunch box that your kid may or may not remember to bring home.
Here's the thing, though: I've learned that it really is money well-spent! And I'm partial to the one that only costs $25.
Why I Love the LunchBots Trio
Last year my daughter and I reviewed a bunch of lunch boxes for kids, but since then I've found myself reaching for the LunchBots Trio more and more. This three-compartment stainless steel lunch box is sturdy but lightweight. The divided sections are easy to fill and perfect for snack board-inspired lunches. The container is small enough to pack a hearty lunch for my preschooler, but also a robust lunch even for myself when I use it.
Buy: LunchBotsTrio, $25
LunchBots are also dishwasher-safe and don't actually hold onto lingering smells. They aren't particularly leak-proof, but the company also makes matching containers for dips and dressings. I find that the three-compartment option gives me plenty of room for the types of lunches that I typically make. If you think you'll need more or fewer compartments, LunchBots has you covered with all sorts of options.
The biggest thing I've learned about investing in a lunch box that costs $25 — or even $40 — is that you buy it once and it can last you many, many years. Buy a LunchBot for your preschooler and it can easily transition with them to elementary school, and hopefully even middle school. It may initially cost you more than a $10 plastic lunch box, but you won't waste money (or your shopping time) on something that only lasts one school year.
Do you have a favorite stainless steel lunch box?