The Best Machine-Washable Lunch Bags for 2020

updated Jan 17, 2021
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If your kid (or you!) is headed back to school (or an office!) these days, there’s sure to be lots on your mind. Do you remember how to do your morning routine? Can you safely get where you need be? What happens when you get there? That’s a lot! What you pack your lunch in shouldn’t also be weighing you down. And that’s where this list comes in: We’ve rounded up three of our favorite machine-washable lunch bags, which can all be properly cleaned as often as you want … whether that’s once a week or every single day.

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1. BUILT Gourmet Getaway Soft Neoprene Lunch Tote Bag

Built is often credited for popularizing the neoprene lunch bag; the material is durable, a great insulator, and highly washable. This style is the perfect size for kids and adults alike, and comes in lots of fun patterns, so there’s sure to be something that appeals to everyone. Plus, it will keep food cold or warm for up to four hours.

Buy: BUILT Gourmet Getaway Soft Neoprene Lunch Tote Bag, $20

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2. FlatBox

What we love most about the soft-sided, neoprene FlatBox is, well, that it’s kind of a box … that unzips to lay flat. So it becomes a placemat! Which is especially great when we’re trying to limit the common surfaces we touch. It’s also decently attractive (there are some fun colors for kids), has big, comfortable handles, holds lots of food, and keeps said food cold for hours on end.

Buy: FlatBox, $17

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3. Fluf Zipper Lunch Bag

Looking for something a little more sophisticated? Or not neoprene? This canvas bag has a unique shape (it’s tall enough so that a water bottle can fit inside without having to sit on its side!) and a few designs that will appeal to kids and grown-ups (cars and camo!) There’s a water-resistant lining inside for daily spot cleaning, and the canvas has been pre-shrunk for fuss-free washing. And the five-inch handles allow for easy carrying over a shoulder while you try to avoid touching railings and such.

Buy: Fluf Zipper Lunch Bag, $29

Do you have a machine-washable lunch box that you love? Tell us about it in the comments below.