7 Lunch Containers Our Editors Love for Dining Outdoors or Deskside

updated Aug 28, 2023
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Greek chicken with tzatziki prepared and ready to eat in a take away lunch boxes.
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With warm weather making its long awaited comeback and a return to office life for many, lunch containers are a product on many people’s minds. Having a solid lunch container is the key to ensuring your lunch makes it from your home to your destination in one go and mess-free. There’s also something about knowing you’ve got the right containers on hand that inspires creating some fabulous lunches — something we’re sure your wallet doesn’t mind either. Luckily, we here at Kitchn are constantly testing new and exciting food storage products perfect for lunch and beyond. Below, we rounded up seven of our editors’ favorite lunch containers, perfect for your next day in the office, trip to the beach, or picnic outing. Happy lunching!

Do you have a lunch container that you swear by? We want to hear all about it! Tell us about your favorite lunch finds in the comments below.

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If there's one food storage brand we love, it's W&P — and their Porter Lunch Box is a standout. Stylish and smartly made, this box is a favorite of managing editor Tamara, who shared, "I’m still mostly working from home, which means that lunches can get kind of boring (yes, I miss my overpriced salads and grain bowls dearly). However, I’ve been trying to mix things up with new recipes and gadgets that’ll make the experience almost an act of self-care. Once I started using this pretty blush pink lunch box, I actually got a little more motivated to get chopping and cooking!" Top that off with a dishwasher- and microwave-safe design along with a removable silicone strap that prevents the container from opening while traveling and it's easy to see why it's become a team favorite!

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Williams Sonoma

Looking for a glass option? Take it from SEO writer Nic, these Williams Sonoma containers are some of the best around. "I like using them for my lunches much more than plastic containers because they're easier to clean and they're more comfortable to handle after heating up in the microwave," he shares. "They're also completely stain resistant and surprisingly strong. I've dropped them and they refuse to break."

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Modern Picnic

For a pick that doubles as a lunch bag and a stylish work tote, check out The Backpack from Modern Picnic. "I carry this insulated backpack to the office frequently," shares commerce editor Alicia. "It can comfortably fit sandwiches/slim Tupperware and a travel mug/water bottle. I think it's super stylish — more so than most work backpacks. It also fits my laptop, chargers, my planner, and a book!" Be sure your complete the set with the brand's matching lunch containers, too!

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My personal pick has to go to Rubbermaid's leak-proof Brilliance containers. These containers have been my go-to for years thanks to their durability, easy-to-clean nature, and smart design. This set comes with three containers designed to help make packing up everything from snacks to full meals a breeze. I personally love the salad container thanks to its divided top layer that comes complete with a dressing holder. I pair that with the other divided box for snacks like grapes and cheese and always leave the house prepared, whether its for work or a picnic!

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If you're after something with some serious style and chill factor, you have to check out the insulated Puffy Lunch Bag from Baggu. Home projects director Megan adores these bags sharing, "I love my baggu puffy lunch bag! I have the small size and the large size, and I use both for road trips and to store cold foods on the way home from the farmer's market/grocery store."

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If you're in the market for the perfect salad container, this is it. Best List editor Britt adores this Bengo find, sharing, "I love salad, but up until now, I hadn’t taken the time to get anything to properly store it. I like that instead of just having one big salad made, I can break it up into different containers to grab and eat for lunch or dinner easily. No more letting romaine wilt in the fridge drawer unattended!"

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was $15.24

This one's for the sandwich lovers. Say goodbye to smashed sandwiches with this team-favorite reusable sandwich cube. It features a zipper that goes around three sides making it easy to open and plop in a BLT. While the sides aren’t totally rigid, it definitely gives more protection against squishing than a plastic bag would and is way more eco-friendly.