Yumbox Bento Box Review


Yumbox Bento Lunchbox Features

If you pack your child(ren)'s lunch for school, you have likely heard that "bento lunchboxes" are becoming quite the buzz. I'd argue, this is for good reason! The convenient nature of filling a bento box compared to using an endless amount of snack-sized ziplocks or never-to-be-seen-again tupperwares highlights an area of obvious ease and waste-reduction when working with little appetites. The Yumbox is also a more health-conscious, cost-efficient, and environmentally-friendly option from the standpoint of eliminating the temptation to buy pre-packages containers of often less-healthful snack items. With two insert sizes, the Yumbox Panino features four larger compartments compared to the six-compartment original Yumbox that all stay individually sealed with Yumbox's leakproof lid. The versatility of the two Yumbox designs holds appeal for eaters of all ages as both kids and adults can enjoy a meal on the go including larger items like sandwiches and salads to smaller, more snack-sized versions of several healthy items.

One of my favorite aspects to the Yumbox Bento Lunchbox is how fun and yet easy it is to fill. Rather than getting in a rut and repeating PB&J's, the Yumbox Bento Lunchbox prompts originality. The insert designs offering ideas for variety (for fruit, veggies, protein, dairy, grains, and a "freebie"), and yet the Yumbox Bento Lunchbox also allows me to fill the compartments with literally whatever we have on hand. Claire's lunchbox often includes anything from a hodge podge of leftovers to a themed lunchbox as seen on the Vegetables and Virtue Instagram.

Yumbox Bento Lunchbox Target Market

Parents who currently are packing lunches and/or interested in sending healthier alternatives to school lunches.

Preschool-aged kids and older may also enjoy the creative nature of packing their own lunchboxes in the Yumbox Bento Lunchbox. Parents can rest assured that the prompts for different food groups (listed on the Yumbox inserts) encourages their little ones to include a healthy balance of items in each lunchbox.

The Yumbox Bento Lunchbox also holds great appeal for families of kids with food allergies who are looking for a safe and fun way to send allergen-free lunches to school.

The Main Benefit of the Yumbox Bento Lunchbox

The Yumbox Bento Lunchbox makes it the ideal system for packing meals or larger snack sets on the go. Whether sending a standard lunchbox to school or planning healthy snacks for a long plane ride, the Yumbox Bento Lunchbox has continued to shine under several circumstances. I love the ability it affords me to fill my daughter's lunch with healthy foods in age-appropriate amounts. I also appreciate how convenient it makes getting meals ready and the unlimited number of opportunities it prompts to include whatever foods we have on hand.

Seeing how excited my daughter gets about opening up and eating from her lunchbox may be the most delightful part of the Yumbox Bento Lunchbox. To see my efforts of sending a healthy, homemade lunch being met with such anticipation at her age is reinforcing in and of itself.

Practical Details of the Yumbox Bento Lunchbox

Price: $30

Where to purchaseAmazon or on the Yumbox website

The Pros and Cons of the Yumbox Bento Lunchbox

Pros:

  • Leak-proof lid
  • Environmentally-friendly and low-waste
  • Kid-friendly design and fit in standard lunch totes
  • Simple to pack and yet fun to eat
  • Promotes balance, variety, and age-appropriate portions for the youngest to eldest of eaters

Cons:

  • On the more expensive end compared to Bento-style tupperware options. May be cost-prohibitive up front to have multiple of in families with many users.
  • The latch to open/close the lunchbox is not heavy duty and may not hold up to the same level of wear and tear that the Yumbox itself can withstand (my daughter has already broken it off once).
  • The lids only work with their designated tray, so a separate Yumbox Bento Lunchbox is needed if two size configurations are desired.

Alternatives to the Yumbox Bento Lunchbox

EasyLunchboxes - $14 per 4-pack
Bentgo Kids - $28 each
LunchBots - $35 each
Planetbox Rover - $50 each

My Final Opinion of the Yumbox Bento Lunchbox

While there appear to be several strong alternatives on the market, I have been very pleased with our Yumbox Bento Lunchbox. We have been using our six-compartment Yumbox Bento Lunchbox for about three months now and are already considering adding a four-compartment Yumbox Panino Bento Lunchbox to our on-the-go arsenal. As of date, I would recommend Yumbox to anyone seeking a kid-friendly, easy, and environmentally-friendly option for packing snacks and meals on the go.

 

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