The new range for Smash Nude Food Movers for back to school 2016 arrived on my doorstep last week (read it was a freebie, but I haven’t been paid to write this review). Strictly speaking, I’m one of “those” lunchbox mums. I have a collection of what people call the “expensive lunch boxes” and I’ve reviewed most of them for you too. So, when Smash offered to send me their new back to school 2016 range, I thought I owed to to my readers to try them out.
I’m going to take you through each element of this pack and tell you what I think.
Honestly, if I was to recommend anything from the Smash range it would be this lunchbox. It’s a rework of the rubbish free lunches box of previous years. What improvements have been made? The materials are much stronger, the hinges are better and the colours are brighter.
This lunchbox is awesome for an older child, with a good appetite or a younger child who needs to take all of their food for the day in one spacious and well designed lunchbox. All the lids remove (unlike the previous version where the sandwich area stayed lidded. This makes it much easier to clean. It has two small leakproof pots in it for wet foods as it isn’t leakproof.
The sandwich seatbelt has been redesigned too, making it a cage for the sandwich, so you can pack on top or use and ice pack in that compartment too. If you’re in the market for this price range of lunchbox, then it’s the best you will get for the price and the best styled with the most features. You can check out my review of the older style here: Nude Food Mover Rubbish Free Lunches.
Where to buy? Big W or Woolworths $13.99
NFM Cooler bag.
With styling reminiscent of the more expensive So Young bags, these are designed specifically for the envirobox. They come in a variety of colours and designs which will suit most kids in the appropriate age range. They are a tight fit on the envirobox, but insulate should fit well. You can slide a thin icepack in behind the lunchbox, but it’s a squeeze.
Realistically, the lunchbag can only be as effective as it’s ice packs allow and this one will be tested throroughly during cooler bag testing next week.
Where to buy? Big W or Woolworths $
This lunchbox is sold exclusively in Coles and is a great idea. The base is covered in insulation which can be easily removed and the the top lids are removeable too, meaning it’s easy to clean. It contains a very large yoghurt pot and also a sandwich seatbelt.
The side without the yoghurt pot is effectively a very large space that allows you to use your imagination….or your lunch buddies to fill the space. You can pack a LOT of food into this and the insulation is a great idea, but there is nowhere for an icepack. It could be made even more awesome by a clipon insulated lid on top with an ice pack pouch, ensuring it would stay cool. Ideal for an older child or one that packs everything into the one container.
Where to buy? Coles, $15
This little 8 pack of “lunch buddies” is designed to help you pack your lunches in a more “bento” style. I can see myself using these on a regular basis as they are great for helping to portion out food and also for filling a big lunchbox like the smash box in a more organised manner.
You couls use these in any lunchbox and make a more bento style for your kids without the expense of a bento container.
Where to buy? Big W, Woolworths $12.00
Cracker mover, fruit mover, sandwich box:
Designed for carrying our snacks and sandwiches without needing cling film or ziplock bags, these containers work with your lunch boxes to help set up your day of food. They coordinate with the other items in the smash range and mean that you will never be stuck without a container for
The cracker mover is going to be used for large homemade cookies at Kidgredients as well as lavosh. The fruit mover is ideal for packing a peach, nectarine or small apple too and ensuring they don’t get smushed in the school bag. If you think the sandwich box looks awesome, then you should check out this post here for what I use them for.
Where to buy:
Cracker mover: BigW $3.99
Fruit Mover, Woolworths, Coles Big W, Officeworks : $3.99
Sandwich box: woolworths, bigw $4.99
Snack and dip container:
So, if you’re like me then packing a nutritious and delicious lunch is really important. One of the most important aspects of this is fruit and veggies. But how to get them eaten? Pack a dip in the container with them- everything dippable gets eaten here! 🙂
Where to buy: Officeworks, $4.99
For a bit of bento style fun, smash have introduced their sandwich cutters, in 4 cute styles that will mean you can encourage kids to eat their lunch in a fun way and also cut off the crusts for crust refusers in one go!
Where to buy: Woolworths, Big W $