So…it would be wrong for a new lunchbox to be released on the market in Australia without Kidgredients trying it, wouldn’t it? The lovely people from Smash have provided me with two of their brand new Bento Bite lunchboxes so that I can share them with you.
We’ve seen it all when it comes to lunchboxes and this newcomer to the market is set to shake up the bento lunch game. For a long time, some parents have thought that bento lunchboxes are super expensive and not worth the $$. But this one comes in at a very affordable $20 and is jam-packed full of different features that will appeal to parents of primary school kids.
Not only that, but it’s also available at Woolworths...FROM DECEMBER 15 so super easy to get your hands on. They each have matching drink bottles too! Glow in the dark for the dinosaur and glitter shake for the llama.
Features of the Bento Bite
- outer removable case with pictures on it (llama bento and chomp bento)
- clear removable inner tray
- small yoghurt pot 85ml to ensure no spillage
- ice pack under the main section
- silicone lid seals
- easy open large kid-friendly clasp
- grazing style with 6 deep compartments
- total capacity of 1100ml
- spill proof sealed lid so that things stay in their compartments
- fits a small apple- whole
First things first, it is a very nifty idea to put the ice pack in the lunchbox, but for me, it will still be in a cooler bag with more icepacks. Speaking of cooler bags, it fits in this one from montii.co.
If you’ve always been wondering if packing a bento box will be life-changing or lunch changing for your kids, then this is an awesome way to give it a go. It is a great lunchbox with lots of awesome features that will help you to pack a good bento style lunch.
It is easy to clean in the dishwasher, although like most printed plastic items, I am not sure how long the design will last on the outer case. I’m going to continue putting it through its paces over the coming months.
I would recommend it for kids from primary school onwards depending on their appetite.
The kids find it easy to open and love the fun designs. We have had some tears about wanting to take them before I had taken all the photos!
A couple of cons:
- a whole sandwich must be cut up to fit
- the ice pack doesn’t cover the whole undertray
- when the lunchbox has been refrigerated, the inner tray can sometimes get stuck to the roof (this even happens with the super expensive ones from time to time)
It’s leakproof, but not watertight, so there will be some transference of watery foods. It’s worth noting that yoghurt is best placed in the yoghurt pot as often the whey will separate off during the day and is the consistency of water. To counter issues with watermelon for example, place a paper towel square underneath to absorb any liquid.
This lunchbox is best suited to kids who like to graze, not your sandwich and piece of fruit kids. It allows you to pack enough variety and ensure that they get a good range of food.
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