First up, every one of these containers has been sent to me to review, but as you know, you can’t buy an opinion in a Kidgredients review. So if your plan is for the kids to be taking a hot lunch then this thermal container review is for you! Why bother buying one and finding out it doesn’t fit your needs when I can do all the hard work for you?
I really think I never took a hot lunch as a kid. Not even once. I probably would have eaten it. But I guess it just wasn’t a thing! When I think about the way this extends my options for Master 3 though, it’s something I’m definitely going to be doing! I think Miss 5 would be quite excited by the option of a hot lunch too. I’m testing these with hot food…but really, you can use them to keep food cool in summer too. So maybe I’ll test that in summer time!
I have to tell you about how I’m assessing this, so as to dispel any comments about how I’ve done the review. Having done many science experiments when I was I teacher, I’m feeling like I’m back in the classroom!
Test one: I’ve filled every container to their limit with boiling water. It has sat in the container, fully sealed. I’ve cooked pasta and sauce together at filling time it was 88 degrees Celsius. Each container has had the water poured out and the pasta put straight in. Temperature check after 6 hours of closed use.
Test two: I’ve filled every container to their limit with boiling water. It has sat in the container, fully sealed. I’ve cooked pasta and sauce together at filling time it was 88 degrees Celsius. Each container has had the water poured out and the pasta put straight in. I have opened every container every two hours to check the temperature of the pasta.
Why have I done a test like this? I am well aware that thermal containers are designed to be left for 6 hours then eaten from…but…I have kids. My daughter always… without fail checks out her lunch at recess time. WHY? Because she’s curious and wants to know what she’s got…and maybe to steal a few bits and bobs from her lunch them rather than just eating her recess. So we have to check what will happen in that case as well.
Let’s look first at the ins and outs of these containers. Some of them contain cutlery, they are different shapes and sizes (all info in the table below) and they all have two things in common- lined with stainless steel and BPA free.
Click on the names in the tables to go to the full review for each one and buying links!
|price||capacity||empty weight||washing||ease of opening 3 year old||ease of opening 5 year old||cutlery||other accessories||temp after 6 hours|
|contigo||$30.95||300ml||300g||dishwaher top rack||easy||easy||no||no||34.2|
|foogoo||$36.95||290ml||281g||dishwasher top rack||easy||easy||no||no||34.6|
|funtainer||$23.95 plus||290ml||221g||dishwasher top rack||easy||easy||no||no||36.2|
|japanese insulated jar||$25||500ml||423g||hand wash||medium||medium||foldable fork||no||50.8|
|skip hop||$32.95||325ml||245g||hand wash||easy||easy||spork||the clip can hold most utensils||34.3|
|thermos stainless king||$31.95||470ml||386g||hand wash||hard||hard||spoon||no||47.5|
Now if you’re interested in the results of the opening tests here they are:
|after 2 hours||after 4 hours||after 6 hours|
|japanese insulated jar||68.5||56||47.5|
|thermos stainless king||67.4||56||46.5|
Hopefully now you’re set for taking a hot lunch with this thermal container review! Got any questions? Ask them below and I’ll do my best to answer them for you.