Age range: 2.5-8 (depending on appetite and whether the child takes a separate fruit break)
Where to buy: Little Bento World
Best for: kids who like a bit of everything or who like their sandwiches chopped small (and parents who need a helping hand with packing a bento style lunch)
For all other info, head back to the review table.
To be honest, when my first Yumbox Original arrived I was quite surprised by the size. It seems really small when you look at it at first, but the key to an awesome bento lunch is cramming everything in so it doesn’t roam around and get spoiled in the lunch box, so being small actually helps you to do that.
Pros: It’s got 6 compartments, is entirely leak proof (food- not water), has no transfer from compartments to compartment due to the silicone seals and seals really well. The tray is removable and you can purchase other trays for it (the Yumbox Panino and Yumbox Original are not however interchangeable due to the seals).
I wash mine in two pieces in the dishwasher- top shelf and haven’t had any problems. Many people swear by hand washing them, but to be honest, to be able review it properly it needs to have gone through the dishwasher! Plus I kind of don’t do handwashing.
There are heaps of colours to choose from and different designs for the internal tray. To be honest, the only times my son has completely finished his lunch it has been from the yumbox and the reason being: he wants to see the pictures. I can only imagine what excitement there would be if we had clear trays here and I could put images under it!
Cons: It doesn’t fit a full sandwich (but the Yumbox Panino does). You’ve got to make sure you don’t put food higher than the top of the plastic tray as it will get squashed. Price. At $40 you’ve got to be sure it comes home in the school bag!
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