One thing I loved about living in Monterey, CA was how close everything was. Before that, I was living in Tennessee and commuting 1 hour 35 minutes to work one-way– the life of a sign language interpreter in a rural area! In Monterey my daily commute was only 3 miles!!
So I started riding my bike.
I needed a lunch box that would keep my food cold and fit easily into my backpack, along with notebooks and stuff. I did some research and came up with the Laptop Lunches Bento Lunch Box.
I’ve been using it regularly for a year now, so I decided to give it a review!
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Who is this lunch box for?
It’s mainly marketed to moms and kids to be used for school lunches, not for bike commuters. But I think maybe they just haven’t thought about us yet… I found that it works really great for someone who commutes and wants a way to easily transport their lunch while keeping it cold. This lunch box would also be perfect for packing school lunches for kids!
Here are just a few of the combinations I’ve come up with…
As you can see it is pretty versatile. I often pack leftovers in one of the medium containers, then add several small sides. I normally only use the large container if I make a salad for the main dish. It would also be the perfect size for a sandwich though. If you can’t tell already, I love avocados. Out of 45 pictures above, 19 have avocado, haha! If that isn’t proof enough, go check out some of my avocado recipes.
Bento Box 2.0
- Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 2.25 inches (about the size of a book)
- Fits easily into a backpack or a pannier
- 4 inner containers (2 small and 2 medium), one of each has a leak-proof lid
- 1 small condiments container with leak-proof lid.
- Section on the side for silverware
- Microwave safe (except for the lids)
- Dishwasher safe
- Made with recycled materials in the USA
- Water resistant
- Slim design, but with enough room to fit an ice pack between the sleeve and the box
- Made in China
Portable, insulated lunch box that is sleek and helps with portion control.
Pros and Cons
- Fits easily in a backpack, along with other books and notebooks (this was key for me)
- Keeps lunches cold (also key for me)
- Easy to use and easy to clean
- Containers are microwave safe (not the lids!) and dishwasher safe
- Containers are moveable and the arrangement is customizable
- Containers stack together nicely for storage
- Food doesn’t get squashed
- Reduces waste and is eco-friendly
- Not long after I got it, the front latch stopped working. This hasn’t been a problem for me because I’ve always used the zippered sleeve that goes with it, which keeps it closed. If you don’t use the zippered sleeve though, that could be a problem. I hope it was just a defect in my box, but I can’t be sure it isn’t a common problem.
Update: Laptop Lunches advised me to soak the box in hot water, with the latch closed and leave it like this for a while. Then let it cool with the latch closed. Problem solved!!
- Some people say the containers can be hard for little kids to open, but I’m not a little kid…again-not a problem for me.
- Not all the containers come with lids. Two of them are “open” (one medium and one small), which works fine for non-liquid things, but I still prefer to have lids.
- The lids are not microwave safe.
I almost got the Zojirushi Mr. Bento Stainless Steel Lunch Jar instead, but I didn’t because I thought the Laptops Lunches one would fit better in a backpack. It looks awesome though, and can keep food hot or cool for hours. I still really want it actually, but can’t justify getting it since I already have a really good lunch box.
How to Buy
If you decide you want one, you can buy it off their website. Click on the link below and it will take you there. If you buy something through this link, I’ll get a small commission, but with no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support!
I love my Laptop Lunches Bento Box and would definitely buy one again. It is perfect for someone who commutes by bike or walks to work or school and needs something slim to fit into a backpack or briefcase.
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