Are you looking for the best lunch box for your kids – a lunch box that little fingers can open, yet doesn’t burst in a schoolbag by mid-morning? It’s not easy to find a balance between a lunch box that will hold the essentials, and not take up all the space in a school bag. We asked Mykidstime parents to recommend their favourites, and why – here are 6 Great Lunch Boxes Recommended by Parents!
#1. Polar Gear Lunch Bags
The Polar Gear Dual Compartment Lunch Cooler is an ideal storage solution for your day’s lunch and snacks, providing an insulated storage solution that is able to keep food and drinks cool.
- Dual Compartment, for keeping drinks and food separate
- Durable easy clean fabric ensures that your lunch bag will remain looking like new
- Thick squashy insulation for better cooling and better protection
- Easy Cleaning reflective lining
- Distinctive colour suitable for kids and adults
- Cooling effect for up to 3 hours
- Soft comfortable handle
“I have the polar gear little ones lunch bag for my son. Got it when I went back to work – it took all his food abc bottles for the day back then and we still use it now for his snacks and nappies etc when we are heading out for the day” – Claire
“I like the polar gear cool bags as they’ve plenty of space. Bought the sistema ones last year but found compartments very shallow so couldn’t fit the likes of an apple or yoghurt pot in them. Very annoying!” – Tara
#2. Sistema Lunch Boxes
These stylish colourful, lunchboxes come in a range of sizes with multi compartment options to keep food and snacks seperated – something to suit everyone’s lunch needs.
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“I bought sistema ones in home store and more. They are easy to get into but the lid won’t come off on it’s own. The water bottles are great as they don’t leak. The cost for box and bottle was approx €10 for 6 year old and €6 for a 3 year old” – Lisa
“I had 3 x sistema ones last yr type with compartments but all 3 broke! So have gone for plain box type sistema this year, as they are BPA free.”- Lynzie
#3. I Have Allergies Lunch Bag
The ‘I have Allergies Lunch bag’ by Allergy Lifestyle is perfect for kids with allergies. Kids love the cool characters & parents love the peace of mind this lunch bag affords.
Comes with a colourful allergy info card featuring the AllerMates characters which slides into a clear side pocket and helps identify your child’s allergy in a fun and straightforward way. Important emergency information can be placed on the back of the card.
- Zippered pocket and mesh pouch are perfect for storing utensils or napkins
- Insulated Lunch Bag helps keep food fresh
- BPA, lead and phthalates free
- Handle allows for easy carrying
- Heat treated 420D outer shell provides durability and water resistance
- PE inner liner is food safe and easy to clean
Available in Purple, Green Wheat & Gluten Free, & Blue from Allergy Lifestyle.
#4. Black & Blum Lunch Pot
The Black & Blum Lunch Pot is perfect for salads, noodles, pasta or even cereal as it has 2 leak proof pots that sit on top of each other and comes with a handy spork. Food does not stay warm in it for very long but both containers can be microwaved so it is just as handy for adults as it is for kids.
- Watertight locking seal
- Includes a spork and has a carry strap
- Once lunch is over the smaller pot fits into the larger one
- BPA Free
“These pots work well as a school lunch box as I can add pasta to the larger pot and fruit to the smaller one. Once my daughter finishes her lunch she pops the smaller pot into the larger one”. – Adrienne
#5. Smash Rubbish Free Lunch Box
Sandwiches and fruit can be packed nude into the Smash rubbish free Lunch Box. Compartments make it easy to transport a variety of food.
- The lunch box is PVC free and does not use BPA during manufacture
- The coloured rubber looks great and prevents slipping
- Hinged lids eliminate the hassle of lost container lids
- The lunch box is absolutely dishwasher safe and can be conveniently used in the freezer
They also have a great range of insulated lunchbags with bottle holders.
“We got a smash one last year in Tesco. I think it was about €15 but it lasted the whole year. Easy to clean as you can put in washing machine.” – Rachel
“Smash are great and bpa free” – Lynda
“Smash are amazing, used them last year & have got new ones for this year & like others have said they are BPA free. My sons have no problem opening them either and they only cost €4. Bargain!” – Samantha
“Our boy & girl both love SMASH…funky & brilliant value” – Sandra
SMASH LunchBoxes are available from O’Mahony’s
#6. Takeaway boxes!
One of our parents made a great suggestion of re-using their takeaway boxes.
“My kids have cute lunch bags, hello kitty, angry birds etc but the actual lunch boxes are the boxes our chinese takeaways come in! They are the perfect size, easy to open, dish washer safe, and FREE! ” – Lynda
Do your or your child have a favourite lunch box? Let us know in the comments below!