Are you looking for the best lunchbox for your kids – a lunchbox 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 lunchbox that will hold the essentials, apple, yoghurt etc., and not take up all the space in a school bag. To help you find the best lunchbox solutions available, we asked Mykidstime parents to recommend which lunchbox their child uses and to tell us what was good about it. Here are 5 lunchboxes recommended by parents!
1. Polar Gear Lunch Bags
Description: Pink Polar Gear Dual Compartment Lunch Cooler, an ideal storage solution for your day’s lunch and snacks. It provides and insulated storage solution that is able to keep food and drinks cool.
Key Features: 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 eyc 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 Lunchboxes
Description: 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.
“I bought sistema ones in home store and more. They are easy to get into but the lid won’t come off on its 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
Available from www.hsw.ie, e.g. 2 Litre Split Sistema with Bottle €10.99
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3. I Have Allergies Lunch Bag
Description: 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 info can be placed on the back of the card.
- Zippered pocket and mesh pouch – perfect for storing utensils or napkins
- Insulated Lunch Bag helps keep food fresh
- BPA, lead and phthalates free
- PE inner liner is food safe and easy to clean
4. Smash Plastic Lunch Boxes
Description: Sandwiches and fruit can be packed nude with Smash Lunch Box 2. 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 holder.
“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 LunchBox 2 is available from O’Mahony’s €6.29
Amazon.co.uk:Paws The Panda Fantasy Feet Plastic Small Snack Container £4.49; Smash Chrysalis Lunch Bag and Bottle Set £14.75; Smash Chamber Blue Lunch Bag and Bottle Set £14.50
Amazon.com : Eco Vessel SmashBox Collapsible Leak-Proof Lunch Box with Reusable Spork $23.53; Smash 3d Shark Lunch bag – Shark €16.97
5. 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
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Do your or your child have a favourite lunchbox? Let us know in the comments below!