6 Great Lunch Boxes Recommended by Parents


June 5, 2020

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We asked Mykidstime parents to recommend their favourite lunch boxes to save you time and money. Don’t worry, these 6 great lunch boxes recommended by parents are also kid-approved!

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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 practical lunch box that will hold the essentials, and one that won’t take up all the space in a school bag.

The lunch boxes below were the top-rated from our parent audience. We have put links to where you can buy these, we get a small commission if you buy through our links.

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Parents Find These Lunch Boxes the Best

#1. Sistema Lunch Boxes

Sistema Lunch BoxesThese stylish, colourful lunch boxes come in a range of sizes with multi compartment options to keep food and snacks separated – something to suit everyone’s lunch needs and perfect if you would like to try these 13 Brilliant Bento Box ideas for Kids.

Key Features

  • BPA and phthalate free
  • Dishwasher, microwave, fridge and freezer safe
  • Separate compartments keep food fresh and protected

“I bought Sistema ones in Homestore 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.” – Lisa

Available from Amazon.co.uk & Amazon.com and from other retailers.

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#2. Smash Lunch Boxes

Smash Tiger Lunch Box and Bottle combo best lunchboxes recommended by parentsSmash lunch boxes and insulated bags and bottles come in a range of colours and designs, including this tiger lunch box/bag and bottle.

Key Features

  • PVC free with a PEVA food safe lining that can be wiped clean
  • Thermal insulation to keep food warm or cool
  • Padded carry handle
  • Panel on back to personalise

“We got a Smash one last year in Tesco and it lasted the whole year. Easy to clean as you can put it in the washing machine.” – Rachel

“Smash are great and BPA free” – Lynda

“Smash are amazing – we used them last year and have got new ones for this year. My sons have no problem opening them either.” – Samantha

“Our boy & girl both love Smash…funky and brilliant value” – Sandra

Smash lunch boxes are available from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com & other retailers.

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#3. Packit Freezable Lunch Boxes and Bags

Packit Lunch bagThe dilemma of keeping food cold through the day is solved with these lunch boxes and bags from Packit. Just fold it up and put it in the freezer, no ice packs are needed to keep food chilled.

Key Features

  • BPA free
  • Foldable and freezable to act like a fridge on the go
  • Keeps food and drink cold on the go
  • Available in different sizes and styles

Available from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and other retailers.

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#4. Polar Gear Lunch Bags

Polar Gear Lunch BoxesThe Polar Gear Dual Compartment Lunch Cooler is an ideal storage solution for both lunch and snacks, providing an insulated storage solution that is able to keep food and drinks cool.

Key Features

  • Dual compartment to keep foods separate
  • Durable easy clean fabric
  • Thick insulation for better cooling and protection
  • Easy cleaning reflective lining
  • Distinctive colour suitable for kids and adults
  • Cooling effect for up to 3 hours

“I have the Polar Gear Little Ones lunch bag for my son. I 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.” – Claire

“I like the Polar Gear cool bags as they have plenty of space. I bought the Sistema ones last year, but found the compartments very shallow so couldn’t fit the likes of an apple or yoghurt pot in them.” – Tara

Available in different colours from Amazon.co.uk and other retailers.

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#5. Black & Blum Lunch Pot

Lunch Boxes for KidsThe 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.

Key Features

  • 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

Available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com, as well as other retailers.

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#6. Takeaway Boxes!

One of our parents made a great suggestion of re-using their plastic takeaway boxes. We all have them lying around, but have you ever used them for lunches?

“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, dishwasher safe, and FREE!” – Lynda

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Do you or your child have favourite lunch boxes? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!

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Published On: June 5th, 2020 / Categories: School / Last Updated: April 13th, 2022 / Tags: , , /

About the Author: Michelle

Michelle is a Mum to 2 girls and co-founded Mykidstime.

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