5 of the Best Lunchboxes Recommended by Parents

Jill Holtz

July 1, 2015

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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 lunch box that will hold the essentials, apple, yoghurt etc., and not take up all the space in a school bag. We asked Mykidstime parents to recommend their favourites, and why – here are 5 of the best lunch boxes recommended by parents!

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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

Available in Pink and Blue from easonschoolbooks.com

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2. Sistema Lunch Boxes

Sistema Lunch BoxesDescription: 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 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

Amazon.co.uk :  Sistema Purple Large Plastic Kids School Sandwich Lunch Box with Bottle £10.97; Sistema 2 Ltr Split Pack Lunchbox & Bottle – Lime Green £16.32

Amazon.com : Sistema Klip It 3 Piece Lunch Kit 60003 (Single – Blue, Green or Pink); $9.78; Sistema Quaddie Slimline Lunchbox with Bottle Assorted Colours $19.78

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3. I Have Allergies Lunch Bag

I have allergies lunchbagDescription: 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.

Key Features:

  • 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

Available in Purple, Green Wheat & Gluten Free, & Blue from Mykidstime Store. There are more school allergy products available including stickers, lunchboxes and lots more.

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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

Amazon.co.ukPaws The Panda Fantasy Feet Plastic Small Snack Container £3.99; Smash Chrysalis Lunch Bag and Bottle Set  £16.99; Smash Striker Lunch Bag £14.99.

Amazon.com : Eco Vessel SmashBox Collapsible Leak-Proof Lunch Box with Reusable Spork $23.54; Smash Food Movers Trash Free Lunch Pak Skin with mini lunch box and bottle $30.00.

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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 lunch box? Let us know in the comments below!

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Published On: July 1st, 2015 / Categories: School / Last Updated: April 5th, 2021 / Tags: , , , /

About the Author: Jill Holtz

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls

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