Bento Bloggers Dish About EasyLunchboxes

by on October 26, 2011 · 23 comments                       

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Why choose EasyLunchboxes? Mom bloggers weigh in photo: What’s For Lunch at Our House

I was recently invited to join a Facebook group of Bento Bloggers. The group’s description is “Do you make bento meals and blog about it? Or make bento meals and not blog about it? Join your fellow bento makers to share tips, pics, links, and chat!”

Obviously, there’s a lot of lunch packing going on between all these gals! :) Many of the members use my EasyLunchbox containers and coolers for packing lunches for their family.

One of the gals posted this question last week:

“I have a question for the ELB’ers, and I’m being completely serious – what is the difference/ benefits to an ELB as opposed to a ziploc divided container? Educate me! :)”

Bento On Better Lunches photo: Bento On Better Lunches

Now, I’ve written a whole post that addresses just that question, and you’ll find even more on my testimonials and reviews pages. But, at the risk of self-serving overkill, I thought you’d enjoy reading some of the lively conversation that ensued:

(WARNING – this is long. Pour yourself another cup of coffee.)

Astrid of Lunches Fit for a Kid: “The ELBs are ridiculously sturdy… I’ve had mine (3 sets) for almost two years I think, and they go through the dishwasher daily. They have never warped or cracked or broken. They have never discolored and the customer service can’t be beat (Hi, Kelly!)”

Cristi of Bent on Better Lunches: “I agree. I haven’t owned the ziploc one, but just before I bought my ELB’s, I took care of a friend’s boys while she was out of town for 3 days. This is my friend who is a dietitian…she packed all their lunches before she left. She used the ziploc containers – purchased them new. 2 cracked just from the boys taking the lids off by themselves, and they warped in the dishwasher. Sucks for her, but bonus for me, made my choice to go with ELB’s very easy! I probably would have chosen them even if the ziploc performed just as well though, to be honest – I like the coloured lids :)”

Lunch on the run packed in EasyLunchboxes photo: Biting the Hand That Feeds You

Kendra of Biting the Hand That Feeds You: “…my personal comparison, the lids on the Glad/Ziploc are SO TIGHT (before they warp, anyway) I was practically in TEARS trying to get the lid off. My cute bento lunch inside was all shooken up by them too. No WAY could kids open it. I have dropped ELBs, sat on ELBs and the only thing is that the little tabs to help get the lids off have broken off two of my lids (from being dropped directly onto the tab.) The down-side to ELBs is the same as a plus for someone else – the lids aren’t water-tight, making them easy for kids to open and close on their own (unlike Ziploc, Glad, Laptop Lunches, Goodbyn, Tupperware, ECOLunchbox, or anything with those tension snaps on the sides.) Older preschoolers might be able to open the Lunchbots fairly well, but my toddler couldn’t at 2, and still can’t at 3. 

Oh, and the Ziploc ones anyway, you get 2 for around $3-$4. And they will maybe last 6 months, tops. ELBs are 4/$14, or $3.50 each. I bought mine Summer 2010, and they’re still good. I got some Goodbyns when they were an awesome price through a deal site, but never use them. Maybe when my daughter’s bigger, she’ll be able to eat THAT MUCH food. But for the same ‘awesome price’ I can get FOUR ELBs. 

I got a Laptop Lunches with some piddly discount code (10% maybe?) and splurged for a spare set of inner containers, but it took A WEEK to get all the little parts back once I’d tossed them into the sink to be washed since I don’t do dishes every minute. And I could get almost EIGHT ELBs for the same price! 

I got a Groupon-type deal for KidsKonserve, and was super disappointed. They were SO overpriced compared to Snapware and Lock-N-Lock. And you can’t microwave the metal containers. And the lids? Don’t even get me started on how hard they are! The smallest one fits in an ELB, so I’ll use it on occasion.

Biting the Hand That Feeds You photo: Biting the Hand That Feeds You

I really dislike those fabric wraps/baggies just on principle. I’ve never been suckered into buying any. They’re ONLY useful in a hard-shell lunch container, since if you toss one filled with crackers into a diaper bag, you’re only getting crumbs back. Or a smooshed sammie. And if you’re going for a hard outer container ANYWAY, you may as well go bento-style. And I cannot be convinced that they can get truly clean. Ever. Would you eat a sandwich off your child’s (or husband’s) freshly washed underwear? Case closed.”

Shannon of What’s for Lunch at our House: (Shannon and her family just relocated to an army base in CO) “I’m just thrilled I finally found ours! Unpacked a box and there were all 4 of them – the lids, and the bags! (Of course, we still have no silverware, but I have fun bento items again.) Kelly, I promise lots of good usage now that I know where they are! We’ve got a whole new base of people to convert and my husband goes back to work on Monday, so he’ll be taking one too.”

A Pocket Full of Buttons photo: A Pocket Full of Buttons

Stephanie of A Pocket Full of Buttons: “My fav part of ELB is the lids. They fit so perfectly and securely I never worry about it opening up as my daughter slings around her lunch bag. And because of that I know when she opens her lunch, all the food will be where I put it and not mixed together (which she does not like). ELB and Kelly rock!”

Astrid of Lunches Fit for a Kid: …the only downside is that they’re not leak proof… we’ve had applesauce explode onto other compartments, and dumpling sauce leak (out of a secondary container) all over the lunch box and back pack… but you don’t claim that they are leak proof, so that’s no fault of the ELB… it’s user error. ;)”

Lunches Fit For a Kid photo: Lunches Fit For a Kid

Becka of Just a Bunch of Momsense: “Just adding my 2 cents here…. I absolutely prefer ELBs over Ziploc divided containers. About a month before I discovered EasyLunchBoxes, I purchased a set of Ziploc 3-compartment containers on a whim, thinking they would be great for freezable/reheatable TV dinners/lunches. Boy was I ever wrong. After ONE use, the bowl AND lid were completely warped, and the lid no longer fit properly. I have used my ELB’s almost every day since March and they go through the dishwasher after EVERY SINGLE USE. I’ve used them in the freezer and microwave MANY TIMES OVER. They have not warped or cracked at all, nor have they gotten that nasty plastic residue build-up that you get with Rubbermaid/Ziploc containers. Yuck! My kids use the coolers and we’ve never had a problem with spillage or leakage. I would NOT recommend using a sideways lunchbox for ELBs if you’re packing any moist/liquid-y foods. We use ours for lunch as well as frozen meals. I highly recommend these for durability and price. They WILL last. We love them. :)

from Becka of Just a Bunch of Momsense photo: Just a Bunch of Momsense

P.S. If your kids are in sports and you find yourself constantly using the concession stand for dinner, pack yourself (and your kids) a healthy meal in your ELB’s to take along! I’ve been doing this for my daughter’s volleyball games and A LOT of people comment saying things like “Now, YOU’VE got the right idea!” or “Oooh, that looks good.” (Yep.)”

Shannon of What’s for Lunch at our House: We took ours with us when visiting DH in Missouri. They are perfect for the car since they are bigger/flatter to fit on the kids’ laps and they can open them without any help. My oldest was in charge of the cooler since I was driving and it worked out perfectly! As much as I like some of the cute little bentos, I cannot imagine the mess in my car it I tried to use them on the road.”

Kendra of Biting the Hand That Feeds You: “We tried a 2-tier bento in the car once. I had to give her just one tier at a time, and she was VERY angry about that. And kept wanting just one bite of whatever was in the one I had, and making me trade her back and forth the whole drive. It was horrible. When I finally gave up and gave her both halves, it all got on the floor. ELBs have been our best bet for eating in the car – so much so that I keep some clean ones in my car just for fast food on the road!”

Cristi of Bent on Better Lunches“That IS a good idea Kendra! Kelly Lester, you could make a commercial for ELB’s out of our little chat here :)”

Kelly of EasyLunchboxes: (yea, that would be ME!)

@Cristi – This blog post might even be better than a commercial, since everyone fast forwards through those, lol. WOW!…I promise, none of these enthusiastic gals are on my payroll. Uh, I don’t actually have a payroll. (You guys are the BEST!)

Here’s the thing – My containers and coolers are NOT for everyone. If you must have leakproof or you want a super secure container to throw in a backpack on it’s own, EasyLunchbox containers are probably not a good choice. However, if used as I designed them – to be carried upright in my cooler bag – then you’ll probably love them. Everyone has different requirements when it comes to packing meals. My system may be just what your family needs. They’re easy to open, durable and affordable…”

So there you have it :):

Just a few observations about my EasyLunchboxes from these expert lunch packers. What? You haven’t read enough? OK then – here’s a post all about the cooler bags! So what’s your experience been with all the different lunch packing products you’ve tried? I want to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

What's For Lunch at Our House photo: What’s For Lunch at Our House

 

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1 Laura @ MOMables @SuperGlueMom October 26, 2011 at 7:27 am

These reasons are GREAT!! The above reasons are exactly why we use ELB in our school lunch menu items (at http://www.MOMables.com) about 75% of the time. I personally use them 4 out of 5 days for my kid’s school lunches!! They are durable, affordable, separate the food well… and I am willing to find something else for ‘leak proof’. I have young children who couldn’t open the zip lock kind and husband broke both of the ones in the pack I bought to test out the first or second time he used them. Off to recycling they went!
The final bonus is that with ELB I am able to pre-make a few days worth of lunches and the containers stack nicely in my refrigerator. I am not ocd but the color options help me get the right lunch in the right backpack every morning! :) Thanks for making such a great product!
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2 Kelly Lester October 26, 2011 at 8:18 am

LOL Laura. It’s a good thing you only have 2 1/2 kids (so far!)… I had one mom tell me that she couldn’t buy my containers because she has 5 kids and that each of them HAS to have their own color and ELB’s only have 4 color lids. I did enjoy the rest of her email where she went on to tell me about each kid/color-coordinated item in her home including towels, dishes, socks, and toothbrushes… ;)

3 Ludicrous Mama October 30, 2011 at 9:58 pm

HAHA! My niece (who had the Ziploc ones I got to test out to determine I hated them on sight) loves the colors red, orange and yellow, so when I brought over the ELBs my sister finally agreed to order with me, she was SO stoked! And her little sister prefers green and blue! Could not have planned it better. My daughter currently prefers the blue and green lids, so I use the orange and red for myself.
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4 Dana Krall October 26, 2011 at 7:30 am

I LOVE my EasyLunchBoxes! I’ve only had them for 2 weeks, so it’s great to see all of the bloggers talk about how long they last! About a year ago I bought a set of Laptop Lunches and aside from being preposterously pricey, they are just not practical. My son can’t open them and they just don’t work for eating in the car. Your product is AWESOME!! Congrats on being #1 on Amazon!

5 Kelly Lester October 26, 2011 at 8:08 am

Thanks Dana! So glad to hear they’re working for you :) Really appreciate your business and your thumbs up comment.

6 Katie October 26, 2011 at 7:31 am

Love my ELB’s! For things like applesauce or yogurt or anything I think might be “runny”, I use Press-n-Seal over that compartment and its worked BEAUTIFULLY! I also keep several ponytail holders in my lunch packing accessories to use to hold the lids on tighter if I NEED TO and that works great, too. I’ve had ZERO problems with them and wash the bases in the dishwasher 4-5 times a week, but wash the lids by hand.

7 Kelly Lester October 26, 2011 at 8:12 am

Hi Katie. Thanks so much for your super feedback and also for pointing out the Press-n-Seal idea :) Here’s the full post for anyone who wants to read more: http://www.easylunchboxes.com/blog/easylunchbox-containers-can-be-leak-free/

8 Ludicrous Mama October 30, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Wow… Apparently I talk… a LOT! The only thing I’m more passionate/defensive about (versus ELBs) lately, though, is my parenting decisions. And when people make common grammar mistakes. Grrr! :)
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9 Kelly Lester October 30, 2011 at 10:22 pm

I don’t think you talk a lot! Especially when it’s all about my stuff, lol!! And you KNOW I’m proofreading this reply not once, but twice. I HATE typos and grammar mistakes too.
But ha! It’s my blog so I can EDIT if I mess up!!! ;)

10 Bobbi February 14, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I LOVE Easy Lunchboxes. They are just that…EASY! They are the perfect size. They are easy for kids to use. They go through the dishwasher over and over. The price is right! I can’t say enough good things about them. Thanks for the product Kelly!
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11 Kelly Lester February 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Thank YOU Bobbi!! :)

12 karen April 4, 2012 at 4:44 am

so many great ideas for lunches. I love my easylunchbox, but limited as to what I can do for my son’s lunch as he has a dairy allergy. I love all the cute cut up cheese cubes and cheese designs, but can’t do that for him. Need ideas and can’t find any

13 Kelly Lester April 4, 2012 at 7:01 am

Hi Karen – thank you for your comment. I know it must be so difficult for you to plan meals for your son… Maybe some of the resources on this post can help you: http://www.easylunchboxes.com/blog/nut-free-and-other-food-allergy-resources-for-parents/ One of them is specifically for dairy-free lunches.

14 Ludicrous Mama June 14, 2012 at 1:12 am

I’ve seen bloggers use almond cheese and soy cheese too. Search for vegan cheese substitutes and you’ll find loads of great dairy-free options! I know Bentoriffic http://bentoriffic.wordpress.com/ packs all vegan bentos for some fun lunch ideas!
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