Best Bento Lunch Boxes for Kids and Adults

by on June 20, 2010 · 20 comments                       

how the boxes stack up!

Seven different manufacturers' Bento Boxes and how they stack up. Our EasyLunchbox container is third from the bottom.

Melissa writes a very popular blog dedicated to making food fun with bento lunch box packing. Her cabinets are stocked with bento making supplies and bento boxes. She delights her four children (who actually get to eat her creations) and her many readers with appealing meals that she chronicles on an almost daily basis. She generously shares gorgeous pics, descriptions, hints, and tips on how we can all make our packed lunches as nice as hers. I just started purchasing a few supplies to try out some of her ideas, although I’m hoping my kids (who have infinitely more patience than me) will be the ones to jump into this culinary art form. (With lots of free time this summer, maybe I’ll make them earn TV privileges with it… Wanna watch Zack and Cody? Make tomorrow’s bento lunch for camp first!)

Melissa is writing an informative series about bento supplies called “Tools of The Trade”. Part 1 was dedicated to the cute bento picks used to hold food together and now Part 2 is all about her most used bento lunch boxes.

I’m delighted that EasyLunchboxes are one of her top pics!

EasyLuncbox Fiesta

Melissa's Fiesta Bento is fresh and appealing

In her post, Melissa compares the size, functionality, ease of use, and a host of other details, noting both pros and cons of 7 of her bento boxes including EasyLunchboxes, Goodbyn, Laptop Lunches, “4 square” Lock & Lock box, Sassy Box, a medium “generic” bento box, and a small “generic” bento box.

If you’ve been wondering how EasyLunchboxes stack up against the others for your lunchbox, Melissa’s post will answer all your questions.

Warning: spending time on her blog may inspire you to turn lunch into art (or at least pack something yummy for tomorrow).

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1 CNA Practice Test June 21, 2010 at 2:09 am

It’s posts like this that keep me coming back and checking this site regularly, thanks for the info!

2 valerie SALOMON July 11, 2010 at 1:46 pm


I have been using EasyLunchBoxes since June as my daughters wanted to have packed lunches in order to eat outside with their friends as with nice weather it is allowed in their schools.
I have found that it is easier to pack a healthier lunch with the main compartment for the main starchy dish and the 2 other for the fruits and veg and found that a 3 compartments lunch box is really the best particlularly for small childrens

3 Cherilyn July 13, 2010 at 6:02 pm

I found out about easylunchboxes through Melissa’s blog. Now I have a set of my own and I am so excited to use them. I take my lunch to work everyday and these blogs will help me have some variety in my food choices! Thanks!

4 Kelly Lester July 13, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Thanks Cherilyn! Melissa’s blog has been an inspiration in our house as well. My kids check it all the time for new ideas and I’m proud of the lunches they’re making on their own now. So glad to have you as a fan and hope you enjoy using my containers for your creations.

5 Laura August 12, 2010 at 9:09 am

I really like the idea of the seperated containers with one lid over it all. Much easier than multiple containers! I really like the purple bag, too!

6 Alison @ Femita September 14, 2010 at 1:45 am

Wow, I can’t believe how creative Melissa gets with shapes and colors. I can totally see how this really raises chances the lunch will actually get eaten!
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7 Kate October 4, 2010 at 7:25 pm

I just ordered a set and am using the Ziploc ones until they arrive. I have a laptop lunchbox already but I got very tired of washing out all those little containers, and they leaked too! And then I was using lock and lock containers which have boxes AND lids to wash! I felt like I was spending too much time every evening washing out those bits and pieces. So far I am enjoying having only two things to wash.

Also, I work in a school with a healthy lunch program and teachers get it very heavily subsidized. Your system will be so much more practical for me because the bag seems to keep the containers flat to prevent spills and also holds two in one bag. So I can take a full one for lunch and an empty one to take home the dinner and not have to deal with a shopping tote plus my work bag, as I am doing now.

8 Kelly Lester October 4, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Hi Kate. Thanks so much for your purchase and enthusiasm for my products :) I love that you totally ‘get’ all the time saving qualities my EasyLunchbox System offers. Enjoy!

9 Sandra February 23, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Hi! Love this! Just wondering where I can purchase those plastic fruit sticks/spears that you’ve used for the grapes.


10 Kelly Lester February 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Hi Sandra – Those are bento accessories. I have a link on my blog (look over on the right sidebar) above, and you can click through to “All things for Sale”. They sell all kinds of cute accessories to put in the lunch containers. I know lots of the other bento gals find them at Michaels and even in Target or dollar stores.

11 Kimberly July 20, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Hi. Do you know if your boxes fit inside the Pottery Barn Kids Classic Mackenzie Lunchbags?

12 Kelly Lester July 23, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Hi Kimberly,

I can’t guarantee that the containers will fit well into the coolers you’re talking about, as I am not familiar with the size. Just be sure that the inside measures a bit larger than our container 9.38″ x 6.1″ x 2″ . But they really do function best when carried upright in ours or similar. More info on our FAQ’s page here:

13 Ludicrous Mama January 15, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I discovered ELBs through Melissa’s blog as well, and no regrets! Love them! I was just looking over my old posts, and out of 88 bento posts, 64 of them have ELBs! (Although to be fair, MY lunches are almost always in ELBs, regardless of what kind of box I used for my daughter’s lunch!)
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14 Kelly Lester January 15, 2012 at 1:51 pm

THANK YOU!!! That’s why your fabulous blog, Biting the Hand That Feeds You, featuring all your fab lunches is featured on my fan page: You know how much I love to post other peoples’ lunches. Less time in the kitchen for me when everyone else packs. Score!

15 private April 4, 2012 at 9:50 am

These were terrific! Thank you for sharing!

16 djsully January 18, 2013 at 4:56 pm

My son picked out those sassy boxes by himself at target for on the go snacking about 4 years ago? Little did I know I was making bento lunches! We now have 2 for each kid because someday we have to pack a snack for activities after school too. He has used it for 2 years of school already. I love them. Sometimes I have to use a piece of glad press and seal, but otherwise great! Our daughter has been using her at preschool this year. I recently got a couple lock & lock boxes, but mine have 2 trays not 4. Have not had them long. Thanks so much for your information!

17 Kelly Lester January 18, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Whatever works for your family is the best lunch packing system around! Most lunch packers use a variety of containers and tools as different occasions call for different items :)

18 Dagny October 7, 2013 at 5:16 am

Great summary and comments! Thanks. Though I’m still a bit confused. I need leakproof (soups mainly) adult lookalike box. Choice between Aladdin Bento Box 0,95l. and Monbento 1l. Will be grateful for any tips! Best :)

19 Kelly Lester October 7, 2013 at 1:18 pm

The only thing I recommend for soup would be a thermos type of container, either made by the Thermos brand, or other similar. A typical bento box is not for soups, nor will it keep the soup hot.

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