Up this week on Favorite Things is the #Yumbox!
I’ll start by saying this – I hunted for MONTHS before I found the Yumbox. Months. And I’ve bought other bento box products, which simply didn’t work for me. (Pottery Barn bento box, I’m looking at you.) For a long time I used little tiny tupperware containers, but they were a pain to store and hard to clean, as they’d flip all around in the dishwasher because they were so small. I’ve melted a few lids. Oops.
The reviews are pretty stellar, but they’re a little pricey, so I wasn’t entirely sold on them right away. I researched the crap out of every different bento box on the market before I decided to give them a shot. But then I had another decision to make – do I go with the three compartment (Panino) or the five (Original)??
My son is three and my daughter is four, so while they can eat quite a lot, their portions tend to be pretty small. They also tend to prefer to eat a little bit of a lot of different options, so this works great. I opted to go with the five compartment version, and I’m so glad I did!
First impressions: When I first got this box, I was concerned. The compartments are pretty small. I wasn’t sure if it would be large enough to fit enough food for my kids. After using this for several months, I’m happy to say that’s not the case. Each compartment is plenty big to fit a little bit of everything. And if you’re concerned about size, size up! They have a ‘Tapas’ version of the box which accommodates larger portions.
- The upper interior of the box is rubbery and seals to the bottom part, so you can put liquids in it. Caveat: No soup or watery foods, just thick fluids, like ketchup or ranch dressing. I’ve never had a leaking problem.
- Each compartment is plenty big to fit a little of everything. I can usually fit at least 8-10 grapes, 10 cherry tomatoes, 5-6 crackers, 3-4 pieces of salami, a cheese stick, etc. in the compartments. In the tiny center circle, I’ll usually put dip (hummus, ketchup, etc) for their food, or a treat like fruit snacks. More than my kids can probably actually eat.
- Dishwashers safe, BPA Free. The clear plastic tray pulls out of the colored box. I usually put the colored plastic part on my third rack of my dishwasher, and put the clear plastic part on my upper rack. They recommend you hand wash the exterior, but I’ve always put it in my dishwasher on the 3rd rack and never had a problem.
- The kid’s teachers say I make the best lunches. 🙂 #proudmommoment. First of all, the teacher just flips the lid open and the food is ready to go. Easy for them. They’ve also commented that my kids have very well-rounded healthy lunches, which they appreciate. #yumboxforthewin
- This fits my kid’s Pottery Barn lunch boxes! Both of my kids have the small square Fairfax insulated lunch boxes from Pottery Barn, and these Yumbox Original boxes fit perfectly.
- I’ve read in reviews that people have had issues with applesauce leaking. I’ve also heard people complain about the lunch boxes getting moldy if they’re left in a car or sit around to long. I’ve never experienced either of these issues, but it’s something to be aware of.
- As far as I can tell, there is no replacement available for the insert only (clear plastic part) of the Yumbox. So if you need a new clear plastic part for some reason, you’ll have to buy a new box.
Conclusions: This is the best box that I’ve found for my kid’s lunches so far, and I’ve hunted for a while. It’s a bit pricey at $29.99 per box, but I’ve had zero issues and I use the boxes every single day. In fact, I bought another set so I can wash one set and pack the other, since I pack their lunches at night for school the next day. I think it’s safe to say that I’m a fan!
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