The Top 5 Bento Lunch Boxes Reviewed
It’s amazing that the little compartmentalized lunch box used in Japan for centuries took so long to catch on in the U.S. Actually, that is a little misleading since restaurants have been using compartment to-go boxes made of Styrofoam for decades.
Many of the Bento lunch boxes available for the Western market are made of BPA-free plastic with a few in stainless steel.
The difference is that we called them “to-go” or “take-away” boxes while the Japanese had a much better sounding name for them: Bento Boxes. In reality, bento just means “lunch”.
One of the reasons that these boxes are so popular is that sandwiches can be assembled when the diner is ready to eat instead getting soggy or squished in a traditional lunch box.
Thus, food is more appetizing and more likely to be eaten instead of tossed. Another advantage that many cooks find is that by owning several Bento boxes, meals can be prepared ahead of time.
Best Bento Lunch Boxes
Black + Blum, maker of Box Appetit presents a Bento box that is similar in function to the traditional Japanese style lunch box. he lid has a rubber seal to inhibit leaking and the sauce pot which is normally purchased separately for other brands is part of the design.
Additionally, Box Appetit has a section called a separator that allows hot foods to be heated in a microwave on their own. They also offer a Bento Box which is half the size of Box Appetit for smaller appetites or as a snack box and a Lunch Pot which is 2 containers for soups or soup and salad. Dishwasher safe.
- Secure lock down clips, sauce dipping area on lid, & steam release valve.
- Includes sauce pot, inner dish and 'fife' (fork + knife combination).
- 880 ml / 30 fl oz.
- Pthalate + BPA-free polypropylene, tritan and silicone.
- Microwave and dishwasher safe.
This Bento Box is made in Japan in the traditional style as that used by most Japanese. The design on top is more suitable in Western countries for females of any age. Although this is an adult box, girls would love it just as much.
Included is one two part compartment that is deeper than those made in America and China, a flat compartment with a lid used as a plate for the meal, chop sticks and a Rabbit Moon designed carried bag. None of the parts of this box are for use in a microwave or dishwasher.
- No microwave, no dishwasher use. Hand wash only recommended
- Made with food safe plastic
- Bento box and chopsticks made in japan; Japan import
- Inner lids - no microwave / no dishwasher use
- Top=345Ml and bottom=275ml; Total 620ml bento box; Packaging and description is Japanese
A very popular Bento box among Westerners because of its sleek, business like design, the number of compartments and the elastic banding that keeps the box together, Monbento has the highest number of sales.
It comes only in black with 2 interior sauce cups in black and white. This box is designed to hold enough food for an American sized appetite. This box is microwave and Dishwasher safe.
- BPA free and food safe black box with black strap
- Airtight hermetic containers with adjustable internal food cup
- Includes two containers, one lid, two intermediary lids, one food cup, two caps, and one elastic band
- Microwave safe
- Dishwasher safe
Choose from either green or pink when you pick this snappy box. With 3 removable compartments, a clear snap on lid to keep the food inside and a handy drawstring bag, the Takeya box makes popping items for reheating into a microwave and keeping cold foods cold while you wait quick and easy.
The single container that holds each compartment becomes your plate so you don’t feel as if you are eating TV dinner. It’s also microwave and Dishwasher Safe.
- Snap on lid keeps your lunch securely in the box!
- Three removable sections inside
- Freezer safe, remove lid and it is microwave safe
- Hold 2.74 cups or 650 ml; Made in Japan
- Great as bento lunch box
Bentgo has created a lunch box for children under 8 and boys who love to toss their lunchbox in the air for no reason. You can choose from one of the three popular colors – green, blue and purple.
The divisions are each individually sealed with compartment matching leakproof gaskets and the two-latch open and close system is familiar to the smallest hands.
Inner compartment is Dishwasher and Microwave safe but Bentgo recommends hand-washing the outer shell to preserve the rubber seals.
- PORTIONED FOR KIDS: 5 practical compartments portioned perfectly for a child's appetite (recommended for ages 3-7). Plus, drop-proof, rubber-coated edges and a sturdy design for active kids.
- LEAK-PROOF TECHNOLOGY: Keeps meals and snacks fresh and mess-free during transport- Includes two kid-friendly latches that are easy for small hands to open and close.
- MICROWAVE AND DISHWASHER-SAFE: Removable compartment tray reheats food safely in the microwave and cleans up easily in the dishwasher (hand washing is recommended for the outer shell to preserve the leak-proof seal and extend the longevity of your product).
- PURCHASE WITH A PURPOSE: Bentgo continues to be a proud supporter of Feed the Children, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that gives hope and resources for hungry children and families. Since 2017, Bentgo has donated more than $150,000 to help put an end to hunger.
- WHAT YOU GET: Bentgo Kids compartment lunch box, user manual, industry-leading 2 Year Warranty, and caring customer support.
Your Choice – Your Eating Habits
As you can see, Bento boxes come in a variety of styles with any number of compartments and accessories.
Typically, a bento box is an all-in-one food container, plate and carrier rather than compartmentalized plastic boxes that would be typical for storing items. Smaller appetites need less space while kids need securely sealed boxes. Go about choosing your box keeping your need in mind.
How To Make A Bento Lunch Box
After you purchase a lunch box you will need to know how to prepare one. The following video does a good job of demonstrating how to create a traditional Japanese bento lunch box: