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10 of the best school lunchboxes, lunch bags and bento boxes for kids

Top lunchbox options that are (hopefully) too cute for your child to leave behind...

lunchbox roundup

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If you’re looking for a lunchbox that’s practical, fun and a bit different, we’ve got some great options here. We’ve rounded up various different styles, from stainless steel bento boxes, to smaller one-sandwich/salad silicone boxes, to insulated lunch bags.

Think about what kind of lunchbox is right for your kids: maybe you’d prefer a slightly more flexible lunch bag, rather than a rigid box, or maybe you want one that’s good for holding a drink, with separate pots for salads and cut fruit.

All the lunchboxes we recommend below are easy to clean and easy to carry. And hould last your kids for years.

Here’s our pick of the best school lunchboxes…

1. Not On The High Street Personalised Lunchbox, £18.99

Why we love it: This rigid plastic box is a great size (18.2cm x 12.4cm x 5.8cm) and a practical shape. And, because you can get your child’s name printed on the lid, it won’t get mixed up with anyone else’s lunch box: bonus! Comes in pink or blue – and the text can be anything, in any colour you want (you get a PDF proof to check before the box is made).

Available from: Not On The High Street

2. We Might be Tiny Bear Snackie, £18

Why we love it:  This versatile 11.5cm x 18cm lunchbox, made of a flexible non-toxic food-grade silicone, can be used as a bowl and is hob and oven-proof, so you can heat things up in it or even make a bear-shaped cake in it! It’s dishwasher-proof, microwave and freezer safe. Comes in multiple colours and a bunny, bear or cat design.

Available from: Kidly

3. Lunchbots Bento Duo, £36

Why we love it: Made of the highest quality stainless steel, this eco-friendly, easy-to-clean bento box is virtually unbreakable. It has 2 compartments that are 10cm x 15cm each and the box itself is pretty large at at 15cm x 20cm. It’s best for dry foods (like sandwiches and fruit) because it’s not water-tight.

Available from: Little Acorns

4. Bobble Kids Large Lunchbox, £13.99

Why we love it: How cool is this bit of lunchbox kit?! As well as an ice pack in the lid to keep your lunch cool for approximately 2 hours, this plastic 20.2cm x 15.2cm x 8.4cm box has a removable divider shelf, so you can keep your sandwich, fruit and nuts separately. Microwave and dishwasher friendly.

Available from: Amazon

5. Babymel Zip and Zoe Zipped Lunchie, £14

Why we love it: If you prefer a bag to a box, this 19cm x 21.5cm x 12cm one from Babymel is a great option. It has an easy-open zip and comes with a freezer pack to keep contents cool. It has a bright and fun design, and the external, mesh side drink pocket is a great way to stop the bottle from squashing the sandwiches. It’s made of wipe-clean material, too.

Available from: Kidly

6. Blafre Tractor Lunchbox, £19

Why we love it: Well, what’s not to love about a tractor lunchbox? These smart and stylish 19 x 13cm lunchboxes come in grey, blue, red and green. They’re made of plastic, are designed to withstand huge variations in temperature and are dishwasher friendly.

Available from: Shak Shuka

7. Vaya Tyffyn Cats Insulated lunch box, £39

Why we love it: This eco-friendly, cat-themed stainless steel set of 22cm x 18cm x 13.5cm stacked lunchboxes keeps food warm for 4 to 5 hours. It’s leak-resistant and comes with 2 containers. Dishwasher-friendly and BPA-free.

Available from: Amazon

8. LEGO lunchbox, £10

Why we love it: Let’s be honest, this one’s more about the novelty than the lunchbox quality. But it’s roomy enough ( 7.5cm x 20cm x 10cm) and has a nice deep lid. Comes in 9 different colours – and there’s are mini (snack) versions you can buy, too, that will fit inside.

Available from: Royal Design

9. Skip Hop Zoo Lunchie Fox, £14

Why we love it: As well as being super-cute, this polyester bag (22cm x 8.2cm x 19cm) is insulated, has a wipe-clean interior and a mesh pocket for an ice pack to keep sandwiches cool and fresh. There are a number of animal designs to choose from, including a unicorn, an elephant and a zebra.

Available from: John Lewis

10. Fluf Zipper Lunch Bag, £25.96

Why we love it: You can’t mistake what this bag is for! This eco lunch bag has a cotton outer, and a food-safe polyester liner with a pouch inside for securing drinks. It is machine washable, too. There are other less minimal design options, too – from sharks to unicorns, lollies and rainbows.

Available from: Babipur

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