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#1 Mooples

Posted 20 November 2019 - 07:01 PM

I’m going to get my kids bento style lunch boxes for Christmas but I’m just not sure which ones to get.
I’m looking at either yum boxes or the stuck on you personalised bento boxes.
Any pros or cons with both of these?

#2 Mrs_greyhound

Posted 20 November 2019 - 07:05 PM

I love my stuck on you ones

#3 joeyinthesky

Posted 20 November 2019 - 07:16 PM

DS1 has had a yumbox for 1.5yrs of kinder and it will just survive(I hope) to the end of this year of prep. The hinge is broken and it’s getting pretty battered.
It was perfect for kinder because he preferred to eat a variety of bits-y types of food. Hasn’t been so good for prep as he needs a larger quantity of food. And a sandwich has to be made with Small square bread to fit - or have crusts off. A filled roll gets thoroughly squashed flat as it’s not very deep either.
I intend to get him something different for next year - possibly a seed+sprout but haven’t compared the measurements yet.

#4 Rummonkey

Posted 20 November 2019 - 07:30 PM

Have the planet box ones. The aren’t cheap by any means however, up to 4th year of use (suitable from 3 YO kindy through prep and year 1, and they look brand new (seriously brand new). Dishwasher proof, fits a lot of food in (enough for growing always starving boys), never smell. Ice packs keep the food nice and fresh. Expensive but so far worth the outlay.

#5 José

Posted 20 November 2019 - 07:39 PM

I have little lunch box co.

Love them!

#6 gracie1978

Posted 20 November 2019 - 07:44 PM

We have a standard yumbox and snack yumbox that go in an insulated bag, I throw a pouch yoghurt in there as well.

We have been using the yumbox for a year and it's still in good condition.  However I usually handwash it.  DS isn't particularly rough on it and it's not used everyday yet.

#7 aluminium

Posted 20 November 2019 - 07:45 PM

My daughters used their first yum boxes for three-years before the latches broke.

They are 9, and 11 now and have the larger yum box.

#8 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 20 November 2019 - 07:45 PM

DD’s yumbox is almost 2 years old and looks like new. It fits her needs perfectly, but I do pack morning tea separately.

#9 Didi T

Posted 20 November 2019 - 07:53 PM

PlanetBox. We have had it for 5 years and still looks brand new. I have to cut the crusts off for a sandwich, but other than that it is fantastic. Isn't leak proof, but they have little stainless steel containers with silicone lids for things like dips, sauces and yogurts. If I pack a yogurt, I just use a pouch.

DSs crunch and sip goes in the big dipper and into the front pouch of the bag.

DS is in year 2 and I am sure this bloody lunch box will last until the end of high school the way it's going. I just update the magnets every year so it looks different and exciting.

#10 Christmas tree

Posted 20 November 2019 - 07:54 PM

I bought ours from little nations mid last year. Still in almost perfect condition. Never had a leak. I would totally recommend  (the only issue is some of the picture on the top has come off, but I have broken the rules and put the outside frame in the dishwasher, the instructions say just to put the plastic insert).

#11 kimasa

Posted 21 November 2019 - 05:26 AM

We have two yumboxes, the original and panino.

She's had them for a year, they're in as good condition as the day we got them. Never had a leak, and she loves taking watermelon and her lunchbox only fits in her bag sideways so there has been ample opportunity for leaks.

I pack it inside a Smiggle insulated lunchbox with a flat ice brick underneath, then her recess and crunch and sip in the top.

Matchbox do a sale on them in January, which was when I got them.

Edited by kimasa, 21 November 2019 - 05:27 AM.


#12 lulu85

Posted 21 November 2019 - 12:02 PM

We have 2 yum boxes and have had them for 4 years. On one the latch broke this year but is still usable and the other is fine. We do pretty much the same as Kimasa, yumbox for lunch and separate containers for recess and crunch and sip.

#13 Kaz83

Posted 21 November 2019 - 12:09 PM

I got the Smash brand ones for $20 from Woolies. Still in perfect condition a year later after being used by my kindy and Year 2 kids.

#14 ECsMum

Posted 21 November 2019 - 12:22 PM

Yumbox mum here too - DDs latest from Prep to Year 2 - the insert is still fine but the seals in the case started peeling away.  Well worth the money for 3 years of full time use - It was mostly washed in the dishwasher.

#15 StoneFoxArrow

Posted 21 November 2019 - 01:04 PM

View PostRummonkey, on 20 November 2019 - 07:30 PM, said:

Have the planet box ones. The aren’t cheap by any means however, up to 4th year of use (suitable from 3 YO kindy through prep and year 1, and they look brand new (seriously brand new). Dishwasher proof, fits a lot of food in (enough for growing always starving boys), never smell. Ice packs keep the food nice and fresh. Expensive but so far worth the outlay.

I was wanting to get a planetbox so I'm really glad to hear your experience with it!

We have the Yumbox and it's lasted 2 years (barely holding on now). It's been great for DD and I find it easier too, tbh, than having to pack larger things.

#16 Mooples

Posted 21 November 2019 - 09:11 PM

Awesome thanks so much everyone, I might stick with the yum boxes. My kids aren’t school age yet so won’t be every day use for a little while.

#17 timtam92

Posted 22 November 2019 - 12:04 PM

We have used yum box for three years and still good. You can’t put them in the dishwasher, but easy to wash

#18 can'tstayaway

Posted 22 November 2019 - 09:03 PM

I know the OP has already made her purchase but for anyone else following, we’ve had these Lunchbot stainless steel lunch boxes for over 10 years.

Each of my children have used them nearly daily,  in the early to mid primary school years. As they got older, they needed more food so we used other combinations of lunch containers.

The stainless steel is good quality and has stood the test of time with dropping and dishwashing. I love not having to hand wash them or be overly precious. They can cope with a hot wash and each child has learned to empty the leftovers into the composter and put the container in the dishwasher.

#19 kimasa

Posted 22 November 2019 - 09:09 PM

We chuck the yumboxes in the dishwasher. No issues here.

#20 StoneFoxArrow

Posted 23 November 2019 - 12:38 PM

View Posttimtam92, on 22 November 2019 - 12:04 PM, said:

We have used yum box for three years and still good. You can’t put them in the dishwasher, but easy to wash

We've put ours in the dishwasher, I'm pretty sure they say "top rack only". So that's what we've done.

#21 joeyinthesky

Posted 23 November 2019 - 07:31 PM

View Postcan, on 22 November 2019 - 09:03 PM, said:

I know the OP has already made her purchase but for anyone else following, we’ve had these Lunchbot stainless steel lunch boxes for over 10 years.

Each of my children have used them nearly daily,  in the early to mid primary school years. As they got older, they needed more food so we used other combinations of lunch containers.

The stainless steel is good quality and has stood the test of time with dropping and dishwashing. I love not having to hand wash them or be overly precious. They can cope with a hot wash and each child has learned to empty the leftovers into the composter and put the container in the dishwasher.

I like the look of these! I can’t tell from the pictures/dimensions whether a big-standard square sandwich would fit... could you tell me? We like to mix things up, but sandwiches, rolls & wraps feature often. I’d rather send his lunch in one container (fruit break/recess separate) and he eats quite a bit for a 6yo!

#22 can'tstayaway

Posted 23 November 2019 - 08:20 PM

View Postjoeyinthesky, on 23 November 2019 - 07:31 PM, said:

I like the look of these! I can’t tell from the pictures/dimensions whether a big-standard square sandwich would fit... could you tell me? We like to mix things up, but sandwiches, rolls & wraps feature often. I’d rather send his lunch in one container (fruit break/recess separate) and he eats quite a bit for a 6yo!
No, it won’t fit a standard sandwich. It’s partly why my kids needed a larger lunch box/extra containers as they got to late primary age.  I cut sandwiches into smaller pieces and they fit into the 2 larger sections.

#23 joeyinthesky

Posted 23 November 2019 - 08:23 PM

Thanks Can’tstayaway :-) Back to the search for me then...

#24 PrincessPeach

Posted 23 November 2019 - 08:27 PM

I bought a systema bento box from big w & its lasted surprisingly well.

Fits a fair amount of food in it, plus fits in a fridge to go lunch bag perfectly.

#25 StillDreaming

Posted 25 November 2019 - 07:08 PM

I just bought a Go Green Bento lunch box set for ds to use next year. It looks great though it hasn’t been tested yet. The sections look to be a great size - good depth, and all sections have a separate seal around them which is supposed to ensure things stay fresh and there are no leaks. I’m hoping that’s true!! They’re not cheap so I’ll be disappointed big time if it’s a dud. It came with a cooler bag too.




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