Make your usual lunch-packing routine way more exciting with a kids bento box! From fruits and veggies to yummy snacks, these bento lunch boxes have tiny compartments that hold it all—and the adorable designs will definitely stand out in any cafeteria. Check out some of the hottest and newest bento box styles for fall below!
OmieLife’s brightly colored thermal bento boxes have two temperature zones for storing any type of food. The vacuum insulated stainless steel thermos is perfect for keeping hot foods, well, hot, while the double-walled tray keeps fruits and veggies crisp and fresh. And, with a wide rainbow of colors like Sunshine (yellow) and Purple Plum, this bento is a cheerful way to kick off the school year.
Six Piece Bento Box by Boon Supply
The sleek design and cool colors of this six-piece bento box make for a stylish switch up from the usual cartoon characters you see at the school lunch table. There are two compartments, three utensils, and a handy elastic band to keep it all together. Dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe, it's made from BPA-free materials and even cooler, for every Boon item purchased, 50% of proceeds go to the cause of your choice!
Available at boonsupply.com, $22.
This nifty three-piece ECOlunchbox set makes it easy to keep lunchtime foods separate—and safe from squishing! Pack a healthy entree and two side dishes, or a set of snacks. The whole thing's modular, so you can always pull out the snack container and use it on its own, and made from 100% high-quality, food-grade stainless steel.
Available at ecolunchboxes.com, $30.
Lunch Blox Sandwich Kits
LEGO-loving kiddos will get a kick out of these stackable lunch kits from Rubbermaid! These colorful blocks include blue ice freezer packs that snap directly on the food containers and keep everything nice and chilled pre-lunchtime. Plus, they'll amp up your organization in no time at all!
Available at amazon.com, $22.98.
If the innovation of the Vaya's Tyffyn bento doesn't get you, the cute prints will! This lunchbox has a convenient collapsible handle, VacuTherm Insulation, partitions to keep foods from touching, and all the manufacturing bells and whistles you could ask for (Think: BPA-free, leakproof, and more!).
Available at amazon.com, $40.
Bentgo Kids’ removable compartment tray lets you mix and match to suit your kid's fave color of the month. And with five convenient compartments, you can also mix and match food combinations: the largest compartment is the perfect size for a half sandwich, there are three snack-size compartments, and one that's sized just right for dipping sauces.
Available at bentgo.com, $27.99.
THIS + THAT Stackable Containers
This ain't your mama's thermos! The This + That containers from Zoli are perfect for when you want to diversify lunchtime with something cold and something hot. The containers are insulated, stackable and compact enough to leave room in a lunch bag. They're BPA-free and will keep cold for 24 hours & hot for 6 hours.
Available on zoli-inc.com, $40.
Go Green Lunch Box Set
Each Go Green Lunch Box set comes with an insulated fabric carrier (choose from fun themes like dinosaurs, flowers, or construction crew), a five-compartment food container, an 8-ounce bottle, and a reusable gel freezer pack. Everything is leak and lead-free and special "turn ‘n' lock" technology ensures your child’s lunch stays fresh.
Available at gogreenlunchbox.com, $34.99.
Komax Lunchmate Bento Lunch Box Kit
Here are the sweet deets about this bento from Komax: it comes with chopsticks and two leakproof containers, it's BPA-free and food grade safe, and the reusable insulated bag keeps food perfectly hot or cold. Bonus: containers are freezer and microwave safe so you can easily reheat leftovers.
Available at amazon.com, $19.99.
This here's a classy bento. The design is inspired by minimalist Japanese bento boxes, but the perks are totally modern: BPA-FREE materials, chopsticks and cutlery set, and a safety guarantee for microwaves, dishwashers and freezers. Plus, BentoHeaven boxes come with notes so you can pack a special message with your kiddo's lunch!
Available at amazon.com, $20.95.
Packit Bento Box Set
The Packit Bento Box Set not only comes with a three-compartment reusable plastic container but also a reusable sleeve that keeps food cool without needing an ice pack. An exterior pocket is perfect for storing utensils and napkins. The actual bento box is dishwasher, microwaveable and freezer safe.
Available at packit.com, $19.99.
Spencer Stainless Bento
This Pottery Barn Kids stainless steel Bento Box sports a unique stackable design, spacious compartments, and snug plastic lid. It’s durable, free from dangerous chemicals, and dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
Available on sale at potterybarnkids.com, $29.99.
Russbe Lunch System
The simple and affordable Russbe bento boxes may not be the flashiest of the bunch, but they are microwavable, include utensils and have an ice compartment to keep food fresh and ready-to-eat. Plus, Russbe is all about being environmentally friendly with fun alternatives to how you usually pack up lunch.
Available at russbe.com, $9.99.
This sharp-looking box from Box Appetit has separate compartments to keep food from getting soggy, a sauce pot and a leak-proof lid that has a clever dipping area on the underside. The coolest part? The “fife,” which is a fork with a sharper side that makes it easy to eat with one hand. The side clips lock down securely, it’s BPA-free and it’s dishwasher and microwave safe.
Available at boxappetit.com, $24.95.
Bentology Box Set
Bentology’s five-piece bento set includes one outer box with five mix-and-match containers, each a healthy portion size. Three of the containers have snap-on lids for things like dressing or yogurt. And each of the five containers is marked with a different food group (lean proteins, whole grains, vegetables, fruits and healthy fats) to encourage well-rounded meals.
Available on bentology.com, $12.99.
Skip Hop Forget Me Not Lunch Kit
Perfect for even the smallest snackers, these Skip Hop Forget Me Not lunch kits have easy-snap clips so even the littlest hands can open and close. The rubber seal locks the lid in place and helps to prevent leaks. Check out the patterns like Heart Stripe and Galaxy for a fun back-to-school look!
Available at skiphop.com, $9.
ROVER Stainless Steel Lunchbox
Don't let the price tag scare you. With five compartments to keep fruits, sandwiches, dips and more separate, this PlanetBox bento box is worth the investment. Its sturdy stainless steel construction means that it's free of BPA and other bad chemicals and will last for years. You can even personalize with colorful magnets!
Available at planetbox.com, $55.95.
Whether you’re feeding a little astronaut, a world traveler, or a cool kid, YumBox’s fun designs have something for everyone. Their six-compartment original bento box allows you to pack small portions of your child’s favorite foods, including bite-sized sandwiches. And no need to worry about spills or messes with the leak-proof lid!
Available on yumbox.com, $28.
Portion Perfect Lunch on the Go
Hello, totally affordable bento! Smart Planet’s budget-friendly Portion Perfect Lunch on the Go expands to when its filled with food and then collapses back down so you can store it at half the size. There are four inner compartments that each measures one cup. It’s microwave and dishwasher safe and BPA free.
Available on smartplanethome.com, $9.99.
Splash Box Lunch Kit
Talk about a bento that makes a splash! The Splash Box Lunch Kit is perfect for future marine biologists—or anyone who likes the idea of eliminating plastic and waste. Its stainless steel base has a 3-cup capacity, it comes with a nifty spork, and the non-toxic silicone lid doesn't contain any of the chemicals commonly found in plastics. Best of all, this set also includes a cotton lunchbag featuring a screen-printed marine animal of your choice!
Available at ecolunchboxes.com, $38.
Editor’s Note: Upon publication, all items were available for purchase.
All images courtesy retailers.
— Abigail Matsumoto & Felissa Allard