Get your game face on, it’s time to start thinking about school lunches! One way to make the routine way more exciting is with a kids’ bento box. From fruits and veggies to yummy snacks, these bento lunch boxes have tiny compartments that hold it all, plus, those separate containers are a lifesaver for kids who don’t “do” food that touches anything else. Check out some of the hottest and newest styles for fall below!
GrowBento Lunchbox Set by Miniware
Just launched in Jan. 2020, GrowBento by Miniware is customizable, fitting up to four removable silicone Silipods. Each Silipod comes with a top easy for little hands to uncover, and can easily freeze and heat purees (think dips or dressings, hummus or even hot soup). We love that the durable container is completely dishwasher safe (even the stainless steel outer) and is the perfect size for a kids lunch bag.
Available at miniware.com for $35
S'nack by S'well
These brand-new S'nack by S'well food containers are too cute for words! The fun, colorful designs (think avocados, pretzels, cactuses and more) come in two sizes. The 10oz container will keep food hot for up to four hours, cold for five, and the 24oz containers with handle will keep food hot for up to six hours and cold for up to eight.
Available at swell.com, $19.99 - $24.99.
Bento Box from Fenrici
There are four small leak-proof compartments in this 30oz container, which can hold anything from sandwiches and wraps to veggies, dips, yogurt and more. Made from PVC, BPA and Phthalate-free food-safe material, there are four bright colors to choose from, and the snap-on clasp is easy for little fingers to manage. It’s both microwave and dishwasher safe, you can store it in the freezer and the trays are removable, which makes for easy cleaning.
Available at amazon.com, $14.99.
Clever interlocking Whiskware™ Snack Packs are ideal for packing healthy snacks and lunches to go. Available in officially-licensed designs—featuring Marvel, DC, Star Wars and Harry Potter characters—these durable, stackable containers are the reusable snack packs your kids will love. Using Twist n’ Lock technology, the jars, lids and removable handle easily attach and detach, allowing customization of your ideal snack stack.
Available here, $12.99.
Perfect for a preschooler starting school for the first time, or a new addition for a new school of daycare, these three-compartment bento boxes from Kinsho come in pale blue or pink, have leak-proof stainless steel inserts (that aren’t removable), and even come with stickers of fruits and veggies to encourage healthy eating.
Available at amazon.com, $22.99.
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.
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!
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, $49.
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, $37.29.
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, $23.95.
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 amazon.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, $39.50.
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 six-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.
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, $6.99.
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.
Editor’s Note: Upon publication, all items were available for purchase.
All images courtesy retailers.
— Abigail Matsumoto & Felissa Allard