As of 2016, the best lunch boxes for work are bento style boxes. If you are not familiar with bento style lunch boxes, we have taken the top 3 bento boxes, all with extremely high ratings and reviewed them. Bento type lunch boxes are becoming more popular. This trend started taking off in the United States as far back as 2008, seen in this New York Times article.
The term ‘bento’ is Japanese for a single –portion takeout or a home packed meal. You will often see these as sushi boxes now commonly seen in most grocery stores filled with California roles and inari. Today’s bento boxes for work are not always filled with sushi or rice, but usually take the form of sandwiches, vegetables and fruit.
They have a number of positive features that include:
- Portion controlled compartments
- Ergonomic designs
- Encourages food diversity
Of course they have a few negative aspects:
- Most bento boxes for lunch are not leak proof between compartments
- Most of bento lunch boxes do not have handles
Bruntmor, Brunch Steel Double Wall Bento Box **
This first lunch box on our list is a stainless steel bento box built by Bruntmor. This is our current top pick. If you are more of a snacking type person that a full-out lunch person, this brunch box is perfect for you. It works best for dry foods or snacks such as breads, veggies, fruits, nuts and jerky.
This box contains NO plastic and is easy to clean. It is dishwasher safe. It has a current rating of five stars on Amazon. It can hold 34 ounces, I can fit the whole container in my hand. The biggest feature is just a how beautifully this is designed and looks.
- 100% stainless steel
- Easy to clean
- 34 Ounces of space
- Perfect for dry foods, snacks or sandwiches
- Dishwasher safe
- Not leak proof or suitable for liquid type meals
- No handle
BentoHeaven Bento Box
The next bento lunch box on our list is by BentoHeaven, founded in 2014 this is a company that excels at creating premium lunch boxes inspired by Japanese bento boxes. All their products (including this one) are stylistic and provides a safe way to store and carry your lunch.
This box is a lunch box all in one solution. The entire case is held together with a security strap. Inside the main box you will find a place to store a knife, fork and spoon. There are two main 20 ounce containers for your lunch. These containers stack on top of each other. Everything but the lid is microwave and dishwasher safe. The entire box is BPA free. Box size is 7.3″ by 1.8″ by 4.1″.
- BPA free
- Two 20 ounce containers
- Place to store utensils
- Ergonomic Design
- Microwave and dishwasher safe.
- Not leak 100% proof
- Not insulated.
- Made in China
Munch Box Smart Edition Bento Lunch Box
Another bento box that is very similar to the one we just looked at, this one is by Munch Box. This bento box also has two main compartments that stack onto one another that is all held together with a security strap. This box also comes with a companion leak proof container that would be ideal for soups, snacks or as a fruit cup.
The entire bento box measures in at 7.3″ by 4.3″ by 4.3″. It is constructed of BPA free plastic and is safe to use in the microwave, dishwasher and freezer. Another great feature is that the plastic is odor and stain resistant. This box comes in 7 different colors and designs. At 4.6 stars this bento box ranks among some of the best lunch boxes for work.
- BPA free
- Microwave, Dishwasher and Freezer safe
- 7 Different colors to choose from
- 2 compartments and a bonus container
- Odor and stain resistant
- Includes plastic utensils
- Reports of the lids warping in the microwave
- Utensils don’t lock down
Recently bento lunch boxes have started to become popular as a substitute for the standard American lunchbox. America has always been a melting pot of different cultures, taking the best bits from all over the world and I am very happy to see these bento boxes become popular here in the US. We are predicting for 2016, these will be the best lunch boxes for work.