This will be the first year my son will be attending middle school (7th grade). During the summer he had a growth spurt and grew at least two inches. His appetite also grew, so much so that the old school lunch box he used last year won’t be able to hold his lunches now. So along with buying new school supplies and clothes we also had to buy a new lunch box. With so many different lunch boxes for middle schoolers available we had a hard time narrowing it down.
In our minds, the perfect lunch box would have these features:
- Big enough to store enough food to fill a middle schooler
- Looked ‘cool’
- A carrying handle or strap
- Insulated to help keep food cold or warm
- Additional compartments to store utensils, napkins or a water bottle
We did finally figure out a good size lunch box that he could use to satisfy that middle school appetite. It was not easy, there are so many. So in honor of that (and all the work in research we did), here are the top 5 lunch boxes for middle schoolers.
Rubbermaid LunchBlox Medium Lunch Bag
Rubbermaid has already set the bar high with their brand of food storage containers and that same ingenuity and quality is applied toward this lunch bag. This is our current top pick and can also be seen as our featured image. This container is engineered to work with the LunchBlox food containers and blue ice packs.
This bag is big enough for a good size lunch for a middle schooler. But just in case, this bag comes in both a standard and medium size. There are additional compartments for water bottles and utensils. The bag is also insulated which will keep the lunch warm or cold for longer periods of time. There are multiple different designs and colors to choose from.
- Additional compartments
- Handle and Strap
- Designed to work with Rubbermaids LunchBlox brand
- Multiple designs and colors to choose from
- Some reports of faulty construction (zippers and handles separating at the seams)
Wildkin Whale Blue Lunch Box
This lunch box is by Wildkin, a company that excels a creating useful, fun and safe gear for kids which includes backpacks, sleeping bags, nap mats, and lunch bags. This lunch box is designed with kids ages 3-15 in mind. It is big enough to pack a lunch to satisfy a middle school child but not too big for a grade schooler. This is one of those perfect “transitional” lunch boxes for kids moving between grade school and middle school.
Its constructed of durable BPA, PVC and phthalate-free fabric and materials. It comes in several different colors. It has a handle sown onto the top of the lunch box for easy carrying. There is only one extra compartment on the front of the box which is suitable for smaller utensils or napkins. There is an internal mesh for an ice pack.
- BPA free
- Multiple different colors to choose from
- Carrying handle
- One front side compartment
- Perfect for ages 3-15
- Easy to clean
- Not water repellent. Water leaks through the fabric.
- Very thin insulation
Wildkin Rip-Stop Black Double Decker Lunch Bag
Another Wildkin lunch bag, this is a big upgrade from the last one we just reviewed. Its large, very large. The dimensions are 9″ x 7″ x 8″. There are two interior compartments. The lower compartment includes a container that is safe to use in a microwave or dishwasher. The upper compartment is the larger of the two. The bag is well insulated.
It comes with a built in handle and a carrying strap that can be removed. The bag is constructed out of BPA free materials and is easy to clean. There are over 20 different designs and colors to choose from. Out of all the lunch boxes for middle schoolers we are covering, this is one of our favorites. Overall a great option if your middle schooler needs a larger than average lunch box for school.
- BPA free materials
- Two compartments
- Comes with a microwavable and dishwasher safe food container
- Built in hand strap. Removable should strap.
- Multiple different colors to choose from.
- Does a good job of keeping food cold, the insulation does not work well to keep food warm
- May be a bit too big from some backpacks
Bentgo All-in-One Stackable Lunch/Bento Box
If you are looking more for a divider type lunch box instead of a bag, this is it! The design of this box is inventive and follows the same kind of popular bento boxes being used today. It comes with a fork, knife and a spoon which is contained in the main box. There are two containers, the first one is for the main meal and the second sits on top of the main meal container and has two spaces.
Constructed out of BPA free plastic. Except for the center divider it is dishwasher safe. You can also use it in a microwave oven or store it in the freezer. The entire encapsulated container is held together with a secure strap. This item comes with a two year warranty.
- BPA free
- Sleek and unique design
- Built in plastic ware
- 2 containers
- 1 secure strap to hold it all together
- Not leak proof
- Made in China
EasyLunchboxes Insulated Lunch Box Cooler Bag
The last item on our list is not quite a lunch box, but more of a cooler bag. It is a cheaper solution from the items on our list. If you already have lunch containers for your kids and just need something bigger to put them in, this is a great option. It is big enough to store a lunch and a water bottle.
This bag is insulated to help keep items cold or warm. It is constructed of high quality 300D polyester and is PVC free. It comes with a built in carrying strap. Dimensions are 9 by 6.5 by 6.5 inches. It is easy to clean, just throw it in the washer machine on cold.
- Lots of space for a big lunch
- Less expensive than the others on our list
- Comes in several different colors
- Built in handle
- PVC & lead free
- No additional pockets
- May be a bit too big for most middle schoolers
Lunch is a very important meal of the day for my growing boy. We try to eat as organic as possible in our house, so school lunches are out of the question. Since he is no longer in grade school, we needed to pick out a few lunch boxes for middle schoolers that would fit his growing appetite. Thankfully there are a lot of great choices available!