Review and Giveaway: monbento Original Bento Box

by Wendy Copley on August 14, 2012

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Today I’m reviewing the monbento Original bento box. I’d never heard of this box before the company contacted me and asked me if I wanted to review it but after taking a look at it online I knew I’d like to give it a spin.

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The monbento bento box is gorgeous. Gorgeous. It’s made of sturdy plastic but it feels soft to the touch on the outside. The company’s website sells the boxes in a dozen bright colors but because they are based in France, they recommend that U.S. consumers purchase their products from Amazon where the selection is limited to six colors.  No matter — the ones available here are beautiful too.

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The monbento boxes include a few features that area bit unusual in the boxes I’ve seen. First, the lids that fit over the individual tiers are water tight. It took me a little while to notice this but when I did I was psyched. You don’t often come across a truly water tight bento box. I even went so far as to test it by filling the layers with water, putting the inner lids on, stacking it all up and shaking it as hard as I could, topsy-turvy over the kitchen sink. Aside from a few very small drops of water on the outside, everything stayed inside where it belonged. Nice!

The box is dishwasher safe on the top rack. It’s also microwave safe and the inner lids can be left on while microwaving as long as you vent them (see photo above).

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One important thing to note about this bento box is that it is large. In addition to the sleek, grown-up design, the box is obviously sized for adult portions of food. It’s perfectly usable for my kids if I only pack one of the layers (that’s a lunch I packed for Augie last month up above), but if you’re considering buying it for your child I would think twice.

If you’re considering buying this lunch box for yourself I think it would be a good choice. If I were working outside of the home, this box would be perfect for me and I would use it often.  As it is, I think this will be the bento box I’ll use for myself when I pack meals for family outings.

The last thing we need to talk about is price. At $36.00 this box is not cheap. From what I’ve seen of it, I think it’s durable and will hold up well, but I really need to use it more before I can say that with certainty. Is it worth a premium price to have a good looking bento box that you’re happy to carry as an adult? I can’t answer that for you, but the crazy lunch box lady in me would probably say “yes.”

Would you like a monbento of your very own? Monbento sent me one of their fuchsia bento boxes to giveaway to a Wendolonia reader.

How to Enter:

Leave a comment below telling me what you like to pack in your own bento box.

Comments will be closed Monday, August 20 at noon and I’ll choose one random winner shortly thereafter. (I’m sorry, but this giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only.) Winner will have 48 hours after I notify them via email to respond with their mailing address. If I don’t hear from you an alternate winner will be selected, so be sure to leave your email address and check your email.

I hope YOU win!

And don’t forget — this back to school giveaway is also open until Monday, August 20:

Go enter!


Disclosure: Monbento sent me two of their bento boxes — one to review and one to give away to a reader. I’ve received no other compensation for this post and I’m telling it like it is (not like someone told me to tell it).

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