It’s time to head back to school so it’s also time to talk about lunch-packing gear! Today, I’m excited to tell you about a lunch box the boys and I have been enjoying: the Yumbox! (Stay tuned — there’s also a giveaway down at the end of this post!)
Yumbox sent me one of their lunch boxes to try a few months back and I have been using it to pack lunches frequently since then. The box costs $28 and it comes in either green or pink. It is made of BPA and Phthalate-free plastic and it is on the smaller side compared to some of the other divided boxes we use. It’s dimensions are 8 x 6 x 2 inches and it weighs about 1.5 lbs empty. It is designed with younger children in mind, so it is easy to open, light weight and it holds about 2 1/2 cups of food. Though many of our other lunch boxes hold more, the Yumbox works well for both my preschooler and my 4th grader. I also think it would be ideal for a toddler. I know if I’d had this box when Augie was little I would have used it all the time.
One of the key features of the Yumbox is that each of it’s five main sections are labeled with cute drawings showing a different food group — dairy, fruit, protein, grains and vegetables. There is also a smaller section that is meant to hold a treat or a dip. These labeled sections are designed to encourage children to eat a wide range of foods at lunch and my experience with my boys is that it works. I’ve tried to mix things up and put stuff in the “wrong” compartments a few times and they will not allow it. They want one of each, please! I find this particularly helpful when it comes to the dairy section because getting enough calcium into my elder, milk-hating boy can be a bit of a challenge. When I use the Yumbox he suggests yogurt or cheese cubes for his lunch.
What I liked:
I’ve already mentioned a few things I like about the Yumbox — easy to open, encourages varied eating — but the best thing about this box is that each section is leakproof. The lid is molded in such a way that it provides a tight seal for each individual compartment. Though it’s not meant to hold water or any other truly liquid items (like soup, for example) it does a bang-up job with yogurt, applesauce, juicy peaches and other runny items. I’m always a little doubtful about these claims, so the very first time I packed yogurt in this box, I sealed it, turned it on it’s side and shook it madly. When I opened it, there was a little yogurt stuck to the lid over the compartment it was packed in, but none of it went into any of the other compartments. I was impressed!
Another thing I like is that the box is dishwasher safe. Both the outer box and inner, removable tray can be washed on the top rack of the dishwasher though they recommend hand-washing the outer box to preserve the life of the seal. I’ve found it’s a bit awkward to put it on the top rack though, so I’m handwashing it anyway.
What I didn’t like:
What don’t I like about this box? Well, I don’t have a lot to say here, honestly, but there are a few small nuisances. One is that the box is just a little too big to fit in either of our Thermos lunch bags (this style and this style). We have other, larger lunch bags I can put it in, but if you aren’t a crazy person who owns six lunch bags for two kids this is a consideration. Another small thing that bugs me is that water pools up in the removable tray (on either the front or back side or both) no matter how you load it into the dishwasher. I just pop it in the dish drainer to air dry when I pull it out of the dishwasher, but if you only have one lunch box trying to get it dry before you pack it again could get old real fast.
Finally — and this really only applies if you like to make cutesy bentos like I do — the compartments are a bit to small to get really creative with your lunches. I’ve found I can use small cutters with ease, but packing a sandwich — even a small one — is tough and requires a bit of finesse and a lot of the other techniques I like to use are tricky in such small quarters. I find I don’t often reach for the Yumbox when I’m looking to get fancy but on days when I’m trying to pack a fast, easy lunch it presents the food in a way that still looks organized and appealing.
The Bottom Line
We love Yumbox! I’m thrilled to have this box in my collection and I’m looking forward to using it for years to come!
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Disclosure: Yumbox sent me one of their boxes to try out with no strings attached. My boys and I have really enjoyed using it, so I am writing this review to spread the word about this great lunch box and Yumbox is sponsoring the giveaway. Though this post contains affiliate links, I have not been compensated to write this post.