ECOLunchbox sent me this box to try out about a month ago and I’ve been impressed by it’s quality. It’s made of high quality food-grade stainless steel and it’s a sturdy little guy (or gal!). It’s got the good-looking shiny exterior that goes along with stainless boxes and it’s a great choice for someone who wants a traditional undivided bento box is trying to avoid plastic. It’s priced at $20.
It’s important to note that this box is pretty small. It’s just slightly larger than 5 x 5 inches. For a reference on size check it out next to my hand:
That being said, you can easily fit a big, fat full sized sandwich in it for an adult and pair it with some smaller containers for side dishes. It also works very well for a child if you pack it tightly with food for a more traditional bento lunch. I think it holds plenty of food for my preschooler, but I would choose something a bit larger for my 4th grader. I also have found myself frequently reaching for this box when I’m packing snacks to take to the pool or the playground.
What I liked:
- I love stainless steel boxes! They look great, they’re exceptionally sturdy, and I don’t have any niggling worries about the safety of plastics when I use them for my kids.
- Dishwasher safe top and bottom rack, baby! (I despise hand-washing lunch gear.)
- It holds a lot more food than you would expect for it’s size.
- It easily fits in every thermal lunch bag we own.
- I love the square shape! For most of the years I’ve been packing bentos, I’ve used rectangular boxes, but in the last year or so I’ve started acquiring square boxes and I love them. The shape is great for including lots of little bits and pieces and it’s spurring my creativity.
What I didn’t like:
- With a $20 price tag you pay quite a bit up front for a box that’s relatively small. Based on how my other stainless boxes have held up (flawlessly), I can tell that this box will last for years so if you think of it as a long term investment it’s an easier pill to swallow. If you, your spouse or your kids are prone to losing stuff this might not be the right box for you.
The Bottom Line
This is an attractive, sturdy box that I enjoy packing and my kids enjoy using. I anticipate pulling it out regularly and because it’s not cutesy I know that we’ll continue to use it as my kids get older.
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Disclosure: ECOLunchboxes sent me a Solo Cube to try out and is providing another one for this giveaway. My kids and I liked this box so I am writing this review to let you know about it. This post contains affiliate links.