Review and Giveaway: LunchBots Insulated Thermal Lunch Jar

by Wendy Copley on August 14, 2013

LunchBots Thermal Jar Review and Giveaway

It’s the third day of Back to School Week and today I’m giving away a fancy LunchBots Thermal Food Container!

Last month LunchBots offered me the opportunity to review one of their products and I jumped at the chance. I’ve loved using our LunchBots Trio this past year. It’s a great little bento box — fun to pack and it’s held up beautifully through a lot of use. This time I wanted to branch out a little and try a different type of LunchBots product so I decided to go with the Thermal Food Container.

This is a very nice product. It’s made of high quality food-grade stainless steel, and unlike other insulated food jars no plastic touches your food — not even  the lid! It’s leak-proof, pretty much unbreakable and it will obviously hold up for a very long time. It sells for $27.99.

LunchBots Insulated Thermal Container

What I liked:

  • The configuration of this thermal jar is different from many of the others I’ve seen. Rather than being tall and thin, it is short with a wide mouth. This makes it considerably easier to eat out of than other products of this type. I served my preschooler’s lunch in it a couple times and it was easy for him to manage without spilling or making a bit mess.
  • It’s big! It holds a full pint, which is a lot of food.
  • As I mentioned above, no plastic comes in contact with your food so no nasty chemicals will leach out into your warm meal.
  • The lid and body have handy arrows on them to keep you from over-tightening the lid. I do this all the time with our other thermal jar and then the heat forms a vacuum and my kids can’t get it open at lunch time. Oops! If you use the arrows on the LunchBots jar as a guide, it prevents that from happening.

LunchBots Insulated Thermal Container

What I didn’t like:

  • It doesn’t keep food as warm as other thermal jars. I know this because I did a side by side comparison with our other jar. I pre-heated both of them with boiling water, then spooned the same amount of heated soup into each container and let them sit in one of our insulated lunch bags for 4 hours (about the amount of time between lunch prep and lunch consumption for my kids). Though still above the safe temperature of 140 degrees, the soup in this jar was about 15 degrees cooler than the other soup.  Not a deal-breaker, but something to note.
  • I’ve got to mention the $28 price tag. This is a high quality product and we’ll be able to use it for years and years, but I have to admit that price makes me choke up a little.

The Bottom Line

The boys and I all really liked this jar and we’re looking forward to using it for years to come. It’s sleek, safe and large enough to take us into the teen years. Two thumbs up!

Would you like to win one of these lovely jars? LunchBots is offering one jar exactly like mine to a Wendolonia reader! Enter below:

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And be sure to enter the other giveaways I’m hosting this week:


Disclosure: LunchBots sent me one of their insulated thermal lunch containers to try out. I liked it enough to write a review and host this giveaway. This post contains affiliate links.

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  • Rose

    spaghetti.. or any kind of pasta

  • soup pasta or chili are all some of my kids faves!

  • Hud

    hot meals like soup, stew, pasta and fried noodle..

  • gina

    Macaroni and cheese 🙂

  • Danielle Tamez

    I definitely would be packing our black bean chili!

  • Caitlyn

    I would back rice with lunchmeat flowers in this!!

  • wendy chen

    Definitely Mac and Cheese!

  • Jessica

    First thought that came to mind was mexican hot chocolate. Not for school but maybe a family outing a special treat for the family.
    On a regular basis most likely soup, homemade broccoli cheddar is our current favorite

  • Nao

    anything can be pack in that LunchBots Thermal Jar.. but then.. I’ll definitely pack mushroom or creamy chicken soup that i can eat with garlic bread.

  • Jane

    we always love to have hot egg noodle soup, or veggie beef stew for lunch.. so this awesome thermal jar is perfect!

  • Jen D.

    Hmmm, I’ve never packed anything hot before in my daughter’s lunch. I bet she’d be tickled pink to open this jar and find her all-time favorite: macaroni and cheese!

  • Organicall You

    rice & beans!

  • Whitney

    I would pack soup or chili or spaghetti squash and meatballs or sausage or hot dogs or seasoned ground beef…possibilities are endless!! yum yum

  • Trevor

    As i am aspiring to be a chef i would have plenty of different experiments to store in this!

  • Pamela

    Thank you for the chance to win this awesome LunchBot.

  • Sara D

    Got my awesome LunchBots Thermal Jar! Thank you!! Waiting for the weather to cool down a bit before I send it to school though – 105 degrees at lunch is not time for hot food 🙂

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