You don’t pack lunch? That’s about to change. Meet the best-designed lunch boxes on the market; they turn the task into a treat.
Best For Leftovers: OXO Good Grips 5.1 Cup SNAP Container
Made from lightweight BPA-free plastic, this dishwasher-safe workhorse can go straight from freezer to microwave. A snug lid prevents leaks, and the large compartment holds a big serving of anything from salad to last night’s pasta.
To buy: $7; oxo.com.
Takenaka Bento Box Expanded Double
If you’re the type who likes to pack a little of this, a little of that, you’ll love the three compartments in this stackable, beautiful box. It comes in a rainbow of irresistible pastel colors, each with a snap-in fork.
To buy: $38; amazon.com.
Blue Water Bento Seal Cups
When you’re not packing salad dressing in the tiny container or your grain bowl in the largest, these stainless-steel dishes nest neatly inside one another. The plastic-free silicone lids form a leakproof seal.
To buy: $32; amazon.com.
Onyx Large 2 Layer Sandwich Box
This stainless-steel box keeps your sandwich separate from your pickles or fruit, so your bread doesn’t get soggy. Or pack lettuce in the lower compartment and toppings in the upper tray to keep your greens crisp.
To buy: $24; amazon.com.
Herschel Supply Co. Pop Quiz Lunch Box
This stylish bag, which comes in 15 patterns, is roomy enough to hold lots of bento box shapes or simply keep a sandwich and water bottle cool on a hot day. (It’s great for camp and easy for kids to carry). The waterproof interior easily wipes clean.
To buy: $30; herschel.com.
Hydro Flask 12 oz. Food Flask
We love this compact, lightweight stainless-steel pick because it kept our soup steaming hot for six hours―longer than any other thermos we tested. And thanks to double walls, the outside never gets hot. A simply designed lid screws on tightly, so the jar won’t spill in your bag.
To buy: $30; hydroflask.com.
Bentgo Kids Lunch Box
Competitors were heavy and cost a fortune. This budget-friendly winner slips into a backpack and is easy for little hands to open. It fits a half sandwich, fruit, veggies, a snack, and dipping sauce (with a tight, no-leak seal between compartments). The dishwasher-safe tray lifts out for easy cleaning.
To buy: $28; bentgo.com.