The Best Alternative Bento Lunch Boxes in Canada
Have you noticed that when parents have a Bento Box, like PlanetBox, making lunch for the kids seems to become a whole lot more fun? We made a list of the best alternative bento lunch boxes you can buy.
Check this out and the next thing you know, other parents will be drooling over photos of your very neatly made and cool lunches and wishing their kids had one of these too!
Why spend $200 to outfit your three kids with Planetbox's gorgeous lunch kits, when you can buy these alternatives? We did an informal poll and this is what some parents said about what they liked about Planetbox:
- they are not plastic (made from stainless steel)
- they are the perfect size for a school kid's lunch
- they have the most perfect spots for everything a kid would need for a healthy lunch.
- they love the cute lunch bags that come with them and the fact that the kid can open it all up and eat it very easily (plus no little containers to lose!).
The downside besides the price? When your kid loses their one and only Planet Box, and trust me, they lose them, you are out that $60+ in U.S. dollars. And, that's just for the tray itself and not the cute must-have magnets and the bag and the coolie packs and other accessories. Did I mention they also ship from the U.S. and shipping is $14 plus any duties?!
What are the alternatives?
As I said, I agonized over this decision last year, so I spent quite a bit of time researching alternatives for my kid's lunches. My mother-in-law did ask me what was wrong with the paper bags that she used to make lunches with and while this could be a very frugal approach (the cost of a new paper bag each day could add up), it wasn't the direction I was going to take.
With the Planet Box, you've got your bag and your tray already decided for you because no other bag fits that thing! If you are buying them separately, then you've got much more work to do!
One Mom on my Facebook account told me her favourite alternative to the PlanetBox that was still in that bento style, but made from plastic are Goodbyns. While they might not be as fun or pretty or eco-friendly, they are much easier on the wallet. The most common all-in-one styles are the Bynto and the Hero. I found the widest selection on these at Well.ca, starting at $17.99.
Go Green is another bento-style lunch box, also in plastic, but it is BPA and all other bad things free. I do see that you can buy a replacement lid, which doesn't give me much confidence in the quality, but it does come with the box, the insulated lunch bag and a stainless steel water bottle for less than $50. Fenigo has an impressive selection, with their Go Green Lunch Break Box going for about $30. If you are planning on spending $200 from this litter-less lunch store, you'll get free shipping. I do love the options for the exterior bags!
If you are that mom that needs the stainless steel, Lunchbots might be your Planet Box alternative. They are bento-style, although not as well laid-out as the Planet Box. I love the selection available on Amazon right now -- you can literally get one as cheap as $20 or as much as $75. Some of them even come with lunch bags included.
Bentology (Laptop Lunches)
Formerly known as Laptop Lunches, Bentology is a bento-style box, but the containers that fit inside are all removable. These also look very easy to open for little fingers and may reduce spillage when there is two lids. I say may reduce because trust me, you'll have lots of days of wiping yogurt up that has spilled everywhere no matter what lunch kit you choose. These are available for less than $30 on Amazon.ca right now.
Bargainmoosers, what bento-style box is your favourite?