The Best Bento Boxes, According to Our Test Kitchen
It's easy to be lured by the charm of the Japanese bento box. The joy of lunch is packed neatly into cute little compartments for a compact meal—but not all bento boxes are the same and not every person packing lunch has the same needs. There are a lot of variables, so we tested a bunch of bentos and put together a list of the best bento boxes to make meal prep and cleanup easy.
What to Look For in a Bento Box
When you're shopping for a bento box, the most important things to think about are: 1) who will be using it? and 2) what will it be used for? Most people will probably be using a bento-style lunchbox to make an easy-to-carry lunch, but soups and sandwiches are what you might find in an adult lunch box while a toddler might be carrying applesauce and goldfish crackers in theirs. A few other things to consider are if the boxes are BPA-free, if they're made with plastic or stainless steel, the size and if the container is leakproof. We broke down our picks into five categories to make it easy for you to pick the right bento box for yourself or any member of your family.
Best Bento Boxes
Read on for more details on our bento box picks along with the ones that deserve an honorable mention.