Disclaimer: Planetbox was kind enough to provide me with a sample for this review. I adore the product and approached them about a collaboration. I have not been compensated for this review, and all thoughts and images are my own.
It was love at first sight for me when it comes to Planet Box lunch boxes. They’re made of stainless steel, which is better for the environment than commonly used plastic lunch boxes. PlanetBox lunch boxes come with separate compartments, making it possible for wet and dry food to be separated, and there are a few other features that caught my eye, and I will mention them later on. There has been quite a buzz online about these lunch boxes withing the mommy community, and I am excited to be part of it, so that I can share my personal experience with you.
We all have different needs when it comes to products on the market today. One item might be perfect for one person, and not as useful for another. What I learned from using this lunch box in the last few days is that whatever your needs are (in terms of food on the go), PlanetBox has a lunch box designed to fit that need. They have designs for adults and children, and they come with many compartments or minimal ones. You can even purchase accessories to make it your own, which leaves room to product a unique looking carrier for outdoor snacking.
I had the pleasure in testing The Rover style lunch box out with the kids. Below are some observations I made during the last week.
My Favourite Features:
•They are made out of stainless steal. Many parents are moving away from plastic containers. There’s a lunch box in town that does not encourage the development of bacteria, is easy to clean, is dishwasher safe, and is a lot better for the environment.
•They are bento style. Man oh man, I love a bento style plate or lunch box so much. Why, you ask? Well, bento style is great for keeping a nice presentation of a child (or adult’s) meal. It’s also good for picky eaters who may not like their food to touch, and it’s also helpful to separate wet food from dry food.
•It fits separate containers with lids. Not only can you fit wet and dry food in these lunch boxes, but because they fit their own containers (with lids) within the lunch boxes, it means you can add dressings, wet salads, soup, dips and more, without the use of additional tupperware, and without fear that anything will leak in your lunch box.
•They’re easy to clean. As a mother, I don’t have time to waste, so having a lunch box that is built in a way that it easy to clean out is a great fit for our lifestyle.
•They hold up to 5 cups of food. This goes for the Rover style seen pictured here. The reason I prefer multiple compartments is because it leaves room for even more creativity as far as presentation is concerned. The more healthy options I can provide, the better. 5 cups of food seems to be a great portion for both my 4 and 6 year old, as I have tried the lunch box with both of them on separate occasions.
•Paying almost $60 for a lunch box seems like a stretch. I’m a mom with three children, so I totally get it. What I will say about that (and I’ve read other reviews that agree with me on this), is that this is very much an investment. My PlanetBox lunch box is durable. I have a few plastic ones that have cracked, scratched, and stained. This lunch box is not only friendlier for the environment, but so far seems much more durable overall. This means I can pass it on from one child to another without there being a compromise in quality or performance.
All The Extras
•Check out their magnet sets when you have a chance. They are cute magnets that fit on the exterior of the case, sort of like stickers. What makes these better than stickers is that they are removable, and even customizable. That makes easy washing possible, and also means you can mix and match their various magnet styles. If you read my reviews, you know how big I am about versatility. Changing the look of a lunch box, or passing is down to another child is a snap with this feature.
•They are dishwasher safe. Anything that makes a parent’s life easier is a win for me, so I am happy that I can enjoy this lunch box, and then have the clean up process taken care of at the end of the day.
•There are many accessories to choose from. Are you looking to include a lunch bag, thermos, ColdKit, utensils or even a cook book to your collection? All of these (and lots more) are available.
Overall I have to say I am pleased with this lunch box. It is made of non-toxic materials, makes healthy eating easy, and is fun to work with. With the separate compartments, it has become a pleasure to mix and match ingredients to make each lunch time experience a unique one for our kiddos. I did receive this lunch box for review purposes, but I am quite happy with it, and plan to purchase 1 or 2 more for for our other children sometime in the future.