The 8 Best Lunchboxes for Kids of 2019

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First Look

Best Overall: OmieBox Bento at Amazon

"Has three separate compartments with dividers."

Best Budget: Wildkin Lunch Box at Amazon

"It’s durable and easy to clean."

Best Bento Box: Bentgo Lunch Box at Amazon

"Portioned into five spaces."

Best Freezable: PackIt Lunch Bag at Amazon

"Just freeze the whole lunchbox, thanks to built-in gel."

Best Thermos: THERMOS FOOGO at Amazon

"Made of stainless steel with vacuum insulation."

Best Insulated: OPUX Lunch Bag at Amazon

"Has plenty of room."

Best for Teens: Gear-Up Supernova Dual at Potterybarn

"The look is nothing but cool."

Best for Toddlers: Skip Hop Zoo Kids Lunch Box at Amazon

"Cute and functional."

Best for Grade Schoolers: ClassMate Printed EZ Wipe at Landsend

"For grade schoolers who want a bit more of a grown-up look."



Our Top Picks

Best Overall: OmieBox Bento

OmieBox Bento

 Courtesy of Amazon

This lunchbox from Omie tops our list for its functionality, durability and versatility. It can be used by kids of all ages, even adults. It has three separate compartments with dividers to create more sections. One of the compartments holds a thermos insert so you can pack hot foods like soup and mac and cheese, but the cold food in the other compartments will still stay cold, making this a safe lunchbox for your child. It comes apart for easy cleaning, and it can even fit a drink.

While it’s pricier than some other lunchboxes, it may save money in the long run if you’re used to buying plastic sandwich bags or frequently buying plastic containers when they and/or their lids disappear in the great abyss of your kitchen cabinets.

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Best Budget: Wildkin Lunch Box

For a lunchbox that won’t break the bank, hundreds of parents say this one from Wildkin is a great choice. It comes in a variety of fun patterns, and it’s durable and easy to clean. Insulation helps food maintain its temperature, and there’s a zippered pocket, inner elastic tabs to hold a water bottle or ice pack, and an inner mesh pouch for better organization. It measures 9.75 x 7 x 3.25 inches, and it’s recommended for kids ages 3-15.

Best Bento Box: Bentgo Children's Lunch Box

When it comes to packed lunches, finding the right plastic containers and their matching lids is more than half the battle. That’s why bento boxes, like this one from Bentgo, are such a hit with parents. The box is already sectioned off—all you have to do is fill them with food, then shut the lid. This one is portioned into five spaces, one of which is perfect for holding snacks. Recommended for kids ages 3-7, the compartment tray is removable and safe for both the microwave and dishwasher. It comes in three different colors and with a two-year warranty.

Best Freezable: PackIt Lunch Bag

When it comes to keeping your kids’ lunch cold, you can use individual ice packs and hope that they make their way back home, or you can just freeze this whole lunchbox, which has freezable gel built right into it. To use, you fold it up, stick it in the freezer, and the next day, it’s ready to keep fruit, yogurt, lunchmeat and other foods cool. It comes in a ton of fun patterns and colors, and the handle can clip onto backpacks and strollers.

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Best Thermos: Thermos Foogoo

For those days when a cold sandwich just won’t do (which can happen if you have a picky eater on your hands), there’s this thermos from Foogoo. Made of stainless steel with vacuum insulation, food stays warm for up to five hours. It will also keep foods cold up to seven hours if you want to send fruit, yogurt, or other foods that are best when chilled. It can hold up to 10 ounces, and it can be safely washed in the top rack of your dishwasher.

Best Insulated: OPUX Lunch Bag

This insulated lunchbox from Opux checks all the boxes when it comes to what you want it in a lunchbox. It has plenty of room, and the insulation helps foods retain their temperature, whether they’re hot or cold. While the inside is big enough to hold six cans of soda (not that you would want to, of course), there’s also a mesh pocket on the outside and a zippered pocket for silverware, napkins, or other items. Simple and straightforward in solid colors (16 different colors to choose from), it’s a great choice for kids who don’t want a lot of cutesy patterns and designs.

Best for Teens: Gear-Up Supernova Dual

Gear-Up Supernova Dual

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For older kids who like to think outside the box (the lunchbox, that is), there’s this lunch bag from Pottery Barn Teen. It holds plenty of food for those growing appetites, and the look is nothing but cool. It has two zippered compartments—on top and one on the bottom—and it’s insulated to keep cold foods cold and warm foods warm. It comes with an adjustable carrying strap, which is removable in case they’d rather just carry it by the handle.

There are also other matching accessories, like a water bottle, bento box and backpack, which can be purchased separately, for an entire cool, coordinated look.

Best for Toddlers: Skip Hop Zoo Kids Lunch Box

For the toddler set, it’s hard to find a cuter lunchbox than the Zoo Kids collection from Skip Hop. This one is shaped like a unicorn, complete with horn, ears, and a rainbow zipper, but it also comes as a leopard or a narwhal. The bag is functional too, with an insulated interior and a mesh pocket perfect for holding a napkin, utensils, and other gear. It’s machine washable, which is great for keeping it looking (and smelling) fresh. It measures 7.5 x 3.25 x 9 inches, and parents say it’s a great size for toddlers.

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Best for Grade Schoolers: ClassMate Printed EZ Wipe Lunch Box

ClassMate Printed EZ Wipe Lunch Box

Courtesy of Land's End

For grade schoolers who want a bit more of a grown-up lunch box look, there’s this one from Lands’ End. Durable and roomy, it features an insulated lining that keeps food cold for up to five hours with an ice pack. It measures 9 x 8 x 4 inches, and the entire top zips open for easy access to food and drink.

It can be personalized with their name, monogram, and/or a fun embroidered design. They cost extra, but they can choose from anything from lacrosse sticks to a bunny rabbit to a slice of pizza for a personalized touch.

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Our Process

Our writers spent 5 hours researching the most popular lunchboxes for toddlers on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 25 different lunchboxes overall, screened options from 20 different brands and manufacturers, read over 150 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 3 of the lunchboxes themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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