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Best Lunch Boxes and Bento Boxes on Amazon (2019 Edition)

By Rachel Tiemeyer

We’ve vetted the best lunch boxes and bento boxes for kids of all ages on Amazon for 2019. Free shipping on all. Perfect for back to school season.

kid lunch boxes and bento boxes

By Katie Bangert, Contributing Author

While our kids cling to lazy summer days, the back to school emails are starting to pour in. We know you have a lot to do to get ready, so we did a bunch of research and put together our Best Back to School Lunch and Bento Boxes!

All our recommendations are eco-friendly and safe–PVC, BPA and Phthalate free. These highly-rated lunch boxes and bento boxes are available with free shipping on Amazon and delivered right to your door.

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Top Picks for Bento Boxes

We love the bento box option to go inside a fun print lunch box! Bento’s are great for the green factor, but it also makes packing lunches a breeze. Perfect for the picky eater, the dividers ensures foods will not touch.

Best Overall

Abovego – 6 Compartment

This sturdy, 6-compartment bento is one of our favorites with great colors and roomy compartments. The bottom tray is labeled for portion control (fruits, veggies, protein, etc.) which is great for kids starting to pack their own lunch! Dimensions – 8.9 x 7 x 2.

Best for Larger Portions

PIXI Creations – 2 Pack

This 2-pack is highly rated for being leak proof. Easy to clean, we like that it includes a fork and spoon. Pixi Creations is a bigger bento, allowing larger portion sizes for growing appetites. Dimensions – 9.2 x 6.7 x 3.7 inches.

Best Preschool Bento

Bento Kids 5 Compartment Lunch Box

This bright colored box is perfect for the younger crowd with preschool-age appropriate portion sizes. This could also double as a snack box when you’re on the go. Leak proof and easy to clean, Bento Kids is dishwasher safe. Dimensions – 8.9 x 7 x 2.3 inches.

Best Budget-Friendly

Qualitas Products Premium Kids Bento Box – Set of 5

This one is perfect for parents who want a lot of bang for their buck. With 5 sets for around $16, these are great when you have multiple kids, want the ease of running through the dishwasher or just want to pack a quick snack to toss in a purse. In a pinch, you can even use them to store leftovers. These are also a little bit smaller and will fit in almost any lunch box. Dimensions – 9.5 x 6 x 2.

Best Stainless Steel

LunchBots Large Cinco Stainless-Steel

Although a bit pricier, this stainless-steel bento option is a great way to go plastic-free. The box is roomy with five compartments for packing a variety of foods. Bonus – it stays odor free! Works perfectly with this lunch box we recommend below. Dimensions – 6 x 8 x 1.8.

Top Picks for Lunch Boxes

We think the bento box paired with a fun traditional lunch box is the best of both worlds! Many of the bento’s don’t leave room for a drink or extra snack. Putting the bento inside a traditional lunch box is the ultimate in versatility, leakage protection and keeping foods hot or cold. Pro tip – double check the sizing of your lunch box dimensions to make sure the Bento will fit and account for any extra snacks you might want to pack. Below are some Top Lunch Box options that will fit most of our Bento picks.

Best All Around

Bentology Lunch Bag

Bentology is an easy choice! With loads of adorable options (kitties, sharks and even SLOTHS!!) this one is right- sized for kid’s lunches. It fits most bentos, has pockets and a drink holder. Dimensions – 10 x 8 x 3.5.

Best Name Brands

We get it! Peer pressure to fit in at school can be tough, and sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference. While not the cheapest option, these picks have the “cool” factor for those kids who want a name brand tote.

Under Armour

Under Armour partnered with Thermos on their lunch box and we’re a fan. The interior hard plastic liner makes this pick super easy to keep clean, and we like the water bottle holder on the side. Bonus! It clips to a backpack. Dimensions – 10.5 x 9.2 x 3.4 inches.

Vera Bradley Lighten Up Lunch Cooler

With lots of color and pattern choices Vera Bradley will keep your kid in fashion at the lunch table. The wide base allows drinks and containers to stay upright. Dimensions – 7.5 x 9 x 6 inches.

Best Budget-Friendly

Wildkin Lunch Box

There are so many patterns to choose from! Dinos to camo, llamas to mermaids, this budget-friendly option offers a choice to make almost any kid happy. Dimensions – 9.75 x 7 x 3.25 inches.

Boy Themed Wildkin Lunch Box

Girl Themed Wildkin Lunch Box

Best Dual Compartment

Lunchbots Duplex Insulated Lunch Bag

With two compartments, this larger pick is perfect for sending both hot and cold foods. The bottom compartment fits most Bento Boxes, and is specifically designed for the large Lunchbots Bentobox we recommended above. Several classic colors to choose from and a removable shoulder strap. This roomy option fits most bento boxes and is perfect for your kiddo with a growing appetite. Dimensions are 9 x 8 x 6 inches.

Top Ice Pack Pick

Blue Ele 4 Pack

Don’t forget the ice pack! Check out Blue Ele’s 4 Pack Ice Packs. These lightweight packs are long-lasting and colorful. The thin size allows them to fit in zipper pockets or placed on top of bentos. Dimensions – 6.26 x 4.33 x .59.

We’d love to hear which Lunch Box and Bento Box you chose for 2019! Comment below to let us know!

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About the Author

Katie Bangert

Katie Bangert is a wife, mother, unapologetic book lover and nature enthusiast. Published in five Chicken Soup for the Soul books, she somehow turned a marketing degree into a passion for writing and children’s education. She hopes to inspire her readers to find the blessings hiding within the everyday.

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