Choosing a new lunch box can be a minefield. The choice of lunch boxes available both online and in store is now immense. How do you choose? What should you look out for when selecting a new lunch box for back to school? When the old one is just too tired to be used anymore or the little one has outgrown Peppa Pig?! Today we are sharing the yumbox lunch box review, a compartment lunch box, also known as a bento lunch box that’s got 4-6 compartments, and comes in a variety of colours, internal compartment trays, all sold and available from within the UK! You don’t have to look to the USA or abroad for this compartment lunch box!
We all have questions on how much should we spend on a lunch box? Can’t a supermarket own label lunch box container work as well? And the answer to these questions honestly is: it depends. It depends on so many things I am afraid – from the budget you have available to spend, to the age of your kids and what the lunch box will be used for, to what contents are typically to go into it… The list can go on.
I hope this post however will help you consider the options available and help you decide on what your needs are, when it comes to choosing a lunch box.
Yumbox Lunch box Review
I came across the Yumbox brand a couple of years ago, when considering selling it on the Lunchbox World e-commerce shop, but at the time, it would have been too costly, as I was one of the first to stock it in the UK. Anyway, fast forward to now, the Lunchbox World shop is now closed and the website has evolved into the e-magazine I originally intended, and where my passions lie: in keeping you, our readers informed of everything new, inspiring and foodie- related in the world of lunch boxes. In bringing you lots of tips and hints and recipe ideas to make lunch boxes and above all, to help you put the FUN back into packed lunches! So if you are new to the site, welcome to Lunchbox World!
So back to the review post… On a personal level, a mum of 3 kids, I felt £24.95 was just a little bit too much to spend, particularly as what you do for one child, you have to do for all 3! But these purchases are a value judgement. The kids use them day in day out and within a short space of time you do tend to get your money back on good quality items that are built to last, such as the Yumbox. I’ve tried many brands and many lunch boxes, from the cheap supermarket ones to the more expensive ones. The cheap ones break, crack easily when dropped, the lids break or clasps snap, so believe me, it is better to spend a bit more and have a lunchbox that will survive the test of time. And please don’t be under any illusion. Kids do drop their school bags, they drop their lunch bags too. Or if it’s not your child, maybe a friend accidentally kicks them or a football is whacked against them nestling inside the school bag… I’d previously purchased numerous sistema items for the kids, which are colourful and cost sensitive, but as I say, it really depends on what you are packing in the lunch box. If I re-wound the clock to 5 years ago or more? Would I buy the Yumbox lunch box for my kids? Read on to hear what I think that…
What’s good about Yumbox?
- Two designs – Classic Yumbox and the Panino Yumbox
There are two designs in the range: The Classic Yumbox, with 6 compartments and The Panino Yumbox with 4 compartments. The 6 compartments are smaller in shape and size, so perfect for a wide variety of smaller portions aimed at little people, (or could be used more as a snack box, if an adult was considering this option).
The Panino with the 4 compartments has one larger compartment so I would say, is perfect for larger appetites, for big kids or adults, with one larger compartment for a bagel or full sized roll.
The yumbox lunch box sent for review was the Classic, with 6 compartments:
- The Yumbox lunch box comes in a variety of different colours – Classic is available in : Aztec Red, Rosa Pink, Pomme Green, Papaya Orange
- The Panion Yumbox is available in the following colours : Baja Blue, Papaya Orange,
- The size of the yumbox lunch box is 22 x 5 x 15cm, and fits within a standard lunch bag. It weighs 490g.
- After care – it is dishwasher safe, although they recommend you hand-wash to preserve the life of the silicone.
- Made from food-safe materials, BPA free, and phthalates free – it is essential to ensure any container used for transporting food conforms to these standards
- Leak-free! Yippee!
The inner clear compartment layer is labelled with the aim of helping you slot in something from each category mentioned to help you keep the focus, keep the lunch box healthy.
- The compartment labels act as a lunch box preparation checklist and are: dairy, protein, grains, fruit, veggies
I believe having compartments in a lunch box also help you to be more creative, think of adding in sliced, chopped, diced healthier snacks, as you have the little compartments to fill. There is a small round one, perfect for dips, or maybe just a handful of blueberries or small raisins. The options are endless…
Here’s a simple yumbox lunch box idea to help kick you off…
This lunch box idea includes oatcakes, a fun dinosaur cheese, sliced cucumber and carrots, squeezy yoghurt tube, a satsuma, and handful of blueberries. The inner compartment tray can be removed easily (see below). The clasp to open the lunch box is easy for little people to manage, but is of sturdy design.
What’s not so good?
The price is on average £24.95 each, but at times you may find them on special offer. However full price, they are of such solid construction, so perhaps this is a fair trade.
Where can I buy the Yumbox lunch box?
Yumbox have their own website. Amazon is always a great starting point for checking out reviews, checking pricing, availability but be sure to check out the Eats Amazing blog too. Grace stocks some really colourful lunch box gadgets too!
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The Lunchbox Lady x
Disclaimer: the yumbox lunch box was sent for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions in the yumbox lunch box review are my own and I try and be as objective and honest as possible, giving you the facts so you are better informed and therefore able to reach your own decision when it comes to buying a new lunch box. Some links are affiliate links, where, if you then purchase, we will receive a small commission. We only link to products we have tested and trust.