6 Popular Bento Boxes For Perfectly Packed Lunches (Options for All Ages!)

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A bento box will be your answer to better, more organized school lunches! Check out our favorite back-to-school or back-to-office picks…

hand holding the corner of a pink and gray bento style lunchbox

Pack it all… perfectly. 🙌🏻

I’m not sure if it’s my OCD or just the fact bento boxes are such a satisfying way to pack a lunch, but the organizer in me loves this lunch box style, and I think you’ll love it too!

So if you’re still shopping for that perfect lunch box before your new fall routine kicks into high gear, keep reading to find out our team’s favorite bento-style boxes! They’ll be perfect for your workday or for sending the kiddos back to school.

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But first, what is a bento box?

kids hands holding sides of blue organized lunchbox

These unique lunchboxes originated in Japan and bento simply means they have individual compartments for packing different textures & types of food in each one. The idea behind bento is to have a complete meal by using the compartments.

So cute, right?! 

hand holding pink tray from bento box

I bought this Bentgo lunch box nearly 4 years ago & it’s still perfect! Can you say the same about your old lunch box? 😍

When my daughter became aware of the fact her older brothers got to go to school and pack a lunch, I was searching for a way she could feel special at home with her own lunch. That’s when I discovered Bentgo lunch boxes – they’re fun bento boxes for kids!

And if our four years of use isn’t enough of a disclaimer, it’s worth mentioning again that these bento boxes are tough as nails – making it more than worth its value! From beach vacations to preschool to the pool and back, we’ve toted this thing everywhere and it’s about to head into my daughter’s first year of school with her! 👏🏻

hand holding gray and pink bento lunchbox on dishwasher rack

By far my favorite thing about these bento boxes is that they’re dishwasher safe and clip apart for easy cleaning.  🙌🏻 Again, probably something you can’t say about your kiddo’s old lunchbox.

hand holding pink and gray bento box

Plus, my daughter actually LOVES to help pack her lunch! The unique, individual compartments encourage her to try multiple foods since she’s so insistent on filling each of them before we head out the door.

Best of all, the entire thing is completely air-tight so you can even pack applesauce or yogurt without a worry in the world! This also means I’m not needing to pack extra plastic containers and risk them getting thrown out in the school cafeteria trash.

Hip Tip: Check out our ideas for easy sandwich-free lunch ideas. We’ve got your whole week covered!

hand holding corner of lunch box with bentgo box and ice packs inside

The only caveat I can think of with these bento boxes is that they’re not insulated, so if you don’t have a refrigerator to keep food cool, Bento also makes the perfect carry bags for kids or roomy carry bags for adults & older kiddos to keep your food fresh longer.

Already have a few lunchboxes laying around? It even fits in just about every traditional-sized lunchbox too!

hand holding corner of pink and gray bento style lunchbox on wood table

Check out these Bentgo lunchbox deals on Amazon:

Bentgo Kids Lunchbox – $24.99 (regularly $39.99)
Save an extra $2 with Amazon’s clippable coupon!
Final cost just $22.99 SHIPPED!

Or save BIG on Bentgo lunch boxes if you’re a Sam’s Club member

Bentgo Kids Lunchbox Bundle Pack (includes TWO)  – $24.98

That’s just $12.49 each! 😱


Here are 5 more bento boxes our team loves:


1. My Hip sidekick Erica loves these PlanetBox bento boxes which are stainless steel & come with a warranty.

little girl holding Planetbox metal bento style lunch box

Buy it at PlanetBox – $38.95 (regularly $49.95)

Planetbox makes non-toxic bento boxes made of high-quality stainless steel to keep your food cool for longer. They’re also dishwasher safe just like my daughter’s Bentgo box so clean up is simple.

Personalize your PlanetBox with their fun magnet designs – your kids will never grow bored of packing when they’re using this bento box! Plus, they come with a 5-year warranty so you know they’re built to last. The company claims it’s the only lunch box your kids will ever need!

Shop PlanetBox carry bags if you need them to stay insulated even longer.

close up of safari themed bento box on countertop

Here’s what my Hip sidekick Erica said about her kid’s PlanetBoxes:

“I love these PlanetBoxes! They are pretty pricey, but after hearing from a few friends how amazing they are, I had to give them a try. The best part is they will literally last forever! I can easily organize my kiddos’ lunches for school with all the different compartments and I know it will stay cool all day since it’s made of stainless steel! Plus, they love the little magnets they get to decorate the lunch box which makes it super fun!”


2. Bentgo also makes these bento boxes stylish enough for adults & they come with their own silverware.

bento box on countertop with silverware and food inside

Buy it on Amazon – $14.99

Almost half the cost of my daughter’s Bentgo lunchbox, you can score this stackable set for yourself from the same reputable company and each one even comes with reusable silverware so there’s plenty of bang for your buck.

Best of all, it’s BPA-free and dishwasher safe so it’s still super convenient too. Speaking of convenience, when you’re done eating, the top portion nests inside the bottom, making storage more convenient.


3. This bento box on Amazon is perfect for salad lovers.

salad container bento box organizer on counter

Buy it on Amazon$10.99 (regularly $16.99)

Salad lovers everywhere will appreciate having this bento box to tote around to work or school! It features a bottom compartment suitable for all your salad (or a hot entrée if desired). Plus, the top compartment will be just what you need for all your toppings and dressing. Even better, it comes with a fork too so you’ll be effortlessly prepared every day!


4. Rubbermaid’s Lunch Blox comes with its own ice pack & clips together to fit in any bag.

stacks of rubbermaid plastic containers with blue ice packs on counter

Buy them on Amazon – $14.99

  • Or buy 2 kits for $22.99 – that’s just $11.49 for each set!

While they’re not exactly categorized as a bento box, these five-star Rubbermaid containers that snap together had to make the cut considering all the fantastic reviews! Plus, they even include their very own ice pack so you can ensure everything is not just staying cool all day, but also staying in the perfect place.

Best of all, this affordable & fun option will fit in just about any lunchbox or bookbag so you’re ready to start packing it away once they arrive!


5. Get a bag, utensils, and the best price with this highly-rated all-in-one bento box!

bento box with bag and food spread out on kitchen countertop

Buy it on Amazon – $18.99

You can really have it all with this eco-friendly bento box! It’s innovatively made of wheat straw and BPA-free, non-toxic plastic so you can feel good about packing your lunch inside. Better yet, it comes with everything you need including reusable utensils, an insulated carry bag, and even a durable elastic band to hold everything together.

These compartments are just as functional as they are stylish too since they can be easily washed in the dishwasher and microwave safe! You’ll be enjoying every meal with this set in tow!


These highly-rated kids’ lunchboxes are too cool for school.


Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 5 years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.


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Comments 8

  1. Kristy

    Thank you for the explanation on these boxes. I’ve been curious about them but my I see that it takes up the entire lunch box for them to carry it to school and wonder about their drink not fitting to stay cold. My older child drinks almost a full bottle of water with meals. Any thoughts?

    • Andrea

      Sams club has a lunchbox that I bought for my kids that comes with a water bottle and has a spot on the outside of the lunch bag so it takes up no space inside.

    • KCha

      We have Bentgo boxes and the Bentgo deluxe bags. In the bag I’m able to fit the Bentgo lunchbox, a snack container, two 12oz stainless water bottles and an ice pack.

    • Angela

      Planet Box bags have a pocket on the outside for a water bottle or drink.

  2. Jen

    I bought the salad bento boxes you need to ones last year for work and I LOVE them. They work fantastically and I love that the compartments separate the toppings that might otherwise get mushy (like cheese and tomatoes). It makes me happy to use. Thank you!

  3. mskym83

    I love this Bagmine Kids Toddle Insulated Lunch Bag with Two Compartment Space to hold my kids’ Bentgo Kids Lunchbox (which can fit on the bottom compartment with flat ice packs to keep cool). Has separate insulted compartment for snacks & drink, or use as a warm food compartment. Lots of room without looking like big bulky lunch bag. Love that it can be carried with a shoulder strap & keeps the Bentgo box upright. Used to have a cute green panda & pink unicorn print for girls, currently sold out but keep eye on it as it might come back in stock. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0832MF4TJ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_0HQZ5756Y7ZST70Q575G?psc=1

  4. Angela

    My daughter has had her Planet Box since Kindergarten. She is now going into 8th grade. She takes her lunch to school everyday. We love it. It has held up extremely well. We did replace the bag once during that time frame, the box is still in great condition. 🙂

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