5 of the Best Lunch Boxes for Kids

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These best lunch boxes for kids are functional and affordable.

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These are the best kids’ lunch boxes on the market!

Shop the best lunch boxes for kids – perfect for back to school! You won’t find anything more innovative than these affordable options.

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1. My son uses this Wildkin lunch box every day and it still looks brand new a year and a half later.

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Wildkin Lunch Box – $24.99 (watch for a price drop under $10!)

Losing a personal item at school is basically inevitable for every kiddo. Unfortunately for my wallet, it’s happened quite a few times during my kiddo’s grade school years 🤣, so when my son lost his lunch box for the 3rd time (yes, the third lol), I was looking for something incredibly cheap to get us through the school year!

While this lunch box isn’t necessarily super cheap right now, I looked at my old order invoice and originally only paid $8.29!!! 😱

hand holding phone with amazon lunch box order on screen

Turns out this little lunch box is not just cheap, but incredibly good quality too! Almost two years later, it still looks brand new, the zipper is of great quality, it wipes clean easily, and it holds all the food my son needs for the day. Perfect! 


2. My daughter loves using Bentgo bento-style lunch boxes which are airtight and dishwasher safe.

hand holding the corner of a pink and gray bento style best lunch boxes for kids

Bentgo Prints Bento-Style Lunch Box – $29.99 (regularly $39.99)
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Final cost just $24.99!

My daughter used this bento-style kid’s lunch box for the past FOUR years and it’s tough as nails – making it more than worth its value! She has toted it everywhere from the beach to preschool and kindergarten!

I’ve also noticed 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.

She loved it so much that I recently bought another Bentgo lunch box with an ice pack for this school year! 🧊

pink bentgo bento lunchbox with gray ice pack insert sitting on wood table

Bentgo Chill Bento-Style Lunch Box – $29.99 (regularly $39.99)

Since the compartments in our original Bentgo lunch box are ideal for a small snacker, I recently upgraded my daughter to one with just four compartments so we can fit larger quantities of food.

As a bonus, this one has a built-in ice pack so food effortlessly stays cold.

hand holding bento lunchbox with style food inside

Best of all, both of them are completely air-tight so you can pack applesauce or yogurt without a worry in the world. They’re seriously the best lunch boxes for kids!

To wash, simply throw them in the dishwasher, and voila! 

Hip Tip: Check out the other highly rated bento lunch boxes for all ages our team loves!


3. Flatbox lunch boxes are machine washable and lay flat so they’re perfect to take anywhere.

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The school cafeteria can be a messy place, so if a more sanitary and cleaner eating experience is at the top of your wish list as a parent, the FlatBox will be sure to check off everything on your list!

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They’re machine washable and quick-drying, which already makes them stand out among all the other kids’ lunch boxes on the market. Even cooler, they unzip to lay completely flat making them extremely universal for anywhere, anytime, or anyone. 🙌

Plus, they’re made with triple insulated neoprene so they’ll keep your kiddo’s lunch hot or cold for hours. Store them away flat when you’re not using them!


4. Freeze your PackIt lunch box overnight and it’ll act like a refrigerator on the go.

hand holding a rainbow lunchbox in front of open refrigerator

PackIt Freezable Classic Lunch Box – starting at $18.74 (regularly $23.99) 

You won’t even need to buy an ice pack when packing up lunches for the kids with the innovative PackIt lunch boxes! These seriously cool bags are the first and only lunch boxes with freezable, non-toxic gel built between all its walls, so when you freeze them overnight, they’ll mimic your home’s very own refrigerator! WOW!

Even cooler, you’ll have plenty of peace of mind with their thoughtful PVC-free, BPA-free, phthalate, and lead-free materials. Plus, your kiddos will love all the fun prints and traditional styles to choose from!


5. A timeless L.L. Bean lunch box can coordinate with their bookbag and can even be personalized.

dark green ll bean lunch box on gray background

There’s no lunch box on the market that will scream classy and timeless quite like an L.L. Bean kids lunch box! I, myself, had a neon yellow one back in the ’90s which perfectly matched my neon yellow backpack. 🤣 And while that wouldn’t be my first choice as an adult now, L.L. Bean makes so many fun prints and solid color options, perfect for any kiddo looking to express their unique style.

And, of course, they still offer the ability to personalize all of your kiddo’s L.L. Bean belongings. Add a monogram for $8 or it’s FREE with your L.L.Bean Mastercard.

Explore all of L.L. Bean’s matching bookbags and lunch boxes.


Bonus: Rubbermaid’s LunchBlox comes with its own ice pack and clips together to fit in any lunch box.

stacks of rubbermaid plastic containers with blue ice packs on counter

Already have a kid’s lunch box and just looking for a better way to organize their food? Rubbermaid makes highly-rated containers that snap together with their included ice pack so you can ensure everything is not just staying cool all day, but staying in the perfect place too.

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


Here’s a week of easy sandwich-free lunch ideas kids will love!


About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 8+ years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.


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Comments 15

  1. MrsG

    I’m shocked pottery barn didn’t make the cut!

  2. Jenna

    My vote goes to Pottery Barn. My kids have both had their retro lunch boxes all through elementary and middle school. I love their domed style, that fits a refillable bottle (nalgene) , the bottom fits a sandwich container (we used Tupperware), and there’s room for a small water bottle and snacks. Durable and spacious, always won for me!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Jenna! Good to know what has worked well for your kids!

  3. JES

    I’ve never heard of Packit brand before, so I did some investing. They also make a snack bag. Our kiddos snack break isn’t until later in the afternoon, so it’s hard to send cold items. This will allow me to send cheese and such for afternoon snack. Thanks!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      How neat! You’re most welcome!

    • Lolie

      My boys have used PackIt lunch bags for several years. The built in ice packs work really well and keep items cold for a long time. I think they are very durable also, they have held up well with no issues. Definitely worth investing in!

  4. Materof6

    Hats off the mom who makes little fun shapes, etc. for the Bento! I’m not “that mom” for sure! Hahaha! Land’s end with the EZ wipe…we’ve had some of those for 3+ years…still going strong! Thanks for the post Hip2Save!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re so welcome! Thanks for sharing what has been working best for your family!

  5. Amanda

    Any good ideas for those fussy kids who actually like their food warm and don’t have access to a microwave?

    • Stacy F (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      My best advice would be to get Thermos food containers or any other food container that is double insulated. Thermos Funtainers retain heat for 5 hours so if you send the food to school hot, it should stay hot until their lunchtime. Fun designs too: https://amzn.to/2VGrm4T

    • Diana Diana

      Hi Amanda,
      I use Zojirushi Mr. Bento Stainless Lunch Jar, 41 Oz. It’s a bit big but it keeps my kids & husband’s food warm/hot. It stocks 4 containers together. The bottom 2 containers stay warm/hot and the top two I put fruits and other snacks. It’s a bit pricey but its so worth it. We been using ours almost everyday for 5+ yrs.

  6. MaaMaaBear

    Has anyone used the FlatBox lunch boxes that can give an honest review?

  7. kristand

    With the Bentgo lunch boxes do you put them in a lunch bag? Just wondering if I also need to buy a bag that fits it.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You can put them in a lunch bag with an ice pack. Hope that is helpful! 💞

    • Bbb

      The bentgo boxes fit snugly in most lunch bags… doesn’t leave space for a water bottle.

      Anyone have a recommendation for a lunch bag that fits a Bentgo style box AND regular size water bottle??

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