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From pleasing picky eaters to cutting back on single-use plastics and eliminating cabinets full of mismatched containers, bento boxes are a lunch-packing parents' BFF. These all-in-one lunchboxes are a genius way to offer up a nutritious and perfectly portioned lunch for kids of all ages all while keeping foods separate and safe from leaking. (And as a bonus, can even help kids visualize what a healthy lunch should look like!)
The best kids' bento boxes should offer a leak-proof design that's easy to clean and easy for little ones to operate. (Seriously, who has time for a backpack full of yogurt?) Because there are tons on the market today, we've done the research so you don't have to. We've rounded up the best BPA-free, durable and kid-friendly bento boxes that are guaranteed to last at least a couple of school years. (And certainly longer than whatever "favorite food" they'll soon blacklist for reasons undetermined.)
Most are compatible with our favorite lunchboxes but they can also do the work solo. And to be clear, you're not obligated to go all SuperMom and cut fruit and sandwiches into flowers or sculpt rice and fish into scenes from their favorite Disney movie. (Unless you want to, of course.) No one ever needed therapy for being sent to school with bread-shaped sandwiches and pre-packaged yogurt. Promise.
If you're sending your littles off to camp, school or daycare, these are the best bento boxes for kids you can buy! (Throw in a stainless steel water bottle and you're all set.)
Best Bento Boxes for Kids
A version of this story was published August 31, 2021. It has been updated.