Last updated: August 5, 2021

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Welcome to our big Lunch Box test 2021. Here we present all the snack boxes we tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best Lunch Box for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of if you want to buy a snack box.




Summary

  • Lunch Boxes are a practical, environmentally friendly and chic means of transport for a daily balanced breakfast. Basically, snack boxes of all sizes are offered with one, two or even more compartments.
  • Apart from the compartment division, snack boxes with handles, snack boxes with thermal function and snack box sets are also offered.
  • The Lunch boxes are ideal for creating a varied meal. In addition, they stay fresh for a long time in the box.

The Best Lunch Box: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a lunch box

Snack boxes or lunch boxes are an important accessory for transporting your breakfast or lunch, both during your apprenticeship years and in your working life. The box not only helps to keep food fresh, but is also an environmentally friendly product.

We have put together a little guide to help you choose the right lunch box for you.

Which lunch box is suitable for children and which for adults?

The essential feature of a lunch box is that it keeps breakfast fresh for a long time. The demands on a lunchbox differ between consumers. Whereas for children the design should be appetising, for adults the focus is on versatile use.

Here we show you the essential features of a lunch box for children and adults.

For children, the following aspects are appealing:

  • Child-friendly design
  • Compartmentalisation
  • Easy to handle closure

For children, it is important that they already look forward to their lunch when they see their beautiful lunch box. Therefore, a friendly, colourful design is fundamental. Furthermore, it is helpful to be able to divide the snack into different compartments so that fruit and bread do not get mixed up. In addition, children should not have any difficulties opening or closing the box.

For adults, the decisive factor is:

  • Sufficient volume
  • Versatile use
  • Compartmentalisation

For adults, it is important that they can pack themselves a sufficiently large portion to go through the day fortified. In addition, the can should be versatile and suitable for both cool and hot food. It is also advantageous to be able to spatially separate different foods so that everything does not get mixed up.

Did you know that there are more than 5 different names for snack boxes in Germany?

In the north of Germany they are called Stullendose, in the east they are known as Brotschi, in western Germany they are called Butterbrotdose and in southern Germany they are called Vesperdose or Brotzeitdose. In Saxony they have the name Bemmenbüchse.

Is a lunch box with a removable lid or a hinged lid more suitable?

The lid on a lunch box can be removable or hinged. Depending on your needs, one or the other is the more practical option. We recommend a box with a hinged lid for your little ones. For adults, on the other hand, a removable lid allows for variable use.

Since children like to misplace things during exciting games with friends, it makes more sense for them to have a snack box with a hinged lid. In addition, the lids are usually easier to operate, which makes opening and closing easier.

For adults, on the other hand, the lid should be removable. This way, larger foods can be filled in without any problems. With microwave-safe boxes, this also has the advantage of being able to put it aside while heating.

What additional features give a bread box that special extra?

Some bread boxes have versatile functions that allow different handling of the food to be transported.

The special features include:

  • Handle
  • Compartmentalisation
  • Set offers
  • Thermal function

The handle makes handling easier, especially for children. During the big break, they can easily transport the bread box with the help of the handle.

Furthermore, the compartments help to arrange the food nicely and prevent flavours from mixing or the fruit from soaking the bread.

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Boxes with hinged lids are particularly suitable for children, as they are easier to handle and the components cannot get lost. For adults, boxes with removable lids are best.

Alternatively, you can choose a set consisting of several snack boxes in which you can store your food separately. A complete package with a water bottle is also nice for children, as it provides them with a uniform set of items.

For adults, on the other hand, it is important to be able to keep their meal at the right temperature during the long working day. Lunch boxes that are microwave-safe and have a cooling function are suitable for this. This means that either the lid can be removed to heat the food in the microwave or a cooling element stored overnight in the icebox can be used to keep it at the right temperature.

The following table summarises the extras of lunch boxes:

Extras Function
Handle facilitates handling and transport, e.g. at the snack yard
Compartmentalisation Food can be nicely sorted and there is no danger of different flavours mixing
Set offers You get several snack boxes at once, the advantage is that usually different sizes are available together in one set and food that cannot be easily separated by compartmentalisation, e.g. yoghurt, can thus be served individually.Yoghurt, for example, can be packed individually
Thermal function This function is particularly suitable for food that is best kept warm. With this version, food can easily be heated in the microwave

How expensive are lunch boxes?

Snack boxes are already available for little money. This keeps your own breakfast fresh every day. Lunch boxes for children cost between five and 35 euros. Complete sets consisting of several boxes or including a water bottle are available for this price. Lunch boxes for adults range from 10 to 35 euros. For this price, you can already get microwave and freezer-safe lunch boxes.

Type price in euros
Snack boxes for children 5 to 35 €
Snack boxes for adults 10 to 35 €

Decision: What types of lunch boxes are there and which one is right for you?

Basically, you can distinguish between three types of snack boxes:

  • Plastic lunch boxes
  • Stainless steel lunch boxes
  • Glass lunch boxes

Snack box, snack box or lunch box - Most people think of the classic plastic lunch box. Due to the different areas of application and one's own preference, there are other alternatives for the material plastic. Glass and stainless steel snack boxes are good alternatives to the traditional plastic lunch box.

The different materials can be used in very different areas for very different purposes. In the following section, we will briefly discuss the different types and show the advantages and disadvantages. This will make it easier for you to decide which snack box is best for you.

What distinguishes a plastic lunch box and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

The plastic snack box is particularly suitable for children. They are very light and come in a variety of designs. The advantage of these boxes is that they can be found in the lower price segment. If a box is lost at school or broken due to the brittleness of the plastic, it is easy to find a replacement.

Advantages
  • Suitable for children
  • Very cheap
  • Large selection
  • Mostly with subdivisions
Disadvantages
  • Can become brittle
  • Mostly not dishwasher safe

As the lid is usually attached to the box, children cannot misplace the lids. The easy handling is particularly suitable for young children. When buying, you should make sure that the plastic lunch box can also be washed in the dishwasher. Otherwise, it can become unattractively deformed.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a stainless steel lunch box?

The stainless steel snack box is particularly suitable for people who want to have something from their lunch box for a long time. The stainless steel is very robust and suitable for the dishwasher. The closure of the lid ensures that the box is leak-proof. Since plastic is difficult to biodegrade, the stainless steel snack box is an environmentally friendly alternative.

Advantages
  • Robust
  • Durable
  • Leak-proof
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Dishwasher safe
Disadvantages
  • Relatively expensive
  • Mostly without subdivision

This type of box is rather unsuitable for children, as the lid is not attached to the box and the box is heavier than the plastic box. Since the popularity of the stainless steel snack box is relatively low, there is less choice than with the plastic version.

What distinguishes a glass lunch box and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

The glass snack box is free of unhealthy pollutants and biodegradable. The lid of a glass snack box is removable and has a leak-proof closure.

The seals in the rim of the lid provide additional protection so that soups, for example, can be easily taken to the office. It is also microwave-safe and suitable for the dishwasher. Since the glass snack boxes are relatively heavy and can break quickly, they are mostly used by adults.

Advantages
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Microwave safe
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Leak proof
  • Good value
Disadvantages
  • Not shatterproof
  • Unsuitable for children
  • Mostly without subdivision

The closure can also cause problems, especially for younger children. There are also hardly any glass boxes that have a compartment divider. This means that different foods can only be transported in one large box.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate lunch boxes

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate snack boxes. This should help you to find the right food container for you.

In summary, these are:

  • Dimensions and age group
  • Material, lid and closure
  • Compartment layout
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Microwave and freezer safe
  • Design and extras

In the following sections, we explain what the individual purchase criteria mean and how you can classify them for yourself.

Dimensions and age group

The dimensions give you an idea of whether the lunch box fits well in your backpack or school bag. It also helps you to assess whether the lunch box has sufficient capacity for the corresponding age group with its different hunger pangs.

We recommend a smaller lunch box for children who do not eat as much, as this saves space. These include for example. Snack boxes from Sigikid or Emsa. Children and young people in the growth spurt, on the other hand, who need a lot of nutrients, need a larger box, such as the Bento Box Kids or the normal Bento Box.

As an adult, a larger lunch box is also recommended so that enough food can be packed for the entire working day. It's also nice to be able to arrange your lunch break with a variety of meals. The Bento Box is ideal for this.

Age group Product
Children (kindergarten, primary school) Emsa lunch boxes, Sigikid lunch boxes
Adolescents(secondary school) Bento boxes for kids and for adults
Adults (study, work) Bento boxes for adults

Material, lid and closure

The material should always be free of harmful substances and food-safe so that the packed food cannot absorb any toxins. Furthermore, easy-to-use closures are useful for easy handling.

As we have already described in the guide under the point "Is a lunch box with a removable lid or a hinged lid more suitable?", the lid design is related to one's own needs. Before buying a lunch box, you should ask yourself what kind of food you need to transport.

In addition to the lid, the closing mechanism also contributes to this. On the one hand, it should be easy to operate, such as with a clip mechanism, but it should also close tightly so that no liquids can escape.

Did you know that digestion begins in the mouth?

The saliva prepares the food for the intestines. Saliva contains amylases that break down carbohydrates into sugars. Chewing for a long time prevents digestive problems.

Compartmentalisation

The eye also eats. The compartmentalisation helps to drape food attractively and allows it not to get mixed up in the breadbox over the course of the day.

To be able to separate food, there should be at least two compartments. If you want more variety, three, four or more compartments are ideal.

Alternatively, you can fill several boxes and take them with you. However, you should bear in mind that this will take up a lot of space in your backpack.

Here is an example of how you can use the different compartments:

Number of compartments Breakfast
1 Snack
2 Snack and fruit
3 Snack, fruit and cereal bar
4 Snack, fruit, cereal bar etc.

Dishwasher safe

If the lunch box needs to be cleaned quickly for the next school day, but you still have so many appointments that rinsing and hand drying with a cloth is out of the question, a dishwasher-safe material is suitable.

Most lunch boxes can be cleaned well in the dishwasher with the other dishes. However, some motifs or materials are not resistant enough for a dishwasher cycle. Therefore, either individual parts or the entire box must be cleaned by hand.

You can find out whether a box is dishwasher-safe or not either on the corresponding manufacturer's page or in the instruction manual.

Microwave and freezer suitability

A snack box should be versatile so that you can add variety to your snack every day.

Especially when the children get older and have to stay at school for a long time, a microwave-safe box is suitable for reheating the food.

But adults also enjoy the universal lunch box. Either the delicious piece of cake from the day before can be transported in a cool place or lunch can be warmed up.

Snackbox für Mädchen

Children particularly like lunch boxes that are colourful and have pretty motifs. Various manufacturers offer a wide range of colours, patterns and motifs - there is hardly any limit to the imagination.

Design and extras

The design is the first thing you see before you reach for your breakfast. So that you can already look forward to your breakfast, it is important that it is beautifully designed.

With cheerful colours, modern design and varied motifs, there is something for everyone. Children usually look forward to the little pirates, princesses, cars and horses that decorate their breakfast boxes. Adults, on the other hand, prefer clear colours and modern shapes that give the product that certain something.

For children, it is still particularly nice to have a uniform set of lunch box and drinking bottle. That's why manufacturers like Emsa or Sigikid offer complete packages.

Trivia: Interesting facts about lunch boxes

Can I customise my lunch box?

Yes, that is possible. There are several suppliers on the Internet who offer customisation of the snack box. They offer photo prints on the lid, child-friendly motifs or designing your own name.

The creative design of the snack box gives it a very personal value so that you look forward to your bread break every day. It is also easy to recognise among all the other boxes.

Eine einfache Snackbox

The photo shows a very simple snack box with one compartment. If you want to prepare a balanced snack for your child or yourself, for example, you should prefer boxes with several compartments and, of course, more substantial contents. In addition to fresh fruit, sandwiches or muesli bars are also an option for an energy-rich snack. (Source: Hans / pixabay.com)

Image source: Pixabay / jelly

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