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There is no former first-lady to blame for yucky school lunch. Our grandparents went home for lunch for a reason, and our parents carpooled to a local pizza joint with their high school buddies to avoid suspicious mozzarella sticks. To no surprise, even Gen Z can't stand cafeteria food, which is why we rounded up the best lunch boxes for kids.
These lunch boxes are ideal for cold foods, hot foods, and even the pickiest of kids. We rounded up options for toddlers, tweens, and teenagers who need something a bit more mature and stylish. Here are some lunch boxes that kids will want to stuff with sandwiches, apples, and of course, some chips and Gushers.
Best for Teens (Girls)
Here's something simple and cute for picky students. Your teen will love this lunch tote for the school year. They'll be able to choose from 9 different designs. (Turquoise is my favorite.)
The $13 insulated lunch bag will clip to backpacks! Keep in mind that a bento box is not included, but it is compatible with most.
Best for Kids (Girls)
2. Bentgo Kids Prints Lunch Bag - Double Insulated, Durable, Water-Resistant Fabric with Interior and Exterior Zippered Pockets and External Bottle Holder- Ideal for Children of All Ages (Mermaid)
If your little one loves mermaids, they're going to love this lunch box. I'm in my 20s, and even I adore this lunch box.
Choose from 8 different designs. A customer gave it five stars and said it fits their bento boxes well.
Best for Kids (Boys)
3. Kids Lunch box Insulated Soft Bag Mini Cooler Back to School Thermal Meal Tote Kit for Boys,Girls,Women,Men by FlowFly,Dinosaur
Of course, we had to include something for dinosaur lovers.
Best for Teens (Boys)
4. OPUX Insulated Lunch Box for Men Women, Leakproof Thermal Lunch Bag for Work, Reusable Lunch Cooler Tote, Soft School Lunch Pail for Kids with Shoulder Strap, Pockets, 14 Cans, 8L, Heather Grey
This Amazon best seller is the perfect lunch box container bag for teens of all ages and genders. The neutral design will probably be popular with boys.
Best Bento Options
Best Bento for Kids (Unisex)
5. Bentgo Kids Brights - Leak-Proof, 5-Compartment Bento-Style Kids Lunch Box - Ideal Portion Sizes for Ages 3 to 7 - BPA-Free, Dishwasher Safe, Food-Safe Materials (Fuchsia)
Now, onto bento boxes! Bento boxes are popular in Asian countries for packing lunches or to-go meals. They're truly the best for packing ideal portions and a variety of food. If you don't like food touching, consider these boxes for their dividers.
This $24 bento-style lunch box is our pick for kids. There are three styles to choose from.
Best Bento for Teens (Unisex)
6. LunchBots Medium Trio II Snack Container - Divided Stainless Steel Food Container - Three Sections for Snacks On the Go - Eco-Friendly, Dishwasher Safe, BPA-Free - Stainless Lid - Purple Dots
I absolutely love this stainless steel lunch box. There are various colors to pick from! This food storage container is the perfect lunch kit for teens who don't want anything too flashy.
There's a large compartment for a meal and two smaller compartments for sides and snacks. Not sure if it's worth the hype? Check out this review. This box will last plenty of years.
Best Bang-for-the-Buck Bento for Everyone
7. Koccido Bento Box Lunch Box Kit,Japanese Lunch Box 3-In-1 Compartment,Stackable Lunch Box Leakproof Lunch Container,Wheat Straw Bento Lunch Box for Kids and Adults
If you love to meal prep, you'll love this box. Here's the best bento box for everyone. It keeps food organized and fresh, thanks to the airtight seal.
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