I’ve been eyeing our 6-year old’s lunchbox with envy for the last 9 months. It’s a compartmentalized Tritan-plastic insert tray that slots into a flat, rectangular box with an integrated lid that seals properly. The lid doesn’t leak. We’ve packed salad dressing, yogurt and other sauces and not once of near daily use has it ever leaked. The clasp is firm, but easy to open. It’s slim, which turned out to be a massive benefit for sliding her packed lunch into a backpack without making it bulge. The box has been dropped regularly, but apart from a few scratches and the logo washing off, it’s still in perfect condition. We love that the tray pops out of the box, which makes it easier to clean, but also easier to enjoy lunch at a table. It’s Yumbox is the lunchbox that ticks all the boxes.
Except it’s made for children under 8. The capacity is 5 half-cup compartments, which fits about half a portion of fruit or vegetables or a small muffin, half sandwich or mini-wrap. I was delighted when Yumbox told us that an adult/teen version in the making that’s now available. Woohoo! I couldn’t wait for it to arrive.
The Ergohacks Verdict
A shiny blue Tapas Yumbox arrived on our doorstep 48 hours ago and I already love it. This is a first impressions verdict – we do that sometimes with really cool products – that will be regularly updated to reflect how it holds up over time. So far, I think it’s the best lunch box I’ve ever had and that says a lot. It’s a perfect size for an adult’s lunch with a capacity of 4.2 cups and looked identical to the Classic version, just a bit bigger. Yumbox is not cheap, it’s certainly not a budget choice, but I would strongly recommend it as excellent value for money.
We buy so many lunchboxes that never last. Some are poor quality and break, whilst others are discarded at the beginning of a new school term or year because the new wears off and it’s just another boring lunchbox. Excellent products ingrain themselves in our lives. When the new wears off, we discover that we’ve grown fond of them because they’ve made life easier, simpler and more enjoyable. A Yumbox lunchbox has become one of the these in our household and as I placed the little red box on top of the bigger blue box on the lunchbox shelf, I was smitten to finally have one of my own. ‘We should have three’, Chris said as he walked in the door, ‘I wouldn’t mind having one’. High praise indeed.
I’m a huge fan of Yumbox because it’s durable, stylish and slim. This is what plastic is for – I think this box has the potential to last for years to come. And it’ll fit in whatever bag you’re carrying, sliding in smoothly like a chunky tablet. I can’t wait for more packed lunches. Yumbox is an exceptionally high-quality product that’s also classically stylish and functional. I’m already sure it’s the only lunchbox I’ll ever need.
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Yumbox was originally developed by Deleware Mum’s Daniela Devitt and Maia Neumann who were inspired by the Mediterranean diet served at Neumann’s daughter’s school. They set up a company Boolabox LLC in 2009 and went on to win a Good Design Award for the Yumbox in 2013. They also have two iPad apps and have diversified into a snack version of the Yumbox, a four-compartment version and insulated cases. They sell worldwide but their UK exclusive distributor is EatWell-Uk.
We based our Ergohacks Verdict on our first impressions over 48 hours (with prior experience of a similar Yumbox over 9 months) kindly provided by Bouncy Jam. This article was first published on 21 June 2017.