A bento box is the perfect way to enjoy a fresh healthy meal at school, work, or in the park. With so many designs and fun styles to choose from, your kids will be happy and so will you. You may never buy your lunch again.
What You Should Consider When Selecting The Perfect Bento Box
It’s hard to go wrong with any bento box. They come in a range of sizes and designs. Each one has multiple, leak-proof compartments that are dishwasher safe and environmentally friendly. To help you choose the right one (or ones), here are five things to consider:
1. What Size Do You Need?
The size box you need depends obviously on how much food you plan to pack into it. For a young child, a smaller size should hold enough to satisfy their nutritional needs. For picky eaters, find a smaller box with multiple containers that will allow you to pack a variety of colorful food without the risk of leaking.
The medium size box best suits low-calorie meals. Larger sizes are appropriate for older kids and healthy adults. Go with an extra-large box if you want to pack a complete meal for several people for a picnic or large lunch or dinner.
2. How Durable Should It Be?
Durability is an important consideration. You can find bento boxes made from plastic, wood, and metal. For children, you want a bento box that is rugged enough to withstand being dropped, slammed, and beaten up. And you want it to hold up in the dishwasher. Plastic or stainless steel boxes are the most durable choices.
For an adult who wants a nice box for work, durability may not be less important. However, you want a box that is durable enough to withstand the rigors of a commute and sleek enough to fit into a backpack. A plastic box is easy to maintain and perfect for regular use. Many are dishwasher and microwave safe. You can find plastic boxes in a wide range of styles and designs.
Wood is the traditional material used in creating beautiful bento boxes. Many are works of art, but they can be more difficult to maintain than plastic boxes. They are also a little heavier to carry and often cost more. If you go with a wood one, you may want to keep it for use on special occasions when you can appreciate its craftsmanship and avoid damaging it.
Another popular material for a bento box is metal. Metal boxes have strong sides with solid latches. Those made of stainless steel are nearly indestructible and dishwasher safe.
3. How Convenient Will It Be to Use?
As already indicated, some bento boxes are dishwasher safe and microwave safe. It’s so convenient to toss all of the parts into the dishwasher and have it ready to pack the next time you want to use it. Having to hand wash any part of it, even the exterior, could detract from the convenience a bento box provides.
Likewise, the convenience of being able to toss the entire box into the microwave to heat up the food inside of it may be an important time-saver for you. If so, you should select a plastic microwave safe box.
Another feature that makes the bento box convenient is the way its interior is designed. Most boxes have multiple, leak proof compartments that can safely hold dips, sauces, and even juices. However, you can also find a box with fewer interior containers. Just make sure that the containers and the box itself are leakproof.
When it comes to the interior design, you can also find boxes with built-in tableware, fittings for napkins and other unique features to make the experience convenient and fun. Perhaps you prefer to have a couple of different boxes so you have plenty of options from day to day.
4. What Shape Makes the Most Sense for You?
Bento boxes come in just about every shape imaginable. The shape is important if you need to pack your bento box into a backpack, purse, or briefcase. A sleek rectangular shape will likely pack better than a fat, round box or one that is irregularly shaped.
5. Do You Like Its Appearance?
A beautifully designed bento box makes using it that much more enjoyable. Regardless of the material it is made from, a lovely bento box is a feast for the eyes. It makes the meal inside taste even better.
For your children, you can find bento boxes designed with their favorite animation characters and in a variety of colorful and fun shapes. For the grown-ups, you can find a box designed to suit your personal style, from flowers and nature to sleek, contemporary motifs.
Contact The Bento Box Experts At Kangovou For Help Making Your Choice
Whatever kind of bento box you’re looking for, you want to find one that is quality-made and serves your needs. Get help from the bento lunch box specialists at Kangovou and you won’t go wrong. Our bento lunch boxes are BPA-free and do not contain any other hazardous materials such as lead or PVC.