This year, I have tried to eliminate as many plastic products as possible from our home. One of the first things I researched was the different options available for stainless steel lunch boxes for my daughter. This summer I came across PlanetBox and decided to try it out.
On their site, PlanetBox says this of their systems “PlanetBox is the smart lunchbox that guides you in packing a well-balanced meal quickly and easily. Part bento box, part TV dinner tray, our segmented containers are the best way to pack delicious, no waste meals for school, work, or on the go. Not your old fashioned metal lunch box, PlanetBox is truly lunch transportation for the green generation.”
You can choose from three different systems:
- Launch: a perfect option for larger serving sizes (great for adults to take to the office instead of buying take out!). It has three large compartments and is available alone or in a complete kit that comes with a small dipper container, a glass container for reheating, a carrying case and magnets for the front. Price: $49.95-$74.95
- Rover: this is the system that I went with for my daughter because I liked the four sections for smaller portions. The complete kit comes with a small dipper and larger container for things like yogurt or items that might leak as well as the carrying bag. My daughter loved that she could select some magnets for the front to personalize her lunch box. Price: $39.95-$59.95
- Shuttle: this is the smallest option of the three. Perfect for small meals and snacks on the go. It features two sectioned compartments and a tall dipper. The complete kit also includes the carrying case. Price: $34.95-$39.95
After a month of use, here are my list of pros and cons of the PlanetBox system:
- Love that it is earth friendly and not made of plastic.
- Stainless steel lunch box is very well made.
- Small sections allow me to send a sampling of several different foods which my daughter loves.
- Customizable magnets are fun and can be purchased separately for $2.95-$3.95 so you can switch it up every year if you choose.
- Optional accessories include a cold kit filled with no harmful chemicals (only purified water), extra seals for the leak proof containers, magnets for all three systems, a fork and spoon kit, varying size dippers, carrying bags and a glass satellite dish.
- The Rover is fairly heavy for a 6 year old to carry (but points for it being so well made!)
- The carrying case interior is not a wipeable fabric and can stain easily (learn from my mistake and don’t put anything in the lunch box that can leak – even the smallest amount of salad dressing!). Sometimes I found that even Sunbutter managed to find it’s way out of the lunch box and onto the interior.
- The carrying case is already showing signs of wear and has a few tears. This is really my biggest con so far. I have lunch boxes that have held up a year or more with little to no signs of wear. Customer service was very responsive though, so a big kudos to them for that.
- Lastly, the price may be prohibitive to some, but I found it pretty comparable to other stainless options out there like LunchBots. and ECOlunchbox.
All in all, after a month of use, I would give the system 8 out of 10. I may end up looking for another carrying case option next year depending on how this one holds up, but in the end, I think it is worth the investment and I can see the lunch box easily lasting into my daughter’s middle school years!
What do you use for your kids lunch containers? What do you use for yourself? I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments!