Over the past two months, we've been trying out some of the most popular lunch boxes so that we could offer our recommendations for what's best for toddlers. What you choose will depend some on your toddler's appetite and where they eat lunch of course, but I hope that this helps if you need to pack a lunch but are unsure of which might be the best container to use for your little eater.
Lunchbots Trio, $21.99 (bottom left)
This is one of the first lunchboxes that we tried and we really love it. The Trio is a great size for toddlers and the compartments help you pack balanced lunches. It's easy to clean and it's small, so it packs into a backpack or a diaper bag nicely. It's also affordable for a stainless steel model. I do wish that the top snapped on more securely, but otherwise, we love it.
Best for: toddlers who need a daily packed lunch that won't need to be reheated
Easy Lunchboxes, $13.95 for 4 (bottom right)
These heavy-duty BPA-free plastic lunchboxes are incredibly handy. They are easy to store since they stack nicely, and a set is nice since you can pack 4 lunches all at once. For toddlers, though, they are really large, so you might have a hard time judging appropriate portions. We prefer to use ours for days when we need lunch and snacks—and we pack them all together in the containers. They are my favorite for traveling.
Best for: long days out of the house, parents who want to make multiple lunches ahead of time, older kids/adults with larger appetites.
Planetbox Shuttle, $49.95 (top right)
If you're on IG, you've probably seen the amazing lunches that some parents pack in their Planetbox. The traditional stainless steel container has many compartments and it's a little heavy, so it may not be the best choice for younger eaters—the Shuttle model is a better size for toddlers and the lidded container is nice for dips and sauces. All options are incredibly sturdy though, and easy to care for, so the higher price tag should be considered over the course of many years. (You also get a carrying case for the price, so make sure to factor that in.)
Best for: kids preschool and up with bigger appetites who like lots of options in their lunch, or a family who wants to buy one lunchbox and use it for years and years to come.
(Keep in mind that none of these are good options if you want something you can reheat. These are good for cold or room temperature lunches. If you want containers that can be warmed up, I recommend Wean Green glass containers.)
Looking for ideas for what to put into your toddler's lunchbox? Check out my Yummy Toddler Lunch series here.