Munchbox is a new bento style lunchbox on the market. We undertook to road test both the Maxi and Mini Munchbox lunchbox for a week. Our product review of the Munchbox is not intended to be a comparison to other lunchboxes on the market, rather a review of how this product stacked up in our household. It covers how I feel about it as a mum, how our kids feel and the road tests we undertook.
The Munchbox is a leak proof bento style lunchbox that holds 5 cups of food, making it a great size for primary and high school children, and for adults. It met all the tests our family put it through. You can read about our tests below.
The first batch which we have is not dishwasher safe but we don’t have a dishwasher, so this wasn’t a concern for us. The creators of Munchbox have advised the next batch will be dishwasher safe.
Please keep in mind, we only tested the Munchbox for a week so we can not comment on the long term life of the box but we will continue to use the Munchbox because we love the amount of food it holds. We will keep you posted on the longer term life of the lunchbox as we continue to use it.
Munchbox Features I Love As A Mum
- I love that this lunchbox holds 5 cups of food. It’s big enough to hold enough food for our 10 yr old daughter and is also a suitable size for hubby and I. It holds a little too much food for our 5.5yo son, but he likes to be the same as his sister, so I just packed less in each compartment.
- The dimensions when closed is 22 x 16 x 6 cm. This fits in our medium Fridge-To-Go Cooler bag but it would also fit in other standard size cooler bags.
- There are 2 styles – The Maxi has 5 food compartments and a treat compartment. The Mini has 3 food compartments and a treat compartment. This means if you want to pack a wrap or sandwich easily, bigger fritters or hamburgers, sushi, rice paper rolls or even a big salad, you can use the Mini Munchbox. But with that said, you can also fit sushi and rice paper rolls in the compartments in the Maxi as well, and I am sure with a bit of creative cutting you could fit a sandwich into a couple of the compartments in the maxi.
- The lid is firmly attached to the lunchbox – this means no missing lids. Each style of lunchbox has 2 components – the outside lunchbox and the insert with the compartments. The insert compartment sits about 3cm above the outside lunchbox, so it’s easy to grab and pull out for cleaning.
- Each compartment is leakproof. We did several tests on this – read them below.
- It’s educational and inspirational. The insert has educational pictures and words inside. It is colourful and grabs the attention of the younger kids, but the words are pitched at older children and the message is quite clear – eating healthy is important. As a mum, it’s valuable this message is coming from someone other than me.
- They are BPA and Phtalates Free. This is important so toxins won’t leach into the food you pack.
- The price is reasonable at $39.95. I always look at my lunchbox tools as an investment. I would much prefer to pay more money upfront if it is going to last me longer and I am not going to have to replace missing lids etc.
Munchbox Features Our Kids Love
- It’s all there in front of them. Both our kids love that all their food is laid out in front of them and they can choose what they eat when they want.
- It’s easy to open. The catch has a little inset for fingers to easily grab and lift it up.
- It doesn’t weigh a lot when carrying it. It fits in their Fridge-To-Go cooler bags and in their backpack, and doesn’t weigh them down.
- The words are great reminders. Our daughter who is now 10 particularly likes how the words are a reminder about why eating real food is important for her.
Our Road Tests
Leakproof. I wanted to make sure 100% this worked. So we tested greek yoghurt, cut watermelon and tzatziki dip. We put the lunchbox in our cooler bag, then into the backpack on so the lunchbox was standing on it’s side. None of these items leaked.
Toughness. This is a big one for us. Both our kids are hard on their belongings, even more so now we travel. To test the toughness, the Munchbox has been dropped on the ground, knocked off our kitchen bench and even dropped whilst it was open. Yes, some of the food did fall out of the already-open Munchbox, but this would have happened with any lunchbox. The great thing was the insert compartment stayed firmly in place. When the closed Munchbox was dropped onto the ground with food inside, it did not fall open – it stayed closed and the food was still firmly in each compartment – it was not messed up at all. The lid remain firmly attached to the Munchbox.
Packability. It’s easy to pack food into the compartments in the Munchbox. There’s plenty of room for all different sizes and cuts of fruits and vegetables. We did find the square treat compartment was quite deep and difficult for little fingers to reach things on the bottom of it. It is great for holding dip, and treats which can be pulled out from the top – like medjool dates, and slices, but didn’t work so well for things like grapes, olives or seeds.
Cleaning. We do not have a dishwasher in the bus, so we wash everything by hand. The insert sits 3cm above the outer lunchbox, so it’s easy to grab hold of and pull out. It’s easy to wash both the outer lunchbox and the insert with a sponge and a brush to get into the corners and the seal in the lid. You do need to rinse the back of the insert tray well because soap suds get caught in the underside and you need to let it drain quite a while. I lean it on its side to drain so the water runs down the insert, then I lie it on its back for the water to drain out entirely. The creators of the Munchbox have advised this first batch of Munchbox are not dishwasher safe but the next batch will be.
Colour range. The colour range is vibrant and they are really colourful with the latch being a contrasting colour to the main colour of the lunchbox. If your kids are like mine, the colour of their lunchbox can be important. The Munchbox comes in 5 different main colours – there’s a pink colour called Princess, a blue (my daughters favourite colour) called Ocean, a green called Lime, a yellow called Sunshine and a red called Lava. Our little guy’s favourite colour is orange, so he was happy to go with a red when we told him it was called Lava (he also loves volcanoes).
- The current batch of Munchbox is NOT dishwasher safe. The creators are working with manufacturers to make it dishwasher safe. With that said, Munchbox guarantee against manufacturing defects including any parts or material defects for a period of one year after purchase.
- The date for the new batch of Munchboxes is currently unknown but this post will be updated when this is known
- You can order Munchboxes from mymunchbox.com.au
- Munchbox are giving The Root Cause community 10% off store wide. Visit our Lunchbox Tools page to get the latest discount code.
Here are some of the lunches we have packed in the Munchbox this week.