rattle proof lunch box lunch boxes

Here at TWC, we've become a tad obsessed with lunch. It began with one nice piece of tupperware and then quickly spiralled out of control. And the reason is because, as cycling commuters, we both care about what we eat at lunch time and worry it's going to get all over the inside of our bags.

So we asked around for some lunch boxes of different shapes, sizes and prices so we could test their ability to hold up to some wear and tear.

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The testing process? We filled each box with water and a couple of drops of food dye. Then we put them in plastic bags and shook them around as violently as we could. Then we threw them down the stairs. After that, it was just a case of seeing how much pink liquid had managed to get from the inside of the lunch box, to the inside of the plastic bag. We looked quite silly doing it.

We hope our painstaking research leads you to your ideal lunchtime companion!

sainsbury's klip lock 900ml lunch box

First up is our cheapest lunch box, the Sainsbury's 900ml Klip Lock. It's actually more of a food storage box, but we know that most of you will use something along these lines for your own lunch.

Rattleproof?

Surprisingly so. There was a little bit of pink liquid at the bottom of the plastic bag after a good shake, but considering the budget nature of this box the amount was minimal. More of a general dampness around the box than an deluge of liquid.

Size and weight

It's very light, but the size is small. Your sandwiches might have to be cut in a slightly off way to fit. Sainsbury's does a whole range of sizes though.

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Cleverness

No special compartments here. But it has one job to do and it does it well.

Price

What a steal! £2.95.

Mon Bento Original The bento box

Monbento make lovely lunchboxes. The Monbento Original Bento Box has that soft-touch feel which makes it feel premium and trustworthy off the bat. There is also an insane array of accessories available to purchase, including cutlery and box separators. But how do we rate them?

Rattleproof?

The Monbento managed to only shed a few drops after having a healthy shove down the stairs. Really quite impressive considering the fact each section has a small, rubber-covered hole for microwaving. This should have been a weak spot but the boxes held up well.

monbento original bento box

Size and weight

It's a heavier box than many of the others we tested, but that gives it a feeling quality. We thought it was worth the extra weight, but if you like travelling light it may not suit.

Cleverness

Nice, subtle design features. Everything fits together nicely. Our only dislike was that there was no box separators included; they must be bought separately. This means there's no space for a handful of nuts or similar. However, it's clear these boxes are intended primary for asian foods like sushi.

Price

Yep, it's expensive at around £23. But it will stand up well to wear and tear, hopefully meaning you'll not have to buy another for a long time.

black + blum lunch pot

The TWC team already owns some Black + blum products and loved them, so we were super excited to really put the lunch pot through it's paces in our tests.

Rattleproof?

We were really surprised that the the lunch pot leaked a considerable amount of liquid during our tests. However, we feel it was important to say that we were particularly violent due to our high expectations, and in our experience the provided handle keeps the two different sections together. And together, we're stronger.

black + blum lunch pot

Size and weight

A taller lunch box works well for those who like to be generous with their portions but still want to be able to squeeze it down the side of a rucksack full of everything aside from the kitchen sink. It's perhaps a little heavy, but we think the fact it can be carried via the handle makes up for that. Perfect for taking to the park at lunch.

Cleverness

The two compartments are great and they stack well. Perhaps we'd like the little one to be a bit bigger (we tried putting fruit in it and it couldn't quite carry all the pineapple we desired). But we love the handle and fork combo – ingenious!

Price

Still a bit of an investment, but at £16.95 it's considerably less expensive than the Monbento. And you'll save enough on lunches to make it worthwhile in a few days.

yumbox lunch box

We wanted to try the Yumbox because of it's unique portion-control tray. These are aimed at both kids and adults, meaning they may look a little childish for the office-conscious. But on first impression it feels sturdy and pleasingly novel.

Rattleproof?

Eh... no. Really bad actually. We gave it a shake and this yumbox couldn't cope: especially disappointing because it advertises itself as 'leakproof' and has a reassuring looking rubber lid to seal off each section from the next. We were using water and it's important to acknowledge that nothing that viscous will ever be packed for your lunch. But a tad sad it couldn't cope with the violence of our tests. One for those of you that are more careful than us.

Size and weight

Another heavier one... but we like the size very much. It's dinky and could nicely fit in a magazine rack on your desk, or similar, after you've finished with it.

yumbox lunch box

Cleverness

Top marks for the different sections encouraging appropriate portions and nutritionally balanced meals. We haven't been creative enough to use it to it's full capacity yet, but check out the delicious looking options on the Yumbox website.

Price

Back up to £24.99. Perhaps a little steep... but if you're struggling to get your children excited about the handful of nuts you want them to eat, this could turn out to be priceless.

large lakeland lunchbox

Every Mum's favourite, this Lakeland large lunch box was specifically made and designed for the company.

Rattleproof?

Not bad. Some leakage was present, but the fact that this design incorporates a box within a box helped a lot. We think under normal usage this would fair well.

Size and weight

We thought it was too big at first, and it certainly takes up quite a bit of room in your bag. But it's perfect for getting a complete lunch into: i.e, not one where you'll have to go buy a toffee crisp half an hour later.

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Cleverness

We love love loved the included fork and mini containers. There's even ridges on the inside of the main compartment to keep the smaller boxes in place. The images on the Lakeland website also show just how well the space could be used.

Price

We think £11.99 is really reasonable. Good job Lakeland!

Ikea Kullar lunch box

Another budget option, we love how funky these Ikea Kullar lunch boxes are.

Rattleproof?

Again, not bad. Some liquid leaked out of the Ikea box, but we think they'd do okay with normal consistency lunch items. We would worry that they may get a little looser over time though.

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Size and weight

Light as a feather, but we reckon the blue one is a little too big and the yellow one a little too small for our tastes!

Price

For £2.75, it's hard to complain about these lunch boxes.

black blum lunch bowl

Another from the range, this Black + blum lunch bowl boasts an ergonomic design so it's easy to hold and scoff down your lunch without needing a table. It also comes with a sauce pot and a fork that cleverly attaches to the lid.

Rattleproof?

Sadly, the main compartment didn't hold up well to our liquid test despite a reassuring air tight seal around the lid. However, the sauce pot remained completely dry. Therefore we recommend this for salads and other lunch dishes. But not soups. Definitely not soups.

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Size and weight

The shape is odd, but when we read it was ergonomic reasons and then tried eating off the table, it all made sense. A lot of thought has gone into this design, even if that does result in it looking a bit odd.

Cleverness

Again, great ergonomic design. We also love the fork that attaches securely to the lid.

Price

The same as their lunch pot at £16.95. And again, we'd call it a worthy investment.

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