I struggled to find the perfect lunch containers for my kids, which you can read about here. I finally invested in the PlanetBox Rover, after catching a good deal on it during Prime Day. I’ve had it for a few months now and I’m finally ready to say IT’S WORTH IT.
If you are on the fence about investing in this pricey piece of stainless steel, read on for my review.
Reduces the Number of Dishes I Wash
Washing dishes is the bane of my existence. Each night was death by a thousand small individual containers. Now I dump one container of leftover food into the trash/compost and plop it in the dishwasher overnight. In the morning it comes out clean. It also holds up well to dishwasher cleanings. Packing lunches is a little more streamlined in the mornings because I don’t need to agonize over which tiny container will fit each food item.
Just the Right Size
The Rover is the perfect size for my two-year-old. It’s not particularly deep but because my son likes to shove large handfuls of food in his mouth and attempt to swallow them whole, I still cut his food up into manageable chunks. There are four medium sized compartments to fill, which is the perfect amount of food for my hungry little dude. The compartments are not leak proof, so food can spill out of one and into the other. But it came with two small lidded containers that nest into the larger lunchbox for more liquidy (that’s a word, right?) foods like salad dressing or yogurt. I’ve been using them to pack salad dressing or tzaziki sauce because my son likes to
eat veggies with dip use vegetables solely as utensils for consuming large quantities of dip, leaving the veggies uneaten. I would not purchase this particular container for an older child though, because it is quite shallow. I send my four-year-old in with larger chunks of food that I don’t cut into a million little pieces. These larger pieces would not fit in the Rover, but one of Planetbox’s larger/deeper containers may be a good option for him. Because the Rover is so pricey, my plan is to own one and pass it down to the next child when he is old enough to start eating solid foods. Then I will upgrade my bigger kids to larger containers.
Here’s a comparison shot of the Rover (on the left) to my four-year-old’s deeper silicone lunch container.
It’s very easy for a toddler to manage opening this container solo, to reveal a treasure trove of delicious foods on which to feast.
Insulated Bag is Roomy
You pretty much have to buy the insulated bags that Planetbox sells because the lunch boxes won’t fit into regular insulated lunch bags. I tried. The Planetbox bag has two large exterior compartments. I use one for my son’s Thermos Funtainer of milk. In the other one I can fit a large piece of fruit like an apple or a banana. I don’t bother with ice packs, but there is an interior pocket designed for the Planetbox ice pack. I think there is plenty of room to stick an ice pack in there, along with silverware and the required cloth napkins. The insulated bag tends to get a bit messy so I try to wipe it down when that happens. I expect that it will only last about a year, which is the most I manage to get out of any brand of lunch bag used by a young child, so I will probably have to purchase new ones each year.
In sum, the Planetbox has been a great purchase, and it saves me a few minutes of time on dishes each evening. If you are interested in purchasing one (and getting some cute bento-box-style food presentation ideas) you may want to follow them on Instagram, which is where they post sales.
-Jessica, Demetri (Venessa’s class), Xavier (pre-primary room).