Back To School Week Giveaway and Special Offer from LunchBots

The second Back To School Week giveaway comes to you from LunchBots, makers of sturdy stainless steel lunch boxes! Stainless steel lunch boxes are a great alternative for anyone who wants to avoid using plastic containers. LunchBots lunch boxes are totally plastic and silicone free, and very sturdy.

LunchBots is offering a 20% discount code for JustBento readers, good for any purchase on their web site. This coupon has no expiry date, so even if you come across this article months after it’s been posted, it will still be valid! (Unless it says otherwise here of course ^_^) Please note that this coupon is valid for U.S. customers only. The coupon code is JUSTBENTO.

The giveaway prize from LunchBots is the Duo, which has a handy divider inside and is a great size for bento lunches for bigger kids or adults. It also makes a nice snack box for nuts, granola, or your secret stash of candy. It’s also their bestselling box. See my in-depth review of the Duo here.

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How to enter the LunchBots giveaway

[Update:]_ This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated! The winner will be announced next week.

Please note that this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

To enter, just leave a comment to this post, including your answer to the question - What’s your ideal material for a bento box? (See this comparison chart to see what’s available on the market now.) Be free to let your imagination run wild if you like!

Be sure to include a valid email address where you can be contacted in the appropriate text box! Your comment must be posted by 23:59:59 EDT (U.S. East Coast Time) (or just before midnight) of Saturday, August 21th 2010. One lucky entry will be drawn at random to receive the LunchBots Duo box. Good luck!

This is Giveaway No. 2 of Back To School Week. Stay tuned for more throughout the week! (Non-US residents don’t fret, there will be giveaways later in the week that you can enter too, I promise!)

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Food grade stainless steel with a funky lid that clips on and makes me smile!

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I like stainless steel, so cleaning is not so painful!

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I like stainless steel.

Eric Miller
eric [dot] john [dot] miller [at] gmail [dot] com

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i think the ideal material is stainless steel with a sealable lid, because I hate the way plastic can stain and I have kdis so the plastic thing is a concern. But I haven't made a bento box yet...looking for ideas and hope to soon in the future. Thanks for the great/inspirational website!

I don't actually own any

I don't actually own any traditional bento boxes, but the ones that I use for packing lunch are always plastic. I don't like carrying a cooler, and the temperature here in Hawaii is hot and humid, so I always put my lunch in our office fridge and heat it up in the micro. :)

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I would like to use a stainless steel bento and have not been able to. I would imagine that would become my tool of choice if I had the chance to use it!

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I like dishwasher/microwave safe BPA-free plastic.

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My ideal would really be glass/ pyrex, b/c it's sturdy, microwaveable, etc. But I walk to work and already carry a heavy backpack and pyrex would only make it heavier, so I only use plastic.

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I like microwave safe plastic, so you have the option to reheat some food items. I know a lot of foods are perfectly fine at room temp, but I enjoy hot food too!

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I have plastic ones and they all work *great*, so for now I suppose plastic must be my favorite. I've always coveted a wooden one, though, and I'm not a hundred years old, so I'd give any material a fair shot as long as it was safe. I've been curious about the metal ones for awhile, and I'm pretty sure my husband would rather have a metal one than a plastic one.

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stainless steel for me...don't like plastic at all, and glass it too breakable. wood/bamboo would be OK, but hard to care for (I'm lazy, I admit!)

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Stainless steel is my choice.

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I love uncoated wood bentobox, or Magewappa. Currently I have a plastic one and I would love to have a Magewappa bento box.

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I always seem to be packing things that need to be hot, like some combination of leftovers. I'm really paranoid about microwaving in plastic (except silicone), even if it says microwave-safe. Also, even when food does not need to be warmed, I sometimes pack rice while it is hot and I don't like plastic for that. I also stick my bento in a bookbag, so I'm very careful about leaks and tend to wrap my bento in a plastic bag. Then again, as a paranoid person, and I'd probably use the plastic bag method regardless of a rubber seal. I have a glass pyrex box with a silicone lid that works great, but looks pretty boring. The bulk of thermal containers isn't appealing except for soups. I also like using the dishwasher and preferentially go for the cheap and durable.

So for me, I prefer glass with a silicone lid for things that need to be microwaved, but dishwasher safe aluminum or steel (maybe in color, with cute paintings, or inspiring dividers) for everything else. If only metal could be microwaved!

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I've liked the idea of glass. It provides flexibility for microwave and oven and is easily washable.
Thanks!

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Stainless steel! It's durable and easy to clean :)

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Honestly, I think I'd prefer glass as the material for a bento box because it's dishwasher safe, microwavable and doesn't stain.

thanks!

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I think stainless steel w/ sealed lid is practical, but I think I would love wood for the beauty and the pleasure I would get from using it.

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I prefer aluminium or stainless steel with seals since I tend to make cold dishes that don't need microwaving. If I do need to reheat, I have a plastic one, but I've already experienced tomato stains.

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stainless steel or glass.

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Hi! I've never owned anything but a plastic bento box. They're great in the dishwasher (as long as they're dishwasher safe), durable, and I don't worry about getting a dent or heat transfer. I'd like to enter to win the giveaway so I can try one though!

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I really do prefer plastic. It's microwavable, dishwasher-safe, and just overall more convenient for me. If I'm worried about staining, I'll either use one of those semi-disposable food storage containers (the flat square ones are great for bento) or line the inside of my nicer boxes with plastic wrap or parchment paper or put the "offending" food in a silicone cup.

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I just bought my one and only bento this month and have enjoyed it so much. Stainless steel is so easy to clean. It makes me feel great to know my son has a completely "trashless" lunch. Eco friendly and healthy...win/win!!!

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I've just started this bento hobby. I have a cute traditional plastic, double stack one. I've loved using it. I would love to collect more. Especially different kinds that serve different options for my lunches at work. A nice, leak-proof metal one would be awesome! :)

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Anything is better then the takeout plastic containers my first few bentos were made in. Fortunately, I've replaced those with decent reusable plastic bento boxes since then. They work fairly well - although due to shape and size, caused a holdup at first going thru security to get into work. I'd like to try a well made steel bento box to compare (although I'm sure there would be even more problems with metal detectors).
Jonathan

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Actually, it sounds weird, but I would love to have some glass bentos. Not thin glass, but the really thick kind used for containers. I also like stainless steel, but I'd like a plastic lid for that seal. =D

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If I had to choose, I'd say stainless steel.

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Glass would be my first choice in a perfect world, but there's just too much risk of breaking. So my runner-up choice is stainless steel. Of course I still love the cute plastic boxes.

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My ideal bento box would be a thermal box made to look like uncoated or laquered wood. Attractive functionality!

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To be honest, while the Laquered Wood bento are gorgeous beyond compare, I need boxes that are simple to care for. I'm a full time college student with a husband to care for. My ideal bento box is simple to use, large enough to feed my active lifestyle, and easy to clean. I generally use the simple plastic boxes available at my local(ish) Japanese market suplemented with repourposed tupperware, but I have always wanted a sturdy stainless or aluminum one for outdoor trips.

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I keep wishing there could be a laminated glass option with a sealing gasket around the lid so it would be lightweight, sturdy, and non-evil next to my food when I microwaved it. Steel is a good option as long as I'm not nuking the food. Those lunchbots are adorable.

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I really love my stainless steel bento box, but I think I like my microwavable plastic bento box the best. I love putting something that I want to reheat in there and everything I want to stay cold in separate containers to take out before microwaving it. It's super handy, especially since the lid on this box is large enough to be a plate.

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I have a plastic one, and I haven't tried any others but I'd like to try steel!

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I'd love to have a wooden box one day, something that could be wrapped in a cloth, and delicately carried. Reality, with a bumpy bus commute, is going to favor something more like plastic or stainless steel however. I'll keep dreaming.

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I'd have to say anything microwavable. I tend to fix my food the night before and stick it in the refrigerator to keep it cool. In the morning, I take along the cold box with me. So yeah microwavable anything is fine (Pyrex, plastic , etc). Also it has to be decent looking.

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My ideal material for a bento is glass or stainless steel. I like the stainless steel thermos options for hot (or cold) foods (not so much the construction, but the performance in maintaining temperature and cleaning is easy). The extra insulation isn't needed for many other snacks, though. Would just love to have the stainless steel in the bento design!

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Generally, I prefer microwave-safe plastic (glass sounds awesome too, but I've never had a glass box so I'm really not sure how I would like it). I just really like having the option of packing foods that are best served hot; I like to have as many food options open as possible.

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reusable, dishwasher/microwave safe plastic.

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For me, it depends upon what I'm putting in the bento box at the time. If i'm putting something that I don't mind eating cold or at room temperature, then I wouldn't mind using a stainless-steel bento box. However, if I'm wanting something warm or hot for my lunch (and sometimes dinner if I'm at the library studying or working late), then I'd probably go with a plastic bento box that I can nuke in the microwave for a minute or so.

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I really want a classic lacquered wood multi level bento for special occasions, but my current plastic one is great for every day carry.

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I have been researching and following some bento blogs for a few months now. I am very interested in trying out this style of lunch! so my next step was to reasearch where to find supplies. *road block* nothing local. I was told target but have not been able to find anything! so online is my only option. now I need to make sure these are trusted sites and what not! soooo lol this would be ideal for me!!! a fabulous treat for me to start my bento adventure!
as for a style preference, looks arent so much important to me on the outside of the box, I want something leak proof mostly and not overly large as i would like to embark on this adventure for a healthier more porpotioned lunch!
and p.s. thanks for this blog for a beginner whos learning still this has been very helpful to me!

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This is wonderful! I'm going to college tomorrow and bentos are the perfect thing for lunches and dinners for me.
A: I use plastic containers as bento boxes now, but they tend to pop open a bit if knocked around. Stainless steel is great because its easy to clean and the lid is a lot more stable.

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Ideally I would love a glass bento, however they are heavy and breakable (and I'm a klutz!) I've not tried stainless steel, but would LOVE to be able to.

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Ideally, stainless steel, but all I have right now is a couple plastic boxes since they are inexpensive.

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I am just now getting into bento meals...I like what I have found so far. I currently use a plastic container for my bentos, however, I like the functionality of the stainless steel w/o a seal. They seem durable and safe to use.

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I like the stainless steel w/seal and the glass or ceramic depending on what I'm eating :-P

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I use glass containers, food flask, and plastic bento boxes. This stainless steel one will be really nice to add to my collection.

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As much as I loved the wooden and bamboo ones my grandma used to use, I'd rather have something I can put in the dishwasher, like stainless steel.

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I prefer stainless steel, but am not anti-plastic.

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All of my bentos are plastic. I like that they're microwavable, but I would like to try a few different materials as well at some point in the future.

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