Anyone use Laptop Lunches?

BananaMama
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I saw them at Chapters of all places for $50 Cdn! (eek!) Pthalate/PVC free...any thoughts? Reviews? The lunchbox looks bulky to me, like a suitcase..

Dee

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new2bento
Bento-ing from: Miami › Florida › USA
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Re: Anyone use Laptop Lunches?

I used my laptop lunch box for the first time this week. The containers are well made and seem like they will wear like steel. The lids on the two containers were tight and no leaking occured. I just wish they had more lids on the other smaller containers. I like it since the two big containers are one cup measure and the little ones half cup. It makes it easy to calculate WW servings. The outer container seals well and holds the silverware. All in all, I am very pleased. I do aggree it was expensive, but it is a quality product. You know what they say... Good luck.

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anon.
Re: Anyone use Laptop Lunches?

I bought a Laptop Lunchbox about a year ago. I used it for several months, then moved on to more traditional bento boxes and metal lunch boxes. I hardly use the Laptop Lunchbox at all now.

I found it had several shortcomings:
(1) The lid does not stay open and tends to close on the box as you are eating, which is tremendously annoying.
(2) The box is, as you say large like a suitcase. I prefer a smaller box which I can carry more easily and put in my work bag. The Laptop Lunchbox was so large that I had to carry it separately. As a subway commuter, this was very inconvenient.
(3) Unless I was packing a lunch, the Laptop Lunchbox holds far more food than I need for a lunch. So I found that it was either partly empty, or that I would fill it up and then end up eating more food at lunch than I needed.

Overall, I think there are more convenient and less costly options. That said, I do appreciate the non-toxicity of the material and its microwavability. My favourite part of the system was the tiniest container which was excellent for dressing. That is one part of the system that I continue to use.

I also bought mine at Chapters, but later noticed that it would've been less costly to buy it online.

Good luck.

Lucas
Re: Anyone use Laptop Lunches?

Just an FYI. I saw these today at Indigo (Milton, Ontario) for 30% off, so $35.

luckycat
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Re: Anyone use Laptop Lunches?

We just started using them two weeks ago and love them. The plastic box is about the same size as a traditional lunch box except a bit flatter and wider. We bought the zippered cases but if I did it again, I would just buy a bag-like lunch box at any retail store and save the money. The are very durable and wash well.

luckycat
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Re: Anyone use Laptop Lunches?

Oh, and I googled coupons for them and got a code for 15% off.

KellyD.
Re: Anyone use Laptop Lunches?

I bought one for my son last year for kindergarten. I live in Canada, so finding one was hard, and I ended up spending way more than I would have liked, but his school has a "litterless lunch" policy, so I needed something to avoid packaging.
I have to say I LOVE IT!!! We are in our second year of using it. Yes, it is larger than it has to be, but I love that 1. I can control portions, 2. I can buy in bulk (instead of pre-packaged single servings) to avoid litter and save money, 3. I can throw the containers right into the dishwasher at the end of the day. It looks cool with different colour/pattern options and it doesn't have a popular character that my son won't like next year. I figure the cost of it is covered by that last fact (not replacing it every year because the character is no longer "cool") and being able to buy food in bulk. I love the lids, I love the drink container, and I love the utensils. The outer lid stays open once it is worked in a little and the interior of the canvas lunch bag is easy to clean with a disinfecting wipe.
It is a little heavy for a young child once it is filled with food, but my son just puts it in his backpack and still has the option to carry it with the handle on the canvas bag.
I am going to buy one for my daughter soon, too.
Also, it has made sending healthier lunches easier for me, and my son loves the homemade pasta salad I send every other day. The other kids want the pasta too! Mine came with a book with food ideas also!
Awesome!

jaxie
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Re: Anyone use Laptop Lunches?

I have one on order from their website - the Bento Berry 2 box set, which includes the outer and inner boxes, silverware and book. It was only 25 dollars or so and sizes look perfect to hold my lunch and snacks. They're also offering replacement inner box sets for 15 or 16 dollars, which might be handy.

I didn't want the outer carrying bag, I figure I can come up with other options that work as well or better. No problem carrying it as I switched to a folding market basket with an aluminum handle last year and I throw everything in it - purse, library books, lunch, whatever - it holds everything, goes over my arm, folds flat when empty and rides nicely upright on the passenger seat of my car--don't know what I did without it.

While I wait for my Laptoplunches box to come I'm using two small Asvel Vive boxes I got at the Asian Market in Portland, ME. They have moveable dividers and see-through lids and seem very sturdy. I love packing the bento boxes and oddly, I love eating from them.

jaxie
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Re: Anyone use Laptop Lunches?

I have one on order from their website - the Bento Berry 2 box set, which includes the outer and inner boxes, silverware and book. It was only 25 dollars or so and sizes look perfect to hold my lunch and snacks. They're also offering replacement inner box sets for 15 or 16 dollars, which might be handy.

I didn't want the outer carrying bag, I figure I can come up with other options that work as well or better. No problem carrying it as I switched to a folding market basket with an aluminum handle last year and I throw everything in it - purse, library books, lunch, whatever - it holds everything, goes over my arm, folds flat when empty and rides nicely upright on the passenger seat of my car--don't know what I did without it.

While I wait for my Laptoplunches box to come I'm using two small Asvel Vive boxes I got at the Asian Market in Portland, ME. They have moveable dividers and see-through lids and seem very sturdy. I love packing the bento boxes and oddly, I love eating from them.

Sandy
Re: Anyone use Laptop Lunches?

We love the laptop lunches at the school I work at - both for kids and grown-ups, lol! I agree with the poster that in hindsight, I wouldn't have bought the outer "laptop" carrying case - the box and the "insides" is all you really need. The box is small enough to fit into most traditional lunch bags. Of course, I am drooling over their new hemp bags...but I'm making myself wait a week before I order. :-) If I were to buy again, I would buy the outer box and the inner containers instead of buying the "set" because I didn't really need the recipe book, the drink container, or the silverware. I DO like the stainless steel drink container they offer, because I like that it comes apart in two places for easier cleaning.

Also, look around - lots of websites have coupon codes that will give you 10% off. I personally like the code "pinkribbon" because I know that part of the proceeds go toward breast cancer research...but that's my "cause". :-)

Cheers,
Sandy

anon.
Re: Anyone use Laptop Lunches?

I have two (one I purchased with the carry case and one without) as well as the hot food/soup container and the Bento Buddies set that you can use to expand the orginal. Overall, I think I paid $50 for everything and I purchased it at my local Wegmans Store. Personally, I like the Laptop Lunches. Even though I have had the sets for less than a year, I had researched the sets, the company and the "Bento" lifestyle for much longer than that. If you are doing traditional Bento - Laptop Lunches is not for you. However, if you are making an American version of Bento or you want to have a bit more variety of food you can take with you for lunch, then give Laptop Lunches a try.

Joe
Re: Anyone use Laptop Lunches?

They are great systems. I can't recommend them enough. As for their size, it's important to choose the best set/system for you. Some will be too big or to small, depending on the person.

Check out my Laptop Lunches review in which I break down the different bento box sets and systems and discuss their differences. There's also a laptop lunches discount code for 10% off any purchase.

Hope these help!

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