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Summer is flying by, and in some areas, it’s already back to school season! I’m so excited to be back in action here on Bento Ninja after my initial post-op recovery just in time for Back to School 2016 with today’s Yubo lunch box review and giveaway!
Meet the fun, kid-friendly Yubo lunch box!
Yubo is a a modular lunch box system – the deluxe model ($29.95/$39.90 personalized) comes with the outer shell with repositionable handle and lids, the large square inner container, two round inner containers, a reusable ice pack, and two faceplates (one for each side).
The box itself is built to last for many years – it is nice and rugged, made from BPA and phthalate free plastic. The containers are microwave safe. All of the components (except for the faceplates and ice pack) are also dishwasher safe. It’s also super cute – it looks just like a little suitcase, and my kid enjoyed carrying it around.
The Yubo offers multiple ways to customize your box:
- The handle can be positioned to carry the box either horizontally or vertically
- Additional containers in various sizes can be purchased separately
- The faceplates can be changed easily, and many can be personalized with your child’s name
The faceplate options are limitless – Yubo offers a wide variety of faceplates on their website, including an upload your own image option. As your child’s hobbies change, or even just the seasons, your lunch box can change with you! This makes the Yubo easy to use for many years and multiple children.
I took my lunchspiration directly from the space themed faceplates on our new Yubo!
In today’s lunch:
Mini Star Sandwiches
Star Shaped Hard Boiled Egg
Hummus with Star Shaped Babybel Cheese
Raspberries with Chocolate Chips and Star Shaped Apple Slices
The containers that come with the Yubo deluxe model fit my lunch packing style – I like having the option of packing a standard sandwich or dividing the container up with silicone baking cups for smaller bites.
The smaller round containers are fantastic – there were no leaks with the hummus, and I would feel confident packing yogurt in them as well. I’m often asked about how to prevent apples from browning in lunches – one of the best ways is to simply pack them in an airtight container. The containers are not advertised as airtight, but I had no issues with the apples browning with this lunch.
When I first received the Yubo, I had a few concerns:
- Weight: the box is a little heavier than I would like, and my kid also mentioned that it was a little heavy when carrying it around. The weight comes from the ice pack, and it’s a fair trade off to have the ice pack right inside the lunch box instead of having to worry about an insulated bag.
- Drinks: no lunch is complete without a drink, and there’s no way to fit a drink into the box without losing food space. Yubo has responded to this problem with a $9.95 drink holder that attaches to the exterior of the box. I haven’t tried the drink holder out yet, but I will in the future!
- Longevity: Even with the multiple faceplate options, I was concerned that an older tween or teenager might feel the box was too juvenile. Yubo has come up with a unique solution for this problem as well – the Yubo Lunch Tote. The interior containers and ice pack all fit in the tote, along with a little extra space for additional containers or a drink, and it folds out for use as a placemat. It’s a fantastic way for this box to grow with your child.
- Multiple Containers: the Yubo has multiple parts, unlike most of the lunch boxes I use. I have always worried – what if my kid loses parts, will they be annoying to wash? I was pleasantly surprised – the containers and lids all get popped in the dishwasher, and we’ve had no issues with misplaced containers. I recommend labeling the containers with dishwasher and microwave safe Mabel’s Labels to help your kid keep track of them, and know your kid before going with a multiple container system – my kid is pretty good about keeping track of personal items, but we all know kids who somehow come home from camp without their underwear on!
Disclosure: I received a deluxe Yubo lunch box in exchange for this review, and the giveaway is sponsored by Yubo. I received no other compensation for this post, and opinions expressed are my own honest opinions of the product.