The art of Bento has been around for ages in the Japanese culture, and though it has caught on quite a bit in the American culture, there’s still plenty to learn. Forget the brown paper bags with bento boxed lunches– you’ve got a sturdy little stacking eco-friendly container set to tote around (and these are stylish, too!).
We’ve scoured to find some really great bento boxes. From functional to fun, we’ve found 7 great ones that sum up the bento world best. Though not entirely “authentic” these will be sure to fit your busy lifestyle. And for the young or young at heart, there are some fun ones that will stand in just fine when you don’t have time to get crazy creative with a character bento box.
See our must haves below.
1. Bento & Co. “Bento Colors.” A creative and organic approach to a more narrow and tall stacking container set that encloses carefully in this bold colored shell. [Purchase]
2. Kotobuki Geisha Doll Bento Set. A two-tiered compartment set that also features a built in bowl to assemble anything further– all in a playful design. [Purchase]
3. Monbento Original Bento Box. A double stacking bento contraption that involves a two-toned case. Dubbed as the “original” this case is tried and true, dishwasher safe and comes with an elastic band for safe transport. [Purchase]
4. Black + Blum Box Appetit. A simple version that’s reminiscent of tupperware containers — matryoshka style. Clean, pretty and simple. [Purchase]
5. Bentgo All-in-One Stackable Lunch Box Solution. Multiple containers, cutlery, snapping lids, vibrant colors and an elastic band. What more could you want from a bento box? [Purchase]
6. Vivo Small Round Bento Box. Not your typical bento box, but a very visually pleasing version. Metal hardware secures the stacking portions together to create an easy, on the go meal. [Purchase]
7. Kotobuki Panda Face Bento Box. What’s a bento box without a fun animal face? This Panda box features your usual compartments complete with a black elastic that sits just under the ears of your favorite lunch time friend. [Purchase]