Please note: I was not contacted by Rubbermaid to make this review, nor was I compensated in any way. I just happened to come across these on Amazon, bought them, and decided to review them for anyone else interested. The opinions expressed are my own entirely.
I will be the first to admit that I have issues with lunch. Unfortunately, Mr. Fox does as well.
I get tired of the mundane sandwich, and when I do, I tend to rummage in the pantry for a box of pasta, and end up eating half the box out of boredom. It’s a casualty of working from home, unfortunately. I also hated the fact that I could give a sandwich to Mr. Fox and he’d come home famished because he didn’t have anything else to eat at work. So it was time to start adding things to lunch to make it non-boring.
A post over at 100 Days of Real Food popped up at some point, that reviewed several different types of lunch box solutions. I realize that they’re strictly talking about school lunches, but when you work a day job and don’t want to spend money on lunch every day, a lunch box is obviously the way to go, yes? So I looked into all the ones mentioned in the post, including the super-expensive Planet Box. In fact I was all set to get one for Mr. Fox for Christmas, but then I was like, $60+ on a lunch kit?! HELL NO. As pretty and spiffy as it was, I just could not justify spending that amount of money on something as mundane as a lunch kit. I headed over to Amazon to check out the Easy Lunchboxes, and in doing so, Amazon recommended some similar things to me, including the LunchBlox by Rubbermaid.
It’s a pretty simple system actually, and the one that’s the most aesthetically pleasing, at least to me. The Sandwich Kit contains a container for the sandwich, a snack container, and two smaller containers. The various containers snap into each other’s lids, and then they all snap into an ice block made especially for the kit. Rubbermaid also makes a salad kit, which holds a pretty decent lunch-sized salad, dressing and other accoutrements. They also have an entree kit, which is basically the size of the sandwich container plus the snack container. Finally, in addition to the blox, they also make two coordinating lunch bags, a small size and a medium size. The small is meant to hold the sandwich kit or the salad kit, and the medium is more for the entree kit.
Upon researching some other reviews, I really didn’t read about too many complaints. Someone complained that the sandwich blox didn’t hold larger slices of bread, and another complained that the salad container was pretty small and not worth it. I decided to form my own opinions and purchase them myself. I ended up buying them at our local Kmart, because they had them cheaper than Amazon (yay Thanksgiving sale!). We purchased a sandwich kit, a salad kit, and for the sake of argument, the entree kit. Unfortunately, Kmart didn’t have the lunch bag, so I ended up buying it at Target.
I absolutely think this was the smartest investment I made in 2012! For Mr. Fox’s sandwiches, I use Maier’s Italian Wheat Bread, which is wider than the typical sandwich bread, and it fits just fine in the sandwich blox, even with all the stuff I put on the sandwich (lettuce, tomato, ham and cheese). Sometimes I have to press the sandwich down a bit with the lid, but it fits perfectly! In addition to the sandwich, I also include pretzels in the snack blox, and then some cracker cut cheese in one of the dipper blox. To round out the meal, I put something sweet in the remaining dipper blox. This way, Mr. Fox has a snack to eat on each of his breaks, and his lunch to eat on his lunch break, and it keeps him satisfied throughout the day.
The lids snap down pretty tight on each of the blox, and they appear to be pretty leak proof (though I haven’t truthfully put much liquid in any of them). The ice blox doesn’t bulge or expand in the freezing process, so the blox always snap together evenly. The only thing I’ve noticed so far is that, with excessive use, the blox don’t always snap in to each other all the way, so you have to make sure you press down pretty hard when attaching them.
These containers are also BPA-free, microwave safe, dishwasher safe, and freezer safe.
Overall, I think the money spent on this lunch system was totally worth it. So much so, that I ended up buying an entire second set for myself for when I am out during the day and don’t want to buy lunch somewhere (which was a bad habit of mine when I took Mr. Fox to work during the week).
If you have kids and need an easier lunch box system for them to get a balanced lunch each day, or you work a 9-5 job and don’t want to buy lunch every day, I highly recommend the Rubbermaid LunchBlox, not only for the simplicity and ease of use, but also for the price. On Rubbermaid’s website, you can buy the entree kit for $18.99, the sandwich kit for $12.99, the salad kit for $12.99, and the bag for $10.99. You can also buy the individual components. They have some printable coupons on the website if you choose to buy them in a store (which honestly, is the cheaper way to go, as the bag at Target is $9.99, and most of the components are $1-2 cheaper).