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I really wanted to love these...
on August 17, 2011
I bought this product for my husband and myself so we could conveniently bring lunch to work. It had to fit an "adult-sized" sandwich. It had to fit in a backpack and not spill everywhere on our 10 min walk to work. (We did not purchase the cooler bag - too bulky plus we don't need ice packs.)
I think the price is right for the product. The quality of the plastic is much better than I expected. It's tough, hard plastic - definitely not like cheap, thin, store-bought plastic. Love the colors. The size of the compartments are adequate for an adult lunch. An "adult-sized" sandwich just barely fits in the big compartment, although I find it easier to build the sandwich in the compartment (then cut in half), than build it on the cutting board, cut and squeeze it inside compartment. The other compartments are big enough to fit a good portion of fruits or veggies, or crackers, whatever.
While I understand the lid was designed so that it's easier for children to open, it fails to stay put most the time. I want the lid to "click" or "snap" so I know it's secure. They seemed to work okay the first few uses, but seem to get looser and looser the more we use them. (We have only hand-washed our lunch boxes, as we do not have a dishwasher.) I have also found if any food is touching the lid, the lid just sits on top; it doesn't really seal. So I use a rubber band to keep the lids on while we walk to work. (I understand laying the lunchboxes flat, like they would in their cooler bag, is the intended use, but that's just not realistic for a lunchbox. It should be able to be upside-down and sideways without spilling.)
I understood from the beginning that it won't hold liquids or anything juicy. I tried the recommended "press & seal" wrap today with some oily veggie salad, and the juices still leaked. Luckily I wrapped the lunchbox in a plastic bag, so the oils didn't get all over my backpack. Plus, the "press & seal" compromises the lid's ability to stay on the bottom container. F A I L .
We'll continue using these lunch boxes when we have simple sandwich-non-juicy-fruit-and-veggie lunches, along with my rubber bands to keep the lids in place. Although I really wanted to love this product, I wouldn't recommend it to a friend, nor would I purchase it again.