A fun and versatile alternative to the traditional lunchbox and thermos, the Ms. Bento lunch jar from Zojirushi is a great tool for the daily brown-bagger. Designed to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold, the set includes two lidded bowls that nest tidily inside the insulated jar. The lidded jar, in turn, tucks into a compact bag with room for utensils or a banana on the side. The inner bowls are microwavable, so lunch can be warmed up in the morning, and their lids create a tight seal. A smart, purposeful design, the jar is crafted with a stainless steel interior and vacuum insulation, making it durable as well as great at temperature retention. Ideal for soup, hot pasta, or leftover stir-fry, the set has a total capacity of 22-1/2 ounces. It includes the bag, the jar, two lidded inner bowls, and a set of chopsticks, all of which should be washed by hand to preserve their functional integrity. A larger version of the set, called Mr. Bento, is also available. --Emily Bedard
The Zojirushi Ms. Bento has stainless steel construction and vacuum insulation. It has microwaveable inner bowls and a washable container. This unit Includes chopsticks and an easy to care bag.