Zojirushi Mini Stainless Thermal Lunch Box, Green
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- Washable vacuum insulated main bowl
- Stacks into half its size when empty
- Capacity: 22.1 oz, 27.8 oz.
- Includes chopsticks and holder
- Great easy to carry insulated bag
Top Customer Reviews
Although it feels small at first, if it is used as it should be - no empty spaces, junk foods or fatty foods then it really gives you a good satisfying meal. This set would not work for someone who wants to have a great big salad for lunch - there just wouldn't be enough space. This may not be the right size for you, if not check out the Zojirushi Mr. Bento Stainless-Steel Lined Lunch Jar, Silver it has been the perfect size for my husband, though he wishes the set came with chopsticks instead of a metal spoon. There are also the Zojirushi Ms. Bento Stainless Lunch Jar, Beige and the Zojirushi SL-XB20HG Classic Stainless Lunch Jar, Metallic Gray.
For this model Zojirushi Mini Stainless Thermal Lunch Box, Green there is a :
9.8 oz rice capacity (uncooked) main bowl,
5.6 oz sm. side bowl and a
6.7 oz lg. side bowl.Read more ›
Its supposed to be small, that is why it is called "Mini Bento" it is the mini version of Zojirushi's lunch jars. Now, compared to many Japanese bento boxes its not really very small at all, you just pack densely. I am a female high school student and this leaves me full but not bloated every day.
Secondly, Only the main jar is supposed to be insulated, not the okazu/side dish containers. I tend to use these for salads, or desserts and just pack the meat/etc on top of the rice in the main jar (or under the rice in the case of curry). If you press rice down a bit its surprising how much can actually fit and its a lot easier to pick up with chopsticks that way anyhow :3 For example today I had gyu-don (beef bowl) with sides of salad and sliced apple.
Thirdly, English instructions are available from Zojirushi's website. One helpful tip from them is to heat the main metal container (with out the plastic bowl) first with hot water to warm it up, keeping food hotter longer (I never do this but my mother always does with her set).
Overall, I love this lunch set and greatly recommend it and the rest of Zojirushi's products as I have their thermos and small rice cooker also.
This size is designed for a woman around 5'2" and weighs about 110 lbs.
That's why it's so tiny. (But it is soooo cute and adorable).
For all you gals who are bigger than that size, I recommend the regular Mr. Bento or the Nissan Thermos lunch tote. Both are larger in size.
The Nissan Thermos keeps all 4 containers hot, while the Mr. Bento only keeps hot rice and hot soup (or liquid) and the top 2 containers at room temperature when you are ready to eat.
To address those that are daunted by the size of this set, I had seen it in person so I knew what to expect. However if I had been unfamiliar with it I may have been a little concerned about the size and if it could accommodate my lunch. That being said, I fit plenty of food in here. In fact, there have been days when I can't finish everything, and I'm not the "woman around 5'2" and weighs about 110 lbs," in fact I'm a pretty standard size for a mid-westerner. Also there is usually enough room in the top of the bag to put a banana or a snack cup in if I feel like I'll need a pick-me-up somewhere in the day.
As far as the durability of the set, it has held up beautifully. Lids still seal nicely, nothing's taken on the scent or color of any food I've put in it like cheaper products tend to do, and the bag spot-cleans nicely and is in good shape even after repeatedly over-stuffing it. The chopsticks and case that come with the set are also nice quality and have held up well.
Overall, this is a well-made substantial product that I would definitely purchase again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great little bento, especially for those who are needing portion control. It's neat, compact, and clever. Read morePublished on August 20, 2009 by Julie
Great size for a light but filling lunch. Plus it's so cute you don't mind washing it.Published on June 30, 2009 by Clover
This lunch box is well-made and well-designed. The containers seal food well and don't have any annoying hard-to-clean crevices. Read morePublished on June 17, 2009 by Charles Burns
We got this for our toddler when we went to our first major holiday trip. She is quite picky in a way because she only wants to eat warm food. Read morePublished on May 12, 2009 by FlyGold
Just perfect for a girl's lunch. The kids at my daughter's school really liked it. The hot/cold container will not work for soup or juicy food. Read morePublished on May 4, 2009 by Big Al
My 3-year-old daughter started going to a preschool that requires you to bring your own lunch. I was so glad to find this bento set, and it's absolutely perfect for her. Read morePublished on February 20, 2009 by Joyce Shaw
I bought this after reading all the reviews and was prepared for the small size. Thought either I could use for work or for our 8 year old for school lunch. Read morePublished on August 31, 2008 by CAW Mom
I was very excited to finally receive my Zojirushi lunch box, but was disappointed when I opened the package. Read morePublished on March 17, 2008 by S. Bruce