53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Great at what it does - but with limits,
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This review is from: Zojirushi SL-JAE14SA Mr. Bento Stainless Steel Lunch Jar, Silver (Kitchen)
+ Large lunch, small package.
+ Easy to clean.
+ Portion control.
+ Exceptional quality you expect from Zojirushi.
+ Looks cool.
+ Envy of lunchmates for having real food.
- Designed to work with specific formula lunch.
- Requires work to make it hot/cold
- No dishwasher (I don't use, but I know others do)
- Expensive for a lunchbox
I take my lunch daily to work. Because of the working conditions, I really hate to use the microwave and refuse to even consider the fridge. Of course I was happy to get a new lunchbox that would address these issues.
I have found mixed results keeping food hot (6 hours). The best I have found is to pour boiling water in the outside sleeve, cap, and let sit for 10 minutes. I microwave the food in the bowls (no lids) until hot, then quickly assemble everything. This keeps my food warm...and again I am talking about 6 hours. I have yet to try it for a cold lunch.
The Amazon description says you can use just the sleeve - but that is specifically against the directions - which did come in English. I have not tried it - the inside is not stainless and I do not want to mess it up. I have tried to use the containers for a variety of foods - with mixed results. It is best to use as it was designed with rice, veggie and meat - each in their own little dish. I know the containers are small - but I have yet to be hungry after lunch, and I have a large appetite. One thing I like is this forces me to do a healthier portion control than is normal for me. I use the lid for a bowl and mix in ingredients from the bowls. If you are trying to take a single item (like soup or casserole) this is not going to work for you. I find that I use it several days a week and then take a different lunch bag the other days when I take a different style lunch.
After living with it for several months now, I would buy it again.
I did buy a Boker Snacpac flatware set - it fits perfectly in the chopstick holder loop, and comes in a protected container. First time in years I have had REAL flatware!