When it comes to meal prepping lunches the container can make or break even the most well-thought-out meals. Salad dressing spills wreaking havoc on perfectly crispy greens, cut fruit accidentally mixing in with pasta sauce-these are just two examples of how a healthy lunch you spent Sunday preparing can turn unappealing quick. And when your packed lunch becomes unappetizing, you're more likely to grab a too-big, expensive sandwich instead.
Don't waste your time on bad meal prep containers. Do your homework and read reviews. With more and more retailers relying on e-commerce, you can find comments from real shoppers that can help steer you toward the right purchase (or help you avoid the wrong one).
Mega e-retailer, Amazon is a hotbed for customer reviews and enthusiastic ones at that. Reviewers are keen to share their painstakingly honest opinions on everything from essential oils and anti-aging serums to swimsuits and leggings, often resulting in cult followings for brands or even specific items.
One such find: EasyLunchboxes 3-Compartment Bento Lunch Box Containers (Buy It, $14 for set of four), which has a four-star rating and more than 3,000 positive reviews from customers who've come to rely on the containers to keep food organized, sealed, and fresh.
Each of the chic three-compartment boxes is FDA-approved, free of BPA, PVC, or phthalates, and microwave-, freezer-, and dishwasher-safe. Note: They feature an easy-open lid to make them a solid choice for kids, but that does mean there's risk for accidentally opening. This hasn't seemed to deter buyers though, with one reviewer saying they commute with the containers in their backpack daily (along with books and a computer!) and trust them not to spill or crack.
You can buy the four-piece set in three different colors, and each set will run you $14 (or about $3.50 per container). And yes, it's available for free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime.
The brand also has an insulated lunch box if you're still taking your meal prep containers in plastic to-go bags. Complete your meal prep arsenal with these top-rated buys also on Amazon.
- Easylunchboxes Insulated Lunch Box Cooler Bag (Buy It, $8)
- Rubbermaid Easy Find 60-Piece Food Storage Containers (Buy It, $25)
- Chef Grids 3-Piece Durable Plastic Cutting Board Set (Buy It, $19)
- Fullstar 3-in-1 Spiralizer, Slicer and Chopper (Buy It, $25)
- Soffberg 6-Piece Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set (Buy It, $27)
- Utopia Kitchen 18-Piece Glass Food Storage Container Set (Buy It, $35)