I had my eye on the PlanetBox for nearly a year. And being that PlanetBox is just in its infancy, having just celebrated their "first birthday" this summer, there wasn't a whole lot of information available out there. It's a bit on the pricey side and I wasn't sure about investing in it without any reviews or outside opinion weighing in on the matter....
But then this blog happened. :) And this blog gave me
Okay? Okay! Let's get on with it then. :)
First, the name is just awesome. PlanetBox? You know it's gotta be cool. ;-)
Secondly, food looks far-out in it. Tidy, streamlined, the individual compartments of the PlanetBox make for really nice "frames" and just helps make the food it contains look nice.
This lunch was for my little girl and contained:
- Trader Joe's brand of corn puffs
- cantaloupe and grapes
- celery with peanut butter and raisins, aka "ants on a log"
- turkey sandwich on whole grain (cut w/ Sand*Wishes Lunch Punch) and cheese crown
- wafer cookie
I *love* that swizzle sticks fit in the long section.
My *kids* love that there is that tiny treat section because they always get a treat in it, and I usually don't include treats in lunches otherwise. LOL ;-)
* PlanetBox is 100% high-quality stainless steel.
* Being Stainless Steel it is obviously BPA free and free of all that other gunk we don't like (that would be: lead, PVC, and phthalates).
* Dishwasher safe
* Super duper powerfully durable
Even when it's naked it looks so cool!
When you want to dress it up there are fun magnets you can attach. :)
There are several magnet sets to choose from to decorate your PlanetBox (and every PlanetBox purchase comes with your choice of magnet sets!). Ethan picked the ocean themed magnet set. I really wanted the retro rocket motif, but he insisted. I'm sure I'll be ordering the rockets anyway at some point. They are just way too cute. :) Paige is partial to the rainbow and "princess pony" set. ;-)
The backside of PlanetBox, in case you are curious.
One of the things I hemmed and hawed over when it came to ordering the PlanetBox was the lunchbag. To be honest, I wasn't wowed by the lunchbags and I tried to find a different lunchbag that would fit it. I could never find one. The PlanetBox is just a little too long and wide to fit in the other lunchbags I found. So I went ahead and ordered the complete set, including the lunchbag. Again, I'm glad I did! The photos of the lunchbags online really don't do it any justice at all. The PlanetBox carry bags are really very nice. They are VERY well insulated and solid!
The PlanetBox fits inside, just like so:
The mesh pocket can hold two of my preferred ice packs side-by-side just perfectly. :)
PlanetBox, all zipped up and ready for take-off:
I can't even tell you how thrilled I was to find our Thermos Funtainers will fit in the drink pocket. PERFECT!
The whole lunch system is very streamlined - if your child prefers to carry his or her lunchbox inside their backpack the way my Ethan does, you'll appreciate how thin and easily this slips inside. :)
Please Note: Pink Funtainer is not Ethan's. It is Paige's. Spiderman, Batman and newly acquired Star Wars Clone Wars Funtainers were all either away at school or in the wash when this photo-shoot took place. Ethan would not appreciate anyone getting the impression that he is using the pinkalicious Hello Kitty drinking vessel and I'd like to make that clear now, to save myself from the 8-year-old's tirade of disdain. Thank you.
PlanetBox recently came out with some new lunchbag colors and the new carry bags have an even roomier pocket that looks like it could accommodate even more reusable drink bottle options.
As part of the "Complete" PlanetBox set I ordered are two small stainless containers, "Big Dipper" and "Little Dipper", that can fit inside the Planetbox, or be used separately (the big one would be great for a snack and slipped into the outside pocket of the carry bag!). We have used the small one for dips, and also worked great for housing sunflower kernels. They are really handy and seal so nicely!
If I were handing out grades here I would have to say that that PlanetBox earns an A+. It is very functional and cool. The only downside to the whole lunch system is the cost. For the PlanetBox alone it is $35, that's a bit high for a lunch container. But I can honestly say I think it's totally worth it. The PlanetBox is a quality piece that will last years and years. This is not an item that will wear out over time. I foresee the PlanetBox being with us for a long time, to infinity and beyond, you might say.
PlanetBox is available for sale on their own website, planetbox.com, and Amazon (ships for free!). They have a great website - check out the thorough FAQ's section! Just about every question you can dream up is answered there. In the year I pined away for this lunchbox I read every word on the website and I can attest that what you see and read about is what you get. The only surprise I had in store when I finally got the PlanetBox was how much nicer the carry bag was than I expected! :)
In a nutshell: PlanetBox rocks.
Supplies used in the making of this lunch: