Last week, I showed off a salad packed in Rubbermaid’s Lunch Blox system, promising you to come back and share my thoughts. Now, I used this box a bit over the weekend, but haven’t used it for a full week as I typically do. So this is more my general thoughts on the particular set I purchased rather than the Lunch Blox system as a whole.
Packing a salad for lunch is something I often do, and something that I find my regular bento boxes don’t do as well as they could. Why? Because they just aren’t roomy enough when I’m ready to mix my salad together with all its additions and dressing. I like my salad dressing properly mixed into all the ingredients. A shallow bento box means I’m flinging salad all over the kitchen table. Not a graceful lunch maneuver, let me assure you. When I spotted this set geared specifically towards salad packing, I decided the $10 and change price was in my budget, so decided to give it a try.
The Lunch Blox system is BPA free as well as dishwasher, microwaver, and freezer safe. Talk about versatile. All big pluses for giving this set a try. The set comes with the following: ice pack to keep everything cool, main container with an divided insertable tray, salad dressing container, and green lid. The French dressing was included in my kit along with some coupons, one of which is $1.50 off another Lunch Blox set. Can you say, “Hello, sandwich kit?” That is if I can find it in my area. Target seems to be the only place in Baton Rouge with a variety of this system on its shelves. I find that a bit disappointing.
The concept of the system is that everything connects together, like a set of building blocks, allowing you to add containers to the system. If you look closely at the picture above, you can see where the lid has indentations to grab onto other parts of the system. Great concept, I thought. This means I could potentially purchase other boxes, separately, in the system and pack snacks or even a breakfast to accompany me for the day.
As you can see the blue ice pack fits securely into the top of the green lid, and the additional little lunch blox (set of 3) that I purchased fits securely into the ice pack. I was able to lift up the whole thing without any piece of the blox system popping apart. Again, I like this feature … if it worked all the time.
The ice pack is made to fit securely on the bottom of the container as well, as pictured above. And it does. Works great! However, that little green cup you see me holding in the picture does not hold securely when secured to the green lid. And this I find to be an annoying design flaw. What if I don’t want the items in those little containers to be against the ice pack. Or what if I don’t want to use the ice pack at all that day. The little containers should fit into the indentations of the green lid as well as that of the ice pack.
I figure there is either one of two things happening here. Either (a) the little lunch blox is supposed to fit into both the lid and the ice pack, meaning mine is defective, or (b) the little lunch blox is only supposed to fit into the ice pack, meaning Rubbermaid has a bit of a design flaw, in my opinion.
Another wish for this system: that Rubbermaid would consider selling the dressing cup separately, as a pack of 3. They weren’t available at the store. I checked online, and unfortunately they aren’t available there either. To be honest, this is one of the most perfect dressing cups I’ve come across so far, and I’ve used a few. Everything from bento sauce containers, to GoToobs, and more. This is great. And it would be handy to have a backup container or two. However, it seems you can only get this dressing container if you buy the whole set. Bummer.
As for packing my lunch, this little box holds alot, or at least I thought it did. Two cups of salad, with plenty of fruit and such to go along. I chose not to pack the dressing container into its section in the divided upper tray to make room for my pineapple sections. Instead, I placed it in the main container, next to the hard boiled egg. This worked perfectly. The box was a little deep to get the last dregs of my salad, but that’s not a big deal. What was great is that there was plenty of room to mix up my salad. In fact, I was able to pop the lid back on and shake vigorously, making a perfect salad mixture.
What’s Not Exactly Bento’s final verdict on the system?
If you’re looking to get into bento lunches and want to test the waters with an inexpensive solution, the Rubbermaid Lunch Blox might be the system to try. There were 3 sets at the store that would get you started: a salad kit, a sandwich kit, and an entree kit ($10, $10, and $16 respectively). Both the salad and sandwich kits are designed with plenty of room to hold a hearty lunch. The entree kit was enough for lunch and a snack if you’re a woman, especially if you’re watching your calorie intake. I feel confident in recommending to give the product a try if you’ve been thinking about it.
Just be forewarned that since the upper tray sits inside the main container, you definitely don’t want to pack soups or liquid in the lower portion. You’ll have a disaster later on, as things would surely leak up to the upper container as the box is jostled during the day.
Also be forewarned that I did have an issue with the lunch blox system not connecting together in the manner in which it seems it should have connected together. This isn’t something that would keep me from purchasing another set, but definitely a bit disappointing.
My kit fit into my Built NY lunch bag, without the little containers attached to the top. Otherwise the kit would have been too tall. The salad kit is definitely on the tall side. Rubbermaid does make several insulated lunch bags to go along with this system, one of which was a little over $10 (again inexpensive). However as I have plenty of lunch bags, I didn’t feel the need to purchase a bag specifically for this lunch set.
Disclaimer: I purchased this lunch set with my own funds and was not compensated in anyway for posting about Rubbermaid’s Lunch Blox system. I chose to buy the set on my own and share my experiences with it on Not Exactly Bento, as I typically do. I hope you’ve found it helpful.
P.S. Rubbermaid’s website shows a new storage system for your home called bento, allowing you to divide large fabric storage boxes into smaller sections for home organization. Why didn’t they create an actual bento lunch system too? I say we all e-mail them with this request! :) Be the bento, everyone!