Top 5 Thermos Containers for School Lunches

A good thermos can be a lifesaver when it comes to packing a healthy school lunch. Finding the right container? Not always so easy. In this post, you’ll find  5 that we and our lunch plan members love. They will help you utilize leftovers pack lunches like a pro!

top 5 thermos containers for school lunches. No leaks, hold the temperature, and age appropriate!

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We know there are lots of thermos containers out there of different materials. All the recommended thermoses are double-walled, stainless steel. While some plastic “thermoses” exists, none hold the food both warm or cold as well as stainless steel. Don’t waste your money, stainless steel is the way to go (in our humble opinion).

 

#1 Thermos Foogo

10ozFoogoFeatures & Price

  • Holds 10 ounces (a little less than a 1.5 cups) of food.
  • Double wall insulation perfect for hot and cold foods.
  • Keeps food hot for up to 5 hours.
  • Keeps food cold for up to 7 hours.
  • KID FRIENDLY. The rubberized grip on the lid makes it easier to open and rubberized bottom keeps it in place.
  • Durable. It’s stainless steel, no need to say more.
  • Easy to fill and eat out of and not too deep.
  • Dishwasher safe.
  • Some schools require solid colors (without characters) and bigger kids might want a solid container.
  • $15-$18.
  • Buy the Thermos Foogo here

Check out our top 5 lunch boxes comparison post here. 

#2 Thermos Funtainer

10ozFuntainer

Features & Price

  • Holds 10 ounces (a little less than a 1.5 cups) of food.
  • Double wall insulation perfect for hot and cold foods.
  • Keeps food hot for up to 5 hours.
  • Keeps food cold for up to 7 hours.
  • KID FRIENDLY & easy to open.
  • Durable. It’s stainless steel, no need to say more.
  • Easy to fill and eat out of and not too deep.
  • Dishwasher safe.
  • Comes in a couple solid colors (often sold out) and tons of licensed characters kids love.
  • $15
  • Buy the Thermos Funtainer here

#3 Lunchbots Insulated Container

LunchBotsFeatures & Price

  • Holds 16 ounces (2 cups) of food, perfect for bigger appetites!
  • Double wall insulation perfect for hot and cold foods.
  • Keeps food hot for up to 5 hours.
  • Keeps food cold for up to 5 hours.
  • Widest opening (like a bowl) makes it easy for younger kids to get to the food, however, also harder to open for small hands with the wide grip.
  • Durable. It’s stainless steel, no need to say more.
  • Easy to fill and eat out of and not too deep.
  • Handwash only.
  • Comes in 4 colors.
  • $36
  • Buy the Lunchbots Insulated Container here

Check out this post to see how long it’s safe to keep food hot in a thermos

#4 Stanley Classic Food Jar

Stanley

Features & Price

  • Holds 17 ounces (2+ cups) of food, perfect for bigger appetites!
  • Double wall insulation perfect for hot and cold foods.
  • Keeps food hot for up to 12 hours. 
    This is the best performing container in our tests.
  • Keeps food cold for up to 12 hours.
  • Leak proof and fully packable.
  • Durable with a lifetime warranty.
  • The smaller opening might be a little harder for young kids to get food out.
  • Handwash only.
  • Limited color selection.
  • $22-$26
  • Buy the Stanley Classic Food Jar here

#5 Kids Konserve Insulated Jar
KidsUKonserve

Features & Price

  • Holds 12 ounces (1.5 cups) of food
  • Double wall insulation perfect for hot and cold foods.
  • Leak proof and fully packable.
  • Durable, made of stainless steel.
  • The smaller opening might be a little harder for young kids to get food out.
  • Handwash only.
  • Limited color selection.
  • $15-17
  • Buy the Kids Konserve Insulated Jar here

 

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