We tested 26 lunch boxes for L.L. Bean Lunch Boxstyle and safety -- here are the four winners.
When it comes to packing a healthy lunch for your child, it isn't just about the food, but also about making sure it stays at a safe temperature.
Of the 26 lunch boxes and bags we tested, these six kept food at the recommended 40 degrees or lower for two hours or longer. The bags also scored well in usability - they're easy to open and close, pack, carry, and clean - and their style is kid-friendly.
L.L.Bean Flip-Top Lunch Box ($20) kept food cold for nearly three hours - meaning it'll be safe for about five - and has multiple compartments. In sky blue and 15 other colors and prints. L.L.Bean; 800-809-7057, llbean.com.
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Thermos Lunch Box
Pretty in Pink
Thermos Camo Chick Novelty Kit ($8) has cute purse styling for the elementary school set. Thermos; thermos.com.
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The Built Tortuga Lunch Tote ($22 to $23) was a close second in cooling and is a chic choice in cool, functional neoprene for a choosy older kid. In dot no. 7 and two other options. Built; builtny.com
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Fleurville Lunch Box
Stylish and Sturdy
The well-constructed Fleurville Lunch Pak ($32) has backpack straps and many compartments for treks to school or weekend adventures. In World Flags and three other options. Fleurville; fleurville.com.
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