Yumbox Review (Original and Panino)

Disclaimer: This is an unpaid review. I have purchased several Yumbox products in the past and the company was nice enough to send me a few sample products for an event I hosted for my daughter’s school, some of which are pictured in this review. All opinions are my own!

I first discovered Yumbox on Instagram a couple of years ago, and I bought my preschool aged daughter two of the 6-compartment (Original) style. We use our Yumboxes frequently for school lunches, day trips, and travel because they are leakproof. We have even added the 4-compartment (Panino) style and the Mini Snack size to our collection.

The company has 4 styles/sizes: Tapas for adult size portions, Original (6-compartments) and Panino (4-compartments) for children or adults, and the Mini Snack. In this post I will only be talking about the Original and the Panino styles, but you can check out the other sizes in my Amazon Shop (see “Shop” tab at the top of the page). *A Yumbox Mini Snack review is coming soon!*

The Basics

Price: $29.99 on Amazon, $28.00 on the Yumbox website (some older styles/colors may be discounted)

Material: Plastic

Dimensions: 8.5″ x 6.5″ x 1.8″

Weight: 1lb 1.3oz

Favorite Features:

  • These containers are leakproof, which is a major selling point and part of the reason these containers are so popular for younger kids. Each compartment has its own seal to ensure that food from one compartment will NOT leak into the other compartments! Foods like yogurt, pudding, or apple sauce will stay in their designated sections, however, the company recommends that you do not put liquids such as soup or salad dressing in the compartments.
  • These containers consist of only two pieces, which is easy for kids to keep track of. Before we started using bento-style containers, my I sent Saffy to school with three containers (3 lids + 3 bottoms) and she was constantly losing pieces! Yumbox makes it easy because the the tray stays inside the outer shell, making it highly unlikely that my child will lose one of the pieces at school.
  • Both Yumbox styles come in a variety of beautiful colors and have cute patterns on the trays. My favorite colors that we have are the Remy Purple and the Cannes Blue (Mini Snack), but I also have my eye on the Tahiti Green!

Yumbox Original

The Yumbox Original has 6 compartments: five 1/2 cup compartments and a treat well. It holds 2.5 cups of food in total, and it is great for kids who like “snacky” lunches. It is also perfect for getting your kids to try a variety of foods because each portion is small, and it looks so appealing when its all organized in this bento-style container.

My five-year-old uses the Original style often, and I make sure to pack as many nutrients as possible into the small compartments. I would recommend the Yumbox Original for preschoolers, elementary aged children with smaller appetites, and older children or adults for a snack.

Yumbox Panino

The Yumbox Panino has 4 compartments: one 2 cup compartment, two 1/2 cup compartments, and a 1 oz treat well. It holds 3 cups + 1 oz of food in total, and is great for lunches with a main dish such as a sandwich or salad. Note that the treat well in the Panino is slightly larger than the treat well in the Original.

This is not the adult sized Yumbox, but it does hold enough food for me. I bought one for myself when I started graduate school and absolutely love it! I bring my Yumbox Panino with me to eat lunch on campus and when I’m out and about doing errands. All of the Yumbox styles and sizes close tightly, which keeps the food from getting shaken up. I really like that I can throw it directly in my backpack or purse and the food stays in place.

I would recommend the Yumbox Panino for sandwich lovers, preschoolers, elementary aged children, or adults with smaller appetites. If you are an adult with a very large appetite, you should look at the Yumbox Tapas.

Things you should know:

  • The Original and Panino style Yumboxes have the same dimensions (8.5″ x 6.5″ x 1.8″) and the trays are interchangeable, however, if you swap the trays the boxes will no longer be leakproof and doing this may damage the seal. You can see in the photos that the lid of the boxes have silicone seals for each compartments and these will not match up with the other tray.
  • The weight of each box is 1 lb 1.5 oz and when packed with food, this can be a little heavy for young children. My daughter only has to bring her lunch from the car to her cubby so it is not a problem for us, but if your child has to carry their lunch a long way, you may want to put the Yumbox directly into their backpack as it will be easier to carry.
  • Yumboxes should be hand washed! It is very important that the outer shells are hand washed because the dishwasher could ruin the leakproof seal. You actually can put the trays in the dishwasher, but I prefer to hand wash mine.

Thanks for reading my Yumbox Review! To see more Yumboxes for purchase through Amazon, be sure to visit my Amazon Store by clicking the “Shop” tab in the menu at the top of the page. For daily lunch ideas, please follow me on Instagram (@sarahmakeslunch) and on Facebook!

If you are interested in the Yumbox Mini Snack, you can purchase them here:

If you are interested in the Yumbox Tapas (adult size), you can purchase them here:

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