Best bento boxes to take for lunch
Pack a filling lunch in a bento box, full of handy compartments to keep your snacks separated. Discover our best bento box buys plus plenty of recipe inspiration too.
In need of some packed lunch inspiration? If you're headed back into work or school, bento boxes make packing a filling lunch easy. These Japanese-inspired lunchboxes are separated into compartments, making sure your snacks stay separate. They're a lot less bulky than individual bags and boxes, too.
We've picked out some of our favourite bento boxes available for delivery in the UK. They're versatile enough to work for kids and adults, in a variety of designs and colours. Most are easy to clean and some are even microwaveable. Some of our choices even come with cutlery.
Looking to fill up your bento box with a hearty packed lunch? Discover our top 50 easy lunch ideas for the ultimate inspiration, or fill up on nutritious picks with our healthy lunch ideas for work. See our lunchbox recipes for wraps, salads and sandwiches. If you're looking to stay traditional with bento box ideas, see our Japanese-inspired recipes for dishes like miso ramen, okonomiyaki and sushi.
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Best bento boxes to buy at a glance
- Best 3-layer bento box: Tiancheng 3-layer bento box and cutlery set, £15.99
- Best leak-proof bento box: Jeopace 3 compartment bento box, £10.99
- Best bento box for personalisation: Jungley personalised bento box, £29
- Best eco-friendly bento box: Mochi Mart eco-friendly bento box, £19.95
- Best for big lunches: Monbento original bento box, £37.90
- Best accessorised bento box: Umami premium bento box, £33.54
- Best budget kid's bento box: Wild Wonders children's bento box, £9.95
- Most stylish bento box: Sakura bunny bento box, £29.99
- Best for portion control: Tiancheng 2 compartment bento box, £11.99
- Best kid's bento box: Bibury bento box, £11.99
Best bento boxes to buy 2023
Tiancheng 3-layer bento box and cutlery set
- Available from Amazon (£15.99)
Best 3-layer bento box
If you're looking for a bento box with loads of room and additional compartments, this three-layer lunchbox from Tiancheng is ideal. It offers a ton of space for sandwiches, wraps, salads and snacks. We love the neutral colour palette, which will suit a range of styles and personal preferences. It's made with food-grade PP material, it's BPA-free and non-toxic. It's both dishwasher safe and microwave safe with leakproof protection.
Jeopace 3 compartment bento box
- Available from Amazon (£10.99)
Best leak-proof bento box
Looking for a simple bento box? This budget-friendly one-tier lunchbox from Jeopace is more of a straightforward option. The sturdy, leakproof lid latches on each side to ensure an airtight seal. It's divided into three sections, and comes with matching cutlery. too. You can choose from different colours and styles, so there's something here for everyone.
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Jungley personalised bento box
- Available from Not on the High Street (£29)
Best bento box for personalisation
Make sure your lunch is always safe in the office fridge with this simple, minimalist bento box. You can add a name or initials (up to 12 characters) along the fabric strap that holds the box and included cutlery (a three-in-one knife, fork and spoon) together. The box has an airtight seal to keep food fresh and removable divider inside to create two separate sections. Five neutral colourways are available, including black, blue and grey.
Not on the High Street (£29)
Mochi Mart eco-friendly bento box
- Available from Not on the High Street (£19.95)
Best eco-friendly bento box
If you're concerned about bento boxes being full of plastic, opt for this sustainable option made from wheat straw, a low-impact and compostable alternative to plastic. The box has three layers and a movable divider to keep all your elements separate (or remove the dividers and layers to use the 900ml capacity in its entirety), plus a wooden fork and spoon. The set is available in three pastel colours and is dishwasher- and microwave-safe.
Not on the High Street (£19.95)
Monbento original bento box
- Available from Monbento (£37.90)
Best for big lunches
Monbento specialises in sturdy, well-made bento boxes, so this investment is sure to last a lifetime. We love the original line, available in a wide range of colours and styles. It's BPA free, made with high-quality PBT and completely airtight due to an internal lid fitted with a hinge. The two tiers are open compartments, better suited for large adult-sized portions. It's microwave safe, dishwasher safe and fully recyclable, too.
Umami premium bento box
- Available from Amazon (£33.54)
Best accessorised bento box
Looking to go all out on a deluxe bento box? This gorgeous option from Umami comes with all the bells and whistles. The two-tiered box comes with clever adjustable dividers to fit whatever you happen to pack that day, plus it comes with a screw-cap jar for sauces and sides. A full cutlery set is included, all of which lock into place. The sleek, black box is topped off with a natural bamboo lid for a stylish finish.
Wild Wonders children's bento box
- Available from Not on the High Street (£9.95)
Best budget kid's bento box
Kids will love this cheery bento box, ideal for taking to school or filling with snacks on a day out. With a wildlife-patterned lid, this colourful box is split into layers, including a movable divider, kid-friendly fork and spoon, and a stretchy fabric strap to hold it together. Browse our kids' lunchbox recipes for inspiration on how to fill it.
Not on the High Street (£9.95)
Sakura bunny bento box
- Available from Sous Chef (£29.99)
Most stylish bento box
Impress your colleagues with this gorgeous, elaborately designed bento box from Sous Chef. The top opens up to reveal two large compartments, with a sealed lid. The smaller top compartment is 210ml, great for holding snacks, fruit or a small dessert. The larger component is 300ml, which will fit wraps, sushi, sandwiches, rice dishes and more.
Sous Chef (£29.99)
Tiancheng 2 compartment bento box
- Available from Amazon (£11.99)
Best for portion control
If you're on a tight budget, this sturdy bento box would be great for kids and adults – at school or in the office. The main compartment is divided into two sections, which is ideal for portion control. Cutlery is conveniently included in the top lid, plus it's dishwasher and microwave safe.
Bibury bento box
- Available from Amazon (£11.99)
Best kid's bento box
Kids are sure to love this colourful bento box from Bibury. This one is unique in that the inner tray can be removed and cleaned separately, or used to mix the components of your lunch together. Cutlery is included in the lid, plus it's microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe. This durable lunchbox is made from food-grade PP material, BPA-free and it's non-toxic.
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