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 leak-proof bento box: Jeopace 3-compartment bento box, £9.99
  • Best versatile bento box: Mepal bento lunch box, £19.99
  • Best colourful bento box: Munchkin kids' bento box, £22.99
  • Best budget bento box: Sistema to go bento box, £8
  • 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, £29.99
  • Best kid's bento box: Bibury bento box, £9.99

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Jeopace 3 compartment bento box

Jeopace bento box

Best leak-proof bento box

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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.

Available from:
Amazon (£9.99)

Mepal bento lunch box


Best versatile bento box

In pretty sage green, this versatile bento box has plenty of compartments to keep food separate and use for a variety of lunches. There's a small box with separate lid, plus two removable compartments to keep elements apart so they don't go soggy or get squashed together. The whole box is microwave safe for hot lunches and dishwasher safe for easy clean up.

Available from:
John Lewis (£19.99)

Sistema to go bento lunch box

Sistema bento box

Best budget bento box

For a simple option, this Sistema bento box is a wallet-friendly, practical choice. It has an easy locking clip to secure the box closed and inside are several removable compartments that would be easily customisable to suit your lunch needs. This box is also notable for it's lidded yogurt pot included, great for breakfasts too. Four colours are available, although Argos does not give the option to choose which you'll receive when ordering.

Available from:
Argos (£8)

Munchkin kids bento box

Munchkins bento box

Best colourful bento box

Brighten up lunchtimes with this rainbow bento box, ideal for packing kids lunches. Inside are five compartments that are perfect for smaller amounts of food, plus stainless steel toddler-friendly utensils that fix into the inside lid. The box has a handle for easy carrying on the way to school, plus is all dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning at the end of the day.

Available from:
John Lewis (£22.99)

Jungley personalised bento box

Personalised bento box

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.

Available from:
Not on the High Street (£29)

Mochi Mart eco-friendly bento box

Mochi Mart Eco friendly bento box

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.

Available from:
Not on the High Street (£19.95)

Monbento original bento box


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.

Available from:
Monbento (£37.90)

Umami premium bento box

Umami bento box

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.

Available from:
Amazon (£29.99)

Bibury bento box

Bibury bento box

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.

Available from:
Amazon (£9.99)

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