yubo Lunchbox Review
You might have seen the yubo lunch box in the hands of celebrities such as Jessica Alba and Jennifer Garner. However, just because a product is hot with celebrities doesn't always mean it's practical enough for regular parents and kids living an everyday life. Yubo "wanted to make the lunchbox customizable, interactive, fun, flexible, functional, washable, ecological, colorful, beautiful, and of course, very cool and loaded with personality." The resulting product is fun, recyclable, dishwasher safe, and BPA free. It starts at $29.95 plus shipping. Click here to see the 1 Meal 3 Ways lunch I made in the yubo!
When I first opened the yubo package, the amount of pieces made me skeptical. I always do real world testing, and with all of these pieces, how practical would this lunch box be? After making numerous lunches in it, I find it simple and easy to use. The custom ice pack (shown below) is such a great idea. I hate trying to find room for an ice pack in other carriers. The three leak proof food containers fit right on top of the ice pack (different size options are available). You can pack items such as yogurt or fruit, as side dishes, and a sandwich with small snacks in the main container. The containers give you options, but at the same time help you carefully consider what you are putting in your child's lunch. The accessory that might be hard to get used to is the drink holder (shown below). A bottle won't fit inside the box so a drink holder attaches to the outside (for an extra $5.95).
One feature that stands out in this lunch box is the fun factor. yubo has made their box very customizable. It comes with faceplates in many designs to complement the colors of the box. However, you can also have them personalized. They can include your child's name or you can even upload a picture that they have drawn! The faceplates are available in horizontal (above) or their brand new vertical designs (to the left). They easily slip in and out of the plastic panel that holds them so they can be changed to a different set when desired.
As far as durability goes, all the pieces are high quality plastic. However, with kids (mine at least!) these will get bumped around quite a bit and might get some scuff marks with regular use. They did hold up well in our testing. One of the best parts of the yubo is how easy it is to clean. You just take all the pieces apart and throw them in the dishwasher. I love how both side panels come off so you don't get gunk stuck in the crevices! The only thing not dishwasher safe are the faceplates.
If you can't tell, this has turned into one of my favorite lunch boxes to use. The one drawback is the amount of pieces. If your child has a habit of losing things, you could be ordering replacement parts for this quite often. Regular Tupperware might work in the box, but you won't get the perfect fit that the yubo containers offer. This could be frustrating to some parents. Other than that, if you are looking for a FUN, easy to clean, personalized lunchbox, then you should try the yubo. Check out getyubo.com for all the options and designs.