10 best lunch boxes for adults

Tired of squashed sandwiches and leaky plastic containers? Leave your schooldays behind with our pick of grown-up boxes

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Buying lunch out everyday gets pricey (and calorific). Whether you're a fancy salad or a ham sandwich kind of nosher, turn over a new leaf with one of these lunch boxes for grown-ups; not a Disney character in sight.

1. Purple Geisha Bento Box: £19.50, souschef.co.uk


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The Japanese bento trend is here to stay so we recommend you embrace it with a super-cute three-tier geisha box. The lid is an inverted bowl (pop in a sachet of miso soup and add water at lunch), while the middle has a hermetic seal for liquids and the bottom is ideal for dry rice or sushi.

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2. Sistema Lunch Cube: £5, johnlewis.com


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This compact, no-frills box hinges in the middle and opens out flat to form two sections (one with a lid so your food doesn’t get all muddled). One half is perfect sandwich sized, while the other is divided in two for your fruit, veg and snacks.

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3. Happy Jackson Salad & Nuts Lunch Box: £8, debenhams.com


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Packed lunch plans always start with the best intentions but after a few weeks of carrot sticks and oatcakes those chocolate biscuits find a way to creep in. Say it like it is with this fun box from Happy Jackson, which reads: “Salads, nuts & fruit crisps, cake and chocolate”.

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4. Black + Blum Bento Lunch Box: £12.99, sizzle.co.uk


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The little sister of Black + Blum’s original Appetit box, this box is slim enough to fit in your handbag and is just the right size for salad, pasta or sushi. It includes a sauce pot, fork and moveable divider and is made from solid white plastic, so it feels more like a ceramic bowl than tupperware.

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5. Monbento Original Bento Box: £24, monbento.co.uk



This is the grandfather of all bento boxes for packed-lunch eaters who mean business: two stacking boxes, one with sauce pot, made from sturdy, soft-touch plastic. It’s completely dishwasher-safe and microwavable (thanks to handy vents), and you can customise with different colour combinations.

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6. Lunchbots Trio Stainless Steel Lunchbox: £17, mycleverbox.co.uk



If you’re tired of loading your lunchbox with fresh fruit and veg in the morning only to find it dry or soggy by lunch, stainless steel is your friend. This three-compartment number will keep your food fresh all day, though it’s not water-tight so you’ll need to keep any dressing in a separate pot.

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7. Fallow Deer Rectangular Box: £10.82, blafre.com/en



Bring a bit of Scandi style to your lunch box with a food-safe coated metal box from Norwegian design company Blafre. We love this yellow deer pattern, but they also stock lovely owl, hedgehog and eighties-style flower designs.

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8. Lakeland Large Lunch Box: £11.99, lakeland.co.uk



This flexible box from Lakeland lets you adjust your set-up to suit the day (and the dish). There’s a click-in fork and two removable inner pots with their own lids so you can use one, both or remove them completely and microwave one component of your meal without heating your salad, too.

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9. Vintage Boy Lunch Box: £4.95, dotcomgiftshop.com



What this doesn’t have in fancy features or multiple sections, it makes up for in cute, vintage style and a little schooldays nostalgia. It’s dishwasher safe, BPA-free and slim enough to slip into your bag without any fuss.

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10. Black + Blum Aluminium Box: £24, selfridges.com


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For the truly discerning sandwich eater (we’re thinking tomato, mozzarella and avocado on rye), this aluminium box comes with a sustainable bamboo lid that doubles up as a chopping board for prep and a plank for serving.

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If you're looking to branch out from the world of sandwiches for the first time, Black + Blum's Lunch Box is the place to start, while Monbento occupies the 'slickest lunch box' spot, but our biggest foodie crush is on Souschef's Geisha Bento Box, for sheer cuteness and originality.


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