I bought two of these last school year and they both survived fully intact that whole year. I am only replacing one because it got so dirty. I'm disappointed to see they have many more designs. Would be goofy to buy the same one over again when I have it sitting here - although not shiny clean.
First time my kids lunch carrier made it through a full year of school still looking great! Love these bags.. the long strap makes it easier to carry them into school when the book bag is full. Ordering another one for my youngest now.
I have tried MANY lunch systems/containers and always seem to go back to our Bento carrier. I got it for my daughter 2-3 years ago and it's held up beautifully. I hand wash the containers and it's very fast and easy to do...even when I am pulling it out of my daughter's backpack that morning! No corners or hidden crevices to deal with. I barely have to wipe out the outer carrier because the inner compartments keep everything contained. I've tried many others cuz they were cute, seemed easier or were organic. But this one is my tried and true go-to. My daughter just carries this like a purse and holds her water bottle...or packs a juice box since we can recycle them now. Only complaint is needs better variety of patterns, then it would be perfect!!!
I have a very fussy eater who just entered kindergarten. After the chef at her preschool and her teachers suggested strongly that she bring her lunch, I went looking for something that would make lunch fun. There was definitely a learning curve with opening the inner Bento box. Several days of practice were required before she got it right. I like the setup where she doesn't have to unpack everything, but just open it up, so she's less likely to leave something on the table and lose it. Remember to label each box & lid. She loves picking out food for each compartment.
If you're going to use this every day, I'd recommend getting a second set of the bento box & compartments so you aren't rushing to wash everything every night. I've seen several reviews that bashed the lack of water bottle. I agree they should include one or at least sell/recommend one that will go with it, but I found a small water bottle from Enviro Products to go with it and it fits fine. (approx. dimensions: 6"h x 2.5"dia)
I was disappointed that the bento carrier really can't fit even a small water bottle along side the bento box. It says it can but that is just not true. You can squeeze a small one in the outside pocket, but then it can't zip up and the whole point for getting the box and carrier was because of how it's rectangular-slender shape fits well into a backpack. I would not recommend this carrier. I love the bento box though!
Thank you for asking me what I think!