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monbento MB Original bento box - green


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  • Suitable for dishwasher
  • Suitable for microwave by opening the silicone cap of the intermediary lid
  • 100% airtight
  • BPA free
  • Easy care

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  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 8.9 x 8.9 cm ; 399 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 499 g
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  • Item model number: 120002105
  • ASIN: B009QTBG5E
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 8 Feb 2013
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,876 in Kitchen & Home (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Home)
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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful
My feelings towards my lunchbox border on sexual attraction 21 Sep 2013
By Emma Lee - Published on Amazon.com
I drooled over Monbento's design for 3 months before I decided to pull the trigger and buy this. Why? Because you have to drop some significant money to be the proud owner of this bento box. At the end of the day, it's a lunch box, right? Wrong...this thing doubles as a piece of art. The lines and curves of the lunch box are so well thought out. I will forever be mesmerized by how perfectly Monbento fused practicality and fashion.

So let's get down to the nitty gritty; Right out of the box, this thing is astounding. Anyone that appreciates function, beauty and design will get butterflies when they unbox their brand new monbento. Silky soft, perfect angles, thoughtful features, quality material and aesthetically pleasing colors. Unfortunately, ownership of this box was quick to tarnish its perfection.

The first day of its use I filled the top (blue) container with 4 itty bitty twice baked potato halves. The bottom (white) portion had snap peas, cucumber slices, crackers, carrots, a laughing cow cheese wedge, and a Monbento Sauce Cup monbentoTM Reusable MB Sauce Cups, Set of 3, in Sky Blue/Blue filled with 5 junior mints. I opened the vent before putting the potato portion in the microwave. Erring on the side of caution, I only microwaved my Monbento for 1.5 minutes (the package says to do no more than 3). My heart sank when I opened the microwave and saw the lid had popped off. The lid itself was fine, but the main container had warped significantly. The long sides had bowed outward about 1/4 of an inch. I had to push the sides together to get the lid to go back on. Eventually, I was able to bend it back in place. It's no longer quite water-tight (although close). I've found that if I microwave it at half power and eat luke warm food, it does not warp.

I sat back down at my desk, both elated and saddened by how adorable and appealing my lunch looked in my now deformed box. I decided that life must go on, so I opened the white container. I happily munched on raw carrots, slightly ashamed of how much time I took to cut them to just the right length in order to fit. Once gone, I noticed that the carrots had left an orange residue that remained on the once pristine white finish. "No worries, this thing is lunch box perfection. I'm sure it will wipe away," I thought to myself. I was wrong. I haven't tried bleach, but it wouldn't budge with soap and water. The stain remains, a seemingly permanent blemish on my pride and joy.

After just a few days of ownership, I used the Monbento Nomad Cutlery set monbento nomad cutlery set - sky blue to retrieve some pad thai noodles from my bento. Even though I was careful to exert very little pressure, the fork left a scrape along the inside of the box.

Pros
The most stunning lunch box your eyes will meet
Awesome available matching accessories
Encourages variety and healthy eating
So soft and smooth I find myself petting it for comfort

Cons
Price tag
Not as microwave safe as it claims
White container prone to staining
Relatively easily scratched
Once the novelty is over, it's a pain in the ass to pack

So I am left conflicted. I was drawn to this bento because of its perfection. But it has been drifting farther and farther from it. I still love my lunch box. But I'm having a hard time accepting that my lunch box might not love me back.
85 of 91 people found the following review helpful
Best designed bento box I've encountered 1 Nov 2012
By eryn - Published on Amazon.com
I received this bento box as a gift, and I like it so much, I'm inspired to do my first Amazon product review.

I am not one of those people that has a collection of 50 bento boxes (yet), but I do have a few, and this box solves every design issue I've ever encountered.

Awesomes:

* Air-tight and Water-tight: The inner lids fit snugly and I haven't had leakage problems. Mind you, I'm not putting soup in here, but the lid stays on pretty well even when you don't have the elastic band on. That's awesome. The inner lid also keeps the bottom of the top box from touching the food in the bottom box, which I appreciate.

* Microwaveable: It's only good for reheating food (500W max), but this is AMAZING. Other bento boxes are made of such cheap plastic, microwaving them is dangerous. It even has a vent so you can microwave with the lid on.

* Dishwasher safe: I'm too lazy to do the dishes every day. I know this about myself. So I love that I can put this on the top rack.

* Mix-and-matchable: I'm looking forward to buying more things from the company to trick out my new toy (like a silverware set that fits perfectly between the inner lid and upper lid).

* Truth in volume: The lid only goes in a fraction of a millimeter, so you can pack food right up to the rim. No need to eyeball how much will fit just to find that you over-packed when it's time to close it all up.

Surprises:

* I was surprised by how big it was when I received the package. It takes up a little more space in my backpack than I anticipated, but now I think this is a reasonable (and necessary) tradeoff for its capacity.

It's not as compact as some Japanese bento boxes, but frankly, I don't pack my food according to the Japanese rules, so this is probably best for me.

Facts:

* Each box holds 500ml, so the product as sold here is 1000ml total. According to the charts, I need a 650ml bento box, but I pack less rice and more veggies and fruit, so I appreciate very much that I can get more into this box than my others.

* These boxes are more rectangular than the cheaper long-and-thin 500ml boxes I've come across, which means they're exactly as wide as the gluten-free bread I have to eat. Perfectly. It's so adorable, it almost makes that bread fun to eat.
42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Bento Box 17 April 2013
By vtownart - Published on Amazon.com
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Take home message: Overall, I'm happy with this purchase.

Background:
I'm a grad student and I've been trying to save money and eat healthier by bringing lunch from home instead of eating out. I like bringing multiple things for lunch (a main dish, a salad, maybe a snack) and have a way to transport everything easily and simply rather than bring three separate tupperwares, so I bought this bento box as a lunch container (I'm also a little OCD). It fits in my messenger bag easily because it is narrow, long and tall, as opposed to short, square-based lunch containers that I would have to put sideways into my bag, increasing the potential for spillage. After a solid two months worth of use, I offer this review:

Pros:
The sliding divider and two-box system helps make packing several different food items easier.
Since everything stacks, it's organized and fits nicely into a messenger bag, back pack, suitcase, bike basket etc.
Promotes healthy eating habits by making packing lunch easier.
Helps me save money by bringing lunch instead of eating out.
Helps with portion control for those interested in this.
Gotta admit, it looks pretty slick and makes me feel like an adult=)

Cons:
It ain't cheap. I had to really think about how much I'd save in the long run before purchasing this.
The top lid can only accommodate low-profile silverware (like proprietary monbento cutlery, which is super pricey) but if you look hard enough, you can find a fork that fits.
I tend to pack the containers to the brim and have to squish everything down to get the tops to fit- this is critical otherwise the vacuum seal wont hold and the tops will come off during transit.
I've microwaved it with the top on and and vent open for <2min and the heat caused the sides to warp, flair out and unseal from the top; however, after cooling down it went back to it's original form and the vacuum seal still works well.
Definitely don't microwave for very long and I wouldn't recommend dishwashing either.
I'm a very hungry 5'8" 160lb guy and I think the capacity is just a bit small- I'm considering a third box; just something to keep in mind.
48 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Good, but not with liquids 3 Oct 2012
By Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this lunchbox for a few reasons, one of which was the claim that it was hermetic, so I was under the impression that I could carry soup in it. The first day I got it, I tested it out by filling with water and shaking it all around, and it was nearly perfect. The first time I cleaned it, I put it in the top rack of my dishwasher (it also says it's dishwasher safe, another big reason I bought it). I used medium heat and air dried (no heat). But it must not be dishwasher safe after all, because since that first wash I haven't actually been able to keep any liquids in it. Seems to me like something warped in the dishwasher The seals don't seal completely, so liquids do leak out. I've been handwashing it ever since.

So, two of the three big reasons I bought the thing in the first place turned out not to work out after all (the other big selling point for me was it is microwave safe, which I did once and it worked out fine). But I find it hard to totally hate it, because as far as lunchboxes go, it looks pretty slick/adult. If you plan to pack any dips or condiments, I suggest getting some Tupperware Smidgets (Tupperware Set of 4 Smidgets Assorted Colors) - the sections of this lunchbox are pretty short, and I couldn't find any other condiment containers that fit.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Best box I've had yet for bento 27 July 2012
By Susan Hardy - Published on Amazon.com
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Great medium size. Had it a few weeks, so far so good... no leaks. Only thing is I wish I'd gotten one of the two-color boxes so I could remember which food is in which half!
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