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- ASIN: B00VGTVEGS
- Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 31 Mar. 2015
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
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- Made from polypropylene and copolyester (BPA free)
- Includes sauce pot, inner dish and fork/knife
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A unique lunch box that has been designed for those who like to 'pack' lunch. More like a ceramic bowl than your standard food container, but with some fantastically thought out functions. The lid locks to the body for a water tight seal and has an ingenious sauce dipping area (good for sushi lovers). A sauce pot is ideal for salad dressing (or ketchup), so no more soggy salad, you can dress your salad just before you eat it. This lunch box comes with a removable inner dish which allows you to split different foods so you can microwave a hot dish, but keep other foods cold. Also included a fork/knife for easy one handed eating. Available in a choice of colours. Made from polypropylene and copolyester(BPA free) Includes sauce pot, inner dish and fork Microwave and dishwasher safe Dimensions: 19 x 19 x 5.5cm (880ml/30 fl oz)
Top Customer Reviews
When I first got it, everyone at my office was quite impressed and got it's fair share of wows.
However after months of use, a few things about this aren't quite what they seem:
1. The two smaller containers inside are neither air-tight nor stay in their place; so unless you carry the lunch box perfectly flat, they *will* move about and any sauces you happen to have inside them will find themselves all over the inside of the lunch box.
2. The lunch box is fairly airtight, however since it has hinges only on two sides instead of all four, it *has* leaked on occasions (my lunch almost always contains a good amount of sauce). This isn't necessarily a product flaw as much as it is bad design and I wish future iterations of this lunch box come with latches on all four sides.
3. Finally, the sides of the lid aren't particularly strong and in my case have developed fine cracks on the two sides having hinges. This is, again, bad design because the inner edges of the lid are quite thin compared to the rest of the lid.
After around 9 months of daily use, the hinge guide mechanism on the lid has broken, rendering this beautiful lunch box no longer airtight, and in my case, useless.
Its a shame really, because the box is quite pretty and I still use it at home.
So in conclusion, while I laud Black+Blum for a really pretty take on an otherwise boring everyday item, some bad design choices have resulted in a not-so-recommendable product, and one that looks much better than it really it.
It's a well designed lunchbox aesthetically speaking and the plastic doesn't stain even with beetroot. However the two lunchboxes I ordered both leak and are in no way water tight. Which is not great for the price and very misleading in their advertising.
I contacted their customer service and they sent 2 replacement boxes. Unfortunately these two boxes also leak. I was also told it was probably my fault as I didn't replace the seal correctly. I actually tested these on arrival and they leaked straight from the manufacturer.
At this point I am unsure whether this is a design or manufacturing flaw but I can't see how they can claim these boxes are water tight when they clearly are not.
Whilst the aesthetic design is great, sadly not all other design aspects were so well thought through.
"The 'glass like' lid locks to the body for a water tight seal ... Microwave and dishwasher safe."
For the limited use mine has received, the plastic has warped, either in the microwave of the dishwasher. Not 'significantly' - you wouldn't notice it to look at. It's when you put it together and it leaks. It's when you close it and it doesn't clasp easily or correctly - the reason, I believe, other reviewers have complained the hinge clasps snapped. It's when the inner boxes once fit, but now don't.
Of course, if this warping occurred in the microwave, then what might I have ingested?
On the subject of inner boxes, they don't close correctly, or at least don't any more. Frustrated the outer box failed clasp shut, I cracked an inner box attempting to get it shut before I realised the outer box had warped. The only plus side is this suggests warping might have occurred in the dishwasher, but that's scarcely comforting.
In short, this is a great looking box, provided you ignore their marketing. If you never plan on microwaving it, intend to wash it by hand, and can overlook the minor detail the fork was clearly planned to fit the wrong way up (their name is on the handle facing prongs up) then you will love it. Otherwise, if like me, you intended to use it to their description, I would advise against it. It's not built for the purpose stated, and you will only end up disappointed.
I had planned on purchasing other Black + Blum products later, as they look good and appear quite functional. Now, however, I don't plan to purchase anything further from them, which is regrettable.
Get one now and you wont be disappointed. The new lid is very very durable. Totally worth the money.
The seal around the edge of the lid is very tight, handy when you don't want pasta sauce os salad dressing going everywhere (haven't tried it with soup tho... with be a bit much for it to handle)! so far i have had absolutely no leaks after a week of trying out different things in it, even if it's on it's size in my bag.
i would recommend this to anyone, it looks really smart and the only thing bad about it is you generally have to carry the fork separately in a small food bag to keep it clean as there is nowhere in the box to store it once you load it up with food, unless you are only using the small corner compartment. Over the week tho, definitely hasn't been too much of a bother, very glad i bought it!! :)
i wold note, it comes with too inner compartments with lids, one designed for something like dipping sauce or salad dressing and a larger one if you want to have salad in the center and pasta or couscous as a side portion. The lid also has a small circular moulding, which functions as a dip bowl for you to pour the sauce into. on either side of the box there are strong flaps which pull down over edges to lock the lid in place securely. beware it's only microwavable for 2 mins max, despite this the box is very strong and solid feeling.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
very versatile, washes well even in the dishwasher, portion size perfect for a large salad or lunch sized hot mealPublished 20 days ago by E N
Love my lunch box! Looks really nice and the fork holder is really useful! Love the additional pots, they are really good for separating hot and cold food and sauces. Read morePublished 5 months ago by michael arnold
Looks good, very good quality - only criticism is that the fork has a pretty sharp edge (probably for the ability to cut food) - sometimes I worry Ive cut my mouth eating off it... Read morePublished 6 months ago by R. Harris
Love this lunch box. Use it for taking salads to work each day. Handy to have place for fork and sald dressing. Read morePublished 10 months ago by WFZ77
Great products for people who like to make there lunches for work, school, journeys or anywhere. Very sturdy making it feel expensive. Looks expensive too.Published 11 months ago by Max
I saw someone with this at work and had to get one for myself. Solid quality lunchbox. Would recommend.Published 13 months ago by Data Peak
Best lunch box I have ever had keep getting asked where I bought my lunch because it looks so appetising. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lady Molly
I love this lunchbox -- high quality and sturdy. Looks more expensive in real life. Did not expect it to be that good, although I do own other black and blum productsPublished 18 months ago by Celeste