Spoiler Alert: I love the PlanetBox Rover!
We got them!! We FINALLY got them. For a while now, I’ve been drooling over the PlanetBox lunch boxes. For Christmas, my son and daughter unknowingly asked their Grammy + Gramps for one PlanetBox Rover lunch box each. Once I knew they were purchased, I could barely wait. And, once the kids unwrapped them, I could barely wait for school to start back. 🙂 After using them, I just had to review PlanetBox Rover lunch boxes so I cold share all of their goodness with my readers.
the kids I wanted a new lunch box
- We had been using a Pottery Barn Kids and a Lands End lunch box interchangeably. I usually opted for the Lands End bag because it was soft-sided and could better fit odd-shaped containers. The Pottery Barn box was cute, but I found the shape to be a little hard to work with. It was hard-sided and the containers I was using didn’t fit well if I was using more than one or our Thermos for warm foods. And, putting a puzzle together first thing in the morning is not on my to-do list.
- Which brings me to all of the containers. In an effort to cut down on using sandwich bags, for both the cost and cut down on waste, I purchased a set of Rubbermaid containers. I liked that I could pack food in them and stick the ice pack on top, rather than having a sandwich sit right on top of the ice pack. What I didn’t love was the daily puzzle solving, again, to make sure I was only using containers that when placed together JUST SO, would fit in the lunch box. Consider also that those containers took up space in our pantry and each of them had to be washed and you might be able to see why this simplicity-loving mama grew tired of them very quickly.
- Lunch-making was losing its appeal very quickly. When my daughter started kindergarten, I was the nerdy mom that was super excited to start packing her lunches. But, I quickly realized that making lunch takes time, and all the sandwich bags, fancy containers, and ice packs add even more time to an already quickly-ticking clock. But, I couldn’t imagine how to make it simpler. I mean, people have been packing lunch for years, right?
So, I started looking at different lunchboxes and asked for recommendations from the ladies in my Meal Planning Junkies Facebook group. Somehow, I stumbled on PlanetBox and was smitten. In that ‘I know I’ll never be able to date you because I’ll never spend that much money on a lunch box but I will keep crushing on you and drooling over your cute little lunchbox ideas’ way. Yeah, that level of smitten-ness.
Christmas October rolled around and my mother-in-law asked what the kids wanted for Christmas. Ummmm….they want PlanetBoxes. 😉 So, on Christmas morning, my kiddos unwrapped those Rover boxes just as quickly as any little person has unwrapped a gift and, although they didn’t jump up and down the way they did over the baby bed or racetrack, they were intrigued by the sticker magnets. Regardless, this mama was sitting on the edge of the couch just waiting for them to set their gift down so I could grab it.
PlanetBox Rover All-in-one-Kit
We have two of the all-in-one kits, which each include a Rover lunchbox with a big and little dipper, a set of magnets, a bag, and a water bottle. Initially, I thought the real essentials were just the lunchboxes (which comes with the magnets + the dippers) and the carrying bag. We also got the ice pack, which I don’t think is totally necessary. It fits nicely in the slide area, but when I used the packs that came with the Rubbermaid containers, they worked well, too. A little tip: if you can force yourself to pack lunches the night before, throw the box in the fridge. It gets super cold and I think helps keep the food colder longer.
And, once I looked more closely at the BottleRocket Capsule water bottles, I INSTANTLY fell in love. There isn’t a straw and the spout, which pops right out, is wide enough to easily clean without any crazy brush accessories. Total score.
My Review of the PlanetBox Rover
So what’s my take on these guys? Well…I LOVE them. And, I’m actually disappointed that I let the price tag stand in the way of my not getting one sooner. Why, you say?
- Packing lunch is so much easier and faster. In addition to creating a weekly rotation of breakfasts, lunches, and snacks, the PlanetBox has really helped me simplify my mornings. Now, I pack my daughter and my son’s lunch together AND he eats lunch at home with me every day. He likes it, and I figure if I’m already making one lunch, it makes sense to make two. As expected, packing lunch in the PlanetBox is much faster than fooling around with sandwich bags or plastic containers because you don’t have to worry about the different compartments mixing up. It’s literally like preparing a plate of food and then closing it shut.
- My kids think it’s cool. My first grader has been buying school lunch once a week as a little treat (don’t ask), and I asked her this week when she wanted to buy. She said, ‘Never. I’m done with that.’ 🙂 She helps pack her lunch and actually looks forward to it.
- Packing lunch is way more inspiring. My daughter loves looking at the Lunchable kits at the grocery store and is always intrigued by them. I’ve considered packing her lunch like a Lunchable, but haven’t done it because of the fuss of packing all the parts. With the PlanetBox Rover, though, we just put out what we want to include and close the top. She asked me yesterday if I could pack her an egg sandwich, which I told her I thought would be gross by lunchtime, so we landed on boiled eggs. I’d never even thought to do that.
- My daughter is eating WAY more of her lunch. I think because the box opens wide with all of the food totally accessible, the kids have a bit more time and don’t waste any of their leisurely 25 minutes of lunchtime opening the bags or containers. I sliced an apple up the other day and crossed my fingers that it wouldn’t be brown at lunch. Because, by the way, HOW would I fit an apple in this thing? The PlanetBox came home with two apple slices left, and not really browned at all. So, I’m pumped that she’s eating more of all the things I send her.
- I was worried about clean-up. You know, having to wash it every day. But, it’s totally dishwasher safe. We put it on the bottom rack and it’s good to go (FYI-take off the magnets before washing).
What I don’t love about the PlanetBox Rover
- It is a bit heavy, weighing in at 1.6 lbs before adding food or the case. When my daughter commented on its weight, I asked if she wanted to carry her other box. ‘Ummm…no way, mom’. Sun’s out, guns out.
- You do have to wash it every day. The one beauty of a sandwich bag is that little diddy goes in the trash at school, hopefully. But, these have cleaned up easily and haven’t really add another ‘To Do’ to my list.
- The price. Really, that’s the only thing that stood in my way. And, if I knew then what I know now, I would have splurged, for sure.
Hopefully, my decision to review PlanetBox Rover lunch boxes has helped you decide whether they might be a good fit for your kiddo(s). I had full intentions of comparing several different lunchboxes to one another, and may do that at some point. Honestly, though, I can’t imagine another box offering the same benefits as this one. I’d love to hear what your favorite lunch box is. If you’ve found this review helpful, please share it with your friends so they might discover the AH-MAZING-ness that is PlanetBox.
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