Rated 5 out of 5áby AdventureRN Best 24 bucks
This lunch box is the best 24 bucks I spent on school supplies last year. I should mention I removed the long shoulder strap from the first use. Grade K and 1 hands held the top handle to walk to their lunchroom. modest spills were contained inside and there was plenty of room for 2 drinks, lunch and snacks. Awesome product!
I could probably get another year out of them, the interior white plastic liner is still perfect...but I'm happy to buy two more for this year. This lunch box out preformed any big store cheap-o lunch box by a mile.
If I could request one small enhancement it would be to please make some girly prints in darker patterns. The lighter color fabric got dirty...nothing a front loader washing machine couldn't fix. I threw the lunch boxes in and they washed beautifully.
August 10, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5áby Possum4LLBean annoying design features
Sturdy and well constructed, insulates sufficiently and fun color patterns but poorly designed. Name tag flops into zipper track when closing the top; mesh 'pouch' in the lid awkward and items fall out of it. 3 soda cans fit nicely across the bottom, but leaves little room for anything else. A re-design is needed.
August 6, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5áby MommaBag Good Lunchbox
I bought this in blue for my kindergarten child because I banked on it lasting a couple years. It is stained badly on the interior white plastic and the outside--I hand washed it every day! The name tag is so badly stained I had to sew it to the mesh to keep it legible. BUT, its construction and wear are still in great shape. If you don't mind the stains--which she does because it looks "dirty"--it could continue to be used. Things I am doing differently for my second child: (1) Sewing the name tag flap to the mesh BEFORE her first day of class; (2) Expecting to buy a new one next year because they don't want "dirty food." Suggestions for llbean: make the interior and the bottom a light gray. Overall this was a good purchase: she used it from August through June and I learned from our experience. :)
July 20, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5áby Myguys What's with this?
I received my flip-top lunch box yesterday. When you pick it up by the shoulder strap it flips upside down whether it's empty or not.
Please tell me if this is typical?
July 13, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby SixYearsInMaine Great Lunch Packs
I'm about to buy another of these for my daughter and son after the ones we've used for over two years were stolen out of our car - they had a lot of life left in them! Easy to wash, keeps food cold with a small ice pack, handles rough treatment. 5 stars
June 30, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby JoInCanada Sturdy and durable
My husband has been taking his lunch to work in this bag every day for 4 years, and apart from a few water stains from the floor of the train, it's still in great shape. Perfect size for a hearty lunch and 2 drinks.
June 29, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5áby mermer684 Decent size, worth the price
I bought my lunchbox 5 years ago. It is still going strong! I admit I sometimes have to get creative when packing my lunch as it is not the biggest lunchbox, but it is still holding up. The inside wipes easily and I have thrown it in the laundry with towels a few times and it comes out sparkling! I lost the carrying strap a few years ago. I stopped using it because it would flip upside-down when I used the strap, especially when I had items in the top. I am planning to get one for my son now when he enters school this fall.
June 29, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby Beffy1167 Three Years and Still Going Strong!
I'm replacing this lunchbox this year, but only because my son has chosen a new pattern. We've used his current one for three years and I'm confident that it's got (at least) one more year in it! He usually carries a sandwich sized container, and two other plastic containers--1 cup and 1/2 cup-sized. All fit easily into the lunch box, with his Thermos tucked into the top section.
I've hand-washed the inside as needed (several times weekly!) and let it air dry; it's ready for use the next day.
June 27, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby FreckleFan2 Great Value for Packing Lunches for Kids
I purchased 2 of these flip top lunch bags about 3 years ago because I hate buying cheap things that don't do what they should and a product should last at least 1 school year...if not more. No fraying, no issues with the interior lining, and I hand wash them inside and out at the end of the school year, hang to dry. I am reading some of the reviews that adults are trying to use these, they are clearly under the kids lunchboxes. Plasticware/containers do take up a good portion of your space--so if you are one who relies on plasticware instead of re-usable bags maybe not for you. I use both and we get along fine even for my hungry middle schooler. The top area for a thermos is a little tricky to get a thermos in and out, but we don't use that area for a thermos mostly snacks. If you do put a thermos in the lid it gets top heavy. My kids carry/use a large waterbottle so the lunch box was not even considered for this. In general I have got my money back in that I can clean/wipe out these for several years and haven't had any zipper, stitching or structure issues--even if I did I know LL Bean has a good guarantee. It even came with a strap so you can carry your lunch cross-body if you choose. Thanks LL Bean.
May 14, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5
áby Quigon Small, needs redesign
I was disappointed in this product, especially considering it comes from L.L. Bean.
It is small. Smaller than any lunch bag I have used before. I know what the bag dimensions are, but I feel they are deceptive, and what its designers failed to realize (seemingly) is that once you begin to pack it with items, the useable space inside the bag is greatly reduced.
I have a lot of 6x6-inch reusable plastic containers that I use for food storage, and after filling the front pouch with some everyday culinary items (cutlery, spices, condiments), these containers would no longer lay flat in the bag. I never had a lunch bag that was not big enough for these containers. Fortunately, I also have some 5x5-inch reusable containers that meet my needs, but the limitation is annoying.
I think the issue is the bag?s lack of flexibility. It?s well-built; solid, stitched tight, but because of that there is no give, and thus, useable space is easily reduced.
I would have also liked to have seen another exterior pouch other than the single one that is open via webbing. I like the webbing pouch, but it alone is not practical for dry storage. It forces me to store spices and cutlery in zip bags.
That said, I think it was worth the price. Its construction is durable, looks sharp, and the inside holds temperature well, but the fact that it forces me to rethink how you pack lunch - either in configuration or amount ? I think is a failing.
A bag should conform to my needs, not the other way around.
I would encourage L.L. Bean to redesign this one. It?s a good start, but it misses the mark.
May 3, 2016