The lovely people at Sistema Plastics recently sent me a couple of different lunchboxes to try, the second of which I'm reviewing today.
Today's lunchbox review is of the Sistema Lunch Cube Max. This is a larger (2L) version of their very popular (1.4L) Lunch Cube. Small Child was very impressed by this lunch box, if only because several of his friends have the Lunch Cube and he was pleased to have his own one, albeit a slightly different version. It seemed very large to me, so I was a bit unsure about how it would work for us, but I like to keep an open mind so was happy to give it a try.
The box is split into two main compartments - the top half, which is the perfect size for a sandwich, and the bottom half, which is split into three. Like the Triple Split lunchbox, it comes with a removable round container that fits perfectly into the smaller compartments, which is designed to hold foods such as yoghurt or smaller bits and pieces like raisins or nuts.
The top half of the box has it's own lid, which folds down to seal the compartment before the whole of the top half flips over to close over the bottom (I'm not sure I described that very well, but you should be able to get the idea from my pictures!).
I was slightly doubtful about the fact that the top half flips over, ending up upside down over the bottom half, because I thought that if you put a sandwich in there it would fly all over the place and end up falling apart, but actually the compartment is the perfect height to hold the sandwich in place.
To test it, I packed a sandwich, then gave the box a good shake before opening it up to see how the sandwich would look. Below is the result - the sandwich barely moved, hurrah!
I was able to fit a lot of food into this box with room to spare, so I think that this lunch box would suit a range of ages and appetites.
In this lunch, I packed a ham sandwich, complete with star cut-out and cheddar cheese star (see above), a mini pepper, decorated with an eye pick, baby carrots, a sliced apple, a peeled and segmented clementine, a small handful of blueberries and a portion of organic natural yoghurt topped with a few sprinkles, which I put into the removable lidded container that comes with the box.
Like the Sistema Triple Split lunch box, this box has a very generous 2L capacity. Because of the way that it is split up though, I think that it is more flexible for packing different sized meals - the compartments mean that you can pack several smaller portions of food without it getting all jumbled up. I would recommend this lunchbox for all ages - it would easily hold enough food for an adult as well as for a child.
I was curious to see how it matched up size-wise to the smaller lunch cube, so I bought myself one to compare. I haven't yet tried the smaller box, but will give it a go and write up a review when I do. I do know of several people who swear by them for their children's packed lunches. Fortunately, like all Sistema products, they are very reasonably priced - it cost me £3.99 from Amazon UK.
As you can see below, the Cube Max is bigger, but also divided up in a slightly different way. The top compartment is actually shallower, which means that it is better designed to hold a sandwich in place, and the bottom half is a lot deeper, so can hold a larger amount of food for 'sides'.
In short, I'd be happy to recommend this lunch box. It is cleverly designed, sturdy and made to a high standard, and as I mentioned before comes with a ‘bonus’ container for yoghurt etc too, which is really useful. The lid clips closed very securely, but is easy to open, even for small hands.
The top compartment can hold a sandwich securely in place, and the bottom half has room for plenty of extra food. Overall I am very impressed with the design and flexibility of this lunchbox. Small Child also gave it a big thumbs up, he really likes this one!