Today I'm sharing my Yumbox Classic v2 review. It's no secret that I love, love, love the Yumbox, I've been a big fan since my first review of the original Yumbox early last year. I was even more impressed when the Yumbox Panino came out later on in the year, as it brought new flexibility to the lunch box range and held more food - perfect for older children and even adults!
Recently though, I felt that the original classic box wasn't quite holding enough food for Small Child, who at seven years old is nearing the upper end of the recommended age range for the original box. I was delighted therefore when I saw that a new improved version of the Yumbox classic was being released this year, with all the same great features but a roomier tray design. That version is the Yumbox Classic v2, which has now replaced the original Yumbox classic.
I've been using the Yumbox Classic v2 (in Ananas Yellow) since it was released in March of this year, so I've made enough lunches in it now to have really tried it out properly. The box is very similar to the original Yumbox lunch box, with a clear (BPA free) plastic removable tray which is divided into 6 compartments, and a silicone seal built into the lid to keep the box completely leak proof.
The design of the silicone lid has been improved slightly, with small ridges in the design making it even more securely leak proof than before (although I never had a single leak with the old design). The box features the same simple clasp, which holds the box firmly closed but is easy for little hands to open.
The tray design is where the real difference lies. The tray has been completely redesigned so that it holds much more food than the original Yumbox did. I was pleased to see that the layout is very similar, and that it has all the charm of the original Yumbox with its fun and pretty whimsical label designs. The compartments still have the really useful food group labels of dairy, fruit, protein, grains and vegetables, which tie in perfectly with the current NHS guidelines for healthy balanced meals. There is also the smaller extra compartment which is perfect to hold a dip or a treat.
The tray comes in two different designs too, depending on which colour box you choose. There's the fun circus design (available with the pastel colours range) and the original whimsical design, which comes with the rest of the box colours at present. You can see the whimsical design in my photo above, and the circus design below.
I thought the best way to showcase this lovely lunch box would be to share some of the fun lunches that I have made in it over the last term. As I mentioned above, I've been using the Ananas yellow Yumbox Classic up until now, but I've also just bought another one in the gorgeous new zucca orange colour to add to our collection for the new school year ahead.
This lunch had a whole tortilla wrap, which I filled, rolled up and cut into spirals - they fit perfectly into two of the compartments. I decorated this lunch with cute monster cupcake rings.
This fun animal lunch had plenty of food - the new tray design has a bigger long compartment which is perfect for holding breadsticks or flat breads.
The 'grains' compartment in the new tray is a great size - I was easily able to fit in 4 slices of french stick for this lunch (you can find full details of this fun garden lunch here).
This celebratory lunch was made for the last day of term before the summer holidays - you can find full details of this lunch here: Lunch for the last day of term. As you can see, yoghurt sits happily next to bread sticks and meat balls in the box, with no leaking between compartments!
All in all I'm really impressed with the new design of the Yumbox classic - the only slight negative I can find is that the v2 is slightly trickier to clean than the old design, due to the ridges in the lid and the new corners within the box (the original design was slightly more rounded), but a quick brush over with a bottle brush soon deals with any mess. The lunch box is dishwasher safe, so still easy to clean (I don't own a dishwasher, so wash everything by hand).
I think the changes to the tray design have really made this lunch box perfect! We can fit in more food, which means we're likely to use this lunch box for an extra year or two at least, but the compartmented design means that this box is still perfect for younger children too - 2 year old Small Baby loves having his lunch in this box when he gets the chance!