Here are four tech-powered lunch boxes that could help you fight lunchflation

Everything is getting more expensive lately, and food is at the top of the list.

For those of you who work outside the home (and don’t have free, tasty food as a work perk), you’re probably trying to figure out how to combat the very real sudden problem of lunchflation. The easiest and most obvious way is to pack your own lunch, but often food tossed in a brown bag or a regular old lunch box (Evil Knievel or whatever) doesn’t stay hot or cold enough or whatever. that needs to be done to optimize freshness. .

Luckily for you, we live in an age of feature-rich lunchboxes. Models with everything from temperature zones to hydro flasks to stackable compartments and more give everyone from school kids to lunchtime nine-to-five an abundance of options to pack a meal for the day.

And things are about to get even better. A new generation of state-of-the-art lunch boxes are on their way to help make eating homemade lunches away from home an even better experience. Below, I take a look at four of these new options hitting the market for those looking to pack lunch for work or school:

The Sunnyside Solar Lunch Box

The Sunnyside Lunch Box includes a solar panel on top of the lunch box to charge its 10,000 mAh power bank, which powers onboard cooling and heating (or both). The Sunnyside’s heating system uses induction coils to heat food, and the built-in cooler uses coolant and fans to cool food.

Perhaps most surprisingly, the company claims that everything can be thrown in the dishwasher – including the solar panel top and electronics-filled bottom. Even so, I would definitely hand wash the box and lid as I don’t think it’s a good idea to put electronics in a dishwasher.

For some, a solar-powered lunch box might not make sense, especially if you work mostly in an office, live somewhere less sunny (hello from Seattle), or don’t have the option to put the box outside. outdoors during your busy time. work routine. That said, I guess the Sunnyside – which has a USB port for charging phones with the power bank – can also be charged via USB like a typical power bank.

The Sunnyside debuts on Kickstarter later this week and will retail for $59 at support price and $125 at retail.

The Steambox steam heated lunch box

While a plain old thermos or insulated bowl can keep your meal warm until lunchtime, why not add a little steam to heat things up and keep your food moist? That’s the idea behind the Steambox, a steam-enabled lunchbox that debuted on Kickstarter last year and caused a stir at CES in January.

The Steambox includes a resealable inner container, two steam outlets, an app and Bluetooth connectivity to control and monitor your device (it also has on/off controls on the device) and a bamboo lid.

The Steambox has been shipped to backers, but if you want to buy one now, you can order it from the website (if you order this month, you’ll have to wait a few months for it to ship).

The Jarsty Food Storage System

The Jarsty system is not so much a lunch box as it is a food preparation system, where the food containers can be used to store meals, raw or fully cooked. The Jarsty can also be used in the microwave and reheat (or fully cook) meals. The containers, which are vacuum sealed and can be thrown in the dishwasher, are available in different colors.

I could imagine committed meal preppers storing a week’s worth of meals in advance in a Jarsty system. The company behind Jasty just wrapped up a successful Kickstarter campaign, but I imagine they’ll be offering a purchase option on their website soon.

The Forabest electric lunch box

While not all of the other lunch boxes above are here yet, there are a variety of electric lunch boxes you can buy today from Amazon and other online retailers. The Forabest electric heated lunch box is one of the most popular and you can buy it on Amazon today for around $40. The system includes a car charger and 110V power cord and takes approximately 30 minutes to heat up a meal.

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