Ensuring that your kid has a fresh, hot lunch is difficult when he’s away from home. Buying food on the road is expensive and unhealthy and a homemade lunch is much better, but it doesn’t taste as well when it’s completely stiff and cold.
One of the best solutions for that is a thermos – cheap, efficient and easy to use, even for a kid. If you want the best for your kids, as I do, you want to find the best kids thermos that they will love.
Today I will run down everything you need to know about thermoses for kids and take a look at 5 of the best products on the market.
For adult, take a look at our article about The Best Insulated Food Container for Your Camping Trip
**Below, you'll find our more detailed reviews, but you can also click the links above to see current prices or read customer reviews on Amazon.
Thermoses are a bit trickier to use than most people think and you need to careful when using them if you want them to work correctly and for the food to remain safe. Here are some tips on using your kid's thermos correctly.
Follow the tips I outlined, and you should be able to make full use of your thermos.
This is a great, colorful and safe thermos that’s easy to use and quite efficient at keeping food or drinks cold - it can keep cold for up to 12 hours.
However, you will find that it can only keep cold – hot liquids can’t go into it, which is a huge shame. That makes it useless in the winter.
I think it makes up for that shortcoming with a decent capacity of 12 ounces and great, solid construction that won’t fail you. It’s made out of stainless steel, inside and out. The lid is made out of plastic, though, but it is easy to use, and it has an integrated straw for extra comfort.
Sadly, the cute picture wears off after a dozen washes or so, but you can always get some cute stickers to replace it.
Overall, I’d grade it at 4.4 out of 5.
This is a cute little thermos that can contain about 11 fluid ounces and comes with a few great features. The best part about it is the included spork, which is super easy to use for even the smallest of kids and completely safe! That certainly saves you a bit of money and effort.
The thermos can also come in a wide variety of cute animal designs, and you should pick the one your kids will like the most! I found that mine liked the cute little doggy the most.
Overall, it is durable, but the top and bottom are plastic, so it’s difficult to tell if it will break. It doesn’t keep food warm or cold for that long, but it’s a positive that it can work with warm food. The lid is a bit hard to remove for smaller kids, but kindergarteners and older kids shouldn’t have a problem with it.
The appropriate grade for this one is 4.3 out of 5 in my opinion.
This is a sleek-looking thermos with a colorful picture of the famous and popular Minions on the front of it.
I don’t want to start off with a negative, but it must be mentioned first – it can’t be used with hot foods or liquids, which is a shame. However, it can keep cold for quite a while – 12 hours to be exact. It works marvelously in that regard.
The body of this thermos is made out of stainless steel, and though the rest is plastic, it is quite durable. It is a bit difficult to wash though, I’ll give it that.
Considering everything, I’d rate this product a 4.3 out of 5.
The best part about this thermos is the incredibly solid, stainless steel construction that makes it exceptionally sturdy. It is also incredibly safe and easy to use since the exterior will stay cold no matter what you put into it.
You can use this thermos with hot liquids and foods as well, which is good and something you would want. The bad part is that it has a capacity of only 10 ounces, making it one of the smaller products out there.
It also can’t keep the contents hot or cold for that long. In total, it keeps for only 5 and 7 hours respectively, which I can’t say is that great.
The worst part is that it’s a bit difficult to open so the little ones might have some trouble doing it.
The rating I’d give this thermos is a solid 4.3 out of 5, which I think is more than fair.
I found this to be one of the most durable and effective thermoses for kids on the market, but it had some significant flaws as well.
The feature which caught my eye at first was the double wall, which is what makes it so sturdy. It also has a huge 14-ounce capacity, another great upside to it. It can also keep both hot and cold food, which is useful.
Sadly, it does have some significant flaws. It doesn’t keep cold or hot for that long, and it is bereft of a good handle, meaning that kids with small hands won’t be able to hold this large thermos well.
It is also quite difficult to clean, which might lead to food contamination issues.
My overall rating for this thermos would be 4.2 out of 5 and no more than that.
I know that buying the best stuff for your kids is always a parent’s biggest concern and that’s why I wrote this article. I hope it helped you get what’s best for your children and that they will have a nice warm homemade lunch on their next trip.
As far as I’m concerned, the best thermos here is #5 - The Food Jar Company product with its superior capacity and incredible durability. Despite its flaws, I think it’s my choice for the best – but it might not be yours.
That’s all for today, but I will be writing more helpful articles in the future, so watch out for that. You can share this article if you liked it and I hope I will see you here again in the future!
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