In this guide we’ll look at the best lunch bags for the UK market.
We’ve compared design, insulation, size and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What is the Best Lunch Bag?
More Detailed Lunch Bag Reviews
Binoster Insulated Tote Lunch Bag Review
The Binoster Tote Lunch Bag is made from stylish high-quality Oxford cloth, smart enough for those serious occasions. Its large capacity gives plenty of room for lunch and snacks, to keep you going through a busy day.
The bag is lined with eco-friendly aluminium foil, for optimal insulation and waterproofing. It’s also BPA-free and free from toxic materials, so it’s safe for your food and the planet.
You can carry the bag with its padded handle or its shoulder strap. Easy to clean, this smart bag will retain its good looks and ticks all the boxes for its environmental credentials.
Anpro Insulated Cooler Lunch Bag Review
Our recommendation for the best lunch bag is the Anpro Insulated Cooler Lunch Bag. In a stylish two-tone grey and brown, the outer material is made from durable polyester. Its inner PEVA lining is both splash proof and long-lasting.
This lunch bag offers between 4 and 8 hours of insulation and is an accommodating size for a busy parent or student. Handy pockets on the outside take care of your phone and other small items.
Carry by hand or over the shoulder, using the adjustable shoulder strap. This bag can be hand washed in cold water to remove any dirt or stains.
Esafio 12L Large Lunch Bag Review
The Esafio 12L Large Lunch Bag has plenty of room for your lunch, and everything else. With its stylish design, it doesn’t look like a lunch bag. Its high-quality foil lining will give you thermal insulation that lasts the test of time.
Now you don’t have to carry two bags, this one gives you plenty of room to carry more than one lunchbox, and small items like your keys and mobile.
This is the ideal bag for long work days and days out with the kids. The bag is designed to be lightweight and is made from 100% leak-proof waterproof quality canvas.
STNTUS Insulated Lunch Bag Review
The STNTUS Insulated Lunch Bag is made from tough waterproof nylon, which is highly durable and resistant to tearing, abrasion and stains. The inner lining is insulated PEVA. With reinforced metal zips, this is a bag which is built to last.
Perfect for a long day, the dual compartments allow you to pack both hot and cold foods separately, without affecting the temperature of either. The bag has thick foam interlining to ensure proper insulation.
There are several pockets both on the front and sides, to carry all those extra bits and pieces. A soft padded handle makes for easy carrying, or there’s a detachable shoulder strap.
Lunch Bag Buyer’s Guide
Lunch bags are not only designed to store and protect Tupperware boxes and awkwardly shaped pieces of fruit, but they keep food fresher for longer.
Conventional bags lack thermal insulation, and are sometimes not spill-proof.
Unsure of what to look for when it comes to the best insulated lunch bag? Check out this buyer’s guide.
You can’t always tell by looking at the pictures, so measure carefully if you need a specifically sized lunch bag. Larger ones will be able to carry enough food to last your whole day. Kids snacks and drinks are not all going to fit into one of the smaller bags.
Smaller lunch bags tend to be square and deep, usually fitted with a carrying handle and often a shoulder strap. Check whether this is detachable, as not all of them are. Larger lunch bags are soft-sided and deeper, and look more like a conventional bag.
Both types will have an insulated lining and some feature compartments which allow you to store both hot and cold food.
If you need to carry other things as well as food then opt for a design that has plenty of extra securely zipped pockets.
Lunch bags are usually designed with a tough outer fabric, either canvas, cloth or nylon. Although there are also some plastic options available. Darker colours are more forgiving and stain-resistant.
The inner lining is usually aluminium foil or a non-chlorinated vinyl called PEVA.
There are lunch bags on the market which are manufactured entirely from non-toxic and BPA-free materials.
Insulation is provided by using foil or PEVA lining. Some bags have the option to store both hot and cold foods in separate compartments.
Leak protection is all about the quality of the bag and how well it’s finished with lining and stitching. All foods leak or drip from time to time, the main thing is that this remains within the inner lining and doesn’t soak through to the exterior of the bag.