Thursday, June 27, 2013

Shiny! PlanetBox Shuttle Review

Our new PlanetBox Shuttle is ready for launch... er... lunch!  

As soon as my preschooler Birdie saw the new mini PlanetBox, she exclaimed "Is that a PlanetBox for ME?!"  I told her it was for everyone, but that she could have the first special lunch in it - her choice. She asked for a bubblegum cheese sandwich - meaning she wanted it cut with the gumball machine Lunch Punch :) I added some cheddar cheese details and built a theme around it :

Gumball Bento Lunch in PlanetBox Shuttle by BentOnBetterLunches

The size of the PlanetBox Shuttle is perfect for a smaller appetite. It's 3 cup capacity is divided into 2 compartments. The larger side has just the right dimensions for a full size sandwich, something many of our smaller containers can't accommodate. I love to use sandwich cutters so that's a big plus for me! 

Gumball Bento Lunch in PlanetBox Shuttle by BentOnBetterLunches

The PlanetBox Shuttle also comes with a lidded Tall Dipper for wet or messy foods, that can be used in either compartment. I filled it with yogurt topped with multicoloured nonpareils - in keeping with the gumball theme - and filled the rest of the smaller side with watermelon, cantaloupe, & honeydew melon balls. I even found a Lunchbox Love note with a bubblegum fact!


The PlanetBox Shuttle is also a great size for portion-control, snacks ...
or breakfast! I sent my Sailor Boy to work with a healthy breakfast to go:  

Breakfast To Go in PlanetBox Shuttle, by BentOnBetterLunches
Hearty granola, fresh blueberries & strawberries, & vanilla yogurt sure beats the fast food drive-thru! This nutritious breakfast packed in the PlanetBox Shuttle is better for his body, & better for the planet, too - no waste!

Just like the PlanetBox Rover & Launch, the Shuttle comes with one set of decorative magnets, with more designs available separately.

NEW! PlanetBox Shuttle mini PlanetBox
The magnets do more than add a splash of colour - they make it easy to identify whose PlanetBox is whose if your family has more than one! We keep our extra PlanetBox magnets on the refrigerator doors :)

The PlanetBox Shuttle Complete Kit adds the insulated carry bag with designs that match the magnets! There's just enough room to add a slim ice pack (such as the PlanetBox ColdKit) and utensils if needed.

NEW! PlanetBox Shuttle mini PlanetBox, in the bag
The PlanetBox Shuttle is a welcome addition to my family's PlanetBox family. 
I can already tell it's going to get a lot of use. 
  • 7th grader Beanstalk likes the stainless steel because it won't hold odors and the metal looks cool. 
  • 5th grader Bella likes how grown up it looks, and the pretty bag. 
  • 3rd grader Pickle is hard on his lunch gear but I know from our Rover & Launch that the Shuttle can take it :) 
  • 1st grader Sprout is a chatterbox and rarely finishes her lunch at school - she  likes that the Shuttle fits on her lap while open so she can snack on the drive home. 
  • Preschooler Birdie likes that it's shiny! 
  • I like how easy to clean it is, and I love our PlanetBoxes for their quality and how they make it easy to make less waste and waste less money! 

Overall, we love it! And so do some of my lunch blogging friends:

Organized Bites takes the Shuttle to the circus.
Does Becoming a Bentoholic love it, or love it not?
The Roxx Box contrasts & compares PlanetBoxes.
Lunchbox Dad gives an in-depth review.
Bento School Lunches is packed with cuteness :)
Diana Rambles about her new Shuttle.
What's For Lunch At Our House? A PlanetBox Shuttle bento!
Biting The Hand That Feeds You take the Shuttle to the park.


Items used to make the gumball lunch:

Disclosure: I received a complimentary PlanetBox Shuttle to review. No other compensation was given for this post. All descriptions, photographs & opinions are my own & my family's. This post does contain affiliate links.


  1. I love your gumball lunch. Thanks for linking to my rock :-D

  2. Such a cute lunch and I love how personal you made the review!

  3. Hi there, Love your site! I'm new to the lunch making world and I'm in the market for a new lunch box for my son. He's going into 1st grade. In our part of the country, Kinder was only half day so this will be his first year of lunch away from home. Since you've used them all, which one would you recommend? The planet box rover, the go green lunch box or...? Any help would be much appreciated.

    1. Hi Stephanie, those are both great lunchboxes, I'd love to help you choose, will email you for more info on exactly what you are looking for! Or if you don't hear from me, email me

  4. Hi! Thanks so much for your review. Have you used the jumbo Casabella silicone muffin cups in this, in the large compartment, by any chance? I'm curious how they fit in terms of height. Thank you! :)

    1. The height of the Casabella Jumbo is maybe a 1/4" shorter than the closed lid, they fit beautifully. The wide silicone bottom keeps it from sliding around and unless the items were very small they would not have room to spill out :)


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