Review of Zojirushi SL-JAE14SA Mr. Bento Stainless Steel Lunch Jar
Reviewed on: July 31, 2013
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Pros & Cons
The Zojirushi SL-JAE14SA Mr. Bento Stainless Steel Lunch Jar comes with four different sized containers that allow you to pack a multi-course lunch of both hot and cold items easily and securely. With Zojirushi's renowned vacuum insulation technology, air between the two thin layers of stainless steel on the outer container is removed, creating a vacuum. Because there is no air, the temperature on the outside does not transfer into the container; keeping foods hot or cold for hours. All pieces should be washed by hand with non-abrasive cleaning pads. Inner bowls are microwave-safe. A spork with its own protective cover attaches to the Mr. Bento lunch jar, and the jar itself has its own lid with lock and comes in a zippered nylon carry bag with a strap for easy transport. There are little pockets on the sides of the carry bag for some small extra items like sauce packets or other accessories.
The Large Soup Bowl: The 9-1/2-ounce soup bowl comes with gasket-sealed lid that minimizes leaks and is ideal for holding soups, dips, or fruit cocktail. It sits at the bottom of the outer container, where vacuum insulation keeps the foods hot or cold for hours.
The Main Bowl: The 15.2-ounce main bowl is designed to hold the main course. The outer container's vacuum insulation and the insulated lid of the main bowl help keep foods hot or cold for hours without reheating or refrigeration.
The Side Bowls: The Mr. Bento comes with two side bowls, one large 10.1-ounce and one small 6.8-ounce that sits inside the lid. They are ideal for foods that should be kept room temperature, such as chips, nuts or snacks. The side bowls are not insulated.
However, there were some concerns like the bowls are not dishwasher safe. It was also instructed that the bowls or containers should not be microwaved with lids on. The rice bowl comes with a thick and insulated lid but it’s not airtight, and instruction say to use this container only for rice as other contents may spill. Also, many reviewers said that the size of the top two containers (room temperature) are not enough for American sized sandwiches or breads. Another point worth mentioning is the soft plastic grade material will eventually pick up strong smell and stains of food, but soaking the containers in hot waters for 5 minutes on a daily basis can help curb this problem.
Overall, Zojirushi SL-JAE14SA Mr.Bento Stainless Steel Lunch Jar tickles the creativity for taking a healthier, tastier and interesting lunch or snacks for children or adults.
Review Group #: 1
Insulated compartments keep things at right temperature • The bag has pouches to hold other items • Two plastic bottom containers have insulation for hot items • No thermal insulation for cold items • Top two containers go to room temperature • Only bottom two containers keep the temperature warm • Not suitable for dairy items
Review Group #: 2
Keeps food warm or cold as needed • Helps you to keep right serving size • Does not leak • Does not stain • Does not absorb odors • Relatively easy to clean • Very efficient
Review Group #: 3
Unit comes with 4 individual containers including spill proof soup and locking lid container • Bottom 2 cups are for hot or cold • Keeps food hot for at least 4 hours • Outer case can be chilled or heated to keep foods cold or warm
Review Group #: 4
Microwave safe • Filling soup / rice bowls first with hot food retains heat • Remove stains by keeping hot water for 5 minutes in containers • Applying little cooking oil avoids staining • Sometimes main container and soup bowl lids were tough to take off
Review Group #: 5
Bottom two containers have insulated cap • Filling the bottom container with hot or cold items helps in keeping the middle container hot or cold • Keeps items hot for nearly 5 hours • Helps retain hot temperature if the outer container is filled with hot tap water for 5 minutes before packing
Where to Buy
Amazon.com Rating: 4.40 stars from 566 reviews, Price: $44.81