For us Pinoys especially, nothing is quite as satisfying as a home-cooked meal. But let’s be honest. A lot of the time, we end up skipping the packed lunch and spending unnecessarily by dining out or opting for takeout. The number one reason? Our baon is always cold by lunch time — either that, or it’s already gone because we’ve decided to eat it upon arriving at work, while it’s still hot.
Thanks to the invention of the electric lunch box, however, we can finally say goodbye to cold ulam and rice! And amazingly, you can purchase a self-heating lunch box for as low as ₱232. Not bad, right?
Electric lunch box features
In a nutshell, a heated lunch box comes with food compartments that are either made with ceramic or stainless steel. These compartments are good for your rice, meat, veggies, and even soup. The lunch box’s main feature, of course, is that it comes with a power cord that you’ll have to plug in when you’re ready to heat up your food. Depending on how much food is in your self-heating lunch box, it’ll take at least 25 minutes to warm up your meal.
Take note that a basic electric lunch box is made to reheat meals that have already been cooked, and aren’t meant to cook your food from scratch. However, if you’re willing to spend more, there are versions that are capable of cooking rice and eggs!
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Our top-recommended heated lunch boxes
Depending on your budget and the features you’re after, there are several electric lunch box options you can choose from. To help narrow down your search, we’ve selected four of the most promising self-heating lunch boxes you can order online!
1. This affordable plastic electric lunch box
Price: ₱199 to ₱232
Yes, you read that right — this heated lunch box will only set you back under ₱300, and it gets the job done. It’s got hundreds of great reviews to prove that, too!
2. This sleek, bento-style lunch box
Enjoy your home-cooked meal in style with this sleek electric lunch box. It’s such a chic way to bid cold baon goodbye!
3. This 1.2L-capacity lunch box for hearty meals
This particular lunch box is a lot like the stainless steel ones made to prevent our baon from getting cold too quickly; except now, it comes with heating capabilities so you can enjoy a hot meal once it’s time for your lunch break!
4. This pretty pastel lunch box that looks like a purse
Price: ₱1,368 to ₱1,406
Are you a sucker for adorable pastel appliances, too? Admittedly, this is the electric lunch box that caught our attention. It’s gorgeous, functional, and is capable of cooking eggs and rice!
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A helpful tip based on reviews: Plug in your lunch box at least 30 minutes before your lunch break, so you can enjoy a warm meal right away!
All images credited to Lazada.