Best Hot Food Thermos Containers

If you’re trying to eat out less often, packing your lunch is the perfect solution. Using a hot food thermos will prevent you from eating sandwiches every day for lunch. Food thermoses can hold a variety of foods, like soup, chili, pasta, and more. Many thermoses will also keep items cold so that you can bring gazpacho, overnight oatmeal, and more for lunch. When shopping for a food thermos, consider what size you’ll need, if you want it to work for hot and cold foods, and if you will need built-in utensils. Here is our review of four different food thermos containers so you can find the right one for you.

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Best Integrated Full-Sized Stainless Steel Spoon

Thermos Stainless King 16 Ounce Food Jar with Folding Spoon


16-Ounce Stainless Steel Food Thermos. This 16-ounce stainless steel food thermos comes with a full-size stainless steel spoon and keeps your food hot or cold for hours.

What We Liked

This food thermos holds 16 ounces of food, including soup, chili, oatmeal, and more. The included full-size spoon folds up for secure storage at the top of the thermos. The stainless steel spoon can be used with the lid to create an on-the-go bowl and spoon. In addition, the wide mouth of the thermos makes this container easy to fill, eat from, and clean. Made from durable stainless steel and BPA-free, this thermos is dishwasher safe if placed on the top rack. The vacuum insulation technology keeps liquids hot for seven hours and cold for nine hours. In particular, we liked that this food thermos keeps food hot or cold for hours and comes with a foldable full-sized spoon. Get it here. 

Best Lid Design for Easy Opening

Zojirushi SW-EAE35XA 11-3/4-Ounce Stainless-Steel Food Jar


11 ¾-Ounce Stainless Steel Food Thermos. This BPA-free stainless steel thermos keeps food hot or cold for hours and features dimples on the lid to make it easy to open.

What We Liked

This food thermos is made of food-grade, BPA-free stainless steel. It keeps food hot or cold due to the double-walled vacuum insulated design. It holds up to 11 ¾-ounces, and its compact design makes it easy to pack. The dimples on the lid also make it easy to grab and open. The tight-fitting lid and gasket seals minimize leaks, while the wide mouth opening (2.5-inches wide) makes it easy to fill, eat from, and clean. Even better, the polished stainless steel interior helps eliminate lingering odors or tastes. This thermos is hand-wash only, but we liked that this thermos has dimples on the lid for easy opening. Buy it now. 

Most Leak-Proof

DaCool Insulated Lunch Container Hot Food Jar 16 oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Bento Lunch Box for Kids Adult with Spoon


16-ounce Stainless Steel Insulated Food Thermos. This stainless steel, leak-proof food thermos keeps foods hot or cold with its double-walled vacuum insulation and double lid design, which includes an exhaust valve on the inner lid to make it easy to open.

What We Liked

This insulated food thermos holds up to 16 ounces of food. It’s made from BPA-free, FDA approved stainless steel. The double-wall design includes copper coated insulation and seamless welding technology to keep food hot or cold for 12 hours, in addition to making it leak-proof. The double lid design allows you to use the outer lid as a bowl, and the inner lid comes with an exhaust valve so you can release pressure and open the thermos easily. The thermos is easy to fill, eat from, and clean, thanks to the jar’s wide opening. It also comes with a conveniently stored, foldable stainless steel spoon. This thermos comes in a variety of colors, too. We particularly liked that this stainless steel food thermos has a double lid system to help make it leak-proof and comes with an exhaust valve to make it easy to open. Buy it here. 

Best Variety of Colors and Patterns

Simple Modern Kids Provision Insulated Food Jar with Handle Lid


Stainless Steel 16-Ounce Food Thermos with Handle. Bring your lunch in style with this colorful and functional food thermos, which keeps food hot or cold because of itsBPA-free stainless steel and double-walled vacuum insulation.

What We Liked

This portable food thermos keeps food hot or cold, thanks to the double-walled vacuum insulation and premium copper coated insulation. Additionally, this thermos won’t sweat, and the exterior will always be cool to the touch. The food jar is made from food-grade premium stainless steel, which is BPA-free and FDA approved. The jar’s wide mouth makes it easy to eat from and clean. This thermos comes in a variety of colors and patterns, and the jar’s exterior finish prevents the appearance of fingerprints. The attached handle makes the thermos easy to carry, too. In particular, we liked that this food thermos keeps foods hot or cold and comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Get it now. 

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