I really have no idea how did I accumulated these food jars.
It all started wotj the Tiger food jar which I bought when son was at Primary 2. He needed to stay back for CCA. So the first food jar was purchased so I can bring hot lunch for him before his CCA started. And with bento making since my daughter enters Primary 1, more jars joined the family. 😛
Tips on using thermal food jars
Before I move on to the review, just a tip on how to keep food longer in thermal food jars. If you want to pack hot food, before pouring in the food, pour in boiling water into the jar, close the lid and leave the hot water inside for about 10 mins. After 10 mins, pour away the water and put in the food.
I shall rate the food jar according to :
Best Performance – Zojirushi
Best suited for little children who may leave their expensive food jars around 😛 – Sanrio (I will share more about Thermos in the write-up below)
Anyway, here are the food jars I have :
From LHS to RHS :
Tiger (0.9L, about S$ 70+)
Plus – has a small container for garnish/condiment
Minus – Performance is average. Non soup food like pasta is only warm after 2 hours.
Zojirushi (0.5L, sale price at S$ 60)
Plus – (1) best performance. Son’s words “Food was still hot.” (versus “warm” for other food jars) On one of the days, son didn’t have time to drink up the soup. When I was washing up the jar 12 hours later, the soup was warm still! So if son consume the food around recess time, I can imagine the soup was “piping hot” (son’s words).
(2) It has another lid that allows pressure to be released. This can reduce/eliminate the ‘pop’ whenever we open thermal food jars.
Minus – Pretty pricey, especially since some children have the tendency to leave stuffs around without bringing them home 😦
Thermos Foogo (top, 0.29L, S$ 28), Thermos (bottom, sale price at $24.90)
Just a note about Thermos. The food jars are a lot cheaper outside Singapore!!! Even Korea’s Gmarket price is half off the price here!
I bought the purple Foogo jar (top) from Malaysia Jusco for about RM $64 (S$ 26), can’t really remember the exact. However in Singapore, it cost S$ 49.90!!! 😦
Pros – If purchased at offer price or from outside Singapore, Thermos’ jars are relatively cheaper than the better performers. Good for children to bring to school actually.
Minus – Performance is the worst. Food was warm by recess time, which is about 4 hours after putting food in.
Sanrio My Melody (0.28L, S$ 29.90)
Not difficult to know why my daughter loves this right? Because of this, she willingly want to pack rice to school 🙂
Just a note again. Although on paper, the Sanrio food jar’s capacity seems lesser than Thermos, but on measuring, it can hold more than Thermos!!! Probably got to do with how the different brands measure the capacity of their food jars.
Pros – Very attractive designs, especially for little girls.
Minus – Performance is also so-so. Equivalent to Thermos. But the performance is indicated on the box anyway. So users already know what to expect. Nothing hidden. 🙂
Hope this review helps.