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February 16, 2020

Having lunch at work can be a daily challenge. Going out to lunch or ordering takeout every day can get very expensive, not to mention bad for your health, so many people opt to bring their own lunches from home. There may be an office kitchen, or simply a break room, or in some cases, the employer may not provide a place to store lunches and employees may end up keeping their lunches at their desks.


Often, cold lunches are easier to prepare and store depending on the particular workplace setup. Many people resign themselves to eating cold lunches five days a week, often with the same things for lunch every day. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. Electric heated lunch boxes make it possible to have hot lunches at work. What’s more, they also have several unexpected benefits beyond the office.

What is an electric heated lunch box?

Electric heated lunch boxes are usually made of plastic, and come with a carrying handle for easy transportation, similar to a picnic cooler. They feature insulation and a heating element to warm up food and keep it at a good temperature. Heated lunchboxes are typically powered by standard outlet plugs, but some also come are also for 12 volts and can be plugged into car outlets.

Electric lunch boxes range in size from small, shallow single-serving containers to larger rounded lunchboxes that resemble crock pots. Many of these handy lunch containers also include silverware and removable serving trays with dividers that can be used as plates.

Electric lunchbox versus insulated lunch box

Electric heated lunchboxes, which are sometimes referred to as “smart” lunch boxes, offer a great and inexpensive alternative to the typical lunch at work. These types of lunch boxes have several advantages over regular insulated models, which can keep food hot or cold for certain periods of time but often fall short of maintaining the right temperatures.

With an insulated lunch box, hot foods are usually lukewarm, or even clammy, by the time you’re ready to eat lunch. Hot sandwiches become soggy, hot soups are simply room temperature, and leftovers are often clumpy or stiff.

Using an electric lunch box means you’re able to actually apply heat to the food, rather than just sealing in the existing heat that becomes gradually lost no matter how good the insulation. With a heated lunchbox, you can enjoy piping hot lunches that are evenly heated and maintain a good consistency – the food is takeout quality without costing as much as restaurant orders. The low heat application also prevents food from “sweating” as the heat condenses, which can often happen with insulated lunch boxes.

Benefits: Saves time and money

Of course, having an electric heated lunchbox saves a significant amount of money for hot lunches over takeout food or restaurant lunches. A typical takeout lunch costs around ten dollars, which adds up quickly throughout the week. Hot lunches from home usually cost no more than five dollars and are often significantly less. What’s more, home packed lunches are more nutritious than takeout.

Using a heated lunchbox at work also saves time. There is no waiting to use the office microwave when everyone else is trying to heat up lunch at the same time. Electric heated lunch boxes can be plugged in at your desk and will have your lunch heated and ready for your lunch break.

Gives you more food choices

When it comes to cold lunches, unfortunately there are not many choices that will keep well at work. Eating cold sandwiches for lunch every day can be tedious and certainly gets old quickly.

With an electric lunchbox, you can enjoy a much wider lunch menu variety. Hot lunch boxes make it possible to bring more types of food to work without having to rely on the usual standbys, which makes lunch time a more enjoyable experience and something to look forward to every day.

Easy and convenient to use

Electric heated lunchboxes simply plug into a wall outlet or car adapter, and can heat lunch to a comfortable eating temperature typically within 30 minutes or less. Since most heated lunch boxes use a very low voltage, overheating or burning food is not usually a problem. The food remains at the correct temperature until you’re ready to eat.