Metaphys Ojue Bento: An Ergonomic Eco-Friendly Bento-On-The-Go
May 16, 2012
Review by Freak369
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Brilliant design, easy to clean, almost indestructible, chopsticks!
Cons:People tend to stare at you when you whip this out.
The Bottom Line: Want to ditch paper bags for lunch? Sick of squished salads and soggy sandwiches? The Ojue is guaranteed to please.
Recommend this product?
My Ojue just hit one year of use and is still in near perfect condition. What is an Ojue? It is a stackable "lunch box"; I originally saw these at the Jet Pens website in their Japanese office section and liked the design of them. Bento boxes in general are an excellent way to pack lunches but they do require some room and need to be stored horizontally when packed with most foods. The Ojue is a vertical stack of three plastic containers that nest inside each other with a tension band that gets wrapped around them in the side grooves. You also get a pair of reusable plastic chopsticks but I have to admit that the only time mine get used is when I order take away Chinese. Eating a salad with chopsticks is a skill I have not yet perfected.
The Ojue is priced at $46.00 which might sound like a lot but think of the price you are paying for paper bags, plastic food containers and of course the ones that get lot or damaged. Of course the only time I'd recommend something like this is if you pack a lunch more than a couple times a week or want to have your food separated. All of my boys were food purists, two of them never grew out of it and they loved the look of this and that it was a vertical stack instead of a flat bento. Even so, when I offered to get them one they passed. "We are geeks, do you want us to move up the ranks of dorkdom even faster?" I don't think these are the least bit dorky but they aren't for everyone.
You can get the Ojue in several colors; white, black, slate gray, lemon yellow and pink. The colors are easy on the eyes; when stacked properly and the band is put over them you get a seamless look. There is no insertion case because the food compartments nest perfectly. The band that is used around the Ojue keeps the stack perfectly in place so you never have to worry about the food containers coming apart. The food containers are well made and have lasted a year of more-than-casual use; I would like to get replacements just to have them on hand in case I need them. The things I usually pack inside them are small salads, cut sandwiches, leftovers, gelatin, steamed vegetables and tuna salad or chicken salad. I wouldn't recommend anything completely liquid like soup; I have packed pudding in the smallest one and didn't have any problems with it leaking but I'm not sure about soup.
One of the coolest things about this is the size; it fits perfectly on the lower right side shelf of my refrigerator at home as well as the top one at the shop; I can pack up some food the night before and grab it on my way out the door. The food containers are not insulated so you are going to have to refrigerate this if you have perishables in it. If you are thinking about getting this for a tween or teen for school use you need to make sure that they are responsible enough to not lose it or the individual containers. Likewise, they have to make sure that they bring it home everyday so the containers can get washed out. Some people think that there is a case that the containers slide into; they stack and there is a tension cord around them.
^V^ ©Freak369 - 2012 ^V^
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