Update: May 22, 2018 Bought the 24oz food jar that fits in the lid…except it doesn’t. It pops out, violently in fact, rolling all over my food. I found this out just as I was packing my lunch heading out for work. 😡
Called Stanley, the are sending a replacement. I doubt it will work either. Tragic ending for a great American brand.
Got a second job to support my knife habit 😹 so I bought a brand new lunch box to protect my Deviled Ham sandwiches 😂 at work.
I sure as hell am not going to tote some cubicle bot’s flaccid lunch container–I do REAL work and therefore deserve a lunch pail made for REAL workers, enter the Stanley Classic Lunchbox from days of yore:
Unlike the days of yore, Stanley’s are no longer made in America so the quality of many of their items has plummeted. I couldn’t find any other non-hipster maker of metal lunch pails and foam coolers are, well, just uncool to me, workers sporting those look trivial and the coolers often get crushed at the job site. So I took a chance with this olden lunchbox.
Feels sturdy and well constructed. Stanley’s cooler version falls apart at the handle according to reviews but this metal really does feel like it can take a beating and survive.
Latches, hinges, handle and all the inside parts that hold the thermos all feel strong and sturdy and I’m glad they do as the package it came in had NO padding whatsoever. They just threw this in a box to be mangled by FedEx, horrible. 😠 I gave it a close inspection cause I sure will send it back if it has even the smallest ding.
I ordered direct from Stanley, I couldn’t find the lunch pail at any retailer or even evil Amazon. $45 and free shipping. I bought the 1.1Qt Thermos too but from a different store. It’s too big to fit in the lid (Stanley puts ZERO info on its site to determine what thermos or jar is compatible with the lid, smh) but has a handle. I’ll get the 24oz jar (which DOES fit) later.
Lunch technology has grown in leaps and bounds since I was last carrying a metal lunchbox as a kid. Rubbermaid makes a “sandwich kit” made into blocks that stack into each other as well as into a special blue ice block. For some reason I find this fascinating . 😛 But that is how I plan to keep from getting e coli in the hot warehouse. I’m told the steel with an ice block keeps your lunch nice and cool throughout the day and no need for a cooler.That makes me happy. 😊
Continuing coverage of the Stanley in later posts.