Best Adult Lunch Boxes For Men

15 Best Lunch Boxes For Men

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Everyone eats lunch, and if you’re looking to save some dough, you’re probably into brown bagging it on work days.  Unfortunately, paper bags are boring, weak, and totally incapable of keeping your lunch items cold or hot in preparation for eating when lunch time rolls around.  These disposable options also aren’t terribly eco-friendly.
 
Still, you’re probably not too keen on using the same lunch box you took to school as a kid, even if you did somehow manage to keep the thermos intact.  Showing up for lunch meetings with your The Empire Strikes Back lunch box won’t score you any brownie points with the boss, even if he is a fan of Solo and the Wookie.
 
How can you keep your man card and enjoy a cold beverage with lunch?  Whether you’re looking for a tote that’s suitable for work or a box that will hold up under camping conditions, there are plenty of adult lunch boxes that are ideal for use by men.  Some are even designed to go from the office to a tailgate party or a river-rafting trip thanks to versatile styling and features.  Where can you find your perfect lunch box?  Here are 15 great options to choose from.

Stanley Classic Lunch Box

Stanley Classic Lunch Box

This aptly named classic looks like it came straight out of an old-timey movie about factory workers.  If you’re following in your father’s proud tradition of carrying your coffee in a sturdy Stanley thermos, you’ll be glad to find that the domed lid of this steel lunch box is not only the perfect size for branded vacuum bottles and mugs (not included), but it comes equipped with metal brackets to keep your drink nestled securely in place above your lunch. – Buy Now

Yeti Hopper Flip 12

Yeti Hopper Flip 12

The price tag is enough to make your heart skip a beat.  It’s not like it’s an original 1954 Superman lunch box in mint condition.  Okay, for real, that’s like a $10,000 lunch box.  Still, you might wonder why you should drop 250 bills when you could use a brown paper bag for the same purpose.  Aside from the slick, modern styling, this durable cooler bag is made to keep your drinks super icy with coldcell insulation.  It’s also totally leakproof and resistant to mildew, punctures, and UV rays, thanks to high-density fabric and a hydrolock zipper.  If you want a lunch box that can go from the office to the outdoors and last you the rest of your life, she’s a real beauty. – Buy Now

The Original Miner's Lunchbox

The Original Miner’s Lunchbox

Not to be confused with a “minor’s” lunch box, this hardcore, polished aluminum lunch pail looks like it could fall down a mine shaft with nary a ding, which makes it suitable for men in tough professions, as well as those who just want to seem tough.  This hand cut, bent, and riveted lunch box may look like prison issue, but the sleek minimalism and sturdy construction are just right for the man who doesn’t need his lunch box to be a statement piece. – Buy Now

Duluth Trading Louie's Lunch Box

Duluth Trading Louie’s Lunch Box

If you’re looking to expand your lineup of rugged and durable Duluth products, hold off on buying another pair of pants.  Instead, snap up this impressive lunch box, dedicated to an unapologetically hungry contractor named Louie.  This roomy cooler bag can fit all three meals for the day with a lower compartment big enough to hold a 6-pack and an almost equally large upper storage space, plus zippered and mesh pockets perfect for utensils and hot sauce.  It comes in just one manly shade: burlap. – Buy Now

Carhartt Deluxe Lunch Cooler

Carhartt Deluxe Lunch Cooler

Best known for their signature tan jackets worn by generation after generation of working men, Carhartt may not immediately come to mind when you’re looking for a lunch box.  That said, their lunch tote is durable, water repellant, insulated, and designed to hold six cans or bottles, which means it can easily perform double duty as a lunch box during the week and a beer caddy for weekend games or camping trips.  At the low price point, it’s hard to think of a reason not to get one. – Buy Now

Stanley Adventure Cooler

Stanley Adventure Cooler

Another offering from the Stanley line, this cooler may not be as dapper as the Classic Lunch Box, but it sure is cool…literally.  This lightweight, 16-quart cooler has twice the foam insulation of most competitors, meaning it will keep up to 21 cans (yup, 21) icy cold until you pop the top.  It’s a little big for the average lunch, but it’s the perfect way to bring vittles for a fishing trip with your buddies, and haul home your catch at the end of the day. – Buy Now

Dakine Party Bucket

Dakine Party Bucket

Anyone who spent time at the skate park as a kid has no doubt heard of Dakine, which makes some of the best skate-friendly backpacks on the market.  They deliver with equal aplomb on the lunch box front with the Party Bucket, featuring badass textiles in camo, Hawaiian, and skate/surf prints, as well as standard black.  This bag not only carries lunch for you and a few buddies thanks to a sizable interior compartment and a ring of eight built-in drink koozies on the outside, but when fitted into a 5-gallon bucket, it expands to become a party cooler.  Talk about multi-functional. – Buy Now

Poler Camera Cooler

Poler Camera Cooler

This boxy bag isn’t called the camera cooler just because it resembles a camera bag – it’s actually a camera bag and cooler all in one.  Hiding beneath the padded camera insert is a cooler bag ready to transport your lunch items here and there on the days when you’d rather eat than snap award-winning photos.  If you’re not a pro or at least a devoted amateur photographer, you might not see the crossover appeal, but if you’re the next Ansel Adams trekking off to the wilds of the world in search of that perfect snapshot, you’ll be glad your lunch bag can handle both lenses and cold snacks. – Buy Now

HSD Tactical Lunch Bag

HSD Tactical Lunch Bag

“Badass.  Durable.  Awesome.  Enough said.”  So says the description of this “coyote brown” bag that practically screams man cred.  First of all, it’s brown canvas with black detailing, so it looks rough and tumble.  What’s even better is what you don’t see: it’s made from durable and waterproof tactical, military grade materials.  So, you know, the next time you need to base jump into enemy territory, you’ll have the right lunch bag for the job.  It also admirably totes Hot Pockets for office workers and weekend warriors. – Buy Now

Waxed Canvas Lunch Bag

Waxed Canvas Lunch Bag

If hipsters made lunch bags, they’d look like this upgrade to brown bagging it.  The Waxed Canvas Lunch Bag comes in brown, gray, or olive green and is complemented by a leather strap with an antique brass buckle to secure the top.  That’s basically it.  This lunch bag is waterproof, durable, and flexible enough that you can cram in a whole lotta Lunchables.  It’s a simple, reusable lunch sack that gets the job done without a bunch of unnecessary bells and whistles. – Buy Now

ECOlunchbox 3-in-1 Nesting Lunch Box

ECOlunchbox 3-in-1 Nesting Lunch Box

This modern take on the bento box is a utilitarian dream.  Sturdy tins in three different sizes not only store everything from sandwiches and chips to fruits and veggies in their own sealed compartments, but these bad boys are stackable for optimal compactness and convenience.  You can’t quite fit the stack in your pocket, but it will slide nicely into a briefcase, backpack, or messenger bag and keep your soft items from getting squished.  There’s nothing less appetizing than a pancaked sandwich with jelly soaked into the bread. – Buy Now

Everest Cooler Lunch Bag

Everest Cooler Lunch Bag

Chances are you’re not going to take this bad boy up its namesake mountain, but it’s perfect for toting your lunch to work on a daily basis.  The durable canvas comes in a variety of masculine colors and two shades of purple.  With an insulated inner, waterproof vinyl lining, a sizable front zippered pocket, and mesh pockets on the sides, this bag is nothing if not utilitarian, and the low price makes it one of the cheapest lunch boxes on the list. – Buy Now

Prepd Pack

Prepd Pack

If you’re a closet fan of Tupperware and bento boxes, you’re really going to like this lunch box for the Apple generation.  The box itself looks like a portable rolltop desk thanks to a slatted bamboo lid over a sleek, oblong case.  The inside is home to nesting food containers that come in a range of sizes you can configure to suit your daily needs.  Prep your weekly lunches in small, medium, and large containers that you can grab and tetris into your pack with ease each morning. – Buy Now

Igloo Playmate Elite

Igloo Playmate Elite

Igloo is the gold standard for small, portable coolers, if not necessarily for lunch boxes.  That said, if you’re looking for a great way to keep your lunch cold, this resilient, roomy, and convenient cooler is the way to go.  Your choices for color include Diablo Red and Majestic Blue, as well as the somewhat less manly Aqua Blossoms, which might be more your grannie’s speed.  Still, the standard molded plastic, secure lid with push-button entry, and 30-can capacity are enough to tempt any dude seeking a robust lunch pail. – Buy Now

L.L. Bean Lunch Box

L.L. Bean Lunch Box

You can’t fit a lot in this tiny lunch box, which outwardly resembles a travel toiletry kit.  But if you’re looking for a simple, streamlined cooler bag that fits into your average satchel, this one can hold your sandwich, a soda, a piece of fruit, and a snack bar for later.  This BPA-, PVC-, and phthalate-free lunch bag is perfect for anyone looking to do less harm with their lunch box, and the size and price make it a perfect addition to any daily routine. – Buy Now

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