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We bought a set of 3 Thomas Sandwich boxes a while back. We paid £3.00 from Home Bargains but they are currently selling on Amazon for £5.99. They are made by a company called Zak and they also offer other character boxes as well. I have recently spotted them in B&Ms as well. Matalan also stock these boxes for £3ish.
These sandwich boxes are made of plastic and are designed to be food containers. Each box comes in two parts - a transparent blue box and a transparent red lid which has the Thomas design on it. The boxes and microwave and dish washer safe. Zak claim that these boxes are 'leak resistant' as they have tight seals.
I must admit that these sandwich boxes weren't amazing. We have recently thrown out the last box we had and wouldn't buy them again. I cannot remember the exact measurements of each box but they were fairly deep and could accommodate a full sandwich providing it was made with smaller sized pieces of bread. They were almost square in shape and the plastic was very smooth. You couldn't use one of these boxes as a lunch box as they do not hold much at all. They weren't deep enough to hold an apple for example.
The design of the boxes is basic and you are paying for the character picture on the lid. On that basis, I wouldn't buy these again as after a while the lid becomes very scratched and looks awful. I cannot agree with these boxes being 'leak resistant' or having a 'tight seal'. The lid clips into place fine and can be removed easily by a young child as there is a tab at the side to pull it off. Unless the box is stored flat and not moved around much, the lid will not stay on for very long. We used to use these when going on picnics and found that by the time we arrived at the park, the lid had clicked open leaving the sandwiches or other contents exposed.
I would definitely not rely on these boxes to hold liquid - that is a bad idea! If they cannot hold sandwiches well then you are in for a disaster if store liquids in them for taking out and about. They could be easily used to store liquids in the fridge though and are ideal for storing opened cheese or meat as I stored them upright and stacked in our fridge. They are microwave safe and I can vouch for that. When we realised how poor they were for taking out and about, I started using them to heat up small tins of food in the microwave. They did stain easily when I heat up tomato sauce type food.
We do not have a dishwasher so I cannot comment on that but I did hand wash out boxes in the sink and they cleaned up fairly well. The plastic remained durable for a year or so before showing signs of wear and tear.
I personally found these boxes to be unreliable for the purpose they were made for but they did have other uses. I would rather buy standard Tupperware boxes as I find them more secure. I wouldn't waste anymore money on buying these boxes just for the Thomas design and can only give them 3 stars.
Thanks for reading x