sobodda PRO 5:02pm, 13 March 2006
Does anyone own either of these? Ms. Bento has two medium size containers and the Bento Classic has three, one of which is bigger than the Mr. Bento containers. The Bento Classic has a built-in carrying strap.

It's a good thing Amazon is sold out of Ms. Bento because I'm really tempted to get one! I prefer to eat small amounts of richer foods and I feel like I'm having a hard time filling up the Mr. Sometimes I will just bring an apple and leave out some containers, but I would love something smaller for those days! Hmm... If you did buy a Ms. Bento not on Amazon or Ebay (both are out right now), I'd love to know where you got it.
kusine 12 years ago
Have you considered getting a different type of bento box - not just a Zojirushi product? There are lots out there with a wide range of sizes.

I know what you mean about struggling to fill it some days. I will often use one of the containers for my afternoon snack (usually fruit or veggies or something else that keeps well).
nicoteena 12 years ago
Depending on where you live, you might try a local store. They have the classic at a Japanese store downtown in my area. If you go to the Zojirushi website, they have a store locator for places that carry their products and which products they carry.

Mr. B's main competitor, as far as I can tell, is made by Tiger. Same concept, different brand. I read a review (on Amazon, I think) that said Zojirushi is higher quality.
.ams PRO 12 years ago
It's funny, I NEVER fail to fill Mr. Bento. It's actually changed the way I eat ... I pack it with all the food I eat until dinner, so it includes breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, and mid-afternoon snack.
sobodda PRO 12 years ago
I think that's my problem - I love eating breakfast at home and I don't like to snack if I can help it - otherwise I could totally fill it too. It usually takes me 2 days to eat it if I fill it with normal food! I need to start sharing my lunches, hee hee.

Unfortunately there is no store in my area on the Zojirushi site. I found a bunch of stores via froogle, but I wonder how many of them are 'real'...
.ams PRO 12 years ago
I'm snacking as part of my diet, strangely...smaller, healthier meals all day long. I loves it.
sobodda PRO 12 years ago
Ack, I did it! I just ordered a Ms. Bento when one popped up on Ebay. I am so indulgent. And I can't wait to bring it to lunch.
le_willowcat 12 years ago
I came home last night, and there on my doorstep was a package and inside, the little Misses bento herself, of course I jumped up and down like a complete goofy retard, but WHO CARES! so I made some spring rolls, veggies, and tucked them safely inside, next comes the pictures!! yay!
cat.rigby 12 years ago
I have both Mr. and Ms. sizes. I use the Ms. for my kid and sometimes for me. I also have a lot of divided Tupperware containers because really the container I use depends on what is being packed.
traductora 12 years ago
quick question - i'm deciding between the mr and ms, and it seems as though the ms doesn't have a soup container. can anyone who has a ms tell me if this is the case/problematic?

also, are people able to fit either of these into their backpacks, briefcases, etc?

thank you!
kusine 12 years ago
I have absolutely no problem fitting Mr. Bento into my bag, and my bag isn't even particularly big.
.ams PRO 12 years ago
I carry Mr. Bento in the bag he came with, but my husband carries his Tiger lunch jar in his backpack. It fits no problem!
cat.rigby Posted 12 years ago. Edited by cat.rigby (member) 12 years ago
You can put soup in the Ms. Bento. The top container has two lids.

I put Ms. in the diaper bag sometimes for the toddler.

I got a canvas tote at Target to take Mr and Ms together to school when it is for her and me both.

And I've taken Mr. along in backpack.

VeganMom
nicoteena 12 years ago
Mr B won't fit into my backpack with all my school stuff. I just open the strap and run it through my backpack straps and it carries upright. I just have to be careful that I don't turn around and whack someone with him!
cat.rigby 12 years ago
I forgot about this... sometimes I carry Ms Bento on my backpack with a D ring. I just clip the D ring around the Ms Bento Bag handles, then clip it again to a loop on my backpack. Hands free toting and it keeps it upright.
nicoteena 12 years ago
Does anybody have two in the family? A Ms and Mr Bento or any other combination? I'm wondering if there is a considerable size difference because I think I'd like something smaller.
cat.rigby Posted 12 years ago. Edited by cat.rigby (member) 12 years ago
Yes, I have both, and yes, there is a size difference. Ms. Bento is about 1/2 the size of Mr Bento. (Classic Bento seems somewhere in between.)

Ms Bento has 1 divided container and 1 main. The main holds 1.5 cups. The other container without the diver holds 1 cup alone. The divider cup you can insert holds 1/2 cup, so if you choose to insert it into the bowl you get 1/2 cup + 1/2 cup, so it is still a total of 1 cup for that particular container.

Ms. Bento Total = 2.5 cups

Mr Bento has 4 containers. The smallest holds 3/4 cup. The next size holds 1.5 cups. The soup one holds 1 cup. The biggest one holds 2 cups.

Mr Bento Total = 5.25 cups

Measures approximated by filling containers with water and then measuring the water in a measuring cup.
nicoteena 12 years ago
So is that reflected in the size of the outer jar as well? I'm wondering if a Ms. Bento or classic jar will fit in my backpack. I crammed Mr B in there once, but it didn't work very well.
sobodda PRO 12 years ago
I have both Ms. & Mr. Bento. I like Ms. for heavier, richer foods of which I don't need a lot, while Mr. Bento is good for volumnious foods like salad. Ms. Bento is definitely a lot smaller and will probably fit in your backpack. It fits in my larger handbag. Somewhere in this group I uploaded a picture of the two next to each other - should be tagged msbento.
nicoteena 12 years ago
Thanks for letting me know, that picture helps me out a lot!
cat.rigby Posted 12 years ago. Edited by cat.rigby (member) 12 years ago
Yes, the Ms Bento jar is smaller than Mr. Bento. It's not as tall and the diameter is smaller.

I have a pix of both side by side inside my tote bag somewhere in the pool but the link is

www.flickr.com/photos/veganbento/129773020/
traductora 12 years ago
ariel, you said that your husband has a tiger jar? do you find it to be as well-made as the bentos?

i ask because tiger has one that's a lot taller and slimmer - mr bento doesn't like my backpack. thanks!
.ams PRO 12 years ago
Yup, he has the Tiger. While it is dramatically smaller, it's also not quite as well made ... the top clasps seem a little flimsy to me. You can sort of see in this picture. Then again, it cost a bit less than Mr. Bento.
traductora 12 years ago
oh wow. that does look quite a bit skinnier. thanks for the link!
nicoteena 12 years ago
Today when I went to Japan Town, I saw the classic Zojirushi lunch jar, Mr. Bento and Ms. Bento all next to each other. It turns out the classic is bigger than Mr. B -- which doesn't make sense to me since there are more containers in Mr B than the classic. The classic's containers must be bigger.
Seymore Sinn 12 years ago
When I got my Mr. I saw the Classic and it seemed HUGE! Even to a piggy eater like me. The Ms. seemed *tiny*
nicoteena 12 years ago
Miss does seem tiny but Mister is much too big for me to carry around campus all day. I'm actually excited for school Tues so I can pack my lunch in my new Ms. B!
cat.rigby 12 years ago
Well... anyone with a Classic want to measure it out with water like I did and tell us what you find?

Inquiring minds want to know! :)
nicoteena 12 years ago
For those who have Ms Bento, do you put soup in the top container? I tested it in the sink with water and there was drippage. But when it was heated and I tried to get it open, it seemed really secure.
cat.rigby 12 years ago
Yep. I've put soup in the top. The heated soup helps suck the lid on tighter.
JustCallMeViv 12 years ago
Oh nooo... you guys are feeding into my product junki-ness and now I must seek out the Ms...
nicoteena 12 years ago
She's on eBay!

She's also in a store in Japan Town. I don't remember the name of the store though...
Seymore Sinn 12 years ago
Mikado. The big one though, with all the music and random appliences, not Mikado Kids, which is cool, but bento-less.
nicoteena 12 years ago
That sounds about right. I saw the Zojirushi electric appliances in the window and thought, I have to go in here. They might have her!
traductora 12 years ago
sorry to bother you again, ariel, but i can't find one of those beige tiger jars anywhere (other than on the internet) or dimensions listed for them. so, i'm wondering if you can tell me about how much narrower it is than the bentos. i had to give mr bento to a friend because he was too wide for my bag, and i'm worried that ms might not be that much skinnier. thank you!
nicoteena 12 years ago
The Ms is tiny. If by the time I get home tomorrow no one has sent you the dimensions, I can ^^
traductora 12 years ago
oh, thanks, nicoteena, but the ms dimensions are available online, it's just the tiger's that aren't. maybe i should just try ordering a ms and see what happens.
.ams PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by .ams (member) 12 years ago
traductora, I just measured the Tiger. Looks like the soup and snack containers each hold about 3/4 cup, while the entree container holds just over 1 cup.
Biggie* 12 years ago
Nicoteena & Seymore, there's a place in San Francisco on Clement Street across from New May Wah Supermarket (719 Clement, between 7th & 8th) that has ALL KINDS of lunch jars, including all of the Zojirushi Bentos (Mr./Ms./Classic). Also has the Nissan Stainless one that's almost identical to the Mr. Bento (JLN1400X) for $32, and the Mr. Bento itself is just under $40 there. Plus many cheap knock-offs in all sizes. I forget the name (will post again), but it's a little hole-in-the-wall Chinese variety store packed with household goods (not Kamei, surprisingly!). I picked up the Nissan Stainless (Thermos) one and an $8 knock-off of the Ms. Bento (complete with carrying case!).
Seymore Sinn 12 years ago
Yeah, I got the name of that store off the Zojirushi website, I just happened to go to Japantown first. I'm still in love with my Mr. B, he and his carry-bag are the perfect size for twelve hours worth of food.
nicoteena 12 years ago
Do they also sell more traditional bento boxes, by chance?
Biggie* 12 years ago
They have some of the modern bento boxes, but the Asian kitchen supply store Kamei (525-547 Clement) has a bigger selection. Kamei stocks both the uber-traditional (i.e. huge square laquerware boxes with four sections) and more modern bento boxes that you'd use to take lunch to work). Ichibankan in Japantown (22 Peace Plaza #540 for SF location; also branches in San Mateo and El Cerrito) has a nice selection of low-end bento boxes and carrying pouches and bento accessories (plus small square tamagoyaki pans for $1.50!). Irving Housewares (2200 Irving) has nice modern bento boxes as well.

On the place on Clement that carries the Zojirushi products, I wasn't thinking that either of you would want to switch products or anything. Did think that when people ask you about your Mr. Bentos and balk at the price, you can direct them to Clement Street for a large selection of reasonably priced lunch jars (Zo, Tiger, Nissan/Thermos and other).
amietron PRO 12 years ago
I'm looking to buy either the Mr. Bento or Bento Classic, but I can't decide if Mr. will be enough food (for me). I mean, from the looks of it, the most of you use it and concede that it *is* enough, but is it really?? :)

I think I'm having one of those eyes are too big for my stomach moments.
nicoteena 12 years ago
Actually, I was worried that Mr wouldn't be big enough for me, too. But as it turned out, it was too big and I ended up buying a Ms.
.ams PRO 12 years ago
If you pack it wisely, it really is enough food ... in fact, my husband can't eat a whole Mr. Bento! That said, if you pack it with a salad, some crackers, a ding-dong and some apple slices, it may not be enough food.
Caryn_O 12 years ago
I actually have both the Ms and Mr Bento. My bf uses Mr Bento, and he says that it is enough on most days...^-^ Unless he skipped b-fast or something~ I use 3 of the Mr. Bento container for his main meal, and the 4th container for fruits. This actually works out very well in terms of amount. I use the Ms Bento, that being smaller, I will carry an extra small container for my own fruits and snack (makes a more complete meal to me).
Lunch Jar Help! 12 years ago
Hi There,

This is just the topic I am looking for. I'm just discovering these lunch jars after hearing a friend talk about his and have been debating between the Mr. Bento and the Tiger brand one.

From two of the posts above, it seems that Mr. Bento is better built and a bit larger. However, one feature Tiger seems to promote is that you can have hot and cold products maintained separately at the same time. I don't think Mr Bento can do this and from some other reviews I read elsewhere it has not worked for those who tried. Does anyone have first hand experience with the hot/cold thing? Overall I'm leaning towards Mr. Bento unless the Tiger can offer something extra.

Any thoughts? I'm actually thinking of giving these as Christmas presents this year if they work as well as everyone says.

Thanks!
sobodda PRO 12 years ago
I think Mr. Bento is really quite a lot of food. If you want to see mine emptied onto plates, I uploaded this photo:
flickr.com/photos/steffster/149337870/in/pool-mrbento/

(actually, it can hold much more than that, since the cheese and dressing were in one mostly empty container, and the chicken didn't even begin to fill another).

But from the photo, you can see that even though I didn't fully pack Mr. Bento, the result is about the size of a restaurant entree. If you pack something heavier than a salad, like risotto, a cut of meat, vegetables and a brownie, you will be totally stuffed.
sobodda PRO 12 years ago
P.S. as someone posted above, the capacity of Mr. Bento is 5.25 cups. The capacity of the average stomach is 4 cups. So you can literally stuff yourself! LOL.
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amanky 11 years ago
can someone measure their Mr. &/or classic... we have someone looking for specific dimensions!

thanks
hwianshirt08204 11 years ago
Could be well past the right time to ask this but does anyone know if the divider cup from a Ms. Bento fit into any of the Mr. Bento bowls? If so can they be purchased seperately? I love the idea of a dedicated divider and I just want more bowls to come out of the jar when people are watching. The standard Mr. gets alot of looks where I work.
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