rosellewind 5:11am, 20 May 2006
Hi,

If someone could please help me, I'm not quite sure if the interior of Mr. Bento is stainless steel or not. Also, Zojirushi.com says that the depth of Mr. Bento is 4 3/8" and the depth of the classic is 5 3/8. The "width" is the same for both at 5 15/16". Does this mean that the opening is larger on the classic? (and less insulated?) Or is it a typo?

I would like to use it for when I give a massage, keeping a couple hand towels hot (wet and wrung) for at the end of the treatment. Maybe with some warm water at the bottom. I do housecalls, so it simplifies things if I don't need to access a sink or outlet after the massage has started. I've tried it in my vacuum insulated drink thermos and it works, but it needs to be bigger and have a wider opening. Zojirushi's brand has been the widest I could find. Does anyone know of any others? I'm thinking of keeping some hot stones in there too, and a drop of essential oil. So it would have to be durable and cleanable.

Thanks,
Roselle
nadja.robot PRO 12 years ago
Seems like a big soup thermos would be better. You'd be taking the interior containers out of the insulated container, right?
rosellewind 12 years ago
Yes, I'd be taking the interior containers out. Thanks for the suggestion, but I'd like to have a wider mouth to it.

I'd like to be able to use it on salt scrubs for the feet, rinsing the hand towels and wringing them. It would be nice if the mouth was wide enough to manage that. I've though of drink coolers but I'm not sure if the heat would hold well enough (I haven't seen any vacuum insulated). It may be up to 2 hours, and a hot compress needs to be hot to feel good! I also don't want it to be too big, as I carry all my supplies.

I'm still wondering if the inside is stainless and which one is the widest.
nicoteena 12 years ago
Well, the instructions for the Zojirushi jars all suggest keeping the jars dry. I'm guessing this means it's not stainless steel on the inside.

As for the mouth width, I've seen the classic in person, but I don't really remember since I was looking at the Ms. If memory serves, they're the same width, but don't quote me on that ~_^
nadja.robot PRO 12 years ago
Amazon says it is stainless steel inside. They are pretty wide, at least 4 inches across the mouth, you can get a pretty good idea from the pictures we post.
Robyn the slug 12 years ago
Not stainless steel inside: mine has plastic lining.
I don't think it would be ideal for what you're talking about because it really isn't quite big enough...
Why not bring a thermos of hot water and a plastic tub and put them all in the tub with the hot water at the end of the treatment?
rosellewind 12 years ago
Hi Robyn,

that would probebly work. I got a classic and I was surprized at how thin the walls were. The inside is a painted metal. It is just barely big enough for 2 hand towels and a washcloth, which is a perfect size. It isn't as insulative as I had hoped. Its not nearly as good as my vacuum insulated thermos (which I can't get my hands inside). It can sit in there for an hour and a half, though I would prefer if it were a little hotter. Is mr Bento seriously thin also? I have it packed away right now, but I'm thinking it was no more than a few mm thick.
Robyn the slug 12 years ago
Mr. Bento is well insulated, but I know he's not watertight...
rosellewind 12 years ago
To follow up: It worked out really well to use Mr. Bento. I swished him with water, squeezed out the hand towels with hot water, closed him up and the towels were still warm enough an hour later. Now I'm doing a hot stone special. I use Mr. Bento for the cold marble stones. I refrigerate them. It works well dry. Thanks for the suggestions!
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