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'Most convenient little thing ever': Amazon shoppers love this Crock-Pot electric lunch box, and it's on sale for $36

There's no reason for ho-hum on-the-go meals with the popular Crock-Pot Electric Lunch Box

Got a teacher, contractor or any kind of shift worker in your life? This Crock-Pot lunch box will make them very, very happy. (Amazon)
Got a teacher, contractor or any kind of shift worker in your life? This Crock-Pot lunch box will make them very, very happy. (Amazon)

Bringing a cold sandwich or soggy salad to work day after day can start to feel a little sad. After all, there's nothing like warming up with a hearty soup or yummy casserole when lunchtime rolls around. We have good news: There's no reason for ho-hum on-the-go meals with the popular Crock-Pot Electric Lunch Box. Snag it now for just $36 (down from $40) on Amazon Canada.

Just plug this baby in 45 minutes before lunchtime and open it up to reveal a warm, comforting meal.

$36 at Amazon

Why is it a good deal?

Right now, you can score this little gadget for $36 — it has the respected brand name and thousands of perfect ratings to back it up.

Why do I need this?

Not sure what an electric lunch box is? This simple but brilliant 20-ounce gadget is kind of like a mini slow cooker, but it's designed to warm up your food, not cook it. It's perfect for people who want to better preserve the flavour of their soup or leftovers, or for folks without ready access to a microwave.

Inside the warmer is a metal bowl that holds your food. The lid on the inner bowl (along with the outer lid) minimizes spills and leaks when you're out and about, while the handle makes toting it a snap.

There are no buttons to push — just a detachable cord that wraps around the base for easy storage. Plug it in about 45 minutes before you're ready to eat and you'll have a hot meal when it's time to break for lunch.

What reviewers say

This electric lunch box is adored by nearly 2,500 five-star fans, including teachers and truckers.

"I bought this for my significant other because I felt bad packing him sandwiches for lunch daily," shared a thoughtful spouse. "I love that there is an inner lid to prevent leaks. I like that it separates from the heating element so I don’t have to worry about damaging it."

For just a bit more, you can get this nifty lunch companion in green.

$37 at Amazon

"I am a teacher with only a 20-minute lunch period, and there are three microwaves in a building for 80 people," wrote a delighted educator. "I absolutely love that I can have hot soup right at my desk. I leave the warming part at work and just bring home the inner bowl and lid to wash every day."

"Most convenient little thing ever!" gushed an excited shopper. "I'm a local truck driver, and I work up to 12 hours in a day. It's nice to put leftovers in this and plug it into my inverter in the truck while I work, and have hot, tasty food by the middle of my shift."

The black colourway is classic and chic.

$36 at Amazon

"I am a special education teacher and a 25-minute lunch does not exist for most days, so to have my lunch all heated up when I need it is great," said a final fan. "Works well, food is nice and hot; my only complaint (and it is not a big deal), but the cord is kinda short. Perfect portion control — if you are tired of waiting by the microwave at work, get this product!"

"Very high quality and versatile product," said this reviewer. "Compact and easy to pack for trips."

However, some products say that the lifespan of this is on the shorter side.

"This is fun product for lunches," said one shopper. "But I’ve been noticing it hasn’t been very fast at heating things up after a year now. That being said it has been well used."

Some shoppers have also said that it doesn't "seal well" — so you may want to be careful depending on what you're cooking.

The verdict: Is it worth it?

This small-but-mighty gadget is an affordable way to get hot meals on the go, especially at its current sale price. However, keep in mind that some shoppers say that it doesn't seal well — so you may want to be careful with what you pack it with.

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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