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Why Wirecutter has been testing the same product for years

Long-term testing can reveal shortcomings in a choice or underline its quality. Take lunch boxes for children, for example. Senior Editor Courtney Schley edited this guide years ago, but remains a dedicated long-term tester. A mother of four, Courtney knows all about school lunches (even though making them is her husband’s expertise). She has put three or four Bentgo lunch boxes (plastic and stainless steel), our pick for bento-style lunch boxes, through long-term testing and has found that they typically break after a year or two. Not bad considering the abuse they endure. But the PlanetBox Rover Stainless Steel Lunch Box, our upgrade pick, is “indestructible,” says Courtney. It costs $60, but she estimates it has survived at least 500 trips to and from school over the years, meaning it’s a healthier investment than a Bentgo box.

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