RIGWA Bowl review: keeps food fresh outdoors

RIGWA Bowl review: keeps food fresh outdoors

The RIGWA Bowl is an innovative new way to transport meals on-the-go. (Photo: Jared Hargrave – UtahOutside.com)

Meals on the go. In my world this typically means chewing on an energy bar in the middle of a mountain bike ride. But why settle for processed protein bricks when you can have real, delicious food instead? One problem: how to carry your salad/pasta/vegan-gluten-free-organic-trendy grub. Enter the RIGWA bowl.


We all have plastic containers, right? That’s how I transport my eats away from home. But by lunchtime hot meals inevitably turn lukewarm or my cold treats melt into mush. So I wondered where the RIGWA bowl has been all my life. Apparently it’s been hiding inside the brains of Jericha and Zac Jordan. The couple invented this innovative bowl when they got tired of hot food getting cold, and cold food getting gross. After many months of testing and redesign, the RIGWA bowl was born. 

RIGWA Bowl Review
The RIGWA Bowl keeps hot food hot and cold food cold so it’s fresh and ready to eat wherever you go. (Photo: Jared Hargrave – UtahOutside.com)

So what exactly makes the RIGWA bowl a food container you didn’t know you needed? Here’s the details:


  • Vacuum sealed
  • Keeps food cold for 8 hours
  • Keeps food hot for 4 hours
  • Spill proof with an airtight seal
  • Double-wall stainless steel
  • BPA free
  • 1.5 qts

Testing the RIGWA Bowl

In the heat of summer, I’ve only used cold foods in my RIGWA bowl. So far it’s been my daily lunchtime companion. I’ve always packed a lunch to work, but RIGWA has upped my game. My favorite summer meal is Greek yogurt with a ton of blueberries, strawberries and raspberries, mixed with a smattering of granola. Between the time I make lunch at 8-in-the-morning, until I eat around noon, the RIGWA keeps the yogurt cool as if I just took it out of the refrigerator.

Food in RIGWA Bowl
A lunch of fruit and yogurt is a great idea when using a RIGWA Bowl. (Photo: Jared Hargrave – UtahOutside.com)

The key to the bowl IMO, is the lid (which really makes the RIGWA bowl unique) Sure the bowl is double-walled and vacuum sealed, but that’s pretty typical for this sort of product. But the lid is awesome because it’s insulated, BPA free, and makes the bowl airtight. There’s a small flap on top of the lid that covers a tiny hole… like a blow hole. When I put the lid on the bowl and press down, I can hear the air leaving the inside of the bowl through that hole. Then when I push the flap back down, the lid is sealed. It seals so tight, in fact, that I can’t remove the lid with my hands. But when the seal is broken by lifting the flap back up, I can remove the lid with just two fingers.

RIGWA Bowl Lid
The RIGWA Bowl lid is equally innovative as the bowl itself. The blowhole releases air and the flap keeps it airtight which creates a vacuum inside. (Photo: Jared Hargrave – UtahOutside.com)

The seal is so tight that I wouldn’t hesitate to pack hot soup or any other liquid in the RIGWA. No worries about spills whatsoever. After testing, I’m confident that the bowl will keep anything fresh, from salads, ice cubes, heck I may even try packing a bowl of cereal with milk!

The only issue I have with the RIGWA bowl is its size and weight. The bowl is large and can carry enough food for two people. This is a good thing if you’re with someone to share a meal. But the size makes it a bit cumbersome if you’re packing lunch or dinner far from your home or car. Also, the bowl is a bit heavy so I won’t be using it on any backpacking trips. But for car camping or stocking grub in a camper, the RIGWA bowl is absolutely perfect. Still, it would be nice if the company someday offers a mini RIGWA for solo excursions.

Final Word

RIGWA Bowl in the outdoors
The RIGWA Bowl is kitchen-ware that you didn’t know you needed. (Photo: Jared Hargrave – UtahOutside.com)

Overall the RIGWA bowl is a pretty sweet and useful invention. It works great to keep hot food hot and cold food cold. If you’re going on a picnic to the lake, or just want to keep your lettuce from withering before lunchtime at work, the RIGWA bowl is up to the task. In fact, I like mine so much it’s become my go-to, even around the house.

You can order the RIGWA bowl at their online store at rigwalife.com. And check out the promo video below, filmed right here in Salt Lake City.