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Insulated Food Delivery Bags Buying Guide

Insulated food delivery bags maintain foods' temperature while controlling moisture. By keeping moisture at bay, these bags help to prevent soggy foods while preserving freshness. They're essential for getting perfect pizzas, deli trays, and food pans to their destination, as well as for carrying cans of soda or beer, in bulk, to your catered event.

Insulated Food Delivery Bag Uses

Choice 23 inch x 13 inch x 15 inch Blue Insulated Vinyl Food Pan Carrier

Delivering foods from kitchen to customer can prove to be challenging without the right tools for successful delivery. Pizzas may get cold before they arrive to their destination, and they may get shuffled around in their pizza boxes. Cans of soda may get shaken up, sandwiches may deconstruct, and your signature mac-and-cheese may lose its cheese during transport. This is where insulated food delivery bags come into the picture.

These bags are versatile additions to any commercial catering or delivery operation. Many can be used for multiple menu items, too. Pizza delivery bags, for example, are great for carrying wraps, subs, wings, strombolis, and side orders of french fries or mozzarella sticks, in addition to your signature pizza pies. Soft-sided coolers are ideal for transporting cans, bottles, take-out containers, sub sandwiches, food storage containers, and pans of fresh-baked ziti, fire-grilled burgers, and even decadent cherry cheesecake dessert.

Nylon vs. Vinyl Insulated Food Delivery Bag Materials

Insulated food delivery bags are available with nylon or vinyl exteriors. Both materials are water resistant, making them ideal for delivery in any weather condition, including rain, sleet, or snow.

Nylon insulated food delivery bags are more expensive than vinyl, but they are breathable. This breathability allows the bags to keep your foods warm, while allowing steam to escape. Minimizing steam and the resulting moisture means crispier crusts for pizzas delivered in your nylon insulated pizza delivery bags.

Rubbermaid 9F36 ProServe 18 inch x 17 1/4 inch x 7 3/4 inch Red Insulated Medium Nylon Pizza Delivery Bag

Vinyl insulated food delivery bags don't breathe as easily, so moisture tends to get trapped in the bags, resulting in faster food deterioration. They are less expensive, though, so when short destinations are in your serving area, bags like these, in particular vinyl insulated pizza delivery bags, are sure to get the job done.

Dishwasher Safe Insulated Food Delivery Bags

All insulated food delivery bags can be wiped clean as needed, but there are dishwasher safe bags, too. These bags can safely be put in the dishwasher at the end of the night, for fast, efficient cleaning. We offer dishwasher safe food bags and dishwasher safe pizza bags alike.

Types of Insulated Delivery Bag Closures

The job of the insulated food delivery bag is to ensure that foods retain as much heat as possible or stay as cool as possible from kitchen to customer. A quality closure on the bag is essential to meeting this objective. Closures can be hook-and-loop or zipper in style, and some bags offer additional side release buckles for added protection.

In addition to serving to keep heat in the bag, closures help to lock food in place for minimal movement during transport. They ensure quick packaging, too, with intuitive designs that are easy to use.

Type of Insulated Delivery Bag Closure Image of Closure Description of Closure
Hook-and-Loop Closure
Choice 18 inch x 18 inch x 5 inch Red Nylon Insulated Pizza Delivery Bag
These closures are designed with two components, a hook and a loop. The hook is the rough side of the closure, whereas the loop side is the softer side. The hooks connect with the loops to form a solid closure.
Zipper Closure
Choice 12 inch x 9 inch x 11 1/2 inch Red Soft-Sided 24 Can Insulated Cooler / Hot or Cold Sandwich Bag with Adjustable Shoulder Strap
Zipper closures are designed with two rows of protruding teeth and a slider with a Y-shaped channel. By moving the slider by hand along the rows of teeth, the user can join or separate the teeth (depending on direction) to close or open the connection.
Side Release Buckle Closure
Rubbermaid 9F15 ProServe 19 inch x 16 3/4 inch x 15 inch Gray Insulated Nylon Top Load Half Size Food Pan Carrier (FG9F1500CGRAY)
Side release buckles allow single-handed adjustment and release, with interconnecting ends that are easy to operate. To use, simply push the ends together for a secure closure. When ready to open the connection, compress the sides together for a smooth release.

Insulated Delivery Bag Foam Insulation

Foam insulation is what keeps hot foods, hotter, longer, in delivery bags. It is found between the outer layer of fabric and the inner lining of the bag, acting to reduce heat conduction (the transfer of heat through a solid), with its excellent insulating abilities. We carry insulated food delivery bags with 1" or 2" thick insulation within their cores.

Foam insulation can be closed cell or open cell in nature, with closed cell being a better insulator, but significantly more expensive, heavier, and rigid than open cell foam. Open cell foam is less expensive than closed cell foam, light in weight, and easy to compress, making it ideal for insulating delivery bags in food service applications. Rarely will you find closed cell insulation in an insulated delivery bag.

Open Cell vs. Closed Cell Foam Insulation

Open Cell Closed Cell
Light in Weight Heavy in Weight
Soft and Easy to Compress Rigid in Nature
$ $$

Types of Foam Insulation

There are three main types of foam insulation used in insulating delivery bags: polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyurethane (PU), and polyester.

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Foam Insulation

A type of thermoplastic polymer, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a durable, cost-effective material. It's available in hard or soft forms, with soft PVC being the more common form used in insulating delivery bags. Soft PVC is extremely flexible thanks to a higher concentration of plasticizer than hard PVC contains. It's also resistant to oil, grease, and chemicals, making it ideal for high volume food service applications. Check out our polyvinyl chloride-insulated food bags and polyvinyl chloride-insulated pizza bags.

Polyurethane (PU) Foam Insulation

Commonly referred to as PU, polyurethane is a polymer that is considered to be a highly resilient, flexible, and durable material. It's extremely versatile, and because it's PVC free, it's becoming increasingly popular as a foam insulation option. Polyurethane is breathable thanks to its open cell design, which means it's also highly resistant to mildew and won't trap odors. It's also light weight, making it ideal for food delivery personnel to carry from one location to the next. We offer polyurethane-insulated food bags and polyurethane-insulated pizza bags.

Polyester Foam Insulation

Polyester foam is a type of polyurethane that features a higher tensile strength than its polyurethane foam counterpart (polyether). This results in a foam that is just as flexible, breathable, and light weight as traditional polyurethane foam, but with superior cut resistance, too. For your convenience, we have both polyester-insulated food bags and polyester-insulated pizza bags.

Foam Insulation Comparison

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Polyurethane (PU) Polyester
Breathability No Some Some
Open or Closed Cell Semi-Open Open Open
Cost $ $$ $$$

Insulated Food Delivery Bag Configurations

Insulated food delivery bags are designed to carry cans, bottles, deli trays, sandwiches, food pans, and pizzas with ease. Bags may have top loading or end loading designs, and when not in use, the bags can usually be collapsed down for space-saving storage. Many bags also feature sewn-on hanging loops for elevated storage and drying.

San Jamar FC1212-RD 12 inch x 12 inch x 12 inch Red Insulated Nylon Food Delivery Bag

Top Loading Insulated Food Delivery Bags

Top loading insulated food delivery bags make it easy to transport stacked products, particularly for catering applications. These bags often feature zipper closures and enable staff to simply stack beverages, deli trays, take-out containers, and food pans within the bag, close the bag from the top, and go.



Rubbermaid 9F39 ProServe 19 3/4 inch x 19 3/4 inch x 13 inch Red Insulated Large Nylon Pizza / Catering / Sandwich Delivery Bag

End Loading Insulated Food Delivery Bags

Most often associated with pizza delivery bags, end loading insulated food delivery bags allow products to be slid into the bag from the front, then secured with a zipper or hook-and-loop closure. These bags are designed to hold anything from a single deli tray up to 10 pizza boxes.

Additional Insulated Food Delivery Bag Features

Insulated Food Delivery Bag Feature Image of Insulated Food Delivery Bag Feature Benefit of Insulated Food Delivery Bag Feature
Heavy Stitching
Rubbermaid 9F15 ProServe 19 inch x 16 3/4 inch x 15 inch Gray Insulated Nylon Top Load Half Size Food Pan Carrier (FG9F1500CGRAY)
Heavy stitching on most commercial grade bags works to prevent rips and tears at the seams.
ID Windows
Choice 18 inch x 18 inch x 5 inch Red Nylon Insulated Pizza Delivery Bag
Most delivery bags are designed with a see-through ID window on the outside of the bag. This window easily holds menus, coupons, business cards, receipts, and order tickets, for increased advertising and order accuracy.
Metal Racks
American Metalcraft PB1926 19 inch x 19 inch x 27 inch Deluxe Insulated Red Pizza Delivery Bag with Rack
Some pizza delivery bags feature interior metal racks, perfect for high volume pizza shops that thrive on speed. These bags tend to be bulkier than those without racks, but the efficiency they deliver usually outweighs the inconvenience of the added bulk.
Reinforced Handles
Choice 20 inch x 20 inch x 12 inch Nylon Insulated Pizza Delivery Bag
Reinforced handles make for safe and reliable transport.
Runners
Rubbermaid 9F13 ProServe 27 inch x 19 1/2 inch x 22 1/2 inch Gray Insulated Nylon End Load Full Size Food Pan Carrier (FG9F1300CGRAY)
Some insulated food delivery bags feature strong aluminum runners within the bag. These runners offer superior pan support during transport and make it easy to slide pans into and out of the bag from the front.
Wrist Straps
Rubbermaid 9F37 ProServe 21 1/2 inch x 19 3/4 inch x 7 3/4 inch Red Insulated Large Nylon Pizza Delivery Bag
Wrist straps on some bags' undersides allow delivery persons to hold bags like a tray, minimizing lost bags while increasing confidence in product delivery.

Insulated Delivery Bag Sizes

Choice 18 inch x 18 inch x 5 inch Black Nylon Insulated Pizza Delivery Bag

Insulated delivery bags come in an array of shapes and sizes to meet any need. From small, personal size pizzas to multiple full size food pans, the foods these bags carry demand vastly different space requirements, requiring vastly different bags from one business to the next. Bags may be square in shape for pizza boxes, or they may be rectangular in shape for stacked food pans. They may be tall for numerous stacked items, or they may be shallow for 1 or 2 items.

Insulated Food Delivery Bag Sizes

Insulated Bag Description
Insulated Bag Image
Insulated Bag Dimensions
Insulated Bag Capacity
Insulated Cooler / Hot or Cold Sandwich Bag
Choice 12 inch x 9 inch x 11 1/2 inch Blue Soft-Sided 24 Can Insulated Cooler / Hot or Cold Sandwich Bag with Adjustable Shoulder Strap
12" x 9" x 11 1/2"
24 (12 oz.) Cans
Insulated Sandwich Delivery Bag
Rubbermaid 9F40 ProServe 15 inch x 12 inch x 12 inch Red Insulated Nylon Sandwich Delivery Bag
15" x 12" x 12"
15 (12") Sub Sandwiches
Insulated Deli Tray Bag
Choice 18 inch x 18 inch x 5 inch Black Insulated Nylon Deli Tray Bag
18" x 18" x 5"
1 (18") Deli Tray with Dome Lid
Insulated Half Size Food Pan Carrier
Rubbermaid 9F15 ProServe 19 inch x 16 3/4 inch x 15 inch Gray Insulated Nylon Top Load Half Size Food Pan Carrier (FG9F1500CGRAY)
19" x 16 3/4" x 15"
3 (2 1/2" Deep) 1/2 Size Food Pans
Insulated Cooler Bag
Choice Soft Sided 22 inch x 13 inch x 14 inch Red Insulated Nylon Cooler Bag with Foam Freeze Pack Kit
22" x 13" x 14"
30 (12 oz.) Bottles
72 (12 oz.) Cans
Insulated Food Delivery Bag / Pan Carrier
Choice 23 inch x 13 inch x 15 inch Green Insulated Nylon Food Delivery Bag / Pan Carrier
23" x 13" x 15"
5 (2 1/2" Deep) Full Size Food Pans
Insulated Full Size Bun / Sheet Pan Delivery Bag / Carrier
18 inch x 26 inch x 5 inch Red Insulated Vinyl Full Size Bun / Sheet Pan Delivery Bag / Carrier
26" x 18" x 5"
2 Full Size Bun/Sheet Pans
Insulated End Load Full Size Food Pan Carrier
Rubbermaid 9F12 ProServe 27 inch x 18 1/4 inch x 16 inch Gray Insulated Nylon End Load Full Size Food Pan Carrier (FG9F1200CGRAY)
27" x 18 1/4" x 16"
3 (2 1/2" Deep) Full Size Food Pans
Insulated End Load Full Size Food Pan Carrier
Rubbermaid 9F13 ProServe 27 inch x 19 1/2 inch x 22 1/2 inch Gray Insulated Nylon End Load Full Size Food Pan Carrier (FG9F1300CGRAY)
27" x 19 1/2" x 22 1/2"
5 (2 1/2" Deep) Full Size Food Pans
Insulated End Load Full Size Food Pan Carrier
Rubbermaid 9F14 ProServe 27 inch x 21 1/2 inch x 29 inch Gray Insulated Nylon End Load Full Size Food Pan Carrier (FG9F1400CGRAY)
27" x 21 1/2" x 29"
7 (2 1/2" Deep) Full Size Food Pans
Insulated Top Load Full Size Food Pan Carrier
Rubbermaid 9F16 ProServe 28 inch x 19 1/4 inch x 19 1/2 inch Gray Insulated Nylon Top Load Full Size Food Pan Carrier (FG9F1600CGRAY)
28" x 19 1/4" x 19 1/2"
5 (2 1/2" Deep) Full Size Food Pans

Insulated Pizza Delivery Bag Sizes

Pizza delivery bags are designed to carry pizzas from 14" to 24" in diameter or length. They are available in sizes to accommodate one or more stacked pizza boxes, with the height of the bag being directly proportional to the number of pizzas the bag can hold. Higher heights offer more space for stacking towers of pizzas, while lower heights make it easy to deliver 1 or 2 pizzas at a time.

Pizza Delivery Bag Description
Available Bag Heights
Pizza Delivery Bag Capacity
17" x 16 1/2" Pizza Bags
  • (4) 12" pizza boxes or (3) 14" pizza boxes
17" x 17" Pizza Bags
  • (6) 12" to 14" pizza boxes
18" x 17 1/4" Pizza Bags
  • (3) 16" pizza boxes
18" x 18" Pizza Bags
  • (2) 16" pizza boxes
  • (1-2) 16" pizza boxes or (1) 18" pizza box
  • (2) 16" pizza boxes or (2) 14" pizza boxes
19" x 19" Pizza Bags
  • (6) 16" pizza boxes
  • (10) 16" pizza boxes
19 3/4" x 19 3/4" Pizza Bags
  • (6) 16" pizza boxes or (6) 18" pizza boxes
20" x 20" Pizza Bags
  • (2) 18" pizza boxes
  • (2) 18" pizza boxes
  • (6) 16" pizza boxes or (5) 18" pizza boxes
21 1/2" x 19 3/4" Pizza Bags
  • (4) 16" pizza boxes or (3) 18" pizza boxes
24" x 24" Pizza Bags
  • (2) 22" pizza boxes
25" x 26" Pizza Bags
  • (2) 24" pizza boxes

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