My 8-year-old daughter gives her (very) honest Kidbox Review and I share all the details of what we thought of this clothing subscription box for kids.
I don’t like spending money, especially on clothes my kids will likely destroy or outgrow in a short period of time, so we often opt for some very basic tee and pants around here, frequently buying things secondhand online or gladly accepting friend’s hand-me-downs.
I, myself, am not very stylish nor do I care that much to be, so I certainly don’t care if my kids are the trendiest little things on the playground.
BUT, if I can get them something nicer for the same price, why not? That’s always a great deal!
So when Kidbox reached out to me about trying them out, I said I’d give it a go and do a KidBox review and Kidbox unboxing video even in exchange for product.
After our recent Stitch Fix Kids review, I was curious about how they would compare.
KidBox is a clothing subscription service for kids ages 0-12, or size newborn to 14.
Each box contains 6-7 items with no shipping free, free size exchanges, no styling fee, and you try first and pay later. You also have 7 days to decide on what you want to keep. There is no obligation for getting a box!
They offer 5 seasonal boxes a year (Summer, Back-to-School, Fall, Winter, and Spring) and you are notified several weeks before the box ships. You can skip the box at any time. They are currently offering their “Back-to-School Box.”
If you keep the entire box you receive a huge discount that makes the entire box only $98 (or $68 if it’s their Baby by KidBox subscription) and you get to choose from one of four different organizations (Homeless Families, The Community Hope Center, Puerto Rico Relief, or Victims of Domestic Abuse) for Kidbox to donate clothes to.
If you don’t love everything, items are still marked down several dollars from their full retail price at a “Kidbox Price” so you can still get a good deal on anything in the box (though the best prices are from buying it all).
They work with 120+ clothing brands like Adidas, Jessica Simpson, Art + Eden, Lucky brand, Reebox, DKNY, Limited Too, Puma, Guess, Lee, and Sketchers. They also have their own brand called “Kids Club.”
Try them NOW and take 10% off your first order + Free Shipping with code TRY10 at KIDBOX! Or read on to discover what my 8-year-old daughter thought of her clothes.
KidBox Unboxing Video
The first thing you do when you order a Kidbox is to fill out a style and size questionnaire on behalf of your child.
The Kidbox Style Guide asks the following:
- Choose your child’s style: Sporty Athletic, Classic Preppy, Modern Casual, City Cool
- Select styles she won’t wear: big brand logos, dresses, stripes, short hemline, denim jeans, big graphics
- Select colors she doesn’t like: pink, yellow, green, red, purple, etc
- What does she need more of?: school clothes, weekend clothes, basics, trendy pieces, athletic wear, more tops, more bottoms, backpack, fall styles, wear now
- Where do you shop for her?: Gap, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Old Navy, Target, Nordstrom, Crewcuts, Zara
- What makes her special?: Active, shy, chatty, artistic, silly, bookworm
- Email and shipping info
Once that is done, you can expect your box to ship between 1-2 weeks!
My daughter Lisa isn’t “going back to school” as we homeschool, but she is growing like a week and always needs some nice new clothes to wear. But, she can also be kinda picky about what she wears, as most girls her age start to be, so I was worried it wouldn’t be great. We had mixed results from her Stitch Fix for Girls box after all.
In Lisa’s Kidbox she received:
- Kids Club Girls Heart Print Boatneck Top, Size 12 – Retail $30, Kidbox Price $23
- 7 for All Mankind Girls Josefina Boyfriend jeans, size 12 – Retail $59, Kidbox Price $45
- Kids Club Girls 2-Pack Leggings, Size 12 – Retail $36, Kidbox Price $27
- French Toast Girls tie front ruffle top size 12 – Retail $22, Kidbox price $17
- PS From Aeropostale Girls Twill Parka with Crochet, size 12 – Retail $39.50, Kidbox Price $30
- Joe’s Jeans Girls Space Dyed Terry Tee, size L – Retail $29, Kidbox Price $22
- DKNY Popcorn Cozy cardigan, size L – Retail $34, Kidbox price $26
I think Lisa looked SO GOOD in everything! She was more skeptical about some pieces, mostly because she’s never worn pieces like them before (again, she’s mostly a skirt and tee girl with simple tastes).
I love the short sleeved ruffle top, the cardigan, and the parka the most, but everything else was great too. (Scroll back up and watch the video for all the live reactions if you want!)
Lisa received 8 items in her box if you count the 2-pack of leggings as two items of clothing (which I am going to).
The retail price of everything in her box was $249.50 or $31.19 per item. The Kidbox price of everything was $190 or $23.75 per item. But the full box price is just $98 or only $12.25 per item!
For namebrand clothes that were super nice (way nicer than I would ever buy her on my own) and I didn’t have to go in and out of stores to shop for, and would allow me to help donate a box of clothes to someone in need, it was a no-brainer to keep everything!
She looked great in all of it and will have some nice clothes to grow into (most are large on her) over the next school year.
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I highly recommend Kidbox! I love that they are seasonal and free to try and a great price and quality.
If you want to try them out you can take 10% off your first order + free Shipping with code TRY10 at KIDBOX!
Let me know what you think of the clothes they sent her and of clothes your kid receives should you give them a try.
Maria S says
Looks great on her! What style did you choose for your daughter?
Katelyn Fagan says
We ended up keeping all of the clothes! She looks so great in them!
Yes, I am curious at to what style was chosen as well!! Btw she looks absolutely adorable in each outfit!
Kidbox biggest fraud and scam, they sending advertising and other materials, disturb people, make unauthorized contacts. Violate federal laws.
Katelyn Fagan says
I have not found that to be the case. Do you have any evidence for such a strong claim?
Tammy whalen says
My daughter just got a kidbox for her son and the clothes were very nice but too small she sent the box back and as it says you dont have to pay unless you keep some or all pieces..well she sent back whole box and the bill also said zero nothing owed …well to her horror her checking account was just charged 300 ..yes three hundred dollars i was wondering if anyone else had this happen..and that was only box ever recieved …
I am very disappointed. I returned all the clothing because they would not fit my daughter and they still charged me 39.22 for one pair of pants that they say was not returned. All clothing was returned however I have no proof so I was charged. I did search my house and the pants are not there. So I lost 39.22 for absolutely nothing and they won’t respond to any of my emails. I tried to find somewhere to post a review on them and this is the only place I could fine. Advice check BBB they have an F rating which is the worst and they are no longer part of the BBB because of it. I would NOT recommend them at all unless you want to lose money.
Jennifer Rothnie says
I just got my first box. I did end up buying it (especially as when I signed up there was a free Dream Box promo if I kept the box – still haven’t gotten my email on how to redeem it, but I figure two boxes for the price of one is pretty good!)
Mixed Feelings. Styling itself was great – all the choices are items my daughter will love, I’ll love to have her try, or that I would at least consider if I saw on sale. The biggest miss styling wise was a boatneck cheetah print top – I would have much rathered a sweatshirt or shirt with a picture of a cat than the all over print, but it was a minor miss. So many of the outfits were super cute!! Where the box fell flat though was variety, durability, and seasonal appropriateness.
Not season appropriate: I got a winter box but only one item (my favorite, a gorgeous Losan sweaterdress) was warm!! I got *five* pairs of thin leggings in the box but no proper pants (not even fleece lined leggings), and several long sleeve but thin tops. The ‘sweater’ tops were fashion sweaters – not warm. My second favorite item, a gorgeous Design History black dress with a tulle overlay with gold stars, was a very springy style with a thin cotton underdress and short butterfly sleeves. Cute as can be – but definitely not warm and cozy for winter!
Variety – As I mentioned, I got five pairs of leggings. Three of these came in coordinated outfit sets with tops and two in a stand alone pack of two. Why so many? Why no proper pants? I did mention liking ‘coordinating outfits’ so this might be partially my fault – but I also said durable. I really wish the two pack had been a pair of jeans or warm pants. One top of the three shirts that came with leggings, I also got a fourth shirt (the boatneck cheetah that wasn’t my style.) I really wish it had been something else, something warm, like a sweatshirt, sweater, vest, or coat. Even a hat/mittens or fuzzy sock set would have added some variety.
Durability – Where to start? Many of the items I got were not ‘durable’ as I mentioned in my notes, but were ‘fast-fashion’ meant to look cute but not to play hard in long term. I can’t see them lasting through several kids. One thin, poorly made Jessica Simpson outfit (sweater look thin top and thin jeggings) is already fuzzing and pilling as my daughter wears it around the house today. The button on the jeggings flew right off as I put it on her for the very first time, too! (It was a button for looks, not use, but she was still quite sad that “button fall off!”) I’m really worried about the second Jessica Simpson set (super cute in it’s cream and blue tones) as I have had issues with other Jessica Simpson items in the past which is why I don’t buy them anymore. They look cute but the fabric doesn’t last! And I got two sets in this box. 🙁 And while the Miki B and Bebe items are probably fine for fashionable clothes going out and about, they aren’t what I would consider heavy duty or good play clothes.
So I am really on the fence about future boxes. This box had two items I loved immensely (Losan sweater dress and Design History Star dress) which would have been $84 together at full retail – more than the cost of keeping the whole box. It had a few items I liked (Jessica Simpson cream/blue set – hope it lasts but the feminine styling is so cute; Bebe thin sweater top and leggings (too thin for winter, but the roses are adorable,) a couple OK items (Miki B top and leggings) and the terribly made outfit I could have lived without (Jessica Simpson Star print top and jeggins which is already falling apart on Day 1.) The styling was good as far as pinning down my likes and what my daughter likes to wear, but there wasn’t really anything besides the Sweater Dress which fit with this being a ‘Winter’ Box. Many of the outfits were fast-fashion and not durable pieces which will carry me through several kids – which defeats the whole purpose of paying for ‘nicer’ brands I wouldn’t normally get.
Fortunately, trying it out is pretty risk free so I will probably get another box in future and give it another chance, – but it will need to be really impressive to become a long term staple at near $100 a box and send out clothing of better quality than the cheaper brands I usually buy.
As an up-date, they did send me a replacement item in place of the Jessica Simpson set. It was a 7-For-All-Mankind jeans and sweater top set, nice quality and cozy looking! That upped the value and variety of the box there for me, so I am super happy now with the overall selection. Customer service was extremely helpful, so they get a lot of brownie points there. To top it off, ordering my free Dreambox was easy – so I got a robe, three pairs of pajamas, a hooded towel poncho, a book, and a toothbrush all for free! Two of the pairs of PJs were nice quality cotton jammies, the robe was a nice quality one which should fit her for years. The toothbrush was nothing special, lol. My least favorite pajamas were some DC Supergirl branded ones – they were just super tight/small compared to the others so I plan to pack them away for the next kid.
Overall I am pretty impressed, and going to get the New Year’s Box when it ships out soon. 🙂
Katelyn Fagan says
Thanks for sharing the update! Glad to know customer service was on point and you get a free Dreambox!!