- Fiza Pirani The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
This story has been updated.
Home-delivered meal kits are all the rage right now with more than a dozen companies offering diverse menus and pricing options.
And Amazon is making waves with a meal kit service of its own, a partnership with AllRecipes.com. While it’s fairly new, AmazonFresh offers customers the option to find a recipe they want to make and add the related ingredients to their shopping cart. This option, however, is only available for the most popular recipes.
But even with the variety of meal kit options available, finding the right service for you can be a (delicious) challenge, but a challenge nonetheless. To help, we’ve put together a comparative list of 10 popular meal kits, their pricing, popularity and perks.
Reviews were collected by Consumer Reports and online Yelp customer reviews.
Blue Apron: The classic, safe bet
$59.94: three meals for two people ($9.99 per meal per person)
$69.92: two meals for four people ($8.74 per meal per person)
Reviews: This is the most well-known meal-kit delivery option, making it the safest bet for first-timers. The portions are quite large and boxes include high-quality ingredients packaged meticulously.
HelloFresh: Simple meals with kid-friendly options
$59.94 ($9.99 per serving): three meals for two
$79.92 (9.99 per serving): four meals for two
$99.90 (9.99 per serving): five meals for two
$119.88 ($9.99 per serving): three meals for four
$59.94 ($9.99 per serving): three meals for two, six total servings
$69.92 ($8.74 per serving): two meals for four people
$104.88 ($8.74 per serving): three meals for four people
Reviews: This service is lauded for its simple, but tasty low-calorie meals and thorough nutritional information. Lower than average calories, fat and sodium content.
PeachDish: Atlanta-based Southern comfort
$25 meal ($12.50 per serving) for two meals
$50 meal ($12.50 per serving) for four meals
$90 meal ($11.25 per serving) for eight meals
$130 meal ($10.83 per serving) for 12 meals
Shipping: $12 for guests; discounted for subscribers
Reviews: Peach Dish offers Southern cooking delivered to your front door. Service does not offer menu plans for special dietary needs such as gluten-free, paleo, weight loss, low-calorie etc., but at least one gluten-free dish is offered each week, two vegetarian dishes in the seasonal menu and two veggie dishes among the changing weekly recipes. Company also offers a subscription service for discounted shipping.
Plated: Popular for its tasty dishes, but pricy
Standard: $50 ($12.50 per serving): two meals for two, four total servings
Mimum cart requirement of $45 for any individual shipment.
Shipping: free for subscribers to most states, but $15 state fee per shipments in AZ, CA, CO, IA, ID, KS, ME, MN, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, OR, SD, UT, WA and WY. Non-subscribers will pay $12 guest fee per shipment to all states and an additional $15 for the states previously mentioned.
Reviews: Delicious food, but tougher to navigate instructions compared to some others, according to Observer.com. Also offered: adding up to 12 servings per dish to feed a big crowd. Higher than average fat and sodium content.
Purple Carrot: Lots of vegan options, but choices are preset
$72 ($12 per serving): three meals for two, six total servings
Returns in early 2018: $80 ($10 per serving): two meals for four, eight total servings
Performance meal: $78 ($13 per serving): three meals for two, six total servings
Reviews: The company caters exclusively to vegan diets and those with a knack for creative meal options. However, there are no meal choice options; everyone receives the same three meals per week. Recipe cards come with a newsletter based on the boxed items. Higher than average fat and sodium content.
Veestro: Protein, juice, weight-loss packs available
A la carte option includes a variety of items to choose from such as breakfast, entrees, soups, desserts, juice and more. Minimum purchase of $35 required.
$209-$349 weight-loss plans: three choice options of 18-42 meals.
$99 starter pack ($8 and up per meal): 12 Veestro-picked meals and one juice
$229-$549 21 day kickstart pack ($8 and up per meal): Choose 1-3 healthy meals per day for 21 days
$229 protein power pack ($9 and up per meal): 24 plant-based protein meals
$229 gluten-free feast ($9 and up per meal): 25 gluten-free meals
$229 meatless Monday ($9 and up per meal): 24 meals
$219 lunchbox pack ($9 and up per meal): 20 meals and five juices
$520-$988 wedding prep ($9 and up per meal): lunch and dinner for 30 days
$259- kosher pack ($9 and up per meal): 28 meals
$119-$189 juice cleanse pack: 3- or 5-day juice cleanse pack with 18 or 30 organic fruit and vegetable juices
Reviews: Veestro is unique in that it offers a variety of items and plans at a wide range of price points and dietary needs. Reviewers have raved about the weight-loss plans and diversity in gluten-free choice options.
Chef’D: Very tasty, lifestyle-based options
Pricing varies depending on meal choice and corresponding ingredients. Dinner for two averages $24 to $30 and for four, $27 to $75. Per serving, prices range from $9 to $17. Most of the time, the most expensive meals cost around $20 per serving.
Shipping: For orders that cost less than $40, the shipping costs are $10. Every delivery over $40 comes with free shipping.
Featured meal plans offer up to seven servings. Some plans included: American Diabetes Association plan, Atkins diet plan, New York Times cooking plan.
Reviews: Very tasty, curated meals with choices based on lifestyle (gluten-free, family-friendly, etc.). Some meals may involve more prep time than average.
Green Chef: Fancy organic meals
$62.94 vegetarian ($10.49 per serving): three veggie meals for two
$71.94 omnivore ($11.99 per serving): three veggie, meat and seafood meals for two
$71.94 vegan ($11.99 per serving): three vegan meals for two
$80.94 carnivore ($13.49 per serving): three meat and seafood meals for two
$80.94 gluten-free ($13.49 per serving): three veggie, meat and seafood meals for two
$89.94 paleo ($14.99 per serving): three paleo-friendly meals for two
$95.92 omnivore family plan ($11.99 per serving): two veggie, meat or seafood meals for four
$103.92 carnivore family plan ($12.99 per serving): two meat or seafood meals for four
Reviews: If you want to make fancy organic meals or have some diet restrictions, Green Chef offers some easy options with huge portions. Compared to other services, Green Chef meals are known to be lower in fat. Packaging is also recyclable or compostable.
Sun Basket: For the health nuts
$68.94 first week, $74.92 after ($11.49 per serving): three meals for two
$137.88 first week, $143.87 after ($11.49 per serving): three meals for four
Shipping: $5.99 per week
Reviews: More meal options than average meal-kit service. Healthy, tasty meals but no vegan option. Packaging is eco-friendly. Highest-rated by PCMag.com.
Home Chef: Fresh ingredients, simple recipes
Pricing: varies by dish
$9.95 per serving on meals; premium dishes sold at market price
$4.95 per serving on smoothies and fruit selections
Shipping: Free if you order 3+ meals; $10 otherwise
Reviews: Easy-to-follow recipes with 13 weekly choices. Lower than average calorie, carbohydrates. Flexible subscription plan to change delivery dates, adjust number of meals, etc.
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