I tried 6 home meal delivery services…here is my comparison

Lately I feel like there have been an abundance of commercials for home meal delivery services. Services that deliver a box of fresh, pre-portioned food and recipes right to your doorstep. I wanted to try them out, so…I tried 6 home meal delivery services, and I’m sharing what I thought and a comparison of the different services.

Home meal delivery service comparisonsWith life being so busy (you can see what’s been going on in my faves & life lately post) – between work and just life in general, I was starting to really feel like I was in a cooking rut. I didn’t even want to think about what to make for dinner, I had zero inspiration, zero time to go to the grocery store, and zero motivation. When I kept hearing all the commercials for meal delivery services, I thought I’d look into them and give them a try. There are so many different companies out there! I made a list of all the different ones I wanted to try out, and each week tried a different service.

Here are some of the pros and cons, and at the bottom of the post I share a comparison chart to give an overview.

Greenchef meal delivery reviewGreen Chef

Pros:

  • All organic
  • Meals came with sauces that were already made and were really tasty
  • Minimal prep, only had to chop 1 or 2 things per recipe
  • Loved the way the food/recipe cards were labeled and color coded, it made it very easy to know which items to use
  • Meals were done (start to finish including prep) in 30 minutes

Cons:

  • Didn’t like that one couldn’t swap out meals/recipes. You choose a plan and then are just sent the designated meals
  • Online system doesn’t show more than two weeks in advance upcoming meals
  • This could be a pro or con – the portion sizes were huge. Each meal for 2 we ended up having leftovers for a 3rd meal.
  • We waited 4 days to make one of the recipes – veggie burgers- the arugula and kale were rotten. Contacted customer service and they immediately apologized and gave a credit on our account.

Greenchef meal delivery reviewTerra’s Kitchen

Pros:

  • The shipping vessel this comes in is the coolest thing ever, my husband loved that they come and pick up the vessel/box so that it is very recycling friendly and there’s no empty boxes/trash to deal with
  • The organization of the ingredients is amazing
  • Ingredients have expiration dates on them which I really liked
  • One can choose from 30 different recipes, all with varying prices
  • One can add salads/smoothies/proteins/pastas and snacks
  • Meals were very delicious
  • Loved the minimal prep- everything was chopped/ready to go

Terras kitchen meal delivery service reviewCons

  • A little on the pricey side with meals varying from $10.99 per person per meal to $18.99
  • I wish they’d change the recipes/meal options more often

Terras kitchen meal delivery service reviewBlue Apron

Pros:

  • The food tasted really good
  • Appropriate serving sizes, no extra portions
  • Liked that one could choose between a few meals

Blue Apron meal delivery service reviewCons:

  • Very much chopping/prep work
  • Lots of dishes/utensils required
  • Lots of making sauces/different components of the dish
  • Missing key ingredients (emailed their customer service and they immediately apologized and gave me a credit on our account.)
  • Cooking instructions/times were wrong on 2 of the 3 recipes (example 6 minutes to cook an entire chicken breast – it was still raw on the inside)
  • Cooking times varied and the dishes took a lot longer than expected to make, one 30 minute expected time ended up taking close to 50 minutes from start to finish.
  • A lot of leftover ingredients (example: sent whole head of garlic when all one needs is 1 clove)

Home Chef

Pros:

  • Loved that there were lots of meals to choose from
  • Lots of delivery day options which is always nice
  • One can add on breakfast/fruit/smoothie/premium meals which is nice
  • A binder came with the first order so that one could put all the recipes in the binder
  • All the ingredients for a recipe were in a bag

Home Chef meal delivery reviewCons:

  • Their website was difficult to figure out (I had to email them to ask about how to ‘skip/pause’ weeks)

Hello Fresh

Pros:

  • Really liked that all the ingredients for a particular recipe came in a box with all the ingredients for that recipe
  • Unique flavor combinations
  • One can choose different meal options
  • Liked that the meal options include a breakfast one
  • All the food was tasty
  • Easy directions to follow

Hello Fresh meal delivery service reviewCons:

  • The website is as not as easy to use as other ones, but once one knows where everything is it gets easier

Hello Fresh meal delivery reviewPlated

Pros:

  • Loved the flexibility of the plans (you can chose 2-7 meals per person per week)
  • The food was by far my favorite of all the services, I literally kept two of the recipe cards to make again
  • You can add on dessert, I did and we loved it
  • All the ingredients for one recipe were in one bag which was really nice
  • Loved that they sent aluminum/throw away pans for items needing to be baked

Plated meal delivery service reviewCons

  • Didn’t like that you had to use your own eggs (example, if a recipe called for eggs or oil, they do not provide it. Oil is understandable, but I thought they should not assume I have eggs on hand).

Plated meal delivery reviewComparison:

Meal Delivery Comparison chart - ratingsSummary:

If you’re interested in home meal delivery services, the right one is out there for you!

I was pleasantly surprised that each and every one of the services I tried offered a ‘first time customer’ discount of some kind. I do need to mention -this post is not sponsored in any way. I paid for all the services ย myself (some have referral programs where if you order using my code or special link, you’ll get a discount and I’ll get some kind of credit for future orders.) All opinions are mine alone and based on my experience.

Funny thing is, without even looking at the graph, my favorite service was Hello Fresh! Theirs had seemingly the best options and the least amount of dishes!

Have you ever tried home meal delivery services? What did you think?

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  • Heather
    Reply

    Just got my first kit from Hello Fresh. Loved it!! The 2 recipes I have tried have been a hit. Can’t wait to try more!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      I’m so glad you like them too – they were my fave one!

  • Karyn Jones
    Reply

    Just finished a month of Hello Fresh and loved it but wanted to try some others – I think you just saved me a LOT of time. Thanks.

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Thank you so much! Glad you liked the post ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Meredith
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    We are currently using Sun Basket and enjoy it very much!! The menu options are great and the food is fresh with a lot of flavors. However, we are thinking of trying other companies just to compare. I am glad you shared your comparisons as I think it was helpful in our decision. Thank you!

    • Sweetphi
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      Thank you for saying that Meredith! Hope you enjoy the other services you try ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Micko
    Reply

    Thank you ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

  • Candy Gareiss
    Reply

    Do you have a recommendation for people living in Florida? We used Home Chef of a few weeks and packages arrived with the cooling packs melted and sometimes the boxes soaked through. While all the meat remained chilled some of the vegetables wilted. (It gets pretty hot here in August.). They were kind enough to credit our account when I made them aware but the shipping was the big issue. Any suggestions for Florida delivery?

    • Sweetphi
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      Oh my goodness, I never even thought of that with the heat! So I don’t know how different this would be, but have you tried Hello Fresh? When they deliver the packages (at lease the ones I’ve had delivered) they had these gel packs that they put at the bottom of the insulated box, and I think they’ve been delivered on an 80 degree plus day and were fine. I can’t remember which other service it was, but it came with dry ice. But I’d definitely ask whichever company before they shipped again.

    • Leslie
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      Candy – you might try Home Chef again – I was getting frustrated here in Texas also but they recently changed packaging and it addresse many of the issues I’ve seen folks mention.

    • Joanne
      Reply

      I use Hello Fresh and they have the food well insulated. I have no problems. Also, they buy sustainable food and many organic items. I love their recipes and it is easy. I have never used my kitchen this often.

      • Sweetphi
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        Hahah I agree about never having used my kitchen more Joanne ๐Ÿ™‚ I also love the sustainable ingredients, and I find myself using ingredients I never would have!

  • Edie Allyn-Page
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    We tried a couple and settled on Home Chef. I consider myself a good cook (witness my waistline) but the experience has retaught me and my husband a little about portion size. Theirs are adequate but not what I would choose – the 16 ounce Ribeye. My point being that they provide the correct portions for an adult. We have learned to eat healthier. A confirmed vegaphobe – I am enjoying some roasted and pan seared veggies, but please don’t tell my mom. Of course everything isn’t a hit, but most are. Sometimes I alter a little here and there. Like when I just needed fried chicken tenders instead of whatever they wanted me to eat. It is also WONDERFUL not to have to think about shopping, travel (When I say travel, I mean we are 45 minutes from the nearest gallon of milk.) and menus for those three or four nights every week. Well worth the money.

    • Sweetphi
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      Thank you so much for the awesome comment Edie! I feel the same way, you just said it so well – it’s definitely teaching me about portion size, my husband was even saying the other day he feels like he’s losing weight, but it hasn’t been at the sacrifice of taste or weird diets, it’s just eating better portioned food. Even though I’d consider myself an adventurous cook, there have been multiple meals where I had never used an ingredient before, so it’s neat to try out the different things! Glad to hear you like the services as much as I do!

  • Shirley Burkkhardt
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    I agree with the comment about Florida heat. I now have tried Blue Apron, Home chef and Martha. I have cancelled my account with Blue Apron as the boxes came so beat up, vegetables were already wilted and was missing salmon in one package, they did promptly credit my account but then had to reorder to receive credit. I do think Home Chef is the best so far but am going to try some of your suggestions

    • Sweetphi
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      So glad you liked the review Shirley! I just got a delivery of home chef last week and the food was so tasty. Hope you like the other ones you try ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Danielle
    Reply

    Question: My spouse is allergic to all nuts and most fish. Would your recommendations change for my particular circumstance?

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      They might…I just didn’t look into the allergy side of the services though, so I can’t answer that question, sorry!

  • Ann Blankenship
    Reply

    I tried Blue Apron, Fresh Choice and Hello Fresh and HF is my favorite too. We are on the bi-weekly plan. Thanks for the review.

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      So glad you liked the review, and HF is awesome, isn’t it?

  • Michelle Harris
    Reply

    I’m considering these plans. Your information and comparison was exactly what I was looking for! Thank you!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      You’re so welcome, thank you for your comment ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Erika Medel
    Reply

    This is amazing! Incredibly helpful! Thank you so much.

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      You’re so welcome, so glad you like it!

  • Lori Howe
    Reply

    We have enjoyed the heck out of Home Chef. I might check into some of the others but so far Home Chef has been the most ‘normal’ food selections (not too heavy on the quinoa/kale/etc)

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Home Chef is great isn’t it? I totally lol’d at your comment about not too heavy on the quinoa/kale, because that’s so true!! I should have added that as a judging category lol.

  • Robin
    Reply

    Hi, what an amazing awesome review! Thank you so much! I was (when I found you) with pen and small jot book in hand to do research, my pros and cons beforehand stuff like – how many will it feed – family of 6 ( or more when the grown-up children drop in). Cost of meals and so forth, but has to be tasty and good for you too! I’m looking forward to trying HF first due to you great review. Thanks again!

    • Sweetphi
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      Thank you so much for your awesome comment Robin, so glad to have helped!! Hope you enjoy your HF delivery. We’re probably going to be eating the same thing next week because I have a family delivery scheduled (I ended up ordering more this week because I have lots of family visiting and it’s so nice to just make something I know everyone will love.)

  • Mr. Z
    Reply

    Three things you should always have on hand are bread, milk (lactose free if you need) and EGGS! Honorable mention: Butter. Seriously, you complain about eggs, please. Your article was informative nevertheless but I prefer to make my meals from scratch..

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Hi Mr.Z, while I do totally love cooking from scratch (as you can tell by the over 700 original recipes I’ve shared here on my food blog) this post is about a review of home meal delivery services ๐Ÿ™‚ so…if I’m buying a meal kit (and they’re not super cheap by the way) I think everything should be included. I wasn’t complaining, but if eggs are a key ingredient, I feel they should be included in the box, don’t you think? I wanted to share in my review my opinions. However, I did find that after trying these services, one that I continued to use to this day (Home Chef) does include eggs, so issue solved.

      • Beth
        Reply

        Sorry, it’s pretty rare to find an egg in my kitchen – I don’t bake and eggs are not often used for my cooking. Have to agree, when I’m paying for a meal plan, I expect ALL meal components to be included (exceptions, oil, butter, water) – 50% of my reason for signing up is to completely avoid the grocery store – no, I don’t want to just “run in to grab milk or eggs”, ’cause that then leads to me filling a cart with ‘bad choices”

        • Sweetphi
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          Thank you Beth, I feel the exact same way lol! If I’m paying for the meal, I want ALL the ingredients included ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cynthia Carosella
    Reply

    I have only tried Home Chef so far, my first Blue Apron order arrives next week. I must say that all of the meals I received from Home Chef have been great but I don’t know how they come up with the time that it should take to prepare the meals. The must not include all the prep time and they certainly don’t include all the cleanup time that’s needed for all the dishes that are used.

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Haha I couldn’t agree more Cynthia! Just this weekend I made one that was supposed to take 30-40 minutes…and it ended up taking over an hour!!!!

  • Dawn Massey
    Reply

    Are there any of these companies that can accommodate a family of 5?

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Hi Dawn, I know that with Home Chef you can order for a family of 6 ๐Ÿ™‚

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