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.

Terras Kitchen home deliveryTerra’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 review

 

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 review

Blue 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  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! My husband’s favorite was Terra’s Kitchen -not only because of the tasty food, but because of their shipping vessel!

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

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  • TheGaby
    Reply

    Great article and incredibly helpful. Thank you!!!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      You’re so welcome. Thank you for commenting!

  • Pat
    Reply

    Wonderful article and very informative. I have tried most and agree with you on most. If I wanted to chop and slice, I could shop, chop and stir fry on my own.

  • Davey
    Reply

    This was very helpful, I was looking to choose a service to try for someone in a long stable surgery recovery who loves to cook but can’t go shopping as much. Side note, only a totally zany person uses descending dollar sign symbols to signify increasing costs, lol.

    • Sweetphi
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      So glad you found this helpful. And oh my goodness, thank you for pointing that out about the dollar signs, going in to edit that right now, because you’re absolutely right!!

      • Davey
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        Lol, I wasn’t being rude, I just got to that and was like “what kind of upside down world is this??” Ha. Based on this we are going to try Plated…my friend likes to cook, so it seems like the best fit. Will see how it goes.

        • Sweetphi
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          Thank you for saying that. So you know, last night I went in and was like “what was I thinking” and then I took a look at the image and remembered, I was assigning a point system to the dollar signs, so it’s not dollar sign equals a dollar, it was dollar sign equals 1 point if that makes sense. Anyway, I need to figure out how to display it better so it’s not confusing lol. Regardless, Plated is amazing, I think you’ll love it!

  • Linda Eaton
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    Loved your review! We have just started “Hello Fresh” and both my hubby and I are amazed at the great
    tasting meals we have received so far (2). I was going to try another service and test them out, but I don’t think I will now… You have saved me a LOT of time!
    Thank you
    Linda

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      So happy to hear you liked the review, appreciate your comment 🙂

  • Tanya Hespe
    Reply

    After reading this I checked out Plated, and ended up getting half off of my first week! Thanks for the comparisons!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you enjoyed the post!

  • Melissa Brown
    Reply

    I can’t wait to try out Hello Fresh i have been looking into all the delivery companies, now i dont have to. Thank you for your help

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      You’re so welcome! Glad you enjoyed the article

  • Debbie
    Reply

    I have to agree. I used Blue Apron about 6 months. Had an issue with produce going bad so I decided to try another company. Additionally Blue Aprons meals took a lot of time. I now order from Hello Fresh and we are very satisfied.
    Really enjoyed reading the reviews

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Thank you so much for your awesome comment, so glad you liked the article 🙂

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