- No commitment or contract; you can skip, edit, or cancel orders and subscriptions
- The average prep time for most meals is 30 minutes
- Similar price point to competitors
- Does not offer gluten-free, dairy-free, or nut-free meals
- Does not contain plant-based proteins outside of beans and legumes
HelloFresh is a nice meal delivery service for people looking for healthier, varied, easy-to-prepare recipes to feed their household. Regardless of your recipe preference, every kit includes all the ingredients you need, with clear directions, and easy clean-up.
HelloFresh works best for families who don’t follow a restrictive diet pattern but are interested in receiving a variety of meals. This service does not offer dairy-free, nut-free, or gluten-free recipes, but does provide a variety of protein options and includes fresh produce in every recipe. Every week offers at least 25 recipes to choose from, and you can always adjust, skip, or cancel your delivery and subscription.
- Adaptable to common dietary preferences/restrictions
- Meal plan for the whole family
- Calorie-conscious and carb-conscious options for healthy eating
- High sodium content
- Few sustainable and organic options
Home Chef is a meal delivery service that puts tasty and healthy eating within reach. If you want to cut down on food waste and prep times, while still enjoying making dinner with family and friends, Home Chef is a great choice. Home Chef aims to make dinner prep easier by giving you all the pre-portioned ingredients you’ll need to feed 2 – 6 people, plus the detailed step-by-step instructions with pictures to make great dinners possible, no matter your skill level.
With a level of quality and a price point typical of your average meal delivery services, Home Chef’s distinguishing feature is their customizability. For starters, you can choose between two healthy diet options: calorie-conscious or carb-conscious. Then you can cut out any of 8 common dietary preferences. When it comes to proteins, you can swap, double up, or switch to a vegan meat alternative. Finally, you can categorize recipes based on dietary preference, giving you full control over what arrives in the box on your doorstep.
- Organic and fresh produce
- All recipes are developed by a chef and are dietitian-approved
- Paleo, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and diabetes-friendly meals
- Added delivery costs
- Doesn’t deliver to some states
Sunbasket has lots of recipe options to fit your tastes, dietary choices, and food preferences. Every recipe is developed by award-winning chef, Justine Kelly, who was the former head chef of a James Beard award-winning restaurant, The Slanted Door, which showcased recipes, ingredients, and flavors from around the world.
Every week Justine Kelly crafts delightfully simple and tasty recipes and sources the best ingredients for each week’s meal baskets. You may be eating Okinawa flaked tuna and egg stir-fry with arugula-mango salad one night and Tex-Mex chicken fajitas with sweet-pepper tomato salsa the next. The meals are neither gimmicky nor overly complex but feature recipes that are easy to follow and delicious to eat.
- Convenience- heat and serve meals
- Provides nutritional consultation service with dietitians
- Higher cost per meal
- Mostly lower carb options
Factor_ (also called Factor or Factor 75) provides chef-crafted and dietitian-designed meals that are suited for almost every diet, delivered fresh, and ready-to-eat. Each meal is carefully balanced to be nutritious, delicious, and promote a healthy lifestyle. It’s particularly good for people on paleo, ketogenic, or other carb-conscious diets.
Meals are made from high-quality, organic ingredients and do not require any prep work. Factor_ avoids soy and gluten in their meals, but they are not approved for those with Celiac disease.
Meals stay fresh for up to 10 days and can be frozen to eat later. Factor_ also offers nutritional consultations and coaching to help you be more accountable for your diet and health. If you’re looking for a simple way to live a healthier lifestyle, Factor_ could be the meal delivery service for you.
- Fresh produce and ingredients
- Great variety in recipes
- Packaging is mostly recyclable
- Subscription meals no longer ship for free
- No options for lunches, snacks, or desserts
Blue Apron is the most well-known in the industry and has taken leaps and bounds in recent years to try and change how we’re eating at home.
The company wants to help customers learn more about how to cook well at home, and to become more intimately acquainted with their food and the ingredients that go into it.
One drawback of Blue Apron is that it offers less variety than most of it’s competitors. That said, even with the smaller selection you can experiment with some brilliantly designed and delicious recipes.