If you’ve been following the blog for a bit, you’ve probably seen that I’ve been really into meal kit delivery services lately. Since it’s just me and Baby E for the time being, having meal kit boxes delivered to my door has cut down my shopping time and helped me eat healthier during deployment. You can read my in-depth review of each of the meal kit boxes I’ve tried here but I thought it might be helpful to have a single post comparing the five meal kit boxes I’ve tried. So here we go!
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Comparing the Best Meal Kit Delivery Services
First off, I should say that this comparison is based on my own personal experience and taste. For example, I know many people who have had great experiences with the freshness of their Hello Fresh boxes, however, I have had mixed experience so the chart reflects that. My experience with these five services may very well not be your experiences so take everything I’m telling you with a grain of salt.
Second, I really enjoy cooking and I consider myself to be a fairly experienced home chef so I’ve tried to gauge difficulty to the best of my ability.
Alright, now that housekeeping is out of the way, let’s get down to the reviews!
Green Chef (5 out of 5, Excellent)
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Dishes: Lemon-Pepper Tuna with Broccoli & Pine Nuts and Butternut Mash, Sage-Roasted Pork Chops with bacon-studded Kale and Cremini Mushrooms & Cuban Chicken Wraps with Red bell pepper, Chimichurri & Cauliflower Rice
Full Review: A Review of Green Chef
Overall Thoughts: I’m a big fan of Green Chef. I loved that they offered recipes for multiple dietary options-I chose the Keto option and was pleasantly surprised with all three of my meals. My meals were packed with flavor and felt restaurant-quality. My only complaint would be that Green Chef doesn’t bundle their ingredients by meal, instead color-coding every individually-packed ingredient. Searching your fridge for all the evergreen stickers in a sea of teals and bright green can be a pain. However, the meals themselves were easy to cook and so flavorful plus the recipes were very well-explained. Overall, Green Chef was my favorite meal kit box of the ones I’ve tried.
Home Chef (4.5 out of 5, Excellent)
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Dishes: New England Style Fish Cakes with Romaine & Tomato Salad, Sicilian Shrimp Risotto with Blistered Tomatoes and Breadcrumbs & Sherry Wine Demi-Glace Sirloin Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Balsamic Brussels Sprouts
Full Review: A Review of Home Chef
Overall Thoughts: Home Chef is easily my favorite affordable option on this list. The recipes are deceptively simple but very flavorful and often include pairings that are a little out of the ordinary. The recipe cards are easy to follow and do a good job explaining more advanced cooking techniques (like the shrimp risotto). I’ve ordered from Home Chef multiple times in the past few months and both my toddler and I have loved every single one of their meals. Another plus about Home Chef for me is the ability to include a smoothie recipe, fruit order, or salad along with your regular box for even easier meal options.
Hello Fresh (4 out of 5, Very Good)
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Dishes: Balsamic Onion Burgers with Crispy Cauliflower Oven Fries, Carolina Barbecue Chicken with Quick Stovetop Mac n’ Cheese and Green Beans & Adobo Loco Steak with a Poblano, Corn, and Crispy Potato Hash
Full Review: A Review of Hello Fresh
Overall Thoughts: I’m fairly certain Hello Fresh is currently one of the most popular meal kit boxes on the market these days. And for good reason, Hello Fresh meals are simple to make, taste like comfort food, and are perfect for families with kiddos. The only reason Hello Fresh gets a slightly lower rating than the previous two options is their lack of consistency in food freshness. I’ve ordered multiple boxes and about half of those have had problems with freshness. I also usually find myself adding a little more spice to the dishes (although I tend to prefer spicy dishes so keep that in mind). However, I still think Hello Fresh is a great option, especially for newer cooks or families with young kids.
Blue Apron (2 out of 5, Fair)
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Dishes: Baked Cajun Catfish with Marinated Persimmon & Collard Green Rice, Lumaca Rigata Pasta with Mushrooms & Collard Greens & Chili Butter Steaks with Lemon-Parmesan Broccoli and Potatoes
Full Review: A Review of Blue Apron
Overall Thoughts: I really wanted to like Blue Apron. However, I felt that their selection of recipes every week was extremely limited compared to the other boxes I tried (8 recipe choices for the 2-person plan) and I wasn’t impressed with the inclusion of canned goods in the box I received. The meals themselves were flavorful enough but lacked the depth the ingredients promised. I personally would not order from Blue Apron again but it could be worth a try if you’d like a little more veggie variety for a more affordable price than Sun Basket or Green Chef.
Sun Basket (4 out of 5, Very Good)
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Dishes: Sesame Crusted Salmon with Orange & Roasted Carrot Salad, Lettuce-wrapped Turkey Sliders with Basil Mayo & Black Bean Salad & Chiles Rellenos with Sirloin Steak, Pinto Beans & Romesco
Full Review: A Review of Sun Basket
Overall Thoughts: Sun Basket is definitely geared to the more adventurous palate and is probably not well suited for families with small kiddos. Each of the recipes is inspired by different cuisines so the meals are much more experimental than the others I tried. The meals I received were flavorful but each dish had at least one thing I wasn’t a big fan of. Sun Basket was not a good fit for me but I do think it’s a viable option if you love healthy meals from different cuisines.
Which Meal Box Kit is Right for You?
If you’re looking for a clear-cut answer, it might not be as simple a choice as you think To make the comparison a little easier for you, here’s an easy chart to keep track of the five meal kit boxes I’ve reviewed. Overall, my personal favorites and the meal kit boxes I can recommend without reservation are Green Chef and Home Chef with Hello Fresh close behind.
The abundance of meal kit box options means there’s most likely a subscription out there that’s perfect for you and your family. My hope is that this post will make the choice a little less difficult for you!
Have you tried a meal kit box? I’d love to hear about your experience or any kits you’ve tried that aren’t on this list!