With social distancing becoming the new normal, meal delivery services have emerged as a safe, fun, healthy and affordable alternative to eating out, ordering fast food or making forays to the grocery store. Also, these super convenient meal kits are an ideal solution if you're looking to stick to your New Year's resolutions as they allow you to plan ahead while also helping with portion control.
When looking for a meal delivery service, there are a few things to consider beyond just the price per meal. Most meal kit delivery services allow you to pick your meals from a selected group of recipes that changes each week. Make sure that the variety of meals is to your liking and the amount of preparation required fits in your busy schedule.
We've tested and ranked an array of options to come up with the Top 10 best meal delivery services on the market right now.
HelloFresh is one of the easiest and most convenient meal kit delivery services. With straightforward recipes and pre-portioned ingredients, all of its meals are done and dusted in 6 steps or less, allowing you to sit down and enjoy your dinner within 30 minutes. What’s more is that the convenience doesn’t end with the meals: HelloFresh’s website is extremely user-friendly, and modifying, cancelling or reactivating a subscription is as easy as pie. The diversity of meal plans may not be as great as other meal kit delivery services but the quality, ease and convenience of HelloFresh is second to none.
Home Chef lets its customers set up a "taste profile” to help it to determine the meals best suited to them. Each week there is a selection of 18 different dishes to choose from, including quick, 5-minute lunches and entrées, and there are also add-ons such as smoothies. Plus there are options for all types of dietary specifications, including nut-free, gluten-free and dairy-free. The recipes are simple and easy to prepare, and some of the ingredients even arrive pre-cooked, which is a huge time saver.
Sunbasket caters to a variety of diets, including vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free and pescatarian, with 18 different recipes to choose from each week for all of its special plans. Developed by award-winning San Francisco chef Justine Kelly, Sunbasket’s menus showcase ingredients and flavors from around the world. 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 variety of meal plans and dishes as well as the high-quality of ingredients and focus on sustainability sets Sunbasket apart from many of its competitors.
Factor is a meal delivery company that has put high-quality, paleo and keto friendly food front and center. The company's meat is grass fed and pastured, with no antibiotics or hormones, and the produce is organic and non-GMO. In addition, the meals do not have any added sugar and are gluten and soy free, so for people on paleo or ketogenic diets, it's worth checking out. With Factor you can select a 4, 6, 8, 12, or 18 meals per week plan.When you sign up, you’ll fill out a “taste profile” that covers which ingredients you can’t or won’t eat. Simply put, Factor provides high-quality, ready-to-eat meals, customized for you.
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.
Most meal kit delivery companies claim that they’re different than other services, but with Freshly there really is one big difference: there’s no actual cooking involved. That’s right, all of Freshly’s meals come pre-cooked and are ready to eat in under 3 minutes. Freshly’s ethos is to offer fresh ready meals that are both nutrient-dense and delicious. Its recipes are put together by a team of in-house chefs, culinary scientists and nutritionists, whose focus is on gluten-free, high-protein dishes that contain less than 500 calories and 35 grams of carbs.
EveryPlate is known as being the budget-friendly meal kit delivery service. And if you are watching your spending, there’s no better option than this. Each week, EveryPlate offers a variety of scrumptious meal options that you can throw together yourself. But the best part is the price tag. For less than $5 a meal, you can have healthy, hearty, and home-cooked meals all week long.
Green Chef is your one-stop shop for chef-driven recipes using USDA certified organic, non-GMO, and sustainable ingredients from trusted suppliers. The first certified organic meal kit delivery service, the company has a cooperation with farmers, purveyors and fishermen, bringing you the kind of top quality ingredients you’d otherwise have to hunt for at the farmer’s market. All of its recipes are designed to be cooked and ready to eat within 30 minutes. Ingredients come pre-portioned and many additional items such as flatbreads, sauces or dressings arrive premade. This convenience simplifies things and makes for a definite time saver,but the downside is you’re not learning how to make them.
Nutrisystem is a dieter’s meal delivery service. This service provides a full diet plan complete with nutritionally-balanced meals based on your goals, body type, and food preferences. One of the key features of Nutrisystem is that, aside from the fact that plans are already tailored to fit your specifications, you can tailor just about any aspect of the meal plan you don't like. And since Nutrisystem has more than 160 meal options to choose from, there’s plenty of variety to go around.
Fresh and Easy’s meals come with oven-ready pans and grill-friendly bags that will leave you with a full stomach and an empty sink. A new service offered by Home Chef, Fresh and Easy offers an even simpler take on the meal delivery kit. The menu includes about 9 meals a week that focus on hearty comfort foods. Dishes such as pretzel crusted chicken and grilled salmon and salsa come with all the ingredients pre-cut and portioned to save you the leg work. Simply toss them in the oven pan or grill-bag, cook for around 40 minutes, and enjoy a home-cooked meal without the clean up. Although the menu’s heavy on meat and not as diverse as other meal delivery services, it’s simplicity is refreshing and a nice solution for families who’d like a low-maintenance meal with a home-cooked feel.