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Sunbasket Review

Kerstin Kuhn

In a Nutshell

Sunbasket is a healthy cooking service that delivers organic ingredients and simple-to-make recipes right to your door. Sunbasket’s award-winning chef creates international recipes, from curried vegetables to mu shu pork, with all recipes using seasonal ingredients. Sunbasket gives you wholesome food, while strongly emphasizing environmentally-conscious company values.

pros

  • Organic and fresh produce
  • All recipes are developed by a chef and are nutritionist-approved
  • Paleo, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and diabetes-friendly meals

cons

  • Added delivery costs
  • Doesn’t deliver to some states

Sunbasket Sunbasket View Plan

Sun Basket meal options

Ideal For 

  • People with dietary restrictions
  • Anyone who wants to save time
  • Parents who want menu variety for their families 

Customers Are Raving

“Sunbasket has given me confidence and I don’t have to think too much about what’s going to be healthy for her and her diabetes. That’s one meal that I don’t have to worry about.”
Zoe & Laura

“Sunbasket has given me healthier options and more time. Because I have control over what I’m putting in my body I feel so much more healthy, I have a lot of energy and I just feel happier.”
Akka Bradford

“When you cook, you know more about food. And when you know more about food, you can be healthier. And Sunbasket makes me feel like cooking better food.”
Amelia

Favorite Sunbasket Meals

1. Southwestern simmered sole with cilantro-lime slaw over brown rice

600 calories/serving
Prep & cook time: 25-40 minutes

Sun Basket Review - Southwestern simmered sole


2. Hearty white bean minestrone with chicken meatballs

400 calories/serving
Prep & cook time: 25-40 minutes
Gluten-free, dairy-free, heart-healthy

Sun Basket Review - Hearty white bean minestrone

3. Savory sweet pea pancakes with lemon ricotta and blueberry slaw

440 calories/serving
Prep & cook time: 30-45 minutes

Sun Basket Review - Savory sweet pea pancakes

What’s Unique About Sunbasket?

Sunbasket has lots of recipe options to fit your tastes 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, and showcase recipes, 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. But the meals are neither gimmicky nor overly complex and indeed the recipes are simple to follow and the dishes are easy to prepare. 

All recipes - whether paleo, gluten-free or vegetarian - are nutritionist-approved. 

It prides itself on 3 core values: clean eating, flavorful meals, and sustainability. What this means in practice is that 99% of the produce is organic, meats are antibiotic and hormone free, and the seafood follows the Monterey Bay Aquarium sustainability standards. Additionally, all of the packaging is fully recyclable. 

The company also offers meals and menu ideas that are suitable for people with different dietary restrictions and allergies, so there’s really something for everyone. You have the ability to choose a plan, change it at any time, or completely cancel a subscription at any point. 

Sunbasket ships all meals in insulated and fully recyclable boxes - including the insulation, ice packs, and containers - so you don’t need to worry about environmental damage. The company also gives back to communities in need through local food banks and various employee programs.

How It Works 

Using Sunbasket is simple. First, select the plan of your choice — classic or family — depending on your needs. Choose a plan that you’re happy with and let Sunbasket deliver the basket weekly without getting involved in the process, or build your own basket every week. After selecting your recipes for the following week, or letting Sunbasket do it for you, your work is pretty much done. 

The kit will be delivered to your door the next week. In your meal kit you’ll find the recipe as well as the exact amount of every ingredient needed for the dish. This includes meat, poultry and/or seafood, fruits, vegetables, and spices. 

Once you’ve received your kit, you’ll need to unpack and store the ingredients. When you’re ready to prepare a meal, just take out the ingredients, which are listed on the recipe card, and follow the instructions. Note that you will need to provide a few things yourself, such as salt and pepper, oil, basic utensils and pots and pans for cooking.

Meal Options

Choose between the classic plan and family plan. The classic plan gives you 3 menus per week for 2-4 people, while the family plan gives you 2, 3, or 4 menus per week for a family of 4. While each plan offers paleo, gluten-free, and vegetarian options, it’s important to note that the recipes in the family plan may be more kid-friendly.

Sunbasket offers specialty meal plans created to suit a variety of different lifestyles. Meal plans include:

  • Paleo 
  • Chef's choice
  • Oven-ready
  • Carb-conscious
  • Lean & clean
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Mediterranean
  • Pescatarian
  • Diabetes-friendly 
Sun Basket meal choices

From Vietnamese Chicken Salad Bowls to Spaghetti with Chicken and Collard Greens, Sunbasket offers a wide variety of recipes for all taste preferences and dietary needs. The recipes, which can be previewed online, are flavorful and creative, utilizing interesting ingredients and delicious flavor combinations.

Paleo options include Mu Shu Pork and Salmon Burgers. Gluten-free options include Tzatziki-Topped Turkey and Shrimp Risotto with Lemon. The vegetarian meals include Curried Red Lentil Soup and Quinoa White Bean Burgers.

There are also recipes listed under the category of “lean & clean,” such as Black Lentil Eggplant Bowls and Cooked Trout. The chef’s choice usually suggests international recipes that take advantage of seasonal foods, so as to use only the best and freshest ingredients.

How Much Does Sunbasket Cost?


Plan
2 meals/week
3 meals/week
4 meals/week

Classic

$12.99/serving

$11.99/serving

$8.99/serving

Family 

$8.99/serving

$11.99/serving

$8.99/serving

*Last updated: December 2020

The classic menu includes meals for 2 people per week and gives you the choice of 2, 3, or 4 recipes per week, depending on your selection. It is more suited for singles or couples. Available meal plans include chef's choice, paleo, lean & clean, gluten-free, and vegetarian.

There is a $7.99 shipping fee per order for either menu, though the first week includes free delivery.

Sunbasket Sunbasket View Plan

Help & Support

Sunbasket has a few available channels that offer customer support and assistance. The first option is its in-depth blog section, titled “The Sun Times,” where you can find information such as how to customize your recipe selection, update your profile information and choose a meal plan. You can also use the blog to learn more about cooking in order to make the most of your Sunbasket subscription.

If you need additional support, you can visit the online help center which features an FAQ section. You can contact customer support by filling out an online form or calling the support number — 855-204-7597. The support center is open Monday-Friday from 5am-9am, and Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-7pm (PT).

Sunbasket - It's What's for Dinner

Sunbasket offers meal plans for singles, couples, roommates, or families who are looking for ways to save time by avoiding long grocery store lines, choosing dinner recipes, and sourcing the necessary ingredients. Though many of its chef-developed recipes are high-end, it also has many meals that appeal to kids. There’s a higher price tag for this premium service but if you’re looking for interesting, easy to make meals and clean, organic ingredients, Sunbasket won’t let you down. 

How Sunbasket Compares to Other Meal Delivery Services


Sunbasket
Blue Apron
Home Chef
HelloFresh
Price per serving
$8.99-$12.99 per serving
$9.99-$10.99 per serving
$7.99 or $9.95 per serving
$7.87-$8.99 per serving
Special Diets
Vegetarian, Vegan, quick and easy, lean and clean
Vegetarian, gluten-free, low carb, diabetic
Vegetarian, soy-free, dairy-free, calorie-conscious
Vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free
Menu variety
Choose from 6-18 recipes per week
Choose from 4-8 recipes per week
Choose from 12 dinner and 3 lunches per week
Choose from 5-8 recipes per week

Sunbasket vs Blue Apron 

Blue Apron charges around the same price per serving as Sunbasket, so a savvy shopper will have to look at other factors when comparing the two. If you’re looking for variety, Sunbasket easily comes out on top: while Sunbasket customers can choose from up to 16 recipes per week, Blue Apron’s menu tops out at around 8. Sunbasket also offers more specialty diets than Blue Apron, notably with a more diverse vegetarian option that makes it a clear winner for those who avoid meat.  

Sunbasket vs Home Chef 

If you’re looking for a more affordable option. Home Chef just barely ekes out the win, with meals starting at $7.99 and topping off at $9.95. Sunbasket’s meals start at roughly the same price but can go as high as $12.99 per serving. However, Sunbasket offers more variety, with up to 18 meals to choose from per week compared to 15 from Home Chef. Both offer a nice variety of specialty diets such as vegetarian and dairy-free meals, though Sunbasket’s meals tend to be a little more sophisticated in flavor, combining recipes and culinary styles from around the globe. 

Sunbasket vs. HelloFresh 

Sunbasket and HelloFresh have both made a splash in the industry in recent years by combining top-shelf produce and proteins with artfully-crafted recipes. The per serving price difference isn’t that significant, but with shipping included, HelloFresh becomes a good bit more affordable than Sunbasket. Sunbasket easily takes the lead with meal variety, offering a weekly menu of up to 18 meals compared to HelloFresh’s 8 meals.

 *The information on this site is based on research, but should not be treated as medical advice. Before beginning any new diet plan, we recommend consulting with a physician or other professional healthcare provider. Results may vary based on various health factors, individual weight loss plans and adherence to the meal plan. 

Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Sunbasket cost a week?
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Sunbasket's meals cost between $10.99-$12.99 per serving. To receive 3 meals per week for 2 people the cost will be around $72.76 for the week, though there are many other serving options. There is also a delivery charge of $7.99 though the first week includes free delivery.
Does Sunbasket offer healthy options?
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Yes, Sunbasket is known for its healthy options. Sunbasket's menus include options for vegetarian, pescatarian, low-carb, lean & clean, and gluten-free meals.
Does Sunbasket charge for shipping?
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There is a $7.99 shipping fee on all orders, though first-time orders receive free shipping.
Kerstin Kuhn writes for top10.com and is an award-winning journalist and food writer, who has traveled and eaten her way around the world and written about it. She is also the founder and CEO of Little Foodie Club, the California baby food delivery company that is revolutionizing the way babies eat and learn about healthy food.

*The information on this site is based on research, but should not be treated as medical advice. Before beginning any new diet plan, we recommend consulting with a physician or other professional healthcare provider. Results may vary based on various health factors, individual weight loss plans and adherence to the meal plan.

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Nate, KY
2 months ago

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It's a great product. They always have new and exciting recipes and the step by step instructions make them easy to use

John, TX
2 months ago

Sun Basket is reliable, always on time, courteous, prompt, and tasty

James, MN
2 months ago

It's so good, you get your meals right away and they taste really good

Terri, MO
4 months ago

I love their food and their programs. It certainly makes my life easier in a world where going to the store is a danger.

I.K., NY
a year ago

They are just the best from meal delivery services. Easy to communicate with and fair with their prices and their products are always super fresh

Amber, FL
a year ago

The recipes were a great opportunity to try new flavor. Pre sliced items made it convenient. Unfortunately a bit pricey.

Leslie, AR
a year ago

Best customer service Good delivery time food selection as expensive and taste of food in my order

Marianne, MO
1 years ago

Food is amazing. Healthy and colorful. I wish they had more selection, but the selection they do have is delicious.

Fan, OK
a year ago

It's convenient and easy to use. The sun basket meal delivery can help the family's who don't have enough time to cook.

Jane, NC
a year ago

Easy instructions on how to cook the food. A lot of options to choose from and fast delivery

Olivia, CO
a year ago

It's healthy, organized, has great meals, and I have had good service with them. We thoroughly enjoy it.

AJ, CA
a year ago

Biodegradable packaging, organic food lovely recipes easy to prepare. A great buy!

VI, CA
a year ago

Food is fresh and doesn't take too much time to cook. I can usually get it from stove to table in 30 minutes

Nora, VT
a year ago

I like that it's organic and that they make an effort to have the packaging be recyclable. I think it's a little over priced. I like the variety and that it encourages me to eat healthier.

DD, PA
1 months ago

The food is tasty and there is a good variety of menus. It is a little costly per meal but it does save time.

Hosam, PA
2 months ago

They have accurate service with good prices . They produce their products with safe procedures during this time of COVID 19

Mike, CT
2 months ago

Sun basket has freed up additional time for me to do other things for the business

Ccv, KS
3 months ago

It fullfilled our needs at the moment. Customer service was good overall and helpfull.

Jessica, MA
a year ago

The menu options are unique and varied and I like how they have vegan options. The customer service is also very helpful. It's a little too pricy though and I don't like how they charge for shipping when other services provide that for free.

Charlie, GA
a year ago

They have very unique and healthy dishes that expose me to things that I probably would have never tasted before.

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