It is fascinating to watch how the meal kit delivery industry is continuously evolving and adapting to the latest food trends.
This review will compare two meal kit companies who are very good at keeping up with the times by offering suitable meals for many needs – Gobble and Blue Apron.
Both meal kit services provide a comprehensive meal kit service with portion sizes meals, but there are some notable differences between the two.
Let’s get started with this meal kit comparison – Which meal kit delivery service is best – Blue Apron or Gobble?
Gobble Vs. Blue Apron – Variety of Plan
Blue Apron offers four different meal plans, as follow:
- The Classic signature two-person plan provides either 2 or 3 meals per week.
- The Family Plan is for four people and provides 2 to 4 recipes per week.
- NEW- Wellness plan for two people, with low-calorie, low-carb, and weight watchers approved meals.
- Vegetarian plan for two-person – Meat-free recipes that celebrate the best seasonal veggies and fruits.
Gobble offers two plan options, which are the 2-person plan and the four-person family plan.
- The two-person meal plan provides six servings every week – three meals designed for two people per meal.
- The family meal plan provides 12 servings every week – three meals designed for four people per meal.
Variety of Meal Options On the Weekly Menu
Gobble has a very diverse selection of meals when looking at variety, offering 12 dishes every week. The Gobble menu is organized into four sections – ‘From the Range’, ‘From the Ranch’, ‘From the Sea’, and ‘From the Earth’. These categorizations are based on the different protein sources available, so it is straightforward to know which meals contain poultry, meat, fish, and seafood and which ones are plant-based. You can choose meals from across all the categories. Gobble also includes recipes that are kid-friendly, dairy-free, low-carb, and gluten-free.
In comparison, with Blue Apron meal delivery, you can select from eleven restaurant-quality chef-designed meals per week. The Blue Apron menu is diverse, offering different culinary styles – from Asian-style meals to classic American, Mexican, French and Italian.
Blue Apron also makes sure to include low-carb meals, low-calorie meals (around 500-600 calories per serving), vegetarian meals, and gourmet style meals.
Gobble vs Blue Apron: Style and Complexity of Dishes
We are delighted to report that all the dishes we have tried from both Blue Apron and Gobble were delicious.
Blue Apron mainly focuses on providing creative and tasty chef-designed dishes, with a great twist in each recipe. The recipes are, in most cases, very easy to cook and take around 30 minutes. As its name -Blue Apron is an homage to chefs who wear blue aprons while learning to cook – Blue Apron recipes can inspire you to discover new elements of cooking excellent food!
Gobble focussed on ease of preparation, and they make the impressive promise that all of their meals are designed to be table-ready in only 15 minutes! All ingredients in the Gobble meals are portioned, peeled, chopped, and marinated due to this promise. This is to ensure that your cooking experience with Gobble will be as easy and simple as possible.
Gobble and Blue Apron Quality of Products
Our experiences with both Gobble and Blue Apron have shown that the quality of the ingredients used by both companies is second to none.
Blue Apron promises that all of its seasonal ingredients are sourced directly from farms, importers, and family-run businesses, and it is all non-GMO. The Blue Apron meat products are hormone-free and free from sub-therapeutic antibiotics. All vegetables are farm-fresh and, where possible organic. All seafood and fishes are certified as “Best Choice” or “Good Alternative” by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch – a non-profit organization recognized as an authority on seafood sustainability.
Gobble also pays great attention to where their ingredients come from, and they use a similar network of quality purveyors and farmers as used by first-class restaurants. Gobble is a little different from many other meal kit companies in that they send many of their ingredients partly cooked or completely prepared and vacuum packed. This cooking and packaging method is done to preserve the freshness, taste, and quality of all ingredients.
Recommended Meals From Gobble and Blue Apron:
Highly Rated Blue Apron Meals:
- Sheet Pan Panko-Baked Cod with Tomatoes, Green Beans & Butternut Squash
- Calabrian Shrimp & Orzo with Zucchini & Parmesan
- Steak & Mashed Purple Potatoes with Sautéed Green Beans & Tomatoes
- One-Pot chocolate & chipotle beef chili with black beans, carrots & lime sour cream
- Creamy pesto fettuccine with zucchini & red pepper flakes
- Smoked gouda burgers with caramelized onion & roasted carrots
Highly Rated Gobble Meals:
- Chicken au Poivre with demi-glace & mashed potatoes
- Roasted vegetables & harvest grain bowl with lemon dressing
- Bucatini bolognese with parmesan roasted broccoli
- Shepherd’s Pie with lamb & beef with little gem Salad for four-person
- Panzanella kale salad with hearty vegetables & red pepper vinaigrette
- Lasagna rolls in Pomodoro sauce with broccoli & mushrooms
Blue Apron and Gobble’s Delivery Box
The deliveries from both meal delivery services arrive in specially designed and labeled boxes. To guarantee that the ingredients stay cooled, both Blue Apron and gobble also pack their proteins at the bottom of the box, surrounded by an ample amount of ice-packs. In both boxes, we also found colorful recipe-cards to guide you through each meal’s cooking process.
With Gobble, most meal ingredients are prepared, pre-portioned, and individually packed, so there is minimum sorting required. You simply need a few minutes to store the meal kits away until you are ready to use them.
Blue Apron does not sort its ingredients. You will need to sort away the ingredients of each meal kit you have ordered – But this is an easy job that takes even less than five minutes.
The App and Website
Blue Apron has appealing, well organized, and easy to use websites and app. Everything you need to do to manage your account, including registration and making the first order, changing meal selection and plan, specifying eating preferences, confirming payment method, etc., can be completed online in a very easy and user-friendly manner way.
Although Gobble does not offer an app, their website is mobile-optimized, and you will find that you can also complete everything you need to do, to manage and monitor your account online.
Both companies require you to subscribe to use their service, but they are both very flexible in providing the option of skipping weeks if necessary or putting your account on hold.
To cancel your Blue Apron account, you just need to contact the Blue Apron customer support email address – [email protected] With Gobble, you can cancel your account online, with no need to contact customer service.
Bottom Line, Which Meal Subscription is Best? Our Vote Goes For Blue Apron
In general, both Blue Apron and Gobble offer an attractive option for making your home-cooked dinners easy, fun, and much more enjoyable.
After tasting meals from both Blue Apron and Gobble, we have a clear meal delivery favorite – Blue Apron!
Blue Apron offers a meal delivery service with great meals at an affordable price, especially for the high quality of ingredients and recipes you get. The meals are full of fresh veggies and inspired by many worldwide culinary styles. Every meal we tried from the Blue apron’s menu was absolutely delish!
Moreover, we found the meals to be enjoyable and easy to cook, and you can find many Blue Apron meals with a cooking time of only 25 minutes.