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If you are new to meal kit services, then get ready for a service that will change your life! By using a meal kit service, you will find that you will save an incredible amount of time on recipe planning, grocery shopping and meal preparation. The only negative that we can see is that since the meal kit industry has expanded so rapidly, is knowing where to start. There are now so many choices out there, all with different menu offerings and specialities that it can initially be quite overwhelming. This is where the Meal Kit Review comes in handy. By providing in-depth company profiles and detailed meal kit company comparisons, you will have all the information at hand to decide which is the best company for you to try.
Hello Fresh is a company that originally began in Germany and has now been active in America for a number of years. Dinnerly is a little newer on the scene and is very much price-focused offering meal kits that can be substantially cheaper than others. Both these companies have something to offer, so let’s get started on our comparison.
Dinnerly Vs. Hello Fresh: Variety of Plan:
Hello Fresh offers three different plans:
- Classic Plan: 3-4 dishes per week for 2 or 4 people
- Family Plan: 2-3 dishes per week for 4 people
- Veggie Plan: 3 dishes per week for 2 or 4 people
Dinnerly offers two different plans:
- Two-person Box: 3 dishes per week for 2 people
- Family Box: 3 dishes per week for 4 people
Dinnerly Vs. Hello Fresh: Meal Variety:
As a Hello Fresh customer, you can choose from 20 different recipes every week. The menu includes options for vegetarians, low-calorie needs, gourmet-style meals, and family-friendly options. As a Dinnerly customer, you will have a choice of 16 dishes every week. These dishes include choices that are child-friendly, vegetarian, gluten-free friendly, low-calorie and dairy-free. Most of their dishes take no longer than 30 minutes to prepare and are very easy to cook.
Style and complexity of dishes:
Our impression of Hello Fresh is that their menu tends to include choices that are favor classic styles and flavors, but it is always with a nice added touch or twist. With Hello Fresh you don’t need to worry about dishes that are complicated or so sophisticated that they are too difficult to prepare.
Due to Dinnerly’s focus on keeping their prices low, the menu of Dinnerly tends to be very simply and easy to prepare. Their dishes have fewer ingredients and involve recipes that generally do not take longer than 30 minutes to prepare.
Quality of ingredients:
Hello Fresh only provides the highest quality ingredients. They try to ensure that their meats and domestically sourced and responsibly raised, with no added hormones. All their seafood is sustainably sourced, and they include a generous amount of vegetables to try to assist their customers in increasing their intake of fresh vegetables.
Dinnerly also uses ingredients of very high quality. We were quite surprised by this due to their focus on price, but we felt that the standard of ingredients was just as good as other companies that have a higher price point. Their prices are often kept low due to simple packaging, using digital recipe cards rather than including them in your meal kit and using fewer ingredients.
Hello Fresh uses a specifically designed delivery box complete with the company name. Their ingredients are sorted per meal kit, so they are individually labeled and packaged which means there is no sorting required when unpacking. Items requiring refrigeration such as proteins are packed at the bottom of the box with enough ice to keep them cool during the delivery process.
Your Dinnerly delivery also arrives in a specifically designed box, and proteins are packed with enough ice to keep them cool during the entire delivery process. As they are focused on being as cost-effective as possible, the separate ingredients are not sorted according to each meal kit, so a little sorting is required when unpacking.
Managing your account:
Hello Fresh has both a website and an app that you can use to manage your account easily. Here you can register your account, specify dietary preferences, swap your plan and select your dishes. Hello Fresh also gives you access to past, and future recipes and the recipes include ingredients and nutritional information of each dish.
Dinnerly only has a website, but it is easy to use and very user-friendly. The website allows for you to simply manage your account including account registration, changing plans, selecting your dishes and organizing your payment methods. Dinnerly also allows their customers to see past and future menus with all the relevant information.
Both Hello Fresh and Dinnerly are available as a subscription service that allows for a certain amount of flexibility, in that if you need to skip weeks, you can easily organize this online.
We enjoyed our food experiences with both Hello Fresh and Dinnerly, so you won’t go wrong with either, However, we felt they would appeal to quite different audiences, mostly in regards to pricing and the style of meals.
After reviewing all elements of both services, our vote in this instance goes to Dinnerly. Our number one reason is the $5 meal price, which is without a doubt incredibly affordable. Even with their low pricing, the Dinnerly menu also offers a large variety of 16 weekly meals to choose from, so everyone will be able to find something to suit their tastes. Secondly, even though their prices are low, from our experience, Dinnerly keeps the quality of ingredients high. We truly believe that Dinnerly is a win-win choice.