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Meal kit services offer you a convenient and delicious way of getting dinner to the table with a minimum of fuss.
By using a meal kit service, you will be avoiding meal planning, recipe finding, grocery shopping and even in some instances, meal preparation!
This industry is growing increasingly popular, as people discover that by using a meal kit service you will free up a significant amount of time while eating well. The only problem with the meal kit industry is that there are now so many choices that it can be quite overwhelming, especially if you are new to the world of meal kits. This is why we created the Meal Kit Review.
We wanted to create a website where you could find detailed company profiles and in-depth comparisons so that you would have all the information you need at your finger-tips. This way you will easily be able to decide which meal kit company is the best one for you to try.
Today we are looking at two very different companies: Hello Fresh and EveryPlate. Hello Fresh first started in Germany and has been established in the States for many years now. Hello Fresh provides a menu that is filled with well-known classic recipes. EveryPlate is a company that is very much focused on the cost, wanting to provide a service to its customers that is very affordable. They use less packaging and fewer ingredients to keep their costs down while still providing generously portioned meals that taste great.
Both these companies are quite different, so let’s get started on this comparison.
Variety of Plan:
There are 3 different plans available with Hello Fresh:
- The Classic Plan which caters for 2 or 4 people with 3 – 4 dishes per week
- The Family Plan which caters for 4 people with 3 – 4 dishes per week
- The Veggie Plan which caters for 2 or 4 people with 3 dishes per week.
There are 2 different plans available with EveryPlate:
- The two-person box caters for 2 people with 3 dishes per week
- The family box caters for 4 people with 3 dishes per week
Hello Fresh offers its customers a pleasing amount of variety with 16 weekly recipes. Each plan has a certain amount of recipes per week from these 16. The Classic Plan has 8 dishes, the Family Plan has 5 dishes, and the Veggie Plan has 3 dishes. As a Hello Fresh customer, you are not allowed to recipes from different plans.
EveryPlate offers its customers a satisfactory amount of variety with 5 weekly recipes. As an EveryPlate customer, you also have the option to upgrade to a premium meal for an additional $3.00 per person. The premium meals can include options like steak or seafood.
Style and complexity of dishes:
The style of the Hello Fresh meals tends to be quite classic with well-known tastes and cooking techniques. The meal kits of Hello Fresh are relatively easy to prepare, so dinner is never a chore, though there are always slightly more sophisticated options if you prefer.
As EveryPlate is focused on the bottom line, they provide fewer ingredients and meals are very simple. Generally, you will find classic style recipes that do not use too many utensils or complicated processes and techniques.
Quality of ingredients:
The ingredients that Hello Fresh includes in their meal kits are always of the highest quality and taste fantastic. Their meats are primarily domestically sourced and responsibly raised without any added hormones. They sustainably source their seafood and pride themselves on the quality of their fresh produce. Hello Fresh is very much focussed on trying to assist customers in increasing their intake of fresh vegetables.
As the prices of EveryPlate are quite low, we did not have high expectations during our EveryPlate testing experience. However, we were happily surprised by the quality of the ingredients they used as everything seemed to be of very good quality, and everything tasted great.
The delivery from Hello Fresh arrives with all your ingredients sorted and labeled as per each meal kit which means no sorting is required by you during the unpacking process. Proteins are packed at the bottom with enough ice to keep them cool during delivery, and your box is labeled and very well organized.
As EveryPlate is focused on the bottom line ingredients are not sorted according to your meal kits so you will need to sort these while unpacking. Proteins are packed with enough ice to keep them cool and included in the box are recipe cards for your meal kits which include the ingredients, which will assist when unpacking and sorting.
Managing your account:
Both Hello Fresh and EveryPlate have websites that make managing your account incredibly easy to do. Hello Fresh also has an app if you prefer. Signing up for your account with both companies is very easy to do online, and once you have signed up, you can manage all elements of your account including meal selection, dietary preferences, seeing future orders and stipulating payment preferences via your online account.
To use both Hello Fresh and EveryPlate you need to subscribe to their service. There is a certain amount of flexibility available in that you can skip weeks when necessary and cancel at any time.
We really enjoyed both our tasting experiences with Hello Fresh and EveryPlate so depending on your preferences; we are sure you would be happy with whichever company you chose. We did feel that they were suited to very different audiences especially in terms of cost and the style of meals available. After looking at all criteria, our vote goes to Hello Fresh. We felt that Hello Fresh had more variety in their weekly meal selection and that they included a better number of ingredients. We thought the style of dishes was more appealing for tempting dinner options. When taking into account price and shipping, Hello Fresh does cost a little more than Every Plate, but we felt that extra cost was well worth it when looking at the meals you received.