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Plated is ideal for foodies and people who love to cook at home. They provide a variety of meat, veggies and seafood meals as well as desserts.

Pricing: $9.95- $11.95 (Updated July 2018)

MEAL KIT

Home Chef‘s mantra is to bring people together around the dinner table, by delivering meals that are familiar but with an interesting twist. Most meals can be made in about 30 minutes.

Pricing: $9.95 per serving for all plans
(Updated July 2018)

MEAL KIT

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The meal kit industry is constantly evolving, with many new companies entering the market.

Today we wanted to showcase two of the first and largest meal kit companies operating in the US.

These are Home Chef and Plated. They have many things in common, but they also have few important differences. So, let’s dive in with the comparison!

Variety of plan

With Home Chef you have full flexibility, offering delivery for 2, 4 or 6 people, with a minimum of 2 dishes to select per week. With Home Chef there is no maximum limit.  Plated offers 3 different plan options – 2, 3 or 4-person servings. With each plan, you can choose 2, 3 or 4 recipes per week.

Variety of dishes

When it comes to variety of dishes, the winner is Plated, with 20 dishes per week to choose from. This is regardless of the plan you choose! Home Chef in comparison also offers a great amount of 15 dishes per week – 12 classic dinner dishes plus 3 five-minutes no-cooking lunch options. The diversity with both Plated and Home Chef is very good – vegetable dishes, meat, poultry, pork, fish and seafood. You can find all these choices in both plans.

Tomato poached cod
Tomato Poached Cod by Plated
Smothered Turkey Mini Meatloaf by Home chef
Smothered Turkey Mini Meatloaf by Home chef

Style and complexity of dishes

With both Home Chef and Plated, the dishes that we tried were delicious. Home Chef focus on well-known classic dishes, but with a nice twist every time. Their meals are generally easy to cook, with the bonus of helping you to include extra vegetables to your diet . On the other hand, Plated appears to offer slightly more sophisticated cooking options, which is a nice option if that is your preference.

Some dishes we tried from Home Chef: Corn and Black Bean Burrito, Salmon Tacos with Queso Fresco and Crispy Jalapeños, or a more classic dish like Steak au Poivre.

Some dishes we tried from Plated: Spicy Crunchy Shrimp Bowls, Seared Steak or Roasted Eggplant Moussaka.

Quality of products

Both Home Chef and Plated offer very high-quality products. They both use farm fresh seasonal products which can also include organic options. Home Chef states that they’ve partnered with many farms for a high-quality supply of food. Some of these include Paysan Breton Butter, worldwide farms for farm fresh herbs and vegetables and Sea to Table for seafood which comes from a sustainable source. Plated state that they provide 100% antibiotic-free meats, beef with no added hormones and sustainably sourced fish and seafood whenever possible.

Plated Products- Inside Box
Plated Products- Inside Box
Home Chef products
Home Chef Products

The Box

Both companies deliver their meal kits in a specially designed and labeled carton box. Inside the box, both are well organized, with each dish wrapped in its own individually labeled bag. There is no need to sort and match the ingredients of each dish by yourself as this has already been done for you. With both companies, the meats are placed on the bottom of the box with ample ice, so that the box can stay outside for a few hours without worrying about the temperature of the contents.

Plated box
Plated box
Home Chef Box
Home Chef Box

The app and website

Both companies offer an appealing, well organized and easy to use website and app. You can register, choose, or change your plan, define your eating preferences, select dishes, change payment method etc – all online in a very easy and user-friendly way.

Plated app
Plated app
Home chef App
Home Chef App

Plan Terms

Both companies offer its service as a subscription service and not as a one-off.  These plans come with the flexibility of skipping weeks if necessary. They also both offer flexibility in being able to select your preferred delivery day. With Plated, account cancellation is easier and can be done through the app/website. This is opposed to Home Chef that only allows you to pause the account through “My Account” which is accessible via their website.

Add-ons

Home Chef offers 4 different great add on options –

  1. A smoothie with a changing flavor every week or a seasonal fruit basket, both of which cost $4.95 each.
  2. 5-minute lunch option that requires no cooking for $7.99
  3. A great selection of kitchenware like pans, pots, knives and more

Plated on the other hand, offers a selection of two changing desserts every week, at a cost of $8 each. A nice yummy option.

Bottom line:

Both are great options when it comes to improving your evening dining experiences!  Each company appeals to quite a different audience. Home Chef, is for people who look for classic familiar dishes with a little edge, yet are easy to cook and not too complicated. Plated appeals to people who love both food and cooking and would like to experience some new challenges in their kitchen.  

PLATED IS OUR WINNER

  • Outstanding variety of 20 weekly dishes
  • Recipes are Innovating and interesting every time, and just delicious!
  • Usually the portions are very generous
  • Great and inexpensive dessert add-on options

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