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It’s time for another meal kit company comparison! In today’s comparison we are going to review two of our favorite meal kit companies and break down the individual components to help you better understand which company would be better for you. On one side we have Sun Basket; the Californian based company that promises to make healthy cooking easier and more accessible. On the other side of the comparison we have Home Chef, promising to make home cooking easier and more diverse.
Continue reading below for our full comparison review of Sun Basket and Home Chef.
Variety of plan
Sun Basket offers two different plans:
The Classic Menu – provides 2 or 3 dishes per week for 2 or 4 people.
The Family Menu – offers 2-4 dishes per week for 4 people.
On the other side of the coin, Home Chef offers even more flexibility with deliveries available for 2, 4 or 6 people, with a minimum selection required of 2 dishes per week with no maximum limitations.
Variety of dishes
When it comes to variety, Sun Basket has the upper hand, with an amazing selection of 18 dishes every week in their Classic Menu! Within these dishes, you will find choices that cater for special dietary requirements such as paleo, gluten free, lean & clean, vegan, vegetarian and the Mediterranean diet. You can mix and match the dishes as you desire. The fact that they have such an impressive selection of dishes catering to dietary requirements is an appealing and unique part of the Sun Basket Service.
When it comes to the variety of dishes, Home Chef offers a total of 12 dishes per week, plus 3-5 minutes, no-cooking required lunch option. Yet regardless of the number of people your plan covers, you can choose from all of them.
Style and complexity of dishes
I can honestly say that every dish I made and tasted from both Sun Basket and Home Chef was delicious! My general impression of the two companies is that Sun Basket is more focused on healthy food with lots of greens, vegetables, gluten free pasta and things like whole rice etc. On the other hand, I would say that Home Chef tries to focus more on family dinners, yet offer some twist or new interest into it. Their recipes tend to be well known and do not require any knowledge of sophisticated cooking techniques. The dishes from Home Chef are appropriate for families, in that they are suitable for adults, kids and teenagers.
A few examples of dishes we tried from Sun Basket:
A few examples of dishes we tried from Home Chef:
Quality of products
Both Sun Basket and Home Chef consistently provide very high-quality products. Sun Basket has a one of a kind promise that all their ingredients are organic and sustainably sourced. This is a promise that I love and from my point of view really makes them stand out from the other companies in this market! Home Chef has partnered with some high-quality farms such as Paysan Breton Butter, ‘World Wide farms’ for farm fresh herbs and vegetables and ‘Sea to Table’ for sustainably sourced seafood.
Both companies use a specifically designed and labeled carton box for their deliveries. When it comes to organisation, both companies ensure that the ingredients for every dish are separated and labeled in individual bags. This makes opening the deliveries so much easier, as no sorting is required, which is a great time saver. Also, both companies place the cooled proteins on the bottom of the box with a large amount of ice, so that the box can be left outside for a few hours with no concerns about refrigeration.
The app and website
Both companies offer a well-organized and easy to use website and app. You can register, select and change your plan and desired dishes, define your eating preferences, change your payment method etc – all online in a very easy and user-friendly way.
The service in both companies is a subscription service, with the option to skip weeks easily if necessary. They both also offer some flexibility in picking your preferred delivery day. To cancel your account, with both companies you need to contact their customer support, and they then reply to you very quickly.
Sun Basket offers one of their signature sauces every week for $4.99. Home Chef offers 3 great and very day-to-day useful add-ons – a great selection of 5-minutes no cooking required lunches, including salads, sandwiches and bowls, each cost 7.99$ per serving, a smoothie which changes flavor each week and a seasonal fruit basket, both of which cost $4.95 each.
The Bottom Line
Both companies offer a great meal kit service, but they do appeal to very different audiences.
If you are all about organic, healthy, new age food that is delicious, or if you are following a specific diet like paleo, vegan or gluten free then Sun Basket is your choice.
If you are looking for a great quality classic dinner options, but yet easy to cook and taste incredible – then Home chef is the right option for you!
Our winner is Sun Basket – since we love their commitment to deliver organic and sustainably sourced ingredients!