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The meal kit industry only emerged in the last decade or so and it has been rapidly growing ever since. Since its emergence, the industry has been constantly evolving and expanding. There have been many companies, both small and large that have entered this competitive market. These include some of the biggest retailers in the US – Amazon, Fresh Direct and most recently, Walmart. In addition to these new arrivals, all companies within the industry have increasingly started to broaden their range of offerings. Companies are now creating menus that cater to specific dietary requirements, offering more varied menus and giving customers more flexibility.

In this article, you can find our honest review on what we believe are the eight top meal kit delivery services that we think you should try in the coming year.

#1 Sun Basket Meal Kits

Sun Basket makes healthy cooking so easy! This Californian based company is one of our favorites, mainly because it is adamant about providing  all organic and sustainably produced ingredients. Sun Basket provides a choice of 18 delicious meals, that are full of fresh ingredients in their Classic Menu plus six more wonderful family oriented meals in the Family Menu, all on a weekly basis.

Best for: People who are passionate about organic, new age and ‘healthy as hell’ foods

Shipping cost: $6.99 per box. First box is free shipping

Special dietary needs: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian. Family-Friendly. PaleoLean & Clean. Dairy-Free. Soy-Free. Mediterranean

Pros:

  • Sustainable, organic and non-GMO ingredients.
  • Large variety of dishes.
  • Healthy recipes.
  • Innovative recipes that will add variety to your normal kitchen routine.
  • Green packaging.

Cons:

No free shipping, which is pretty much standard with most other meal kit companies.

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#2 Home Chef Meal Kits

What we love about Home Chef is that they offer classic recipes, but they always include a twist or something new in them. They also do this without making the recipes too difficult or time consuming to prepare. . All recipes we have tried from Home Chef were very easy to follow and most of them did not take long to make. Most importantly, they were all delicious!

Best for: People who love traditional home cooking but do want to experience some modern enhancements in classic recipes

Shipping cost: Free with orders over $45

Special dietary needs: 3 Vegetarian dishes every week and a family plan.

Pros:

  • Great value for money.
  • Offers a twist on some classic recipes.
  • Great quality of ingredients.
  • Very organized box.
  • Absolutely delicious food!

Cons:

  • Not a huge variety of dishes.
  • No special dietary needs other than vegetarian and family friendly.

#3 Martha and Marley Spoon Meal Kits

There are so many things to love about Martha & Marley spoon meal kit delivery first and most important – you get the privilege of cooking Martha Stewart’s best recipes! Classic home cooking recipes at its best. Second, the quality of the products is amazing! Martha & Marley spoon works directly with the finest purveyors to deliver ingredients like grass-fed beef, Berkshire pork, American-caught shrimp, artisanal cheeses, and more to your door. Lastly, the portions are quite large and full of healthy veggies, so you can enjoy leftovers from the meals the day after almost every time.

Best for: People who love traditional home cooking at its best – You can’t go wrong when cooking the best of Martha Stewart’s recipes!

Shipping cost: Free

Special dietary needs:  4 Vegetarian dishes every, low calories, dairy free, kids friendly and a family plan.

Pros:

  • Best classic Martha Stewart’s recipe
  • Great value for money
  • Amazing quality of ingredients.
  • Large portions
  • Very organized box
  • Absolutely delicious food!

Cons:

  • Good but not huge variety of dishes

#4 Plated Meal Kits

The main thing that we love about Plated is the huge number of recipes that are offered each week. It gives everyone a chance to find something they would simply love to cook (and to eat!)  We also love the innovative and sophisticated recipes that Plated offers. By using Plated we were introduced to some a variety of cool cooking techniques.  Additionally, when you had completed most of their recipes the result made you feel  like you were dining out at some great restaurant!

Lastly, Plated offers two desserts as an add-on option every week. All of those that we have tried were very easy to make and delicious!

Best for: People who wish to experience new, innovative and adventurous recipes in their kitchen

Shipping cost: Free for orders over $60

Special dietary needs:  Some Vegetarian. Some Gluten-Free.

Pros:  

  • Great quality of ingredients.
  • Huge variety of dishes.
  • Innovating, interesting and sophisticated recipes.
  • Usually generous portions.
  • Offers great and inexpensive dessert add-on options

Cons:

Some recipe are lengthy to prepare – 45+ minutes

#5 Hello Fresh Meal Kits

What we love about HelloFresh is that they offer simple, classic and balanced options for your evening meals, and all at a very attractive price! If the soft of food you are looking for is good, classic, solid and without pretension, then Hellofresh is undoubtedly the right option for you.

Best for: People who desire great classic recipes that do not take a long time to cook

Shipping cost: Free with orders over $50

Special dietary needs:  Vegetarian. Some Low-Carb, low calorie.

Pros:

  • Great value for money.
  • Reliable and simple classic home cooking recipes.
  • Very organized box.
  • Meals are also wonderfully filling.

Cons:

  • Not a huge variety of dishes.
  • No special dietary needs catered for other than vegetarian and family friendly

#6 Blue Apron Meal Kits

Blue Apron was the first company to operate a meal kit delivery service in the US and it is one of the largest.  It remains one of the largest for very good reasons.  What we love about Blue Apron is that they offer lots of recipes that incorporate creativity and fun. Another great benefit Blue Apron has to offer is wine pairing for each dish on their menu and a great monthly wine subscription option.

Best for: People who enjoy cooking and want to experiment in their kitchen with some new and creative recipes.

Shipping cost: Free for orders over 48$

Special dietary needs:  Some Vegetarian and Gluten-Free.

Pros:

  • Great value for money.
  • Innovative and creative recipes.
  • Lovely filling meals!
  • Offer a great selection of wines to subscribe to.

Cons:

  • Chaotic organization within delivery box, in comparison to all other services.
  • Not a huge variety of dishes.
  • No special dietary requirements are catered for.  

#7 Green Chef Meal Kits

If you are looking for meals that are not only tasty but also good for your health, Green Chef is probably one of the best meal kit solution around. Green chef offers a large variety of niche meal plans such as paleo, keto, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free.

Green chef takes it very seriously when it comes to being green – all packaging elements are either recyclable or compostable

Price: 10.49$-14.99$, depends on diet selection, per serving, for 3 meal for 2 person per week

Shipping cost: $9 per box.

Special dietary needs: Keto, Paleo, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Omnivore, Carnivore, family friendly

Pros:

  • Sustainable, organic and non-GMO ingredients
  • Healthy and very tasty recipes
  • Large variety of special diet menus
  • Green packaging

Cons:

  • Some diet plans are relatively expensive
  • No free shipping

#8 Gobble Meal Kits

We love Gobble because they are super clear about what the company offers. Easy to follow recipes with the shortest cooking time ever – only 15 minutes! Gobble makes a great effort in ensuring that this promise remains a reality. All of the recipes we have tried were ready to go in 15 minutes. This is obviously thanks to Gobble for doing most of the prep work for us.

Best for: Busy working people, or ideal for those that do not want to spend time in the kitchen but still would love home fresh meals.

Shipping cost: Free

Special dietary needs:  Vegetarian. Gluten-Free.

Pros:  

  • Super-fast to make recipes.
  • All preps are done for you!
  • Innovative and flavorful recipes.
  • Good quality of products.

Cons:

  • It sometimes does not like hands on cooking
  • No focus on teaching new cooking skills.

Here at www.themealkitreview.com we challenge ourselves with one goal. That is with providing you with the most comprehensive guide available so that you will be able to make the best choice possible when it comes to selecting the meal kit delivery service that will best match your needs. To fulfill this goal, we have ordered, cooked and tasted multiple meal kits. In order to provide you with in-depth information we look at different parameters – taste, quality of products, ordering flexibility, price, taste preferences, special dietary needs coverage and more.

As you can see, there are so many wonderful meal kit options for you to try this year – each one with a different agenda and focus. Whichever option you choose, meal kits services are constantly growing and evolving. Using a meal kit service will undoubtedly make it much easier for you to organize all your evening meals. As an additional bonus, they will also help you minimize the time wasted on grocery shopping and meal preparations, so we highly recommend you start using this kind of service right away.

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