We live and breathe subscription boxes here at MSA, and we know our readers do too. This January, we surveyed YOU for your favorite boxes across a several categories, and we're happy to finally be able to share the results!
Do you find yourself wandering the aisles of the grocery store, not sure what to make for dinner this week? Maybe you find yourself ordering takeout more than you'd like, lacking the time to plan and cook healthy meals? These meal subscription services might be right for you.
All of these boxes send you fresh ingredients, most have flexibility for vegetarian diets and other restrictions and allergens, and best of all: dinner can typically be on the table in 15 - 45 minutes.
FYI: To make the pricing easy to compare, we're basing the weekly price on 3 meals with 2 servings each per week, which is the most common subscription format for meal kit boxes. Nearly all companies these days also have a family plan with additional servings or meals included, and sometimes you get per plate discount!
Best Meal Subscription Boxes
Which meal subscription box is right for you? Read on to see which boxes topped the charts in the "Best Meal Box" category– and see who we're watching in 2017 at the end of the list:
1. Hello Fresh
About this box: Narrowly taking the lead for first place is Hello Fresh! Like nearly all of the boxes in this list, Hello Fresh is a weekly meal delivery subscription that sends healthy recipes and the pre-measured ingredients you need to make them at home. Value-wise, Hello Fresh is competitively priced in the subscription meal box market: Meals start at $9.99 per serving, which is on par with Blue Apron ($9.99 per serving) and Home Chef ($9.95 per serving) and less than Plated ($12 per serving). They offer a vegetarian version as well as their standard plan and family plan (for 2 adults and 2 children).
One thing we like about Hello Fresh: They package each meal's ingredients into a convenient small bag inside the larger box, which you can easily put directly into your fridge, so there's no searching for that single loose head of garlic come meal time!
Price: $9.99 - $11.50 per meal
Coupon / How to buy: Use this link to save $40 on your first two boxes ($20 off the first box and $20 off the second box), no coupon required!
Reviews: Check out all our Hello Fresh reviews to learn more about this dinner subscription box!
2. Blue Apron
About this box: In close second is Blue Apron. Every week, they send seasonal recipes created by their culinary team and all of the pre-measured ingredients you need to make them at home. In 2016, they added a wine subscription to the mix, so their recipes now come with wine pairings too. Although certain combinations of recipes aren't allowed, they always have vegetarian options available. Similar to Hello Fresh, Blue Apron also has a family plan if you need to feed more people.
Price: $54.94/week for 3 meals, 2 servings each
Coupon / How to buy: Get 3 Meals Free on Your First Order, no coupon required, just use this link
Reviews: Check out all of our Blue Apron Reviews for more info!
3. Home Chef
About this box: Home Chef is a subscription meal delivery service that sends a weekly box of “perfectly portioned, premium ingredients, spices & sauces, and easy, step-by-step recipes.” They allow for customization including whether you prefer to eat meat, seafood, or vegetarian; you can also indicate if you prefer to avoid, such as pork, soy, red meat, nuts, gluten, dairy, mushrooms, and shellfish. Although they have some adventurous options, there are usually comfort-food options on the menu, too.
Price: $59.70/week for 3 meals, each serving 2 adults
Coupon / How to buy: Save $30 off your first box! with coupon code DM30
Reviews: Check out all of our Home Chef reviews to learn more about this cooking subscription box!
About this box: Plated delivers a weekly box of pre-portioned fresh and seasonal ingredients, everything you need to cook their chef-designed recipes at home in your own kitchen. At least three of the dishes offered on every menu are vegetarian. Plated also regularly rotates in vegan and dairy-free options. They’re committed to using sustainably sourced seafood, seasonal produce, and meat that’s free from antibiotics and added hormones.
Price: $72/week for 3 meals, with 2 servings each
Coupon / How to buy: Save $30 off your first order, no coupon required, just use this link
Reviews: Check out all of our Plated Reviews for more info about this meal kit box!
5. Green Chef
About this box: Although many other meal kit subscriptions strive to fill their boxes with organic produce whenever possible, Green Chef is a the only weekly subscription service on this list that is 100% organic and non-GMO. Prices range from $10.49 to $14.99 per serving, with vegetarian, omnivore, vegan, carnivore, gluten-free, and paleo options.
Price: $10.49 to $14.99 per serving
Coupon / How to buy: Get 2 meals free in your first order!, no coupon required, just use this link
Reviews: Check out all of our Green Chef reviews to learn more about this organic cooking subscription!
About this box: SunBasket delivers fresh, seasonal ingredients to your door each week to create three unique and delicious meals created by a top San Francisco chef and approved by their nutritionist. There are 5 options you can choose from for your SunBasket plan: Chef’s Choice (3 seasonal dinner recipes), Vegetarian, Paleo, Gluten Free, and Rise and Shine (2 breakfasts and 2 dinners).
Price: $68.94/week for 3 meals, each serving 2 adults
Coupon / How to buy: Get 3 meals free with your first box, no coupon required, just use this link
Reviews: Check out all of our SunBasket reviews for more info about this box!
Our Meal Boxes to Watch in 2017
7. Gobble, $71.70/week
About this box: We had an opportunity to review Gobble in 2016, and really enjoyed their angle on a meal kit box: Thanks to their fully portioned and prepped ingredients, they offer “stress-free" dinners in just 10 minutes, perfect for busy families. We were happy to learn that the meals came together as quickly as promised, and were delicious too.
Gobble has a limited delivery area right now (California, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Idaho, and Utah), but we're hoping they start shipping nationwide this year!
Price: $71.70 for 3 meals/week, each serving 2 people
Coupon / How to buy: Save 50% off your first box!, no coupon required, just use this link
8. Dinnerly, $30.99/week
About this box: Dinnerly is a newcomer to the market for 2017, with a new twist: it costs half as much as other kits, coming in around $5 per serving. They use the same quality ingredients as other meal kits, but keep the cost low by taking a simpler approach: digital recipe cards instead of paper, fewer ingredients per dish, simple packaging, and no fancy marketing campaigns.
Like Gobble, Dinnerly has a limited delivery area right now (check website for details), but we're sure with their low prices, they'll be expanding nationwide soon.
Price: $30.99 for a Two Person Box (3 recipes for 2 people) or $60.99 for a Family Box (3 recipes for 2 adults and 2 kids)
Coupon / How to buy: Sign up here! (Due to Dinnerly's already low prices, there are no coupons for this box.)
Which meal box is right for me?
If you're still not sure, try taking our meal subscription quiz! We'll ask for your region, budget and taste preferences, and dietary concerns, and help steer you in the right direction 🙂
Did your favorite meal box make the list?
Tell us about your favorite Meal & Cooking Subscription in the comments!
And if you're still looking for your perfect meal subscription box, be sure to check out our list of Book Subscription Boxes for more!