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Tovala Box – Should We Review It?

Mallory @ MSA
ByMallory @ MSADec 16, 2020 | 24 comments

Tovala is a meal subscription box and smart oven that let’s you save time by preparing meals more efficiently:

Our meals cook themselves with the help of a smart oven that does all the work for you. (Yeah, you read that right.) The Tovala Smart Oven transforms your cooking with a little steam, a little magic, and Scan-to-Cook technology.

Tovala subscriptions are available for weekly shipments:

  • Get weekly deliveries. Choose your meals from a new menu every week.
  • Under a minute of prep. No more washing or chopping — less than 60 seconds and you’re done.
  • Scan to cook. Simply scan, then let our magic oven cook each meal perfectly.
  • Relax & enjoy. Enjoy time back while your meal cooks in 20 minutes or less.

The Tovala Smart Oven does everything that a toaster does, and then some! Here’s how to get started:

  • Get the Tovala Starter Kit. Includes the Tovala Smart Oven, plus everything else you need to get cooking. 100-Day Trial. Free Returns as easy as scanning to cook dinner.
  • Select meal plan. Get between 3 and 16 meals delivered weekly. Adjust your order size, skip, or cancel anytime.

The Box: Tovala

The Cost: Tovala Smart Oven ($199) + Meals starting at $11.99 per meal

The Products: 3-16 meals delivered weekly

Ships to: United States

 

What do you think of this box? Would you like to see it reviewed? 

Mallory @ MSA
Mallory @ MSA
Mallory joined the MSA team in 2020. She focuses on engaging with our community online, through daily emails, and across our social media channels. Based in New York City, she can often be found biking through Central Park, scoping out under-the-radar coffee shops, and listening to the Hamilton cast album on an endless loop. Her current favorite subscriptions are Hello Fresh and Fabletics.

Mallory @ MSA
Mallory @ MSA
Mallory joined the MSA team in 2020. She focuses on engaging with our community online, through daily emails, and across our social media channels. Based in New York City, she can often be found biking through Central Park, scoping out under-the-radar coffee shops, and listening to the Hamilton cast album on an endless loop. Her current favorite subscriptions are Hello Fresh and Fabletics.
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24 comments

NinaS

Lol. No. I think I can figure out how to use a toaster oven and read directions on a box. And at $12.99 per meal, that is a bit steep for many.

Angela

I absolutely love mine.

Amy

Nope. Sunbasket is cheaper and many of the meals are just as simple.

Tiffany

Yes please!

Caity

I have Tovala and really love how easy it is to use the oven – my husband hated boxes like HelloFresh and Blue Apron because he hates the preparation and cooking (gets frustrated). Tovala lets the smart oven do all the cooking and there’s basically no prep work involved.

PLUS the app makes it sooo easy to choose or switch up meals, add or subtract meals in your delivery, skip a delivery, and cancel.

For healthcare workers, there might still be a discount on the Tovala oven itself. I think I paid $150 for the oven. The meals are great and you can scan other grocery products or use the online/on-app recipes they have if you DO want to cook or bake. 100% worth it for my husband and me.

Hallie Gottlieb

I love mine! I am disabled and live alone. The food is great quality but expensive. I can’t afford to order it often. I saved the QR codes and cook my other meals using those codes. I hate soggy microwave foods so love this for reheating leftovers and cookie pizzas etc. Its faster than a conventional oven and cooks things more evenly.

Caity

So many negative comments right off the bat; I’m glad to see that someone else likes it!

I think the people who benefit the most from Tovala are those couples who are business professionals with exposable income, no time/energy/desire to cook, and no kiddos. Otherwise it can be an occasional thing like you say, but probably parents with multiple children would not be able to utilize this in a time efficient, financially responsible manner haha.

Leslie

Please. It may be worth it, although expensive – it’s all in the details, which is why a review would help all of us make a decision if it is worth it, viable,etc? Can the oven be used with your own meals you put together? I assume so, but does the smart technology become an issue?

Thanks!

Caity

Yes it can be used to make your own meals. The Tovala app even has a recipe area. You can also scan barcodes from certain grocery store brands and it automatically programs the best way to cook the product. Our first Tovala shipment arrived on October 28th, so we’ve been using it for about 6ish weeks without issues!
Before I committed to buying meals I downloaded the app and just played around with it, honestly.

Carol

How is this oven different from other toaster oven/air fryer combos (besides the scanning)?

I am not going to get one, but I am curious.

Beth in Oklahoma

No. No more food subscriptions, please.

Tony

Used their service for about a year ended it earlier this year. Overall I think their service are great especially for people who live by themselves traditional 2 servings meal delivery service just don’t work for me. However I’m really just tired of their menu as their isn’t enough variety of protein choices for me.

The oven itself is a cool design but not that great in terms of quality, great and super fast customer service.

Dea

There we go, folks. Just received our review. End of story. Thank you Tony!!!

Lizc

No thanks

Mary

I can’t imagine cluttering my kitchen with an oven dedicated to these meals so it doesn’t appeal to me.

Jules

No. This just seems like an expensive rip off.

Angela

Actually has helped me budget and saved me money.

MimiR

I’m in a love/hate relationship with mine. Pretty much keeps you tied to the company for meal deliveries as far as the scan option. States the brands that you’re supposed to be able to scan, but I’ve not found any to work. The meals so far have been very tasty just expensive. Average almost $12 each and $2.99-$4.99 for steaks or “premium” meals. S&H extra on under 6 meal orders. 🤷‍♀️

Tony

All Trader Joe’s stuffs works

Jake

This looks so cool! Could you do a review of the oven also??

Brooke

Yes!!! I saw this online and would definitely love to see an MSA review before I buy it

Jody

No need to review.

Jenny

Although incredibly spendy, this definitely intrigues me.

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