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CookUnity Reviews

Is CookUnity Right For You?

Updated November 18, 2021

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CookUnity Overview

About the Brand

CookUnity is a chef collective that ships hand-crafted prepared meal subscription boxes curated by skilled, award-winning, local chefs right to your door. Their mission is to become more than just a meal subscription - they want to bring the creations of talented chefs to your kitchen table.

Key Info

  • Price:$53.96 Weekly
  • Founded In:2014
  • Ships To:US

What It’s Like to Subscribe to CookUnity

 

Read reviews further down the page, too, for more personal experiences.

How CookUnity Works

CookUnity gives you access to small-batch meals curated by talented chefs, which means the first thing CookUnity needs to know about you is where you live to know what’s available in your area. While their reach is limited for now, they are rapidly expanding - check their delivery map to see if it is available in your area.

 

To get started after that, you first pick how many meals you want each week. You then have access to pick what meals you want based on the menu that week. If you don’t feel like picking, the chefs can pick for you. From there, meals will show up each week based on your shipping preferences!

Example CookUnity Recipes

Recipes will vary depending on your city and what the chefs have curated, but when we looked here’s some of what we saw:

  • Chipotle Chicken with Creamy Polenta
  • Grilled Mojo Pork Chop
  • Beef Ragu with Zoodles
  • Chia Baked Salmon
  • Parmesan Chicken Tenders
  • Mushroom Cavatelli
  • Broccoli Bacon Mac and Cheese

When selecting recipes, CookUnity gives you a ton of filters - for seafood, red meat, poultry, vegetarian or vegan, under 600 calories, low carb, gluten free, dairy free, low sodium, keto, paleo, and whole30. What’s available is entirely up to the chefs, however.

Pricing Options

CookUnity has free delivery. The price is based on how many meals you get per week. When we went through the sign up process, this is what we saw for one person:

Meals Per Week Price Per Meal Price Per Week Monthly Total
4 meals/week $13.49 $53.96 $216
6 meals/week $11.99 $71.94 $288
8 meals/week $11.49 $91.92 $368
12 meals/week $10.99 $131.88 $528
16 meals/week $10.49 $167.84 $671

CookUnity Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Food is all restaurant quality at home
  • Wide variety of meal options
  • Filtering options are easy and robust
  • Fast to prepare

Cons

  • Cost per meal for fewer meals almost as high as eating out
  • Some portions are small
  • Not available everywhere yet with some areas more limited

What Diets Does CookUnity Accomodate?

Diet Is CookUnity Good For This Diet?
Keto Yes, you can filter for this
Gluten Free Yes, you can filter for this
Vegetarian Yes, you can filter for this
Vegan Yes, you can filter for this
High Protein Yes many options
Low Carb Yes, you can filter for this
Organic Maybe - depends on the chef

What Else You Should Know About CookUnity

 

Your meals come prepared and ready to heat, but of course there’s more than one way to reheat a meal. In this case, CookUnity tells you the “fast” way, and the “chef’s” way based on how they think it will taste the best. The fastest way is usually a microwave which gets your meal hot and ready to eat quickly, but if you have the time and the equipment, reheating via the oven, a pan, an air fryer, or other cooking methods can bring a dish to its peak.

 

Also: are you a talented chef? You can become a chef on CookUnity yourself!

Is CookUnity Worth It?

 

If you’re looking for restaurant quality meals curated by award-winning, talented chefs delivered straight to your kitchen, then for the price CookUnity is definitely worth it. If you have dietary restrictions you can browse the meals beforehand to know for sure if the meal options seem worth it to you, too.

 

If you don’t need that personal chef’s touch and are happy with still delicious but potentially less creative dishes, you might find more affordable options with other meal kits. Or, if you have more strict dietary needs and the options on CookUnity don’t quite fit, there are some other more catered options out there as well.

How CookUnity Compares to Other Top Meal Subscriptions

 

CookUnity VS Freshly: Both CookUnity and Freshly are prepared meal subscriptions, so they are both fast options for quickly heating and eating. However, CookUnity is more expensive at a minimum of $10.49 per meal versus Freshly at $8.99 per meal. With CookUnity, you are paying a little more for the award-winning chef curation and variety, whereas Freshly is a good option for more average day-to-day eating if that isn’t as important to you. Freshly also has a wider reach for delivery (for now, as of September 2021. Check delivery in the FAQ below).

 

CookUnity VS HelloFresh: First, CookUnity comes prepared and HelloFresh does not, so you’re saving time with CookUnity. Second, CookUnity is chef curated whereas HelloFresh offers more standard fare. Put those together and you end up saving about $3/meal with HelloFresh. Third, CookUnity has much more specific filtering for dietary restrictions with lots of options for most. One other small difference is that HelloFresh assumes you are serving at least 2 people, whereas CookUnity is more centered around one person - but you can always order as many individual meals as you like and serve however many people you want either way.

 

CookUnity VS Home Chef: Home Chef, through it’s Fresh and Easy service, and CookUnity both offer prepared meals. They also both offer many dietary filters. The key difference between these is also the chef curation that CookUnity offers which leads to more variety and creativity in the dishes. This leads to CookUnity costing about $1.50 more per meal.

CookUnity FAQ

Is the packaging of CookUnity meals environmentally friendly?
Almost all materials that go into the packaging are recycled. Boxes are paper recyclable and their liner is plastic recyclable. The meal trays are also recyclable if cleaned properly. If your delivery comes in a bag or with cooling packs, they are only recyclable if you research proper drop off locations near you.
How much does CookUnity cost?
CookUnity starts at $13.49 per meal, but you can get as low as $10.49 per meal if you order 16 meals/week.
How to cancel CookUnity?
You can cancel anytime via your personal profile by editing your plan. If an order has already been scheduled, you’ll still be charged for and delivered that order, but your subscription will be cancelled and ended after that delivery.
Is CookUnity good for families with kids?
There are plenty of dishes that kids might enjoy, but the meals and service overall are catered more towards adults.
When does CookUnity ship meals?
You select which day of the week you want meals to ship when you sign up, and can always change that day in your profile later based on local availability.
Where does CookUnity ship to?
CookUnity delivers meals from real top chefs, so while CookUnity is growing, their reach depends on how many chefs they work with near you. They ship to most of the continental US, but to find out if your area is available you can check their delivery map here.
How to skip a week of CookUnity ?
Through your profile you can choose to either skip one of the next four deliveries, or alternatively pause your subscription if you want to put it on hold and come back later.
What skill level do you need to cook CookUnity meals?
The only required skill is to reheat prepared meals - the chefs take care of the rest! If you want to use your cooking skills, you can use more complex reheating methods to emulate what the chef’s who curated your meal would do.

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Pamela Burns
Pamela Burns
"Easy, delicious, lots of options "
Oct 4, 2021
I’ve tried most of the food delivery companies. Cookunity is the best. Food is already cooked and there are tons of options to choose from every week, including ethnic foods. The chicken and salmon dishes are so moist! I haven’t tried one dish that wasn’t delicious in months
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Valeria
Valeria
"Delivery problems"
Nov 18, 2021
I subscribed a week ago and... my very first order has never been delivered. I suggested something like this when saw the order will be provided by UPS (it is always the problem with them in my area), but still quite disappointed.
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