The 18 Best Meal Kit Subscriptions of 2019


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Curious about meal kits that help you cook quick, delicious meals at home? You’ve come to the right place!

We’ve been reviewing subscription boxes since 2012, including all of the top meal kits, cooking, and food subscription services. In this list, you’ll find our all-time favorite meal kits—brands that consistently deliver on value and most importantly, flavor. No matter your tastes, dietary needs, or budget, there’s a meal kit to whet your appetite.

Hungry for more? Check out our complete list of meal kit subscription boxes or read which meal kits our readers named their favorites of 2018!

1. Plated

full contents of Plated box

Price: Varies depending on the number of people being served and the number of meals per week.

2-person plan is $71.70 / week.

4-person plan is $119.40 / week.

Prices are assuming three meals per week provided by Plated.

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The Food: Plated is a higher-end meal-kit offering that touts responsibly sourced food and increased flexibility. Plated ingredients are mostly antibiotic-free and meals are ever-changing to highlight seasonal produce. Plated also offers add-on desserts, for subscribers with a sweet tooth.

Special Diets Catered To: Vegetarian, Organic/Antibiotic Free

Popular Example Recipes: Beef and Roasted Carrot Ragú with Penne & Bread Crumbs, Za’atar Chicken with Roasted Fall Veggies & Spicy Green Tahini with Sticky Rice, Pickled Veggies & Miso-Mayo, Salmon-Ginger Cakes, Roasted Cauliflower Pizza with Kale, Ricotta & Whole Wheat Crust, etc.

Check out our Plated reviews and our Plated details for more information on subscribing. Ships to the US for free, additional charges for international shipping.

2. Home Chef

Price: HomeChef is set at a fixed price of $7.99 per serving. Shipping is free for meals of over $45 and $10 for meals under $45. Subscribe here!

The Food: Home Chef specializes in simple and easy to make meals for people on the go. Their 30-minute recipes offer fresh, pre-portioned ingredients to make cooking easier, faster, and healthier. Additionally, Home Chef lets you select add-ons to meals like fruit, snacks, and smoothies!

Special Diets Catered To: Milk Free, Carb Conscious, Calorie Conscious, Soy Free, Wheat Free, Nut Free.

Popular Example Recipes: Teriyaki Ginger Glazed Salmon, Parisian Bistro Steak, Wood-Fired BBQ Chicken Pizza, Brussels and Brown Butter Risotto, etc.

Check out our Home Chef reviews and our Home Chef details for more information on subscribing. Ships to the US for free, additional charges for international shipping.

3. Hungryroot

My Hungryroot Review

The Cost: $69.99 – $129.00 depending on your subscription level  + free ground shipping. Sign up here!

The Food: Anyone looking to incorporate more plants into their diet will love this ultra-simple plant-based food subscription. Choose your dietary restrictions, and you’ll receive the pre-prepped ingredients in grocery-style packages. Use Hungryroot’s suggestions to mix and match your items to create flavorful and healthy meals with handful of ingredients, in 15 minutes or less. They also have pre-made sweets and snacks worth checking out! Hungryroot was formerly vegan, but have since introduced meats and other products to their ever increasing product line-up. Check out our Hungryroot review to learn more!

Special Diets Catered To: Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, nut-free, low calorie.

Example recipes: Sweet Potato Pad Thai, Black Bean Brownie Batter, Fluffy Maple Chickpea Pancakes, Cheesy Butternut Squash Fries, Sweet Barbecue Chili Jackfruit, Vanilla Bean Snickerdoodle Dough

Ships to: Contiguous US only

4. Martha & Marley Spoon

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - Finished portobello burgers

Price: Starts at $48 a month. Subscribe here!

The Food: Ingredients and recipes for Martha Stewart’s favorite meals. Martha & Marley Spoon lets you choose your box size and frequency of delivery, along with selecting your favorite meals from a variety of classic and creative recipes. Martha & Marley Spoon uses seasonal ingredients in every box, making sure all meals are perfectly portioned, sustainably sourced, and fresh.

Special Diets Catered To: Vegetarian, Gluten-Intolerant.

Popular Example Recipes: Cheesy Baked Pinto Beans, Kimchi Spiced Pork Burgers, Sumac Grilled Chicken, Spiced Garlic-Butter Steak, Chicken Fajita Bowl, Spinach & Mushroom Bibimbap, etc.

Check out our Martha & Marley Spoon reviews and our Marley Spoon details for more information on subscribing. Ships for free to the contiguous US, varies worldwide.

 

5. Gobble

Gobble October 2017

Price: Starts at $55.96 a week (for 2 dinner kits, equivalent to 4 meals). Subscribe here!

The Food: Gourmet dinners in 15 minutes or less. Gobble does all of the portioning, chopping, and marinating, so you don’t have to! Gobble‘s weekly delivery comes with three flavorful, fresh, hand-crafted meal kits each week so you can make Michelin-level dinners without paying the big bucks.

Special Diets Catered To: Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, Low Carb.

Popular Example Recipes: Thai Basil Chicken with Brown Rice, Filet Mignon with Asparagus and Blue-Cheese Butter, Pan-Seared Scallops with Curried Cauliflower Couscous, Louisiana Shrimp with White Cheddar Grits, Quinoa Vegetable Chili with Southwest Garlic Bread, etc.

Check out our Gobble reviews and our Gobble details for more information on subscribing. Ships to certain states in the US for $6.99 (WA, OR, AZ, UT, ID, CA, NV and growing).

6. Hello Fresh

Check out my review of Hello Fresh for May 2017!

Price: Varies depending on the number of people being served and the number of meals per week.

2-person classic plan is $33.96 / week.

4-person classic plan is $69.84 / week.

Prices are assuming three meals per week provided by HelloFresh.

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The Food: Hello Fresh, similar to Blue Apron, is the largest meal kit service in the world, and is more generalist than specialist. They have a “Veggie Plan” option and make sure that every week there are meals to pick from that are gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free. HelloFresh is slightly less expensive than Blue Apron; meanwhile, Blue Apron touts more organic and farm fresh options.

Special Diets Catered To: Egg Free, Nut Free, Dairy Free

Popular Example Recipes: Cherry Balsamic Pork Chops, Italian Meatball Soup, Gorgeous Green Farro Bowl, Lobster Ravioli and Shrimp, Chicken Sausage Orzotto, Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos, etc.

Check out our Hello Fresh reviews and our Hello Fresh details for more information on subscribing. Ships to the continental US (for free).

7. Sun Basket

Price: Varies depending on the number of people being served and the number of meals per week.

2-person classic menu: $71.94 / week.

4-person family meal style: $131.88 / week.

Prices are assuming three meals per week provided by SunBasket.

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The Food: Sun Basket specializes in sustainably sourced, vegetarian meals. Created by Chef Justine Kelly of San Francisco’s famed Slanted Door restaurant, all Sun Basket recipes are made with organic veggies, antibiotic and hormone free meats, and sustainable seafood. Sun Basket kits even come in recyclable packaging (that can be sent back to be reused for free)! This is the meal subscription service for you if you don’t mind paying a bit more for sustainable food.

Special Diets Catered To: Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Lean and Clean, and Diabetes-Friendly.

Popular Example Recipes: Red, White, and Green Chilaquiles with Fried Eggs, Steak with Purple Sweet Potato & Roasted Red Pepper Salsa, Guatemalan Jocón de Pollo with Tomatillo Sauce Over White Rice, etc.

Check out our Sun Basket reviews and our Sun Basket details for more information on subscribing. Ships to most states in the US (for free).

8. Green Chef

meatballs ingredients

Price: Varies depending on the number of people being served and the number of meals per week.

GreenChef costs $78.93 / week for a vegetarian, vegan or omnivore 2-person plan that comes with 3 meals / week.

GreenChef’s paleo and keto plans are $84.93 / week for a 2-person plan that comes with 3 meals / week.

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The Food: Green Chef, similar to Sun Basket, specializes in sustainable vegetarian and vegan fare. However, Green Chef also has paleo and keto plans for sustainability-oriented meat eaters. All Green Chef ingredients and recipes are GMO-free, USDA certified organic and sustainably traced. Additionally, all Green Chef packaging is made from recyclable, reusable, and compostable materials.

Special Diets Catered To: Vegetarian, Vegan, Ketogenic, Paleo, Gluten-Free (Green Chef is Certified Gluten-Free, perfect for celiac customers).

Popular Example Recipes: Grilled Pork with Chimichurri, Salmon with Red Pepper Sauce, Vegan Crab Cakes, Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry, Sausages and Sauerkraut, Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatloaves, etc.

Check out our Green Chef reviews and our Green Chef details for more information on subscribing. Ships to most of continental US for $9.00.

9. Blue Apron

Blue Apron BEST MEAL KIT SUBSCRIPTIONS 2018

Price: Plans start at $47.95. Subscribe here!

The Food: Blue Apron, along with HelloFresh, is one of the two largest meal kit brands out there. They focus on high-quality meals that cater to a variety of audiences, all at a reasonable price. Fans of green living will appreciate the sustainable seafood and responsibly sourced ingredients found in Blue Apron recipes. Blue Apron has a vegetarian option (for 2-person plans), a Mediterranean diet option, and a Whole30/paleo option.

(Blue Apron also offers a wine subscription plan!)

Special Diets Catered To: Whole30, Mediterranean Diet

Popular Example Recipes: Provolone Cheeseburgers and Marinated Kale, Baked Rigatoni and Creamy Tomato Sauce, Spiced Fish Tacos, Seared Steaks and Mashed Potatoes

Check out our Blue Apron reviews and our Blue Apron details for more information on subscribing. Ships to the contiguous US for free.

10. Butcher Box

Butcher Box Best Quarterly Box

Price: $129 per box. Subscribe here!

The Food: As the name implies, Butcher Box is all about providing high-quality meat. In each box, you will get 8-11 pounds of grass-fed beef, heritage pork, and free-range organic chicken curated to your preferences. All meat is 100% grass-fed, grass finished, never taken from feedlots, and antibiotic and hormone free. Butcher Box meat is flash frozen while fresh, packed in dry ice, and shipped off to your door.

Special Diets Catered To: Paleo, High Protein.

Popular Example Recipes: USDA certified organic, certified humane, 100% grass-fed lamb, 100% antibiotic and hormone free, pasture-fed beef, certified humane, antibiotic and hormone free pork, cage free, free-range, certified humane, USDA certified organic chicken.

Check out our Butcher Box reviews and our Butcher Box details for more information on subscribing. Ships to the contiguous US for free.

11. CrateChef

Crate Chef December 2018 all contents

Price: Starts at $45 a box. Subscribe here!

The Food: All the materials you need to become the next celebrity chef. CrateChef is all about the products behind making a meal, meaning packages are full of cookbooks, curated kitchen tools, exclusive recipes, and inspirational notes from world-renowned chefs. CrateChef is perfect for experienced cooks who like to experiment!

Special Diets Catered To: None.

Recipes: Whitney Miller’s New Southern Table and Knife: Texas Steakhouse Meals at Home, Artisan Jerky & Sausage, Specialty Salts, Organic Tahini, etc.

Check out our CrateChef reviews and our CrateChef details for more information on subscribing. Ships to the US for $6 (including Hawaii and Alaska).

12. Chef’s Plate (Canada)

Price: $9.75 a serving. Subscribe here!

The Food: MasterChef Canada – inspired recipes. Chef’s Plate is a meal kit specifically for people in Canada, featuring farm fresh, pre-portioned ingredients, and delicious, family-friendly recipes. All Chef’s Plate recipes are curated by chefs, inspired by seasonal fare, and best of all, include categories from 15-minute meals and comfort food to meals that highlight special ingredients.

Special Diets Catered To: Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian, but only based on the availability of ingredients.

Popular Example Recipes: Five Spice Chicken Fingers with Lime Plum Sauce & Broccoli Rice, Saucy Mushroom Miki Noodles with Broccoli, Snap Peas, & Soft Egg, Shawarma Spiced Beef Wraps with Soft Pitas, Feta, & Sweet Potato Fries, etc.

Check out the Chef’s Plate website for more information on subscribing. Ships to the US for free, additional charges for international shipping.

13. Purple Carrot

Purple Carrot BEST MEAL KIT SUBSCRIPTIONS 2018

Price: Purple Carrot offers fixed pricing at $72 a week for 3 meals per week, each of which serves two people.

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The Food: Deliciously flavorful vegan meals. Purple Carrot delivers three meals a week. All meals are dairy and meat-free while staying protein-rich and surprisingly easy to make! Purple Carrot recipes are seasonal, so you can enjoy all the bounties of the season while continuing to eat meals that are healthy and perfectly portioned for you!

Special Diets Catered To: Vegan, Vegetarian.

Popular Example Recipes: Saigon Noodles with Ginger Tofu & Cucumber Mint Salad, Creamy Tomato Bisque with Quinoa & Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower, Caribbean Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Rice & Mango Salsa, Garlic Roasted Acorn Squash with Mashed Potatoes & Cranberry Chickpea Relish, etc.

Check out our Purple Carrot reviews and our Purple Carrot details for more information on subscribing. Ships to the US.

14. Freshly

Freshly BEST MEAL KIT SUBSCRIPTIONS 2018

Price: $59.99 / week for 3 meals a week that serve two people each.

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The Food: Quick, healthy dishes! Freshly meals include breakfasts, lunches, and dinner entrees, and are ready to eat in 3 minutes or less! Ingredients are simple, organic, all natural, and include gluten-free, protein-rich, low-sugar diets. Freshly is a great box for those who live a gluten free lifestyle, as all meals are packaged in a certified gluten-free facility.

Special Diets Catered To: Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, and Peanut Free.

Popular Example Recipes: Three Bean Ancho Turkey Chili, Veggie Baked Penne, Chicken Tikka Masala, Korean-Style Shrimp, Moroccan-Style Root Veggie Tagine, Teriyaki Salmon Cakes, etc.

Check out our Freshly reviews and our Freshly details for more information on subscribing. Ships to the West Coast of the US, and expanding (shipping is free).

15. Terra’s Kitchen

Terra's Kitchen April 2018

Price: $64.99 a month. Subscribe here!

The Food: Simple, healthy meals in a reusable container. Terra’s Kitchen sends washed, pre-cut, fresh ingredients to you weekly. Unlike other subscriptions, Terra’s Kitchen ships all items in a cooler-like package, that you can place on your doorstep or take to the post office for reuse. All Terra’s Kitchen meals cook in 30 minutes or less.

Special Diets Catered To: Whole30, Paleo, Low Calorie, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Weight Loss, Dairy-Free, Low Carb.

Popular Example Recipes: Turkey Taco Pizza with Cauliflower Crust, Southwest Salmon and Quinoa Bowls, Spicy Hoisin-Glazed Beyond Burgers with Basil-Lime Carrot Salad, Spicy Honey Lime Chicken with Edamame Rice, Mushroom Stroganoff, etc.

Check out our Terra’s Kitchen reviews and our Terra’s Kitchen details for more information on subscribing. Ships to the US for free.

16. Foodstirs

Foodstirs Best Candy Box

Price: $18.99 a month. Subscribe here!

Coupon: Use coupon code MSA20 for 20% off subscriptions and more!

The Food: Desserts galore. Foodstirs Baking Club delivers one recipe to your family bi-monthly, including cupcakes, brownies, cake pops and more! All Foodstirs recipes are designed with kids in mind, from fun flavors and colors to organic and non-GMO ingredients. Foodstirs is a great way to bake and make memories in the process.

Special Diets Catered To: OU-Certified Kosher, Vegan (most mixes are vegan, and while they suggest milk and eggs in their recipes, you can substitute your favorite plant-based alternatives to make desserts vegan).

Popular Example Recipes: Gingerbread Latte Cookies, Minute Mug Cake, Movie Night Cupcakes, Pumpkin Spice Pancakes, Brooklyn Salted Chocolate Chip Brownies, Warm Apple Spice Coffee Cake, etc.

Check out our Foodstirs reviews and our Foodstirs details for more information on subscribing. Ships to the US.

17. Dinnerly

Price: Starts at $38.99 a month. Subscribe here!

The Food: Tasty, affordable food. Dinnerly‘s focus is simplicity: using fewer ingredients and digital recipe cards, so you can spend less time in front of the stove and more time with your family! Every week, Dinnerly menus are posted online, so you can choose with recipes you like and which you don’t. All Dinnerly recipes have six or fewer ingredients and take 30 minutes or less to make.

Special Diets Catered To: Sometimes Vegetarian.

Popular Example Recipes: Mexican Baked Beef and Rice, Grass-fed Beef Burger, Pizza Quesadilla, Gingery Pork Meatball Soup, Tomato & Red Pepper Shakshuka, etc.

Check out our Dinnerly reviews and our Dinnerly details for more information on subscribing. Ships to certain states in the US for $8.99 (CA, WA, OR, NV, UT, ID, and growing).

18. Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest BEST MEAL KIT SUBSCRIPTIONS 2018

Price: $47.94 a month. Subscribe here!

The Food: All Daily Harvest soups and smoothies are 100% unrefined and vegan. Soups and smoothies are made with 98% organic ingredients that pre-portioned and full of superfoods, so all you have to do is blend! Daily Harvest offers the option of picking one pack of best-sellers, or your own mix, along with choosing your day of delivery to match up with your schedule.

Special Diets Catered To: Vegetarian, Vegan.

Popular Example Recipes: Ginger + Greens smoothie, Broccoli+Cheeze Harvest Bowl, Tomato + Bell Pepper Blended Soup, Dragon Fruit + Lychee Smoothie, Pineapple + Mocha Smoothie, Lentil + Mesquite Chili, Cauliflower + Leek Stew, etc.

Check out our Daily Harvest reviews and our Daily Harvest details for more information on subscribing. Ships to the US, price and delivery days/times dependent on location.

You’ve got your meal kits covered. But what about snacks? Take a look at our best snack boxes to find something to tide you over until meal time comes around.

Written by Anna Reilly

Anna Reilly

Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she’s swooning for all things kawaii!

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