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Our favorite meal subscription boxes of 2018

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The Best Meal Subscription Boxes

Our readers nominated their favorite subscription boxes, then voted on which of those boxes they loved most. Here’s what they chose as the Best Meal Kit Subscription Boxes!

What’s for dinner? If you subscribe to one of these popular cooking subscription boxes, your typical dinners, lunches, and even breakfasts and snacks will be replaced with wholesome restaurant-quality meals that you can make right at home. Not only do these boxes make cooking for your family easy and delicious—they’re also great for helping inexperienced chefs learn to cook!

18 Cooking & Meal Kit Delivery Services Worth Trying, According to Our Readers

Meal kits are being advertised everywhere nowadays, but which ones are really worth it? Our readers weigh in:

1. Blue Apron

blue apron box and example ingredients

The Cost: Subscriptions cost between $8.99-$10.99 per serving, depending on your plan, plus shipping. Sign up here!

COUPON: Get $30 off your first order! No coupon required—just use this link!

What kind of food do you get?: Blue Apron meals put flavorful twists on classic fare, sort of like what you might expect from a hip neighborhood bistro. Each week, you’ll get pre-portioned ingredients for balanced, seasonal recipes that cook up quickly and reflect a myriad of global flavors. The company takes sustainability seriously and aims to use responsibly farmed meats and produce as often as possible. Blue Apron has also done fun, limited-edition menus with programs like Whole30, MasterChef Junior, and Chrissy Teigen. Check out our Blue Apron reviews to learn more!

Which special diets do they cater to?: Vegetarian, Mediterranean Diet

Popular recipes: Provolone Cheeseburgers and Marinated Kale, Baked Rigatoni and Creamy Tomato Sauce, Brown Butter Gnocchi, Spiced Fish Tacos

Ships to: US only

2. Hello Fresh

hello fresh example meal kit box and ingredients

The Cost: Subscriptions cost between $8.74-$9.99 per serving depending on your plan, plus shipping. Sign up here!

COUPON: Get $30 off your first order! No coupon required—just use this link!

What kind of food do you get?: Hello Fresh serves up classic, crowd-pleasing flavors, plus a few fun twists to help expand your palette! We love that their ingredients come bundled by recipe, so that you can easily take them from the fridge to the countertop and get started. We think the approachable, yet interesting recipes would be great for families! Check out our Hello Fresh reviews to learn more!

Which special diets do they cater to?: Vegetarian

Example recipes: Gorgeous Greens Farro Bowl, Korean Beef Bibimbap, Pineapple Poblano Beef Tacos, Chicken Sausage Pizzas

Ships to: US only

3. Home Chef

home chef example box and ingredients packaged up

The Cost: Meals start at $9.95 per serving, and delivery is free for orders over $45. Sign up here!

COUPON: Save $30 off your first box! with coupon code DM30

What kind of food do you get?: Home Chef recipes are always yummy and family friendly. The flavors are familiar, yet fun, plus the portions are always filling. Home Chef also offers add-ons like fruit, snacks, and smoothies! Check out our Home Chef reviews to learn more!

Which special diets do they cater to?: Vegetarian, Milk Free, Carb Conscious, Calorie Conscious, Soy Free, Wheat Free, Nut Free

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

Ships to: Most of the US (You can check to see if Home Chef delivers to your zip code here.)

4. Plated

plated meal kit box ingredients

The Cost: Recipes begin at $12.00 per plate. Get free shipping with 3+ recipes per week plans. Sign up here!

LIMITED TIME DEAL: Save 25% off your first 4 weeks of Plated with any subscription plan (up to a $159.20 value)

What kind of food do you get?: Plated meals put a trendy, hip spin on popular flavors. Their ingredients include antibiotic-free meats, seasonal produce, and other quality ingredients. Everything is bundled by recipe for your convenience, too! Check out our Plated reviews to learn more!

Which special diets do they cater to?: Vegetarian. No gluten ingredients (though not gluten-free).

Example recipes: Seared Steak with Bell Pepper Panzanella, Buffalo Chicken Pizza with Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing, Fontina and Brie Grilled Cheese with Fig Compote and Frisée Salad, Salmon Burgers with Chive Aioli and Mâche

Ships to: 95% of the U.S. (Currently, Plated does not ship to Hawaii and Alaska, and there are also a few cities in Texas, including San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Laredo, and Midland, where they don’t yet ship.)

5. CrateChef

CrateChef chef curated kitchen gifts

The Cost: $45 a box (plus $6 shipping per box) or $44 a box when you choose a 3-month subscription. You may also purchase a one-time gift box for $49 a box (plus $6 shipping). Sign up here!

COUPON: Use code ADDICTION10 to save 10% off your first box!

What kind of food do you get?: Unlike some other meal kits on this list, CrateChef sends you a selection of a celebrity chef’s favorite kitchen goodies that you can use across a myriad of recipes. Think cookbooks, tools, and pantry items. If you’re a more experienced cook who likes to design their own recipes, then you’ll love the inspiration in this box! Check out our CrateChef reviews to learn more!

Which special diets do they cater to?: None.

Example products: High-quality ice cream scoopers, alphabet cookie cutters, organic tahini, cookbooks like Whitney Miller’s New Southern Table and Knife: Texas Steakhouse Meals at Home, artisan jerky and sausage, specialty salts, and more.

Ships to: US only

6. Butcher Box

butcher box meat subscription box example products

The Cost: $129 a month + free shipping. You can also save $20 by doubling any order. Sign up here!

COUPON: Get free ribeye steaks + $10 off with your first box by using this link!

What kind of food do you get?: Butcher Box is a subscription just for the meat lovers out there! Each box contains 8-11 pounds of grass-fed beef, heritage pork, and free-range organic chicken, depending on the preferences you set. These exceptional, nutritionally rich products are perfect for paleo dieters and other fans of high protein eating! Check out our Butcher Box reviews to learn more!

Which special diets do they cater to?: None.

Example products: 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.

Ships to: Continental US

7. Sun Basket

Sunbasket meal kit subscription box example ingredients

The Cost: Meals start at $6.16 per serving + shipping ($6.99 shipping fee per order, first week delivery is always free). Sign up here!

COUPON: Get 3 free meals with your first box when you use this link!

What kind of food do you get?: Sun Basket was created by Chef Justine Kelly of San Francisco’s famed Slanted Door restaurant. The recipes in the subscription reflect her passion for sustainable eating. The dishes are wholesome, fresh, and deliciously uncomplicated. Their simple recipes feature organic vegetables, antibiotic and hormone free meats, and sustainable seafood, all of which comes pre-portioned and ready to prepare! Check out our Sun Basket reviews to learn more!

Which special diets do they cater to?: Gluten-Free, Paleo, Lean and Clean, Vegetarian, Mediterranean, Vegan, Pescatarian, and Diabetes Friendly.

Example recipes: Thai Turkey Lettuce Cups, Seared Albacore Tuna Steaks with Green Beans and Soft-Cooked Eggs, Spicy Shrimp Diablo Tacos with Pickled Cabbage and Lime, Korean-Style Tofu Burgers with Quick-Pickled Cucumber and Kimchi

Ships to: Currently shipping to most zip codes in the United States, excluding AK, HI, MT, and parts of NM.

8. DegustaBox USA

degusta box example grocery and snack products

The Cost: $19.99 per month or $18.99 if you purchase the box bi-annually. Both prices include shipping to the contiguous United States. Sign up here!

COUPON: Use coupon code MSABONUS2018 to get your first month of Degustabox for only $9.99. (Regularly $19.99). Your first month will also include a free gift!

What kind of food do you get?: DegustaBox sends you a variety of shelf-stable food items, some which are new to the market! What you do with these tasty and unique groceries is up to you—no recipes to follow here. If you love discovering wholesome new products for you and your family to snack and feast on, you’ll have a ton of fun with this box! Check out our DegustaBox reviews to learn more!

Which special diets do they cater to?: 

Example products: High-quality salad dressing, canned veggies, full-size and individual packs of snacks, granola bars, fruit and juices, unique nut and alternative milks, and much more.

Ships to: Contiguous US

9. Purple Carrot

purple carrot box and ingredients

The Cost: $12.00 per serving or $72.00 per week. Sign up here!

COUPON: Save $20 off your first order with code NEWCARROT

What kind of food do you get?: Vegans, this one’s for you! Purple Carrot offers three new completely vegan meals per week. They’re dairy and meat-free, but each recipe is overflowing with flavor. Vegan eaters love the yummy dishes in this box, which range from familiar to just adventurous enough. Curious about going vegan? This box might be the place to start! Check out our DegustaBox reviews to learn more!

Which special diets do they cater to?: Vegan, Vegetarian

Example recipes: Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos, Eggplant Moussaka, Peruvian Jackfruit Torta, Sushirito, Spaghetti and Beet Balls

Ships to: Contiguous US

10. Freshly

stack of freshly pre-made meal subscription box

The Cost: $12.00 per serving or $72.00 per week. Sign up here!

COUPON: Get 30% off your first order when you use this link!

What kind of food do you get?: Not a fan of cooking? Freshly’s meals arrive fresh and ready to eat in 3 minutes or less! The chef-curated dishes, which include entrees and breakfasts, are simple, healthy, and clean—they’re gluten-free, protein-packed, free from refined sugars, and all natural. Check out our Freshly reviews to learn more!

Which special diets do they cater to?: Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Peanut-Free, Dairy-Free

Example recipes: Three Bean Ancho Turkey Chili, Steak Peppercorn, Chicken Tikka Masala, Southwest Veggie Bowl

Ships to: Most of the contiguous US. Check here to make sure they deliver to you.

11. Chef’s Plate (Canada)

chef's plate canadian meal kit subscription box

The Cost: $9.75 CAN – $10.95 CAN per serving. Sign up here!

What kind of food do you get?: Chef’s Plate is a popular Canadian meal kit that features restaurant-quality, family-friendly recipes and pre-portioned ingredients. Each dish is chef-curated and inspired by seasonal fare. Their menus note special categories like 15-minute meals, comfort foods, and dishes that highlight special ingredients. If you’re a MasterChef Canada fan, you can find meals inspired by the series on Chef’s Plate’s menu!

Which special diets do they cater to?: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegetarian, but only based on availability of ingredients.

Example recipes: Three Bean Ancho Turkey Chili, Steak Peppercorn, Chicken Tikka Masala, Southwest Veggie Bowl

Ships to: Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Manitoba with more locations coming soon.

12. Terra’s Kitchen

terra's kitchen meal kit reusable vessel full of ingredients

The Cost: $9.99+ per serving, plus free shipping. Minimum purchase order amount is $72.00. Sign up here!

COUPON: Use code TKNOW35 to save $35 off your first order!

What kind of food do you get?: Terra’s Kitchen makes it easy to eat according to a Mediterranean Diet. Unlike other subscriptions which ship ingredients in a cardboard box, these ingredients come inside of a cooler-like vessel that you simply set back on your stoop for pick up. (The company then reuses it numerous times!) Another perk? The ingredients in this subscription often come pre-washed and chopped, which gets you one step closer to a fresh, delicious, clean meal! Check out our Terra’s Kitchen reviews to learn more!

Which special diets do they cater to?: Whole30, Paleo, Low Calorie, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Weight Loss, Dairy-Free, Low Carb, Mediterranean Diet

Example recipes: Broccoli and Edamame Sushi Bowls, Turkey Spinach Meatballs in Skinny Sunday Gravy, Lentil and Butternut Squash Curry, Terra Buddha Bowl, Sweet Potato, Bacon, and Kale Hash

Ships to: Ships to most of the US

13. Green Chef

Green Chef example box and ingredients

The Cost: $10.49-$14.99 per meal, depending on your preferences. Sign up here!

NEW DEAL: Save $40 off your first order by using this link!

What kind of food do you get?: Green Chef connects you with fresh, sustainable, organic ingredients and delicious, healthy recipes. Their menus include everything from fresh twists on classic comfort foods to globally inspired cuisine. Plus, everything you get is GMO free, USDA certified organic, sustainable and traceable, and best of all, designed with amateur cooks in mind. Even if you’re new to the kitchen, you’ll be able to make these flavorful dishes! Check out our Green Chef reviews to learn more!

Which special diets do they cater to?: Vegetarian, Vegan, Ketogenic, Paleo, Gluten-Free (Green Chef is actually Certified Gluten-Free, so it’s a fantastic option for celiac customers!)

Example recipes: Coconut Shrimp Curry, Mustard-Balsamic Chicken, Vegan Crab Cakes, Saag Haloumi

Ships to: Ships to most of the contiguous US

14. Foodstirs

Foodstirs kids baking box my sarah michelle gellar

The Cost: $14.99 + $5.99 shipping on the month-to-month plan, with discounts and free shipping on 3, 6, and 12 box prepaid plans. Sign up here!

COUPON: Get 20% off sitewide with code MSA20

What kind of food do you get?: Foodstirs is a subscription box just for desserts, created by Sarah Michelle Gellar! (Yep, Buffy the Vampire Slayer also knows how to slay in the kitchen! What can’t that gal do?) Each month, you’ll get the ingredients for you and your family to cook up a playful new dessert, like cupcakes, brownies, cake pops, and other beloved baked goods. Everything is designed with kids in mind, from the organic, non-GMO ingredients to the playful flavors and colors in the finished product. Check out our Foodstirs reviews to learn more!

Which special diets do they cater to?: OU-Certified Kosher, Vegan (most mixes are vegan, and while they suggest milk and eggs in their recipes, you can technically substitute your favorite plant-based alternatives to make the desserts vegan)

Example recipes: Campfire S’mores Brownies, Rainbow Cake Pops, Little Monsters Cupcakes, Firecracker Treat Pops, Rainbow Pancakes

Ships to: US only

15. Dinnerly 

Dinnerly meal kit subscription box ingredients

The Cost: $5.00 per portion + $8.99 shipping. Sign up here!

What kind of food do you get?: Dinnerly is all about simplicity. Their recipe cards are digital, so there’s less paper to keep track of, and their crowd-pleasing, affordable recipes tend to use fewer ingredients. That means less time between you and a yummy dinner for yourself or your family! Check out our Dinnerly reviews to learn more!

Which special diets do they cater to?: Vegetarian, but not consistently.

Example recipes: Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Croutons, Creamy Gnocchi with Spinach and Fried Scallions, BBQ Fried Chicken, Grass-Fed Beef Sloppy Joes

Ships to: US only

16. Gobble

Gobble meal kit example ingredients

The Cost: $11.99 per serving + $6.99 shipping. Sign up here!

COUPON: Get $50 off your first order when you follow this link!

What kind of food do you get?: Gobble’s 15-minute dinners help you get from the kitchen to the dinner table fast. They do much of the portioning, chopping, and marinating for you, so cooking is as simple and easy as can be. Their meals come with a healthy balance of flavors and fresh ingredients, helping you create classic, familiar flavors for you and your family. Check out our Gobble reviews to learn more!

Which special diets do they cater to?: Vegetarian.

Example recipes: Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Basil Orzo Salad, Beef Bourguignon with Mashed Potatoes, Meyer Lemon Gnocchi with Asparagus Tips and Artichoke Hearts, Potato Pierogies with Caramelized Onions and Sautéed Spinach

Ships to: Continental US only

17. Martha & Marley Spoon

martha stewart and marley spoon meal kit box

The Cost: Meals start at $8.20 per serving + free shipping. Sign up here!

COUPON: Get $30 off your first box when you follow this link!

What kind of food do you get?: Marley Spoon sends you the quality, artisanal ingredients and recipes to make some of Martha Stewart’s favorite dishes. Choose your favorites from a wide variety of classic and creative recipes, then schedule and receive your box at your convenience. Check out our Martha & Marley Spoon reviews to learn more!

Which special diets do they cater to?: Vegetarian, other special diets, but inconsistently

Example recipes: Broccoli Cheddar Soup, Cheesy Baked Pinto Beans, Kimchi Spiced Pork Burgers, Sumac Grilled Chicken

Ships to: Most of the contiguous US

18. Hungryroot

hungry root example vegan food products

The Cost: $69.99 – $99.00 depending on your subscription level  + free ground shipping. Sign up here!

COUPON: Get your first Starter Set box for $59.00 or your first Good Life box for $79.00 when you use this link!

What kind of food do you get?: Vegans will love this ultra-simple plant-based recipe subscription box. Choose the meals you’d like and you’ll receive the pre-prepped ingredients in grocery-style packages. Each recipe takes just a handful of ingredients and a few minutes to prepare. They also have pre-made sweets and snacks worth checking out! Check out our Hungryroot reviews to learn more!

Which special diets do they cater to?: Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, low-sugar, 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

 

That wraps up our list of the Best Cooking and Meal Kit Subscription Boxes! Did your favorites make the list?