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The 14 Best Meal Kit Boxes of 2020 – Readers’ Choice Awards

The Best Meal Kit Subscriptions of 2020

Everyone loves a home-cooked meal! With a meal kit subscription, you can skip the menu planning and grocery shopping, and go straight to the magic-making. Meal subscriptions send pre-measured ingredients for dinners, lunches, and sometimes even breakfasts that taste divine without taking up precious time for prep. Sound delightful? It truly is!

The meal kit subscription boxes on this list were nominated and voted on by our readers as the best of 2020. They span boxes with fresh ingredients and full meal recipes delivered weekly, to heat-and-eat lunches and dinners, and even blend-and-go smoothies for quick breakfasts and snacks. Whether you’re new in the kitchen or striving to eat healthy with a full schedule, there is surely a meal kit for you. Read on to discover your match!

FYI: Meal kits are surging in popularity with more people than ever working from home and practicing social distancing. Check this article for an up-to-date schedule of when you can receive your first box from these popular boxes so you can plan accordingly.

Most Popular Meal Kit Services for Dinner & More, Recommended by Our Readers

There are so many meal kits out there—which ones are worth trying? According to our readers, it’s these:

1. HelloFresh

Hello Fresh subscription with three meals and recipes displayed around the box.

Image from our review.

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

COUPON: Save $80 off your first five boxes! No coupon needed - just use this link.

What kind of food do you get?: HelloFresh meals are largely crowd-pleasing classics, with a few unexpected options mixed in. Their ingredients are pre-measured and bundled by recipe, so following along step-by-step is easy, time-effective, and, honestly, fun. This meal kit subscription is great for families, couples, and solo diners alike.

Which special diets do they cater to?: Vegetarian

Example recipes: Ginger-Turmeric Tilapia, Penne Primavera, Za’atar Roasted Root Veggies, Hearty Steak and Potatoes

Check out our HelloFresh reviews and HelloFresh details to learn more! Ships to the US only.

 

2. Home Chef

All contents of the Home Chef Box

Image from our review.

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

COUPON: Save $80 off your first four boxes! No coupon needed - just use this link.

What kind of food do you get?: Home Chef takes familiar meals and inserts hints of excitement, making this a two-thumbs-up option for families! The flavors are familiar-meets-fun, and the portions are plentiful. We love that Home Chef offers protein packs, slow-cooker options, meals for a crowd, and smoothies! 

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

Example recipes: Shrimp Fra Diavolo Farfalle, Panko-Crusted Boom Boom Chicken, Strawberry Colada Smoothie, Blueberry Balsamic Salad

Check out our Home Chef reviews and Home Chef details to learn more! Ships to most of the US (you can check to see if Home Chef delivers to your zip code at checkout).

 

3. Blue Apron

Blue Apron meal kit subscription shown with all its contents displayed around it.

Image from our review.

The Cost: Subscriptions cost between $7.49-$9.99 per serving, depending on your plan, plus shipping. Orders with three meals ship free. Sign up here!

COUPON: Save $80 over your first 4 boxes! No coupon needed - just use this link.

What Our Readers Say:

“They taught me to cook, then to pair food and wine.” – Nomad

What kind of food do you get?: Blue Apron commonly uses familiar ingredients to create exciting, unexpected recipes! Their balanced meals are globally influenced and use seasonal produce that comes pre-portioned. 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, Weight Watchers, Chrissy Teigen, and Bob’s Burgers. 

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

Popular recipes: Sweet Chili-Saffron Cod, Middle Eastern-Style Pork Burgers, Jalapeno and White Bean-Stuffed Peppers, Mushroom & Kale Gnocchi

Check out our Blue Apron reviews and Blue Apron details to learn more! Ships to the US only.

 

4. Sun Basket

Sun Basket Subscription Box Review March 2019 - CHICKEN SOUP INGREDIENTS

Image from our review.

The Cost: Most plans are $11.99 per meal + shipping ($6.99 shipping fee per order). Sign up here!

COUPON: Get $35 off plus 4 free gifts! No coupon needed - just use this link.

What Our Readers Say:

“Sun Basket is totally eco-conscious. All of the products are seasonal, organic, and non GMO, and all of the packaging is recyclable.” MonicaHeartRN

What kind of food do you get?: Those who know of San Francisco’s famed Slanted Door restaurant and its chef Justine Kelly may be familiar with her passion for sustainable eating. It’s Justine who created Sun Basket, and fittingly, the dishes are wholesome, fresh, and deliciously straightforward. Their simple recipes feature organic vegetables, antibiotic and hormone free meats, and sustainable seafood, all of which come pre-portioned and ready to be cooked! 

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

Example recipes: General Tso’s Tofu with Green Beans and Brown Rice, Italian Sausage and Vegetables in Marinara with Soft-Cooked Eggs, Puerto Rican Arroz con Pollo

Check out our Sun Basket reviews and Sun Basket details to learn more! Currently ships to most zip codes in the United States, excluding AK, HI, MT, and parts of NM.

 

5. EveryPlate

Image of Every Plate subscription with ingredients for multiple meals shown.

Image from our review.

The Cost: Meal plans cost $4.99 per serving + shipping ($8.99 shipping fee per order). Sign up here!

What kind of food do you get?: EveryPlate meals are nothing fancy, and we think that can be a good thing! Simple and filling, they make dinner an uncomplicated delight, with emphasis on chicken, beef, sausage, and pork-centered comfort meals. This is an awesome low-cost meal kit delivery option for those on a budget.

Which special diets do they cater to?: To keep costs low, EveryPlate doesn’t offer any preferences or special diet recipes, though they do offer one or two vegetarian recipes per week.

Example recipes: Chicken Sausage Stuffed Peppers, Skillet Apple Pork Chops, Bacon Mac & Cheese, Honey Balsamic Chicken

Check out our EveryPlate review and EveryPlate details to learn more! Currently ships to most zip codes in the United States for $8.99.

 

6. Green Chef

Green Chef box with three meals and their recipes unpacked from the box.

Image from our review.

The Cost: $11.49-$12.99 per meal, depending on your preferences. Sign up here!

COUPON: Save $80 off your first four boxes! No coupon needed - just use this link.

What kind of food do you get?: Green Chef is all about using fresh, sustainable, organic ingredients in their healthy recipes—and they don’t skimp on flavor, either! Their weekly menus include a variety of options from fresh twists on classics to globally inspired ideas. Rest assured that 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! 

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: Pork Banh Mi Bowl, Chicken with Basil Pistou, Sun-Dried Tomato Flatbreads, Vegan Crab Cakes

Check out our Green Chef reviews and Green Chef details to learn more! Ships to most of the contiguous US.

 

7. Dinnerly

Dinnerly subscription and all ingredients.

Image from our review.

The Cost: $4.99 per portion + $8.99 shipping. Sign up here!

What kind of food do you get?: With Dinnerly, it’s all about simple, crowd-pleasing meals at affordable prices. Take a gander at their digital recipe cards and you’ll find that the meals are made with minimal ingredients, which means quick prep time for these family-friendly dishes.  

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

Example recipes: BBQ Chicken & Broccoli, Pesto Meatloaf, Bistro Steak Sandwich, Shrimp & Rice Noodle Stir-Fry

Check out our Dinnerly review and Dinnerly details to learn more! Ships to the US only.

 

8. Purple Carrot

purple carrot plant-based meal kit with all items

Image from our review.

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

COUPON: Use code CARROT30 to get $30 off your first box!

What kind of food do you get?: Calling all vegans! Offering three new completely vegan meals per week, Purple Carrot might just be the most plant-based-friendly meal kit subscription out there. With meals ranging from dairy- and meat-free takes on staple dishes to adventurous fare inspired by worldly cuisine, this box is a great place to start for those considering going vegan.

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

Example recipes: Korean BBQ Cauliflower Wings, Green Curry Fried Rice, Cavatappi Carbonara, Tempeh Tikka Masala

Check out our Purple Carrot reviews and Purple Carrot details to learn more! Ships to the contiguous US.

 

9. Martha & Marley Spoon

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - Fully unboxed Marley Spoon box on picnic table.

Image from our review.

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

What kind of food do you get?: By subscribing to this meal kit box, you’re benefitting from Martha Stewart’s honed-in tastes! Sending quality, artisanal ingredients for some of her favorite dishes, this subscription offers a wide variety of classic and creative recipes to choose from.

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

Example recipes: Butter-Basted Steak & Fries, Tomato & Pesto Tortelloni Bake, Tandoori Salmon, Mediterranean Sumac Chicken Thighs

Check out our Martha & Marley Spoon reviews and Martha & Marley Spoon details to learn more! Ships to most of the contiguous US.

 

10. Freshly

Freshly prepared meal subscription with 6 meal trays displayed outside the box.

Image from our review.

The Cost: Ranges from $49.99 for 4 meals per week to $197.89 for 12 meals per week. Sign up here!

What kind of food do you get?: Freshly sends meals that cut down prep time by removing it entirely—these chef-curated dishes arrive fresh and ready to eat in 3 minutes or less! Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available, and you can expect simple, healthy, clean meals that are all gluten-free, protein-packed, free from refined sugars, and all natural. 

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

Example recipes: Sicilian-Style Chicken Parm, Beef & Veggie Meatballs, Creamy Cashew-Coconut Chicken, Chili Mac & Cheese

Check out our Freshly reviews and Freshly details to learn more! Ships to most of the contiguous US (they’ve been working on expanding their delivery area in 2019!). Check here to make sure they deliver to you.

 

11. Gobble

Meat, mashed potatoes, and mixed veggies from Gobble prepared on a plate.

Image from our review.

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

COUPON: Get 6 meals for $36. No coupon needed - just use this link.

What kind of food do you get?: Does your schedule require a turn-around for dinner? No problem—Gobble offers 15-minute dinners made from fresh ingredients! Meals arrive with much of the portioning, chopping, and marinating already taken care of, so cooking is super-simple and doable in a time crunch. We love that their menu options can be sorted to show kid-friendly dishes to help plan for successful family dinners!

Which special diets do they cater to?: Vegetarian

Example recipes: Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders with Carrots & Green Beans, Chimichurri Salmon with Broccolini & Saffron Rice, Greek Pita Wrap with Roasted Vegetables & Hummus, Ahi Tuna with Ohitashi-Style Swiss Chard & Furikake

Check out our Gobble reviews and Gobble details to learn more! Ships to the continental US only.

 

12. CrateChef

Pantry items, kitchen tools, and recipe cards displayed with the CrateChef box.

Image from our review.

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?: Wish you could cook like a celebrity chef? CrateChef gets you as close as possible by sending a selection of a famed chef’s fave kitchen goodies and several recipes for suggested use. So, rather than just receiving recipe cards and ingredients, you’ll be hooked up with 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! 

Which special diets do they cater to?: None.

Example products: Cheese knives, cookbooks like Half Baked Harvest Super Simple, high-quality spices, artisanal spreads, spatulas, and more.

Check out our CrateChef reviews and CrateChef details to learn more! Ships to the US only.

 

13. Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest box shown with 9 cups of frozen food.

Image from our review.

The Cost: Ranges from $7.75 per cup for 9 per box, to $6.99 per cup for 24 per box. Sign up here!

COUPON: Use code GOODFOOD4U to get $25 off your first box of 9, 12, or 24 cups!

What kind of food do you get?: You may know Daily Harvest for the smoothies, but this blender-friendly brand has become so much more! Superfood categories include smoothies, harvest bowls, soups, lattes, oat bowls, chia bowls, and even plant-based gluten-free bites for a sweet treat. These healthy-ingredient cups come completely stuffed with fruits and veggies, and most simply require adding liquid and heating or blending. That’s it!

Which special diets do they cater to?: Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, plant-based, dairy-free, paleo

Example recipes: Chocolate + Blueberry Smoothie, Brussels Sprouts + Lime Pad Tie Harvest Bowl, Mango + Turmeric Chia Bowl, Coconut + Lemon Bites

Check out our Daily Harvest reviews and Daily Harvest details to learn more! Ships to the US only.

 

14. Butcher Box

Cooked meat and fancy mashed potatoes plated on an outdoor table, from our Butcher Box review.

Image from our review.

The Cost: $129 a month + free shipping. You can also save $20 by doubling any order, or pay $149 to choose all your own meats. Sign up here!

What kind of food do you get?: Omnivorous protein-seekers will be pleased at the sight of this meat subscription box! Each delivery contains 8-11 pounds of grass-fed beef, heritage pork, and free-range organic chicken, depending on the preferences you set. They also offer a pick-your-own box where you can subscribe to any combination of steaks, bacon, and ground meats that you like. These exceptional, nutritionally rich products are perfect for paleo dieters and families looking for an easy source for grass-fed hormone-free meats! 

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.

Check out our Butcher Box reviews and Butcher Box details to learn more! Ships to the continental US.

 

That wraps up our list of the Best Cooking and Meal Kit Subscription Boxes for 2020! See any that strike your fancy?

Written by Christen Russo

Christen Russo

Christen is a smile collector, outdoors enthusiast, and appreciator of soggy French fries. Her favorite subscriptions involve eco-friendly products and clothes, nature supplies, stationery, and coffee. She can be easily won over with a good sheet of stickers.

Comments (234)

  1. I have not tried any meal box as of yet, but have considered trying Hello Fresh.

  2. I’d love to try anyone of these. I know it’s easier and saves so much time for busy people.

  3. Sun Basket was delicious! Purchased for my daughter and they really enjoyed it. Customer service was top notch as well.

  4. I would like to try Sun Basket because of its ingredients.

  5. I just tried home chef this week and was pleasantly surprised. Hello fresh is on my list to try next.

  6. I would love to try Butcher Box since I’ve tried at least one dinner service .

  7. Blue Apron and Cook Homemade

  8. I bearly subscribed to hello fresh i have been following alot of these food subscriptions for a while and i decided to try the 3 meals a week for 2 i receive my first box next week lets see how it goes

  9. I haven’t tried any but I’ve been wanting to try Blue Apron.

  10. I’ve been really wanting to try CrateChef. I love that they send a mix of pantry items plus kitchenware.

  11. purple carrot!

  12. Never tried 1, would love to try one, mabey blue apron.

  13. Butcher block!

  14. Butcher Box looks awesome to me

  15. I would love to try Butcher Box

  16. I’ve tried a few of these meal kits and while it may not be a typical subscription box I still love the of the month clubs.

    Some of these boxes I think are too hard for beginner cooks, too expensive for the portions you get or just taste terrible.

    I like trying new things every month and surprises but with things I like so if you like cheese for example cheese of the month club.

    Or Omaha Steaks is great because it is simple and you know how to make basic grill stuff. I have heard good things about Swansons too.

  17. Green chef looks good and I’d love to try butcher box, although that is far out of my budget.

  18. I would like to try Sun Basket’s Diabetic friendly meals and use them as a cooking class for my parents who are diabetic yet extremely stubborn with their eating habits.

  19. I have tried Hello Fresh and Plated. They were both delicious and convenience but pricey for sure.

  20. I’ve tried Hello Fresh a few times, but Butcher Box is my dream box!!!

  21. I would like to try home chef or one with best reviews which I will be looking into it more for my better half and I….

  22. I have tried Hello Fresh but was put off by all the packaging. However, I would like to try Sun Basket.

  23. I have tried fresh direct

  24. I haven’t tried any of these services but do get Hungry Harvest (see it on shark tank) weekly and get “imperfect produce” for a fraction of the price. If i win I would love to try Blue Apron. I have tried a few of their recipes from their website and really enjoyed them.

    • I have been watching imperfect produce for awhile, but they don’t deliver to my area. Never know about hungry harvest, but its the same issue for me of being out of the delivery area. I would like to see MSA review either one of these subs.

  25. I’ve always wanted to try a food sub box. So many to choose from. I havent tried any of them yet. Thanks for the opportunity to possibly win one.

  26. I’d love to try any of them

  27. I reccomend Plated. I used them for around a year while I was in college. I would like to try Daily Harvest.

    • Sadly Plated is no more. It was my favorite too.

  28. I have not tried Blue Apron, so that would be my pick

  29. I enjoyed home chef.

  30. Hello fresh

  31. I would like to try hello fresh. It looks so easy to accomplish a nice meal.

  32. I’ve tried them all but purple carrot (which I get next week), but my favorite is plated!

  33. I cannot recommend any since I haven’t tried any yet.

  34. Butcher Box!!

  35. Butcher Box would be awesome!

  36. Have yet to try any meal delivery service, but have several friends who have and had great experiences. I would be interested in trying probably or blue apron.

  37. I haven’t tried any yet, but Freshly sounds good since I need gluten/dairy free!

  38. Blue Apron or Butcher Box

  39. Crate chef

  40. Hello fresh!!

  41. I would like to try daily harvest

  42. I have only tried Hello Fresh, but I would like to try Plated or Sun Basket.

  43. I’m anxious to try Daily Harvest!! Their ads make me so hungry!

  44. Home chef is the only one I’ve tried but I would love to get peach dish too

  45. I have never tried any meal kits. Thought about it when they first started showing up but just never did…………. still would like to

  46. I have tried both Hello Fresh and Home Chef. I like Hello Fresh for the variety and like that you can now pick less than the three meals a week if you want.

  47. I’d love to try Hello Fresh or Blue Apron.

  48. Never tried one but would like to try HelloFresh or BlueApron

  49. I’ve never tried a meal delivery service. I would like to try HelloFresh or Blue Apron!

  50. Hellofresh fast efficient healthy

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