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The 22 Best Meal Subscription Boxes – 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards

Kat Giuffrida
ByKat GiuffridaOct 27, 2022 | 244 comments

Meal subscriptions can be an absolute life-saver for when you just can't make it to the store some weeks or for when cooking is just not an option. They can also be a fun way to try out new recipes that you wouldn't have tried otherwise and help you develop your cooking skills even further. However, regardless of your reason for choosing a meal subscription, it can be tough to choose the right one when it seems like the market is flooded with options left and right...but we're here to help!

Every year, we ask our readers to share their top recommended subscriptions of all types. Then we ask our experts to share what they know about each subscription to make it easy for you to know which subscription is right for you. Below, you’ll find our insights for shopping meal subscription boxes, and see readers’ top choices for organic meal kits, prepared meal kits, low-prep meal kits, and more.

Top 5 Winners Best For:
HelloFresh Best Overall Meal Kit Subscription Box
Home Chef The Best Customizable Meal Subscription Box
Tovala The Best Innovative Meal Kit Subscription
Blue Apron The Best OG Meal Kit Delivery Service
EveryPlate The Best Budget Meal Kit Subscription Box

What To Look For When Shopping Meal Subscriptions

Food is essential to life, so it’s important that when you’re looking for a meal subscription, you’re seeking options that provide sustenance and nourishment while making preparation of that food easier. Our readers have found the following features helpful when choosing meal subscriptions.

  •  Meal Kit Complexity: Do you want the ingredients and recipes for cooking a meal, or do you want something you can pop in the microwave? Most meal kits in our list contain deliveries that include recipes and pre-measured ingredients that you can use to create a full meal. However, we also include meal subscriptions that offer pre-made microwavable or oven-ready meals that are ready in minutes.
  • Meal Variety: Does this meal subscription offer you more than a few options to choose from each week? You'll definitely want to choose a plan that provides you with as many options as possible, that way there's always something you'll like on the menu. Our list describes the kinds of meals you can expect for each subscription so that you can choose one with meals that appeal to your tastebuds.
  • Taste: Even though you’re signing up for these services online, you’ve got to have a good idea of whether the meals will taste good before signing up. Look for customer reviews and testimonials that give you an idea of whether you’ll enjoy the meals that come to your home. We have tried to only include subscriptions with meals that are well-reviewed, and we’ve included reader comments about every box on our list.
  • Frequency: Do you want to replace your current meals with three subscription meals a week? All of your meals? This will affect price, but you also don’t want to fill your refrigerator with more meals than you know what to do with. Start with a lower number of meals and then go up as you figure out which meals are your favorite.
  • Ingredient Sourcing: How does this meal subscription source its ingredients? Does it use a farm-to-table approach or use seasonal ingredients? Does it offer organic ingredients or meat from humanely-raised animals? Make sure to check and see if a brand offers information related to ingredient sourcing and that it aligns with your values. In our list we’ve noted, where possible, the subscriptions that use seasonal and organic ingredients, as well as other notes about sourcing.
  • Dietary Accommodations: If you have food sensitivities or allergies, you probably already know that you’ll need to watch out for certain foods and meals. Luckily, there are meal subscription services that accommodate special diets. Some offer only gluten-free or vegetarian options, for example. Several of the subscriptions on this list are geared towards the general public, but we’ve also included some that go above and beyond to ensure that strict measures are taken to ensure that you can use their service and that there are meals that are safe for you to eat.
  • Value: The price of food always seems to be going up, so you need to consider prices when deciding on a meal subscription. However, you’ll want to consider different factors that affect price. For instance, even if a a meal subscription isn’t particularly cheap, is it providing you with higher-quality ingredients or better tasting meals? You’ll also want to make sure that the meals you’ll get are competitively-priced against what you would receive at local restaurants or grocery stores. Prices for meal subscription services vary according to how frequently you want meals, but in our list we’ve tried to give you an idea of what you can expect in terms of pricing from different boxes.
  • Convenience: One reason that meal subscription services are so popular is that they save time in addition to money. You don’t have to find the ingredients yourself or think about which store to go to. However, some subscriptions require you to take more steps than others. Some subscriptions ask you pop a container in the microwave, while other subscriptions require you to do a number of tasks before you combine ingredients or cook meals. Our list gives you an idea of what kind of prep you can expect for each subscription.
  • Customer Service: There could come a time when your meals don’t arrive in a timely manner, or time when there’s a problem with the meals you receive. This can be a major inconvenience, especially when you plan to use those meals as your lunch or dinner. That’s why good customer service is vital when subscribing to a meal service. We tried to only include those subscriptions that our readers describe as reliable and consistent with their approach to resolving customer problems and concerns.

The Most Popular Meal Subscription Boxes

Read on for our reader’s recommendations for the best meal subscriptions currently available. If we missed anything, drop us a comment. If you’ve tried one of these services, be sure to leave a quick review (even if you had a poor experience — your review can help other readers avoid subscription remorse).

1. HelloFresh

Best Overall Meal Kit Subscription Box

hellofresh delivery showing box contents posed around box

Image from our review.

What’s In This Meal Subscription Box

HelloFresh

is the most popular meal kit company in the US and our readers report that there are few services that offer comparable overall value, variety of meals, and accessibility. The kit comes with a recipe and ingredients that you can use to create well-balanced, full meals.

They offers six different types of meals which include:

  • Meat & Veggies
  • Veggie
  • Family Friendly
  • Fit & Wholesome
  • Quick & Easy
  • Pescatarian

This variety allows you to satisfy a number of diets; so if you have a family with members that all eat differently, you can ensure that they’re all fed well. You can order 2-6 recipes per week for 2 or 4 people.

After signing up, you’ll have access to over 25 recipes each week and can filter meals by dietary needs as well as mix and match the meals you want to try. Each recipe requires 20-45 min of preparation and cooking and comes with a recipe card for step-by-step guidance. Some recent favorites for recipes include Apricot, Almond & Chickpea Tagine, and Chicken Sausage Spaghetti Bolognese.

Since the focus of HelloFresh is helping customers make their first steps towards cooking well-balanced meals at home, it offers meals that cater to the largest audience possible. As such, it's somewhat limited in its accommodations to certain diets and allergies, but you should be able to adjust your meals at home to meet certain requirements for keto, paleo, and vegan diets.

You cannot tailor your plan for specific allergies, but you can view each meal's nutritional label online to check for specific allergens. HelloFresh helps by calling out eight major allergens whenever they're in one of their recipes.

Pros

  • Can order 2-6 recipes for 2 or 4 people per week
  • Can choose from six meal types

Cons

  • Does not accommodate certain diets or allergens
  • All meals require cooking - there are no premade options

What Readers Say:

Some of the recipes have become such staples that we have kept the recipes for times we don't get [a box delivered] - Yiota

Shipping:

Delivers to all states across the continental US. Shipping rates vary.

Starting at $56.95
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Get 21 Free Meals Across 8 Boxes, First Box Ships Free + 3 Surprise Gifts
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2. Home Chef

The Best Customizable Meal Subscription Box

home chef delivery showing all of box contents

Image from our review.

What’s In This Meal Subscription Box

Home Chef is a meal subscription box that provides delicious, crowd-pleasing meals you can cook at home for 2, 4, or 6 people. They offer both premade (Fresh and Easy meals) and traditional recipe plans that require cooking, depending on what you choose, and you can order 2-6 recipes per week.

Our readers love that Home Chef is extremely customizable: you can swap out ingredients, double-up on proteins, and include weekly add-ons such as breakfast, dessert, or protein bundles. Because you can customize so easily, this meal delivery subscription is perfect for people with picky eaters. Whether it’s your school-aged kid or the spouse who asks for substitutions in every restaurant you go to, they can be satisfied by the customized meals you select at Home Chef.

Most of the meals in the traditional recipe plan can typically be made in around 30 minutes, while their Fresh and Easy meals generally require anywhere from 5-20 minutes of heating before serving.

What about selection? You can choose from over 30 recipes including vegetarian, low-carb, calorie-conscious, and premium options (think wild-caught salmon, New York strip steak, and other restaurant-quality items) and you can set your dietary preferences in your profile to avoid ingredients like nuts, pork, beef, or shellfish.

While Home Chef isn't tailored to fit specific diets, it does accommodate for the following allergens: wheat, dairy, nuts, tree nuts, soy, fish, shellfish. However, be aware that Home Chef’s facility is not certified allergen-free so it's only recommended for those without severe or life-threatening allergies.

Pros

  • Offers a high level of customization
  • Choose from 30+ recipes each week
  • Swap out ingredients and set dietary preferences

Cons

  • Its kitchen is not certified allergen-free
  • Not a great choice for keto, paleo, or vegan diets

What Readers Say:

We have been ordering from them for a couple of months now and so far everything has been delicious and really easy to make!!! My favorite part about the whole thing is that it takes the stress out of having to plan dinner and I'm learning how to cook the right way. Even my husband loves cooking these meals. The portions are very generous! They are restaurant size portions. I would say that you get about 1.5 meals out of one serving. The meals are very well packaged, have always delivered cold, no missing ingredients and always on time. The only reason for knocking it down a star is because the meals are starting to get pretty similar. A lot of them have used red meat, cream cheese and sour cream. Looking ahead for the next few weeks I do see a little bit more variety. -Bridgette

Shipping:

Delivers to 98% of the United States. Shipping is $8.99 for orders over $49.99. Additional shipping fees for orders under $49.99.

Starting at $65.00
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3. Tovala

The Best Innovative Meal Kit Subscription

What’s In This Meal Subscription Box

In a sea of meal delivery subscriptions, Tovala is different. Instead of simply signing up and getting food sent to your doorstep, the barrier to entry here is higher: you have to purchase the Tovala smart oven, which scans your meals and pulls cooking instructions (time, temperature, method) from the cloud. If you've ever had mediocre results microwaving or baking a frozen meal, you can probably understand the draw here.

Tovala's recipes are designed and prepped by chefs, and the meals are shipped fresh. The oven is the final step that ensures your food is cooked just so and that all the work that goes into creating the meal truly pays off. Using a combination of cooking techniques, the oven cooks your meal perfectly; all you have to do is scan the provided QR-code, place your meal in the oven, and press start. The oven even turns off by itself, and if you download the Tovala app, you’ll even be notified when the meal is ready.

Tovala doesn’t only cook their meals; this oven can cook grocery store foods too! You just use the Tovala app, scan the bar code and the Tovala oven knows how long to cook your food. You no longer have to pay attention to preheating, setting the temperature or which rack you should place the food on. And when the food is done cooking, the oven will turn off.

Pros

  • Meals are ready in 20 minutes or less
  • Food is fresh, never frozen, and tastes great
  • The oven can be used for non-Tovala meals
  • You can try risk-free with Tovala's 100-day trial

Cons

  • There's a significant upfront investment
  • 2.4 GHz WiFi and a smartphone are required
  • Tovala's meals do not support all special diets
  • Portion sizes are sufficient, but not ample

Shipping: The contiguous United States. (They do not yet service Hawaii or Alaska.)

Starting at $99.99
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4. Blue Apron

The Best OG Meal Kit Delivery Service

What’s In This Meal Subscription Box

Blue Apron is one of the big names in the world of meal box deliveries, and they’re still regarded as one of the best. Blue Apron introduced (and perfected) many of the standards of the industry — high-quality ingredients, gourmet recipes, and a rotating weekly menu. With a low cost per plate, Blue Apron offers a mix of quality and value, and it’s our top pick for open-minded cooks looking for a great “all-around” meal subscription.

You can choose to subscribe to one of four plans which are

  • Signature- offers a mix of meat and fish and is Weight Watchers approved and diabetes-friendly
  • Wellness- fresh produce, whole grains, high-quality proteins and natural sweeteners.
  • Vegetarian
  • Heat & Eat: these are Blue Apron’s premade meals

Also, you can order 2-4 recipes for 2 or 4 people per week.

The recipes tend to be a little on the adventurous side, with options such as Hoisin Duck & Orange Lo Mein or Tilapia & Orange-Jalapeño Salsa. However, there are plenty of options available that are more traditional in nature that the whole family will enjoy like Crispy BBQ Chicken Sandwich and Pan-Seared Chicken & Mashed Potatoes. The Heat & Eat offerings bring the Blue Apron experience to your microwave; they’re ready to eat in less than five minutes.

Weekly deliveries are customizable, but the meal kit service offers limited options for special diets apart from the pescatarian and vegetarian options. Additionally, all of its ingredients are packaged in a facility that also processes milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soy so it's not the best option for those with severe allergies.

With that said, if you’re looking to order innovative dishes while keeping your budget in check, Blue Apron is still one of the best meal subscription services around.

Pros

  • Offers gourmet, adventurous recipes
  • Pescatarian and vegetarian meals available
  • Offers traditional meal kits and heat-and-eat meals

Cons

  • Its kitchen is not certified allergen-free
  • Not a great choice for keto, paleo, or vegan diets

What Readers Say:

I highly recommend this box, it is fantastic. Everything has arrives fresh and the recipes are so easy. My 15 yr old is learning to cook so this is perfect for her. You get to pick your recipes and they make provisions for allergies! Which is awesome! Customer service is fast and friendly. -Kaylee

Shipping:

Ships to the contiguous United States. Shipping fee is $9.99.

Starting at $39.96
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5. EveryPlate

The Best Kid-Friendly Meal Kit Subscription Box for Those on a Budget

What’s In This Meal Subscription Box

Want to try a meal subscription but you're worried that your kids won't like the food? EveryPlate is a wallet-friendly meal subscription service with kid-friendly entrees and crowd-pleasing options. You get one of 17 recipes, the ingredients and directions to prepare them and you’ll have a full meal on the table in less than half an hour.

You can choose to subscribe to either the ClassicPlate, VeggiePlate, FamilyPlate, or EasyPlate plan, and can order 3-5 meals per week for 2 or 4 people. Each week features a rotating menu with 16 tasty (and kid-friendly) recipes including meals that your kids will be begging to have seconds of such as Southwest Sloppy Joes, Caramelized Onion Burgers, and Easy Chicken Fajitas.

The only downside: it doesn't accommodate special dietary restrictions and allergens. However, if you’re looking for simple meals with wide appeal, EveryPlate’s family plan is a game-changer.

Pros

  • Extremely affordable at $4.99/serving
  • Meals the whole family will enjoy
  • Four types of plans

Cons

  • Its kitchen is not certified allergen-free
  • Not a great choice for keto, paleo, or vegan diets

What Readers Say:

I've tried so many different meal subscription kits and this one is the one we have ended up sticking with. It is truly the best bang for your buck! -Jordan

Shipping:

Delivers to most of the contiguous US. Shipping is $8.99.

Starting at $29.94
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6. Martha & Marley Spoon

The Best Meal Kit Delivery Service Endorsed by a Celebrity Chef

What’s In This Meal Subscription Box

Martha & Marley Spoon is a gourmet meal box delivery service with recipes from — you guessed it — Martha Stewart, the queen of domestic arts. This meal subscription features high-quality, pre-portioned ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes, and it’s a great choice for learning new cooking techniques.

Unlike other recipe-based meal subscriptions, you're not required to subscribe to a specific meal plan. Rather, you choose the number of people you're ordering for (2 or 4), the number of recipes you want each week (2-6), and then select Martha Stewart meals from 40 options which fall under the following categories:

  • Health & Diet,
  • Vegetarian & Vegan
  • Meat & Fish
  • Under 30 Minutes
  • Family-Friendly

Some of Marley Spoon's most popular recipes include Harissa Salmon with Couscous & Broccoli, Honey-Dijon Steak with Green Beans & Potatoes, and Chicken Milanese with Cucumber-Arugula Salad.

Marley Spoon does offer recipes that are adjusted to certain allergens, but it does not offer a full menu for specific allergies or diets. There are filters for meals that include dairy-free and no added gluten, but all ingredients go through the same facility and production process.

Pros

  • 40 weekly recipes
  • Five major meal categories
  • Includes vegetarian and vegan options

Cons

  • Its kitchen is not certified allergen-free
  • Not a great choice for keto/paleo

What Readers Say:

Ive been subscribing to Martha & Marley Spoon for a couple of months now. The food is absolutely delicious. Im a terrible cook so I just let them decide what to send me (I never edit my boxes) and then I make everything exactly like Im told, no "Sherry" variations. Im telling you this food is like from a 5 star restaurant. I always think to myself "I cant believe I actually made this". I wish they would add dessert. -MSA Reader

Shipping:

Delivers to most of the contiguous US states. Shipping is $8.99.

Starting at $60.00
Active Deal
$100 Off For Your First 4 Boxes (40/20/20/20)
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7. Green Chef

The Best Organic Meal Kit Delivery Service

Image from our review.

What’s In This Meal Subscription Box

Green Chef as the name might indicate, is a certified organic meal delivery service that works with local farmers to source sustainable, delicious ingredients. Ingredients come pre-measured and prepped along with pre-made sauces, marinades, and spice blends. You're also able to receive 3 or 4 meals per week for 2, 4, or 6 people and can subscribe to one of the six following plans:

  • Keto + Paleo
  • Vegetarian
  • Mediterranean
  • Fast & Fit
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-Free

Green Chef uses 100% organic foods and offers over 20 recipes per week. Popular recipes include Pecan-Crusted Pork Chops, Baked Ricotta Chicken with Risotto, and Mushroom Curry Udon Bowls.

Despite being able to filter out certain allergens from your weekly recipe selection, be aware that all ingredients are processed and packaged in the same facility, and cross-contact with major food allergens may occur.

Pros

  • All produce and eggs are organic
  • Works with farmers for sustainable ingredients
  • Offers meals that fit several diets

Cons

  • Its kitchen is not certified allergen-free
  • Slightly more expensive due to ingredient sourcing

What Readers Say:

I get the green chef vegan box and it is by far THE BEST FOOD BOX ever! Everything is organic. It’s is soooo delicious even my husband who makes fun of me being vegan looks forward to the delivery and scarfs it down with a big smile on his face. -RedHeadMama

Shipping:

Delivers almost everywhere in the continental United States. Shipping costs $9.99.

Starting at $71.94
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$130 Off Plus Free Shipping
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8. Freshly

The Best All-Around Prepared Meal Delivery Service

Image via Freshly.

What’s In This Meal Subscription Box

Freshly is a meal subscription that sends ready-to-eat, gluten-free meals right to your door that are ready in about three minutes (via microwave). You can sign up to receive anywhere from 4 to 12 meals per week and choose from 50+ recipes that include categories like Signature Collection, Purely Plant, FreshlyFit, and Protein and Sides. Popular recipes include Asian-Style Chicken & Noodles, Golden Oven-Fried Chicken & Mash, and Three-Grain Harvest Bowl.

Unlike most other subscriptions we've reviewed so far, all of Freshly's gluten-free meals are prepared in a certified gluten-free safe spot and some of its meals are made in kitchens free from peanuts and wheat as well. However, the same cannot be guaranteed or other allergies like dairy so be sure to check each meal's ingredient labels before ordering.

Freshly works best for people who are only feeding one person. Got a kid in college or live alone? Freshly will work for you because each microwavable meal includes one single serving. The meals can sit in your refrigerator for a few days, so you don’t feel pressure to eat them right away.

One of our readers’ favorite things about Freshly’s meals is how good they taste; the meals don’t have that “microwaved” taste. Doing pasta without wheat is a challenge, but their Masterful Mac and Cheese gets high marks (it’s brown rice pasta). Their Homestyle Chicken was also well-received.

Pros

  • All meals are ready-to-heat
  • 50+ recipes to choose from
  • GF meals made in certified GF safe spot

Cons

  • Does not offer organic ingredients
  • Not a great choice for keto, paleo, or vegan diets

What Readers Say:

I subscribed to Freshly for about 3 months. I did have some meals come unsealed, the company credited me DOUBLE what the meal was worth. The food was flavorful. It may be hard if you already are not used to eating healthy. My significant other does NOT eat healthy in the least, but commented how good it smelled. I was using them for all 3 meals of the day. I lost 17 pounds in that time, my acne cleared up quite a bit and I feel more energetic. The turkey lasagna was awesome, I enjoy the chicken parm, the sweet potato mash was yummy! I enjoyed most meals I received (although none of the fish seemed right, the salmon was good, but oily). I would highly recommend. -Kyla

Shipping:

Delivers to the contiguous US. Shipping rates vary but start at $6.99 per order.

Starting at $45.96
Active Deal
Get $175 off the first 7 boxes by using code HOLIDAY175AFF valid for new Freshly customers only; Cannot be combined with other offers; Cannot be applied to previous orders; Discount is applied evenly across 7 boxes
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9. Daily Harvest

The Best Vegan Prepared Meal Delivery Service for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Beyond

What’s In This Meal Subscription Box

Daily Harvest offers healthy, pre-portioned plant-based meals and drinks. You can choose from a wide variety of meal options including smoothies, bowls, flatbreads, soups, ice cream, lattes, and more - in fact, it has by far the most options for any plant-based meal subscription service we've seen.

To get started, you'll first need to decide on which size of a box you want. You can choose from small, medium, or large, with each containing 9, 14, and 24 items respectively. Then, simply choose any meal from all meal types to add to your box.

All Daily Harvest's meals can be prepared in minutes and their products never contain gluten, dairy, preservatives, fillers, or artificial ingredients. Additionally, 95% of the ingredients it uses are organic and it always goes organic for ingredients that appear on the Environmental Working Group's "dirty dozen" list.

However, keep in mind that all of Daily Harvest's food is made in a facility that processes dairy, nuts, soy, and gluten.

Pros

  • Tons of meal options
  • 95% organic ingredients
  • All food is gluten and dairy-free

Cons

  • Its kitchen is not certified allergen-free
  • Small/single portion sizes

What Readers Say:

I really appreciate having a simplified method of preparing unique plant based meals. With numerous superfoods included as ingredients. This is especially important in the current climate to pamper your immune system as much as possible with a healthy diet. -Jennipher

hipping:

Ships to 95% of the continental United States. Shipping is free.

Starting at $48.00
Active Deal
Use code ADDICTION40 for up to $40 off your first box
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10. Hungryroot

Best Meal Delivery Service Built Around Grocery Items

What’s In This Meal Subscription Box

Hungryroot is an online grocery service, but it also offers a recipe-based meal delivery service as well. When you sign up with Hungryroot, there's an online quiz that will ask you questions related to your health goals and dietary needs, how many people you’re feeding, dietary needs, and what you like to eat for dinner. Then, you'll be provided with a grocery plan and have your cart filled with suggested groceries and recipes based on your answers to the quiz.

Customization is easy; before you get your recipes and groceries, you can change out the entire order if you choose, to make sure that you only get what you want. By rating the food you receive, future orders can be even better suited to what you want.

By combining high-quality groceries with a typical meal subscription box model, Hungryroot provides versatility for aspiring home chefs. Some of the other meal kits we’ve covered are a better choice if you’d rather take a hands-off approach, but if you’d like to expand your cooking abilities while still enjoying helpful guidance, this is an exceptional service.

You can choose meal kits that include entrees, grain bowls, pasta dishes, tacos, burgers, and pretty much anything you can think of. Not only that, you can modify your plan so that it accommodates the following diets: vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, tree nut-free, peanut-free, egg-free, shellfish-free. While some products may be processed in the same facility as certain allergens, you can take further precautions to avoid cross-contamination by checking to see if a product's description indicates whether or not it's processed in the same facility with other allergens and you can also reach out to customer service to inquire about where a product is made and the measures taken to ensure allergen safety.

Pros

  • Offers groceries and meal kits
  • Accommodates many diets/allergies
  • Offers guidance along with customization

Cons

  • Not ideal for those who want a simpler plan
  • Does not offer premade meals
  • More expensive than other plans

What Readers Say:

I've been using HungryRoot for a month. Love the food. But their site is difficult to negotiate. They occasionally send things I didn't order and leave out ingredients I need. -Mary

Shipping:

Delivers to most of the contiguous United States. For plan sizes that cost less than $70, shipping is $6.99. Shipping is free for orders over $70.

Starting at $70.00
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11. Butcher Box

The Best All-Around Meat Delivery Service

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What’s In This Meat Subscription Box

Butcher Box is perhaps the most popular meat subscription of all time. It's an incredible meat delivery service for those who are looking for a variety of different meats and cuts, and it abides by some of the strictest animal welfare standards around.

You can choose to subscribe to one of the following meat subscription boxes and select either a classic box (good for individuals and small families) or a big box (good for mid-size families and large freezers):

  • Custom Box - 100% grass-fed beef, free-range organic chicken, pork raised crate-free, and wild-caught seafood.
  • Mixed Box - 100% grass-fed beef, free-range organic chicken, and pork raised crate-free.
  • Beef & Chicken Box - 100% grass-fed beef and free-range organic chicken.
  • Beef & Pork Box - 100% grass-fed beef and pork raised crate-free.
  • All Beef Box - 100% grass-fed beef.

Butcher Box allows you to set your delivery frequency to every 4,6, or 8 weeks and you can switch up your box for each order.

Pros

  • Offers meat and seafood
  • Abides by strict and ethical sourcing
  • Offers flexibility for subscriptions

Cons

  • Limited options for seafood
  • Can be expensive for some consumers
  • Does not deliver more than every 4 weeks

What Readers Say:

I have been getting Butcherbox for at least two years. Never had the torn packaging problem. Only problem I ever have had was my most recent box and I got Buffalo meat instead of chicken. I called customer service and they were quick to give me a credit. I gave the meat away and it was all good. Love having a consistent supply of fresh clean meat and fish that I don't have to go searching around for. The sausages are good when they have them. We are only 2 people and it is easy to extend the delivery if we need to or get one sooner. Got last years turkey from them also. It was great. -Sara

Shipping: All 48 contiguous states. Shipping is always free.

Starting at $159.00
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12. Sunbasket

Best Organic Meal Subscription That Offers Meal Kits And Ready-To-Eat Meals

What’s In This Meal Subscription Box

Love farm-to-table cooking? Sunbasket offers classic meal kits along with ready-to-eat meals that only use organic produce and in-season ingredients. You can also create a custom order that combines ready-to-eat meals with classic recipe meals--Sunbasket is one of the only meal subscriptions that allows you to do so. If you want to cook organic meals at home but have something healthy to take for lunch at work, Sunbasket may be perfect for you.

Sunbasket offers a wide variety of meals that include paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, Mediterranean, and diabetes-friendly options. Its fresh produce, milk, yogurt, eggs, and tofu are organic 99% of the time, and all protein choices are sourced from responsibly raised meats and wild-caught or sustainably raised seafood. Additionally, Sunbasket offers organic beef from cattle that are exclusively grass-fed and even its non-organic beef comes from cattle that are grass-fed and grain-finished.

Although Sunbasket allows you to select meals that are free of certain allergens, its recipes are packed in a facility that handles gluten, milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans.

Pros

  • Organic produce and in-season ingredients
  • Both prepared meals and meal kits
  • Can accommodate most diets

Cons

  • More expensive than other subs
  • Less guidance on selection
  • Ingredients are not made in an allergen-free facility

What Reviewers Say:

It’s safe to say I am a Sunbasket fan anyways, but the Fresh & Ready meals are a game-changer for my dinner plans right now. I am so sick of cooking, and these are the perfect way to enjoy a meal that feels home-cooked without destroying my kitchen or over-paying for delivery. -Megan, MSA Reviewer

Shipping:

Ships to most of the contiguous United States. Shipping is a flat $9.99.

Starting at $8.99
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13. Factor_

The Best Keto Prepared Meal Delivery Service

What’s In This Meal Subscription Box

Factor_ is a meal subscription service that sends ready-to-eat dishes for those on a ketogenic diet or those looking for low carb options. Its meal boxes are prepared and cooked by gourmet chefs and they're always shipped fresh. In addition to keto meals, Factor_ also offers vegan and vegetarian meals along with calorie smart options as well.

Each week you can select meals from over 23 options, discovering meals like sun-dried tomato chicken with zucchini noodles, stuffed pepper casseroles, and chili-spiced pork chops. Factor_'s ingredients include grass-fed meats with no antibiotics or hormones and its produce is organic and non-GMO. Additionally, all keto-friendly meals are gluten-free, soy-free, and free of added sugars.

With Factor_, you'll never go hungry as you can choose to receive as many as 18 meals per week, and as few as four.

Pros

  • 23+ options each week
  • Perfect choice for those on keto
  • Produce is organic and meats are grass-fed

Cons

  • Portions might not be generous enough for some
  • Doesn't provide info on allergens in facility

What Reviewers Say:

Being able to pop a fresh-made meal into the oven or microwave for less than five minutes and have a complete dinner is kinda nice. I found these meals to be delicious and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality. I’m really bad at nutrition as well and these are portion-controlled and seem generally quite healthy, especially if you’re following a diet like keto or paleo. -Marne, MSA Reviewer

Shipping:

Delivers to the contiguous United States.

Starting at $60.00
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14. Dinnerly

Most Affordable Meal Subscription

What’s In This Meal Subscription Box

Enjoy cooking but don't want to spend a fortune on meal kits? Dinnerly has you covered.

Dinnerly is an affordable meal subscription service with costs as low as $1.99 per serving, offering classic, no-fuss recipes that are designed to simplify your life. Each meal only includes six ingredients and takes 30 minutes or less to make. Not only will you save time and money with Dinnerly, but you'll also cut down on paper and packaging as well since they provide digital recipe cards for each dish and use recycled plastic for containing separate ingredients.

When subscribing to Dinnerly you can choose from a two-person or family box and order 3-6 meals per week. Popular–and familiar–meals include Homestyle Chicken & Biscuits, One-Pot Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli Florentine, and Vegetarian Pad Thai.

Pros

  • Choose from 30+ options weekly
  • Most affordable meal sub
  • Uses less packaging and paper than other services

Cons

  • Ingredient sourcing not as good as other plans
  • Not a great choice for keto, paleo, or vegan diets

What Readers Say:

I am LOVING this box. This is a very easy affordable way for my family to try new recipes without having to do any research or legwork. All the ingredients come to me in the right amounts and I'm not left with random leftover spices or whatever that won't get used. -Kelley

Shipping:

Ships to the contiguous United States. Shipping is $8.99.

Starting at $44.00
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15. Purple Carrot

The Best Vegan Meal Kit Delivery Service

Image from our review.

What’s In This Meal Subscription Box

Purple Carrot is a plant-based, vegan meal subscription service that allows you to receive either recipe-based meal kits or fully prepared meals. All of its meals are vegan-friendly and you can choose from breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. There's even a Plantry with options for foods like nut butter, soup, and sauce as well.

You can expect to see dairy- and meat-free versions of staple classics (such as loaded avocado toast), along with adventurous offerings inspired by worldly cuisine (like grape leaf mezze bowls). There's definitely something for everyone with Purple Carrot as you can also choose from meals that are designated as low calorie, high protein, quick and easy, and more.

The menu changes regularly, and you’ll find 12 different vegan meal options every week that even non-vegans will love. If you choose to go with meal kits, you can subscribe to 3 or 4 dinners per week with 2 or 4 servings each, whereas if you choose prepared meals instead you can order 6, 8, or 10 dinners per week–but each of those meals will only have one serving.

While you can select meals that are gluten-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, and soy-free, it's important to note that Purple Carrot's facility is not certified allergen-friendly so those with severe food allergies should proceed with caution.

Pros

  • Offers both premade meals and meal kits
  • 100% vegan-friendly meals
  • Can add on pantry items

Cons

  • Limited # of choices each week
  • Facility is not allergen-friendly certified
  • Pantry items are limited

What Readers Say:

Tried the high protein plan to get myself used to learning how to meal prep. I really like how thoughtful the meal plan and recipes are. Lots of variety, and delicious flavor combinations. Would order again. -MSA Reader

Shipping:

Delivers free to the contiguous United States.

Starting at $51.94
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16. Gobble

The Best Low-Prep Meal Kit Delivery Service

Gobble Box Unpacked

Image from our review.

What’s In This Meal Subscription Box

Love to cook, but only have 15 minutes? No worries - Gobble's got the meal subscription for you.

Gobble is a meal plan that streamlines the process of cooking by having its chefs do all the prep work so you can simply cook. No more slicing and dicing as Gobble includes pre-sliced vegetables and meat along with pre-cooked sauces, grains, and pasta.

You can choose meals from its Classic Dinner and Lean & Clean Dinner plans and there are plenty of mouth-watering recipes to try, including:

  • Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice & Naan Bread,
  • Pan-Seared Ribeye Steaks with Balsamic Glaze & Roasted Root Vegetables
  • Wagyu Beef Sliders with Crispy Potatoes & Cabbage Slaw

You can set your dietary preferences to avoid dairy, nuts, and gluten, but keep in mind that Gobble handles all of its ingredients (including allergens) within the same facility.

Pros

  • Diverse weekly menu of no-prep meals
  • Can add on side items
  • Low calorie and allergen-friendly

Cons

  • Limited vegetarian meals
  • More expensive than other subs
  • Not best for those with severe allergies

What Reviewers Say:

I tried (and loved) the Gobble meal delivery service for the first time several years ago, and I’m still a huge fan. It’s not the cheapest meal kit delivery service, but I think the convenience of not having to do any meal preparation more than justifies the price. Ingredients come par-cooked and pre-prepped to help you get dinner on the table in 15 minutes, and the one-pan recipes are designed for quick cleanup. Best of all? The food is some of the tastiest I’ve ever had from a meal kit. -Lindsey, MSA Reviewer

Shipping:

Delivers to the contiguous United States. Shipping costs $6.99.

Starting at $71.70
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17. Sakara Life

The Best Plant-Based Meal & Wellness Lifestyle Subscription

Image from our review.

What’s In This Meal Subscription Box

If you're searching for a vegan meal subscription that's committed to using organic and gluten-free ingredients, then Sakara Life is meant for you. Sakara Life is well known for its high-end, nutrient-dense meals that are perfectly portioned and presented. You can try out entrees like:

  • Superfood Breakfast Cookie
  • Sakara Cobb Salad
  • Forbidden Rice + Tatsoi Bowl

What’s more, you can even enhance your meal subscription by adding on teas and supplements.

When subscribing to Sakara Life, you can choose to include meals for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner and receive meals 2, 3, or 5 days per week. However, the menu is set for each week; you're limited in your choice for swaps.

In addition to taste, variety and ingredients, our readers also appreciated how “pretty” the meals look; they’re arranged in a way that’s visually appealing and makes you want to eat.

When subscribing to Sakara Life, you can choose to include meals for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner and receive meals 2, 3, or 5 days per week. However, the menu is set for each week you're limited in your choice for swaps.

Pros

  • Prioritizes the use of organic ingredients
  • All meals come prepared
  • You can add on teas and supplements

Cons

  • More expensive than other vegan subs
  • Doesn't accommodate other diets well

What Reviewers Say:

Sakara Life has truly reenvisioned subscription meal delivery. The recipes are thoughtfully designed, and the food is really impressive. All of the meals I received were exciting and delicious; never once during my program did I pout about eating “healthy food” or want to skip a meal in favor of something more enticing. I’m a total sucker for a pretty plate of food, and my Sakara meals were all drop-dead gorgeous. (Scroll down to see what I mean. That donut? I mean come on.) When it comes to nutrition, taste, and visual appeal, Sakara really does deliver. All that said, it might be the most expensive meal subscription I’ve ever sampled. -Lindsey, MSA Reviewer

Shipping:

Ships to the contiguous United States.

Starting at $119.00
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18. CookUnity

Best Subscription for Meals from Award-Winning Chefs

Some meals from CookUnity

What’s In This Meal Subscription Box

Wish you could have your own personal chef? Well, CookUnity meets you halfway by providing you with signature meals from award-winning chefs.

CookUnity is a meal subscription that offers small-batch, prepared meals that are curated by some of the nation's leading chefs. You can choose to receive 4, 6, 8, 12, or 16 meals per week and add meals that are tailored to your specific health goals and preferences for protein. There are 35+ meals you can try each week and some of our favorites include:

  • Grilled Chicken with a Thyme-Carrot Puree
  • Citrus Roast Salmon with Caramelized Leek
  • Vegan Picadillo with Farro

CookUnity strives to provide a meal for everyone by offering meals that are vegetarian, vegan, low-carb, gluten-free, dairy-free, keto, paleo, and more.

Pros

  • Ingredients are local and/or organic
  • Accommodates most diets
  • All meals come ready to heat

Cons

  • Can't customize meals
  • Limited vegan options
  • Difficult to filter by other allergens

What Readers Say:

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. - Pamela Burns

Shipping:

Ships to the contiguous United States.

Starting at $53.96
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19. SmoothieBox

Best Smoothie Subscription

What’s In This Meal Subscription Box

Ok, so maybe you've always got lunch and dinner covered but happen to be that person who always forgets to grab their breakfast in the mornings. Let SmoothieBox help you out by sending you pre-made smoothies to help start your day off right.

SmoothieBox offers curated smoothie boxes that contain a nutritious balance of organic fruits, vegetables, and seeds. You can select boxes that contain a mix of cacao, berry, strawberry banana, green, and clementine smoothie packs, or you can build your own custom box with your favorite flavors. This can be heaven-sent for people who want a healthy smoothie without taking the time to get all the different ingredients and wait for them to blend in a blender.

The mixes you select will come in packs instead of containers, which means if you’re rushing out the door, you’ll still have to find a thermos or tumbler to pour your smoothie in before you can enjoy it. Still, your delicious smoothie will be worth it.

Pros

  • Choose from five smoothie types
  • Can add on boosters
  • Ingredients are organic

Cons

  • Limited options for flavors
  • Limited customization options
  • Smoothies come in packs, not ready-made containers

Shipping:

Ships to the contiguous United States. Shipping is free.

Starting at $129.00
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20. Veestro

Best Plant-Based, Calorie-Conscious Prepared Meal Delivery Service

Four sample dishes offered by vegetarian meal subscription, Veestro, set on a linen tablecloth with glasses of wine.

Image via Veestro.

What’s In This Meal Subscription Box

For people focused on losing weight, Veestro specializes in ready-made plant-based meals that are designed to help you achieve your weight loss goals--or just eat better on a regular basis. You can select meals from their regular or weight loss menus, and all meals contain organic ingredients and come pre-made and ready to heat.

You can choose to receive 10, 20, or 30 meals every week, and then pick entrees like Eggplant Casserole, South Indian Coconut Stew, and Chick’n Milanese. If you go with the weight loss plan, all of your meals will be designed around meeting 1,200 calories per day - so don't expect to have second servings or feel stuffed.

Pros

  • Vegan and gluten-free
  • Uses organic ingredients
  • Tailored to weight loss

Cons

  • Only one weight loss plan
  • Some meals are extremely low in calories

Shipping:

Ships to the contiguous United States. Shipping is free.

Starting at $175.50
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21. Splendid Spoon

The Best Plant-Based Delivery Service for Lunches & Smoothies

What’s In This Meal Subscription Box

Splendid Spoon is a plant-based, vegan prepared meal subscription service that specializes in nutrient-rich smoothies, soups, and grain bowls. All of their products are vegan, gluten-free, and made with GMO-free ingredients.

Splendid Spoon is by far the most accommodating vegan meal subscription we've come across and customers are able to remove options for meals that contain soy, tree nuts, cilantro, coconuts, spices, beets, bananas, and mushrooms. Additionally, there are options to include meals that are low sodium, blood sugar friendly, high fiber, high protein, low calories, low fat, low sugar, and low carb.

Splendid Spoon offers an extensive selection of smoothies, soups, grain bowls, noodle bowls, cold-pressed juices, desserts and snacks, and immune-boosting shots. Customers can choose one of the following meal plans to subscribe to:

  • Breakfast - 5 smoothies
  • Lunch - 5 soup & grain bowls
  • Breakfast + Lunch - 5 smoothies, 5 soups & grain bowls
  • Breakfast + Lunch + Reset - 5 smoothies, 5 soups & grain bowls, 5 light soups (Reset day)
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner + Reset - 5 smoothies, 5 soups & grain bowls, 5 noodles, 5 light soups (Reset day)

Pros

  • Accommodates many diets/allergens
  • Wide variety of meal options
  • Covers breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Cons

  • Limited soups and juices
  • Can't fully customize plan

What Reviewers Say:

I found Splendid Spoon to be a really helpful and easy way to eat healthy when I was super busy going to work and night school. Even now that I’ve been staying safe at home for two weeks, I think having meals that I don’t need to prepare or think much about can be helpful when I’m having days where eating at all is a triumph. And I found the meals to be DELICIOUS. Like, really good. And I love their smoothies. This is a pricy meal plan when I look at objectively, but I also know that I am paying for the convenience and for the ease of eating more healthy with a few clicks on my computer. Will I order this every single week? No. Will I treat myself maybe once a month or at times when I know the cost is worth it? Absolutely. -Marne, MSA Reviewer

Shipping:

Ships to the contiguous United States. Shipping is free.

Starting at $65.00
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22. Mosaic

Best Plant-Based Meal Subscription with Family Meals & Chef-Inspired Entrees

mosaic meals around mosaic box they were shipped in

What’s In This Meal Subscription Box

Mosaic is THE meal subscription for chef-inspired vegan meals and family-sized portions. There are plenty of veggie bowls, family meals, soups, oat bowls, and other entrees to choose from and each meal only requires 5 minutes or less to heat.

Some customer favorite recipes include Coconut Chickpea Curry, Cranberry Cinnamon Oats, Vegan Penne Vodka, and Buffalo Cauliflower Pasta Bake. You can choose to add 8-12 meals to your box and receive your meals every 1-4 weeks.

Pros

  • Offers individual and family portions
  • Includes chef-inspired entrees
  • Strives to use organic ingredients

Cons

  • $70 minimum order size
  • Limited chef-inspired entrees
  • Limited oat bowls

Shipping:

Ships to the contiguous United States. Free shipping on orders over $100. All other orders have a $7.99 shipping fee.

Starting at $79.92
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How to Get The Most Out of Your Meal Subscription Once You've Picked

Once you've picked out the right box for you, follow our steps to help make sure you make the most of your new subscription.

  • Check for coupons before buying. There's often a deal to be had if you know where to look, and you've come to the right place. Here at MSA, we have the best coupons around. Our MSA Deals Page is a great resource if you’re trying to save when you sign up. always make sure to check in with our reviews and brand pages for the best coupons before buying.
  • Personalize your subscription. Many meal delivery services allow you to update your profile with your dietary preferences and likes/dislikes. Want vegetarian meals? Or don't eat pork? Make sure to update your subscription so you're matched with the best meals for you.
  • Schedule your preferred delivery day. Most meal delivery services allow you to choose your preferred delivery day. Check your account portal to see which delivery days are available.
  • Have a plan for pickup. Meal delivery services will send out meals and ingredients in packaging that protects them from the elements for a time, but have a plan in place for times when you may not be home or need someone else to ensure the box is handled properly after delivery.
  • Make sure you always have space in the fridge. Once your shipment arrives, you'll need a good amount of space in the fridge (or freezer) for storage. Try to keep a shelf clear if you want plenty of space to organize.
  • Take breaks if you need to. Keep in mind that you don't have to receive a box every single week. If you need a break or feel like dining out, you can always skip a week by logging in to your account. That way, boxes and ingredients won’t pile up in your refrigerator.
  • Re-assess your meal needs. If food does start piling up, you may need to switch to a plan with fewer meals per week so that you only pay for the meals you’re really eating. However, if you find you’re eating more meal delivery meals than you intended, maybe it’s time to order more!
  • Keep an eye on upcoming recipes. Make sure you don't miss your favorite meals! We recommend checking upcoming menus every week so you can pick out which meals look best.
  • Remember there are plenty of fish in the sea. Falling out of love with your favorite meal delivery service? Maybe it's time for a break. There are loads of different options to choose from, and if you decide to mix things up and give another service a try, make sure to circle back to the top of this checklist and sign up with a new subscriber coupon to make sure you get the best deal.

Factors We Considered When Reviewing This List of Meal Subscriptions

This list features our fellow subscription fanatics’ top choices, as nominated and voted on, for meal kit delivery services and subscriptions - and we agree! We've researched all the top brands and can share with you what we've learned about subscribers' top choices. Factors we considered include:

  • Reliability: A meal delivery service is only convenient when things go according to plan. If the box is late or missing ingredients, things can get inconvenient fast. No one wants to make alternate, last-minute dinner arrangements or run to the store to pick up a missing onion. That's a big hassle! Of course, accidents happen, but we've made sure to only select meal subscriptions that take reliability seriously.
  • Taste: Meal delivery services can do everything else right, but if the food isn't tasty, it's a total deal-breaker. Whether vegan meals or comfort classics are on the menu, the food MUST taste good to make our list.
  • Packaging: In order to ship fresh ingredients to your front door, a fair amount of packaging is required. However, we value meal delivery services that limit the amount of packaging used and opt for recyclable materials whenever possible. (Fun fact: did you know that "on average, grocery meal greenhouse gas emissions are 33% higher than meal kits"?)
  • Variety: Are there plenty of recipes to choose from each week? Are there enough menu options to keep things fresh and exciting? It may be trite, but variety really is the spice of life. When preparing this list, we sought out meal delivery services that know how to keep things interesting.
  • Special Diets: Whether you follow a strict keto diet, prefer a plant-based menu, or are looking for meals designed for kids, our list features meal delivery services for a wide variety of special diets and styles of eating.
  • Price: While we wish money was no object, the truth is that price is a key factor for most people when picking out the right meal delivery service. Our list includes options to suit a variety of budgets.
  • Customer Reviews: We know meal delivery services better than anybody, but our opinion isn't the only one that matters. We value the thoughts of the MSA community, and we've designed this list with their feedback in mind. Readers are encouraged to leave their own reviews on our brand pages, and their input has helped shape this list.

Kat Giuffrida
Kat Giuffrida

Kathryn is a native of the sunshine state and currently resides with her husband and daughter in Auburndale.

She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2015 as well as a Master of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health from the University of South Florida in 2018. She also earned national certification in public health in 2018 from the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE).

Kathryn decided to start her career in regulatory compliance for a specialty chemical industry but soon found her way into the digital marketing world and hasn’t looked back ever since. She has contributed to websites including Muscle and Brawn, Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation, The Unwinder, and SHALE Magazine and is excited to continue her work at MSA.

Outside of work, she’s a year-round swimmer who qualified to compete in the 2020 TYR Pro Series. Whenever she’s not behind the keyboard typing up new articles you can most likely find her in a pool...or chasing after her 5-month-old baby.


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Nikki

Hello Fresh constantly sends me rotten vegetables and is expensive. Everyplate is great and affordable but I don’t always like their meal selection.

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Danette

Are there any subscriptions you can see what’s available without giving your credit card info? We decided on Home Chef, and went through the process but didn’t find enough appealing choices for my picky family. They said they are going to charge me at 11:00 am today. It being Sunday, there is not a live person to contact.

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Rebecca

I’ve tried a few of these. What I found I really need is a weekly meal plan and shopping list that focuses on reducing waste but not the actual deliveries. Has anyone seen this?

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Lisa B

I’ve been subscribed to Every Plate, but am looking for more variety. Thank you for this!!

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Dennis

I’m very curious about prepared meals kit Cook Unity not appearing on your list. In my experience, some of my Freshly deliveries were in bad shape, but more importantly, I think Cook Unity’s meals are dramatically larger and are of much higher quality than Freshly.

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paige

I agree with you, Dennis. I recently ordered from Cook Unity and was very much impressed by their meals. They are delicious, fresh, and great customer service. The meals only take about1-3 minutes in the microwave if you decide to cook that way or you can pop them in the oven. I wish that I had discovered them months ago.

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Me in Cd’A

I took the quiz and the service it recommended isn’t available in my area. Just an FYI.

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Sf666

I’m a user of Freshly and I have to say, I love it! I don’t have a lot of extra time and don’t really enjoy cooking. I also can’t stand fast food. The salt-bomb content and preservatives make me feel sick. Freshly is a little pricey but I’ve liked almost every meal on the 6 per week plan for several months. The meals show up already cooked, never frozen, and they don’t have super weird ingredients or outrageous salt content. 3 minutes and you have a home cooked style meal. There also isn’t a ton of trash. Almost all of it is recyclable. It will run around 10$ a meal, but the food is actually good and definitely more healthy than fast food trash. The chili and Italian dishes are great. Recommend the service.

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Vanne

I’ve only tried Hello Fresh because it popped up in my Pinterest with a coupon.

I like it but the first time I only subscribed for a month because I thought I could buy the ingredients myself and save money that way.

I realized I was wasting time and money because I was throwing away food that had gone bad. Hello Fresh sent me an email with another offer so I took it. I have the 3 meals per week for two people.

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Alex

Could you update the coupon link for HelloFresh? It is expired

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Cindy

I have used every plate, hello fresh, and home chef. I like the convenience of hello fresh by far. EveryPlate was cheaper but was a jumbled together. Staying with HelloFresh

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Kristin

MSA the comments date back to May on a new post?

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Lacey Volk

Hi Kristin – We revise these posts annually to show the new winners!

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Judy

Tried dinnerly but was not happy that all ingredients were dumped in the box together and had to read recipe from my computer. Just got Hello Fresh and like the individual meal packaging and the first dinner was delicious.

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Candace

@MSA is the coupon for Butch Box still active? I see it listed as the “active” one on another review, but the coupon link isn’t working.

It keeps taking me to a weird sign in pop-up that won’t let me continue until I login-but gives no option to sign-up anywhere. If you close the log-in pop-up, it just takes you to a blank page.

Please advise!
Thank you!!! 🙏

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MSA

Hi Candace! I just updated the coupon link so you shouldn’t run into that issue now. Hope that helps – thanks!

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jill

We love green chef! We do buy all organic, so this is a win for us. The salmon is not wild caught, so that is my only complaint. I believe Hello fresh bought them out.

We have tried Sunbasket (mostly organic), but don’t care too much for it. Food is very ethnic and missing carbs. I need a starch with my food to feel like I ate!

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Svetlana7e

I never sub any of these services. I just shop at Costco and cook my own meal. If I try it would be Butcher box. Rest of these boxes – I don’t know, so much packaging overwhelm me. Seems like every single grain of salt is packaged in its own plastic bag.

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Meg

I worried about this too, but I realized that I waste far less food when I use the meal kits. I figure the wasted food savings is about equal to the extra packaging, so it’s fine.

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Amani P

Your link for Home Chef where it says sign up here takes you to the hellofresh website ! Just wanted to let you know ! But seeing these boxes on here makes me really want to try one.

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Robyn

I have tried nearly a of these. Right now I’m using Every Plate which is by farbtue cheapest. There’s not a ton of variety but ita definitely worth it and they’re simple. The memorable ones were blue apron and hello fresh, as well as hello fresh and freshly.
I used to feel lame and like “surely I could save money by doing my own meal shopping” but having a meal delivery service is seriously a godsend when I’m meal prepping or I come home and don’t want to go to the store or waste money on unhealthy takeout.

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Carol

I agree with you Robyn; I’ve tried several different ones and although people don’t like the way EveryPlate isn’t sorted, I appreciate that there is a lot less packaging waste. I get the subscription every other week, typically, and find that I can select options that fit my lifestyle at a very reasonable price.

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Kristin

I did butcher box, the chicken breast were HUGE and the red meat was funky, no other way to describe it didn’t taste like the meat you’d get at the grocery store. One box was enough for me to decide not for us.

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Richele

Do you have the information on where the box ships from? So you could pick one closest to you and cut down on transit time? That would be super helpful, but difficult to track down information. Thanks!

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Krista

I’ve only tried Hello Fresh, and I really liked it. I would love to try the others too!

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Melissa Storms

I have tried both ButcherBox and Sunbasket and was very pleased with both. I would like to try Gobble.

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Amber Kolb

Blue Apron is really good!! I liked Hello Fresh too. Those are the only two I have tired so far, but I would love to try more.

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Anita Jude

love to try the butcher meat box

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Michele Hartshaw

I would be happy to try any of them to be honest, but if I could pick it would be the butcher or Blue Apron or Hello fresh

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sarah

I’ve never tried a subscription meal box, the Blue Apron and Freshly sound good to me.

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