Daily Harvest vs. SmoothieBox
Comparing Two Smoothie Delivery Subscriptions
I’m not much of a breakfast eater. Ever since I was a teenager, it just hasn’t really been my thing. Part of the reason stems from the fact that I’m about as far from a morning person as you’ll find. (I’ve streamlined my morning routine so I can stay in bed as long as possible.) But I also don’t like feeling “weighed down” first thing in the morning by a big meal. On days when do need a healthy meal first thing in the morning, smoothies have become a go-to breakfast option for me. They’re light, refreshing, healthy, and nutritious… and quick. There are several subscriptions out there that specialize in smoothies, and I thought it might be helpful to look at two of them side-by-side: Daily Harvest and SmoothieBox. Both will help you skip the grocery store by sending the frozen ingredients you need to make smoothies in a snap (all you have to do is add your favorite liquid and blend), but they’re far from identical. Today, I’m going to do a deep dive to compare what these smoothie delivery services have in common and examine how they’re different. Hopefully, by the end, you’ll be able to identify which one is right for you!
Daily Harvest has become a big player in the smoothie delivery game. It’s not unusual to see ads for the company on television, and the range of products has consistently grown over the last few years. (They now sell a lot more than just smoothies.) By comparison, SmoothieBox seems like the underdog. Their product line is extremely focused, and their branding definitely reads more “mom and pop smoothie shop” than “hip smoothie behemoth.” But there’s no question they’re both competing for your smoothie dollars. So, let’s look at how their smoothies stack up! I’ll start by looking at Daily Harvest and SmoothieBox individually, then I’ll stack them up side-by-side. Let’s dive in!
Daily Harvest Overview
If you’re a vegan, you’ll be pleased to hear that Daily Harvest is a 100% plant-based subscription service that specializes in healthy snacks and meals that are built around organic fruits and vegetables. In addition to smoothies, they offer a wide variety of other products, like soups, flatbreads, ice creams, and more. Everything comes pre-portioned and is easy to prepare, which makes healthy eating easy as (dairy-free) pie.
Plans & Pricing
When you sign up for Daily Harvest, you pick how many items you’d like to receive per week (or per month). Items are priced individually, but you’ll receive a discount if you order a medium or large box. Here are a few sample orders I put together to showcase pricing for a small, medium, and large box:
Small Box: Small boxes contain 9 items of your choice and are sent weekly. Shipping is free.
Medium Box: Medium boxes contain 14 items of your choice and are sent weekly. You’ll receive a $10 discount and shipping is free.
Large Box: Large boxes contain 24 items of your choice and are sent either weekly or monthly (your choice). You’ll receive a $20 discount and shipping is free.
You can fill your box with whatever items you like. (Want all smoothies? No problem.) Items are priced individually, as follows:
- Oat Bowls and Chia Bowls are $5.99 each.
- Smoothies, Soups, Bites, and Lattes are $7.99 each.
- Harvest Bowls, Scoops, and Flatbreads are $8.99 each.
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The price of your box will depend on which items you choose, but hopefully, the above sample orders give you a rough idea of pricing for the different sized boxes. If you order a variety of different items, you’re looking at around $68.91 for a small box, $102.86 for a medium box, and $171.76 for a large box.
Daily Harvest has an impressive array of categories, so there’s a lot of healthy food to choose from. Let’s take a look at the different products on offer:
Smoothies: Packed with fruits and veggies. Just fill the provided cup to the top with your liquid of choice (water, milk, tea, etc.), blend, and enjoy.
Harvest Bowls: Full of beans, greens, veggies, seeds, and the like. Heat up on the stove or in the microwave.
Flatbreads: Made from whole grains and gluten- and dairy-free. Just like a frozen pizza, when you’re ready to eat you just heat these in the oven for about 20-25 minutes.
Soups: Made with farm-fresh veggies and lots of unique ingredients to keep things interesting. Soups can be enjoyed chunky (by heating with broth or water), puréed (by blending until smooth with water or broth and then heated), or chilled (simply blended smooth with water and eaten cold).
Oat Bowls: Oats mixed with whole fruits, veggies, and superfoods. To serve, just add your milk of choice and heat up on the stove.
Chia Bowls: I love me a chia bowl and these are just pretty as can be. You can prep them by pouring over your favorite milk and then letting them sit in the fridge for 6+ hours, just like overnight oats. (Best done the night before so breakfast is waiting the following morning.)
Scoops: This is a creamy, frozen treat (vegan ice cream, essentially) made without fake fillers, gums, or refined sugars. Like everything else on the menu, these are gluten- and dairy-free.
Bites: Superfood balls with a touch of sweetness. They may look like cookie dough, but there’s no need to bake these. You can pop them right in your mouth.
Lattes: Daily Harvest’s lattes come in a variety of flavors (like matcha, not just coffee), and offer a pick-me-up that’s powered by plants.
Mylk: Want some almond milk? Just pop a couple of wedges of almond mylk (a solid substance made of almonds, pink salt, and vanilla bean depending on which option you order) into the blender with 8 oz. of water! This is a convenient way to get plant-based milk that’s full of healthy fats when you need it.
When you order from Daily Harvest, everything is prepped, packed, and then frozen. Boxes are shipped with lots of dry ice to keep everything rock solid en route to your door. You can fill up your box with whatever items you like – you can choose all smoothies, all flatbreads, or a mix of different products. There are over 80 different menu items to choose from (25 smoothies alone), and everything is vegan and gluten-free. 95% of the ingredients are organic, too.
But what about the food? Is it good? I’m happy to report that it is! The flavor combinations are exciting, and the items are tasty. It’s important to keep in mind though that this isn’t your average meal kit subscription. (Read: don’t expect large portions of stodgy comfort foods.) These meals are healthy and some items (like the soups) are a little on the lighter side. This is by no means a bad thing, but it’s something to keep in mind when ordering. If you’re a big eater or you’re planning to use some of your meals for dinner, you may want to supplement with an additional side dish or salad.
If you avoid certain foods or have food allergies, you can filter the available items to see what works for your diet. Here’s more info from the Daily Harvest site:
Daily Harvest crafts food and provides plans to seamlessly fit diverse lifestyles, preferences, and needs. We offer a variety of food that fits all types of flavor preferences and dietary needs. To find exactly what fits your dietary preference, visit daily-harvest.com/app/browse and filter based on “Dietary Needs” or “Likes and Dislikes.” For example, we offer over 30 items that are nut-free. Please note that all Daily Harvest is made in a facility that processes dairy, nuts, soy, and gluten.
Good to Know
- There are over 80 different menu items to choose from.
- Choose your box size: small (9 items), medium (14 items), or large (24 items).
- You can fill your box with whichever items you like. (Want all smoothies? No problem!)
- Items cost between $5.99-$8.99 each, shipping is free, and medium and large boxes receive a discount.
- Smoothies cost $7.99 each and yield 7 oz.
- Meals are vegan, gluten-free, GMO-free, and made with 95% organic ingredients.
- Items are shipped frozen and kept cold en route with dry ice.
- Daily Harvest is moving toward 100% recyclable and compostable packaging. Pretty much everything can be recycled. (More specific details are available on the website.)
- You can pause or cancel your subscription online.
- Ships to 95% of the U.S. Check to see if they deliver to you here.
Check out our Daily Harvest Reviews to learn more.
Like Daily Harvest, SmoothieBox is a delivery service that sends frozen ingredients for smoothies straight to your doorstep. The main difference? SmoothieBox sells smoothies, smoothies, and nothin’ but smoothies. They’re so focused, in fact, that they only offer 4 different varieties.
Plans & Pricing
With such a streamlined business model, SmoothieBox‘s plans are pretty straightforward. You’ll just need to decide how many smoothies you’ll receive in each shipment and which flavors you’d like. Let’s take a look:
First, you’ll need to decide whether you’d like to receive 20 smoothies or 25 smoothies. Shipping is free. If you order 20 smoothies, you’ll pay $5.95 each. If you order 25, the cost will come down to $5.56 per smoothie. Each smoothie pouch will yield either one 16-20 oz smoothie or two 8-12 oz smoothies. The larger size is recommended for meal replacement, whereas the smaller size is perfect for a healthy snack or post-workout boost.
You’re welcome to order a mix of flavors, or you can fill up your box with your favorite. Totally up to you.
When you’ve reached the checkout page, your final decision is whether you’d like to place a one-time order or sign up for a monthly subscription. If you sign up for recurring shipments, the cost comes down pretty significantly.
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SmoothieBox ships to the lower 48 U.S. states. (They don’t currently ship to Alaska or Hawaii.)
Smoothies are the one and only offering here, and the menu is extremely focused. You’ll find a green smoothie, one made with cacao, an orange-focused blend, and a twist on the classic strawberry banana. Let’s take a look:
Berry: “The perfect blend of strawberries and wild blueberries to give you a natural energy boost each day.”
Cacao: “Cacao supports gut health with nourishing fruits and vegetables like kale, bananas, and zucchini.”
Green: “Support your immune system with delicious ingredients like pineapple, spinach, and avocado.”
Clementine: “Reduce inflammation post-workout with ingredients like mandarins, sweet potato, and carrots.”
When you order from SmoothieBox, you have the option of adding grass-fed collagen peptides. Here’s a little bit about collagen from SmoothieBox’s website:
As you probably know, collagen is great for your hair and nails. It also supports a healthy gut and maintains bone and joint health.*If you feel your skin, hair and nails could use a little extra help then adding collagen to your smoothies is a great idea.
It’s important to note that there’s a disclaimer on the site stating that these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and collagen is one of these ingredients that may or may not be as beneficial as some would like to believe. Adding collagen to your order is optional, and it costs $20 for 350 grams. (Important to note: this collagen is sourced from cows, so it’s not vegan-friendly.)
When you receive your first box, you’ll see that the ingredients for each smoothie are frozen and packaged in a little bag. The ingredients are grown to meet non-GMO requirements, but SmoothieBox has not pursued a non-GMO certification. To make your smoothie, you’ll just dump the contents of one of the bags into the blender and add 7 oz. of your favorite liquid.
So what about the taste? Well, it’s important to remember that these smoothies are made with no preservatives and added sugars, so if you prefer a sweet, fruit-forward smoothie you’ll probably prefer the berry or clementine flavors. Alternately, if you prefer a green smoothie, you’ll likely want to opt for the green or cacao, the two flavors made with leafy greens.
If you have food allergies, here’s what you should know about potential allergens:
The main allergen in 2 of our smoothies is coconut (Berry and Clementine). All of our smoothies are made from ingredients that are free from dairy, gluten, soy, and eggs. They are also free from added sugar, sweeteners, or fillers. Our smoothies are produced in a facility that also processes wheat, tree-nuts, dairy, egg, and soy.
You’ll find a full list of ingredients for each product on SmoothieBox‘s website.
Good to Know
- SmoothieBox sells smoothies, smoothies, and nothin’ but smoothies.
- The product line is hyper-focused. There are only 4 flavors to choose from.
- Depending on the size of your order, subscription smoothies cost between $5.50 and $6 each and yield 16-20 oz.
- You can boost your smoothies by adding grass-fed collagen peptides to your order.
- Smoothies are packed and shipped frozen.
- You can delay your order or cancel online.
- SmoothieBox ships to the contiguous U.S. (lower 48 states).
Check out our SmoothieBox Reviews to learn more.
How They Compare
Daily Harvest and SmoothieBox are both subscription services built around smoothies, and they can both help you get a healthy breakfast in your belly as quickly as you can say “hand me that blender.” But they’re far from identical. Still unsure which one is right for you? Let’s take one final look at these boxes side-by-side and compare some hard facts:
With Daily Harvest, you pick how many items you’d like to receive and how often you’d like to receive them. There are discounts for larger orders, but the base price for items is between $5.99- $8.99. Daily Harvest smoothies cost $7.99 each, and serving is 7 oz.
SmoothieBox is a bit more affordable. You’ll choose how many smoothies you’d like to receive every month, and depending on the size of your order you’ll pay between $5.50 and $6 per smoothie. (You’ll pay more per smoothie without a subscription, around $7.50 each.) Each smoothie pouch will yield either one 16-20 oz smoothie or two 8-12 oz smoothies.
Types of Meals
Daily Harvest offers 80+ items in the following meal categories:
- Harvest Bowls
- Oat Bowls
- Chia Bowls
SmoothieBox specializes in smoothies and also offers a collagen booster:
- Collagen Booster
My Final Verdict
While both Daily Harvest and SmoothieBox offer subscriptions that are built around smoothies, the similarities pretty much end there. Daily Harvest has grown their menu to include a wide range of products, everything from flatbreads and soups to ice cream and lattes. There are over 80 different menu items to choose from, and 25 different smoothie flavors. If you want more than just smoothies or appreciate a large menu, you’re likely to love Daily Harvest. If, however, you’re only interested in smoothies and you don’t mind a small selection of flavors, you can’t beat the value SmoothieBox brings to the table. (Daily Harvest charges $7.99 for a 7 oz smoothie and you can get a 16-20 oz smoothie for under $6 from SmoothieBox.) When stacking these subscriptions up against each other, it really comes down to variety vs. value.
Have you tried Daily Harvest or SmoothieBox? Hop down to the comments to tell us all about your favorite flavors and recipes!
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