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Home Chef vs. Blue Apron: Which One Is Right For You?

Kat Giuffrida
ByKat GiuffridaFeb 2, 2022

POV: You’re searching for a meal subscription service that's affordable and provides you with new recipes to try each week. You've narrowed it down to Home Chef and Blue Apron. But how do you know which one is right for you? We'll break it down.

If you’re eating on the go … Home Chef

In addition to its traditional, recipe-based meals, Home Chef also offers premade meals for all meals of the day, such as Margherita Pizza, Buffalo-Style Chicken Crunch Rolls, or Sausage & Buttermilk Biscuits, that only require heating in order to enjoy. When I'm in a rush, I'll pop in one of the Home Chef meals and know I'm in for a tasty treat. Blue Apron does not offer as many options for premade meals and most of them are tailored to dinner.

If you want to subscribe to wine or purchase seasonal wine bundles… Blue Apron

Blue Apron offers a wine subscription in addition to its meal subscription where you can receive six bottles of wine per month. You can also choose to purchase seasonal wine bundles separately if you only want wine for special occasions. These wines are designed to pair with their meals, so you can re-create a wine-tasting dinner at home.

If you want the most customization options … Home Chef

Although Blue Apron allows you to swap, add, or upgrade ingredients for meals that are a part of its signature plans, it does not allow you to do the same for its Wellness or Vegetarian plans. Luckily, Home Chef allows you to customize any meal from each of its six plans; you can swap out a different cut of meat on your steak dinners or even the entire protein. Want scallops instead of shrimp? You can do that with Home Chef. Looking to eat more protein? You can double up on this as well.

If you want to add on other items … Blue Apron

If you want to step up your dinner game, then Blue Apron is the way to go. It offers 68 kitchen tools and 12 different spices and seasonings that you can purchase individually. They even have some items that are exclusive to Blue Apron, including Japanese knife sets and culinary tools. My personal favorite items are the recipe stand (makes it so easy to see the recipe while cooking) and the cheese vault (who knew that this even existed?!).

If you want to purchase a la carte protein  … Home Chef

Home Chef allows you to purchase a la carte proteins as a part of your subscription. You can get anything from chicken breasts to shrimp to ground beef delivered to your doorstep. This definitely simplifies my grocery routine, as I know I can rely on fresh + delicious proteins from Home Chef.

If you need as many meals as possible … Home Chef

Blue Apron limits you to only ordering 2-4 recipes per week for up to 4 people. In contrast, Home Chef allows you to select anywhere from 2-6 recipes per week and order for 2, 4, or 6 people so you never have to worry about being empty-handed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I've prepared Home Chef meals for dinner parties, and friends have always loved the meal and walked away wanting to sign-up for the service.

Ultimate Winner: Home Chef

Whether you're eating on the go, need more options of meals to choose from, or need greater flexibility for your meal subscription, Home Chef has you covered. Despite Blue Apron offering a wine subscription along with cooking tools and spices, Home Chef serves the needs of a wider customer base and lets you order the most food possible.


Order Home Chef here. You can also read our Home Chef details and reviews.

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 baby.