The 15 Best Food Subscription Boxes of 2019


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Whether you’re new to food delivery services and deciding whether they’re right for you, or you’re a seasoned subscriber considering other options, choosing the right food subscription box for you can be a daunting task. Do you go with a gourmet option or pre-cooked meals that only need a quick reheat? Vegan? Vegetarian? Organic? Luckily, there’s a box out there for almost every diet and type of cook—and we’ve tried just about all of them! Now, we’re narrowing down the menu and pointing you towards the delectable options that we recommend most.

Here is our list of the 15 best food subscription services. Want a second opinion? Check out what MSA readers voted as the 2019 Best Food and Meal Subscription winners!

1. Plated

Plated box

Price: Choose the plan that’s right for you & sign up here:

  • 2 recipes (4 plates) for $47.80 per week (+ $6.00 shipping)
  • 3 recipes (6 plates) for $59.70 per week (with free shipping)
  • 4 recipes (8 total plates) for $79.60 per week (with free shipping)
  • Dessert costs $4.00 per serving (available after your first order)

How It Works: Plated is a food subscription service that features sustainably sourced seafood, seasonal produce, and antibiotic-free, hormone-free meats. They feature 20 recipes per week with plenty of new options and returning favorites to choose from. Plated will email you before you get your box with a reminder of which extras (like salt, pepper, and olive oil) that you’ll need for your recipes. Best of all, this meal kit offers desserts like cookies, pastries, crumbles, and mini tarts!

See more of our Plated Reviews and food subscription reviews to learn more! Ships to most of the US.

2. Home Chef

Home Chef

Price: Home Chef offers plans to serve 2-6 meals to 2, 4, or 6 people. Orders $49+ get free shipping. ($10 shipping for orders under $49.) Choose the meals that are right for you, and sign up here:

  • Standard recipes: 2 servings starting at $19.90
  • 5 minute lunches: 2 servings starting at $15.98
  • Smoothies: 2 servings at $9.90
  • Fruit baskets: 2 servings at $9.90
  • Premium meals: 2 servings at market price

How It Works: Home Chef is a meal-kit delivery subscription that provides delicious, crowd-pleasing meals to cook at home. Typically recipes can be made in less around 30 minutes, and include vegetarian, gluten-free, and carb-cutting options. Home Chef also offers snacks and extras that you can include in your order, including healthy smoothies and fruits!

See more of our Home Chef reviews and food subscription reviews to learn more! Ships to most of the US.

3. Blue Apron

Blue Apron

Price: Choose the plan that works for you and sign up here:

  • 2 Person Plan
    • $47.95  ($9.99 per serving + $7.99 shipping) for 2 meals per week
    • $59.94  ($9.99 per serving + FREE shipping) for 3 meals per week
  • Family plans
    • $71.92  ($8.99 per serving + FREE shipping) for 2 meals per week
    • $95.88  ($7.99 per serving + FREE shipping) for 3 meals per week
    • $119.84  ($7.49 per serving + FREE shipping) for 4 meals per week

How It Works: Blue Apron is a leading meal-kit delivery subscription. You get a weekly box of fresh ingredients and recipes to cook gourmet meals at home. Each week, the culinary wizards at Blue Apron create 8 recipes to choose from, with vegetarian and seafood options available.

See more of our Blue Apron reviews and food subscription reviews to learn more! Ships free to US.

4. Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh

Price: Plans start at $9.99/serving for 2-people and $8.99/serving for the 4-person family plan. Weekly prices will change depending on the number of meals and serving size. Sign up here!

How It Works: HelloFresh is the largest meal-kit delivery subscription in the US. Meals generally take 25-30 minutes to whip up (that’s on the faster end for subscription meal kits), and depending on your plan, you’ll have a choice from 8 weekly recipes (their “Classic Plan”), or 3 vegetarian recipes (“Veggie Plan”). Fresh food, great convenience—it’s no wonder they’re so popular!

See more of our Hello Fresh Reviews and food subscription reviews to learn more! Ships free to the contiguous US.

5. Green Chef

Green Chef

Price: Choose the plan that’s right for your diet and sign up here:

  • 2-Person Plans (3 dinners for 2 people per box)
    • Plant-Powered (vegan & vegetarian dinners): $79.93 per box, including shipping ($11.99 per meal)
    • Balanced-Living (veggie, meat & seafood dinners): $79.93 per box, including shipping ($11.99 per meal)
    • Paleo (paleo-friendly dinners): $85.93 per box, including shipping ($12.99 per meal)
    • Keto (low-carb, vegan and non-dairy dinners): $85.93 per box, including shipping ($12.99 per meal) 
  • Family Plan (2 dinners for a family of four, served family-style for parents and kids)
    • Family Omnivore Plan (one meat-focused meal, and one vegetarian meal): $95.91 per box, including shipping ($10.99 per meal)
    • 3 recipes per week for 4 people: $131.88
    • Family Carnivore Plan (two meat-focused meals): $95.91 per box, including shipping ($10.99 per meal)

How It Works: Green Chef (now owned by Hello Fresh) is a gourmet take on food delivery subscriptions that offers the most options for special diets. You can customize boxes by contacting customer service. Green Chef is great for those with dietary restrictions or special needs, such as athletes. They deliver fresh ingredients and recipes to prepare in the comfort of your own kitchen. All of their produce is organic, and the company commits to sustainable packaging and going green. They were also the first meal kit to offer certified gluten-free meals! No cutting corners here.

See more of our Green Chef Reviews and food subscription reviews to learn more! Ships to the continental US for $7.99 per box.

 

6. CrateChef

CrateChef

Price: $49 per box or $45 per box if you choose a 6-month subscription. CrateChef also offers a one-time gift box for $55 (plus $8 shipping). Sign up here!

How It Works: CrateChef is a food subscription service that delivers a bi-monthly box of recipes, kitchen supplies, and artisan foods. Each box is curated by a different famous chef and features tips on putting your new items to use.

See more of our CrateChef Reviews and food subscription reviews to learn more! Ships to the US for a flat rate of $8 per box.

7. Butcher Box

Butcher Box

Price: $129 per month for one of their curated boxes—All Beef, Beef & Chicken, Beef & Pork, The Mixed Box (a little of everything)—or customize your own for $149. Sign up here!

How It Works: Butcher Box sends you your preferred mix of grass-fed beef, free-range, organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork. It’s a convenient way to ensure you’re getting healthy, high-quality meats sourced from animals that have been raised humanely and happily.

See more of our Butcher Box Reviews and food subscription reviews to learn more! Ships free to the continental US.

8. Freshly

Freshly

Price: Choose the plan that works for you and sign up here:

  • 4 meals per week @ 12.50/meal = $49.99/week
  • 6 meals per week @ 9.99/meal = $59.99
  • 9 meals per week @ 9.99/meal = $89.99
  • 12 meals per week @ 8.99/meal = $107.99

How It Works: Freshly sends you gourmet pre-cooked meals that help busy folks eat healthily and save time. Each week, they offer 20 breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, all of which are peanut-, gluten-, and refined-sugar-free. Plus, each single-serving meal is ready to go within about 3 minutes!

See more of our Freshly reviews and food subscription reviews to learn more! Ships free to many states in the US.

9. Sun Basket

Sun Basket

Price: Choose the plan that’s right for you and sign up here:

  • Classic Menu Plan
    • 2 recipes per week for 2 people: $51.96
    • 3 recipes per week for 2 people: $71.94
    • 4 recipes per week for 2 people: $82.92
  • Family Menu Plan
    • 2 recipes per week for 4 people: $87.92
    • 3 recipes per week for 4 people: $131.88
    • 4 recipes per week for 4 people: $175.84

How It Works: Sun Basket is a meal kit delivery service that provides seasonal food and recipes to subscribers. Created by the former head chef of a James-Beard-Award-winning restaurant, this box emphasizes clean, healthy eating, with plan options like Paleo, Lean & Clean, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Mediterranean, and Pescatarian. They feature organic produce and responsibly sourced meat and seafood, too!

See more of our Sun Basket reviews and food subscription reviews to learn more! Ships to most zip codes in the contiguous US.

 

10. Purple Carrot

Purple Carrot

Price: Choose the plan you want and sign up here!

  • Three 2-serving meals for $72 per week ($12 per plate)
  • Two 6-serving meals for $95.88 ($7.99 per plate)

How It Works: Purple Carrot is a vegan meal-kit delivery service bringing plant-based eating into the mainstream. They deliver weekly boxes of fresh produce and easy-to-follow recipes for some tasty veggie meals. Add on plant-based breakfasts and lunches as well!

See more of our Purple Carrot reviews and food subscription reviews to learn more! Ships to most of the US.

11. Dinnerly

Dinnerly

Price: Choose a plan that works for you and sign up here:

  • 2-Person Plan: 3 recipes for 2 people for $39 weekly ($4.99 per serving)
  • Family Plan = 3 recipes for 4 people for $69 weekly ($4.99 per serving)

How It Works: Dinnerly is fast, simple, and affordable. This meal kit subscription sends you 6-ingredient dishes that only take about a half-hour to make. You’ll get ingredients by mail, but Dinnerly provides digital recipe cards for each dish to help cut down on both cost and clutter. 

See more of our Dinnerly reviews and food subscription reviews to learn more! Ships to most of the contiguous US.

12. Martha & Marley Spoon

Martha & Marley Spoon

Price: Choose the plan that works for you and sign up here

  • 2-Person Plan

    • 2 meals per week for $49.99
    • 3 meals per week for $62.93
    • 4 meals per week for $76.91
  • 3-4-Person Plan
    • 2 meals per week for $76.91
    • 3 meals per week for $98.87
    • 4 meals per week for $120.83

How It Works: Martha & Marley Spoon is a gourmet meal-kit delivery service with recipes and inspiration from Martha Stewart! The high-quality ingredients are already pre-portioned and the recipes are easy to follow. Learn new approaches to home cooking with this delicious subscription!

See more of our Martha & Marley Spoon reviews and food subscription reviews to learn more! Ships to most of the contiguous US for $8.99.

13. Gobble

Gobble

Price: Choose a plan that works for you and sign up here:

  • 2-Person Plan:
    • 6 meals (3 2-person dinner kits) per week for $71.94 ($11.99 per meal) +$6.99 shipping
  • 4-Person Plan:
    • 12 meals (3 4-person dinner kits) per week for $143.88 ($11.99 per meal) +$6.99 shipping
  • Minimum/maximum orders:
    • The default is 6 meals for the 2-Person Plan and 12 meals for the 4-Person Plan, but you can order as few as 4 meals, though the price per meal goes up to $13.99 + $6.99 shipping. You can also add meals to your order (including their sides, soups, and desserts).

How It Works: Gobble is a food subscription that promises recipes done in 15 minutes or less. After you pick your meals, the Gobble team of chefs preps your food for you. Peeling, chopping, and marinating are all done before the box gets to your door. All you have to do is cook!

See more of our Gobble reviews and food subscription reviews to learn more! Ships to continental US for $6.99.

14. Takeout Kit

Takeout Kiit

Price: Choose the plan that’s right for you and sign up here:

  • $32.99 for 1 kit per month
  • $65.99 for 2 kits per month
  • $92.99 for 3 kits per month

How It Works: Takeout Kit is a meal-delivery subscription that gives subscribers the chance to explore international cuisine through cooking. Choose from 16 delicious dishes each month, and they’ll ship the recipe and ingredients to you. The ingredients have long shelf lives, so you can wait 2+ months to cook your dish. Each meal kit feeds 4 adults. Samplers include 3 different meal kits and each of those meal kits includes 4 servings. 

See more of our Takeout Kit reviews and food subscription reviews to learn more! Ships free to US, including AK, HI, PR, and military/APO addresses worldwide.

15. Umai Crate

Umai Crate

Price: $30.00 per month. Subscribe here!

How It Works: Umai Crate, by Japan Crate, is a ramen subscription service that sends you 7-8 instant ramen noodle varieties for you to try each month plus a fun extra! In addition to adventurous new flavors, you’ll get a booklet of tips about ways to upgrade your ramen with yummy add-ins and info about ramen culture.

See more of our Umai Crate reviews and food subscription reviews to learn more! Ships worldwide.

 

Which food subscription boxes have you tried?

Written by Nathan Parcells

Nathan Parcells

I live in San Francisco and am an avid adventurer. Ever since finding MSA I fell in love snack boxes (both healthy boxes and candy boxes), fitness boxes, and clothing boxes, which save me time and help me stay stylish without leaving the house. When not working in the city, I am usually out skiing, rock climbing, or relaxing with a good book.

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