With social distancing becoming the new normal, meal delivery services have emerged as a safe, fun, healthy and affordable alternative to eating out, ordering fast food or making forays to the grocery store. Also, these super convenient meal kits are an ideal solution for Christmas and the holidays if you want to try out new recipes while cutting down on costs and waste. When looking for a meal delivery service, there are a few things to consider beyond just the price per meal. Most meal kit delivery services allow you to pick your meals from a selected group of recipes that changes each week. Make sure that the variety of meals is to your liking and the amount of preparation required fits in your busy schedule.We’ve tested and ranked an array of options to come up with the Top 10 best meal delivery services on the market right now.
- What’s in the box3-5 mealsof 2 or 4 servings each
- Special dietsVegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free
- Price$7.87-$8.99per serving
HelloFresh is one of the easiest and most convenient meal kit delivery services. With straightforward recipes and pre-portioned ingredients, all of its meals are done and dusted in 6 steps or less, allowing you to sit down and enjoy your dinner within 30 minutes. What’s more is that the convenience doesn’t end with the meals: HelloFresh’s website is extremely user-friendly, and modifying, cancelling or reactivating a subscription is as easy as pie.
There are 3 different meal plans: the Classic Box, Family Box and Veggie Box, with 17 recipes overall but a somewhat limited choice for the vegetarian option. However, if you’re an omnivore, there is plenty of variety, with an array of proteins, fresh produce and grains. Dishes range from zucchini flatbread to lobster ravioli and Korean beef Bibimbap, offering something to suit everyone’s tastes. Plus there’s a recommended wine pairing with each recipe, which we felt was a nice touch.
The diversity of meal plans may not be as great as other meal kit delivery services but the quality, ease and convenience of HelloFresh is second to none.
- Fresh ingredients
- Simple and time-efficient recipes
- Easy to manage subscriptions
- Fresh ingredients need to be used in a timely fashion
- Smaller, less diverse menu
- What’s in the box2-6 meals2,4 or 6 servings each
- Special dietsVegetarian-free, soy-free, dairy-free and more
- Price$7.99 or $9.95per serving
Home Chef lets its customers set up a “taste profile” to help it to determine the meals best suited to them. Each week there is a selection of 18 different dishes to choose from, including quick, 5-minute lunches and entrées, and there are also add-ons such as smoothies. Plus there are options for all types of dietary specifications, including nut-free, gluten-free and dairy-free. The recipes are simple and easy to prepare, and some of the ingredients even arrive pre-cooked, which is a huge time saver.
As the name suggests Home Chef’s meals do have a homey feel to them, meaning they’re not overly exotic or ambitious, which may put off some of the more adventurous home cooks. That said Home Chef certainly delivers on its promise to save you time, reduce food waste and bring people together around the dinner table.
- Helps you build a “taste profile” to match you with recipes
- Convenience of 5-minute lunches
- Lets you choose meals a month in advance
- Limited range
- Unadventurous recipes
- What’s in the box2-4 meals2-4 servings each
- Special dietsGluten-free, low carb, diabetic
- Price$9.99-$10.99per serving
Chances are, the first time you heard about home meal kits it was through Blue Apron. The company is the most well-known in the industry and has taken leaps and bounds in recent years to try and change how we’re eating at home.
Blue Apron is trying to “pioneer a new model of the food to table journey,” and while that may seem a bit lofty, basically the company is just trying to provide better, more sustainably produced food for all of their clients.
The company wants to help customers learn more about how to cook well at home, and to become more intimately acquainted with their food and the ingredients that go into it. One drawback of Blue Apron si that there are only 8 meals to choose from each week, and only 4 if you’re on the family plan. That said, even with the smaller selection you can experiment with some brilliantly designed and delicious recipes.
- Top flight ingredients from trusted suppliers
- Shipping is (almost) always free
- Less recipes than some competitors
- No lunch, snack, or dessert options
- What’s in the box2-4 mealsof 2-4 servings each
- Special dietsVegan, quick and easy, lean and clean and many more
- Price$10.99-$11.99per serving
If you’re looking for innovative, healthy, tasty and sustainable meals, then Sun Basket is undoubtedly the service for you. The company caters to a variety of diets, including vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free and pescatarian, with 18 different recipes to choose from each week for all of its special plans.
Developed by award-winning San Francisco chef Justine Kelly, Sun Basket’s menus showcase ingredients and flavors from around the world. You may be eating Okinawa flaked tuna and egg stir-fry with arugula-mango salad one night, and Tex-Mex chicken fajitas with sweet-pepper tomato salsa the next. But while seductive and exotic, the recipes are neither gimmicky nor overly complex, but rather they are simple to follow and easy to prepare.
The variety of meal plans and dishes as well as the high-quality of ingredients and focus on sustainability sets Sun Basket apart from many of its competitors. There is a higher price tag for this premium product, but when it comes to interesting, easy-to-make meals and clean, organic eating, Sun Basket won’t let you down.
- Organic ingredients
- Chef-driven menus
- Eco-friendly packaging
- More expensive than other services
- What’s in the box4, 6, 9 or 12 meals of one serving
- Special dietsGluten-free, high-protein, vegetarian, soy-free and more
- Price$8.99-$12.50per serving
Most meal kit delivery companies claim that they’re different than other services, but with Freshly there really is one big difference: there’s no actual cooking involved. That’s right, all of Freshly’s meals come pre-cooked and are ready to eat in under 3 minutes.
Freshly’s ethos is to offer fresh ready meals that are both nutrient-dense and delicious. Its recipes are put together by a team of in-house chefs, culinary scientists and nutritionists, whose focus is on gluten-free, high-protein dishes that contain less than 500 calories and 35 grams of carbs.
Freshly provides only individually packaged meals so there are no family plans or meals for 2. However, meal plans accommodate up to 12 meals per week and you can order multiple servings of the same dish as well as add-ons such as snacks and desserts.
Ready to eat meals are the ultimate convenience food but with Freshly there’s no need to feel guilty about it. The company’s integrity of ingredients and good for you recipes make it an absolute no brainer for anyone wanting to eat well without any hassle.
- Quality ingredients
- Good for you
- No family plans
- Menus rotate frequently
Martha & Marley Spoon
- What’s in the box2-4 mealsof 2 or 4 servings each
- Special dietsVegetarian, low-calorie, family-friendly
- Price$8.20-$12per serving
If you’re a Martha Stewart fan, this service will make you feel like a kid in a candy store. Straight from her cookbooks, Martha & Marley Spoon offers the domestic goddess’ signature recipes each week, with a choice of at least 20 different dishes.
Martha & Marley Spoon caters to a number of specialty diets, including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and low-carb, but it’s worth noting that the majority of the recipes do revolve around meat or seafood.
What we enjoyed about Martha & Marley Spoon is that many of the dishes come with unique and flavorful side dishes and garnishes. Grilled steak for instance comes with a tomato-ciabatta panzanella salad; and mustard-glazed salmon is paired with a delightful side of summer corn, snap peas and tomatoes, with a mustard and dill vinaigrette.
Simple to prepare, Martha & Marley Spoon’s meals are both tasty and look great on the plate. If you’re looking to step up your cooking game with new techniques and interesting sauces and dressings, this is a delicious choice.
- High-quality ingredients
- Simple, 6-step recipes
- Unique and flavorful side dishes
- Less choice for vegetarians
- What’s in the box3 meals2-4 servings each
- Special dietsNone
- Price$4.99per serving
EveryPlate is known as being the budget-friendly meal kit delivery service. And if you are watching your spending, there’s no better option than this. Each week, EveryPlate offers a variety of scrumptious meal options that you can throw together yourself. But the best part is the price tag. For less than $5 a meal, you can have healthy, hearty, and home-cooked meals all week long.
EveryPlate is also generous when it comes to portion sizes, so you will never walk away from one of these delicious meals hungry. Meals take about half an hour to prepare, and you don’t need to be Gordon Ramsay to prepare these dishes either. Instructions are clear, colorful, and easy to follow.
- Delicious meals for under $5
- Big portions
- Easy to follow instruction cards
- Disorganized packaging system
- Not a ton of variety to choose from
- What’s in the box2-3 mealsof 2 or 4 servings each
- Special dietsCarnivore, pescatarian, paleo, keto and more
- Price$10.99-$12.99per serving
Green Chef is your one-stop shop for chef-driven recipes using USDA certified organic, non-GMO, and sustainable ingredients from trusted suppliers. The first certified organic meal kit delivery service, the company has a cooperation with farmers, purveyors and fishermen, bringing you the kind of top quality ingredients you’d otherwise have to hunt for at the farmer’s market.
All of its recipes are designed to be cooked and ready to eat within 30 minutes. Ingredients come pre-portioned and many additional items such as flatbreads, sauces or dressings arrive premade. This convenience simplifies things and makes for a definite time saver,but the downside is you’re not learning how to make them.
Green Chef’s mantra is “you are what you eat,” and its family of meal plans gives you enough choice and flexibility to make up your own mind about who you want to be. Whether that’s an omnivore, carnivore, pescatarian, vegan, vegetarian, paleo or keto, its diverse range of meal plans has your eating habits covered.
- Certified organic
- Quality ingredients
- Many specialty diets available
- Lots of premade/processed ingredients
- Shipping not included
- What’s in the boxNutritionally-balanced prepared meals, meal plan for a month
- Special dietsMen, women, diabetes, vegetarian
Nutrisystem is a dieter’s meal delivery service. This service provides a full diet plan complete with nutritionally-balanced meals based on your goals, body type, and food preferences. One of the key features of Nutrisystem is that, aside from the fact that plans are already tailored to fit your specifications, you can tailor just about any aspect of the meal plan you don’t like. And since Nutrisystem has more than 160 meal options to choose from, there’s plenty of variety to go around. So you really get a meal plan that works with your palette.
Nutrisystem is also an excellent choice for those looking to lose weight because it comes with the NuMI weight loss app. The mobile app is chock full of challenges, weight loss tips, exercises, and inspirations. You’ll also be able to make use of tools like one-touch tracking so you can log your meals, smart reminders, and the ability to sync with your Fitbit.
- Free weight-loss app
- Heat and eat meals
- Uniquely Yours tailored plans
- Not much room for eating out
- Not suitable for peanut or soy allergies
- What’s in the boxReady-made meals according to your subscription
- Special dietsKeto, carb30, diabetes, vegetarian
Freshology is a branch of the popular Diet-to-Go meal delivery service. If you like the idea of ready-to-make meal kits delivered to your door, then you’re going to love Freshology because it does you one better. These meals are already made by professional chefs. So they arrive cooked, and ready to eat as soon as they get there. Freshology is one of the only meal delivery services that offers the freshest, most ready to eat meals on the market.
Convenient for those who don’t have time to cook, Freshology is also great for people who are looking to lose weight or maintain a healthy eating lifestyle. That’s because every meal is perfectly balanced to deliver all the nutritional needs for your day. For keto-based meals, Freshology packs in a generous helping of proteins, healthy fats, and fresh vegetables to round out the meal. And with its 100% satisfaction guarantee, Freshology certainly makes healthy eating a no-brainer for everyone.
- Meals are delivered fresh, never frozen
- Keto-based meals for nutrition and weight loss
- Contact-free delivery to your door
- Have to put in payment info before choosing meals
- Not much in the way of side dishes