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Convenient and practical, meal delivery services can save you a trip to the grocery store and get you whipping up some delicious restaurant-style dishes in the comfort of your own home. From the beginner cook to the plant-based foodie, there is something for everyone to enjoy. But that also means it can be a little overwhelming when you’re looking to find the very best option for you and your family. That’s why we surveyed over 300 people to find out which brands they absolutely loved. Then, we tested the kits to make sure they lived up to the hype. Below, we’ve rounded up the top-rated meal delivery services, including budget-friendly and vegan options, as well as those perfect for singles and families.
Best Organic Service: Green Chef
Green Chef was one of the first meal kit companies to become USDA-certified organic. All of the ingredients provided in their kits are non-GMO and free from antibiotics and hormones. The variety of meal plans is where Green Chef sets itself apart, as they offer a range of health-conscious plans including keto, paleo, balanced living, plant-powered, and family plans. One tester remarked, “I really enjoyed the creativeness of the meals that were offered. One of the recipes was quinoa tacos which I never would have thought of making on my own!” Testers also appreciated that some of the items were already pre-made, such as the seasoning blend and cashew cream, which cuts down on cooking time. Portion sizes were decent and cooking/preparation time was pretty efficient.
Best Low-Calorie/Low-Carb Service: Gobble
Gobble’s recipes were very tasty and portion sizes were hearty, and some of the ingredients are pre-cooked or pre-chopped to speed up the cooking process. Testers liked the simplicity of the steps in each recipe provided by Gobble, and also remarked that there was less mess involved than other services used. They offer two plans, which include the classic plan and the Lean & Clean dinner plan to suit your dietary needs. The Lean & Clean plan features all low-calorie, low-carb options if you’re trying to stay healthy and still want a satisfying meal.
Best Service for Beginners: Hello Fresh
Hello Fresh was the most popular pick by far when we surveyed our database (over 50% of our surveyors used Hello Fresh), and for good reason. They noted that Hello Fresh recipe cards were extremely easy to use and follow, making it the perfect choice for beginner cooks. Compared to other services, our testers found it simple and uncomplicated in terms of following the recipes and efficient cooking/preparation time. Our testers also enjoyed the variety of meals, flavors, and portion sizes. If you’re new to the meal delivery kit game, Hello Fresh is a great choice.
Best Budget-Friendly Service: EveryPlate
Launched by Hello Fresh, EveryPlate is a more affordable meal delivery kit option than others on this list. Our testers loved that the instructions were “simple” and “very straightforward.” The flavor of meals and variety scored well, with the ability to choose from 11 different meals that change each week. The packaging also impressed our testers, who remarked that it was condensed and that there was not a lot of excess plastic waste that you would traditionally expect in a box like this. One tester said, “Most of the veggies in this box were just free and not wrapped in plastic which was so nice.”
Best Service for Vegans: Purple Carrot
Vegans rejoice! This meal prep kit from Purple Carrot is the answer to your plant-based prayers. Full of completely vegan ingredients, Purple Carrot offers a variety of tasty meals that are also nutritious and packed with vegetables. Our testers loved the variety of totally vegan dishes available on Purple Carrot as well as the flavor profiles. Certain ingredients, like the vegan parmesan and coconut bacon, were delicious plant-based takes on comfort food staples. Ingredients were very fresh, but the prep was a bit lengthy, so this is best for the vegan who enjoys cooking. We also appreciated the pretty recipe book that comes in the box, which you can save and recreate the recipes on your own again.
Best International Cuisine Service: Blue Apron
The OG of the group, Blue Apron was one of the first companies to popularize meal delivery kits. Our testers were impressed with the variety of meals provided and delicious flavor profiles. Plus, Blue Apron provides the recipe cards for future use with the measurements for every ingredient so you can re-create the dishes again. Surveyors also remarked that they learned some new cooking techniques through this service that they were able to continue using. Even our beginner cook testers found the instructions relatively easy to follow.
Best Service for Dietitian-Approved Meals: Factor 75
This meal delivery kit is pre-made and designed by in-house dietitians, so nutrition is a main focus with Factor 75. Our testers were very satisfied with Factor 75 overall, they loved the variety of meals and found them surprisingly fresh tasting even though they are microwaveable. One tester said, “They never tasted dry or bland, all of the meals were super tasty and convenient.” Since the meals are balanced and just need to be heated, they are great for keeping you on track with your health goals.
Best Pre-Cooked Service: Freshly
If you want the benefits of a meal delivery service kit without having to cook the items, then Freshly is for you. This service features already pre-cooked full meals that simply need to be reheated. Testers enjoyed the convenience factor on these meals as well as the portion sizes. Every meal incorporates meat, turkey, or chicken so this isn’t for vegetarian fans, but all meals do contain vegetables. Flavors of the meals were rated as fair and the variety of meals offered was rated as very good overall.
Best Service for Foodies: Martha & Marley Spoon
This meal kit from Martha Stewart offers 22 recipes every week which is more than most of the other services on this list. Testers liked that Martha & Marley Spoon had different categories of meals to choose from, one category being “under 30 minutes.” The entrees were unique and offered great flavors, and ease of use with recipe directions scored favorably as well. One thing to note was that we almost threw away the cold pack, but realized that inside it has all of the protein; be sure to take out the ingredients before throwing the cool pack away!
Best Service for Singles or Couples: Daily Harvest
Known for their smoothie cups, Daily Harvest has expanded their product lineup to include harvest bowls, soups, oat bowls, flatbreads, energy bites, and more. Daily Harvest meals are already pre-made and require either blending or heating. Testers really enjoyed the smoothies best, saying that they were “super refreshing” and “very convenient but also healthy.” Plus, you can pour the blended smoothie right back into the cup and stick in a straw, so it’s a portable option. Since the items are portioned out, it’s perfect for singles or couples that want to eat healthy together. While these meals may not be as hearty as other services on this list, they are made from wholesome real foods and are completely plant-based.
Best Sustainability Service: Sun Basket
Sun Basket features all organic produce and a variety of dietitian-approved meal plans which include paleo, carb-conscious, gluten-free, diabetes friendly, vegetarian, pescatarian, mediterranean diet, and more. You can order your meal kit, but also add on additional items like breakfast items and snacks. Our surveyors liked the portion sizes of meals and said that the ingredients were high quality. The packaging is also recyclable and compostable, which is a big plus.
Best Personalized Service: Hungryroot
Hungryroot delivers healthy personalized groceries to your door with instructions on how to whip up quick nutritious meals. Testers loved that practically every recipe took less than 20 minutes to make, and the portion sizes were rated favorably. Variety and flavor of meals was rated fairly, but the vegetables in the kit were very fresh and stayed great all week long. One of our testers who is a long-time vegetarian said that she, “Enjoyed the exposure to a few new ingredients I wouldn’t normally purchase, like kohlrabi noodles!”
Best Service for Those With Dietary Restrictions: Epicured
Do you have IBS or follow a gluten-free diet? Epicured specializes in pre-made nutritious, digestive-friendly meals that are low-FODMAP and gluten-free. We appreciate that the meals not only taste great, but also are grounded in science as the company partners with Mount Sinai and digestive-specialists. Testers loved the unique flavor profiles of the meals and the nice portion sizes. Plus, the meals are pre-made so you can skip the cooking and just heat to enjoy instantly.
Best Service for Families: Home Chef
Home Chef offers a variety of meal options including classic meals which take about 30-60 minutes to prepare, as well as quick meals which take only 15 minutes to prepare. Surveyors also like the oven-ready meals which come with pre-portioned ingredients and an oven-safe pan. The meals are simple, easy to follow, and flavorful. The step-by-step instructions also have photos for each step which is useful.