Comparing Food Subscription Services: Which Is Best?
By Emily Comos
One of the greatest inventions of our generation was the food subscription service industry. The companies have revolutionized the way we purchase and cook food, while making the entire process quicker and more efficient. Many of us have said goodbye to the old days of crowded supermarkets on Sundays and the hassle of what to cook your picky kids after a stressful day at work and said hello to the amazing world of food delivery boxes.
For those of you who haven’t made the switch yet, it can be intimidating to choose from so many different companies. This guide will help you to compare and contrast the different services to find which one is right for you!
Frankly, you can’t go wrong with any of these companies. They all operate pretty similarly and besides some price and quantity differences, you’re getting a great service with whichever you choose. With that being said, it never hurts to check out the competition before you make a solid decision.
To start, we’ll be looking at HelloFresh! This company offers a wide range of 6-step, 30 minute recipes that require minimal amounts of equipment and time to accomplish. Their menus are very flexible and customizable for each week and can be cancelled at any time. You create your own plan by selecting the amount of people you’re feeding, the type of food you’re wanting to cook (vegetarian, calorie friendly, etc) and the pricing starts at $6.99 per serving and works its way up depending on which plan you choose. They also offer $80 off your first 4 boxes + free shipping on your first order!
The next company we’ll be comparing is Home Chef. Each week you can choose up to 26 fresh options including steak, chicken, pork, fish and even vegetarian. All these options can be removed, doubled, or swapped for another as well. Home Chef is known to have a bit more variety and creativity in its recipe options but is competitively priced at $7.99 a serving. One unique factor about this company is their add-on feature includes some beverages including delicious smoothies!
Another great contender in the industry to check out is Blue Apron. They are one of the more expensive options as their minimum order is 3 meals and the initial pricing ranges from $8.74-$9.99. They also don’t offer any options for kids meals. They do offer responsibly-sourced, quality ingredients including fresh produce, sustainable seafood and exclusive spice blends. They’re also an advocate for recyclable packaging that will ensure your ingredients are as fresh as possible until they reach your front door. Blue Apron is one of the most popular food subscription services and they deliver to nearly 80% of the United States according to their PR rep.
If you’re looking for the most practical in terms of price and variety for the whole family, HelloFresh is the option for you as they have reasonably priced packages with options for kids as well. If you’re looking for an affordable way to try new innovative recipes that you can have serious customization control over, Home Chef may be the one to try. If you’re in the market for one of the most popular and highly rated companies with fantastic reviews, Blue Apron without a doubt is the one for you. Either way, any of these companies you choose will save you serious time in the kitchen and allow you to enjoy more time with your family!