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The Best Meal Kits for Easy Grocery Delivery Right to Your Door

I’m going to be honest: I love to cook, but dinner is a drag. I’m totally capable of scanning Pinterest for recipes. I know my way around the stove, but after figuring out what to eat, picking up ingredients I may never use again and having to put it all together, I lose my mojo. I’m guilty of throwing up my hands and ordering takeout in lieu of making my own meal.

Still, I was skeptical of meal kits: How much time could it really save? Isn’t it kind of expensive?

Well, call me converted. Beyond the fact that I no longer agonize over finding the best grain bowl recipe possible, the meal kits have also had another benefit: My husband cooks most nights now. Their no-brainer recipe directions have given him a new hobby and taken a load off my responsibility list.

Along the way, we’ve tried several different meal kits and found that each of them has pros and cons. If you’re just getting started, it can be hard to see which one is right for you, so I did the dirty work and broke it down.

Here are the top kits — all available nationwide — and the most important things to know before you choose one (or more!) to try.

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Blue Apron

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Price: $4.99 to $7.49 per serving depending on your plan

Best Overall

Benefits: Blue Apron easily landed the number one spot on our list. If you’re a foodie, you’ll love Blue Apron‘s restaurant-quality meals that introduce you to new ingredients, flavors and cooking techniques. They’re made with high-quality ingredients that are often organic and sustainable. You can order up to four recipes a week for two to four people. Blue Apron also offers a vegetarian subscription and a WW™-approved subscription option, and you can even fill out your table with a side, dessert or appetizer through its weekly add-ons. There’s also an option to have wine delivered separately once a month with your kit, designed to pair perfectly with your meals. Best of all, through May 31 new customers save $100 off across your first 5 boxes.

Drawbacks: If you have a house full of picky eaters, some of Blue Apron’s more exotic flavors may be a tough sell for kids with a more discerning palate but it can also be a great way to introduce them to new flavors they otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to experience.

Blue Apron Subscription $7.49+ per serving Buy now Sign Up

RealEats

Price: $6 to $8.40 per meal depending on your plan

Best for: Healthy eaters

Benefits: If you’re looking for healthy, junk-free meals but haven’t found a meal kit that caters to your dietary needs, you’ve just found the answers to your deepest wishes. RealEats offers fully cooked, chef-prepared meals that are vacuum-sealed for freshness. Each meal includes the nutritional info so you know exactly what you’re eating.

Drawbacks: If you’re short on fridge space, these meals might take up more space than you’d like.

RealEats $7.99+ Buy now Sign Up

Hungryroot

Price: Varies

Best for: People short on time

Benefits: Hungryroot sends you groceries based on your preferences each week and easy 10-minute recipe ideas to make with them. If you don’t like spending tons of time in the kitchen — or using the oven and stove — you’ll actually like cooking with these simple ingredients and recipes.

Drawbacks: These meals tend to be on the lighter side, so you might want to supplement with some items if you like heavier meals.

Hungryroot $60+ Buy now Sign Up

Home Chef

Price: $10 per meal

Best for: Families or simple recipe folks

Benefits: Families will likely love Home Chef. With a few options to choose from each week, many of them kid-approved, and the option to order between two and three meals a week for two or four people, you’ve got a variety of reliable, usually quick, meals to cook.

Drawbacks: Although they occasionally have some adventurous dishes, the food tends to keep ingredients and flavors pretty simple.

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Sunbasket

Price: $11 or $12 per plate depending on your plan

Best for: Organic eaters who need diet-specific meals

Benefits: If you’re concerned about having all-organic produce, sustainable seafood or antibiotic- and hormone-free meat and pasteurized organic eggs, Sunbasket has you covered. Their recipes focus on clean meats and vegetables, and you can choose from paleo, lean (550 calories per serving), gluten-free, Mediterranean, pescatarian, vegetarian or vegan meal plans.

Drawbacks: It’s one of the more expensive options, and only the family sizes (four people) allow you to choose between two, three or four meals per week.

Sun Basket Subscription $11+ Buy now Sign Up

Gobble

Price: $12 per plate depending on your plan

Best for: People who need dinner made quickly

Benefits: Gobble does all of the prep work for you. Lots of starches like mashed potatoes come premade and everything is already washed, chopped and ready to be cooked.

Drawbacks: Convenience doesn’t come cheap. This is one of the more pricey options but it’s still a lot more affordable than ordering takeout.

Gobble Subscription $12+ Buy now Sign Up

Purple Carrot

Price: $12 per plate

Best for: Plant-based foodies

Benefits: Whether you’re full vegan, dabbling vegetarian or someone who would like to have more plant-based meals in their life, Purple Carrot offers plentiful variety and goes way beyond pasta, for Instagram-worthy meals that will light up your taste buds.

Drawbacks: Currently, the only options are for two portions three times a week.

Purple Carrot Subscription $12+

Splendid Spoon

Price: $13+ per meal depending on your plan

Best for: Soup and smoothie lovers

Benefits: Splendid Spoon offers breakfast and lunch options only. They have a wide variety of soup, smoothie and bowl options to keep your lunch routine from getting dull. Everything is pretty healthy so if that’s a priority, this is a great option.

Drawbacks: $13 for a breakfast smoothie is definitely more than most people prefer to spend. But if you’re willing to splurge on the convenience, all of their selections are delicious!

Splendid Spoon Subscription $9+ Buy now Sign Up

Every Plate

Price: $4.99+ per plate

Best for: Families, budget-conscious people

Benefits: Every Plate is by far the cheapest option which makes it great for large families. There is also a wide selection of menu options. Most services only offer 4-6 menu options but Every Plate offers 11 every week which is great if you have picky eaters in your family.

Drawbacks: The menu isn’t quite as diverse as some of the other options. This is more meat-and-potatoes meals with a side of veggies so don’t expect to see any fancy or exotic ingredients, but if you want great-tasting homestyle cooking at an affordable price, this is your best option.

Every Plate $4.99+ Buy now Sign Up

Most kits offer some kind of discount as an introductory offer, so trying them out is even cheaper. If you’re ready to make recipe stress a thing of the past, give a meal kit a chance.

A version of this article was originally published May 2018. 

 

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