At the end of a long day, there's nothing more satisfying than a home-cooked meal. However, it's not the easiest to achieve. Often we find ourselves scrambling or settling for something less satisfying. Basically, dinner is tough.
Our editors have been searching for a meal kit delivery service to take the struggle out of our cooking routine. There's no reason to be running to the grocery store, trying to decipher recipes, and cooking for hours, if you don't have to.
We've been looking for a delivery service that will allow us to cook with ease, tastes delicious, is affordable, and gives us a variety of meal options.
We looked at which brands are being raved about and narrowed down our search: HelloFresh and Chefs Plate. To be honest, they have a lot in common. Both are flexible subscriptions that deliver delicious recipes with fresh ingredients and easy-follow instructions right to your door.
In the end, we found that when it comes to choosing your meal kit it really depends on what you want. So we tried both to help you figure out which one best fits your needs.
Winner: Chefs Plate
Both HelloFresh and Chefs Plate send you all the ingredients you need to make your recipes and they're already pre-measured, saving you so much time! For both, you only need to supply basic components like salt, butter, and oil.
While each comes with step-by-step recipe card instructions and has meals with an average cooking time of 30 minutes, we found Chefs Plate to be easier.
Chefs Plate has recipes that can be cooked as fast as 15 minutes which is a major time-saver. To get from prepped to cooked in 15 minutes is practically unheard of and your meals are done in as little as 5 simple steps. You can enjoy the comfort of a home-cooked meal in a fraction of the time you normally would. With Chefs Plate's straightforward meals, you'll use a minimal amount of pots and pans, which makes clean up time a breeze, too!
Winner: HelloFresh (very, close call!)
Both HelloFresh and Chefs Plate use farm-sourced ingredients, so the flavor of their meals is really on-point.
We love fresh takes on classic recipes like their Teriyaki Turkey Rice Bowl, Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken, and Creamy Bacon Risotto. Their seasonings are just off the charts with innovative uses of thyme, Italian seasoning, and so many small but powerhouse ingredients.
While this all depends on your household's taste buds, we're sure that you'll fall in love with these flavor sensations.
Keeping the recipes new and exciting is one of the biggest draws when it comes to meal kits. With HelloFresh you can choose from 25 recipes a week! This means you can enjoy dishes like sweet potato curries, Taiwanese chicken, and Korean bibimbap — all at home and made fresh.
Plus, the recipes are curated by a culinary team truly leveling-up your at-home dining experience. HelloFresh consistently factors in customer experience, so the recipes keep getting better.
Although Chefs Plate has a good variety each week (you can choose from 15 recipes a week), we ultimately felt HelloFresh gives us more in terms of options.
Winner: Chefs Plate
When it comes to a meal plan subscription, one of our biggest concerns is cost. We want meals that are delicious, easy, and most importantly affordable! If that's the case for you too, then look no further than Chefs Plate. Their meals are simple and straightforward without sacrificing flavor.
Chefs Plate is Canada's most affordable meal kit with servings starting as low as $8.99 while HelloFresh's lowest plan is $9.69 per serving. Chefs Plate definitely wins here with their value-based meal kit being the best deal you'll find. You won't spend as much money with them as you would ordering that greasy, nightly takeout and you're actually getting the most bang for your buck.
Overall Winner: depends on you!
HelloFresh and Chefs Plate are both amazing options when it comes to using a meal delivery service. They're incredibly flexible and allow you to pause or cancel your plan at any time. The decision all comes down to what your household is looking for after a busy day.
Looking for excellent taste and variety? HelloFresh is the perfect choice. Prioritizing cooking ease and value? Then Chefs Plate is definitely the way to go. At the end of the day, you will save you time, money, and a whole lot of stress. So the choice is yours!
Update: The folks at HelloFresh and Chefs Plate are extending a special offer to our readers so make your pick!