Delivery meal kit review - Dinnerly vs HelloFresh

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So I recently took the meal kit delivery service jump after seeing multiple of my neighbors with boxes at their doorsteps. I had browsed them before but never really went beyond that until recently when I found out Dinnerly could send me dinner for ~$5/plate which is their regular price. Ordered a 4 meal x 2 person box from Dinnerly and it hooked me to the concept. Since then have signed up for HelloFresh as well (pausing Dinnerly) to give it a whirl as well. Well I have done 2 boxes with both and feel like I can give an honest review of both. Dinnerly: Dinnerly touts itself as one of the most affordable dinner meal kit delivery service, after some research they definitely are. For myself (4 meals for 2 people) it worked out to ~$5/per person per meal. Did not have any packaging or delivery issues over 2 boxes. 2nd was by mistake because I forgot to cancel my membership - will get into that later. Pros: - Price - Dinnerly is ~½ the price of the other brands. Rolling in shipping it ends up being a little under $5/per person. Cons: - Basic. These meals are as basic as you can get. The most exciting you will get with seasoning is salt and pepper. Meals are 1 protein and 1 side. - Packaging. The ingredients are not separated by meal so you have to be very cognizant of what goes where. My second box I had two large potatoes, my first meal called for some roasted potatoes and I was unsure if I needed both potatoes or just one, had to review my other recipes to confirm. I don't memorize the recipes so without recipe cards it was back to the app to see which meals had potatoes. - No recipe cards. They say this is part of how they can keep prices low. It's a pain to have to haul a tablet or laptop and prop it up somewhere where it won't get splashed with food juice/grime/etc. to keep unlocking or waking up to reference a recipe. HelloFresh: Cons: Price. HelloFresh is almost 2x more than Dinnerly. Rolling in shipping it ends up being ~$10/per person. But for a restaurant quality meal at home I am on the verge of justifying this price. Pros: - Taste. HelloFresh has you cook with various herbs and spices they provide and the recipes are much more advanced than Dinnerly. Sounds more complicated but in my experience the HelloFresh meals are no more complicated than the Dinnerly meals. Despite not being a cook at all every HelloFresh meal I have made tastes like something you would get out of a mid-priced restaurant. - Packaging. Unlike Dinnerly, HelloFresh packages all your meal ingredients into a recyclable paper bag labeled with which dinner it goes with. No digging through other recipes to figure out what you need for the recipe. Overall: I don't cook and I have never liked to cook so eating out is a way of life for me. Dinnerly was an experiment for me which then transitioned to HelloFresh. After Dinnerly I was intrigued but still did not want to cook, after 2 boxes of HelloFresh I am getting into this cooking thing because it is giving me more education on cooking with herbs and spices. I have cancelled my Dinnerly and am going to continue on with HelloFresh, the recipes are just so much better and are restaurant quality. Dinnerly the recipes I would equate to a tourist trap restaurant or chain restaurant where food is not bad but not great, just something to fill your stomach.
 
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Great Lakes
Tried both HelloFresh and BlueApron some time back. My issue with both of them is that it's still quite a bit of work to prepare the meals, so I am basically paying $10 per person per meal for ingredients, and not all of the meals tasted good. Since I go grocery shopping once a week anyway, I can just pick up my own ingredients ( for less). Now, if you despise grocery shopping, I can somewhat understand the appeal.
 
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Lyndhurst NJ
I love the meal kit services. Once my son was born it takes all of the planning out of food shopping. I can get the basics every week at the food store and know dinner is ok. I started with Hello Fresh but their chicken quality sharply fell off, tons of the leather breasts. I switched to Home Chef about a year ago and find its much better quality. What I like is you can customize the options, like free range chicken, grass fed beef, double portions of shrimp etc. You can also order salads, protein packs of additional meat, and desserts. I usually customize the meals, so 3 meals x2 people a week runs about 65$-70$. I have $35 off coupons if anyone would like one, message me your email.
 
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Upstate NY
We got my wife's daughter some HelloFresh as she was going through chemo and no energy to cook. She enjoyed them. I have a wife to cook and she is a very good cook. Her daughters leaned from Mom and are even better. For lunch I micro something.
 
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Canadia
We tried HelloFresh and found the protein portion sizes a bit underwhelming, although the meals tasted good enough. My wife found a similar company in Canada called GoodFood, and they have a high-protein option, which is better suited to us, as we don't eat many meals with a grain/potato/rice component. Overall, I find the meals still take a while to cook, so the only benefit I see is on the planning side. I would rather just throw something on the grill and make a quick vegetable side.
 
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Dallas,Tx USA
I've considered doing the Hello Fresh thing. When it's just two people,it's hard to prepare meals where you don't have so much leftover that you get sick of it really fast. Plus we both live a hellaciously busy lifestyle.
 
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