HelloFresh review: Is a meal delivery service worth it?

HelloFresh review: Is a meal delivery service worth it?

“Hey,” Kim said one day last week as she was leaving for work. “There's a package coming today from one of the doctors I work with. To thank all of his hygienists, he's sending us a trial of HelloFresh.”

“What's HelloFresh?” I asked.

“It's a meal delivery service,” Kim said. “Anyhow, it'd be great if you could bring in the package and put the food in the fridge. And it'd be even greater if you made one of the meals for dinner!”

I kissed her good-bye, then promptly forgot what she had told me. (This is par for the course.)

How Does HelloFresh Work?

That afternoon when I returned from walking the dog, a package from HelloFresh was waiting on the porch. I took it inside to open it. The box contained three brown paper sacks, each with a different meal from HelloFresh.

“Oh yeah,” I thought. “I'm supposed to make dinner from one of these. I wonder what they are.”

I opened the bag labeled Pineapple Poblano Beef Tacos. Inside was an illustrated recipe card and a set of pre-measured ingredients. “Seems simple enough,” I said to the dog. Tahleuqah just looked at me as if I were supposed to feed her. That dog is always ready for food.

HelloFresh Recipe Card

When Kim got home from work, I made the tacos. They were amazing. I'm not joking. They were delicious. (The dog agrees.) “You know, I should have taken photos along the way,” I told Kim. “I should write about this at Get Rich Slowly.

“Well, you could always make dinner for us again tomorrow night,” she said. So I did. And this time, I did take pictures.

For round two, the dog and I prepared Sweet-as-Honey Chicken. Here's the bag and recipe card:

HelloFresh Sack and Card

Here are the ingredients from inside the bag and the other side of the recipe card (with actual instructions):

HelloFresh Recipe and Ingredients

Here's some of my meal prep:

HelloFresh Meal Prep

HelloFresh Skillet

And here's the final product:

HelloFresh Finished Meal

“You know what my favorite part of this is?” Kim asked as I served her dinner. “It's that you can use the paper sack to dispose of your trash while you prep the meal.” (I'm kind of messy in the kitchen.) The dog looked hurt. She's always happy to help us dispose of kitchen trash.

While not quite as delicious as the tacos, the chicken was still very good. And simple. (The HelloFresh recipe cards estimate 20-30 minutes of prep time; for me, that was more like 30-45 minutes. But then I'm always slow in the kitchen.)

How Much Does HelloFresh Cost?

“How much did this cost?” I asked.

“I'm not sure,” she said. “The doctor paid for it. But I think it's something like $20 per meal. So, since he sent us three meals, that's about $60 for the week.”

“That seems expensive,” I said. “I should research the numbers.” So, like a good money nerd, that's exactly what I did.

First, I checked the HelloFresh website to find out how much the service costs. There are three plans — Veggie, Classic, and Family — each with similar costs.

  • Veggie Plan: three recipes per week at $9.99 per serving.
  • Classic Plan: your choice of two, three, or four recipes per week at $9.99 per serving. If you choose the four-person plan, your only option is three recipes per week. If you choose two recipes per week on the two person plan, there's a $7.99 delivery charge.
  • Family Plan: two or three recipes per week at $8.74 per serving.

In other words, HelloFresh costs between $9 and $10 per person per meal. That's much cheaper than eating in a restaurant, obviously, but it's more expensive than normal home dining. Or is it? I decided to dig deeper into the numbers.

During the first four months of 2018, I spent an average of $477.33 per month on groceries and $332.01 per month on restaurants. That’s a total of $809.34 per month on food. Given 90 meals in a typical month, my food spending averages $8.99 per meal. Holy cats!

That's right: My average monthly food spending is almost the same as the cost of subscribing to HelloFresh. From this perspective, a meal delivery service seems like a good deal.

“But what if I were to simply make my own versions of the HelloFresh recipes?” I wondered. “What would my costs be then?”

Armed with the Sweet-as-Honey Chicken recipe card, I made a trip to the local Wal-Mart. I browsed the aisles, pricing out the individual ingredients.

HelloFresh vs. Wal-Mart

From my calculations, it'd cost me $6.10 to purchase the ingredients needed for the meal. (This counts only the quantities I'd need for that specific meal, not the extra garlic, rice, chicken, etcetera that I'd end up with.) That's a total of $3.05 per person per meal versus $9.99 per person per meal.

From this perspective, HelloFresh isn't such a good deal. If I were a subscriber, this meal would have cost me more than three times what I could pay for the ingredients at Wal-Mart.

Is HelloFresh Worth It?

I'll confess: As much as I wanted to not like HelloFresh…I liked it. A lot. The meals are fun, tasty, and convenient. From what I can tell, here are the advantages of a meal delivery service like this:

  • Ingredients are precisely measured so there's no waste. (This is a huge advantage. If I were making the chicken recipe on my own, for instance, what would I do with the big container of chicken stock I'd have left over?)
  • It's easy to track calories. Each shipment includes detailed nutrition info, just like you'd find on pre-packaged food in the store.
  • The meals are relatively healthy. (From my perspective, they're very healthy; Kim thinks they're only moderately so.)
  • The three recipes we tried were all delicious. That said, all of the HelloFresh recipes are available for free on their website.
  • The meals were relatively easy to make. There were a couple of times I thought things were unclear, but as I mentioned earlier, I'm a little slow in the kitchen.
  • Making these meals is a great way to learn new cooking skills. After making the chicken glaze, for example, I feel like I could create other similar glazes.

In fact, I only have good things to say about the entire HelloFresh experience with one obvious exception: the price.

But here's the thing: The meals were better quality than what we usually eat at home. And they're much cheaper than what we pay to eat out. We didn't eat out a single time last week. (Actually, we went two weeks without eating in a restaurant, which must be a new record for us.)

I don't feel like the HelloFresh prices are outrageous by any means. They're just not frugal. So, I can't see recommending a meal delivery service to a family on a budget or to somebody who already does a lot of cooking and knows how to co-ordinate meal plans. On the other hand, HelloFresh could be a terrific option for people who might otherwise spend a lot on food.

As for us? At this point, we don't plan to become regular HelloFresh subscribers…but we haven't ruled it out either. Although I'm slow and unsure as a chef, I enjoy cooking. Instead of using HelloFresh, I think I'm going to make an effort to prepare more meals at home during the coming months, meals that are not from a can. If that doesn't work out? And if my $8.99 spending per meal doesn't drop? Well, then HelloFresh is an excellent option.

Another option for somebody interested in a service like HelloFresh but not willing to pay the price? Check out $5 Meal Plan from my buddies Erin and Jim. Their service doesn't ship you the ingredients, but it gives you meal plans and recipes that work out to about $2 per person per meal.

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Jenn
Jenn
2 years ago

I tried HelloFresh about a year ago, and had the same thought about price — less than eating out of course, but not worth it for me at the time. I was grocery shopping once a week, had the time & energy to make dinner (thus ensuring leftovers for myself for lunch the next day), and was spending the equivalent of 6 HelloFresh meals on an entire week’s worth of food. And then this spring I got a new job with longer hours and more traveling. I found myself eating out at night or making something from the freezer, and… Read more »

Sequentialkady
Sequentialkady
2 years ago

I think meal plans like Hello Fresh are a good idea if you do not have the time to shop or the mental energy for extensive food planning/prep after a long day and as a result find yourself eating out or eating heavily processed “box dinners” several times a week as a result. But … 1) You really do need to sit down and to the “time is money” math to see if this (or a similar service) is right for you. If it does get you to eat more variety and less processed food, then it may well be… Read more »

Tina in NJ
Tina in NJ
2 years ago

JD, you might want to check out the Budget Bytes website, if you haven’t already. Beth’s recipes are easy and yummy and she focuses on good, nutritious food that isn’t outrageously expensive. For example, a few years ago, she spent the month of September doing a SNAP challenge, in which she tried to stay within the SNAP budget.

Donna Freedman
Donna Freedman
2 years ago
Reply to  Tina in NJ

What Tina in NJ says: The Budget Bytes website is full of great, easy-to-cook recipes. This morning I made her red enchilada sauce (which takes less than 10 minutes, start to finish) and will freeze half, then use the other half on a chicken, black bean, rice and enchilada casserole. And re the SNAP challenge, I’d like to share this resource: Food scholar Leanne Brown created “Good and Cheap,” a cookbook based on the SNAP budget of $4 per day. She has generously made it available as a free PDF download (http://www.leannebrown.com/). “I think everyone should eat great food every… Read more »

Jen M
Jen M
2 years ago

My husband and I use a different meal kit company, but we use it as an occasional substitute for a date night out. Instead of heading out to a restaurant, we head into the kitchen and cook together — and get three date nights in for the price of one out. (We’re homebodies, so this doesn’t bother us.)

Robin
Robin
2 years ago

My wife and I have been having a lot of luck with recipes from the book Dinner by Melissa Clark. Grab a copy from the library to see if it resonates with your tastes. The harissa chicken with potatoes and leeks is super good and easy to make.

WantNotToWantNot
WantNotToWantNot
2 years ago
Reply to  Robin

+1 Agreed. Melissa Clark is one of our go-to chefs for recipes. Everything she cooks is terrific. Many of her recipes are available online for free (if you are a Times subscriber, oh, so maybe not always free…). We’ve never tried these delivery services, but J.D.’s post is the most clear-eyed discussion of their pros and cons that I’ve read anywhere. Our money-saving eating strategy? The garden. The kales, lettuces, arugula, bok choy, collards have been feeding us for a month already; if we don’t eat a big salad every night, we’ll be overrun! And the tomatoes will be in… Read more »

WantNotToWantNot
WantNotToWantNot
2 years ago
Reply to  J.D. Roth

Haha. That’s just no excuse! Don’t tease us! We’ve been hearing about the hot tub for soooooo long. 😉

Carissa
Carissa
2 years ago

When I began paying off student loans aggressively, a combination of recipes from the Budget Bytes blog and the meal planning app Paprika (check The Simple Dollar for a great Paprika how to) got me grocery shopping with a list, cooking with more confidence and spending less on food.

Manuel
Manuel
2 years ago

We’ve tried a lot of these services over the years, HelloFresh, BlueApron, HomeChef, Chef’d, etc… They all have their advantages and disadvantages with respect to what they offer. That said, I must say that for anyone living in a major metro area like Seattle, San Francisco, LA, DC, NYC or Boston, these services on part tend to work out either the same or cheaper than grocery shopping. Here is why, in my view. Owning a vehicle and driving it to a store in all those metros is very expensive, if you actually live in the city itself and not a… Read more »

veronica
veronica
2 years ago

Sorry, but I respectfully disagree with the statement that HelloFresh cuts down on waste. I noticed a huge amount of packaging waste in the photo you posted – most of it plastic. As someone who works in the environmental business and is conscious of the amount of plastic waste I generate (which is a horrible global problem, BTW) this would be a non-starter for me. YMMV

Ris
Ris
2 years ago
Reply to  veronica

I had the same thought! All those plastic bags, the cold packs that are hard to dispose of, etc. It just breaks my heart to think about how much waste is actually generated by these companies. And I read this Buzzfeed article about Blue Apron a few years ago and was horrified by how they treat their employees: https://www.buzzfeed.com/carolineodonovan/the-not-so-wholesome-reality-behind-the-making-of-your-meal?utm_term=.yb3D95al5#.jhnLYBrJB

All of these issues make meal kits a nonstarter for me.

RichardP
RichardP
2 years ago
Reply to  veronica

Yep. Someone gave us a gift trial of Hello Fresh and there really is a lot of packaging material. That would be my only complaint, though. One of the meals was ‘pretty good’ and the other two were really excellent. The instructions are very easy to follow and their estimates of prep and cooking time seem pretty accurate.

K
K
2 years ago
Reply to  RichardP

I agree on the packaging waste! I think there are better options for reusable containers (check out LunchOwl – not a dinner service), but they really reuse containers. I thought most meals were good. Quite frankly the prep work takes the most time for me (measuring, cutting, dicing, etc.) and since everything was in the size you need it and sometimes cut already, no left overs.

Bambam
Bambam
2 years ago
Reply to  veronica

Yeah, the food waste. I just checked out a few recipes from Budget Bytes and Dinner: A Love Story. While they look like things I’d make & eat, I see a lot of ingredients that would sit in the refrigerator for the 5 years between lengthy power outages (then I’d wonder why I bought it as I’m tossing into garbage). Example: Sriracha. I subscribed to a menu service for a while and this is what would happen. Too many ingredients that I only need 1 teaspoon of, not 16 oz. So 16oz minus 1 teaspoon ends up wasted. Agree on… Read more »

Sarah
Sarah
8 months ago
Reply to  veronica

I believe the “waste” he was referring to would be all the extra ingredients that wasn’t used in the recipe. This is a HUGE problem for me, being single and cooking for 1. It costs between $15.00 – $20.00 to buy the ingredients needed to make 1 dish. And although yes you could possibly freeze the other portions in some dishes A) it changes the flavor when u freeze it and thaw it and B) takes up too much space in my freezer. Getting the servings for 2 allows for 1 meal and a leftover for lunch. I don’t spend… Read more »

Rachel Mayers
Rachel Mayers
4 months ago
Reply to  Sarah

No, it’s not. You’re just not shopping correctly. (And how on EARTH does it cost you $20 for the ingredients for one meal? Are you eating caviar every night?) I’m single, and I never spend more than $150 a month for food and that’s for ALL meals and snacks.

So many people have no idea how to shop for food or how to cook it, and then they say wasteful services like this are a better option.

Eileen
Eileen
2 years ago

JD, a few years ago, I wanted to make an effort to cook more at home, but not cook the same 4 (lame-ish) things. My job is hellacious in January and the temptation is to “reward” myself with not having to cook. The decision of “what to cook” at the end of the day was more annoying than the actual cooking. Plus it adds up to cost and crappy food because I bailed out of cooking in previous Januarys. Anyway, what I did, was make a list of everything I knew how to cook. Then I added a few things… Read more »

S.G.
S.G.
2 years ago
Reply to  Eileen

I have the same problem. I find that taking a couple minutes at lunch to decide what I want to make for dinner goes much smoothly than not thinking about it until the end of the day. Of course weekly planning is best, but often I will switch what to cook on what days depending on the weather (e.g. not grilling in the rain or baking if it’s 95 degrees) or what kind of day I’m having.

Eileen
Eileen
2 years ago
Reply to  S.G.

Right — same here. I list 5 things (typically Sun-Thu) but aside from if something is frozen that I need, I will switch up at will. We’re actually trying to limit our dining out this month (we’ve had a reduction in expenses now that our kid graduated from college) and we’re trying to find our “high water mark” on what we can save each month and then make some savings goals/plans going forward. Anyway — I still don’t plan out Fri/Sat dinners, but we now end up just swinging by the grocery store to pick out what we’re in the… Read more »

EP
EP
2 years ago

I disagree as well, hellofresh was a horrible experience, they auto pick things for you if you don’t remember to check it, i called them and told them I cant eat what they pre-selected, they refused to refund stating “they do not do refunds”.
The food was mediocre at best, and i’m not a picky person.

Horrible customer service, they will not be around for long with that mindset.

Jeff R.
Jeff R.
2 years ago
Reply to  EP

I haven’t tried HelloFresh, but I’m having trouble understanding why it was their fault that you couldn’t remember to select the meals you wanted. They even have an option to send you email notifications when it’s time to choose your meals.

Tin Cormorant
Tin Cormorant
2 years ago

My husband and I got some free meals from Sous Kitchen as a baby shower gift from his coworkers. It’s basically HelloFresh except that everything is frozen, and you buy the meals separately without needing a subscription. You pretty much buy a bunch of whatever looks good on their constantly-changing menu, and then keep it in the freezer as long as you want until you need it. Great for a couple of new parents who might not have time or energy to go out to the store for ingredients. Two problems: It takes so long to thaw that I have… Read more »

Catherine Blair
Catherine Blair
1 year ago
Reply to  Tin Cormorant

I think for me it would be a good way to try recipes first and see if I like them before going out and investing in all the ingredients.

Carolyn
Carolyn
2 years ago

We are currently using Hello Fresh. I like the convience, variety, and balanced nutrition. We make up for the cost by not eating out which is more expensive then the meal kits. Since we are getting a good serving of vegetables with meal kits I don’t buy vegetables anymore that sometimes go to waste. I keep breakfast and lunch simple. I buy less snack food. The greatest advantage for me is knowing I will have a well balanced meal at supper without much effort and time on researching recipes and buying ingredients. We live in a rural area in the… Read more »

Deborah Sampson
Deborah Sampson
2 years ago

We’ve been trying several of these services. The packaging has more than doubled our trash and we don’t like that. However, we are cooking together for the first time in our 35+ year marriage. You cannot put a price tag on that! Additionally, we have far fewer evenings when we say “What’s for dinner?” “I’m too tired to make what I planned. Let’s go out.” Consequently, we’re eating out less, eating healthier, and wasting less food.

dh
dh
2 years ago

I just like to pop open a can of Amy’s Soups at night. They are loaded down with things like beans, spinach, extra virgin olive oil, carrots, kale, mushrooms, onions, garlic, bell peppers, tomatoes, quinoa, etc. Along with the soup, I have some whole-grain crackers (ak-mak) and ghee, all washed down with some drinkable yogurt (kefir). That’s an easy din din.

Jeff R.
Jeff R.
2 years ago

We tried a similar service (Blue Apron) for several months, and found it had its pros and cons. We loved the gourmet flavors of the recipes, and we really like the fact that we didn’t have to go out and buy large containers of items that we wouldn’t use very often (creme fraiche, capers, some fresh herbs). We also had the ingredients there ready to go, and didn’t need to run to the grocery store because we forgot we were out of something. On the negative side of things, we found Blue Apron’s suggested prep times to be rather unattainable… Read more »

Jeff R.
Jeff R.
2 years ago
Reply to  J.D. Roth

Almost. I commented on the SSA application post, too. 😉

JoeHx
JoeHx
2 years ago

My wife and I got a trial subscription to one of HelloFresh’s competitors (BlueApron) as a wedding gift. We enjoyed it, and our experience with it pretty much matched your HelloFresh experience. We didn’t subscribe to it, though, since we are able to feed ourselves cheaper from the grocery store.

Laura
Laura
2 years ago

I agree completely with your analysis – I’ve tried basically all of the meal kit services, and I generally find that it’s fun because they encourage me to cook things I normally wouldn’t think to try, but the cost dissuades me from using the service consistently. I only order them when I find deals now. I do also find that the recipes take longer than stated, and I dislike not having leftovers to bring for lunch the next day. (And I agree with Kim on the calories – a lot of the time it’s ~800 calories per serving, which is… Read more »

RH
RH
2 years ago

We had HelloFresh for about a year. It was great. The meals were delicious! You can easily choose what they send to you each week, skip weeks if you go on vacation, etc…It was fun to cook together and we were excited about the meals! BUT…the packaging waste was crazy. You have to toss out the gel ice pack, the bubble wrap, the plastic clam shell containers, etc… The only thing I could recycle was the cardboard box it came in and the paper bags. Sometimes in the summer they add in ever more fluffy insulation. Oh, and the dentist… Read more »

Jen Goode
Jen Goode
2 years ago
Reply to  RH

My husband also thought the amount of trash generated was nuts — little bottles and bags and containers and such. He re-froze the gel packs and used them in his golf cooler until they split. I kept the bubble wrap for using at holidays. But this is definitely a consideration — also the carbon footprint of the delivery service (gasoline, etc.).

Bonnie
Bonnie
2 years ago

We received four weeks of meals from Blue Apron as a gift when we had our child, and it was an absolute godsend. For one, our newborn never stopped crying, and we would fight each other over who got the kitchen break to prepare/cook the Blue Apron meals. 🙂 Second, it helped us feel more human/adult again at a time when you feel like you are a machine. We loved a few of the meals and liked all the others, but ultimately, when our gift ended, I called to cancel. The poor guy sounded so dejected, but I simply explained… Read more »

Kristen
Kristen
2 years ago

I’m subscribed to two different meal kit services, and don’t receive a delivery every week from either of them (since you can pause them from week to week). I tend to be pretty organized and review the meal plans a few week out, so I’m never surprised or get a duplicate deliveries. I have found most of the meals to be good and a few to be excellent. I’ve always cooked dinner every night (no kids- just husband and I), but I hate meal planning, and the meal kits have expanded what we eat. It’s a great way to try… Read more »

Tina in NJ
Tina in NJ
2 years ago
Reply to  Kristen

Several websites, including Skinnytaste.com, give their readers a weekly meal plan. Check it out.

bogart
bogart
2 years ago

The appeal of these services puzzles me, partly I guess because I don’t like to cook and have a Costco membership. For less than what I’d pay Hello Fresh, or Blue Apron, or whatever, I can have a fully cooked lasagne, or rotisserie chicken, or mussels, or …

But that said, if I did want to cook, didn’t like (or want to learn to manage) the other steps involved in the process, and could afford it, I guess this might have appeal.

Anthony Christian
Anthony Christian
2 years ago

JD, did you grocery costs include – non food items? Is it just the cost of food items purchased for equivalent meals?

Anthony Christian
Anthony Christian
2 years ago
Reply to  J.D. Roth

When I go shopping for groceries – bill includes, food for lunch, cleaning products, cat food, kitty litter etc. Which for our family of six living in Oz comes to around AUD$1,200 per month.
I wasn’t sure if you had excluded those sort of items from your grocery costs.

S.G.
S.G.
2 years ago

The calculated cost was specific to the ingredients needed for the recipe.

Coopersmith
Coopersmith
2 years ago

I think a common thread is people want a dine out meal that is all though out for them and no need to think on what to buy but not at the dine out price. They have answered this need. People are busy and don’t have time to think or plan or are exhausted. They will pay for someone to do that. This is hand in hand the same with there financial planning. They don’t want to think about it so they will pay someone to handle it I for one was taught by my mom how to cook as… Read more »

Jeanine Thurston
Jeanine Thurston
2 years ago

Unfortunately myself and many others were put out of our jobs when they acquired GreenChef… sad that we worked so hard & lost everything. I had vested shares that I paid for & lost them in the acquisition. Hello Fresh didn’t care about us at all.

Oliver
Oliver
2 years ago

These services represent an opportunity to buy back time – that is where the value is. It allows us to spend less time on cook By and more with our family. That said, I struggle with the amount of waste. We have taken to saving the recipe cards and buying the ingredients.

Stoldney
Stoldney
2 years ago

I use bounce between Hello Fresh and Blue Apron, depending on who has better looking meals. I’m trying to eat more vegetarian, and the vegetarian recipes are incredible for learning how to cook for a diet you have no experience with. And I now have a binder full of recipe cards of meals I really love, so I have my own custom cookbook for when I eventually stop with the services. Costco is currently selling $100 worth of BA gift cards for $65 at the Costco website. That really cuts down on the cost. There is also a service called… Read more »

TCPA
TCPA
2 years ago
Reply to  Stoldney

I tried Purple Carrot recently, and the recipes were tasty! All the meals are vegan, so that could be a good one to try out if you are looking to eat more plant-based 🙂

Don
Don
2 years ago

In January we went vegetarian for health reasons, then realized we didn’t have a clue how to cook vegetarian in a way that was sustainable. Green Chef to the rescue. Three meals at 71 dollars per week introduced us to dishes that never would have occurred to us otherwise. We collected two months worth of recipe cards then backed off to one week a month as a treat. There were some stinkers in the lot. Don’t call breaded cauliflower barbecued wings. It just gets your hopes up. Call it breaded cauliflower with barbecue sauce. Overall, yes it was worth it,… Read more »

Jen Goode
Jen Goode
2 years ago

Our family situation makes this impractical — getting home after 7 p.m. three-four nights per week. And there are four of us. We did a trial week each of Hello Fresh and Blue Apron. The meals were great, and my picky 8-year-old called them “restaurant food in a box.” THAT SAID, if I were single I would totally do the two-person, three-meal option. Cook three nights a week. You could easily divide the two-meal amounts into three meals and not starve — that’s almost all your lunches and dinners for the workweek for $60. Buy oatmeal and fruit and yogurt… Read more »

Khyana Clarke-Balfour
Khyana Clarke-Balfour
2 years ago
Reply to  Jen Goode

I agree. I’m a single student that needs to cook for myself. I’ve already budgeted $100 a week for groceries so I’m thinking that this is probably the best way to go. Although it cost $79 dollars where I am.

Joe
Joe
2 years ago

Interesting take. I haven’t considered these meal services because I already cook every day. This makes more sense if you’re short on time or if you don’t really know how to cook.
For me, it’s not worth the price premium. It’s just as easy to look for recipes on YouTube.

Michael
Michael
2 years ago

Great Post! I never considered meal services because of the cost but seeing you break it down it seems worth it. Also, a big plus is the time you save shopping and figuring out what to eat. That time can be spent doing some side hustles to make more money!

David Tashjian
David Tashjian
2 years ago

Great post! Thanks for breaking this down. At the end of the day, if you’re short for time and don’t want the quality of your meals to suffer OR spend tons of money eating out every night, this is a great option.

Yolande D
Yolande D
2 years ago

I have tried several of the competitors (Blue Apron, Green Chef, Marley’s Spoon, Sun basket etc) and Hello Fresh is by far the best. Their meal choices are great. I love that I can choose the meals that suit my families preferences. The quality is excellent and I also love that many recipies can be recreated at a later date by purchasing the ingredients myself. With other meal delivery companies they include premade sauces / mixed spices etc that you can never recreate.
I would highly recommend Hello Fresh.

Sharon
Sharon
1 year ago

I had a coupon for $25 off and free shipping for each of two weeks of Hello Fresh. Without that coupon, I never would have tried the service. Without coupons, the meals would work out to $11 per person per meal ($22 for the two of us) and I can cook much cheaper than that. The meals stated they were 30 minutes or less, but the least prep meal was 45 minutes and the most prep meal was almost an hour. Way too much time for a weeknight. I cancelled my subscription after the two weeks. I ended up paying… Read more »

John
John
1 year ago

Here’s another pretty honest review of Hello Fresh and Green Chef:
https://evelyna.world/2018/12/26/hello-fresh-review-is-it-really-fresh/

jena potts
jena potts
1 year ago

I like Hello Fresh for one big reason… They give you great ideas for changing up a green been or a potato so at least when you are weary of planning a boring meal a simple addition of balsamic vinegar ( of all things) and baking veggies at high heat in the oven give the meal a whole new flavor. I would like to grab a meal or two ‘whenever’ but ‘remembering’ to ‘skip’ a week can get costly when they send you their choice.. ALSO I am finding more and more selections are $5.94 more per person… $11 more… Read more »

Eddie
Eddie
1 year ago

I would not recommend using the service, especially if you do not have a secure location where the package can be delivered. Drivers will use the least amount of energy and leave it on your doorstep or by the mailboxes of your apartment building without ever letting you know. They did this for my 1st delivery and it looks like my delivery was stolen. Of course, when I contacted customer service they told me I had to wait until 8 pm in case the delivery was still coming (even though their own status showed it delivered at 12:51 pm). When… Read more »

Bob
Bob
8 months ago

We had 9 HelloFresh meals. After 3 separate issues with receiving old nasty vegies(carrots that you could bend into a cirlcle) and meat with leaky bags, we cancelled. Too risky.

LizW
LizW
7 months ago

I don’t mean to be judgemental, but after just seeing a Hello Fresh ad it occurs to me one more time that, of all the commercials for these types of pre-planned, home prepared meals, at least one of the participants is morbidly obese. Being a diet and nutrition fanatic I don’t need a scale and calculator to know an unhealthy BMI when I see one, yet the portions shown are ridiculous in size. Shouldn’t low-fat and low-calorie options be offered as one if not both of the options?

Aggravated
Aggravated
7 months ago

Well considering that the meal gets delivered after 6 pm so it’s kinda late to count on a meal for day of delivery! I mean what is the point of this! My first time trying service, and they don’t have a certain delivery system that ensure you have it on time for dinner… that’s a bummer!

Poor Lass
Poor Lass
7 months ago

I’ve considered it this service but until I make a real income above minimim wage it ain’t happening. To me this is a service geared towards those trend chasing middle to upper middle class people. Which turns me off more actually. So many things can go wrong. The mail carriers are under paid and overworked already, packages get stolen, they sit in the elements, can arrive late or not at all and so on. But as is, I spend about an average of 250 dollars a month on food and that’s one meal a day every day with two snacks… Read more »

Mohammed
Mohammed
7 months ago

You didnt consider that when you eat outside you get something to drink, hello fresh doesnt have drinks with it

Emily Yang
Emily Yang
4 months ago

Hello Fresh. First, it’s Not a bargain. e.g., $45.90 for 2 Hello Fresh boxes. Each box has ingredients for 2 dishes. Each dish is for a 2-person meal. Which equates to $11.45 per plate. Other options: My guy and I can get a huge Costco Pizza for $9.95, which feeds us dinner for Three days. Which equates to $1.65 per plate. (does not include beer) Or, I can buy a pound of burger or Italian sausage, an onion, pasta sauce, and pasta at Frys for $5.85, which again feeds us dinner for 3 days. (pitching what’s left). Which equates to… Read more »

Rachel Mayers
Rachel Mayers
4 months ago

The only people that use services like this are those with more money than sense. I spend less than $150 a month on food and I eat very very well. That includes 3 meals, coffee, tea, milk and sugar and snacks. No way are these services remotely ‘a good deal’, not when they are 5 times what I spend in a month at the supermarket. Plus they’re terrible for the environment what with the resources used to package them and deliver them. Hopefully, enough people will eventually gain some common sense and stop ordering from them, and they will go… Read more »

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