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Whether you prefer the traditional flavors like plain and strawberry or love to go for more unique combinations like carrot cake and pumpkin, cheesecake is one of the world's most decadent, sought-after desserts.
But, unless you have a great restaurant near you that carries a wide range of flavor options, you might find it hard to get a near-perfect slice of cheesecake. The selection at your local supermarket is probably disappointing at best, and so many places for eating out just don't have what it takes to make it worth it to bring a piece - or a whole dessert - home to share or to give as a gift.
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When it comes to monthly subscription clubs, you'll have a hard time finding one that is as consistently awesome as Amazing Clubs. Their 40+ plans range from bacon to candles, all sourced from small-batch artisans, small family farms, and boutiques you won't find in your hometown. You'll regularly find this retailer at the top of our list for gift-giving options, and their Cheesecake Club is our absolute favorite.
Variety of tasty flavors
Every delivery from Amazing Clubs includes a cheesecake weighing approximately 1.5 pounds, which serves 8-10 people. Some of the tasty flavors they've sent in the past include seasonal favorites like Pumpkin, classics like Triple Chocolate, and novel varieties like Cappuccino Chip and Pineapple. And, if there's a particular flavor that just doesn't appeal to your gift recipient, they can let Amazing Clubs know that they'd like to skip that particular month - and just get an extra month added on to the end of the plan. We don't think any other cheesecake club lets you do that!
In general, you won't find a plan that offers as much flexibility as Amazing Clubs. Do you prefer to pay in full or pay per shipment? Your price will be the same, no matter which you choose. Would you like to start your deliveries at a future date? You can select a start time up to 10 months into the future. Would you like to gift a 3-month subscription, a seasonal club (4 total deliveries, shipped every 3 months), a 6-month plan or a full year? You guessed it: those are all available too.
Amazing Clubs also gives you the most for your money. The 3-month and seasonal subscriptions cost $40.95/delivery, while the 6- and 12-month plans cost $39.95 and $38.95 per delivery. Best of all, every subscription club offered by Amazing Clubs includes free shipping - unlike most of the other retailers we reviewed, some of which charge a hefty $15-$30 for each shipment, which isn't included in the price of the plan!
This company offers frequent discounts. If you browse around the site awhile, you'll probably get a pop-up discount if you go to leave the page: place an order in the next 60 minutes, and you can save anywhere from $5 to $30, depending on the length of the club you've selected. And, once you've become an Amazing Clubs customer, prepare yourself to receive discount offers via email - sometimes more than once a week! In other words, your cheesecake club is already very affordably-priced, but you can probably save even more if you snag one of those discounts too.
Great for gift giving
This cheesecake club is a fantastic choice as a gift. Every dessert comes with a cute newsletter, "The Smooth and the Sweet", which details where each cheesecake comes from, fun facts about the treat, extra suggestions for how to serve it, and much more. Plus, Amazing Clubs gives you several options for presenting your gift: choose from a printable announcement that you can give yourself, or have a gift notification sent by regular mail or email according to the schedule you prefer.
They'll Love It guarantee
One of the reasons Amazing Clubs is so popular with customers is their "They'll Love It!" Guarantee. If any of the cheesecake deliveries falls flat for any reason - damaged during shipping, flavor tastes "off", and so on - the company will immediately work to make it right by shipping a replacement, adding another delivery to the end of the subscription, or whatever it takes. You'll quickly see in the customer reviews that company reps respond quickly and apologetically when anything isn't exactly right. We always love companies that genuinely put customer satisfaction as their top priority, and Amazing Clubs has proven itself in that regard for a very long time.
Quite simply, there's no better choice for Cheesecake Clubs than you'll find with Amazing Clubs. Who doesn't want a delicious cheesecake, delivered right on time and backed by the industry's best guarantee? And, no one complains about getting it at the most affordable price, either! Whether for yourself or for a lucky recipient on a special occasion, this club gives you the best desserts right to your doorstep. This is our first-place winner among Cheesecake Clubs.
Since 1980, Eli's Cheesecake has been "Chicago's Finest". All of their desserts are slow baked in small batches, made with regional ingredients sourced locally for optimal flavor and freshness.
Several cheesecake clubs
Eli's has several options when it comes to Cheesecake Clubs. Every cheesecake they deliver serves 14-16:
Shipping is extra
Shipping fees aren't included in those Cheesecake Club prices. Delivery is an extra $16.95 per shipment, and your cheesecakes will be shipped frozen and packaged with dry ice in a heavy-duty Styrofoam container.
Gift giving questions
If you're giving this Cheesecake Club as a gift, your recipient will get a certificate letting them know about their membership. Although the site said that you can't specify a delivery date because all cheesecakes ship the second week of the month, the actual order page (after we selected a club and entered our recipient's info) let us choose a specific desired week for delivery. You can enter a gift message on the order page, but Eli's doesn't tell you when that gift notification will be sent. If you're shopping in advance of a holiday or special occasion and don't want to spoil the surprise, you may want to reach out to their customer service team to verify when that message will be sent.
Refund or replacement
Eli's wants you to be completely satisfied with your cheesecake. If you're unhappy for any reason, you can call their customer service team within 15 days of delivery for a refund or replacement. You may need to send in a photo, especially if your claim is because your dessert arrived in less-than-perfect condition.
Eli's has some novel features that you won't find with other Cheesecake Clubs, particularly the seasonal flavors and the ability to get a sampler of flavors with each delivery. And, Eli's is very well-known for being one of the most delicious makers of cheesecake on the market! Just watch out for those shipping fees when you're adding up how much your subscription will cost.
Harry & David has partnered with The Cheesecake Factory to bring their world-famous restaurant cheesecakes right to your home or office. If you've ever eaten at one of the restaurant locations, you know exactly how tasty those desserts are!
Whether you choose a 3-, 6-, or 12-month Cheesecake Club, some of the flavors you can expect include:
Expect some duplicates
It's worth noting that you may get duplicate flavors with the longer subscriptions. For example, the delivery list showed White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle as the flavor selection for both January and July, and Original Cheesecake on the schedule for March and August. That's great if you happen to love those two varieties, but not as fantastic if you're hoping for a brand-new experience with each delivery.
All of the cheesecakes in this club are a 7" size. While Harry & David doesn't specify how many servings are in each dessert, that size typically serves up to 12, depending on how generously you slice it.
What will you spend on your Cheesecake Club with Harry & David? This is one of the more expensive subscription plans in our review: a 3-month subscription costs $169.99, a 6-month plan is priced at $309.99, and a full year will cost $599.99. Shipping fees aren't included in those prices, so factor in a $9.99 delivery cost for each month in the plan you select.
Want to save 15%? When we browsed the Harry & David site for a while, we got an offer of a discount on everything in our cart. So, it might be worth your while to add some extra goodies to your Cheesecake Club purchase, especially during those heavy gift-giving seasons. We also spotted a promo right underneath the red "Add to Cart" button that offered savings ranging from $50 to $100 on orders from $200 to $400. That would definitely make the club more affordable.
Delivery date options
If you're giving this Cheesecake Club as a gift, you'll find your options after you add the plan to your cart and go to checkout. You can enter a date range you'd like the delivery to happen, though the soonest delivery may be a week or more into the future. We weren't able to schedule a delivery more than a month and a half in advance, so if you're the kind of gift-giver who likes to make arrangements well ahead of time, you may not be able to with Harry & David. If you need your first dessert to arrive on an exact date, you can pay a $19.99 fee to make it happen - or if you want it to arrive on a Saturday, you'll pay an upcharge of nearly $25.
You'll also be able to include a complimentary gift message, a personalized greeting card for $3.99, or no message at all (which would make it so that your recipient doesn't know that you send it - perfect if you're playing Secret Santa!).
While there isn't much customer feedback specifically about Harry & David's Cheesecake Club, the company maintains a rock-solid reputation for customer service, especially when it comes to gift-giving. They promise that you and your gift recipients will be delighted with every dessert delivered, or else they'll issue a replacement or refund.
Ups and downs
Compared with other Cheesecake Clubs, Harry & David has some perks - the biggest one probably being their relationship with one of the nation's most favorite makers of the dessert, The Cheesecake Factory. But, that brand recognition will cost you more than some of the providers we evaluated, and remember that on longer subscriptions there may be duplicate flavors among the deliveries.
David's Cookies is best-known for its small, round baked goods - shocker, we know - but they offer a wide range of treats including brownies, desserts, and cheesecakes. In business since 1979, hundreds of thousands of customers have satisfied their sweet tooth by shopping at David's.
What you'll get
David's is one of the only Cheesecake Clubs in our review that offers a 9-month option - not that we imagine that's a super-popular choice, but maybe it would be perfect for an expectant mom with cravings? Other options are on a more traditional schedule of 3, 6, or 12 months. You can see all of the monthly flavors on the David's site. Most of them track to the current season, with blueberry in June and pumpkin in October, for example. The company doesn't specify how big the cheesecakes are, or how many servings to expect from each one.
Shipping charge discrepancy
What will you pay for your cheesecake club when buying from David's? Monthly prices range from $37.50 to $41.66 per month, with bigger discounts on the longer plans. What about shipping? David's has conflicting information: under the plan details, it says that free standard shipping is included. But, just below that in the Shipping & Delivery section, it says you'll pay $4.95 per delivery. That's much cheaper than most of the providers of Cheesecake Clubs in our review, but the site should be clearer about what to expect either way.
You might be able to score some additional savings if you keep your eyes peeled: we got a pop-up offering us a discount of 15% if we entered our email address.
Conflicting delivery information
All deliveries ship out on the third Tuesday of the month - so if you're looking to have your cheesecakes arrive on a specific date (for a birthday or other special occasion), this may not be the best option for your gift-giving. Be aware that we got contradictory information during the checkout process: there, we could select a desired arrival date. If it's important to you to be able to specify a particular date for your delivery, we recommend that you reach out to David's before placing your order.
Lackluster gift giving options
David's gifting options were a little lackluster compared with other companies. You can enter a free gift message to be included on the packing slip, but they don't give you the ability to print out an announcement or to have an email notification sent.
On the other hand, one benefit of ordering a Cheesecake Club through David's Cookies is that all of their baked goods are certified kosher by the Orthodox Union. You probably won't find that anywhere else.
100% satisfaction guarantee
You also get the protection of David's 100% satisfaction guarantee. You'll have 30 days from the date of delivery to call or email their customer service team, and David's will either reship your item or refund the total value.
Over thousands of customer reviews, David's gets high marks: 4.8 out of 5 stars, on average. While these reviews don't usually refer specifically to the Cheesecake Club - there were only a handful of comments on that product page - we were encouraged to see how many people were very happy with their tasty treats.
Middle of the road
At the end of the day, David's is a decent place to buy a Cheesecake Club subscription, with reasonable prices and satisfied customers. But, when it comes to a truly "wow" product, you might find a more impressive plan from one of the companies that specializes in cheesecake.
If you're looking for cheesecakes carefully chosen by people who are crazy about Italian flavor and food, look no further than Flying Noodle. (And, while you're at it, check out the Legend of the Flying Noodle at the bottom of the site for a really fun read!) Although not everything they sell is from Italy, all of the items they feature must meet their exacting standards of all-natural ingredients, fresh and delicious flavors, and high-quality finished products.
You've got four options when considering Flying Noodle's Cheesecake of the Month Club: 3 months, 6 months, 12 months or seasonal (every three months, four total deliveries). You'll pay anywhere from $122.85 to $467.40 - for an average monthly cost of $38.95 to $40.95 - depending on the subscription length you choose. A big plus is that your shipping costs are included in that price, making this Cheesecake Club less expensive than some of the providers we reviewed.
The Cheesecake Chronicles
Each cheesecake has 8-10 servings (a little smaller than some of the Cheesecake Clubs in our rankings) and comes with an entertaining newsletter called "The Cheesecake Chronicles".
However, you won't know in advance what cheesecake flavors you're getting. According to Flying Noodle, past selections have included traditional NY style, creamy chocolate, strawberry cream and banana-caramel - but, unlike most clubs, they don't provide a detailed list of what can be expected from month to month. If you're gifting someone with a nut allergy or who has a strong aversion to a particular flavor, this may not be a good fit.
100% satisfaction guarantee
Fortunately, this company has a 100% satisfaction guarantee - and the BBB reputation to prove that they honor it. With an "A+" grade and zero registered complaints, that's a great sign that Flying Noodle does a good job of keeping customers happy. The small handful of testimonials on the site also make it sound like ordering gifts from this company leads to happy recipients.
Free gift-giving options
Speaking of gifts, you can opt to have an announcement sent via email or USPS, or print one out right from your computer if you've got a last-minute gifting situation on your hands. All of those options are free. However, you won't be able to specify when your cheesecakes are delivered: all monthly gift clubs are scheduled to arrive during the last week of the month. On the other hand, if you're shopping in advance, Flying Noodle lets you choose a start month up to 10 months ahead of time (for example, if it's the end of December, you can have your cheesecake deliveries start anywhere from January through November).
Flying Noodle is one of the more affordable Cheesecake Clubs that we've found, particularly because they include delivery costs in your monthly price. But, with so many customers wanting to know exactly what they're getting when they place an order, this company doesn't provide enough information about their monthly flavors. We hope to see those details made available in the future; along with more customer testimonials, that would definitely improve Flying Noodle's ranking among other providers of Cheesecake Clubs.
J.M. Rosen's is a cheesecake company with many names. Under the Dessert Cheesecakes URL, the business has been under the management of Fernando Casillas for over a decade. Fun fact: Mr. Casillas was the head baker for the Rosens from 1987 onward, eventually buying the business when the original owners moved on to other business ventures.
Cheesecake club options
If you're looking for a Cheesecake Club, J.M. Rosen's has a couple of options:
With either plan, you choose the size of cheesecake you want: 6" (8-10 slices) or 9" (16 slices). The smaller 3-month plan costs $180, while the larger cheesecake subscription will be $240. If you're looking for the 6-month subscription, it'll cost you $360 for the 6" desserts and $440 for the 9" cheesecakes. Plus, tack on a $30 delivery fee each month. That's a pretty expensive cheesecake club, especially compared with other services we evaluated.
Is it worth it? Looking at customer reviews from people who've had these cheesecakes from a restaurant (especially ones in California that serve J.M. Rosen's desserts), they're definitely a hit. Flavor, texture, and overall impression get rave reviews across-the-board.
While it looks like J.M. Rosen's does a great job with in-person fulfillment of cheesecake orders, the e-commerce end of the business comes up really short. While we were put off by some of the typos we found on the site ("flate rate shipping"?), the real issues came when we tried to subscribe to their Cheesecake of the Month Club. When we tried to fill out the form for the 3-month cheesecake club, it wouldn't let us submit the form unless we also made a selection for the 6-month club! In other words, the ordering process is broken and you'll have to order a 3-month and 6-month plan to get your order to go through.
Waited over a week for a response
What's worse is that we filled out the contact form to let J.M. Rosen's know about the problem and ask what we needed to do to place the order we actually wanted - and over a week later, during a prime gift-giving season, we received no response.
Website experience leaves us disappointed
No matter where you get your cheesecake club, it's probably going to be an investment - and you want it to be a tasty, consistent experience that is worth the money. Unfortunately, there's nothing about J.M. Rosen's online store that will make you think that it's going to deliver what you're looking for, especially since you may not even be able to get past the online order form. You've got many other options to choose from, and we're pretty sure you'll have a better experience with any of the higher-rated cheesecake clubs in our review.
That's where Cheesecake Clubs come in! Why settle for boring, lumpy desserts when you can have the nation's best cheesecakes delivered right to your doorstep? These subscriptions range from 3-12 months and often include seasonal flavors you may not find at any restaurants or stores near you: blackberry, peppermint and more. Carefully packaged to arrive in flawless condition, these desserts are sure to impress even the pickiest recipients - or to satisfy your own sweet tooth.
Of course, pricing and options vary, so it's important to look for the Cheesecake Club that will best meet your needs. The top providers offer excellent satisfaction guarantees, ensuring that you or your lucky recipient are completely satisfied with each and every delivery - or they'll give you a replacement or refund.
As you consider all of the delicious options out there, here are several criteria to pick the best Cheesecake Club:
TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Cheesecake Clubs available today. We hope this information helps you pick the sweetest, richest treats for your next gift-giving occasion - or for your own delight!
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