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Who is the best Meal Delivery company? Are you looking for a way to simplify dinner after a long day at work? Using a meal delivery service has become an easy way of getting nourishing, flavorful food on the table without the hassle of grocery shopping.

Of course, the most popular reason for using a meal delivery company is the convenience. Customers love being able to order their favorite entrees, side dishes, or even appetizers and desserts, and to choose how much cooking they'd like to do. Some meal delivery services are reheat-and-eat, while others provide you with all of the ingredients you need to create a restaurant-quality meal in your own kitchen.

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4 stars
Hello Fresh

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Cost:

$8.74 to $9.99 per serving

HelloFresh belongs to the meal delivery category that is best suited for people who enjoy cooking. Each shipment includes step-by-step instructions for taking the farm-fresh ingredients in the box and turning them into a delicious, healthy meal: no grocery shopping required.

When creating your meal delivery program, you'll first need to select from HelloFresh's 3 plans: Classic, Veggie, and Family. The Classic plan has the widest variety of recipes to choose from, the Veggie focuses on - you guessed it - meat-free meals, and the Family plan features recipes designed to keep picky younger eaters at the table.

Next, you need to decide the size of your HelloFresh delivery and how often you'd like to cook: options include serving sizes of 2 or 4 people, and number of meals ranges from 2-4 per week. HelloFresh's dietitians and chefs create 15 new recipes each week; depending on the plan you choose, you can select which ones are included with your delivery, or you can just let HelloFresh decide based on your indicated food preferences. This is a big improvement over previous versions of this meal delivery service, which didn't allow customers to have any way of selecting specific recipes for their weekly meals.

HelloFresh's prices are comparable with other meal delivery businesses, with an average price per serving of less than $10.

As with most meal delivery services, HelloFresh lets you put your shipments on hold whenever you like, so there's no worry that you'll have a box of rotting food on your doorstep when you get home from vacation. There's also no long-term commitments, so you can cancel the service at any time.

While HelloFresh doesn't have a clearly-stated satisfaction guarantee, we saw a number of places on the site that offered to help if anything wasn't right - and, better, yet, numerous customer compliments that said that HelloFresh representatives were very quick to replace or issue credits for any shipments that were damaged or had ingredients that were less-than-edible for any reason.

The meals included in HelloFresh's plans seem to be exactly what you'd hope for: healthy, flavorful, and easy to prepare. Most customers are pleased with the serving sizes, even to the point of having leftovers when they didn't expect them, and overall people like the recipes they receive.

If you like the idea of adding variety to your menu and don't mind spending a half-hour in the kitchen, HelloFresh can easily deliver the ingredients and recipes to your doorstep.

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2 stars
Plated

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Cost:

From $9.95 to $11.95 per serving

Shipping is free on plans over $60

Plated isn't your average meal delivery service. While they definitely can save you time and bring healthy meals to your table, their main goal is helping you become a more confident cook by expanding your culinary knowledge and maybe even your palate too. Every weekly menu includes choices like Steak Gyros, Salmon with Salsa Verde, or even desserts like Napoleons or Fig Shortcakes - all with fresh ingredients and simple instructions that lead to a finished product in an hour or less.

To get started, you'll need to decide how many servings you want per meal (2, 3, or 4), and how many nights per week (2, 3, or 4) you'd like to have a Plated entree on your menu. For a family of two that only wants two meals delivered each week, the price is usually $47.80. On the larger end of the spectrum, getting four 4-serving meals per week is typically priced at $159.20. At the time of our review, there was a promotion offering a 25% discount on the first week of meal delivery.

Plated doesn't give you a specific plan for your service - in other words, you won't find options for a menu that includes just vegetarian options, or gluten-free foods, and so forth. Instead, you'll choose among 20 different recipes (including dessert) from each week's menus. But, you can tailor your subscription to show you choices that meet your preferences (such as dessert-seeker, seafood lover, omnivore, and so on) from those 20 possibilities.

Plated has one of the widest delivery day ranges we've seen: every day but Sunday. Your box should stay cold until midnight on your selected day of the week, so there's no need to rush home from work to stick things in the fridge. As with comparable services of this type, your delivery includes everything you need to create your selected meal or dessert choices, including seasonal produce and specialty items that you might not even have at your local supermarket.

On the other hand, Plated has one of the most disappointing customer satisfaction policies we've seen with a meal delivery service: if you are dissatisfied or something is missing from your delivery, Plated "may, at [their] sole discretion, issue a credit." We found more than a few customers ranting how their delivery included moldy food, and Plated's answer was to give them a credit for just $12. Plus, many reviews of the Plated service said that the recipes were "just okay" and the ingredients weren't nearly as premium as they'd expect from a meal delivery company.

Another frequently-mentioned issue with Plated is their gift cards. Unfortunately, gift card recipients have to enter their credit card information to use their gift credit - and some of them then found themselves subscribed as a paying customer to a service they never wanted. That's not a great way to keep gift-givers happy.

Compared with other meal delivery services, Plated has a few unique features. But, their track record is definitely less-than-impressive, especially when looking at their refund policy (or lack of it). You'll probably find a meal delivery plan that's better to you and for you by selecting a service with a higher rating.

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As these services have grown in popularity, the types of meals and plans has expanded as well. Has your doctor recently put you on a special diet, and you're not sure how to incorporate it into your lifestyle? Whether you're adapting to a diet that's low in carbs, diabetic-friendly, or even gluten-free, you'll find a meal delivery program that can help.

Are you interested in becoming a vegetarian but unfamiliar with how to create a balanced meal? Once again, there's a meal delivery service for that - use it for a few weeks to get ideas of lunches and dinners that you can recreate, or for as long as you like as you adapt to your clean, green way of eating.

As you consider which meal delivery service is best for you, you'll quickly see that they vary greatly when it comes to price, preparation, and types of food offered. Keep these criteria in mind as you decide which company fits your needs:

  • Reputation. What do past and current customers have to say about the meals they received and the overall experience, from ordering to delivery?
  • Cost. What will you spend for the meal delivery plan you choose, whether you opt for a la carte entrees or regularly-scheduled weekly or monthly shipments?
  • Variety. Does the meal delivery provider have an appetizing range of flavors and cuisines to choose from? Will you be able to select meals that you'll actually want to eat?
  • Satisfaction Guarantee. If you're unhappy with the service, the quality of the food, or the condition of the meals at the time of delivery, can you get a refund or a replacement?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best meal delivery services available today. We hope these reviews help you find the service that puts the food that you're craving on the table right away!

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