Here's How Much Meal-Subscription Services REALLY Cost

Photo: Courtesy of Hello Fresh.
These days, you can get just about anything delivered. And since it's becoming more popular to cook health-conscious meals at home, typical takeout is being crowded out by weeklong meal-subscription deliveryy boxes that come right to our front doors. We're talking about fresh ingredients, picked for us, and prepackaged with recipes tailored to our specific dining preferences. Hey, this sounds pretty damn convenient.
But before we all run out to sign up, there are a few questions to be answered: How much do these services actually cost? And which one (if any) of the dozens out there is right for us?
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We've rounded up the most popular meal-delivery subscriptions available today. So scroll ahead to get the 411, and see which could be the one for you.
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Veestro
"Our meals are so fulfilling, it just might surprise you that they're made from organic plants. Hand-selected. Chef-prepared. You, pleased."

Cost: A la carte ordering with an order minimum of $35 (each meal is a single serving). The starter pack comes with 12 meals (each a single serving) and one juice for a total of $99 with free shipping.

Delivery schedule: Weekly deliveries placed on Sunday will ship out the following Monday or Tuesday. First delivery is free and all additional orders under $35 cost an additional $35 in shipping (additional $19 if the order total is $99 and over, and free if the order total is over $199).

What you get: Fresh-frozen gourmet plant-based meal options that have already been fully prepped and cooked for you.

Cooking required? No. Meals arrive fully prepped and cooked — all that is required is reheating.

Great for: Those looking for a wide array of pre-made, plant-based meals.
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Real Eats
"Chef-Prepared, Healthy Meals Delivered to You."

Cost: Meal plans range from 4 meals for $60 a week (i.e. $15 per meal) to 12 meals for $153 a week (i.e. $12.75 per meal).

Delivery Schedule: Meal boxes arrive weekly on Tuesday or Wednesday (depending upon state shipping/delivery guidelines).

What You Get: A weekly subscription that provides a customizable menu of fully prepped and portioned sous-vide meals (i.e. pre-cooked, cooled, and stored in vacuum-sealed pouches).

Cooking Required? N0, only a reheating of the pouches within a pot of boiling water for package-designated times.

Great For: Those who are looking to enjoy a variety of fresh and well-balanced meals on a flexible schedule without having to spend any time with actual prep-work or cooking.
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Foodkick Meal Hacks
"Dinner is easy as 1-2-3"

Cost: Depends on type of meal, size, etc

Delivery Schedule: Totally à la carte – order meal kids (or appetizer kits or snack packs) as you need them and include them with your normal Foodkick grocery order.

What You Get: The ability to buy all the ingredients you'd need for steak night or Taco Tuesday (for example) in one place. You'll get a bundled deal, as well as the opportunity to customize what proteins, sides, and spices get included along with it.

Cooking Required? Almost always, though a few options, like the three breakfasts for $10, are grab-and-go.

Great For: People who like the inspiration of a boxed meal kit without being tied to a schedule. s
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eMeals
"Weekly Recipes, Shopping List, & Peace of Mind"

Cost: $5 a month for a 12-month subscription or $10 a month for a 3-month subscription — plus a 2-week free trial option.

Delivery schedule: No delivery — groceries tied to chosen meal plans can be arranged for pick up at a variety of participating grocery stores (e.g., Aldi, Kroger, Publix, Walmart, Whole Foods, etc.).

What you get: 15 different food variety plans (e.g., Quick & Healthy, Paleo, Classic, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, etc.) each including recipes for seven meals per week (or a mix and match meal from any plan option) in addition to their corresponding shopping lists.

Cooking required? Yes. You get a week's worth of recipes with corresponding shopping lists that can be placed online and arranged for curb side pick up at your nearest participating grocery store.

Great for: Those wanting flexible meal plan and recipe choices along with control over specific grocery and ingredient brand selection.
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Takeout Kit
"Introducing the FIRST and ONLY long shelf life meal kit."

Cost: Monthly subscription plans from $32-$90, starting at $7.50 a serving/kit (up to three kits monthly). Shipping is free.

Delivery schedule: Kits ship on the first of every month and arrive within 2-6 business days.

What you get: Globally inspired meal kits that are shelf-life stable for up to two months.

Cooking required? Yes. You get pre-measured ingredients with recipes.

Great for: Those wanting the convenience of a meal subscription service without the 3-5 day pressured time frame for cooking it.
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Dream Dinners
"At Dream Dinners, our thoughtful and attentive staff take care of every detail, from prep to clean up."

Cost: Meal kits range from $9.99 - $13.50 per serving (with a minimum of 36-servings per order); prices can vary depending on store and state location.

Delivery schedule: Subscribers must register for a assembly session at a nearby Dream Dinners' location for assembling and collecting meals to take home.

What you get: A rotating monthly menu of meals that require no shopping, chopping, prep work, or cleanup whatsoever.

Cooking required? Yes — heating the frozen pre-made, but uncooked meals.

Great for: Those looking to design their meals without putting in a ton of time/work the night of cooking/assemblage.
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Gobble

"Create stress-free dinners in only 10 minutes."

Cost: Weekly kits come with three recipes, with either two or four servings per recipe. The meals cost $11.95 regardless, and a six-serving box is $71.50. You can also add on two cookies for $1.95.

Delivery Schedule: Meals arrive between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on the chosen delivery day.

What You Get: 2-3 meals that are prepped and pre-chopped and ready to cook. All meals are designed for one-pan cooking and minimal clean-up. Gobble offers several "certified kid-friendly" meals a week.

Cooking Required: Yes, though most of the prep is done for you.

Great For: Anyone who really hates chopping and clean-up, families.
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Spoon University Meal Plan (Powered By Chef'd)

"Spend more time studying and fueling your body with epic food instead of in line at the store."

Cost: Weekly kits with 6-single serving meals, an assortment of 10 snacks, and 5 fresh fruits for $99 (with limited time offer discount).

Delivery schedule: Meal kits will be delivered, according to your schedule, directly to each school's housing (dorm, apartment, etc.).

What you get: Daily, fresh-ingredient, grab-and-go meals with snacks, beverages, and fruit.

Cooking required? No cooking required.

Great for: Students looking for quick and nutritious food options to grab between classes.
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Sun Basket
"Cook easy, healthy meals every week using organic, sustainably sourced ingredients."

Cost: 2-person plan supplies 3 recipes per week (serving 2) for a total of $34.47 ($11.49 per serving). The 4-person plan supplies 3 recipes per week (serving 4) for a total of $103.41 (each $11.49 per serving).

Delivery schedule: Weekly delivery options with non-binding agreement (i.e. can cancel or skip anytime). First delivery is free and all additional cost $5.99 per week.

What you get: Seasonal produce that has been hand-picked from organic farms across the country along with corresponding 30-minute recipes that have been developed by an award-winning chef.

Cooking required? Yes. You get pre-measured ingredients with recipes, minus salt, pepper, and cooking oils.

Great for: Those looking for seasonal weekly meals with a fresh and healthy focus.
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Blue Apron
"Makes cooking fun and easy. We'll provide you with all the ingredients that you need to make a delicious meal in exactly the right proportions."

Cost: 2-person plan supplies 3 recipes per week (serving 2) for a total of $59.94 ($9.99 per serving). The Family Plan supplies 2-4 recipes per week (serving 4) for a total of either $69.92 or $139.84 (each $8.74 per serving).

Delivery schedule: Tuesday through Friday, with select Monday and Saturday availability in certain areas.

What you get: A flexible subscription for farm-fresh dinner with seasonal produce and spot-on proportions (no leftover food-waste here). Blue Apron also offers a wine-pairing membership to complement your selected dishes (if you so choose).

Cooking required? Yes. You get pre-measured ingredients with recipes, minus salt, pepper, and olive oil.

Great for: Those looking to share in a straightforward food-delivery lifestyle with fresh food and wine.
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Plated.
"Chef-designed recipes, pre-portioned ingredients, delivered every week."

Cost: 2-7 dinners (serving 2) a week from $48-$168 (free shipping on orders over $50). Desserts can be added for an additional $4.

Delivery schedule: Delivery between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

What you get: A flexible meal-delivery subscription offering plenty of recipe combinations, plus dessert! The meals are designed by chefs and utilize sustainable and locally sourced products.

Cooking required? Yes. You get pre-measured ingredients with recipes, minus staples (e.g. eggs, salt, pepper, olive or vegetable oil, etc.).

Great for: Those who are looking to prepare fresh dinner AND dessert on demand.
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HelloFresh
"Delivers great recipes and fresh ingredients to your home each week. Cook fast, healthy recipes designed by nutritionists and chefs."

Cost: Choose from 3-5 meal boxes, ranging from $59-$99 (serving 2) or $105-$129 (serving 4).

Delivery schedule: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, with select delivery from Saturday through Tuesday in certain areas.

What you get: A flexible subscription for your choice of weekly dinner menus preplanned by chefs.

Cooking required? Yes. You get pre-measured ingredients with recipes.

Great for: Anyone with a busy life looking to get in on weekly meal prep made easy (and fresh).
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Chef'd
"Famous recipes and premium ingredients. Delivered to your kitchen and home-cooked by you."

Cost: Meals range from $33-$79 and serve 2.

Delivery schedule: Delivery between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.; order one day prior to your desired cooking date.

What you get: Offering a wide array of dinner dishes from well-known chefs across the country (i.e. lots of Food Network stars). Less of a food subscription and more of a make-your-own-meal-on-demand service.

Cooking required? Yes. You get pre-measured ingredients with recipes.

Great for: Non-committers who are interested in some occasional weeknight kitchen assistance.
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Freshly
"Chef-prepared, healthy meals, delivered weekly."

Cost: Choose from 6-21 meals per week ranging between $69-$229.

Delivery schedule: Tuesday through Saturday — meals can arrive up to as late as 10 p.m. on the selected delivery date.

What you get: A flexible subscription with chef-prepared recipes and ingredients that not only come fresh (not frozen), but are ready to eat within 2 minutes of opening — no prepping, cooking, or cleaning required. All meals are free of gluten.

Cooking required? No. You get fully prepared meals.

Great for: Anyone looking to do zero work and eat extremely fresh food.
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Sakara
"Eating clean has never tasted so good."

Cost: 3 meals per day for $82 (one-week program) or $69 (weekly subscription).

Delivery schedule: Monday through Friday within the flexible timeframe that you select.

What you get: Flexible options for either a one-off or weekly subscription service of breakfast, lunch, and dinner delivered to your door. All meals are plant-based, gluten-free, and organic.

Cooking required? No. You get fully prepared meals.

Great for: Those into clean eating, or with dietary restrictions, who have money to spend.
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Home Chef
"Our weekly meal-delivery service has everything you need to prepare home-cooked meals in about 30 minutes."

Cost: $9.94 per serving.

Delivery schedule: Tuesday through Friday with a $10 fee for orders under $45.

What you get: Flexible subscription to chef-prepped, sustainably sourced and portioned meals that you can whip together in as little as 30 minutes or less.

Cooking required? Yes. You get pre-measured ingredients with recipes.

Great for: Those who care about food sustainability and time — especially on weeknights.
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PeachDish
"Delivers fresh, locally sourced meal kits right to your door."

Cost: 2-12 servings of weekly dishes starting at $50 ($12.50 per serving).

Delivery schedule: Flexible select delivery dates depending on location.

What you get: Flexible subscription delivering food products that are sourced from small-scale Southern farms. All meals are packaged and proportioned in recyclable containers by classically trained chefs.

Cooking required? Yes. You get pre-measured ingredients with recipes.

Great for: Those who are interested in some good old Southern comfort food made easy.
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Purple Carrot
"Cook delicious plant-based meals at home."

Cost: 3 meals per week (serving 2) for $68 or 2 meals per week (serving 4) for $74.

Delivery schedule: Tuesday and Wednesday, dependent upon delivery area.

What you get: Flexible subscription for plant-based (i.e. vegan) meals that come freshly prepped and ready to cook.

Cooking required? Yes. You get pre-measured ingredients with recipes, minus salt, pepper, and olive oil.

Great for: Vegans.
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Marley Spoon
"Seasonal ingredients and delicious recipes from Martha Stewart delivered directly to your door."

Cost: Two-person box ranging from $48-$76 (2-4 meals a week), or the Family Box ranging from $76-$139 (serving 2 adults and 2 children, 2-4 meals a week).

Delivery schedule: Tuesdays and Fridays (shipping is free of charge).

What you get: Gourmet-made easy dinners by the legend herself, Martha Stewart — with the future possibility of breakfast, lunch, and dessert subscriptions.

Cooking required? Yes. You get pre-measured ingredients with recipes.

Great for: Martha wannabes who don't have very much time to cook.
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Green Chef
"Fresh, organic ingredients. Healthy, chef-crafted recipes. Right at your doorstep."

Cost: Each weekly box contains 3 recipes for either 2, 4, or 6 servings ranging from $10.49 per meal to $14.99.

Delivery schedule: Between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on your chosen delivery day (shipping is an additional $9).

What you get: A flexible subscription for USDA-certified organic dinners that will take you 30 minutes or under to cook.

Cooking required? Yes. You get pre-measured and prepped ingredients with recipes.

Great for: Those with dietary restrictions looking for some well-rounded meal support.
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PlateJoy
"Custom, on-demand meal plans and grocery lists for your unique lifestyle. Optional grocery delivery."

Cost: 6-month and 12-month flexible subscriptions beginning at $8 monthly (excluding optional grocery costs).

What you get: Customized recipes, access to personal meal plans that are tailored to your specific needs, and an optional grocery list. Includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Cooking required? Yes. You get recipes with optional corresponding ingredient deliveries.

Great for: Those who love to cook, but hate to plan ahead.
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Terra's Kitchen
"A recipe for real life."

Cost: 1-serving items from $3.99 or 2-serving items from $9.99-$17.99. Shipping is free with a minimum order of $64.99.

Delivery schedule: Delivery days vary dependent upon area; meals will arrive between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.

What you get: Flexible subscription for seasonally fresh meals that are pre-portioned and can be thrown together in 30 minutes or less. Food arrives in a convenient "climate-controlled, eco-friendly vessel" that is reused for future orders.

Cooking required? Yes. You get pre-measured ingredients with recipes.

Great for: Those wanting fresh, dietary restriction-conscious meals delivered and tailored to their household sizes and schedules.
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