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Costs
Average cost per person per meal
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14.87
14.58
8.95-11.50
9.00
12.37
9.95
Price ($) Expand to view more details.

This is the average cost of a two person box (three meals per week). Where different options are available we've shown the cost of the 'classic' box.

$52.45
$69.95
$76.45
$82.64
$77.90
$69.00
$54.00
$77.70
$59.70
Average cost for 4-person box, three meals per week ($)
$83.95
$109.95
$121.15
$165.24
$125.8
$119.4
$90
$148.3
$119.4
Type
Type Expand to view more details.

Either food box or prepared meal service.

Food box delivery
Food box delivery
Food box delivery
Prepared meal delivery
Food box delivery
Prepared meal delivery
Prepared meal delivery
Prepared meal delivery
Prepared meal delivery
Test results
CHOICE Expert Rating (%) Expand to view more details.

Our overall score consists of performance score (70%) and ordering/delivery score (30%)

85%
87%
86%
76%
83%
79%
86%
85%
77%
Performance score (%) Expand to view more details.

A combination of presentation on arrival (10%), ease of following recipe (40%), freshness of ingredients (30%) and recipe time accuracy (20%).

81%
84%
83%
67%
77%
72%
80%
80%
69%
Order accuracy score (%) Expand to view more details.

Whether all the correct meals/specified ingredients were delivered.

100%
100%
100%
100%
100%
100%
100%
100%
100%
Ordering and delivery score (%) Expand to view more details.

A combination of ease of subscribing/unsubscribing (20%), ease of ordering (20%), on time delivery (20%), order accuracy (20%) and safe temperature on delivery (20%).

94%
94%
94%
96%
96%
96%
100%
96%
94%
Freshness score (%) Expand to view more details.

Whether the delivered ingredients were fresh.

80%
70%
75%
80%
80%
80%
80%
80%
70%
Ease of recipe score (%) Expand to view more details.

Whether the recipes were easy to follow, and were they digital only, recipe card or both.

75%
85%
80%
60%
70%
70%
80%
80%
70%
Safe temperature on delivery score (%) Expand to view more details.

If the food was adequately chilled on delivery.

100%
100%
100%
100%
100%
100%
100%
100%
70%
Recommended products
Recommended Expand to view more details.

We recommend meal delivery services with scores of 80% and above.

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Comments
Good points
• Simple recipes with few ingredients.
• This is the cheapest service for a family of four on a three-meals-a-week plan, but it requires you to be well stocked for pantry staples.
• It has an associated app which is easy to use.
• Ingredients are delivered in colour-coded bags that correlate with the recipes.
• The largest number of weekly food choices of all the ingredient food box services.
• Ingredients for each recipe are placed in separate paper bags.
• ‘Packed in Australia’ grading system indicates percentage of Australian ingredients used.
• National disability insurance scheme meal plans available.
• All meals are gluten and preservative free.
• Offer breakfast, lunch dinner and snacks.
• Keto friendly meal options.
• Offer standard, large and athlete size meals.
• Packaging is 100% recyclable.
• The more meals you order weekly the cheaper the price.
• One off or reoccurring subscription available.
• Meals can be frozen.
• It's the only ingredient food box company to offer meal plans for one".
• The service offers a fresh fruit snack option and you get a free bag of fresh fruit with the first two orders.
• The more meals you order weekly the cheaper the price.
• National disability insurance scheme meal plans available.
• Delivers within a 5 day turn around.
• Deliveries are made during business hours.
• Offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, snacks and drinks.
• Each meals items are placed in separate areas of the container, keeps food from mixing.
• Meals can be frozen.
• Delicious home cooked meals.
• Relatively cheaper meal price per person.
• The delivery fee is dependent on the area they are delivering to. For some areas it's free delivery if ordering over $100, for others it's free if ordering over $200.
• Next day delivery, they offer various delivery window time options.
• Offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, sides and snacks.
• Very good cooking and heating instructions.
• No contract, flexible subscription.
• Weight loss meals offered.
• Generous portions.
• Meals were delicious and fresh, presentation was good.
• National disability insurance scheme meal plans available.
• Offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts.
• Keto friendly meal and weight loss options.
• Packaging is 100% recyclable.
• Weekly or fortnightly subscription available.
• Meals can be frozen.
• Free delivery.
• Very good heating instructions.
• Relatively cheap meal price per person.
• No delivery fee if order is over $89.
• Offer breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
• Meals are available in selected supermarkets.
• Good variety of meals to choose from.
• Packaging is 100% recyclable.
• No contract, flexible subscription.
• Good portion sizes.
• Meals can be frozen.
Bad points
• The advertised prices for meal boxes don’t include delivery (we’ve incorporated the $8.95 delivery fee into the average costs).
• There’s no recipe card in the box; you need to print it out or view online.
• Ingredients are combined in the box, so you’ll need to sort them into meals.
• A delivery fee may apply in some postcodes.
• There’s no vegetarian meal option in the ‘family’ plan.
• None to mention.
• Meals were borderline due to lack of protein and excess sauce and vegetables, the meals presented didn't look very appetising as some of the food items had mixed together in the container.
• Protein quantity such as chicken and beef are limited.
• Not all meals had the stated amount of weight.
• Delivery fee from $5 up to $15.
• Delivery is a week turn around.
• Relatively expensive for individual meals per person.
• No family meal option, individual meals only.
• Heating instructions are limited, needs a standing time, meals may not reach safe temperatures, following instructions.
• Less meals to choose from weekly.
• Delivery days/times are limited.
• Recipes can be a bit confusing, and in our test the meal prep took longer than the claimed time.
• There’s no separate pantry staple or equipment list, so you need to read through the recipe to find out what is needed.
• You can’t view the recipe online.
• Ingredients are combined in the box, so you’ll need to sort them into meals.
• Weekly subscription, can be paused or cancelled.
• Delivery fee $10-$18.
• No family meal option, individual meals only.
• The meal colours were all very similar mainly yellow, orange and white, you may want to add some colourful vegetables.
• Heating instructions are limited, needs a standing time, meals may not reach safe temperatures, following instructions.
• Some meals need to be defrosted before cooking.
• Some meals may take up to 40 mins to prepare.
• Check pantry staples you may need for the meals such as pasta, rice, vegetables eggs.
• No family meal option, individual meals only.
• A lot of chicken dishes and curries.
• Meals were only Ok, the meals presented didn't look very appetising with unevenly chopped vegetable, some of the food items had mixed together in the container.
• No family meal option, individual meals only.
• Delivery can be early morning from midnight may not be adequately chilled if left out for more than 5 hours.
• Heating instructions are limited, needs a standing time, meals may not reach safe temperatures, following instructions.
Other comments Expand to view more details.

We've just started adding these which is why you'll notice some have no other comments.

Relatively expensive meals at $14.87 a meal. Not value for money when there isn't much protein. In one of the beef dishes there was less than 30g in the dish, which would be a mouthfeel for most people. However, meals were mostly tasty and fresh. Presentation wasn't the best as they had moved inside the container. Limited instructions for heating. The service and delivery was very good.
The plant based meals were good and tasty. The food was presented fairly nicely, separated into portioned areas of the container. The plastic lid was a little difficult to peel off. The instructions to heat were limited and no standing instructions after heating. The colours were all very similar, mainly yellow, orange and white so you might need to add some extra vegetables for more colour.
Delicious home cooked meals that are delivered frozen. A small amount of preparation is required, you can add your own sides and vegetables. Meals are generous. They look presentable. The service and delivery was very good.
Healthy meals with no carbohydrates, mostly delicious tasting. Good variety to choose from, they do use lots of chicken in their meals and curries. A quick turn around on delivey. Available in most states. The service and delivery was very good.
Meals were only OK, the meals presented didn't look very appetising with unevenly chopped vegetables and the protein was cut into small pieces usually covered in a sauce. Some of the food items had mixed together in the container. Flavour was acceptable not fresh tasting though. The smell of the food wasn't pleasant and after a week of smelling the food I couldn't think of purchasing this product again. The instructions for heating were not suitable for all microwaves and there was no standing time so food was under 60C mostly. The service and delivery was very good. Meals are available in some supermarkets and there's a lot of variety to choose from.
Features
Exact quantity of ingredients
Yes
Yes
Yes
not applicable
Yes
not applicable
not applicable
not applicable
not applicable
Delivery area Expand to view more details.

In some cases the service may only deliver to the capital city in a state, so check the details on the company website.

ACT, NSW, QLD, VIC, TAS, SA, NT
NSW, NT, QLD, SA, VIC, WA, ACT
ACT, NSW, QLD, VIC, TAS, SA, NT
QLD, NSW, ACT, VIC, SA, TAS
ACT, NSW, SA, VIC
NSW, SA, VIC, ACT, QLD, NT, WA, TAS
NSW, ACT, VIC
NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT
NT, QLD, NSW, VIC, ACT, WA, TAS
Specifications
Allergen information provided Expand to view more details.

Whether allergen information is provided on the company website and recipe cards.

Common allergens are highlighted but recipe card also states "May contain traces of other allergens."
No specific allergen information on the recipe card. Website states "We are unable to cater for special allergies or intolerances at this early stage."
Common allergens are highlighted but recipe card also states "May contain traces of other allergens."
Common allergens are highlighted online but packaging also states "May contain traces of other allergens."
No specific allergen information on the recipe card. Website states "If you have an allergy or intolerance to any ingredient, we can’t guarantee that our recipes don’t contain it. You can swap out those ingredients, but that will be up to you."
Common allergens are highlighted online but packaging also states "May contain traces of other allergens."
Common allergens are highlighted online but packaging also states "May contain traces of other allergens."
Common allergens are highlighted online but packaging also states "All ingredients are manufactured on equipment that processes eggs, wheat/gluten, soy, milk, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, sesame, lupin and sulphates."
Common allergens are highlighted online but packaging also states "May contain traces of other allergens."
Meal prep time (min) Expand to view more details.

Claimed average meal preparation time (minutes).

30
30 - 45
30 or less
2
20
2
30 - 40
2 to 3
2
Meal choices each week Expand to view more details.

How many different meals/recipes you can choose from each week. Where different options are available we've shown the options available for the 'classic' box.

21
10
27
18
8
36
35
26
43
Menu change frequency Expand to view more details.

How often the menu changes.

Weekly
Weekly
Weekly
Weekly
Weekly
Fortnightly
Weekly with a range of changing specials and permanently available favourites
Weekly
Always changing
Recipe card format Expand to view more details.

Whether a recipe card is delivered with the box, or you need to view it online and/or print off yourself.

View recipe online, or print out
Recipe card provided
Recipe card provided
not applicable
Recipe card provided
not applicable
not applicable
not applicable
not applicable
Website
dinnerly.com.au
hellofresh.com.au
marleyspoon.com.au
nourishd.com.au
pepperleaf.com.au
soulara.com.au
dinnerladies.com.au
thrivemeals.com.au
youfoodz.com
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Where retailers offer an online option, we point towards it.

Available in your state
NSW
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
VIC
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
QLD
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
ACT
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
TAS
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
SA
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
WA
No
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
NT
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
No
Yes