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Last updated: 26 May 2020


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If you enjoy cooking but don't want the hassle of shopping for ingredients or planning meals, then food box (meal kit) meal delivery services can be a good option. Or if you don't like cooking at all, prepared meal services might be what you're after.

  • Our meal delivery services buying guide explains the difference between food box (meal kit) and prepared meal delivery services, profiles the major players in each category and investigates whether meal delivery services are good value for money.
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We subscribed to four food box meal delivery services and five prepared meal delivery services and ordered and cooked/heated a selection of meals from each to answer the questions:

  • How easy is it to subscribe/unsubscribe?
  • How easy is it to select meals/place orders?
  • Is the service delivered in time-frame specified?
  • Were all the correct meals/specified ingredients delivered?
  • Was the food adequately chilled on delivery?
  • How well did the meal boxes and/or prepared meals present on arrival?
  • Are the recipes easy to follow?
  • Are the ingredients fresh?
  • Are the recipe times (prep/cooking) and heating instructions accurate?

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    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.

    enter value/s in increments of 1 between 52.45 and 82.64

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    Either food box or prepared meal service.

      Meal choices each week

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      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.

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      • Exact quantity of ingredients
      • Allergen information
      • Meal prep time
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      • Good to know
      • Weekly meal choices
      • Menu change frequency
      • Recipe card format
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      • Average cost for four person box three meals per week

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