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Food box services compared: HelloFresh, Marley Spoon, Pepper Leaf, Dinnerly

Last updated: 10 March 2019

If you enjoy cooking but meal planning gives you a headache, you're lacking inspiration or you find it hard to make time for the weekly shop, then food box meal delivery services can be a good option. But which one's best?

We test and review food box services HelloFresh, Marley Spoon, Pepper Leaf and Dinnerly to see how they rate for ease of ordering, fresh produce, recipe accuracy, temperature on delivery and more.

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We subscribed to four popular food box meal delivery services and ordered and cooked two 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 food box 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 present on arrival?
  • Are the recipes easy to follow?
  • Are the ingredients fresh?
  • Are the recipe times (prep/cooking) accurate?
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List of brands we tested in this review.


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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 47.95 and 69.95

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      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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        • Overall score
        • Performance score
        • Order accuracy score
        • Ordering and delivery score
        • Freshness score
        • Recipe score
        • Temperature score
        • Exact quantity of ingredients
        • Allergen information
        • Meal prep time
        • Delivery area (states)
        • 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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