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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. 
  • Our meal delivery services buying guide explains the difference between food box 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 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.

Price

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

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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Ordering and delivery score

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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%).

enter value/s in increments of 1 between 94 and 96

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

enter value/s in increments of 1 between 77 and 84

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  • Exact quantity of ingredients
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  • Meal prep time (min)
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  • Menu change frequency
  • Recipe card format
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  • Average cost for 4-person box, three meals per week
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