For people who prioritize green-minded, organic ingredients, a company that shares their ideals is a major selling point. Here, we’re taking a look at two companies, Green Chef Vs Sun Basket, who both focus on clean, wholesome, and nutritionally optimized meals.
If you search for meal kits that are healthy, organic, and as clean as possible, this comparison should assist in helping you make a decision.
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Green Chef and Sun Basket share a focus on clean, healthy ingredients. For those following a special dietary protocol, clean ingredients are important but not all meal kit delivery services provide options for special dietary needs.
Green Chef offers 5 different dietary plans for their customers. These include options for Paleo, Keto, Balanced Living, Plant Powered, and a Family Plan that includes a variety of dishes to accommodate a range of tastes and preferences. Green Chef is also certified gluten-free.
Sun Basket also offers meals that are aligned with specific dietary needs. When you sign up with Sun Basket you have the option of choosing Paleo, low-carb, low-calorie, gluten-free, vegetarian, pescatarian, and Mediterannean meal preferences. Sun Basket also offers diabetic and soy-free meal options.
Meal Prep & Variety
Meal delivery kits should add variety and simplicity to your life. You’re sure to find a few favorites that you order every chance you get but you also don’t want to get stuck in a rut with a service that falls short on variety. Both Green Chef and Sun Basket do a good job of keeping things interesting and simple.
Green Chef offers about 6-7 meals in each for each of their 5 plans. Depending on the meals, there may be some overlap between the menus. If you’re ordering two or three meals per week, which is what’s included with Green Chef’s plans, this should be enough variety as long as you or anyone in your home isn’t a truly picky eater.
One thing to note about Green Chef is the number of meals in their plans is predetermined. Their regular plans include three meals for two people and their family plan includes two meals for four people. If you want more than this, you have to order additional boxes.
Sun Basket offers so much variety that it can almost feel a little overwhelming if you’re not following a specific dietary plan. They offer more than 30 meals in a variety of categories. They also offer breakfast options, snacks, and a selection of a la carte proteins and pasta.
Sun Basket and Green Chef are on similar ground with meal prep. Both offer meals that take anywhere from 20-45 minutes to make it from the chopping board to the table.
The quality and integrity of ingredients are what Sun Basket and Green Chef are built off. Both focus on clean organic and non-GMO ingredients. It’s interesting to take a look and see how they compare to each other.
Green Chef is the first USDA-certified organic meal kit service. They take their commitment to ethical sourcing and sustainability seriously. They claim that all their proteins come from animals that have been raised with high animal welfare standards.
Sun Basket also has high standards when it comes to choosing and sourcing their ingredients. They only use the best hormone-free and antibiotic-free meats and eggs. They’re also committed to only using wild-caught or sustainably raised seafood.
Taste & Sample Meals
- Sweet Chili Chicken Thighs
- Shaves Steak Fajita Salad
- Shrimp With Ginger Lime Aioli
- Chicken and hummus flatbread “tacos”
- Mediterranean turkey meatballs with red pepper–cashew crema
- Korean chicken japchae with glass noodles and vegetables
Both Sun Basket and Green Chef do an excellent job of making meals look mouth-watering on their website but what matters is how it tastes when it reaches your lips. After all, a meal kit is only a good option when you absolutely love the quality and taste of your meal.
Green Chef offers meals that with a bit of worldly flair and spins on classics. It’s safe to say that you’re probably going to find something that you like on Green Chef’s menu.
To give you an idea of what they offer, the menu of Green Chef’s Balanced Living plan (one of their most diverse) features entrees like Shaved Steak Fajita Salad and Creamy Truffle & Mushroom Linguine. Overall, customers rave about the flavor of Green Chef’s meals.
Sun Basket offers a lot of diversity in their flavor profiles. Their meal kits are great for showing you new ways to use ingredients you might normally have around your house. Think along the lines of sole with red pepper vinaigrette or flatbreads topped with feta and cucumber. Sun Basket’s breakfast and lunch options feature more common, well-liked flavors.
MEALS PER WEEK
$11.49 - $16.59
Fresh & Ready
$9.99 - $14.59
When you order a meal delivery kit, you’re paying not only for quality but also the convenience. Someone has taken on the work of meal planning, shopping, and even some prep-work so that you can enjoy a healthy delicious meal at home. This is worth a lot but you don’t want to break the bank, so how do Green Chef and Sun Basket stack up in the price department?
The price of a Green Chef meal is dependent on which plan you choose. On average, you’re going to pay about $12 but Green Chef frequently offers discount incentives that significantly reduce the price per meal.
Sun Basket’s price range is similar to Green Chef’s, although you have to dig a little further to find out how much one of their plans will cost. Both companies charge a small flat rate shipping charge per order, although there are times when free shipping is offered.
Packaging & Recycling
Green Ched and Sun Basket are two companies with a great commitment to providing great meals while minimizing their ecological footprint. It’s impossible to offer the type of service that they do without packaging but how do their packaging standards measure up against their ideals.
Both companies package and ship their meal kits in a similar fashion. Meal kits are packaged to maintain quality and freshness to the fullest extent possible. Contents are well organized, meaning less time spent sorting out all the ingredients before preparing your meal.
Sun Basket’s boxes and packaging materials are 100% recyclable and/or compostable. If you have any questions on how to recycle or even reuse Sun Basket’s packaging materials, they offer a guide on their website.
Green Chef has a similar approach to using as many recyclable materials as possible in their packaging, and they also offer an online guide to recycling their packaging components. Green Chef also goes the extra mile in making an effort to offset 100% of their carbon emissions and plastic packaging.
Certain customer service details are important when choosing a meal kit delivery service. You want a company to be responsive and provide the type of flexibility that will simplify your life. On most fronts, Green Chef and Sun Basket are similar in how they provide customer service.
Where these two companies stand apart is in their online reviews for customer service. Both Sun Basket and Green Chef take a few hits. A few negative reviews are unavoidable, and you should always look at what the majority of the customers are saying.
When looking at customer reviews, people are overwhelmingly happy with the service provided by Green Chef. The same can’t be said for Sun Basket that has more than a few glaringly negative reviews for their attention to customer service.
Green Chef emerges as the winner in the duel of Sun Basket Vs Green Chef but both companies have something great to offer. Green Chef won for their quality, commitment to clean, green nutrition, pricing, and positive customer service standing. Still, there’s plenty to love about Sun Basket.
Choosing a meal kit service can be difficult. Here are a few things to consider before you decide.
Choose Green Chef if you:
- Follow one of today’s popular diets, like Paleo or Keto
- Are using a meal kit service to feed an entire family
- Aren’t too picky about flavors and feel that 6-7 options per week are enough to find meals you’ll love
- Value a commitment to the environment and health
Choose Sun Basket if you:
- Want more diversity and a larger selection of meal options
- Have special dietary needs, such as being diabetic or avoiding gluten or dairy
- Want breakfast and lunch options in addition to just dinner
- Like the idea of ordering meats, fish, and pasta a la carte to enhance your meals