So, you’ve been looking at meal kit delivery companies and your search has brought you to the point where you’ve narrowed it down to two choices. It’s the battle of Home Chef Vs Hello Fresh, and you want to know all the nitty-gritty details of what sets these two apart.
One reason people like you turn to meal kit delivery service is because they long for simplicity. At Home Chef, simplicity is their mantra. They focus on simple, fresh ingredients that can be transformed into simply delicious meals with a minimal time and effort.
Hello Fresh is one of the more well-known meal kit delivery services. Like Home Chef, they’re all about simplifying your life by making meal time easier, less stressful, and more delicious without time spent meal planning, shopping, and then preparing meals every night.
Both Hello Fresh and Home Chef have pros and cons. Let’s start by taking a closer look at each.
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Both Home Chef and Hello Fresh offer classic style meals, created to appeal to a wide range of taste preferences. Neither meal kit delivery company claims to cater exclusively to any specific dietary lifestyle. If you’re following a specific dietary protocol, you’d be better served by looking at companies that cater specifically to your needs.
Home Chef provides filters that let you choose meals that are calorie-conscious, carb-conscious, and vegetarian. There are about six meals in the carb and calorie-conscious categories, with most of those meals overlapping. At the time of this comparison, Home Chef had only two vegetarian options listed.
An advantage that Home Chef has in this category is they make it easy to see all ingredients, nutritional information, and prep instructions by clicking on a meal. From there, you can better assess if a meal can be customized in your kitchen to meet special dietary needs.
Hello Fresh offers low-calorie meal options, designed for weight loss, and a couple of vegan/vegetarian options, although none of these are very plentiful.
If you’re following a strict dietary protocol, you might find perusing their menu frustrating because it’s hard to find information about nutritional content or ingredients at first glance. You need to access their recipes, located at the bottom of the page, for more detailed information.
Meal Prep & Variety
For many people, this is a category that weighs heaviest on their final decision. If you’re not crazy about the end product, then the rest of the details don’t matter. There are a few minor differences between Home Chef and Hello Chef to be aware of.
First, Home Chef’s selection is a little limited compared to Hello Fresh. Home Chef offers a rotating menu of 12-15 entrees, with every meal feeling “safe”. Think along the lines of Sirloin Steak with Loaded Potatoes or Italian Sausage Penne. That said, they do step outside the box with dishes like Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Risotto.
Home Chef might be a good option if you have a picky eater at your table who likes traditional, comfort food style dishes (really, who doesn’t?). Prep/cook time for the majority of Home Chef’s meals fall in the 30-45 minute range, although they do have quick and easy options that can be prepped and cooked in about half that time.
Hello Fresh offers a bit more variety with about 20 meal options each week. They do a good job of offering both classics and dishes that provide customers with an opportunity to try new flavors. For example, their Zucchini and Chickpea Tagine is so popular it’s in their Hall of Fame recipe collection.
You’ll find a few meals from Hello Fresh that can be on the table in 20 minutes or less, but most are double that at 35-40 minutes from start to finish.
As an FYI, both companies send recipe cards with their meal kits but you can also find their recipes online.
Quality ingredients are key to a quality meal but it isn’t always easy to know what you’re getting with a meal kit delivery service. You’re not in the store, picking out the ingredients yourself, so how do you know you’re getting the highest quality?
Both Home Chef and Hello Fresh offer some information about their ingredients on their websites, although you do have to dig a little for it.
Home Chef claims they use some organic ingredients but can’t guarantee the use of organic whenever possible at this time. They offer little information about their proteins on their website. Still, looking over customer reviews for Home Chef leads you to believe that the majority of customers are happy with their ingredient quality.
Hello Fresh is a bit more transparent about their ingredients. Their produce is sourced straight from the farm, and they’re committed to quality, ethics, and sustainability when sourcing proteins. Hello Fresh also receives overwhelmingly positive reviews for quality.
Taste & Sample Meals
- Chimichurri Steak Flatbread
- Cuban Avocado Black Bean Quinoa Bowl
- Sweet Chili Pork Lettuce Wrap with Crispy Rice Noodles
- Zucchini Pomodoro Penne Bake
- Bulgogi Chicken Tacos
- Harissa Sweet Potato Pockets
If there’s a category in the Hello Fresh Vs Home Chef battle where the competitors run neck and neck, it’s this one. Overall, customer reviews have great things to say about both meal delivery companies.
If there’s a spot where one company has an advantage, it would be that Home Chef asks for a few dietary/taste preferences as part of the signup process. Expect questions along the lines of if you lean heavily carnivore, vegetarian, or somewhere between, and if there are any foods you want to avoid.
These questions make it more likely you’ll be directed towards meals with ingredients and flavors you’ll enjoy.
That said, Hello Fresh does offer more options and some unique flavor profiles. A few of their customers have left reviews stating they’ve tried (and loved) new foods because of the options this company offers.
Hello Fresh also includes many different types of world cuisines on their menus – 18 different categories at last count. Their meals include flavorful bonuses like Turkish spice blends and bulgogi sauce.
|Type of Meal||Cost Per Serving|
|Culinary Collection||$12.95 to $13.95|
|Protein Packs||$4.37 to $9.99|
|Recipes Per Week||2 People||4 People|
For most people, price is a major factor in choosing a meal delivery service. You want the best quality and service for the most reasonable price. Both Hello Fresh and Home Chef are middle of the road from a price standpoint. They’re neither the most costly or economical options out there.
Hello Fresh’s meals range from $7.49-$8.99 per meal. The price variance is completely dependent on the number of portions you’re ordering and not the meals themselves. It’s important to note that Hello Fresh charges a flat rate shipping charge of $7.99 to each delivery.
Home Chef has a much larger range on their pricing, with the most expensive meals costing about twice as much as the most economical options. The claim is that prices are based on the plan chosen, with the average cost being somewhere in the middle of the spectrum.
The cost of shipping isn’t transparent when looking at Home Chef’s website. They say the cost of shipping will be determined and shown after you place your order. These factors combined can make it difficult to know ahead of time what you’re spending when choosing Home Chef.
Packaging & Recycling
Both companies do a decent job of utilizing recyclable materials as much as possible. The difference is in how much packaging each company feels it’s necessary to use to preserve and safely delivery meal kits to your door.
Home Chef uses almost exclusively recyclable materials. The main complaint is that there’s simply too much of it. For example, the plastic pouches are recyclable but there are too many of them used in each delivery. They pack items with reusable ice packs, and the only non-recyclable items are the liners.
Hello Fresh is equally committed to using recyclable materials, and they tend to use less than Home Chef. The only non-recyclable components are their BPA-free winter liners made from plastic and mylar.
One concern with Hello Fresh is their gel pack. The outside of the pack is recyclable and the inside gel is water-soluble. The issue is that the gel is not pipe friendly, so you have to be extra careful when dissolving and disposing of the gel.
Both companies are similar on many customer service points, including their policies regarding switching plans, cancellations, customization, and refunds.
One inconvenient detail of Home Chef is that you have to provide both an email and a zip code before being able to go further into their website. This is less than convenient, if not irritating when you’re “just looking”.
Who wins the battle of Hello Fresh Vs Home Chef? These two companies are similar on enough levels that it’s difficult to choose a standout winner. That said, considering the categories covered here, Hello Fresh rises to the top and wins the trophy.
Both meal delivery companies have great things to offer, and the winner here might not be the best option for you. Still not sure which to choose?
Choose Hello Fresh if you:
- Like having more variety to choose from
- Enjoy world cuisines and trying new flavors
- Enjoy the freedom of browsing and putting together an order with an immediate commitment
- Locally sourced produce and ethically and/or sustainably sourced proteins are important
- Price is important and you don’t want any surprise charges
Choose Home Chef if you:
- Like classic flavors and traditional style meals
- Appreciate being able to easily access nutritional information before you order
- Don’t want to be overburdened with meal choices that don’t fit your taste preferences
- Aren’t confined to a strict budget for meal delivery