I’ve been enjoying my Hello Fresh meal box subscription for a bit, but wanted to see what different places were like since there are SO many now. So I put Hello Fresh on pause last week and gave Every Plate a try. Here’s the breakdown comparing Hello Fresh vs. Every Plate.
Dec 2020 Update: After several months, I still use both services! Read on to see what’s good and bad about both of them and how they compare.
August 2021 Update: I’ve totally switched over to Every Plate and cancelled Hello Fresh!
Hello Fresh vs Every Plate
Every Plate is the cheaper of the two meal boxes, and I feel you can definitely tell from the packaging to the ingredients. It’s not that it’s bad! It’s just not as fancy in their presentation and options. They have some similar recipes but overall Every Plate has more classic meals, where I feel like Hello Fresh has a lot of unique flavor options. If you want something beyond chicken, even something as simple as tilapia, there is an upcharge. They keep their prices lower by offering decent, but simple meals with cheaper ingredients.
Little Details Make a Difference
Both Hello Fresh and Every Plate are delivered in similar well-insulated boxes. As far as delivery reliability goes, they are similar as well. Both companies have sent me deliveries a day late! I’ve found that happens with almost every delivery box I’ve tried. When it gets to UPS they have no control over the delivery so you can’t really blame the company.
Once you open the box, things change a bit. While Hello Fresh comes in individual paper bags for each meal, Every Plate puts everything in one little box and you separate it yourself. This isn’t a big deal, but it’s just an extra step. Also, the recipe cards for Every Plate are about half the size, so they are harder to read.
The food was all delivered cold and fresh, the recipes were pretty simple, but the resulting meal didn’t seem to have as much flavor as our Hello Fresh meals. I actually found myself using some of the cooking skills I’d learned with my Hello Fresh boxes to up the flavor on our Every Plate dinner.
And the Winner Is: Both! Just depends on your needs-
Choose Hello Fresh for more creative recipe selections and more options for fish and beef. I recommend it for people looking to expand their cooking skills and flavor palette.
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I recommend Every Plate if you are just starting out cooking, or want something nice and simple. They have good options, and good quality, just a little more basic. Click here to save $20 off your first box!
I cook a lot and like Hello Fresh because it helps me learn new techniques and try new flavors. It’s for those that like to be a little more adventurous in the kitchen. If you want to read more details about Hello Fresh, be sure to check out my post: Hello Fresh Gets a 5 Star Review. Every Plate grew on me after a few boxes because it really is the best priced box and they have some similar recipes. In fact, I’m starting to suspect they are made by the same company! Some of the recipes are almost identical. Plus one time I got an advertisement in my Every Plate box that was supposed to go in a Hello Fresh box! So they are either made by the same company or packed in the same warehouse. You can’t really go wrong with either box!
PS – If you are shopping around for boxes and also checking out Home Chef, I tried them too! They are even more pricey than Hello Fresh. The reason is that they cut up everything for you and prepackage everything. So instead of getting a fresh red pepper, you get a package of pepper slices. It’s a good option if you want something a little more fresh but don’t like doing any prep work. Usually the only thing you have to cut up is the meat. But for me, I don’t consider a package of pre-sliced veggies quite as fresh as slicing it myself. I didn’t go beyond one box.