It is just me or does it seem like all of a sudden there are a bunch of different meal delivery services to choose from? I thought about trying them for a while but I have a family of five which apparently makes me a unicorn because everything is made for a family of four. Because two of my kids are still young and don’t eat a full adult portion, when a friend offered me a coupon code for $40 off I thought Hello Fresh was worth a try. I had no intention of doing a post on it but when people found out I had tried it they were very interested in how it went so here is my honest Hello Fresh review.
I used a coupon code but this review is not endorsed or sponsored by Hello Fresh.
Let me apologize in advance for my lack of great photos for this post. I wasn’t planning on writing about it so these are just photos taken with my iPhone.
Here are the main points I considered when figuring out if a service like this would be of value for my family and the pros and cons of each.
They have three plans, Family/Veggie/Classic. I chose the classic which feeds 2 or 4 adults (you pick), I opted for the 4 adults portion for my family of 5. I figured myself, my husband and my oldest daughter would make up 3 portions and my two little ones would equal half an adult portion each. The family plan feeds two adults and two children. I was pretty sure that wouldn’t be enough for my crew.
PRO: The portion sizes are totally adequate for an adult meal. I was not disappointed at all in that.
CON: If you have 2 adults and more than 2 older children these meal plans probably won’t work for you. The pasta dish I received would have fed us all but the chicken dish, while amazing, was 4 thin chicken breasts and would not have been enough for the 5 of us. I made both dishes on the same night so we all were plenty full.
They have three plans, Family/Veggie/Classic. They work out to cost 9.99 each portion for the classic and veggie or $8.47 for the family plan. I spend about $250 a week on groceries for our family including all three meals for 7 days, snacks and drinks. Dinner is certainly the most expensive portion of my groceries but I can definitely make a meal for less than $50 per night. For the cost, Hello Fresh could be a great alternative to eating out a couple of times a week (if you do that.)
PRO: In New Hampshire, going out for dinner with 5 people ends up costing no less than $100. This plan is less expensive than going out for dinner and it shows up right at your door ready to cook.
CON: These meals cost more per portion than it would cost for me to shop and research recipes myself. Even as an alternative to eating out, I still have to cook and we don’t have the luxury of everyone picking what they are really craving that day.
I was actually pleasantly surprised at the quality of the fresh produce and meats and the recipes were delicious.
PRO: You receive fresh produce and meats. This isn’t a sodium laden, frozen meal with all sorts of preservatives you can’t pronounce and certainly don’t want to eat.
CON: You receive fresh produce and meats. I’ll explain. On your delivery day, you are at the mercy of your package delivery service. The ingredients are “on ice” with some great, reusable ice packs, but my box wasn’t in perfect condition from its travels when it arrived. The insulation wasn’t totally doing its job because the box had been slightly damaged allowing some cold to escape. It could have been a little bit colder in there than it was when it arrived on a very hot summer day. I was really glad I was home when it was delivered so it didn’t sit out in the heat or it probably would have been inedible.
The recipes I received had thirty minute cook times. From what I can tell from the recipe cards on their website, the recipes try to stay within 30-45 minute range.
PRO: Thirty minute meal without having to shop for ingredients. Win!
CON: I don’t really have one 🙂
Ease of Use
PRO: The online service is easy to use. You can pause delivery and pick your delivery days. It is simple to choose your plan. The recipes are also very easy to read and follow.
CON: Nothing to see here folks.
Will I Use it Again?
Probably not. I cook every night, so paying more for a meal just to have someone send me the ingredients isn’t really worth it to me. I can buy an entire head of organic garlic to make many recipes and it makes more sense than having a delivery service send me 4 cloves as part of one meal.
Hello Fresh just isn’t an economical decision for my family, but it may be a great idea for your family. It is certainly convenient and delicious.
I can tell you that if I were single or it were only me and my husband, I would have 7 meals a week delivered because cooking for 1 or 2 can be tough to shop for. Having to buy a whole box of this or a whole jar of that for one recipe can land you with a lot of waste. Having the exact amount of ingredients sent to my door would be perfect. Unfortunately, at this stage of my life, it just isn’t for me.
I really hope this is helpful to you. I want to make sure you fully understand that the food was REALLY GOOD. If they had a larger family size plan and the cost was a bit less, I would probably have continued my subscription.
Have you tried any of the meal subscription services out there? What did you think?