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Written by: Kenaz Filan on Nov 19th, 2021

Home Chef vs PeachDish 2021: Who Wins?

It’s been some years since PeachDish closed down, but people are still talking about the Georgia-based meal delivery service. While big names like Home Chef have grown in this tough market, many smaller meal delivery companies have closed their doors.

While it may be gone, PeachDish had a lot of fans throughout its six-year run. If you were one of them and you want to know if Home Chef might be a suitable alternative, read on…

At a Glance: Home Chef vs. PeachDish


Home Chef

PeachDish

Dietary preferences

Calorie-Conscious, Carb-Conscious, Vegetarian

Vegetarian, Vegan, Pescatarian, Gluten-Free

Menu variety

20+ recipes per week

Nine recipes per week

Starting price

$6.99 per serving 

$12.50 per serving 

Shipping cost

From $7.99

$0 to $15 for subscribers; $12 to $27 for guest customers

Prep time

5 to 45 minutes

30+ minutes

Discount

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Dietary Preferences

Alongside its meat dishes, PeachDish offered a range of vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, and gluten-free meals. It also offered some sweet options and so-called Superfood Recipes, featuring ingredients such as collard greens, pecans, sweet potatoes, and chickpeas. Around half the recipes PeachDish offered each week were vegan or vegetarian.

While PeachDish may have offered a higher percentage of vegetarian meals, Home Chef triumphs on volume. On the company’s menu of around 20 dishes per week, at least four are vegetarian – and it also gives the option to customize its other meals with plant-based Impossible Burger.

PeachDish was known to source organic, local produce where possible. Home Chef does give you the chance to “upgrade” to organic meat and seafood across many of its entrees – but PeachDish wins this one in absentia.

All that being said, neither Home Chef nor PeachDish is the best choice for those on stricter diets, such as keto or gluten-free.

Winner: Home Chef

Menu Variety

In its prime, PeachDish offered nine dishes on the menu each week – some changed weekly while others changed seasonally – and many were inspired by classic southern cooking. This is a remarkably small menu, especially when compared to Home Chef’s 20+ offerings and the Home Chef Customize-It feature.

Home Chef aims at a wider audience with a more family-friendly menu. But with so many more items to choose from, you can find more sophisticated offerings like the Scallops and Loaded Potato Broccoli Chowder, alongside hearty pasta dishes and burgers.

The meal delivery service industry is fiercely competitive. PeachDish offered impressive recipes, but its limited selection ultimately limited its appeal to prospective customers.

Winner: Home Chef

Starting Prices

With meals starting at $6.99 per serving, Home Chef is considerably cheaper than PeachDish was. At $12.50 per serving, PeachDish meals were among the most expensive on the market. No matter how good the food, PeachDish was competing with services that offered equally great meals for much less.

Winner: Home Chef

Delivery

PeachDish, unlike Home Chef and most other meal delivery services, didn’t require a subscription – but guest customers were hit with extra shipping fees on their order.

And while PeachDish shipped free to some subscribers, depending on location, it charged an extra $15 for meals being delivered to western states. That means a one-time order to Arizona could have cost $27 in shipping fees alone.

One of the biggest disadvantages smaller meal delivery companies face is shipping costs. Larger companies like Home Chef (a wholly-owned subsidiary of supermarket giant Kroger) can get better deals on nationwide shipping and rely on shipping centers in various locations. As a result, Home Chef can send its packages nationwide from just $7.99.

Winner: Home Chef

Meal Prep

While PeachDish had Quick Fix recipes that were easy to prepare, Home Chef caters to busy lifestyles with its Oven-Ready, Grill-Ready, 15-Minute Meal Kits, and Fast & Fresh prepared meals. For when you have more time, its traditional meal kits typically take around 30 to 40 minutes to make.

PeachDish wins points on serving sizes, though. While Home Chef, like most other meal delivery services, offers up to four servings per meal, PeachDish offered up to 12 servings on selected entrees. This is excellent for party planning – although Home Chef’s protein pack add-ons also make for a great grill-out.

Winner: Home Chef

The Bottom Line

Since PeachDish is now closed, Home Chef wins by default. But even if PeachDish were open, it would still face a tough challenger in Home Chef, which regularly ranks at the top of our list of best meal delivery services.

In fact, those of you who remember PeachDish fondly will find Home Chef a fabulous alternative, with a much larger menu.

Not convinced? If you liked PeachDish’s emphasis on organic and sustainable ingredients, check out our list of this year’s best organic meal delivery services.

Overall winner: Home Chef

About The Author

Kenaz Filan

Contributing Writer, Delivery Rank

Based in New Jersey, Kenaz has decades of experience writing on many subjects and sampling the many cuisines his neighborhood has to offer. Working from home, Kenaz is writing a book between reviewing meal delivery services and raising a family.

Based in New Jersey, Kenaz has decades of experience writing on many subjects and sampling the many cuisines his neighborhood has to offer. Working from home, Kenaz is writing a book between reviewing meal delivery services and raising a family.
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