When making your foray into the world of food and meal delivery services, it might not take long to get confused. Do you want a prepared meal or a meal kit? Would you rather same-day delivery or a weekly plan?
In our review of Munchery vs. Blue Apron, you’ll discover how Munchery dabbled in every option before closing its business in 2019, while Blue Apron kept it simple, focusing exclusively on meal kits.
When it was around, Munchery had many incarnations, including prepared meal delivery with same-day service, meal kits, and even grab-and-go meals in a San Francisco subway station. After closing its doors, Munchery rebranded as a recipe website.
Meanwhile, Blue Apron has become one of the most successful meal kit companies in the country, specializing in simple-yet-delicious, family-friendly meals.
If you find that Blue Apron isn’t the right fit for you, learn more about your other options in our complete list of the Best Meal Delivery Services.
Pescatarian, Vegetarian, Vegan
Vegetarian, Wellness, WW-Approved,
Hundreds of recipes updated regularly
Around 12+ options per week
$3.24 per serving
$7.99, or free on orders of three or more meals
20-50 minutes per meal
Blue Apron generally caters to the average American family, offering simple, well-balanced meals everyone can enjoy. In addition, the company has a Diabetes-Friendly menu, a Vegetarian plan, and a Wellness plan, which includes low-carb recipes approved by both nutritionists and Weight Watchers.
The company makes it easy to manage your taste preferences, allowing you to exclude a shortlist of ingredients, including pork, shellfish, and fish. However, it doesn’t allow you to exclude allergens such as dairy, nuts, or gluten.
Throughout Munchery’s tumultuous existence, the company catered to various dietary needs, including vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and paleo options exclusively for customers in the Big Apple. Now, on its website, you’ll mostly find classic American dishes, as well as categories such as Vegan, Vegetarian, and Pescatarian.
Winner: Blue Apron
Though Munchery’s website offers hundreds of free-to-access recipes that are updated regularly, it no longer operates as a meal delivery service. Blue Apron, on the other hand, offers around 12 different recipes each week, all available as meal kits for delivery.
Blue Apron’s delicious meals strike a fine balance between classic, all-American-style food and international-inspired cuisine. Take its Mexican-Spiced Steaks and Creamy Chipotle Sauce with Cheddar-Jalapeño Potato Cakes, for example.
While Munchery used to offer extras, including salads and desserts, Blue Apron only offers dinnertime meals. It does, however, have the option of a monthly wine delivery – a unique feature that very few meal delivery services offer.
On the Blue Apron website, you’ll also find an online marketplace selling kitchen tools, signature spice blends, and more wine. There’s even a branded binder for all your Blue Apron recipe cards!
Winner: Blue Apron
With meals starting from $3.24 per serving, Blue Apron is much cheaper than Munchery was when it offered meal delivery. It’s also one of the more affordable meal delivery services out there at the moment.
This is the price for those who sign up for the Signature 4-Serving plan, with four meals per week. If you’d prefer the Signature 2-Serving plan and just two meals per week, the price is $9.99 per serving.
Blue Apron offers free shipping if you order at least three meals per week. For anything less, the shipping charge is $7.99.
Strictly for the sake of comparison, Munchery operated on a totally different model to other meal delivery services. Although you had the option to order meals in advance, Munchery competed more with food and restaurant delivery services than meal kit companies.
Users could either order single-serving prepared meals at $12-20 each for same-day delivery as a guest, or sign up for a monthly membership for an annual fee of around $85 to get a discount of up to 20%.
Meanwhile, the Munchery Plaid Box subscription was a meal kit service with 15-minute meals priced at $20-30 for two servings. And although Munchery offered free delivery for subscribers, prices were still higher than Blue Apron.
Now all of its recipes are listed online and are free to access.
Winner: Blue Apron
When it comes to delivery, Blue Apron nails it, shipping to every location in the US up to seven days a week. Even at its peak, Munchery’s delivery zone only included certain areas in 14 US states. Now, of course, its recipes are only available online.
Blue Apron meal kits arrive in an insulated box with portioned ingredients clearly labeled and individually wrapped for your convenience. Although 85% of the packaging is recyclable, Blue Apron does use more plastic than other companies and could definitely be doing better in this department.
Munchery allowed users to either order individual meals up to 6 pm for same-day delivery or to order enough meals in advance to last the week.
Winner: Blue Apron
Blue Apron exclusively offers meal kits that take between 20-50 minutes to get on the table, with the majority requiring about half an hour of prep time. The meals that require minimal prep and cleanup are clearly labeled.
All the required ingredients arrive in a box with a step-by-step recipe card. Most people will be able to follow the recipes without an issue, but if you’re a total newbie you may find yourself guessing exactly when your tofu is ready, how much oil is a “thin layer”, or what method to use when rolling your tortilla.
If you’re the type of person who likes to prepare meals in advance, Blue Apron has a specialty Meal Prep plan with everything you need to prepare eight servings in under two hours. Keep these on hand for busy weeks, or invite friends over for a fabulous dinner party.
When it delivered, Munchery’s prepared meals arrived expertly chilled to retain freshness. This was better than getting luke-warm restaurant meals or frozen meals that needed to be thawed before eating. All its dishes could be heated in the oven or microwave.
For the meal kit crowd, Munchery’s Plaid Box kits took just 15 minutes to prepare. While with Blue Apron and most other meal delivery services you have to make your own gravies or sauces, for example, Munchery sent those types of things readymade in a package for you to simply stir in.
Now, of course, its recipes vary in terms of how long they will take to prep and cook, not to mention the grocery shopping involved!
Winner: Blue Apron
When comparing the two, Blue Apron is obviously the best choice when it comes to meal delivery. Even though Munchery no longer offers a delivery service, Blue Apron also stands its ground in terms of offering delicious, simple recipes at a good price point.
If you’re still curious about what Munchery has to offer today, check out its online recipe listings. But if you’re looking for meal kits to be delivered to your door, you’re in the wrong place.
If prepared meals are more your style, you may be interested in services like Freshly or Home Chef. To compare Blue Apron and other similar companies that are still operating, check out our list of The Best Meal Delivery Kit Services.
Overall winner: Blue Apron