EveryPlate Review 2020: Great Deal or Get What You Pay For?

www.everyplate.com
VegetarianKetoVeganLow-caloriePaleoLow-CarbGluten-freeHealthOrganicWeight-LossDiabetes-FriendlyAllergy-Friendly
Our Score:
8.5
User Score:
  • Prep & Cook Time:

    30 - 45 Min

  • Type Of Food Options:

    Vegetarian,Keto,Vegan,Low-calorie,Paleo,Low-Carb,Gluten-free,Health,Organic,Weight-Loss,Diabetes-Friendly,Allergy-Friendly

  • Recipes Per Week:

    9

  • Free Delivery

    No

  • Written by: Felicity Kay on Sep 17th, 2020

    EveryPlate in a Nutshell

    An excellent budget option for non-fussy eaters looking to try out a meal kit delivery service – but not a lot here for those with allergies or special dietary needs. 

    Limited Time Only: EveryPlate Discount

    Here’s an exclusive EveryPlate discount to bring you even greater value. This unbelievably low price is available for a limited time only, so catch it while it lasts. The discount breaks down like this:

    Order

    Discount

    Total Cost

    1st box

    40% off

    $2.99

    2nd box

    20% off

    $3.99

    3rd box

    20% off

    $3.99

    That means an $80 discount in total! 

    I’m generally not one to shout about EveryPlate coupons, or discounts on any meal delivery service I review, but this offer is too good to pass up. 

    What I like

    • One of the cheapest meal kit delivery services on the market, starting at $4.99 per serving

    • Includes Saturday deliveries

    • Easy-to-follow recipe instructions

    What I don’t like 

    • Shipping costs $8.99

    • No specialized diet plans 

    EveryPlate Overview

    EveryPlate makes home-cooked meals easy and accessible to (almost) anyone. The extremely low prices and a menu of popular recipes make EveryPlate a great option for any household too busy to deal with regular grocery shopping. You get pre-portioned ingredients for your chosen meals delivered straight to your door, along with colorful recipe cards. EveryPlate has its charm, but it’s also got its sticking points that left me a little frustrated. 

    How EveryPlate Works 

    It’s really simple to sign up for EveryPlate. First, you’ll be asked how many people you're serving, and how many meals you need a week: 

    You’ll be asked for your email and to create a password, before adding your delivery information. At this point, you'll be asked which day you'd like to receive your delivery. 

    Maybe it was just the area I was located in, but I was only offered three days for delivery: 

    EveryPlate delivery options
    EveryPlate’s meal delivery days were somewhat limited in my area

    This is a bit strange, as most other meal kit delivery services offer at least five or even six delivery days.

    Once you’ve filled in your payment information, you’ll see this exciting popup:

    If you then go back to the Select Your Plan screen, you’ll see the servings get cheaper:

    Once you’ve set up your payment information, it's time to choose your meals. You’ll find a selection of meals automatically added to your box, which you can edit if you don't like the look of something. 

    If you really want to avoid something, as I did, you might have an issue: there’s literally nowhere to edit or filter out any allergens or ingredients you might not like. Instead, you have to check through the menu manually and add appropriate recipes to your delivery box. 

    It's nowhere near as customizable as Home Chef or Sun Basket, but that’s what you get for the lower price tag, I guess. 

    Other than the restrictive “editing” of meal options, it was all pretty seamless. Everything else was easy to navigate, so I couldn't complain too much. 

    EveryPlate Prices

    EveryPlate is, by far, one of the cheapest meal kit delivery services I’ve seen on the market. And it gets even cheaper once you apply the first delivery discounts to your order. 

    The price difference from other services is so great, EveryPlate even has an FAQ explaining its prices

    EveryPlate’s FAQ section
    EveryPlate’s low prices are so striking, it even has an FAQ to explain them

    ...so there you have it. Ordering from EveryPlate means you'll enjoy some of the lowest prices across the meal kit delivery industry, but the payoff is more limited choices. 

    Each portion starts from $4.99 per serving and that doesn’t change whether you're ordering 2 meals a week, 4 meals a week, or if you're ordering for 2 or 4 people. I really liked this approach. Other meal kit services, like Blue Apron’s meal plans, offer cheaper prices for more people ordering, or for more meals ordered. Others like Home Chef’s meal plan offer per-meal pricing, meaning you can quickly go over budget. 

    So I really liked EveryPlate’s approach. As promised, it was cheap and simple

    EveryPlate Menu 

    As EveryPlate says itself, it offers a small selection of meal options a week, which allows it to keep its prices low

    This isn't necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes, with other meal kit delivery services (like Home Chef), there are too many choices, and I found myself becoming confused and even going back to change my order. Sometimes, a smaller amount to choose from is better: Blue Apron also has fewer menu options, and I really enjoyed my meal choices when I reviewed it

    EveryPlate’s meal selection was pretty standard, offering some chicken dishes, shrimp, pork, and one vegetarian dish:

    EveryPlate’s menu
    EveryPlate’s menu features premium dishes that cost a little extra, as well as small icons to tell you whether a dish is spicy, vegetarian, etc.

    I really liked that each recipe had an estimated cooking time, and there were clear indicators for spicy and vegetarian options.

    Again, one thing missing here were filters. Other meal kit delivery services make it much easier to find meals best suited to your needs by offering dedicated plans. Hello Fresh starts the sign-up process by asking if you're a meat eater, pescatarian, or vegetarian; Home Chef does the same. Blue Apron’s meal plan even allows you to exclude certain ingredients from your recipe selections – but there was nothing like that here. 

    In fact, I’d go as far to say EveryPlate is barely suitable for vegetarians, or anyone with dietary restrictions. The lack of any filtering or food exclusions, as well as the lack of distinct plans for vegetarians and otherwise, means there won’t be enough choice for anyone with specific food preferences. 

    You have to click through to each recipe card to see if something contains shellfish, gluten, or another allergen. And if there is? Well, you’ve just reduced your potential meal choices for the week. 

    For example, I’m not a huge fan of chicken. Yet, in my weekly menu, I was offered three chicken dishes. I also don't eat pork or bacon, but was given three pork and bacon options. That left me with just three dishes. Luckily, they looked great, but what if I’d wanted some more choice? 

    Had I been asked a few upfront questions about my food preferences, I wouldn't have been in this situation. 

    In the end I chose: 

    • Shrimp and Grits (I was charged an extra $2.99 per serving)

    • Sweet Potato and Pepper Quesadillas

    • Soy-Glazed Meatloaves

    ...among other things.

    Here’s a quick summary of EveryPlate’s pricing and the dietary needs it best accommodates:


    Pricing

    From $4.99 per portion 

    Meal options available 

    Vegetarian, carb-conscious 

    Shipping costs

    $8.99 a week


    EveryPlate Delivery

    EveryPlate offered me three delivery days: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – and kudos for the Saturday delivery. On the other hand, I was a little frustrated with only having three days to choose from, when most other meal kit delivery services offer at least five. 

    I checked the FAQs to find out why that was the case.

    EveryPlate’s delivery options
    Apparently, part of the secret to EveryPlate’s low prices is also in their limited delivery schedule

    That’s good to know. I guess I don’t mind having fewer days to choose from, if it means costs are lower. 

    I set my delivery for a Saturday and once the order was shipped, I received an email with a tracking link, which provided status updates on my box. 

    I get a weird thrill out of this, because not every meal kit delivery service offers tracking: Hello Fresh and Blue Apron do, but other big meal kit delivery services, like Sun Basket and Home Chef, don't. 

    It was all very easy and straightforward, but remember, you're paying $8.99 for shipping. Other companies, such as Blue Apron, offer a similar tracked service with free shipping. 

    EveryPlate Unboxing

    I received an update that my box arrived at 10 am. Because I was at work, I was banking on the package to be well insulated and kept chilled...it was. When I got home at around 6.30pm, the box’s contents were still nice and cool. 

    Favorite EveryPlate Meals

    Even though I was a little annoyed that I was forced to take the only three options fitting my dietary preferences, I ended up really enjoying my choices. 

    But it wasn’t without some trouble. I’m no novice in the kitchen, but EveryPlate could do more to coach you through some of the steps in case you’re new to cooking.

    While the recipe card was a little tricky to understand at first, I really liked how funny it was:

    EveryPlate’s recipe card
    EveryPlate’s recipe card was perhaps the funniest one that you’ll ever see

    ...and that it was downloadable, too (Sun Basket’s recipes weren’t).

    It also seemed like you have to be somewhat handy in the kitchen, considering the kind of techniques needed to prep the food. 

    EveryPlate recipe card
    You’ll get used to using some common cooking techniques the more you cook with EveryPlate

    EveryPlate gave useful time estimations for each step, and the pre-cook time only took around ten minutes. 

    I liked that the recipe cards had pictures alongside each step, which helped me understand how to cut or peel ingredients that were new to me. Once I'd worked out the basic techniques of slicing, chopping, and deseeding, the result was a perfectly cooked dinner.

    EveryPlate Customer Service

    EveryPlate has two customer support channels available: 24/7 live chat and a US landline, available Monday through Friday, 6 am to 11 pm EST. 

    I tried my luck with live chat first (I really love a live chat. I get annoyed when I have to speak to people on the phone for any reason, what is this – 1990?)...but I was kept waiting for 20 minutes

    Once I was finally connected to an agent, I had a short but really helpful conversation:

    EveryPlate chatbox
    It may take some time for an EveryPlate customer service agent to become available in live chat

    The agent sorted out my issue within seconds.  

    While I was waiting for a reply, I decided to browse the FAQs. They’re really detailed and divided into helpful sections. I searched for information about having food allergies:

    EveryPlate FAQ
    EveryPlate’s FAQ section actually clarifies where you can find allergen information for different recipes

    Good to know. I think if you have a serious allergy, these meal kit delivery services aren’t really for you (with the exception of Sun Basket’s allergy friendly meal plan).

     

    However if you have a mild allergy or a service with the ability to exclude certain ingredients then you could make it work. (You can’t do this at EveryPlate, but you could with Home Chef’s customizable meal plan options.) 

    Alternatives to EveryPlate

    If you’ve gotten this far down my review thinking, “EveryPlate seems easy and convenient to use, but maybe there are other meal delivery services that better suit my dietary needs.” I agree with you 100%. 

    EveryPlate sure is affordable and easy to work with, but if you’re ordering for fussy eaters, or have allergies, then Home Chef is a great alternative for you. You still get that at-home cooking experience, but with more customization options. 

    When it comes to specific diets, like keto, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc., then Sun Basket is worth looking into. This service provides entire meal plans tailored to dietary needs and restrictions. 

    Bottom Line 

    EveryPlate is a fantastic budget option for anyone looking to try out meal kit delivery services. You’ll find tasty recipes and actually quite a few available delivery days, considering. But – and it's a big but – if you’re a fussy eater or have any dietary preferences, EveryPlate isn't really for you

    For those of you just looking for a budget-friendly option, EveryPlate is a solid choice. Try it out and see what you think! 


    About The Author

    Felicity Kay

    Writer

    Felicity loves and lives for food, and new culinary experiences in general.
    When shes not out walking her dogs, shes trying out the coolest new restaurants and take out in the local area - one day she might even learn to cook!

    Felicity loves and lives for food, and new culinary experiences in general.
    When shes not out walking her dogs, shes trying out the coolest new restaurants and take out in the local area - one day she might even learn to cook!

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