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 any allergies or special dietary needs!
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
Shipping costs $8.99
No specialized diet plans
Every Plate offered me three delivery days: Thursday, Friday and Saturday - and kudos for the Saturday delivery. Blue Apron also offers Saturday delivery to my area, but I was a little confused as to why I was only offered three days for delivery when most other meal kit delivery services offer me at least four or five.
I checked the FAQs, and while other meal kit services say they deliver 7 days a week to most areas (just not mine), Every Plate say:
That’s good to know. I guess it doesn’t really bother me much, if I have a few 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 me status updates on my box.
Either way, I received an update that the box arrived at 10am, and once I reached home at around 6.30pm, the box’s contents were still nice and chilled. It was all very easy and straightforward...but remember, you're paying $8.99 for shipping. Other companies offer a similar service - with a tracking link - with free shipping (such as Blue Apron).
Every Plate is - by far - one of the cheapest meal kit delivery services that I’ve seen on the market. And it gets even cheaper once you apply the first delivery discounts to your order.
The price difference is so great, that Every Plate even has an FAQ about its prices:
...so there you have it. Know that ordering from Every Plate means you'll be enjoying some of the lowest prices across the meal kit delivery services industry...but you’ll have some 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, offer cheaper prices for the more people ordering, or for more meals ordered. Others like Home Chef, offer per-meal pricing, meaning you can quickly go over budget.
So I really liked Every Plate’s approach - it was cheap and simple - just like it promised.
Meat, vegetarian, fish
$8.99 a week
As Every Plate says itself, it offers around 8-9 meal options a week, which allows it to keep its prices low. This isn't a bad thing - sometimes, with other meal kit delivery services (like Home Chef, especially), there are just too many choices, and I found myself becoming confused by what to eat, 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.
Every Plate’s meal selection looks pretty standard: I was offered some chicken dishes, shrimp, pork and one vegetarian dish:
I really liked that each recipe had an estimated cooking time on it, and there were clear indicators as to which dish was spicy, and which were vegetarian.
I really would have liked to have seen some filters here, or, as with other meal kit delivery services, some dedicated plans: Hello Fresh starts the sign up process by asking if you're a meat eater, pescatarian or vegetarian; Home Chef do the same. Blue Apron and Sun Basket both allow you to exclude certain ingredients from your recipe selection...but there was nothing like that here.
In fact, I’m going to go as far to say that Every Plate isn't really suitable for vegetarians, or anyone with a dietary restriction. The lack of any filtering, or food exclusions, as well as the lack of distinct plans for vegetarians and otherwise, means there just won’t be enough choice here for anyone who has any food preferences whatsoever. You’ll have literally no idea if something contains shellfish, gluten or otherwise unless you click through to the recipe card. And if there is, then you’ve just reduced your potential meal choices for the week.
For me, for example, I’m not a huge fan of chicken. Yet, in my weekly menu plan, I was offered 3 chicken dishes. I also don't eat pork or bacon, but was also given three pork and bacon options. That left me with just three dishes to choose from...which sounds fine, and they looked great, but what if I had wanted some more choice? Had I been asked a few more 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
Even though I was a little annoyed that I was forced to take the only three non-chicken and non-bacon/pork options, I ended up really enjoying my choices.
But, it wasn’t without some trouble. I’ll start off by saying that I am a complete novice in the kitchen. I don't know any techniques, and even cutting vegetables is sometimes too difficult for me. With other meal kit delivery services I’ve reviewed, some (Home Chef) have been better than others (Sun Basket) when it comes to describing how to do things in the kitchen.
Every Plate was a little tricky to understand at first. What I really liked was how informative and funny the recipe card was -
...and that it was downloadable (Sun Basket’s recipe wasn’t). So far so good.
But - actually cooking the recipe made me slightly confused:
Each of these 6 “simple” steps turned out to be a little confusing for me. I’ve highlighted in the screenshot above the parts I just had no idea about how to actually do.
But, in comparison to other slightly confusing meal kit delivery services’ recipe instructions (Blue Apron and Sun Basket), Every Plate actually gave me time estimations for each step, which I massively appreciated. The result...a perfectly cooked dinner, once I'd worked out the basic techniques of slicing, chopping and deseeding!
I liked that the recipe cards each had a colored picture alongside each step, which helped me understand how to slice, cut or peel certain ingredients, and that the pre-cook time took only around ten minutes.
Every Plate is really simple to sign up to: you’ll first be asked how many people you're serving, and how many meals a week:
You’ll be asked for your email and to select a password, and then you’ll add in 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 offered only three days for delivery:
This is a bit strange, as most other meal kit delivery services offer at least 5 or even 6 delivery days - Blue Apron even offers Saturday deliveries to my area!
Put in your payment information...and you should 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 see a range of meal options on offer and you can edit these if you don't like the look of something!
If you really want to avoid something, as I did, you might have issue: there is literally nowhere to edit or filter out any allergens of ingredients you might not like. Instead, you have to go manually through the menu on offer and add recipes to your delivery box:
Once you've finished choosing your meals and selected a delivery date, all there is to do is to wait for your delivery to arrive.
It was pretty seamless, other than the “editing” meal options, which I had come to expect more of. But nevermind - everything else was easy to navigate, so I couldn't complain too much.
Every Plate has two customer support channels available: 24/7 Live Chat, and US landline, available Monday through Friday, 9.00am to 6.30pm EST.
I tried my luck with Live Chat (as I really love Live Chat - I get annoyed when I have to speak to people on the phone for any reason, what is this - 1990?)...and I was kept waiting for a very long time: 20 minutes.
But, once I did get connected to an agent. I had a really helpful and short conversation:
The agent sorted out my issue within seconds.
While I was waiting, I decided to browse the FAQs. They’re really detailed and are nicely divided into helpful sections. I searched for an answer about having food allergies:
Good to know. And actually, that’s pretty much what each of the other meal kit delivery services say too. I think if you really have a serious allergy, these meal kit delivery services aren’t really for you(unless you look at someone like Sun Basket), unless you have a mild allergy (like my one to eggplant), or you can exclude certain ingredients (which I couldn't do at Every Plate, but I could do at the other meal kit delivery services, like Home Chef.)
Every Plate probably has one of the quickest, easiest ways to cancel your plan of any of the meal kit delivery services I’ve reviewed. Just go to your account, click “Plan settings” and scroll to “Deactivate Account”. You’ll see this warning pop up -
Choose a reason that you're canceling, and click “Deactivate plan”.
And that’s it.
This is by far the most hassle-free canceled plan experience. To cancel my plan with Hello Fresh, for example, I had to call the company and justify why I was canceling - a move I wasn't really a fan of.
Just be warned that you have until 5 days before your order’s delivered (by 11.59PM PST) to cancel your order and receive your money back, otherwise you will be charged.
Every Plate is a fantastic, budget option for anyone looking for a way to test out meal kit delivery services. But - and it's a big but - if you are a fussy eater or have any dietary preferences, then Every Plate isn't really for you. I don’t count myself as a fussy eater at all, and I still found the options here a little limiting. If you’re looking for a lot of choice where you can also filter out some ingredients, I'd recommend trying out Home Chef; if you have specific dietary needs, I’d recommend you take a look at Sun Basket.
For those of you just looking for a nice budget option, Every Plate is your best bet. Try it out and see how you feel!