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.
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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
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.
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:
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 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:
...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.
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:
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
...among other things.
Here’s a quick summary of EveryPlate’s pricing and the dietary needs it best accommodates:
From $4.99 per portion
Meal options available
$8.99 a week
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.
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.
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.
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:
...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 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 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:
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:
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.)
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.
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!