Home Chef Reviews 2019

Home Chef Reviews 2019
8.8 Total Score

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Our following Home Chef reviews include the unboxing and cooking process of each meal, plan options and prices, similar meal delivery services, and our opinions on the service.

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Cooking Made Simple

As delicious as they are, homemade meals are one of the most time consuming tasks. I’ve recently discovered meal delivery kits that help save a little bit of time! Home Chef is a food delivery service that brings you the ingredients you need to create up to three delicious meals each week, right to your doorstep! They provide fresh, pre-measured ingredients and easy to follow recipe cards in their weekly boxes. In my Home Chef reviews, I will share photos and descriptions of the meals I received, and I will also let you know if they were easy to prepare. I will tell you all about the food quality, if it was worth the price, and more. This article will introduce you to what Home Chef has to offer and how it works. I’ll also guide you through the order process, pricing, coupons, and similar subscriptions.

First Impressions

Home Chef Reviews - First Impressions

The Home Chef website is pretty informal and very similar to the sites of other meal delivery kit companies. Their homepage outlines how the service works, and provides snippets from their social media. If you need to reach out to the customer service team, their phone number and hours are laid out in the bottom right-hand corner of the website. You can also find their email in the FAQ.

Home Chef reviews will emphasize one thing – signing up for their services is as straightforward as it gets. All you have to do is choose the plan you wish to receive and proceed to checkout. Here, you can choose from a few dietary preferences, such as the option to exclude certain meats, wheat, milk, soy, nuts, mushrooms, etc., as well as choose low-carb or low-calorie meals.

Although the Home Chef menus provide a lot of options, if you try to select too many preferences, there won’t be any recipes to fit them. So, you should only select one or two of them to get the best results.

As soon as you’re done with that, you need to provide your information and select the number of meals you want to receive. You can choose to receive weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly deliveries. Another great option they have is the ability to skip a week or cancel anytime, so you’re not committed to this subscription once you sign up.

Who Delivers Home Chef?

Home Chef is pretty different compared to many of the subscription boxes I had been subscribing to when I discovered it. Since I had never heard of a meal kit before, I was confused as to how they can ship perishable ingredients through the mail while still keeping them fresh. It didn’t seem very safe to me, which is why I was hesitant to try them out.

However, while compiling this Home Chef review, I found that they use specially-designed refrigerated boxes to ship their ingredients. They’re aligned with water-soluble, cool gel packs to keep your food refrigerated. Plus, the boxes are fully recyclable!

Finally, they ship their boxes through FedEx. Boxes can be delivered between Tuesdays and Friday, and you can pick which day is most convenient for you. What’s more, you don’t even need to be home to sign for a delivery! They’ll leave it right at your doorstep, which is especially convenient for people like me with busy lives.

Home Chef Menus

Home Chef Reviews - Offer

The menus at Home Chef rotate each week, and there is a total of fifteen different recipes to choose from. Three of these meals are always vegetarian, while the rest feature different types of meat or fish. Their meals are a lot healthier than eating out since they’re made of fresh ingredients. They even provide all nutritional information in their recipe cards!

If you’re following a dairy-free or vegan diet, this probably isn’t the best subscription for you. You could substitute ingredients, but it seems silly to pay the premium for this service and then still have to buy more groceries. There are a few vegan meal delivery kits you should look into if you’re interested.

The two I know of are Purple Carrot and Sun Basket. I’ve tried the latter and it was delicious! If you want to find out more about the offer of this subscription service, I encourage you to check out my Sun Basket reviews. Not only you will see if this box is a good fit for you, but you might also come across some coupons and deals to help you save.

Home Chef Review – 2018 Pricing & Coupons

The pricing for Home Chef depends on how many meals you choose to receive and how many people you’re cooking for. Most of the meals cost $9.95 per serving and delivery is free for orders over $45. Otherwise, if your order costs less than $45, you will be billed $10 for delivery. There are also some featured meals that will cost a little less if you choose them.  

Home Chef Reviews - Pricing

As for coupons, there’s an advertised Home Chef coupon for $30 off your first order and $10 off the second. They make this deal well-known for new members right on their website. It literally popped up when I opened their site. If you know somebody who’s already a subscriber, you can use their invite code to get the same $30 discount while giving them one as well.

Home Chef Review - $30 Off

I’m not sure how long these coupons and deals will last, so be sure to use them right away! Otherwise, in case you miss them, my next review will also feature any coupons I receive in my box, email, etc.

Home Chef Complaints

Although everything seems fine for me so far, I should also mention that there’s a number of various negative reviews and complaints. I don’t think it’s particularly the company’s fault though, I’ve noticed this to be a common thing with meal delivery kits. These companies should definitely be targeting ways to avoid the common problems that people have with their subscriptions.

For example, when browsing Home Chef reviews, Yelp ones stated that customers received their boxes later than promised which caused some (or all) of their ingredients to spoil. This is hard to avoid because they ship through FedEx and there’s always the possibility of delays or delivery problems. When I subscribed to Sun Basket, my first shipment was late by a day.

Another common qualm people mentioned in Home Chef reviews relates to the high prices of subscriptions like this. Many realize that it’s cheaper to just go out and buy the ingredients themselves or use a grocery delivery service. However, if you have the money to spend, food subscription services are exceptionally convenient.

Similar Subscription Services

Home Chef is just one of the many meal kit services out there. A handful of other popular companies that provide similar services are Blue Apron, Sun Basket, Hello Fresh, Plated, and much more! As mentioned earlier, I’ve tried out Sun Basket already and enjoyed it. I’ll also be trying out Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, and Plated!

Home Chef Reviews - Blue Apron vs. Home Chef

However, I’ll be comparing Home Chef vs. Blue Apron in more detail since these services are very similar. That said, make sure to check out my Blue Apron reviews as well, which I’ll update once I receive both of the boxes and cook each meal. I’ll be doing this with Hello Fresh and Plated as well.

First Home Chef Delivery

Home Chef Reviews - Unboxing

I wanted to play it safe when I tried out this subscription, so I chose one meal, a fruit basket, and a smoothie. I don’t eat dairy or meat, and it’s pretty challenging to find recipes on the Home Chef menus that don’t include one of the two. There were no options that completely excluded milk when I signed up (other than the fruit). Although these recipes typically have dairy, it’s usually not much, so it’s easy to exclude ingredients since they aren’t prepared yet. 

My box arrived on the day they said it would, which is great because I’ve had some shipping delays with other meal delivery services in the past that made the ingredients go bad. The box was somewhat bulky because of the insulation and lining. My items were packed underneath some thick, gel liners. There were also a couple of ice packs at the bottom to keep the ingredients fresh!

Home Chef Reviews - 2018 Unboxing

The meal and smoothie ingredients were packed in separate bags.

Home Chef Reviews - Meals

As for the fruits, they were stored in a protective box, so they weren’t able to bang around.

Home Chef Reviews - Seasonal Fruit Basket

My Home Chef delivery also came with a small plastic binder to keep the recipes in! Each recipe had punched holes on the side so I could easily store them inside. This is convenient in case I want to make it again in the future. Otherwise, I’m sure I would’ve just thrown the recipes away when I was done.

Bang Bang Tofu with Rice and Snap Peas

Here’s another plus for this Home Chef review! I was glad to see a meal with tofu as the source of protein rather than meat. Although the recipe still had milk in the sauce, I figured it’d be simple to make a replica. There are a ton of vegan boom boom sauce recipes on Pinterest that only require a couple of easy ingredients. The one I chose just used vegan mayonnaise, chili paste, and agave (all of which I already had). I made a little more than it originally came with to be safe.

Home Chef Reviews - Bang Bang Tofu Ingredients

It came with a block of tofu, snap peas, green onions, cornstarch, sesame seeds, jasmine rice, toasted sesame oil, a chile and cumin rub, boom boom sauce, and a veggie mixture.

Home Chef Reviews - Bang Bang Tofu Recipe

Home Chef Reviews - Cooking Tofu and Rice

The steps on the recipe card were very easy to follow. The first step was to cook the rice, then prepare and fry the tofu, then cook the vegetables. I make all of these regularly, so none of this was difficult for me.

In total, the meal took me about 30 minutes to cook. This isn’t too long and it’s pretty much the highest length of time their recipes take – meal preparation time was never one of Home Chef complaints. The rice is the main part that takes a while.

After everything was cooked, I threw the vegetables and tofu on top of the rice and added the sauce. As it turns out, a little extra sauce was a perfect amount.

Home Chef Reviews - Bang Bang Tofu

Overall, this meal turned out delicious. I’d definitely make it again! Although it took a bit of time, it was straightforward and simple to make. The portions were just the right amount for two servings. It filled me up and didn’t make me feel bloated or too full. I’m now aware why is this meal marked as a favorite in many Home Chef reviews.

Cranberry-Pineapple Smoothie

There were five ingredients included to create this smoothie. These were pineapples, cranberry sauce, pineapple juice, a greek yogurt cup, and a couple of packets of honey.

Home Chef Reviews - Pineapple Cranberry Smoothie

I excluded the greek yogurt cup and used a bit of coconut milk instead. It ended up tasting wonderful! The smoothie had a very creamy texture because of the frozen pineapple and was deliciously sweet from the honey.

Seasonal Fruit Basket

Many Home Chef reviews contain this item, but I was a bit hesitant to choose the fruit basket because of the possibility that they might not arrive fresh, might be damaged during shipping, or might be too ripe. However, I took the risk, and they were just right!

Home Chef Reviews - Fruit Basket

They arrived firm and became as ripe as I prefer within a couple of days, which timed out perfectly with the day I chose to make my meal and smoothie. I received two apples, two kiwis, and two pears. The only complaint I had is that they weren’t organic.

Home Chef Review Summary
All in all, I think meal delivery kits like Home Chef are a great time-saver if you have the money to spend on them. I’d subscribe to a bunch of these if I could so I would have every meal ready to cook! Most similar meal delivery subscriptions offer first-order deals as well, so you could even try a few different ones out with the coupons if you don’t want to subscribe at full price. Home Chef has a great welcome deal and, although they don’t have multiple dietary preferences, still have a wide variety of meal options! If you want to see more of what I received and have a thorough look into their offer, make sure to check out my upcoming Home Chef reviews!
Pros
  • Fifteen different recipes each week
  • Choose weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly delivery
  • 100% recyclable boxes
  • Healthier than eating out
  • Shipping is free on orders over $45
  • Saves time that would’ve been spent meal planning and grocery shopping

Cons
  • Not enough dietary preferences
  • A bit pricey compared to the cost of ingredients themselves

8.8 Total Score

Shipping
9.5
Customer Service
9
Retail Value
9
Quality of Products
10
User Rating: 5 (1 votes)
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