FreshDirect VS Hello Fresh

UPDATED May. 2018
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If your body is craving something healthy and tasty, but there is no room for cooking in your overcrowded schedule, it is time to give meal delivery services a shot. Check out our FreshDirect VS Hello Fresh comparison and find out which one to trust with taking care of your diet. Enjoy amazing meals, hassle-free!

FreshDirect
More Options Than You Ever Imagined
VS
HelloFresh
Fresh, tasty and healthy cooking

Highlights

FreshDirect
FreshDirect is a huge marketplace filled with fresh food items, ranging from meals and meal kits to groceries, baked goods, and treats of all sorts, all natural and reasonably priced.
  • Average Price Per Meal: $20.00
  • Shipping Cost: $6.99
  • Delivery Area: 6 states
HelloFresh
HelloFresh is an allergen-friendly, vegetarian-friendly, flexible, and quite affordable meal kit delivery, allowing you to cook meals that suit your taste in little time, hassle-free, while staying on budget.
  • Average Price Per Meal: $9.99
  • Shipping Cost: $0
  • Delivery Area: 48 states

Compare Features

FreshDirect
Best For
Best for individuals looking for a one-stop shop for all their dietary needs
Menu/Meal Plans
Fresh Direct provides its customers with several ordering options, including meal kits, ready-made meals, and various food items.
Recipes/Meal Options
With Fresh Direct, you have thousands of food items, hundreds of dishes, and around 40 meal kits at your disposal.
Meal & Recipe Variety
FreshDirect offers omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, organic, low-calorie low-carb, low-fat, and gluten-free meals and meal kits. Its ready-made dishes include breakfasts, entrées, sides, appetizers, and soups, as well as a variety of sauces, marinades, salsas, dips, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, wraps, marinated meats, kabobs, and even sushi. You can also purchase groceries, pastry, and beverages.
Food Quality
Although FreshDirect offers a vast variety of different products, what they all have in common is that they are fresh and generally made of high-quality, natural, and organic ingredients.
Nutritional Value & Portion Size
As FreshDirect offers over 3,000 food items and hundreds of meals, nutritional value and portion size vary significantly. However, since the company uses natural and organic ingredients, the products are generally healthy and rich in nutrients.
Subscription Flexibility
If you wish to modify or cancel your order with FreshDirect, you can do it at any time, but you must notify the company before the cutoff date, which depends on your location.
Refunds
If you are not happy with your order from FreshDirect, contact the company straight away and you will either get a replacement or refund.
HelloFresh
Best For
Best for busy home cooks seeking healthier versions of comforting classics
Menu/Meal Plans
With HelloFresh, you can opt for the Veggie Plan, Classic Plan or Family Plan.
Recipes/Meal Options
HelloFresh offers 8 new recipes on the Classic Menu, 3 new recipes on the Veggie Menu, and 5 new recipes on the Family Menu each week.
Meal & Recipe Variety
HelloFresh converts all-time favorites into more colorful, quick-to-make meals that can be ready to eat in as little as 20 minutes. Its selection includes omnivore, vegetarian, kid-friendly, egg-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free recipes. Most meals are designed for everyday home dining, with occasional premium dishes for special occasions.
Food Quality
HelloFresh provides locally sourced ingredients of the highest quality. Its seafood is ocean-friendly, wild-caught, and recommended by the Seafood Watch. Its meat originates from local farms that meet the highest standards of quality. Its produce is natural, freshly picked, and comes from family-owned farms.
Nutritional Value & Portion Size
The meals you cook with HelloFresh are made of nutrient-packed ingredients and have optimal nutritional value. Portions are ample enough to keep you full but do not count on leftovers.
Subscription Flexibility
With HelloFresh, you can modify your subscription or switch between plans anytime. You can also pause, skip or cancel your order whenever you wish. All changes to your subscription must be made by 11:59 pm PST 5 days prior to your next scheduled delivery
Refunds
HelloFresh offers refunds if you are not satisfied with your delivery. Refunds can take 3-5 days to process.

Suitable For

FreshDirect
Meals For Families
Meals For Kids
Meals For Seniors
Meals For One
HelloFresh
Meals For Families
Meals For Kids
Meals For Seniors
Meals For One

Compare Meal Options

FreshDirect
Vegetarian Meals
Vegan Meals
Paleo Meals
Keto Meals
Low-Carb Meals
Low-Fat Meals
Meals For Diabetics
Gluten-Free Meals
Organic Meals
Weight Loss Meals
HelloFresh
Vegetarian Meals
Vegan Meals
Paleo Meals
Keto Meals
Low-Carb Meals
Low-Fat Meals
Meals For Diabetics
Gluten-Free Meals
Organic Meals
Weight Loss Meals

Compare Sample Meals

FreshDirect
HelloFresh

Compare Extras

FreshDirect
A La Carte Menu
Gift Cards
Marketplace
HelloFresh
A La Carte Menu
Gift Cards
Marketplace

Compare Ratings

FreshDirect
FINAL RATING
8.0/10
Meal Options
Variety
Nutritional Value
Portion Size
Flexibility
Price
HelloFresh
FINAL RATING
9.5/10
Meal Options
Variety
Nutritional Value
Portion Size
Flexibility
Price

Compare User Reviews

FreshDirect
  • Submitted By Henry Giles on 07/22/2017
    I’m a lazy guy, so this kind of store is exactly what I need. Groceries – they’ve got ‘em, meals – so many options, beer – hell yeah.
  • Submitted By Laura Forbes on 05/05/2017
    Sure, it’s convenient, but it’s not as good as it’s hyped up to be.
  • Submitted By Hannah Rogers 3.5 on 03/14/2017
    The food’s awesome, but it’s too pricy if you ask me.
HelloFresh
  • Submitted By Teresa of Groton NY on 05/13/2018
    My family simple adores HelloFresh meals and I honestly can't believe how much time it saves me throughout the week. From meal planning all the way to grocery shopping. The service provides us with ease and convenience we never thought possible, and the meals are always delicious with plenty of variety every week.
  • Submitted By Bonnie on 05/11/2018
    I am recently retired and I finally have more than enough time to learn more about cooking and fine dining. Hello fresh really allowed me to focus on the fun parts without having to go to the store and experiment with dishes I know nothing about. It's like having your own cooking coach 24/7 that inspires you to use food combinations you never thought will work together. I mean vinegar and fresh ginger, I would never mix them on my own, not in a million years.
  • Submitted By Jenny on 04/05/2018
    I had a terrible experience with this. We received our box, and cooked it the same day. A couple hours later, our stomach was killing us, ended up throwing up all night. We got food poisoning. I would not recommend getting your chicken delivered by mail, as you don't know the conditions of how the food is processed or how long it went without refrigeration. Those ice packets are not enough. When we reached out to them, customer service was not helpful at all. I really question how fresh they are. I do not recommend.
  • Submitted By Sam on 03/20/2018
    Hello Fresh should rethink their name. Hello indicates a welcome greeting, yet their customer service is abysmal, rigid and not interested in retaining customers. The Fresh part is also misleading as produce often spoils quickly or comes damaged already. They also have poor food safety as they sent me spoiled meat as the vacuum had been released before or during shipping. They offered to credit the meal but would do nothing more. Crediting a meal when you can’t provide an edible meal is the minimum expectation but that was all they would do and did not care that I was going to cancel my service. They also have rapid repetition and only two months in we have repeats or very slight variations. There are much better options. Try Home Chef instead.

Winner

If you're busy but want fresh, delicious, healthy food, HelloFresh just might be the meal delivery service for you. They are a community of people that love to cook from scratch and will deliver incredibly fresh ingredients and easy recipes to your door, helping you create tasty, home-cooked dishes without all the hassle of having to shop and plan.

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