HelloFresh VS Home Chef

UPDATED Jul. 2018
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Both Home Chef and HelloFresh were developed with the goal of allowing you to enjoy cooking for your family. They offer gourmet, chef-created recipes that will actually have you feeling happy to spend some time in the kitchen. Choosing between the two services, on the other hand, is anything but easy and straightforward.

Our exhaustive Home Chef vs. HelloFresh comparison was created to help you define your own needs and expectations and then give you all the necessary info to choose between these two superb companies. Scroll down to discover which meal kit delivery service is just right for you.

HelloFresh
Fresh, tasty and healthy cooking
VS
Home Chef
Planet-friendly meal service

Highlights

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
Home Chef
Home Chef offers budget-friendly prices, great flexibility, a diverse menu, and time-saving recipes suitable for all cooking skill levels.
  • Average Price Per Meal: $9.95
  • Shipping Cost: $0 *
  • Delivery Area: 48 states
*free over $45. Shipping is $10 for orders less than $45.

Compare Features

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.
Home Chef
Best For
Best for home cooks with a busy schedule
Menu/Meal Plans
Home Chef does not separate its meals into distinct meal plans but instead offers one weekly menu to choose from.
Recipes/Meal Options
Home Chef offers 16 new recipes each week, including a smoothie and fruit basket.
Meal & Recipe Variety
Home Chef’s weekly selection always includes omnivore, vegetarian, carb-conscious, and calorie-conscious recipes. Depending on your needs and preferences, you can choose to receive recipes that do not contain pork, red meat, gluten, mushrooms, soy, nuts, dairy or shellfish. Lunches and smoothies take just 5 minutes to make and dinners are usually ready in around 30 minutes.
Food Quality
Home Chef sources its ingredients from trusted suppliers and farmers that employ the best sustainability practices. It sources locally whenever possible and makes sure that the food you receive is fresh, natural, and good for you.
Nutritional Value & Portion Size
The calorie count of Home Chef meals significantly varies, from under 200 calories to more than 750 calories. Calorie-conscious meals are clearly labeled. The meals are rich in all valuable nutrients and come in ample portions, keeping you full for hours.
Subscription Flexibility
With Home Chef, you can edit or customize your subscription anytime you want. You can also skip, pause or cancel your order whenever you wish. All changes to your order must be made by 12pm(CST) on the Friday prior to the scheduled delivery day.
Refunds
If you are not satisfied with your delivery from Home Chef, you may be eligible for a refund or credit.

Compare Plans & Pricing

HelloFresh
HelloFresh Plans & Pricing
Veggie Plan (2 servings)
Meals per weekMeal kit pricePrice per serving
3$59.94$9.99
Veggie Plan (4 servings)
Meals per weekMeal kit pricePrice per serving
3$119.98$9.99
Classic Plan (2 servings)
Meals per weekMeal kit pricePrice per serving
2$39.96$9.99
3$59.94$9.99
4$79.92$9.99
Classic Plan (4 servings)
Meals per weekMeal kit pricePrice per serving
3$119.88$9.99
Family Plan (4 servings)
Meals per weekMeal kit pricePrice per serving
2$69.92$8.74
3$104.88$8.74
Home Chef
Home Chef Plans & Pricing
2 Servings
Meals per weekMeal kit pricePrice per serving
2$39.80$9.95
3$59.70$9.95
4$79.60$9.95
5$99.50$9.95
6$119.40$9.95
4 Servings
Meals per weekMeal kit pricePrice per serving
2$79.60$9.95
3$119.40$9.95
4$159.20$9.95
5$199.00$9.95
6$238.80$9.95
6 Servings
Meals per weekMeal kit pricePrice per serving
2$119.40$9.95
3$179.10$9.95
4$238.80$9.95
5$298.50$9.95
6$358.20$9.95

Suitable For

HelloFresh
Meals For Families
Meals For Kids
Meals For Seniors
Meals For One
Home Chef
Meals For Families
Meals For Kids
Meals For Seniors
Meals For One

Compare Meal Options

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
Home Chef
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

HelloFresh
Home Chef

Compare Extras

HelloFresh
A La Carte Menu
Gift Cards
Marketplace
Home Chef
A La Carte Menu
Gift Cards
Marketplace

Compare Ratings

HelloFresh
FINAL RATING
9.5/10
Meal Options
Variety
Nutritional Value
Portion Size
Flexibility
Price
Home Chef
FINAL RATING
9.8/10
Meal Options
Variety
Nutritional Value
Portion Size
Flexibility
Price

Compare User Reviews

HelloFresh
  • Submitted By Lisa Knight on 06/27/2018
    Never cooked before I became a mom, I was never really good at it, HelloFresh really made it easier for me to get used to cooking every day. I haven’t tried any other services, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t get much better than this.
  • Submitted By Allison Hardin on 06/27/2018
    My first box is here and it’s more fun than I expected :D I like these little packages, how everything is nice and neat, and the recipe cards are lovely, I’m keeping them for sure It’s worth the cash and I think I’ll keep ordering
  • Submitted By Evelyn Kennett on 06/23/2018
    HF is probably the only meal kit service that I haven’t had any problems with. Kits arrive on time, the food is fresh, the cards are all there, so I don’t have to talk to the customer service every week, it’s as simple as it should be.
  • Submitted By Kaylyn Morgan on 06/21/2018
    I have had a HelloFresh subscription for a year or so... with that being said HelloFresh really does offer some awesome recipes and I always enjoy their glazed. The more I have gotten into using HelloFresh the more I have increasingly became frustrated by meats leaking out everywhere, soggy bags, and frankly your just paying to much money to have your meals potentially ruined. It really wasn’t wouldn’t have been such a problem had it not happened nearly on a weekly basis. I’m a little sad to leave HelloFresh as their meals are tasty but it’s not worth the money. I’m going to try some other meal kit delivery services and see how that goes. I’m starting out with every plate which is WAY CHEAPER.
Home Chef
  • Submitted By Daphne White on 07/07/2018
    Review: This company is very deceptive. I saw an ad on NextDoor and clicked on it. I answered a couple of questions, then they required an email -- before I could see sample menus to see if I was interested. But I figured OK, you can have my email. Then they REALLY hooked me: they gave me almost a dozen options of things I could opt out of, which is very important to me. So I checked off pork, red meat, high carb, wheat, shellfish, gluten. Sounds ideal for a couple with special needs, right? I was psyched! But before I could see the actual menus that would incorporate these choices (which Blue Apron could not to -- not as many things to opt out of there), I had to give them my credit card info. I figured well, if I can get menus with the criteria I just gave them, should be great! So I put in all the options, then I get my choices: some kind of macaroni dish (high carb, gluten) and some kind of hamburger thing. I was so livid I can't even remember what these choices were! I tried to cancel IMMEDIATELY, but their website said no, you can't cancel on-line! You have to send their friendly Customer Care team an email. OK, I did that. Nothing! I live in California, and their phone line stops at 4 pm PST. In short, I never heard back regarding my email ... never managed to call them before 5 pm PST, and my meal arrives anyway. Now I am REALLY mad!! I try to call customer care -- this time at 3:30 pm PST -- and am put on hold for 20 minutes with HORRIBLE music that repeats on an endless 10-second loop. After 20 minutes, I get a message saying that I need to leave a message and they will call me back. What are the chances of that? I will call my creditt card company now, and cancel through them. AVOID THIS COMPANY AT ALL COSTS!!!
  • Submitted By Adrian on 07/01/2018
    I'm going to do my best to give an unbiased review. I've been using HomeChef for 1.5 years. I've also tried other meal delivery services. So far, HomeChef is my favorite, but I haven't tried all of the services, so I can't compare it to every one out there. 1. Every time except once in the past 1.5 years of getting meals delivered weekly, I've received fresh, undamaged ingredients. I've never had anything arrive leaking or spoiled other than a bag of spinach in which the bottom of the bag contained some spinach that wasn't usable. I used the rest of the bag without incident. 2. There have been 2 occasions where a side item/recipe component was missing from the box. There was also one occasion where a recipe card was missing from the box. Recipes can easily be found on their website/app, so that wasn't a big deal. 3. There have been 2 occasions in 1.5 years where my boxes didn't arrive on time. One was a holiday delay due to snow. This is the fault of FedEx, the courier that delivers the boxes. I'm in Charlotte, NC, and FedEx is still our courier for HomeChef here, as far as I've seen. HomeChef isn't directly responsible for the delays; However, their customer service will not take any real responsibility for late arrivals-so, since neither will FedEx, if this happens to you, you may be slightly out of luck. Once it's handed over to FedEx, it's FedEx's responsibility, but they're not going to be easy to get any refund from, and neither will HomeChef, since they weren't really at fault. Your hands will most likely be tied. HomeChef may in good faith give you some sort of credit to your account, which they did for me on one of these occasions. On the other occasion, I was told it was my choice if I wanted to use the food when it arrived, and was asked by the customer service rep whom I spoke with, to let him know my decision. Even though that box arrived 2 days late, the contents were still in fine shape, so it was used without incident. 4. As far as packaging goes, the dinners arrive in one box, in prepared individual bags which are clearly labeled with the meal they contain. All ingredients are in each bag, so you don't have to root around and figure out what item goes with what meal. It's all right there. This is terrific! Some items, like plum tomatoes, limes, etc, I will remove and let sit out on the counter, as they don't need to be refrigerated. The proteins for all of the meals are individually packaged & put into a large ziplock container closest to the ice packs. This is a fairly recent packing protocol, so hopefully people will not have anymore issues with leakage. I've luckily never had any of my individual proteins or other items leak anyway. 5. There are about 13 main meals, 3 lunch meals, 1 smoothie, and 1 fresh fruit basket option per week. This is a decent amount to choose from. Personally, I think the fruit option is too expensive. I usually just get the dinners. I do personally hate certain vegetables like squash & eggplant, and I find that when they're in season, they'll have a few recipes in the same week with the same vegetables, which somewhat lowers the number of items I'm interested in getting. Some meals will have a protein & vegetables OR a starch but not all 3. Some will have all 3. Just depends. Some holidays they'll have special holiday dinners- I got the Thanksgiving meal last year & ordered several of the sides and everything was SO delicious. I find the majority of their meals to be easy to prepare, and the food to be super tasty. If you're into VERY intricate worldly options, they're occasionally there but still quite simple & easy to make. Generally they'll be French, Greek, Asian, Mexican, Italian, and occasionally Indian.. The majority will be American staples with a little twist, with Italian & Mexican coming in more often than other foreign cuisines. 6. I am a single person, so just cook for myself. I get the 2-person option about 3 nights/wk. I do NOT think that some of the meals provided could actually feed two hungry people. I'll have enough to eat for just myself & possibly a bit left over for lunch the next day sometimes, but at least once a week, I think to myself, how could this POSSIBLY feed two people for dinner, especially if one is a hungry grown man. The pasta dishes would generally not be a problem in this area, nor would any recipe containing green beans, because for some reason, they always send an exorbitant amount. But nearly anything with potatoes, I don't think it'd be quite enough unless you're not voracious eaters. I wish they'd add extra potatoes when they're in a recipe. Most side dishes are enough for two though. Some pasta recipes don't contain enough tomato sauce in my opinion. I always keep cans of crushed tomatoes around in case I need to add some. I've also added sour cream that I had on hand when it's been in a recipe because I needed/wanted more. Generally, I've loved the food and would recommend it. It's cost effective when preparing foreign meals, where you wouldn't want to go spend money on a regular sized bottle of this & that just to make one meal. 7. Canceling- I've skipped weeks and even canceled my subscription before to try other services- I've never had any problem doing either. Just make sure to remember to skip a week, or they WILL send you a box. It's your responsibility to remember, because it's a subscription & it's automatic. 8. Overall, I'd highly recommend HomeChef. I find it to be highly superior to Blue Apron, which is also an obnoxious one to try & cancel. Plated is much more expensive. I've been really happy with HomeChef overall. It's yummy & easy and saves so much time with meal planning.
  • Submitted By MW on 06/25/2018
    Not a review, but I've read horrible reviews for practically all of the food services and where people have called for refunds with no results, etc. Have you thought about putting your purchases on your credit card and going through them to dispute charges in bad situations like those I've read and/or submitting a complaint to the BBB? The rules there are that the company must respond within so much time with a resolution. People still do check the BBB and it can help others not use these companies. I thought about a food service for my parents who are living in a retirement home that has the worst food - until I read these reviews :(
  • Submitted By Mary Miller on 06/14/2018
    At first, my family loved Home Chef. The quality and special touches like the recipe notebook were great. Food good, recipes easy to follow and gluten free options. Then this week it all went south. First a message that the four meals for 4 would be a day late. Not happy, but it’s not the end of the works right? Inconvenient because no dinner planned and had to take an unplanned trip to the grocery store. Then day of supposed delivery - message in the afternoon. Sorry, nothing will be delivered this week? Once again, had no dinner for family and had just been to the store the day before because of an issue. Plus one of the meals was for Father’s Day. They says they reimbursed but they didn’t - it was a credit on the home chef account. My complaints were pretty much dismissed. Sorry, thought you know what. That is their whole business model - food delivery. Offered a $20 credit. Wow, really interested in keeping your customers. Here’s the kicker: today a heavy box arrived fro. FedEx marked damaged. Open this thing - there’s a box inside it wrapped in plastic bag marked Hazardous Materials. That box is wet on the bottom. So confused? Inside, all the unfrozen food (fish - EW) and their juices all over. Now I have two soggy, fishy boxes on my front porch with flies buzzing all over them. In my refrigerator, all the unfrozen nasty because garbage day isn’t until next Wednesday. Thank you Home Chef, you’ve outdone yourself.

Winner

Home Chef is a meal kit delivery service that supplies you with only the freshest, highest quality ingredients. What sets it apart is the amazing variety of recipes you can choose from. To discover how the service works, what kind of recipes it offers, how much it costs, and whether it is right for you, read our detailed Home Chef review.

Meal Options

Hello Fresh brings you three different meal plans to choose from: Classic, Vegetarian, and Family. The recipes in the Family plan are specially designed to suit the tastes and needs of both children and adults while the recipes in the Vegetarian plan are created in complete accordance with the rules of the vegetarian diet.

Unlike Hello Fresh, Home Chef does not offer specialized meal plans. However, it does allow you to state your preferences in order to avoid the ingredients you are allergic to or simply do not like.

Variety

If you like to pick your meals yourself instead of having them picked out for you, you may be happier with Home Chef. It allows you to choose from 12 different recipes every week. You can also purchase add-ons. These include breakfasts, smoothies, and fruit baskets.

Hello Fresh only allows you to choose your meals if you opt for the Classic plan. You can pick 3 out of 6 meals from the Classic menu. The Vegetarian and Family weekly menus feature 3 recipes each and you get all three in your weekly delivery.

Nutritional Value

Both Hello Fresh and Home Chef work hard on making their meals incredibly nutritious, with just the right amount and ratio of valuable nutrients. However, unlike Home Chef, Hello Fresh also takes special care of the nutritional needs of children.

Portion Size

The meals at Hello Fresh and Home Chef are perfectly portioned, keeping you full until your next meal. However, you shouldn’t count on any leftovers, as you get exactly as much food as your body needs.

Flexibility

Home Chef is incredibly flexible when it comes to ordering and allows you to order 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 meals for 2, 4 or 6 people. Hello Fresh does not offer this kind of flexibility, but you can skip whenever you wish. Both companies allow you to skip a delivery or cancel your subscription at any time, without any penalties, as long as you do it before they start preparing your next delivery.

Price

Hello Fresh charges $9.99 per serving with the Classic and Vegetarian plans and $8.74 per serving with the Family plan. Shipping is always free.

Home Chef charges $9.95 per serving and $4.95 per add-on. Shipping is free for orders that cost more than $45. For orders below that amount, you need to pay an additional $10 for shipping.

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