Home Chef VS Takeout Kit

UPDATED Jul. 2018
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When choosing between two such amazing services like Takeout Kit and Home Chef, you need to take a good look at all the little details that may make one superior to the other. The goal of this Takeout Kit VS Home Chef comparison is to provide an objective assessment of the quality of both services based on the degree to which they satisfy all the major criteria for meal delivery comparison. View the scores they received on every criterion, take a look at their most prominent features side by side, and discover which one of them has done more to ensure your complete satisfaction.

Takeout Kit
As Easy As Takeout & Twice As Tasty
VS
Home Chef
Planet-friendly meal service

Highlights

Takeout Kit
Takeout Kit is a budget-friendly, family-friendly meal kit service that provides authentic imported ingredients and quick, easy-to-follow recipes for the most popular meals and drinks from around the world.
  • Average Price Per Meal: $8.25
  • Shipping Cost: $0
  • Delivery Area: 50 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

Takeout Kit
Best For
Best for fans of international cuisine
Menu/Meal Plans
With Takeout Kit, you can choose between individual kits, samplers, and subscriptions.
Recipes/Meal Options
If you opt for Takeout Kit's individual kits, you have 13 options at your diposal. There are 9 samplers and 3 drink kits on the menu as well. The company also offers 4 subscription plans, which differ only in the subscription length.
Meal & Recipe Variety
With Takeout Kit, you can cook hallmarks of various African, Asian, European, and South American cuisines. You can opt for omnivore, carnivore, vegan, and vegetarian delights and choose from a nice selection of meals, coffee, teas, and iced tea kits. The meals are usually ready in 30 to 45 minutes.
Food Quality
Takeout Kit mainly uses USDA-certified organic and preservative-free ingredients of the finest quality. However, since many of its ingredients are imported to ensure authentic flavor, it is not always possible to obtain preservative-free products.
Nutritional Value & Portion Size
Takeout Kit offers meal kits designed to feed 4 adults with a hearty appetite. Individuals who do not have a big appetite may find the portions to be too large. The calorie count ranges from 200 to around 500 calories. The meals are generally well-balanced but can be rather high in carbs.
Subscription Flexibility
With Takeout Kit, if you would like to modify or cancel your subscription, you must do it before the 15th of the month. Keep in mind, however, that you can only cancel your monthly subscription.
Refunds
If you are not satisfied with your delivery from Takeout Kit, that is, if you are missing an item in your order or get a damaged or incorrect meal kit, you can contact the company within 7 days of the delivery day and either receive a replacement, credit or refund.
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

Takeout Kit
Takeout Kit Plans & Pricing
Month-to-Month Subscription
Meal kits per monthMeal kit pricePrice per serving
1$32.99$8.25
2$65.99$8.25
3$92.99$7.75
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

Takeout Kit
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

Takeout Kit
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

Takeout Kit
Home Chef

Compare Extras

Takeout Kit
A La Carte Menu
Gift Cards
Marketplace
Home Chef
A La Carte Menu
Gift Cards
Marketplace

Compare Ratings

Takeout Kit
FINAL RATING
8.7/10
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

Takeout Kit
  • Submitted By Scott Fisher on 11/29/2017
    Easier than other meal kits, real good food, I usually cook twice with 1 kit. The only problem is that some ingredients are hard to divide in two, I have to repack them, it's a bit of a hassle. It's not exactly single-friendly.
  • Submitted By Linda Hernandez on 10/21/2017
    Quick, tasty and really fun, I love reading about the dishes and they are really different from anything else I've tried. The prices are good too, I googled some of the products in the kit, they can get real expensive.
  • Submitted By Jane Patton on 10/02/2017
    Perfect for families, get ready for a lot of leftovers if you are cooking for 1-2.
  • Submitted By Liz Robinson on 08/19/2017
    I am hooked! Everything is delicious and smells divine, easy to cook, and for me, the best part is learning about new ingredients and dishes, educational and tasty at the same time :D
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.

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