Plated Vs. Chef’d

UPDATED Jun. 2018
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Wish you could eat great, healthy food every day without all the cooking, cleaning, and grocery shopping? That is exactly what Plated and Chef'd offer! If you are not sure whether to pick Plated or Chef'd, check out this comparison and find out which one can better meet your needs.

Plated
Cooking with superior ingredients
VS
Chef'd
Meal Kits For Nearly Every Taste

Highlights

Plated
Plated offers incredible ordering flexibility, competitive pricing, and one of the richest menus in the meal kit market, with recipes for a vast range of tastes, diets, and cooking skill levels.
  • Average Price Per Meal: $9.95
  • Shipping Cost: $0 *
  • Delivery Area: 48 states
*except on weekly plans under $60
Chef'd
Chef’d partners with the biggest names in the food and drink industry in order to provide an unparalleled variety of meal kits and the ultimate culinary experience for foodies of all tastes.
  • Average Price Per Meal: $10.00
  • Shipping Cost: $ *
  • Delivery Area: 48 states
*for orders over $40. Any order less than $40 will have a shipping cost of $10.

Compare Features

Plated
Best For
Best for semi-experienced home cooks who value variety and want to eat healthily
Menu/Meal Plans
Plated features one menu that changes on a weekly basis.
Recipes/Meal Options
Plated offers 20 new recipes each week, plus 2 desserts.
Meal & Recipe Variety
Every week, the Plated menu features fresh meal ideas suitable for omnivore, vegetarian, gluten-free, low-calorie, and low-carb diets. The recipes are inspired by popular world cuisines, such as French, Italian, Indian, Mexican, Chinese, and traditional American cuisine. Most items are quick-prep recipes with hands-on time ranging from 10 to 30 minutes.
Food Quality
Plated does not only offer sustainably sourced meat & seafood and the freshest seasonal produce from the best local farms but also supplies home cooks with rare artisanal spices that give rich flavor and tantalizing aroma to every dish.
Nutritional Value & Portion Size
Plated carefully calculates its portion sizes to satisfy the needs of an average adult, with no leftovers. By thoughtfully combining high-quality ingredients into satisfying meals, the Plated culinary team ensures all meals are rich in nutrients and well-balanced, with plenty of items under 600 calories.
Subscription Flexibility
With Plated, you can change your box's recipes or servings at any time. You can also skip, pause or cancel your order whenever you want. Keep in mind that all changes to your subscription must be made by noon six days before your delivery is due.
Refunds
If you are not satisfied with your delivery or something is missing from your box, you can contact Plated and they may issue a credit to your account.
Chef'd
Best For
Best for home cooks who want more options than they can try out in a year
Menu/Meal Plans
Chef'd offers several meal plans, including American Diabetes Association Meal Plan, Atkins Meal Plan, New York Times Cooking Meal Plan, Spoon University, and Weight Watchers Meal Plan.
Recipes/Meal Options
Chef'd boasts more than 650 meal kits in its offer.
Meal & Recipe Variety
Chef’d offers diabetes-friendly, gluten-free, low-carb, low-fat, omnivore, carnivore, vegan, vegetarian, and weight-loss recipes. It offers an incredible range of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert ideas, inspired by all cuisines under the sun and crafted in cooperation with celebrity chefs and culinary giants.
Food Quality
Chef’d buys produce from organic farmers whenever possible. All the herbs it provides are organic. Its fish is sustainably sourced and comes from fisheries with the MSC certification. Its poultry is natural, humanely raised, cage-free, and free from antibiotics and hormones. All meat is USDA choice of natural and free from antibiotics and hormones.
Nutritional Value & Portion Size
The meals you make with Chef’d are generally well-balanced and come in ample portions,. The calorie count varies from item to item and there are kits suitable for both individuals who count calories and those on high-calorie diets.
Subscription Flexibility
If you would like to make changes to your Chef'd order, you must do it before 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on the Wednesday of the week before your next delivery is due. If you would like to cancel your order, you must contact the company's support team or send an email.
Refunds
Chef’d has a good freshness and quality guarantee. If you are not happy with the meals you receive from the company, contact the service within 6 days and you will either receive a replacement or credit for your next purchase.

Compare Plans & Pricing

Plated
Plated Plans & Pricing
2 Servings
Meals per weekMeal kit pricePrice per serving
2$47.80 (first week: $35.85)$11.95
3$71.70 (first week: $53.77)$11.95
4$95.60 (first week: $71.70)$11.95
3 servings
Meals per weekMeal kit pricePrice per serving
2$59.70 (first week: $44.77)$9.95
3$89.55 (first week: $67.16)$9.95
4$119.40 (first week: $89.55)$9.95
4 servings
Meals per weekMeal kit pricePrice per serving
2$79.60 (first week: $59.70)$9.95
3$119.40 (first week: $89.55)$9.95
4$159.20 (first week: $119.40)$9.95
Chef'd
Chef'd Plans & Pricing
For Two People (2 servings)
Meal typeMeal kit pricePrice per serving
Breakfast$10.00 - $36.00$5.00 - $18.00
Lunch$9.00 - $48.00$4.50 - $24.00
Dinner$9.00 - $80.00$4.50 - $40.00
For Four People (4 servings)
Meal typeMeal kit pricePrice per serving
Breakfast$23.00 - $63.00$5.75 - $15.75
Lunch$11.00 - $86.00$2.75 - $21.50
Dinner$11.00 - $149.00$2.75 - $37.25

Suitable For

Plated
Meals For Families
Meals For Kids
Meals For Seniors
Meals For One
Chef'd
Meals For Families
Meals For Kids
Meals For Seniors
Meals For One

Compare Meal Options

Plated
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
Chef'd
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

Plated
Chef'd

Compare Extras

Plated
A La Carte Menu
Gift Cards
Marketplace
Chef'd
A La Carte Menu
Gift Cards
Marketplace

Compare Ratings

Plated
FINAL RATING
9.6/10
Meal Options
Variety
Nutritional Value
Portion Size
Flexibility
Price
Chef'd
FINAL RATING
8.2/10
Meal Options
Variety
Nutritional Value
Portion Size
Flexibility
Price

Compare User Reviews

Plated
  • Submitted By Laura on 06/16/2018
    The convenience of this service is a 4*, but, we received meal kits with spoiled ingredients on our first delivery in 2/3 recipes. There were missing ingredients, too. It's hard to make za'atar French fries without the spice--it's not something in my spice collection.The second week, we were promised delivery on Friday. The food was shipped on Wednesday, and wasn't delivered until Saturday afternoon in 90* temperatures. No wonder ingredients are slimy and spoiled. Poor attention to detail, I'm canceling.
  • Submitted By April on 06/13/2018
    My husband and I have been using Plated since October of 2016, roughly around 360 meals to date. We began our box delivery service with HelloFresh and then Blue Apron and finally landed on Plated. At first, the meals were extremely time-consuming and difficult. I am a teacher and my husband is in sales, so coming home after 13 hour days and having to cook a meal that took me over an hour just wasn't going to cut it. However, I stuck with them a little longer because their food was delicious and this is the only company that we had tried, thus far, that offered so many options. We have now been using them going on two years and I have no plans to stop. They have adjusted their recipes so that they are not so time consuming and require so much prep; they have also added a ton of recipe choices including yummy desserts! Yes, they may be a tad more expensive, but in my opinion, it's worth it because the food is always fresh and delicious! Plated also has AMAZING customer service. If there is absolutely anything wrong with any of your ingredients, no matter how small the ingredient, they will credit your account no questions asked. If you have allergies, Plated always lists all allergens on their recipe cards and on the website or app when you are selecting your recipes. They offer vegetarian, low-cal/carb, and gluten free options as well. I highly recommend this company and I can only see them getting better each year!
  • Submitted By Robyn IarobyncoaRngeli on 03/28/2018
    I ordered for the 1st time. Waited all day- Started a chat at 7:45 to let them know nothing has been delivered. Told me to wait until 8:00. Reached out again at 8:01. Going back and forth finally got a credit back to me, only that it will take 5-7 business days. Fedex - stated at 8:15 that the business was closed. This was a condo delivery. Called fed-ex not helpful. Contacted Plated again - it will be my descretion if I choose the food upon arrival. Completely unacceptable! Cancelled my subscription immediately. Very Poor - I do not want to give them a 1 star - completely below standards.
  • Submitted By Tammy on 03/24/2018
    I used Plated for a couple of years and enjoyed. When they were bought out this year the meat .... beef was less quality cut and the package was 2 ice packs instead of 4 packs.. It looked like getting less for the same price.. the original plated company always cared about your comments and concerns.......new owners never replied to my concerns. I no longer purchase Plated meals.
Chef'd
  • Submitted By Lois Cantrell on 02/09/2018
    I’ve been looking for a service like this for years, the meals are so gorgeous and easy to cook. I’d also like to know where they get the ingredients, it’s like they shop on a different planet.
  • Submitted By Georgina Lansford on 01/19/2018
    It’s not exactly cheap but sooooo many options! I want to try them aaaaaallll!
  • Submitted By Amy on 01/07/2018
    I've tried Blue Apron and Hello Fresh, and Chef'd is my favorite. While I do think the Chef'd meals take a little more cooking skill (ie, not for novices or people who don't know how to cook), the flavors and quality have been so much better -- and the selection is much much broader. I've been doing it for about a year now and the New York Times recipe plan has been so fun -- never would have tried cooking lamb otherwise!
  • Submitted By Diane Ford on 08/30/2017
    The nutritional info on the site is misleading and they had me eating much more calories than I should until I finally did the math.

Winner

Plated is a meal kit delivery service that offers very flexible subscription plans, as well as high-quality foods. Each week, it comes up with a new seasonal menu, including 20 new recipes and 2 desserts, easily meeting the needs of its customers. Read our thorough analysis of the Plated meal kit service and dozens of user-written Plated reviews.

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