Sun Basket VS Home Chef

UPDATED Jul. 2018
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Sun Basket and Home Chef are currently at the very top of the meal kit delivery market and picking one over the other hinges on tiny details and hard-to-spot nuances in your personal preferences.

Having said that, our detailed Sun Basket vs. Home Chef comparison explores all the relevant features of both companies in an effort to help you make your final decision as easy as possible.

Sun Basket
Cooking healthy meals in no time
VS
Home Chef
Planet-friendly meal service

Highlights

Sun Basket
With Sun Basket, you can handpick recipes that suit your taste, diet, and lifestyle, decide on the number of recipes you want to order per week, double or triple your order when you need more food, choose between high-quality and premium meat options, and completely personalize your orders and meal plan.
  • Average Price Per Meal: $11.99
  • Shipping Cost: $6.99
  • Delivery Area: 47 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

Sun Basket
Best For
Best for home cooks looking for a perfect combination of variety, quality, and customizability
Menu/Meal Plans
With Sun Basket, you can choose between the Classic Menu and the Family menu.
Recipes/Meal Options
Sun Basket features 18 new recipes on the Classic Menu and 6 new recipes on the Family Menu each week.
Meal & Recipe Variety
Sun Basket offers Paleo, lean and clean, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, Mediterranean, Heart-Check certified, dairy-free, soy-free, and family-friendly recipes. Most meals are ready in around half an hour and there are plenty of easy-prep, one-pot, stir-fry, and make-ahead options. The recipes are inspired by various world cuisines. including Thai, Italian, Vietnamese, Mediterranean, American, and Mexican.
Food Quality
Sun Basket sources the best organic produce of the season, its seafood is of the highest quality and recommended by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, and its meat is humanely raised, grass-fed and free from antibiotics and hormones.
Nutritional Value & Portion Size
The average calorie count for Sun Basket meals is between 500 and 800 calories per serving. All meals are optimally balanced and approved by its in-house nutritionist. The meals on the Classic menu are perfectly portioned for 2 or 4 adults and the ones on the Family menu are designed for 4 adults with leftovers.
Subscription Flexibility
With Sun Basket, you can make changes to your order or skip, pause, and cancel your delivery at any time. All changes must be made by Noon PST / 3pm EST the Wednesday before your delivery is due.
Refunds
Sun Basket boasts an excellent 100% money-back guarantee, so if you are not happy with your order for whatever reason, just notify the company within 7 days of delivery and you will be issued a refund or credit.
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

Sun Basket
Sun Basket Plans & Pricing
Classic Menu (2 servings)
Meals per weekMeal kit pricePrice per serving
3$71.94$11.99
Classic Menu (3 servings)
Meals per weekMeal kit pricePrice per serving
3$143.88$11.99
Family Plan (4 servings)
Meals per weekMeal kit pricePrice per serving
2$87.92$10.99
3$131.88$10.99
4$175.84$10.99
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

Sun Basket
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

Sun Basket
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

Sun Basket
Home Chef

Compare Extras

Sun Basket
A La Carte Menu
Gift Cards
Marketplace
Home Chef
A La Carte Menu
Gift Cards
Marketplace

Compare Ratings

Sun Basket
FINAL RATING
9.9/10
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

Sun Basket
  • Submitted By Jules on 05/17/2018
    My husband and I love to eat and are adventurous eaters who enjoy ethnic food and a variety of flavors. Unfortunately, my husband and I do not enjoy cooking. We actually kind of hate it. So, all that translates to a LOT of take-out and eating out. This service hasn't magically transformed us into chefs who now love to cook, but it has made our dinners much easier and healthier. Some people complain about the price; however, keep in mind that the service: 1. Takes care of finding recipes and meal planning 2. Provides all the (organic!) ingredients so you don't have to go to the store - big one for us! 3. Portions out all the ingredients so you don't overeat and you also don’t have 9/10th a bushel of parsley rotting in your fridge. 4. Allows you to cook with unique spices/sauces without having to invest in an entire bag/bottle. Suffice it to say, it's worth it for us and folks like us who are culinarily challenged. We enjoy the variety of recipes/cuisines and meal plans (i.e. gluten free, vegetarian, etc.) compared to some of the other meal delivery services. Here are the CONS we’ve experienced: - Some of the recipes are fairly complex with quite a few steps which makes it tough if you’re cooking solo. - It’s not the cheapest, especially if you upgrade the meats. - Delivery days are limited depending on your location. - They send a new recipe book… every week! Seems excessive and wasteful. I’ve got a huge pile accumulating. All in all, we are satisfied enough with the past 6 months of service and plan to continue.
  • Submitted By Shirley Gonzales on 05/14/2018
    Excellent service if you don't have a lot of time to spend on your meals every day but still want to go 100% paleo. Not to mention the generous portions, so every two servings are basically four meals for me.
  • Submitted By Kelly Palmer on 05/13/2018
    Fresh, flavorful and very creative meals. I also add some ingredients on my own from time to time when I feel particularly creative. It's my go to when I get home from work and don't feel like brainstorming my brains out over dinner. It's especially handy when you're stuck and all out of ideas and your ever hungry family is burning a hole in your back while you're in the kitchen.
  • Submitted By Amber Sims on 05/12/2018
    Apart from being very tasty and healthy, Sun Basket meals are also very fun to prepare, so my husband and I actually look forward to spending some extra time in the kitchen now. It's very important to us that we eat organic and seasonally sourced ingredients and getting them below store prices doesn't hurt either.
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

Sun Basket helps you save time while cooking for yourself or your loved ones. A renowned California chef, an in-house nutritionist, and all of the country’s best farmers work together to provide you with everything you need to make great meals quickly. Discover if this is the right meal kit delivery service for you in our Sun Basket review.

Meal Options

Sun Basket offers 2 weekly menus and 8 meal plans designed for different dietary preferences and lifestyles. You can choose your meals from the Classic menu or the Family menu. The plans at your disposal include the Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Lean & Clean, and Chef’s Choice plans.

Home Chef does not offer specialized meal plans. Instead, it asks its customers to state which ingredients they do not or cannot eat and offers recipe recommendations based on the stated preferences. Both vegetarian and omnivore recipes are available.

Variety

Sun Basket offers 18 fresh meal ideas every week. With the Classic menu, you can choose 3 out of 18 recipes and cook for 2 or 4 people. With the Family menu, you can choose 2, 3 or 4 out of 6 recipes and cook for a family of 4.

Home Chef offers 12 new recipes every week, along with lovely add-ons, including a smoothie and a fruit basket. You can order 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 recipes for 2, 4 or 6 people.

Nutritional Value

Both Sun Basket and Home Chef are known for the high quality of their ingredients and their optimally balanced meals. No matter which one you choose, you are getting wonderfully nutritious meals that are providing your body with all the energy and nutrients it needs. However, Sun Basket does score some extra points in this department, as it uses organic ingredients whenever possible.

Portion Size

No one hates small portions more than we do and we are happy to say that Sun Basket and Home Chef are two services that know how much customers value ample portions. Both companies offer portions large enough to satisfy those with greater appetites and in some cases, there may even be some leftovers to enjoy later.

Flexibility

Sun Basket and Home Chef offer perfectly flexible subscriptions. Both services allow you to skip a delivery or end your subscription whenever you want, easily and quickly.

Price

Sun Basket meals come at the price of $11.99 per serving with the Classic menu and $10.99 with the Family menu. Your first delivery comes with free shipping. All subsequent deliveries come with a $6.99 shipping fee. The food you receive from Sun Basket comes with a 100% money-back guarantee.

Home Chef meals normally cost $9.95 per serving, unless otherwise indicated. In some cases, the price may be even lower. Add-ons cost $4.95 each. Shipping is free of charge on orders over $45. Orders that cost less than $45 come with a $10 shipping fee.

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