Dinnerly Review - UPDATED Jan 2018
Dinnerly is a new meal kit delivery service recently launched by Marley Spoon. It is currently the most affordable service of this kind available on the market, created with the desire to make meal kits available to virtually anyone in search of a more convenient alternative to meal planning and grocery shopping.
While meal kits were designed to revolutionize home cooking, they are commonly considered to be a luxury, with the prices often too high for the average customer. In this Dinnerly review, we shall take a look at Dinnerly’s clever plan to bring about a real revolution in the industry with its low-priced, high-quality kits.
How Dinnerly Works
Dinnerly is a subscription-based service, so before you order, you need to take a few minutes to create an account. Once you have successfully registered, you can choose from the two box types currently available – the 2-Person box, including all the ingredients necessary to make 3 scrumptious meals for 2 adults and the Family box, containing ingredients for 3 healthy, tasty meals for a family of 4.
At the moment, Dinnerly only offers dinner recipes. Each week, there are exactly 3 dishes available on the menu, so there is not much room for customizing your order. However, the recipes are picky-eater approved and most of the time, they are classic, well-loved recipes that suit the tastes of the majority of potential customers.
Although ordering from Dinnerly requires a subscription, it does not mean that you need to order even if the meals on the current menu do not suit your preferences or you simply have other plans. The subscription is extremely flexible and you get to skip as many deliveries as you please and easily cancel your subscription if you are not happy with the service. You can even switch between boxes whenever you feel the need to order more or less food. Dinnerly has truly done everything possible in order to prevent you from feeling stuck, providing you with full freedom to decide how often and for how long you wish to order.
What Makes Dinnerly Different
We have mentioned before in this Dinnerly review that this is the most affordable service on the market, which is its most prominent feature. It offers high-quality ingredients and great recipes for only half of the usual price of meal kits. The company hopes that the low prices will attract a large number of new customers who wanted to give this kind of service a try but simply found it to be too rich for their blood.
The Dinnerly recipes are also unique in that they normally require only 6 ingredients, which makes cooking even easier and cuts down on the preparation time. Although the produce is fresh and natural and the meat is antibiotic-free and grass-fed, just as in the case of the pricier meal kits, there are no exotic, luxury items that would increase the price of the meals.
Another distinctive, money-saving feature of Dinnerly are digital recipes that are offered instead of the fancy recipe cards normally delivered within the meal kit boxes. This decision was made in order to avoid any unnecessary costs and in our opinion, it does not affect the overall quality of the service.
The company is also eco-friendly, using sustainable packaging that helps you reduce your carbon footprint. The official Dinnerly website also offers recycling instructions for the packaging, making it easy for you to dispose of the bags, boxes, and liners the right way.
Meals and Recipes
Although the weekly menu is limited to only 3 meals, it still manages to satisfy a wide variety of preferences. Every week, there are kid-friendly meals available, so you do not have to worry about the little ones frowning at their plates in discontent. Most of the meals can be prepared in no more than 30 minutes and quite often, there are vegetarian-friendly, low-carb, gluten-free, and dairy-free meals in the offer.
The great news is that the digital recipes are detailed and easy to understand, with lovely photos available for each step of the preparation. You also get information on the preparation time, the difficulty level, and allergens, as well as the basic ingredients you should have in your pantry and the pots, pans, and other kitchen tools you need in order to prepare the meal.
Dinnerly also offers nutrition information on its meals, including the number of calories and the amount of fat, proteins, and carbs present in every serving. What we especially like is the fact that Dinnerly lets you in on the little tricks that can help you make your meal even better. With the hacks attached to the recipes, you can upgrade your cooking skills and learn how to take the dish from fine to divine.
Regardless of whether you choose the 2-Person or the Family box, the price per serving is always the same and amounts to only $5. Unfortunately, the delivery is not free, which is to be expected, as the price of the meals is surprisingly low and thus not enough to cover the shipping costs as well. With every order, you need to pay an additional $8.99 for shipping.
In total, the price of a weekly delivery with the 2-Person plan amounts to $38.99, with shipping included. The price of a Family box together with the shipping costs is $68.99. Even with the shipping, the price per meal remains low enough to be more than worth it, especially if you factor in the time and money you spend on your trips to the store and the market and the time it takes to think of new recipes every day.
As expected, Dinnerly quickly became one of America’s favorite meal kit services. When it first entered the market, it was available in only 6 states on the West Coast. It did not take long for its creators to notice the immense interest of the public, which is why the service is now available nationwide, with only several exceptions, including Upstate New York and certain rural areas of the country. If you are not sure if Dinnerly delivers to your zip code, you can find out in minutes by contacting its support staff.
- The most affordable meal kits on the market
- High-quality ingredients
- Easy-to-follow recipes
- Suitable for kids and picky eaters
- Extremely flexible subscription
- No customization options