HelloFresh Review

UPDATED Nov. 2018

The idea for HelloFresh started growing when two friends came to the conclusion that more and more people have less and less time to prepare and enjoy quality meals. Fueled by their love of food, the founders developed a business concept that allows customers to enjoy the kind of cooking they’re missing out on because of their commitments.

HelloFresh homepage

HelloFresh aims to provide you with the opportunity to enjoy wholesome home-cooked meals with no planning, no shopping, and no hassle. You get everything required for weeknight meals delivered free of charge to your door and all the ingredients are locally sourced, handpicked by chefs, and carefully measured.

After reading several recipes on its blog and watching a couple of its YouTube videos, we decided to order and see what HelloFresh is all about. We hope that after reading this HelloFresh review, you will decide to give this meal delivery service a chance too.

How HelloFresh Works

With Hello Fresh, you start by choosing one of the three available meal plans. You can opt for the Classic plan, which allows you to cook delicious and healthy meals for 2 or 4 omnivores, the Veggie plan, particularly designed for vegetarian families of 2 or 4, and the Family plan, which provides delicious kid-friendly recipes for families of 4.

Next, you get to choose your meals from a menu filled with tasty recipes created by HelloFresh’s culinary team. The selection of recipes depends on the meal plan you choose.

Then, the HelloFresh team does all the time-consuming, hard work – meal planning, ingredient selection, and grocery shopping. When the HelloFresh box arrives on your doorstep, all you have to do is follow the quick-and-easy recipes to prepare amazing home-cooked meals. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

The service offers flexible plans, allowing you to decide how many dishes per week you wish to prepare, how many servings you want each recipe to yield, and which day you want your food delivered. It is that convenient. Also, you can purchase one of the packages and print a PDF gift card for your family and friends.

Although HelloFresh is a subscription-based service, this does not mean that you have to order meals even when you don’t need them. If you have some other plans, you can simply skip a week without any charges whatsoever. Not only that, but you can cancel anytime you like, as you are not bound by any contract. Both skipping and canceling can be done online, directly through your account, so you do not have to explain your reasons to anyone. However, you should keep in mind that all changes should be made by 11:59 pm PST 5 days prior to your next scheduled delivery.

What Makes HelloFresh Different

Instead of sending you ready-made meals, HelloFresh provides you with fresh ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes for any day of the week. HelloFresh does almost all the work for you, but you are left to perform the finishing touch and turn carefully selected, fresh, healthy ingredients into a culinary masterpiece.

As stated by none other than Jamie Oliver, HelloFresh is more than a business. It is a growing community of people who enjoy preparing tasty meals from scratch, using only the freshest and healthiest of ingredients. Jamie is known for taking part in socially responsible projects in the past and he fought many battles to encourage people to take their food into their own hands. This awesome concept allows you to do exactly that – get to know the ingredients and turn them into tasty meals following simple and creative recipes.

If the idea of HelloFresh as a community sounds more like clever advertising than reality, we can assure you that is not the case. This service works hard on bringing its fans together and allowing them to reap all the benefits of being a part of the HelloFresh family. It organizes lovely interactive culinary experiences such as FreshMeets, which allow its customers to get to know one another while enjoying fine wine and exquisite food.

While all of the above is reason enough to categorize HelloFresh as a top-tier service, what really makes HelloFresh stand out from the rest of the crowd is the fact that it never seizes to improve its offer and look for new ways to keep its customers happy. In May 2017, it launched its very own wine club, allowing its customers to enjoy great wine with their HelloFresh meals and pair them perfectly thanks to the suggestions that come with the 6-bottle packs available for ordering. Depending on your preferences, you can order just whites, just reds or a mix of the two.

HelloFresh also cares about the environment. The fact that all ingredient quantities are carefully measured allows for very little to almost zero waste on your part of the supply chain. Plus, the service has recently become the first American company to use the latest sustainable packaging known as the northbox™ insulated containers. These containers are made of 100% recycled materials and they are designed to make it easier for consumers to recycle them.

Meals and Recipes

HelloFresh meal options
For Families
For Singles
Gluten-Free
Vegetarian

As previously mentioned in our HelloFresh review, this meal delivery service offers you 3 basic meal plans – ClassicVeggie, and Family. Each plan comes with a separate menu and different ordering options.

The Classic plan allows you to order 2, 3 or 4 recipes per week for 2 people or 3 recipes per week for 4 people. You can choose from 8 recipes that appear on the Classic menu every week.

The Veggie plan only allows you to order 3 recipes per week and you can choose whether you want to cook for 2 or 4 people. The Veggie menu features 3 recipes, so there is no room for picking and choosing. If you dislike the weekly offer, you can simply skip a delivery.

The Family plan is designed to feed a family of 4 and you can decide whether you want to receive 2 or 3 recipes per week. This plan has recently been redesigned and now you can choose from 5 recipes per week instead of just 3.

Now that we have covered the basics, let’s take a more in-depth look at the plans.

Classic plan

The Classic plan has the largest variety of recipes with a handpicked selection of meat, fish, produce, and grains. Along with interesting twists on traditional favorites, you will often see unique recipes that will boost your cooking skills sky high. Since September 2017, the Classic menu includes incredible 20-minute meals, which allow you to have your meals ready in minimum time, with minimum effort and cleanup.

In May 2018, the service introduced another exciting recipe category – Dinner 2 Lunch. These are 2-in-1 recipes that include a dinner and a lunch add-on. They allow you to cook a lovely dinner in the evening and then use the leftovers and additional lunch ingredients to create a completely new meal for lunch the next day.

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Veggie Plan

The Veggie plan offers you an abundance of seasonal produce, healthy grains, and vegetarian-friendly proteins. The recipes usually include classics, such as veggie tacos, pasta, pizzas, flatbreads, grilled cheese, and more. Although aimed at the pickiest of vegetarians, we’re certain that a lot of meat-loving food enthusiasts will thoroughly enjoy this awesome selection of tasty recipes.

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Family Plan

The Family plan is for those who need to think about the sensitive tummies of children growing up. When thinking about the whole squad, a lot of attention is put into preserving all the flavor and nutrition even though you’re holding back on the spices. One of the coolest ways to get your entire family in the kitchen is to prepare a meal together. The recipes available with the Family plan take no more than 30 minutes to make, they require the use of 2 pots max, and they are extremely simple, so the whole family can join in on the fun, including the little ones.

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Although the menu changes weekly, what stays the same is the amazing variety of allergen-free meals and meals for different diets. Apart from the vegetarian, kid-friendly, and omnivore dishes, every week, there is a bunch of egg-free, nut-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free recipes, all clearly labeled for easier browsing and choosing.

Additionally, you can receive a recipe created by top celebrity chef and food campaigner Jamie Oliver each week. By the end of 2018, HelloFresh plans on introducing keto-friendly and vegan-friendly recipes as well.

The meals you cook with HelloFresh usually contain between 500 and 800 calories. However, the service does offer meals under 500 calories and occasional premium recipes that may contain up to 1,000 calories per serving. All dishes are optimally balanced and come in carefully calculated portions that should satisfy adults with a healthy appetite, with no leftovers.

HelloFresh recipes are always beginner-friendly and feature clear and detailed instructions and basic cooking techniques, with the whole process divided into several easy steps (rarely more than 6). The meals usually take between 20 and 40 minutes to make.

You can get a glimpse of the recipes and techniques needed to prepare these meals if you visit the “Our Recipes” section of the HelloFresh website. You can view the menus from past and previous weeks, up and coming ones, and Jamie’s recommendations, as well as a growing archive of fun and tasty recipes for every day.

Hello Fresh Pricing

How much does HelloFresh cost?

With HelloFresh, the price you pay per meal depends on the meal plan you choose. Here is a complete overview of the prices.

If you opt for the Classic plan, you pay $9.99 per serving. That means that on a weekly basis, you pay $39.96 for 2 meals for 2 people (plus $7.99 for shipping), 59.94 for 3 meals for 2 people, $79.92 for 4 meals for 2 people, and $119.88 for 3 meals for 4 people. If you opt for Dinner 2 Lunch items, you pay $10 per 2-serving lunch add-on.

With the Veggie plan, the price is the same as with the Classic plan and amounts to $9.99 per serving. Therefore, the total amount you pay per week is $59.94 for 3 meals for 2 people and $119.88 for 3 meals for 4 people.

The Family plan brings you kid-friendly meals at the price of $8.74 per serving. With this plan, your weekly delivery costs $69.92 if you are cooking 2 meals for 4 people and $104.88 if you are cooking 3 meals for 4 people.

Gift cards can be bought for the Classic and Veggie plans. Individual gift cards bring you a total of 3 meals for 2 people and can be bought for 79$ and 69$, respectively.

There is also a 15$ discount if you subscribe to the HelloFresh newsletter before ordering.

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If you choose to become a member of the HelloFresh wine club as well, you can enjoy great wine at a great price. Monthly deliveries of six 750 ml bottles cost $89 per delivery, with shipping included. Therefore, you pay less than $15 per bottle, which is a price that is hard to beat.

For customers who want to purchase something extra and upgrade their kitchens, HelloFresh offers beautiful kitchenware. The prices range from under $10 to over $300 and the items at your disposal include cooking kits, aprons, and sets for little cooks, as well as a variety of useful items for chopping, prepping, cooking, cleaning, and serving drinks.

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

Delivery Areas

HelloFresh delivers its boxes to your doorstep throughout the mainland United States. Hawaii and Alaska are still not covered, but the company is working on it as we speak.

Shipping is FREE OF CHARGE on all orders, except if you opt for 2-recipe boxes with the Classic plan. If you are ordering 2 recipes for 2 people, you pay a $7.99 shipping fee for every weekly delivery. Food is delivered in insulated boxes and packed to keep your ingredients fresh as long as possible, so you can be sure that a weekly delivery will stay fresh for at least 7 days.

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HelloFresh Pros And Cons

To make sure HelloFresh meets all your standards and expectations, it is important to know its biggest advantages and disadvantages. With a short overview of its pros and cons, you can easily decide if HelloFresh is the right meal kit service for you.

Pros
  • Fresh and tasty food on your doorstep
  • Creative and easy-to-follow recipes
  • Vegetarian, kid-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and nut-free options
  • Flexible subscription
  • Free shipping on all orders over $50
  • Wine club

Cons

  • Still more expensive than alternatives
  • Only dinner recipes offered, no breakfast or lunch

Sample Dishes

If you subscribe to HelloFresh, you can easily prepare culinary masterpieces using only the ingredients and recipes found in your meal kit box. You may not be a pro chef just yet, but with HelloFresh, you can easily make restaurant-grade meals. You don’t have to take our word for it – check out the images below to get a better idea of the types of dishes you can enjoy with HelloFresh.

 

Bottom Line

If you’re into fresh, local produce from the farmers’ market but you don’t have time to do all that shopping, you’re in for a treat. HelloFresh delivers handpicked ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes that turn them into delicious, tasty, and healthy meals.

The menus are carefully crafted to accommodate the needs of vegetarians, omnivores, little picky eaters, and people allergic to dairy, gluten, nuts or eggs. If you like good wine, you can join the HelloFresh wine club and get monthly deliveries of fine wines that go perfectly with your meals. Ordering is easy, subscriptions are flexible, and shipping is free of charge. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Although this HelloFresh review was fairly positive in almost all categories, we have to stress the fact that some people might find the exact quantities of delivered ingredients a bit on the low side. We all have different standards when it comes to portion sizes, but at the end of the day, HelloFresh delivers what it promises and it’s very hard to stay hungry with any of its plans.

* All the prices on this website are subject to change without notice. While we put a great deal of effort into making sure that all the prices are accurate, one or more products may have outdated prices. Please visit the specific product’s official website for exact prices.
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