Takeout is great, but it isn’t the best option for most people. The fact is that, with takeout, you spend more money then you need to. Cooking at home can often be problematic as well because many people buy too many groceries or end up making too much food and a lot of it ends up in the trash can.

Home Chef is a solution to both of these problems. With this meal delivery service, you will receive the precise amount of ingredients you need too cook with, alongside recipes and detailed instructions. If you enjoy home cooking and food variety yet can’t find the time to search for the recipes and groceries you need, take a look at our Home Chef review and find out why they’re rapidly rising in popularity.

Besides the usual meal delivery features, Home Chef goes so far as to ask for your personal taste profile according to which they will provide your recipes. With pre-portioned ingredients and one of Home Chef’s delicious 30-minute recipes, you’ll be a pro chef in no time.Home Chef home page

How Home Chef Works

Curious about how their service works? Check out what we have discovered during our Home Chef review.

Taking special care not to disappoint with their menu variety, Home Chef makes sure they offer ten new dinner options, as well as new breakfasts, a fruit basket and even a smoothie each week. There’s always a dinner option to suit even the pickiest of eaters: from meat and seafood ingredients to gluten-free, soy-free and low-carb dishes.

Home Chef won’t ask you to commit for any particular period of time. Instead they offer a flexible plan to suit everyone’s schedule. It’s no problem if you want to skip a delivery, edit your orders, or cancel directly online.

If you like Home Chef’s service and would like your loved ones to try it too, you can purchase a gift card in the amount of $60, $120, $240, or your own custom value, which they will be able to spend ordering meals from Home Chef’s web site.

What Makes Home Chef Different

Unlike what happens when you order takeout food, Home Chef takes special care to honor their 3 R rules: reducing, reusing, and recycling the packaging they use. Remember, when using pre-portioned ingredients you also eliminate food waste and help preserve the environment. This is also reflected in the company’s policy of carefully choosing their suppliers, selecting only the most prominent who take care not to damage the ecosystem and demonstrate that same respect towards their employees.

Home Chef’s web site even allows you to “meet” a few of their suppliers – you can read a little about who they are, how they work and what their standards are, and even see some pictures. In the spirit of environmental consciousness, Home Chef also advices you to recycle all the plastic parts you find in their delivery boxes. Their produce is always shipped in insulated, biodegradable boxes with water soluble, cool gel packs designed to keep your food refrigerated, not frozen. This way the food will be ready to cook, but won’t go bad even if it waits for you a couple of hours.

Home Chef’s marketplace offers a selection of kitchen dishes, utensils and other essentials you can purchase, in case you realize you’re missing something needed for one of your recipes. What really sets Home Chef apart from their competition is their taste profile feature. Choose between numerous culinary preferences to get recipe offers especially tuned to your tastes.

Meals and Recipes

If you decide to register with Home Chef, you’ll be asked to fill out a taste chart, specifying what sort of ingredients you’d like to have in your meals. Home Chef offers one of the most detailed meal preference choices you’ll find, which they use to build your taste profile and offer you recipes according to that.

As far as dining preferences go, you start out by choosing meat, seafood, vegetables, or any combination of those. You can then specify any ingredients you’d like to avoid: for example pork, red meat, gluten, mushrooms, soy, nuts, dairy, shellfish, or any combination of those. In addition, you can choose whether you prefer a low carb or low calorie diet, both or neither.

Obviously, this is especially useful for vegetarians or people with allergies. When you’re done choosing taste preferences, you can choose your delivery plan: whether you’d like 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 meals per week for 2, 4 or 6 people. Compared to most food delivery services this is exceptionally flexible: instead of choosing a 2-person or typical family plan, you’ve got more choices. Afterwards, you choose the day of the week you’d like your meals delivered – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays.

When your package arrives, just follow the step-by-step recipe cards. The preparation should be easy even if you’re a kitchen rookie.

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Pricing

Home Chef takes pride in being able to offer you ingredients that are fresher and better than those you’ll find in local stores – and all that for about the same price. Their meals cost $9.95 per serving – you can choose between 2, 4, or 6 serving options.

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The good news is that you can order as many different meals as you’d like. They even offer fruit and smoothie add-ons for $4.95, as well as premium meals on occasion. These are special meals that are a bit pricier than what they normally offer, such as holiday specials which include multiple sides and a desert. Next Christmas you might not have to spend time shopping for groceries and looking for recipes – Home Chef has everything you need for the occasion.

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As far as delivery itself goes, it’s free of charge for orders over $45, but costs $10 for anything below that price. Unless you’re eating by yourself, you’ll probably end up ordering enough to get your food delivered for free. Taking all of this into account, we can say that Home Chef definitely has one of the most flexible payment plans when it comes to home deliveries. You’re offered lots of choices regarding the number of servings you’re ordering, as well as the recipes and add ons.

Delivery Areas

At this point Home Chef offers delivery services to about 90% of the US. Their delivery range will, however, continue to grow, so in case your location isn’t supported yet, it probably will be in the near future. Just to be safe, you can enter your zip code on their website to find out.

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Pros
  • Huge variety of meals to choose from
  • You can set your personal taste preference
  • Fresh and of good quality ingredients
  • Easy-to-follow recipes
  • All meals prepared in 30 minutes or less

Cons

  • Delivers to 90% of the US only

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Bottom Line

Home Chef has been in the meal delivery game for a while. But, even though meal delivery is becoming more and more popular now and competitors are stepping up, Home Chef not only keeps up, they offer some pretty neat features you probably won’t find at any other service. For example, they have an amazing variety of options including gluten-free, soy-free, low-carb and vegetarian meals.

The ingredients are fresh and tasty and meal preparation takes as little as 30 minutes, with easy to follow step-by-step recipe cards to help you along the way. All in all, we were pleasantly surprised with what we found out while doing research for our Home Chef review. If, like us, you’re tired of ordering takeout or shopping for ingredients, but still want a warm, home-cooked meal, then we certainly recommend you give Home Chef a try – we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.

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User Reviews

  • Submitted By Peter Dolby on 05/22/2017

    I like the recipes and it’s quite convenient for someone who works a lot and still tries to eat healthy. There’s always something I’ve never tried before on the menu and I just love experimenting!

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  • Submitted By Samantha Perry on 04/11/2017

    Foo is great, I can’t argue with that, but it’s just so little of it. Please make your portions bigger ASAP!

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  • Submitted By Collin Frank, on 03/25/2017

    I travel a lot, so I really like that I can reschedule my meal deliveries with Home Chef. I’ve never been much of a cook, but now I know that I’m perfectly capable of preparing something decent.

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  • Submitted By NF on 03/05/2017
    I rate food 3 ways. How much can I make it for at home, how much does something similar cost in a middle of the road, good restaurant(not fast food and not 5 forks, average person’s restaurant) and now, by how much it costs from a fresh food delivery service plan. I’m ordering for two, cooking for one. Portions are ample, food very fresh, instructions clear. You need way more tools than what the directions call for and some basic knowledge of howto zest, juice, peel, dice, etc. Keep your iphone handy if you don’t. I do, so I was good. If you follow the directions, you’ll need all sorts of little bowls or plates to stash your prepped food. I found the order in which food was prepped was a little out of sync and there was a lot of prepping for such simple meals(tostadas and a greek salad). At 10 bucks a serving(let’s not quibble over this marketing ploy of 5 cents), it was definitely cheaper or at the same level as a good restaurant, but I can easily make a similar meal for 1/2 price or even a third. If you grocery shop on a regular basis, I don’t think this will save you that much time in the long run(you’rethere anyway) and I think you can make a healthy, similar meal for less. If you don’t order the minimum, the shipping boosts your cost per serving way up. It’s ok, but a lot of prep(for me), but the food sure is pretty and defintely tasty.
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  • Submitted By Dorian Kleindienst on 02/21/2017
    We just finished our second  meal with HC.  It was fantastic and really fun to cook!  Getting my partner to eat vegetables is a big deal but not with HC. I thought it would be too expensive but as it turns out we are saving $$ by not tossing out food. I’m loving it! Thanks, D
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  • Submitted By Frank on 11/05/2016
    I subscribed to Home Chef last May (2016) and was extremely impressed in every way. The problem I ran into was that I already had a fully stocked fridge & freezer and I got backed up on meals. Perhaps a blessing, my fridge/freezer broke down in Sept and I had to toss almost everything. So now I’m trying as many services as I can (their 1st shipment specials are awesome). I tried Blue Apron, and I guess to each their own, but I can’t for the life of me understand why they’re at the top of everyone’s list. Too many sandwiches and rice/noodle/quinoa bowls and not a lot of optional choices, so I cancelled them. However, I’m LOVING Home Chef! And so is my 90 year old dad. B4 HC, I found I was throwing out so much food that HC is actually more economical. And the meals are absolutely delicious and their Customer Serice is AWESOME! Like I said, I’m trying as many services as I can (Hello Fresh 1st meal tonight) but it’s going to be damn hard for any of these services to beat Home Chef!
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  • Submitted By Michael Brenner on 10/01/2016
    I decided to try Home Chef several months ago, after I realized grocery shopping and searching for new recipes was too bothersome, especially since I live by myself and usually eat alone. I’m completely satisfied so far, both with the diversity of their recipes and the quality of ingredients. It’s amazing how food sent to you in a box can be so fresh!
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  • Submitted By Jamie Swartz on 09/19/2016
    Several times a week I order some of Home Chef’s meals to cook for my family, and they are a real treat. The ingredients are super fresh and tasty! It saves me a lot of time with preparation, which makes cooking the meals more fun.
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  • Submitted By Elizabeth Jennings on 09/08/2016
    Unlike the meal delivery I tried previously, Home Chef has lots of recipe options and fresh, tasty ingredients. It certainly beats having to go shopping for groceries!
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  • Submitted By Edward Milano on 07/07/2016
    The ingredients are delicious and recipes easy to follow. However, I wish there were more vegetarian recipe options.
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  • Submitted By Daniel Dailey on 06/16/2016
    I live with my wife and I have to say Home Chef really makes our dinners special. We don’t order regularly, only on special occasions, but the meals are amazing: tasty and easy to cook!
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  • Submitted By James O’Brian on 05/22/2016
    I like new stuff and I love ordering from HC, cause there’s always something new and interesting. Totally love breakfast and fruit basket options, that way I’m covered for the whole day!
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  • Submitted By Nancy Thomas on 03/09/2016
    Food is great and always order from home chef when I have a bunch of guests coming over for dinner. I’d like more dessert options, though.
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Home Chef Review
Updated : 05.24.2017.
Rating : 8.9/10