Meal Delivery Plans

How to Choose the Perfect Meal Delivery Service

Joe Schwartz

Meal Delivery Plans Editor

With the promise of a delicious and fresh meal delivered straight to your door, it’s no wonder meal delivery plans have taken off. But with so many out there, how do you choose which one is right for you?

Despite being around for only about 10 years, meal kit delivery services have taken off, and dozens of companies have appeared on the meal delivery scene. However, with so many choices, it can be difficult choosing a meal plan that fits your tastes and lifestyle. This guide will help you with a few points to consider when you want to subscribe to a meal delivery service.

Delivery

Before you drown in excitement about any particular meal delivery company, you will want to first check whether they deliver to your area or not. Most meal delivery companies service the entire continental USA, but if you live in a remote area it's best to double check that they will, in fact, deliver to you.

Another crucial thing to consider is the actual delivery schedule. Some meal delivery companies allow for flexibility when it comes to delivery days, but others are pretty rigid. This can be especially problematic if you don't have a safe place for the delivery company to leave your kit. Finally, make sure the delivery plan allows you ample time to choose your meals and cancel/postpone your order if plans change.

Goals

When ordering a meal delivery kit, what are your main goals? Are you simply looking for interesting and delicious meals? Are you trying to save time? Save money? Or are your goals more specific? Do you want to lose weight? Eat organic? Eat Vegan?

Knowing your goals will definitely help you choose a meal plan as each service has their strengths and caters to different diet types. If for example, your main goal is to save time and money, then Home Chef may be the right choice for you.

Ingredients

Similar to goals, you need to ask yourself what is important when it comes to ingredients. Do you care where the ingredients come from? Are you an adventurous eater? Do you like spicy food? Consider your preferences and decide whether you want locally sourced or strictly organic ingredients. You’ll want to find out where and how the ingredients for each meal are sourced. You should also check out the meal packaging, and be sure they not only keep the food fresh, but are also environmentally friendly and recyclable.

When choosing the actual meals, don't just look at the pictures, take a look at the ingredients and nutritional information. Be sure to also read customer reviews of each dish and add your own review after you try it out.

Cost

In much the same way you'd consider pricing at a grocery store, you should also draw up a budget for meal kit delivery services. Many services have similar pricing with grocery shopping; only they have the added convenience advantage. Others, however, may prove to be more expensive. The pricing on meal delivery services usually lies between $5 and $28 or more per serving. There are also options for grouped entrees. Establishing a budget will help you not overspend and you can also watch out for bonus offers.

I hope the tips in this guide are helpful in aiding you to choose the right food delivery service. Meal delivery services are great alternatives to save time and still enjoy tasty, healthy and high-quality food. Before opting for any one, it’s advisable to heed the guidelines mentioned above. Also Remember, these services typically allow cancellation at any time, so if one isn’t exactly working out for you, hesitate to try another until you find one that’s perfect for you.

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