HelloFresh Review

Introduction

HelloFresh is way more than just your run-of-the-mill meal delivery service.

With customizable menus, flexible delivery, and no commitment tying you down, HelloFresh has developed a reputation as one of the most positively reviewed meal delivery services available in the United States.

They deliver everything you need to make your meals, they keep their ingredients seasonal to get you the most bang for your buck, and they even pre-portion their ingredients to avoid waste.

Plus, they buy their ingredients directly from suppliers which make their meals as affordable as possible.

To give you an idea of what exactly goes into being America’s Most Popular Meal Kit, we performed a deep-dive into the following areas of HelloFresh:

  • How It Works
  • Cost
  • Features / What You Get
  • Flexibility
  • Shipping

How It Works

A large part of HelloFresh’s success undoubtedly is a result of how easy it is to use.

Using HelloFresh is as easy as following three simple steps:

1) Pick a plan

Whether cooking for yourself or your household, they have a flexible plan to match your lifestyle. You can cancel, change meals, or even skip a week – no questions asked.

2) Get your delivery

Each week, you’ll get simple step-by-step recipes complete with nutritional information and fresh, pre-measured ingredients to get you whipping up delicious dinners in no time.

3) Cook, eat, enjoy!

In 30 minutes or less, your meal is ready to eat.

Cost

HelloFresh’s pricing changes depending on how many people you are feeding and how many recipes you are ordering.

Below is a breakdown of the pricing for each plan.

Two people

2 recipes = $10.99/serving + $6.99 shipping

3 or 4 recipes = $8.99/serving + $6.99 shipping

Four People

2 recipes = $8.99/serving + $6.99 shipping

3 or 4 recipes = $7.49/serving + $6.99 shipping

To give you an idea of their affordability, HelloFresh conducted a 10-week price comparison studying their customers’ costs versus the costs of shopping at nationwide grocers.

The results showed that using HelloFresh is 75% cheaper than grocery shopping.

All prices above are in USD currency.

Features / What You Get

There are four preferences for meals:

  • Meat and Veggies: You get a wide variety of meat, fish, and seasonal produce.
  • Veggies: You get a wide variety of meals full of seasonal, naturally produced veggies.
  • Family Friendly: You receive kid-tested recipes that make quick, easy-to-cook meals everyone will love.
  • Low Calorie: You get a wide selection of dietician-approved meals that are around 650 calories each.

Once you choose the number of recipes you want, how many people you’re feeding, and one of the four preferences above, here’s what you can expect in each box delivered to you by HelloFresh:

  • Easy-to-follow recipes with clear nutritional info
  • High-quality ingredients sourced straight from the farm
  • Convenient, waste-free, recyclable meal kits that fit perfectly in the fridge

Every week, HelloFresh offers new recipes to choose from. You can even see what recipes are coming weeks down the road to make planning easier.

As for the quality of each recipe, HelloFresh tests each recipe 45 times to ensure deliciousness and simplicity.

Nutritional Information

Every recipe comes with detailed nutritional information, including:

  • Calories
  • Fat
  • Saturated Fat
  • Carbohydrates
  • Sugar
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Protein
  • Cholesterol
  • Sodium

You can also find this info on all recipe cards and online when you choose your meals.

Allergies

While HelloFresh doesn’t offer specific plans for people with allergies, they do take measures to protect their customers with allergies.

HelloFresh’s Nutrition Team, which consists of certified dietitians, reviews every ingredient in every one of its recipes for any of the major 8 allergens: wheat, milk, soy, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, and shellfish.

The dietitians then use this information to identify and disclose if any recipe contains any of these allergens. Information about any potential allergens in any recipe is then posted on the website next to the meal choice, and the specific ingredient that contains the allergen is called out.

In this sense, it’s up to you as the customer to review the ingredients and make sure your chosen meals are safe to eat.

Dietary Accommodation

HelloFresh doesn’t offer specific plans for any of the following dietary preferences:

  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Nut-free
  • Vegan
  • Keto
  • Paleo
  • Organic (while some ingredients are organic, HelloFresh focuses primarily on food that “looks and tastes best”.

For vegetarians, three veggie recipes containing fresh fruits, vegetables, hearty grains, and/or meatless proteins are offered each week.

For all other dietary preferences, however, HelloFresh leaves it up to the customer to look at the public nutritional information and decide which meals best fit their dietary needs and preferences.

Flexibility

The nice thing about HelloFresh is that there is no commitment required.

You can skip your weekly delivery, swap recipes, and even cancel at any time.

The only thing you have to keep in mind is that all changes have to be made before your cutoff – 11:59 pm PST 5 days before your delivery.

Shipping

Delivery

HelloFresh delivers to all states across the continental US with the exceptions of Hawaii and Alaska.

When you first sign up, HelloFresh asks you to choose which day you’d like to receive your delivery every week. The available days and times (deliveries typically arrive between 8 AM and 8 PM) depend on the courier availability in your area.

Packing

All packages are hand-packed, recyclable, and rely on ice packs and insulation to keep your food cool until it reaches your front door.

Tracking

To help you keep track of your orders, HelloFresh also sends you an email with a tracking number for each of your packages.

Plus, if you don’t want your packages delivered to your home (perhaps it’s easier to have them delivered to your work), you can let HelloFresh know in the “Special Instructions” area of your Account Settings.

In the case that there’s some sort of issue with your delivery (bad weather, problem with a delivery partner, etc.), HelloFresh will promptly let you know.

Conclusion

As HelloFresh points out, anyone can deliver a box of food,

HelloFresh aims to bring the fun back into cooking thorugh:

  • Wholesome recipes requiring minimal equipment and time to make
  • Up to 19 deliciously simple recipes every week for all plans
  • Easily customizable menus, flexible deliveries, and option to skip/cancel at anytime
  • More affordable food than your nationwide grocer

See (and taste) why HelloFresh’s menu has the most 5-star reviews by signing up with them today.