Home Chef Review
Home Chef is a meal delivery service that prides itself on bringing people together around the dinner table.
With fresh, weekly, and customized meal kits starting at just $6.99 per serving, it’s easy to see how Home Chef achieved such incredible success over the years.
To give you a more complete picture of what you can expect with Home Chef, we performed a deep dive into the following sections of their business:
- How It Works
- Features / What You Get
How It Works
Home Chef’s appeal in large part has to do with the simplicity of their ordering process.
Here’s how Home Chef works:
- Join the Home Chef community: Sign up for a meal kit delivery service where you’ll discover new ways to enjoy cooking. Control your deliveries by easily skipping weeks or pausing your account.
- Select your favorite recipes: With their Customize It feature, you can choose from up to 26 fresh weekly options including steak, chicken, pork, fish, and vegetarian. You can even customize your choices by swapping, upgrading, or doubling the recipe protein.
- Receive your box: From easy-to-follow recipe cards to fresh, pre-portioned ingredients, you’ll find everything you need to create your meals inside your Home Chef box. Your box is delivered directly to you, weekly, in an insulated box with ice packs to keep your food safe and fresh.
- Cook your meals: Just follow the recipe cards included in your boxes to quickly create and plate your meals.
It’s important to know that after signing up with Home Chef, they’ll automatically assign you some meals created by their chefs.
The meals automatically assigned to you are based on a personal taste profile you are asked to fill out during your sign up process. They use the “taste profile” you provide to match you up with weekly meal selections that meet your dietary restrictions and preferences. You can change your taste profile down the road if you like.
To make sure that the automatically chosen recipes work for you each week, they recommend that you review the ingredients in each recipe.
If you’d like to change any of the recipes selected for you, you can edit your selection up until the weekly deadline.
Features / What You Get
Inside of each box delivered to you by Home Chef includes:
- Fresh ingredients for your chosen meals
- Recipe cards required for your chosen meals
- Biodegradable, insulated box with water-soluble, cool gel packs designed to keep your food refrigerated, not frozen
From 5-minute meals to 30+ minute masterpieces with options for veggie, low-carb or calorie-conscious – Home Chef offers tons of meals to fit nearly any dietary preference or need.
Here are all of the different categories in Home Chef’s constantly-changing menu from which you can choose your meals (takes a deep breath):
- Without Nuts
- Without Soy
- Without Wheat
- Customer Favorites
- Carb Conscious and Calorie Conscious
- Staff Picks
- Without Milk
- Calorie Conscious
- Carb Conscious
Nutritional information is also available for each meal.
To ensure complete customer satisfaction, Home Chef uses fresh ingredients from trusted suppliers (sourced locally when possible) and chooses partners with sustainability practices that are true to their core values.
To really drive home their belief in sustainable practice, Home Chef packs all of their meals in boxes lined with recycled, compostable, and biodegradable textile fibers
All of Home Chef’s ingredients are produced in facilities that also process eggs, milk, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soy.
This means that while all ingredients are individually packaged, the facilities in which they are packed are not certified allergen-free.
As for allergy-specific meal plans, Home Chef doesn’t cater to specific allergy-free meal plans. However, through both its menu categories and Customize feature, people are able to customize their chosen meals to fit their specific needs.
Home Chef’s pricing structure is based on two factors: Serving Size and Recipe Type.
Here’s how the pricing breaks down for 2 serving plans:
- Standard: $19.90
- 5 Minute Lunch: $15.98
- Smoothie: $9.90
- Premium Meal: Market Price (varies)
Here’s how the pricing breaks down for 4 serving plans:
- Standard: $39.80
- 5 Minute Lunch: $31.96
- Smoothie: $19.80
- Premium Meal: Market Price (varies)
Delivery is free for orders over $49 and is $10 for orders less than $49.
Meals can also be customized which may affect cost.
There is no commitment required to use Home Chef’s services.
You can edit your selections, skip a weekly delivery, and even cancel at any time.
However, skips on deliveries or edits to your menu selections must be submitted by 12 PM (CST) on the Friday prior to the scheduled delivery day.
And remember, while your meals are automatically assigned to you each week based on your taste profile, you are always able to customize your order and select the meals of your choice.
Home Chef currently delivers to 98% of the United States.
To see if they deliver to your area, you can enter your zip code during the signup process and their system will let you know if you’re in their delivery zone.
As for when you can expect your deliveries to arrive, both day and time, options will vary according to where you live.
If you’re worried about your package arriving when you’re not home, Home Chef requires no signature from you at the time of delivery, which means that your package will be left at your door. The insulated packaging is intended to keep your food fresh and cool until you arrive home.
There’s a reason that out of almost 2,000 reviews on Trust Pilot, Home Chef boasts an Excellent average rating of 4.7 out of 5.
As stated on their site and echoed by their customers, simplicity is their mantra.
From online to the kitchen table, Home Chef makes planning and preparing a home-cooked meal simple, intuitive and affordable.
Start saving time, reducing food waste, and eating healthier by signing up for Home Chef today!