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In recent years, the meal kit delivery service industry has changed. New companies are popping up, and there are many more choices and options for consumers. But with this new diversity, it becomes even harder to make a decision about which meal kit service is right for you. That’s why we are here to help. By comparing meal kit companies, you can learn all about the differences between them, the advantages and extras of each option, so you can make an informed choice.
In this review, we are going to compare two giants in the meal kit service market – Plated and Blue Apron. They have a number of common aspects, yet many differences too. So without further ado, let’s get this comparison review rolling!
In the variety of plans, Plated has good flexibility with 3 plans on offer. There are plans for 2, 3 or 4 people, and for each plan, you can select 2, 3 or 4 recipes each week.
Blue Apron, on the other hand, has just 2 plans: the 2-people classic plan, with the choice of 2 or 3 recipes each week, and the family plan, with 2 to 4 dishes each week.<
What variety of dishes do they provide?
Plated gets top marks for the variety of dishes available, with a great range of 20 recipes to choose from each week, no matter which plans you are subscribed to. With Blue Apron, the classic plan offers 8 recipes, while the family plan has just 4.
For both Plated and Blue Apron, there are dishes of every type, such as meat, poultry, pork, seafood, fish and vegetables. However, Plated definitely has a better variety, with lots of gourmet, casual style, vegetarian, lo-cal and children’s dishes to choose from.
We sampled recipes from Plated and Blue Apron, and all were very tasty. Some of Plated’s recipes are a bit more sophisticated, so if you are an experienced cook, this might be good for you. But even if you’re not, there is a wide range of 20 recipes on offer every week, so you can be sure to find easier cooking options.
Here are a few examples of Plated dishes we sampled: Spicy Crunchy Shrimp Bowls seared Steak, Roasted Eggplant Moussaka
The dishes we tested from Blue Apron were Curry Chicken & Vegetables, Roasted Fall Vegetable & Farro Salad,and the classic style option, the Parisian Steak Frites.
What about the packaging?
Plated and Blue Apron both use high quality carton boxes for delivery, with clear labeling. Refrigerated items are placed at the base of the box with ample ice, so there is no need to worry about rushing your delivery to the fridge.
However, the differences show when you open the box. Plated does a good job of sorting and arranging the ingredients for each recipe in separate labeled bags, so most of the sorting work has been done for you. On the other hand, Blue Apron ingredients are mostly not labeled, and come loose and unsorted in the box. Spices and condiments are wrapped in a separate bag, however the other ingredients are jumbled together. If you order from Blue Apron, you should factor in the extra time you’ll need to sort the contents of the box yourself.
How about the app and website?
Plated and Blue Apron get high marks for their website and app. Everything you need to do to manage your account can be done quickly and easily online, including registering your account, selecting meal plans, choosing dining preferences and entering your payment details. It’s an easy and user-friendly way to handle your account.
Both Plated and Blue Apron offer subscription-only service, and there is no option for a one-time order. However, with both companies, you do have the option to temporarily freeze your account for a week here or there. There is also some flexibility in choosing your best delivery day. Cancelling your subscription is easier to do with Plated, as you are able to cancel online. If you wish to cancel your Blue Apron account, you’ll have to contact their customer service department.
With Plated, you can choose a delicious sweet dessert treat as a special add on. For $8 each, you can make your choice from two desserts on offer each week.
Blue Apron has a wine subscription add on, with a fantastic range of wines to choose from. You can even get recommendations for which wine goes best with each dish. Blue Apron also has a retail service, where you can order from a range of cookware and kitchen utensils.
So, what’s the final verdict?
With Plated and Blue Apron, you can be assured you are receiving a great meal kit service. Both companies appeal to people who want to upgrade their dinner cuisine, with a range of simpler and more complex recipes on offer.
Yet after sampling both services, we have to give the trophy to Blue Apron, who takes first place in just about every aspect, including the variety of recipes available each week, the styles and flavors of the meals, portion sizes, and of course, the user-friendly website and fantastic packaging. There’s simply no choice in the matter – Blue Apron, it is!