Our busy modern lives present many challenges and subsequently many of us are shifting our priorities when it comes to our evening dining preferences. Spending a long time in the kitchen is simply not appealing, nor is wasting hours on grocery shopping. Because of this shift in priorities, the popularity of meal kit services has grown rapidly over the last few years.
It is an industry which is expanding and changing all the time, with new companies regularly entering the arena.
As a customer, it can be somewhat challenging to work out which is the best service for you. Which is where the Meal Kit Comparison comes in – we take all the guesswork out of this decision by offering in-depth comparisons of the various companies in the meal kit delivery industry.
Gobble has two different plan option. There is either a Two-person plan or a Four-person plan, both of which are made up of three different dishes per week.
Plated has three different plan options which can cater for two, three or four people. With each of the Plated plans you can select either two, three or four recipes per week.
Both Plated and Gobble are well-known for the impressive selections of meals they offer their customers. The Gobble menu is organised over four different categories, which indicate the protein source, and these include ‘From the Range’, ‘From the Ranch’, ‘From the Sea’ and ‘From the Earth’. The Gobble menu includes a meal from all these categories and is made up of an impressive 24 dishes per week.
Pleated also provides a very pleasing amount of diversity with 20 dishes available per week. These dishes are available regardless of which plan you have selected and include recipes that are child-friendly, dairy-free, low-carb and gluten-free.
The style and complexity of dishes:
The style of dishes from Plated and Gobble are quite different. Despite this, we loved all the dishes that we tried from both companies.
Gobble has made ease of meal preparation a company priority. They make the very incredible promise that all their meals take only 15 minutes to prepare. Because of this promise, the Gobble ingredients are already portioned, peeled, chopped and marinated. The Gobble experience is guaranteed to be as easy and simple as possible.
Plated on the other hand offers a variety of dishes that give you the option to either take it easy in the kitchen or to enjoy some new culinary experiences that require a little more cooking time. Their dishes range from those that are super easy to make taking no longer than 20 minutes, to dishes that are a little more complex and can take up to 50 minutes to cook. Having this sort of diversity is great for people who love to cook yet also like to take it easy some nights.
Quality of ingredients:
The ingredients supplied by both Plated and Gobble are of a consistently high quality. You will find with Plated that all the meats are 100% antibiotic free, any beef used has no added hormones and seafood is sustainable sourced whenever possible.
Gobble also uses ingredients that are fresh and of an exceptional standard. Due to Gobble’s 15-minute guarantee many of their ingredients are partially cooked and immediately vacuum packed. By preparing the ingredients this way, Gobble is ensuring the integrity of the ingredients even though they have been par-cooked, and it also means less preparation time for you.
Getting a delivery from both Plated and Gobble is a real delight. Both companies use specially designed and labelled boxes. They include enough ice in the bottom of the box to ensure that everything, especially the proteins, are kept at the correct temperature throughout the delivery process. The ingredients of each meal kit are individually separated and packaged, which means very little sorting is required by you and it is just a matter of putting the meal kit ingredients away, until you are ready to use them.
The app and website:
You can easily manage your account with both Plated and Gobble online. This includes account registration, advising payment details, plan and meal selection and account cancellation.
With Plated you have the option of both a website and app to use, and with Gobble, as their website is mobile optimized you simply need to use their website.
Neither company offers their services as a one-off option, so you are required to subscribe to begin using their services. However, there is still a great deal of flexibility offered with both these subscriptions. There is the option to skip weeks if you require and you can also put your account on hold for a certain period. If you need to cancel your account, you can do this online with both companies.
We really love the meal delivery services offered by both Plated and Gobble. They offer such a wonderful and convenient service for busy people who want to simplify their dining experiences a little, but who still want to eat delicious and healthy food.
With our meal kit comparisons, we always need to specify which our preferred company is. For this comparison, our vote goes to Gobble – The quality of ingredients used by Gobble and their overall recipes taste is wonderful. Also, we find the promise of 15 minutes cooking time very attractive!