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Want to spice up your dinner menus? Meal kit delivery services are a great way to do it. They are also really convenient and time-saving, as they cut down your grocery shopping, meal planning, and preparation.
Meal kit services let you choose the dishes you want from a wide range of recipes, specially developed by professional chefs. In addition, you’ll receive the meal kit delivery with all ingredients portioned out, ready to immediately cook into a delicious meal. Yet there are so many different services and companies to choose from, it can be difficult to know exactly which meal kit company is the one you need. Every meal kit service has its own unique cuisines and styles, with various services that meet the different needs of different customers.
That’s what this site is here for – to give you all the information to help you choose the meal kit service that is right for your needs.
Plated offers a fantastic selection of 20 recipes each week, each of restaurant-level quality, Martha & Marley Spoon is the meal kit delivery service of Martha Stewart, America’s queen in the kitchen. Both are highly commendable companies, yet they differ in many ways too.
Let’s get right into it and start comparing Plated and Martha & Marley Spoon.
How many plans do they offer?
With Martha & Marley Spoon, there are two plans available, yet both provide some flexibility. The 2-people plan has 2, 3 or 4 dishes each week, and the 3 or 4-people Family meal kits plan has 2, 3 or 4 dishes each week.
With Plated, there are three plans on offer, for 2, 3 or 4-person servings. For each plan type, you can select 2, 3 or 4 dishes each week.
What variety of dishes do they provide?
Plated comes in a winner in terms of the menu variety. They offer a wide range of 20 chef-created dishes each week, no matter which plans you are subscribed to. With such a great range, there is truly something for everyone, from simple, easy to prepare dishes, to more sophisticated recipes that need more time and skill.
In contrast, Martha & Marley Spoon has 10 dishes each week, selected from among Martha’s 18,000 favorite recipes.
Both companies provide a nice range of styles and flavors, such as dairy-free, low-cal, kids menus, vegetarian, and fast cooking meals. With both Plated and Martha & Marley Spoon, you can be sure to find something you love from the impressive variety on offer.
How tasty are they?
Having tested so many dishes from Plated and Martha & Marley Spoon, we can definitely say that we enjoyed them all. Most meals were excellent. There is a difference in style between them, however, with Martha & Marley Spoon offering a more classic, home-cooked range, with a strong emphasis on greens and vegetables in many dishes. Also, the recipes are very easy to prepare and only take about half an hour.
In contrast, Plated calls on more sophisticated techniques in the kitchen and offers a very wide range of 20 recipes each week. It’s a great option for foodies or cooking aficionados.
How is the quality of the ingredients?
High-quality ingredients are used by both companies in this comparison review. With Martha & Marley Spoon, the product quality is simply superb. The company sources products from some of the finest farmers and suppliers, stocking your home kitchen with premium ingredients such as Berkshire pork, American-sourced shrimp, grass-fed beef, handcrafted cheeses and many more.
On the other hand, Plated uses meat that is completely free of antibiotics, hormone-free beef, and fish and seafood that is sustainably sourced in every possible instance.
What about the packaging?
Martha & Marley Spoon and Plated both use purpose designed, high quality carton boxes that are clearly labeled. Both companies do a great job of sorting and labeling the contents, with recipes packaged separately and clearly marked. Plated packs the refrigerated items at the base of the box with ample ice to keep them cool and fresh. Martha & Marley Spoon packs refrigerated items in a special pouch made from pure, raw cotton, and filled with ice to keep the items cool. For both these meal kit services, the box is well packed so you can feel safe leaving it outside the fridge for a few hours.
How about the app and website?
With Plated and Martha & Marley Spoon, the app and website are well organized, user-friendly and intuitive. Everything you need to do to manage your account can be done online,such as registering your account, selecting a meal plan, choosing recipes and preferences, and editing your payment details. Also available online is a range of information about the recipes, including the ingredients, cooking instructions, and nutritional data.
What are the terms & conditions of the plans
Both Plated and Martha & Marley Spoon are subscription-only services with no option for one-time orders. However, there is some flexibility, such as being able to freeze the account for a week here and there should the need arise, and also even for a few weeks in a row. Cancellation can be done at any time, with no penalties or fees. Also, depending on where you live, both companies are somewhat flexible about choosing your best day for delivery.
What add-ons do they offer?
With Martha & Marley Spoon, there are two fiesta boxes available each week. A fiesta box is a dinner party kit that contains the full menu, including an appetizer, entree, and dessert. It is available for 4 or 8 people.
Plated has a delicious dessert add-on, with two different desserts available each week that are easy to prepare. The cost per dessert is $8. Plated is one of just a few meal kit companies to provide a dessert recipe option, so we highly recommend it!
So, what’s the final verdict?
Bottom line, both Plated and Martha & Marley Spoon are top-notch meal kit service companies, with amazing options to choose from. Farm fresh ingredients are used by both companies. However they are indeed targeting different audiences. Martha & Marley Spoon is oriented towards classic, home-style cooking that is just right for families. With Plated, things are a bit more extreme with flavors to try and cooking difficulty.
In this comparison competition, we have to select Martha & Marley spoon as the winner. We just love the all-time classic recipes Martha Stewart has to offer every week, and we were also super impressed with the quality of ingredients.