Today, we’re reviewing two companies that just happen to be favorites of ours. By looking at all the details of each company closely, we can help you decide which meal kit delivery service might is better suited to you. Today, it’s Sun Basket versus Home Chef. Sun Basket is a Californian company that aims to help people cook healthy, simple-to-make meals, which Home Chef is a company that promises to make home cooking easier, simpler, yet a lot more diverse.
Read on to see just how Sun Basket and Home Chef compare in this review.
How many plans do they offer?
We’re going to begin with Sun Basket, which has two plans on offer: Classic Menu and Family Menu. The Classic Menu includes 2 or 3 dishes for 2 or 4 people each week, while the Family Menu has 2 to 4 dishes for 4 people per week. Sun Basket also provides a wide range of plans for various dietary needs, such as gluten free, vegetarian, lean & clean and paleo. For people committed to one of these special diets, Sun Basket is a good choice.
In contrast, Home Chef is the more flexible company, with meal kit deliveries for 2, 4 or 6 people.There is a minimum requirement of 2 dishes per week, however no maximum limit is set.
What variety of dishes do they provide?
Home Chef is flexible in terms of the variety and range of dishes on offer. There is an amazing amount of 17 dishes each week, including 14 dinners and 3 no-cooking lunch meals that take only five minutes to prepare. The Home Chef menu takes into consideration many dietary and lifestyle needs. It includes some vegetarian options, low calories, low carb, express meals and more. The company also offers a “Customize It” feature to most of their meals – a one of a kind service that gives you the option to change, double or upgrades the protein in those meals. One last and great things about Home Chef is that you can choose from any of the available dishes, no matter what number of people are covered in your selected plan.
For Blue Apron, the 2-people plan has 8 dishes on offer each week, and the family plan includes 6 dishes (some appear in both plans). among their dishes, you will be able to find some vegetarian and Weight watchers options.
Both competitors in this meal kits comparison battle provide a range of meals and tastes, whether it’s the type of dish, such as meat, poultry, vegetable or fish, etc, and in terms of the seasoning and flavor (ie. Italian, Asian, Mexican or traditional style).
How tasty are they?
Sun Basket and Home Chef both provide delicious meals. In general, Sun Basket seems to me to place a stronger emphasis on healthy eating, with various healthy ingredients such as whole rice, lots of vegetables and greens, and gluten free pasta.
Home Chef is more focused on family meals, often with a fun twist or something extra and different. The recipes they use are mainly standard, popular recipes that don’t demand sophisticated cooking knowledge or experience. Home Chef caters nicely to all age groups – kids, adults and teenagers – so it definitely fall solidly in the family category of meal kit companies.
Check out these Sun Basket sample dishes that we tested:
How is the quality of the ingredients?
We loved the consistent, high quality we received from ingredients of both Sun Basket and Home Chef. Sun Basket’s promise of using only organic, sustainably sourced ingredients is unique, and appreciated. It is something that really differentiates Sun Basket from all the other options on the market.
On the other hand, Home Chef works with amazing farms that deliver fresh, high quality ingredients, like World Wide Farms, who produce farm fresh vegetables and herbs, Sea to Table, who specialize in seafood that is sourced sustainably, and Paysan Breton Butter.
What about the packaging?
Packing is solid and high quality for both Sun Basket and Home Chef, with well labeled, purpose-designed carton boxes. Both companies deliver their meals in a well organized way, with each dish’s ingredients separated into individually labeled bags. This really helps when it comes down to opening and sorting the ingredients, making your work much faster and easier. Both Sun Basket and Home Chef package their refrigerated items at the bottom of the carton with enough ice to ensure they stay well cooled for a few hours, so you don’t need to worry about getting your meal kit to the fridge fast.
How about the app and website?
The app and website of Sun Basket and Home Chef are organized, logical and user friendly. Everything can be quickly and easily done online, from registering your account, to selecting menu plans, defining your meal preferences and updating your payment method.
What are the terms & conditions of the plans?
Both Sun Basket and Home Chef offer a subscription service, and you can easily skip weeks with both companies, if you need to. There is enough flexibility offered by both companies in choosing your best delivery day. Cancelling your account must be done through customer support with both companies – there is no online cancellation option. However, the response time is prompt, which is a helpful consolation.
What add ons do they offer?
With Sun Basket, you can buy a signature sauce for $4.99 every week.
Home Chef has a wider range of useful add ons, with 3 great options available:
- A range of lunches that require no cooking and take just 5 minutes to prepare, such as sandwiches and salads, at $7.99 per serving
- Smoothie option, with a different flavor on offer each week, at $4.95 per smoothie
- Fruit basket with a range of seasonal fruits, at $4.95 per basket
So, what’s the final verdict?
While both companies offer outstanding meal kit services, they indeed cater to different audiences.
Sun Basket is all about healthy, organic, new age style food, which is also extremely tasty. If that sounds like you, or if you are on a special diet, such as vegan, gluten free or paleo, then you should try Sun Basket.
Home Chef is the option for you if you enjoy classic, high quality dinners that are easy to prepare, yet taste sensational.
After all is said and done, the winner is Sun Basket, because of their solid commitment to providing organic and sustainably sourced ingredients – we just love that!