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Growing fast, the meal kit industry has seen many changes in past years. New companies have been introduced to the market, and they have helped reshape the way meal kit companies function.
With so many choices, it’s hard to know what meal kit company is the best one for you. That’s what this page is for – to give you a comparison between different meal kit services, and to help you choose the best meal kit plan for your needs.
Here, we are comparing Sun Basket and Plated, which are two of the most popular meal kit companies out there. There are substantial differences between these two brands, although both provide a meal kit service that is comprehensive and well rated. Now’s the time to get to know each company better, so you can make an educated decision about which you might want to try. So let’s get started!
How many plans do they offer?
Let’s begin with Sun Basket. The company has two plan options, with both offering dishes to suit many different palates and diets. Feel free to mix & match between the various styles and cuisines, including gluten free, lean & clean, Mediterranean, paleo and many more.
Sun Basket’s Classic Menu includes 2 or 3 recipes for 2 or 4 people each week, while the Family Menu has 2, 3, or 4 recipes for 4 people per week.
When it comes to Plated, you can also expect flexibility in plan options. There are 3 plans to choose from, offering servings for 2, 3 or 4 people, and each plan provides 2, 3 or 4 recipes each week.
What variety of dishes do they provide?
Sun Basket does really well in the variety of dishes provided, with 18 dishes each week. These include dishes to suit various dietary needs, such as gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian (vegetarian plus seafood) , paleo, lean & clean, Mediterranean, as well as the newest addition to the mix – a menu that is suitable for diabetics.
Plated just beats Sun Basket, however, offering 20 dishes per week, and these are all available with any plan!
Sun Basket and Plated get high marks in the diversity of dishes on offer, with a great range of meat, poultry, seafood, fish, pork and vegetable dishes for you to choose from.
How tasty are they?
I tested a range of dishes from both companies, and they were all very tasty! Plated meals were a touch more complex and interesting. The recipes are a good choice for people with experience in the kitchen or those who love cooking. Remember though that Plated offers 20 recipes each week, so there is quite a range to choose from, including simpler recipes if you are feeling a bit unsure.
According to Sun Basket, most dishes take around half an hour to prepare, and the recipes are easy to follow. This is true to my experience of Sun Basket. When I tried their recipes, they took about 20 to 25 minutes to prepare, and they turned out delicious!
Check out these Sun Basket and Plated sample dishes we tested from:
How is the quality of the ingredients?
High quality ingredients is the name of the game for both Sun Basket and Plated. We LOVE Sun Basket’s promise to use only ingredients that are organic and sustainably sourced. For Plated, they claim to use only meats that are 100% free of antibiotics, hormone-free beef, and fish that is sourced sustainably, as well as using farm fresh seasonal products whenever they can. When it comes to health and environmental sustainability, I can totally get on board with Sun Basket and Plated company values!
What about the packaging?
I’m happy to say that both Sun Basket and Plated take great care and quality with their packaging. Meal kits are delivers in carton boxes that are specially labeled and designed for the purpose. Ingredients are organized, and each dish is separately packaged and labeled, so the sorting that you need to do is kept to absolute minimum. Also, both companies pack the refrigerated ingredients in ice at the bottom of the box, so you don’t need to worry about rushing your meal kits straight to the fridge.
How about the app and website?
Organized and easy to use – that defines the website and app of Sun Basket and Plated. You can do everything you need to manage your meal kit account and deliveries online, including creating an account, choosing your meal preferences, and entering or editing payment details. I used Plated’s app to edit my order, and it was a simple, intuitive and hassle-free experience.
What are the terms & conditions of the plans?
Sun Basket and Plated both offer an ongoing subscription service. Conveniently, you can skip weeks with both companies, and there is some flexibility in terms of choosing your best delivery day.
When it comes to cancellation, Plated gets top score, as you can cancel via both the app or website, and it was an easy-to-find, hassle free, online experience. For Sun Basket, cancellation is available on the website, via the link to customer support. They make it a bit harder to find the cancellation page, but with a little digging, you’ll get there.
What add ons do they offer?
For Sun Basket, you can choose a signature sauce for $4.99 each week. With Plated, you can enjoy a choice of two desserts each week,for $8 per dessert. The recipes do change regularly, so that’s a nice, sweet option to have.
So, what’s the final verdict?
This is a tough call, as both Sun Basket and Plated offer a truly amazing service. Both have a weekly range of meals that is large, diverse and delicious, so your options are pretty wide. The main difference is in the audiences they appeal to.
Sun Basket is the ideal choice for those who love healthy, organic and new age style cuisine, without compromising on taste. If you have a particular dietary need, such as vegan, gluten free, paleo, lean & clean and many more, then Sun Basket is the way to go.
On the other hand, if you want solid, high quality meals, with a little added creativity and sometimes a surprising twist, then we recommend you go with Plated.
Whichever way you decide, you’ll be happy with your choice, as both companies are winners. But, in our meal kit comparison, there can only be one actual winner.