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Home Chef

Updated: Jul. 20, 2018

Ranked 5th of 10 meal kits with a Quid Score of 79.

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Home Chef

Ranked 5th of 10 meal kits with a Quid Score of 79.

Product Details

Product Details

Ranks 5th overall.

Key Information
  • Type: Meal Kit
  • Meals Per Week: 2 - 6
  • Servings Per Meal: 2, 4, or 6
  • Cooking Skill Level: Beginner
  • Subscription Options: 15
  • Average Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Product Specifications
  • Extras: Weekly specials, including smoothie kits and fresh fruit, breakfast options
  • Packaging: Insulated cardboard box with ice-packs and pre-portioned ingredients. The box is lined with recycled, compostable, biodegradable textile fibers
  • Shipping Fee: $10 for orders under $40
  • Included in Package: Ingredients, recipe cards
  • Weekly Meal Options: 11 options
  • Ingredient Specifications: Partners with sustainable suppliers like Paysan Breton, World Wide Farms, and Sea to Table who source locally whenever possible
  • Additional Dietary Options: Vegetarian, nut-free, poultry, beef, lamb, pork, soy-free, wheat-free, pescatarian, low-carb, low-calorie, milk-free, breakfast, dessert, and “premium” (fine-dining option for special celebrations)

Expert Rating: 81%

Ranks 6th among competitors.

Expert Rating: 81%

Ranks 6th among competitors.

Experts like the full nutritional info on the recipe cards as well as the recommended wine and beer pairings. They found freshness and taste subpar. Shipping and delivery is only available on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Full Expert Breakdown
  • Taste - Below average
  • Freshness - Below average
  • Preparation - Difficulty Average
  • Flexibility - Above average
  • Cuisine Variety - Above average
  • Delivery Service - Average
  • Amount of Packaging - Above average
Notable Positives
  • Simple recipes
  • Large variety
  • Custom taste profile
  • Detailed culinary techniques included
  • Breakfast options
Notable Negatives
  • Shipped ingredients did not feel as cold as competitors
  • No labels on meat or herbs
  • Not the freshest
  • Comparably high calorie counts
  • Taste was subpar
Full Expert Breakdown
  • Taste - Below average
  • Freshness - Below average
  • Preparation - Difficulty Average
  • Flexibility - Above average
  • Cuisine Variety - Above average
  • Delivery Service - Average
  • Amount of Packaging - Above average

Customer Rating: 74%

Ranks 3rd among competitors.

Customer Rating: 74%

Ranks 3rd among competitors.

Customers felt that Home Chef was an easy-to-learn option, albeit a little expensive for the portions it provides. They also liked the fresh taste and variety of weekly extras.

Ideal for people:

Beginners who have very limited time for meal prep and want to control their intake.

Not ideal for people:

Foodies who love large portions, are single diners, eat larger portion sizes, or can't eat diets with high sodium.

Notable Pros:
  • App is easy to use for delivery management
  • Simple enough for beginner chef
  • Weekly extras are a nice option
  • Taste fresh
Notable Cons:
  • Small portion sizes
  • Expensive
  • Missing ingredients
  • Meals are high in sodium
  • Difficult to correct orders

Brand Score: 66%

Ranks 4th among competitors.

Brand Score: 66%

Ranks 4th among competitors.

The Chicago-based meal kit service offers a variety of rotating weekly meals, which customers can order å la carte or in a bundle. Upon signing up, users fill out an online “taste profile,” including dietary preferences and allergies, which an algorithm uses to suggest recipes.

Heritage - 3/5

Home Chef was founded in Chicago in 2013 by Pat Vihtelic, a former investment banker. The culinary team regularly hosts a rotating roster of guest chefs for recipe inspiration and collaboration.

Innovation - 3/5

Home Chef sells select meals without a subscription at some Walmart locations. In 2017, the company expanded into the lunch category with 5-minute lunch kits. A website algorithm makes meal suggestions based on customer inputs.

Reliability - 4/5

Customers can access support by email, phone, or browsing the website FAQs. Orders can be edited, skipped, or cancelled anytime prior to the weekly deadline, which is 12pm CST the Friday before the scheduled delivery day.

Social Good - 3/5

Home Chef partnered with Feeding America to kick off a "Season of Giving" initiative. In December 2017, the company made a donation of $50,000 that helped deliver 1 million meals to people in need.

Relevance - 3/5

Home Chef posts many shorts to its YouTube channel that highlight the simplicity of its meal kits. On Instagram it invites users to share their creations via the hashtag #realhomechef.

Retail: Best Price $59.70

Ranks 1st in value among competitors.

Retail: Best Price $59.70

Ranks 1st in value among competitors.

Home Chef customers can skip or cancel meal kits anytime before the weekly deadline. Dissatisfied customers will be credited for the price of their meal. Weekly suggested meals can be easily edited on the website “Delivery Calendar” tab of a user account.

Best Purchase Options
Home Chef - $59.70
Best Purchase Option
Home Chef - $59.70

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