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2020’s Home Chef Review – How does Home Chef work?

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Strengths

  • Easy-to-follow recipes that come with clear instructions
  • Fresh ingredients
  • Great customizing options

Weaknesses

  • No options for vegans
  • No kid-friendly meals

Breakdown Details

Starting Fee

$6.99 Per Serving

Customer Service

Chat, Call in Business Hours

Track Order Option

Yes (via email/via mobile app)

Membership Option

No

Home Chef is a meal kit subscription service that delivers easy-to-follow recipes and fresh ingredients right to your doorstep. The company’s impressive packaging keeps the ingredients fresh and protects them from damage during transportation. Unlike most meal kits that are limited to four servings, Home Chef meal kits offer servings that are sufficient for around six people. One of the best things about the subscription service is that the protein option can be easily customized.

Read our Home Chef review further to learn more about this great meal delivery service.

How Much Does Home Chef Cost?

The service is not very expensive. Prices for meals start at $6.99 per serving. The Standard plan – that includes two meals for two persons – costs around $39.80. The weekly meal options available to customers are 2 to 8 meals per week and 2, 4, or 6 servings per meal.

There is also an option for premium meals. But this luxury costs a bit of extra money. As compared to the $6.99 price that you will have to pay for a regular meal, the premium meal costs around $20. The service’s Bistro Filet and Truffle Frites, for example, costs $19.95 per serving – very nearly the price that you will pay at a restaurant.

There are some discounts that you can enjoy, however. If you’re a member of the military, a teacher, a nurse, a student, or a first responder, you’re part of an exclusive group. You can enjoy up to 50% off of your first order if you login with your ID.me. Subsequently, you will be allowed a 10% discount on all your orders, provided that the discount amount will not exceed the maximum value of $60.

Shipping & Packaging

Now that we’ve covered the subscription process, it’s time for a more complete Home Chef delivery review. Home Chef sends its meals in an insulated cardboard box that keeps the ingredients safe. All cardboard boxes are fully recyclable. The company offers free shipping on orders over three meals.

Normally, the shipping starts at $6.99 per order. During the signup process, you will have to enter your ZIP code as well. With this information, the company will tell you whether they can deliver to your area.

People frequently ask what happens if they’re not at home. In that case, the delivery driver will leave the package on your doorstep and wouldn’t require your signature. Since the ingredients are packed with ice packs and insulated liners, they remain fresh for a long time. However, once you’ve opened the package, inspect the items carefully and refrigerate them.

Add-Ons: Lunch and Smoothies

Customers can add a selection of smoothies at $4.95 per serving or the Five-Minute lunch option for an additional $7.99. Home Chef, however, doesn’t provide any wine pairing options. On Home Chef’s official site, you can find a Resources page titled Kitchenware where you will find recommended cookware that you can buy online.

 

How Does Home Chef Work?

Getting started with Home Chef is pretty easy and straightforward. Within a few minutes, you can sign up for fresh and easy Home Chef meal recipes. New customers will have to sign up for a plan that indicates how many meals and how many servings they want a week. You can also skip or cancel the delivery. For skipping a weekly delivery, you will have to notify the company by Friday noon CST a week before the scheduled delivery. Customers who sign up for three more Home Chef meals a week qualify for free shipping.

To sign up you will need to fill out a questionnaire and answer how many meals and what serving size you want. Some optional questions relate to your dietary preferences, such as low-calorie or vegetarian, and any foods that you would like to avoid – milk, nuts, etc. The meal subscription service delivers meals once a week. The kit contains almost all the ingredients required to prepare the meal and easy-to-follow Home Chef recipes.
You will have to click on the Our Menu page to see the meal options available for the week. The page looks like this:

The service also offers oven-ready recipes. An independent Home Chef oven-ready recipe review suggests that such meals are quite simple. All you have to do is mix all the ingredients in the given foil pan and bake.

Managing Your Subscription

You can easily manage your account on the website by clicking on the My Account tab that you’ll find in the upper right corner of the website. You can also change your meal plans through the My Settings option. You can also make changes to your subscription frequency as well – this means that you can easily switch between a weekly, biweekly, or monthly subscription as you please.
Another benefit that we would like to highlight in our Home Chef review is that the company is quite flexible. You can temporarily pause your account and reactivate it in the future. If you’re traveling or don’t feel like cooking a meal at home, you may skip a week as well. All these options are available through the My Account tab.

Home Chef Customer Service

Home Chef doesn’t provide any customer support chat service. However, its FAQ section is quite extensive and provides all the relevant information. Customers can call during business hours. They can also fill out the form online or in the app to talk to a representative.

Pros & Cons

Easy-to-follow recipes that come with clear instructions

Fresh ingredients

Great customizing options

No options for vegans

No kid-friendly meals

Some of the more exotic ingredients come at a higher cost

Home Chef Reviews & Testimonials

Home Chef has got a 3-star rating on the ConsumerAffairs site. Customers say that they haven’t faced any major issues and that the service delivers what it promises. There are no hidden charges, and everything is laid out on the website clearly. Most Home Chef reviews agree that Home Chef food is delicious and the recipes they send are also quite easy to follow – something that people with decent cooking skills can prepare in a short time. People are also satisfied with the packaging material because it is not only reusable but also keeps the ingredients fresh. What customers really love about the subscription service is that four servings of the meal are good for at least six people. They also love the meal combinations that the service provides.

Home Chef and its Competitors

There are plenty of meal kit subscription services that offer delicious meals per week to make your cooking convenient and affordable. In this section, let’s have a quick look at how Home Chef performs against other similar services.

Home Chef vs Blue Apron

Blue Apron and Home Chef offer similar recipes. However, the latter offers more – around 14 dinner recipes, while the former offers six to eight recipes. Home Chef’s recipes also let you prepare meals for larger families. Another benefit of Home Chef is that it allows subscribers to customize meal plans. Blue Apron is also a bit more expensive than Home Chef.

Home Chef vs HelloFresh

HelloFresh offers flexible plans that offer a great variety of meals and recipes. It also has vegetarian plans and kid-friendly meals. The delivery cost of the service is $6.99. Overall, it is a decent service that provides delicious meals every week.

Home Chef vs EveryPlate

At $4.99, EveryPlate provides the most affordable weekly meals. The minimum order of the service is 3 meals/2 plates. The service charges a delivery cost of $8.99. EveryPlate doesn’t have any vegetarian or kid-friendly meals, though.

The Verdict

Cooking food can be a bit tedious if you are not very proficient at it. Home Chef is a remarkable meal kit subscription service that offers you fresh ingredients delivered directly to your doorstep. Now you won’t have to search for a recipe online and deal with video buffering as the recipe will be sent with the ingredients.

Home Chef recipes are familiar and easy-to-follow, which means you can easily cook your meals on busy weeknights. One of the best things about the company is the variety of choices it offers to its customers.

But the subscription plan is not that great for people who want organic food or antibiotic-free, wild-caught meats as they’d have to pay extra per serving to get their meal plans tailored to their liking. To round up our Home Chef review, if you don’t have any special requirements, e.g. vegan diet, and simply want some peace of mind when it comes to preparing food, you should definitely try Home Chef’s subscription plan.

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