Home Chef Review - Meal Delivery

Sign Up Process
9.0/10
Recipe Quality & Variety
10.0/10
Plans & Pricing
10.0/10
Delivery Service
9.0/10
Organic & Sustainability Focus
9.0/10

About Home Chef

Home Chef is owned by Patrick Vihtelic and was founded in 2013. It has delivered over 10 million meal kits in the last year, providing people all over the US with fresh, delicious food. The company’s popularity is based on the innovative concept of creating home-cooked meals from simple, nutritious ingredients that can be assembled effortlessly. 

Home Chef is the best solution for busy individuals and can cater for all families’ needs. The two main highlights of their services are customizability and ease of preparation. Home Chef meal kits have a number of options available for personal or health preferences such low-carb and vegetarian diets and other lifestyles. In addition, recipes can be customized by doubling, swapping, or upgrading the protein to match as many nutritional requirements.

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Outstanding

9.5/10

Pros

  • Flexible quantity
  • Option to double, skip or swap proteins
  • Variety of menus to cater for all diets’ requirements
  • Straightforward and easy to follow instructions

Cons 

  • No vegan or keto options
  • Organic products are more expensive compared to other brands

Key Highlights

  • Ideal for busy individuals or families who do not have time to cook each week. 
  • Wide range of customizable recipes that change every week. 
  • Meal plans are also suitable for different diets including low-calorie, low-carb, and even vegetarian. 
  • One-stop solution for anyone who enjoys cooking new and easy recipes with just a few simple instructions. 
  • People with any level of cooking skill can create nutritious, delicious foods in only 25 to 45 minutes, depending on the recipe.
  • Food is always fresh and delivered on time.

Plans & Pricing

Prices vary from $6.99 to $10.99 per kit which usually serves for 2 people, and customers can add as many meals and portions as they wish. Home Chef offers weekly meal options to choose from starting from $6.99. Generally, the options available are between 2 and 8 meals per week and 2, 4, or 6 servings per meal. For kids, Home Chef suggests counting half portions when planning the meals for the week. There is also a seasonal fruit basket which serves 2 people.

Moreover, all of the dishes are customizable. More specifically, Home Chef allows its customers to swap proteins with premium cuts, double the quantity, or change the protein type for a fair charge.

Payment can be completed using the following methods: Visa, Amex, Mastercard, Discover, and PayPal.

Ingredients Quality

Ingredients are high quality, as well as organic, antibiotic-free or wild-caught. Home Chef offers a subscription service, so the menus change every week, offering plenty of alternatives for all personal and health preferences. The fresh ingredients boost wellness, and they are specially picked by professional chefs to be suitable for quick, easy meals.

Delivery Service

Delivery options vary with regions and it costs $10 per order, or free for orders above $45. Home Chef delivers to 98% of the US; in order to check a specific region, customers are required to enter their zip code during the registration process and the website will show whether delivery is available. 

Customers can pick any day from Monday to Friday to receive their package and can pick their own preferred delivery day with options depending on the residence area. If the customer is not at home when the package arrives, the delivery will be left at the door without any required signature. All food comes with suitable insulation, so it remains fresh for a long time. However, it is important to refrigerate it as soon as possible to ensure it does not spoil. 

The package includes recipe cards with detailed instructions on how to create the dish and fresh ingredients suitable for each meal. They include tips such as how to slice the vegetables and what seasoning and spices should be added, making their delivery services the best choice for any cooking skill level. 

Recipe Variety

Home Chef has several quality chefs to make sure they deliver the best meal kits, using fresh and flavorful ingredients. Each week, there are more than 15 new recipes that can be selected for your snacks, lunch and dinner. 

Home Chef provides calorie-conscious plans, low-carb options, vegetarian plans and under 30 minutes cooking meal kits. The kits have all the necessary ingredients besides the basics such as salt, pepper, and olive oil.  

There is a variety of meal categories including poultry, pork, vegetarian, nuts-free, soy-free and wheat-free, which makes them suitable for any lifestyle. On the other hand, vegetarian recipes are quite scarce, and they do not offer any meals suitable for restrictive diets, such as allergy-free, vegan, or keto. 

Customization of the orders and the recipes is a straightforward process. There are numerous options to change the recipes, including the ability to customize a recipe with a more expensive protein. Anyone can change the protein on meals, double the quantity of protein, or upgrade it to premium meat cuts. Recipe changes can be made until Friday noon (CT) before the delivery date. 

Home Chef provides the list of ingredients per recipe, along with useful nutritional information for anyone who wants a detailed guide on their healthy and balanced meals. This information is available on the recipe card included in the delivery, and displays the number of calories, carbohydrates, fat, protein, and the total amount of sodium in the meal. 

Cooking time ranges between 25 minutes up to 45 minutes.

Organic & Sustainability Focus

Home Chef goes the extra mile when it comes to sustainability. All of their packaging is made from biodegradable or recyclable materials, constantly reducing the carbon footprint. While it does include some plastic, this can be reused. The meals are delivered in a box with a divider, made of partially recycled cardboard. The produce bags carrying the ingredients are made out of plastic, so they are recyclable too. 

They also have PET and insulated liners that are constructed from denim and cotton. The PET liners can be recycled, whereas the denim liner will at first need to be cut open and emptied, and then recycled in the same way as plastic bags. 

Depending on the meals, the packaging might also include ice packs, which are made of 1% sodium salt and 99% water, meaning they have no toxicity and can be reused after rinsing. Individuals who wish to recycle the ice packs can empty the contents and dispose of the film responsibly. 

All in all, Home Chef focuses on providing sustainable options to packaging that can either be reused or recycled. It is also important for customers to prove responsibility when handling these items in order to protect the environment. 

Customer Support & Benefits

For most inquiries, Home Chef provides an extensive support section with FAQs. It covers a range of information such as recipes and ingredients, shipping and delivery details, and even using gifts, vouchers and credits. For instance, Home Chef offers a 50% discount on your first order and 10% on subsequent orders for students, teachers, members of the military, and nurses. Gift cards are available for purchase directly from the site, this can be shared as a thoughtful incentive to close friends or family. 

The standard support hours are from 9 AM to 6 PM (CST) Monday to Friday and between 9 AM to 2 PM (CST) on Saturdays. For any customer inquiry, Home Chef can be contacted via phone or by submitting an online form. 

Home Chef offers a complete kitchenware collection to help everyone who wants to upgrade their kitchens. Some of their most popular offerings include knives, pans, pots, and other helpful accessories. They come in different sizes, accommodating both large families and single people. The professional quality helps even amateurs to cook delicious sauces and sear steaks to perfection, as well as cook a large amount of meat and vegetables at the same time. If that wasn’t enough, Home Chef also sells specialized kitchenware such as pots for cooking al dente pasta or blanching asparagus and green beans. One of the best sellers of Home Chef (other than their meals) is the complete collection of knives at the online store which enables users to smoothly cut and peel fruits, veggies, and meats. 

Another great customer benefit is the mobile app. It is available to download for both Android and iOS devices, and provides convenience and insightful help. It features simple recipes, cooking tips each week, plating ideas, and instructions that can be easily followed. The app allows for customizing the weekly menu and manages the delivery, indicating its order status and expected delivery time. Furthermore, the app permits users to send feedback to the chefs regarding the quality of their recipes. This can lead to the professional chefs personalizing each dish as well as creating new meals that will be loved by the entire family. 

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Outstanding

9.5/10

Contact Details 

Phone: 872-225-2433

Online Contact Form

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Outstanding

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