Sun Basket Review - Meal Delivery

Sign Up Process
8.0/10
Recipe Quality & Variety
10.0/10
Plans & Pricing
9.0/10
Delivery Service
9.0/10
Organic & Sustainability Focus
10.0/10

About Sun Basket

The Sun Basket company is a service that delivers organic ingredients and recipes at home for those who want to prepare a quick and healthy meal. The company was founded in 2014 by Justine Kelly, San Francisco chef Adam Zbar, George Nachtrieb and Tyler MacNiven. Justine Kelly is an Executive Chef with over 25 years of experience in the culinary industry, she has many accolades including mentions in Gourmet Magazine and an appearance on Iron Chef.

Sun Basket offers a meal preparation kit with ingredients and instructions on how to prepare a tasty meal. The food is delivered right to your doorstep every week or less often, depending on your preference. There is also the option to choose how many portions you want to order (the minimum being for 2 people) and what is your diet plan i.e. gluten-free, paleo, or vegetarian.

i

Excellent

9.1/10

Pros

  • Big portions
  • Organic ingredients
  • Wide variety of special diets
  • Add-ons are available

Cons

  • Delivery service is not free
  • Uses plastic packaging

Key Highlights

  • Signup process and choosing meals take an average of 6 minutes to complete.
  • Wide range of ingredients and recipes that anyone can easily make in the comfort of their home.
  • Accommodates various diet plans and offers numerous add-ons that customers can use to customize their meal to perfection.
  • Each meal takes 30 minutes to prepare.
  • Weekly blog newsletter for all customers with useful information on living a healthier lifestyle, advice, and more.

Plans & Pricing

The price of a single serving at Sun Basket ranges between $10.99 and $12.99. However, larger orders will benefit from discounts. The signup process and choosing your meals take an average of 6 minutes to complete. The plans available at Sun Basket are as follows:

  • Paleo Plan – Offers dishes that are high in protein and exclude corn, gluten, dairy, soy, and grains. 
  • Vegetarian Plan – Offers plenty of seasonal and nutritious ingredients. 
  • Gluten-free – Offers wheat alternatives.
  • Diabetes-friendly Meal Plan – Provides recipes that are approved by the American Diabetes Association.
  • Quick and Easy Meals – Can be prepared in less than 20 minutes.
  • Carb-Conscious (also known as Ketogenic diet or Atkins).
  • Chef’s Choice – Provides hand-picked, seasonal recipes. 

Choosing a plan is a smooth process that can take less than 6 minutes. Customers can either choose meals from the menu, or they can choose one of the plans above and check the dinner recommendations. The last step of ordering requires customers to add breakfast, lunch, specialty meats, or healthy snacks. 

Sun Basket also offers add-ons in the form of usual groceries. These additional items are snacks, pasta, soups, breakfast products, seafood, biscuits, nuts, meat, all at an excellent price. This means that customers can save time with shopping in a supermarket. 

The delivery fee is $7.99, but for new customers, their first order will include free shipping. Sun Basket accepts a range of payment methods including credit and debit cards, PayPal, and Apple Pay. 

Ingredients Quality

All Sun Basket products are fresh and incredibly high-quality, making them beneficial for boosting your wellbeing. The recipes are approved by dietitians and meet all USDA standards as well as the latest scientific discoveries. Meals usually contain between 500 and 800 calories. They contain organic products, high-quality protein, whole grains, good fats, and have a low sugar content. 

Also, in the preparation of meals, they use seasonal products manually selected by farmers, and seafood is taken from the best suppliers. In regard to meat products, they come from responsibly raised animals without growth hormones or antibiotics. 

The ingredients arrive at the door fresher than if bought from a store. Recipes are easy to prepare as they take a maximum of 30 minutes. Another advantage of this service is that the ingredients come pre-measured to prevent any wastage. 

Delivery Service

At this time, deliveries are made in most regions of the USA, except in Alaska and Hawaii, and parts of North Dakota, Montana, and New Mexico. While deliveries are made weekly, they are not done every day of the week, only from Monday to Thursday between 8 AM and 9 PM, depending on where the customer resides. The company promises to have more delivery options soon.

There is also the option to have the package delivered to a friend’s house or another location. It’s very easy to change your delivery options and making modifications to the current order. However, for the change to be valid, customers will have to implement them one week in advance.

Customers can cancel their order at any time or skip a week by accessing the company’s user-friendly website. The packaging is designed so that the food retains its freshness even after it reaches the door. 

After receiving the package, it must be kept away from the sunlight, and after removing the products from the box, they must be stored in the refrigerator. Seafood or shellfish must be eaten within 3 days, and chicken and foods containing fresh greens or mushrooms must be consumed within 5 days of the delivery. Sun Basket’s delivery box includes a brochure of all the recipes (with pictures) for the week, even those that were not selected such as drinks and desserts. This brochure can also be found online and in the app. 

Recipe Variety

Each week, customers can choose from 18 different dishes, 5 of which will be vegetarian and / or vegan. If a specific diet plan is chosen, Sun Basket will filter out foods that are not compatible with that diet. At Sun Basket, customers have the benefit of choosing whether to make a customized menu or to opt for a standard plan. For example, people who do not eat certain foods such as seafood, shellfish or soy can set preferences to have the previous foods removed from their options. Despite that each recipe contains a label with its product information, customers still have the freedom to change certain ingredients i.e. organic or chicken meat instead of salmon. However, these changes incur extra costs. 

Recipes include information about allergens, nutrition, ingredients, instructions and cooking time (which usually varies between 25 minutes and 40 minutes).

A very interesting aspect of the boxes delivered by Sun Basket is the diversity and the food portions are very generous. Pesto sauce is a little different, it contains sweet peas or eggs instead of basil, and vegetarian dishes contain tofu and eggs to replace proteins. 

Organic & Sustainability Focus

The company’s goal is to deliver products as fresh and safe as possible by using the best packaging in the market. Sun Basket works with the top-rated design companies to provide them with the support to create sustainable packaging. 

The website has a complete recycling section that offers more information about their practices. The boxes are made from a recyclable blend of kraft paper, and the insulation is also recyclable even when wet. The cardboard boxes can either be reused or recycled. 

Ice packs are made of 2% non-GMO cotton and water. They need to be drained in the trash, leaving behind the cotton which is compostable. All containers are made of PET recyclable plastic, while lids and jars contain polypropylene. Their website offers many ideas on how to reuse their packaging, which helps to further protect the environment. 

Lastly, Chef Justine crafts each recipe using ingredients from local farms. She selects the partnering farms based on their practices, and quality of ingredients. For instance, she only chooses farmers that take care of their soil and do not use industrial chemicals. They currently source their ingredients from 4 farms in California; Hodo Soy Tofu, Capay Organic, Lakeside Organic Gardens, and Durst Organic Growers.

Customer Support & Benefits

Sun Basket’s website has a dedicated customer-centered section which contains a short form to fill out, a representative will reply via email. The support team is available from 8 AM to 5 PM (PT) Monday to Friday. 

The Frequently Asked Questions section addresses most concerns and issues associated packaging, their meal kits, and how to customize their plans to live a healthier lifestyle. Customers can gain a deeper insight into Sun Basket’s recipes, how to create their delicious meals in under 30 minutes, and much more. The site is plentiful of valuable information, tips and tricks, and even videos. 

In addition, the brand shares a weekly blog newsletter called The Sun Times, which has been hailed as a useful and entertaining read. 

If anyone wants to surprise their loved ones, Sun Basket also offers gift cards that can be either emailed to the recipient or printed at home so you could deliver it to them in person. 

i

Excellent

9.1/10

Contact Details

Phone: (855) 204-7597

Text: +1 732-402-0156

Live Chat

Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter

logo

Excellent

9.1/10

Related Reviews

Outstanding

9.5/10

Outstanding

9.4/10

Very Good

8.9/10

Very Good

8.5/10