The Cheapest Meal Delivery Services of 2019

Budget-friendly meals mailed right to your door

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Home Chef

"A trusted source when it comes to putting dinner on the table, and in the most affordable way possible."

Best for Dietary Restrictions: Dinnerly

"Consistently rated the best value when it comes to a meal delivery kit — without sacrificing taste."

Best for Families: HelloFresh

"The Family-Friendly plan includes recipes that are kid-tested and family-approved."

Easy to Assemble: EveryPlate

"Expect delicious, palatable meals that are ready to devour in half an hour or less."

The Best International Food: Takeout Kit

"Recipes are global and hit everything from Ethiopian to Chinese to Argentinian dishes, giving consumers a real dose of international food."

Plant-Based Meals: Veestro

"It’s especially great for couples and singles seeking a more affordable approach to healthy, sustainable meals."

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    Best Overall: Home Chef

    Home Chef Meal Kit
    Home Chef Meal Kit.

     Home Chef

    Excellent

    Delivering over three million meals per month, Home Chef is a trusted source when it comes to putting dinner on the table, and in the most affordable way possible. Some of the most tempting recipes await. Go French with steak au poivre, spice it up with a Santa Fe pork and potato stew, or make Taco Tuesday super fun with spicy plantain and black bean tacos with queso fresco and poblano peppers. Five-minute lunches like Caprese salad and a crispy gouda and prosciutto sandwich exist and customers are also into the grill packs for backyard family barbecues. 

    Not only does the company source fresh ingredients but everything arrives pre-portioned, taking grocery shopping measuring out of the equation — and tempting meals on the table in half an hour or less. Customers can also sift through meals by way of cooking time and ingredient preferences such as gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free and so on. “Customize It” takes it a step further, allowing guests to mix and match up to 26 recipes each week and substitute different meats or sauces when applicable.

    Availability: Home Chef delivers nationwide (Alaska and Hawaii excluded).

    Pricing: Starting at $7.99; easily skip weeks and cancel at any time.

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    Best for Dietary Restrictions: Dinnerly

    Dinnerly

    Dinnerly

    Very Good

    There’s affordable and there’s affordable.  Dinnerly has consistently been rated the best value when it comes to a meal-delivery kit — without sacrificing taste. Think just $4.49 per serving, which is hard to beat, even if budget grocery shopping for ingredients. 

    And this doesn’t mean that options are low quality or basic. Expect fuss-free meals like gnocchi bolognese, a crispy Philly cheese veg wrap with mushroom, peppers, and onions, and even buffalo chicken lettuce wraps on the table in no time. How, you ask? Quality ingredients are still the name of the game but Dinnerly cuts out all the frills like printed recipe cards and employs rules of more simple packaging and fewer ingredients in each dish, allowing prices to be noticeably lower than other companies.

    Customers can filter by preferences such as picky eater, gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy-free and even kid-friendly, skillet meals, and even meals that can be on the table ready to eat in under 30-minutes — so those with dietary restrictions and all ingredient preferences can still reap all the benefits. 

    Availability: Dinnerly delivers to most of the United States; check with zip code online to verify. 

    Pricing: Starting at $4.49 per serving.

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    Best for Families: HelloFresh

    Hello Fresh

    Courtesy of Hello Fresh

    Excellent

    Family time is a top priority and thanks to HelloFresh, you don’t have to spend time shopping and chopping and assembling when it comes to suppertime. It carves out hours upon hours each week so families can deliver nutritious meals and spend more time doing the things they love together, whether puzzles, football games or playtime outside. 

    Pick meals by way of meat and veggies, veggies only, family-friendly and calorie-smart. 

    The options are endless and quite frankly, it’s exciting to see the new menu items pop up each week. From cheesy mushroom polenta with garlic bread, lemon aioli crab cakes, figgy balsamic pork and much more, “cooking” for the entire family has never been so simplified. Parents will appreciate wine club, a new offering, plus additional sides to complete an entire meal. The Family Friendly plan includes recipes that are kid-tested and family-approved, catering to picky eaters while also bringing good food to the table. 

    Availability: HelloFresh ships nationwide (excluding Hawaii and Alaska).

    Pricing: $60 per week for three meals for two people. A no-commitment plan allows customers to skip, swap recipes and cancel at any time.

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    Easy to Assemble: EveryPlate

    Every Plate

    Every Plate

    Meal delivery services were born out of the idea of convenience and EveryPlate takes it to the next level with being one the country’s most affordable meal delivery services. Expect delicious, palatable meals that are ready to devour in half an hour or less.

    Meals are filling and satisfying. Try everything from Super Smashed Burgers with caramelized onions, chipotle aioli, and potato wedges to ginger scallion pork stir fry, and linguine with chicken sausage and green peppers. Each delivery entails ingredients and recipes to cook each meal and includes three different recipes (two to four recipes, depending on subscription), and thanks to their minimal pots and pans use rule, cooking is a breeze. And with 14 recipes rotating weekly, you never have to eat the same basic meals. 

    Availability: EveryPlate delivers to most of the United States; enter zip code online for availability.

    Pricing: Starting at $4.99 per serving.

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    The Best International Food: Takeout Kit

    Takeout Kit

    Takeout Kit

    Pizza and taco night is always a dream, as is a properly roasted chicken with vegetables and cauliflower mash, but if looking for something more interesting and international, turn to Takeout Kit for guaranteed fun and a satisfying meal. Recipes are global and hit everything from Ethiopian to Chinese to Argentinian dishes, giving consumers a real dose of international food. And yes, even those with restrictions and preferences may enjoy mealtime as you can narrow down to everything from gluten-free (including a GF kit), best-selling kits based on customer feedback, and even spice level. 

    Think delights such as a Japanese Tonkotsu ramen meal kit that’s wildly fun to assemble, Spanish paella, Argentinian empanadas, mouth-watering Italian truffle risotto, and more. Takeout Kit also tries to always include imported items from specific regions and countries to make dishes real deal — Italian tomatoes, curry pastes, spices and then some. Guests appreciate the fact that meal kits last months vs. days and that meals can be ordered sans subscription. 

    Availability: Takeout Kit delivers nationwide to the continental U.S., including Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and military APO addresses. 

    Pricing: Starting at $7.50 per serving; no subscription required.

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    Plant-Based Meals: Veestro

    Veestro

    Veestro

    Veestro was brought to life by Mark Fachler and Monica Klausner, who grew up in Costa Rica eating healthy foods containing maximum nutrition from fresh fruits and vegetables. And this is exactly what you can expect when ordering meals from the company. It’s especially great for couples and singles seeking a more affordable approach to healthy, sustainable meals derived from plants…..that are actually appetizing.

    Meals are a la carte and arrive frozen. No guessing portion sizes, no prep time and no messing up the kitchen with multiple bowls, pots, and pans scattered near and far. Choose a subscription (in increments of 10, 20 or 30 meals) and pick from an array of wholesome, plant-based options such as portobello steak dinner, lentil and spinach tagine, mushroom stroganoff and more on the a la carte menu – or pick chef’s choice or weight loss plans and let Veestro pick the best of the best for your specific needs. Customers can also choose from many gluten-free, kosher, high-protein, meatless Monday and wedding prep dishes to make life that much easier.

    Availability: Veestro delivers across the United States (Alaska and Hawaii excluded).

    Price: A starter pack includes 10 standout meals and a juice for $99 (great for singles) or enjoy your first six meals for $49.

Our Process 

Our writers spent 5 hours researching the most popular meal delivery kits on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 12 different meal delivery kits overall, screened options from 12 different brands and manufacturers, read over 14 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 2 of the meal kits themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.