Dinnerly Meal Service

Last updated date: April 8, 2021

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8.6

Dinnerly Meal Service

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We looked at the top Meal Delivery Kits and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Meal Delivery Kit you should buy.

Editor's Note March 23, 2021:
Checkout The Best Meal Delivery Kit for a detailed review of all the top meal delivery kits.

Overall Take

Meals from this service are easy to make and family-friendly, making it perfect for the busy household. This service prides itself on being among the most affordable, but it's also fairly straightforward and frills-free — a design that makes it popular for families of all kinds.


In our analysis of 179 expert reviews, the Dinnerly Dinnerly Meal Service placed 17th when we looked at the top 24 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

https://dinnerly.com/

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.2
8 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

7.4
1,829 user reviews

What experts liked

Dinnerly falls on the more affordable end of the meal kit spectrum, with easy meals perfect for weeknights or busy families. The recipes also seem catered to those with picky eaters — we love a disguised veggie!
- New York Post
Dinnerly rolls out some pretty exciting-sounding and delicious meals such as summery chicken panzanella and risotto with asparagus and cannellini beans. Along with not overwhelming you with myriad ingredients and multiple steps, the price tag for Dinnerly puts it squarely in the budget-friendly category, clocking in with a cost per serving of around $5.
- CNET
And if your primary concern is price point—meal kits do add up over time, after all—there's also Dinnerly, the meal kit that bills itself as the “affordable meal kit.”
- Self
Dinnerly’s menu is filled with easy-to-make meals for the foodie who doesn’t have a lot of time or money but loves to cook. And whether you’re an adventurous eater or someone whose palate isn’t the most advanced, there are a ton of recipe options to choose from.
- Glamour
In other words, they’re a healthful alternative to takeout. If you’re on a tight budget and tight schedule, Dinnerly makes life a little easier since you don’t have to think about what to make for dinner and worry about how much it will cost.
- The Spruce Eats
But this isn't to say that I'm conflating lack of complexity with lack of enjoyability. Rather, I've found that Dinnerly consistently provides comforting, approachable food that you'll want to make, eat, and serve.
- Business Insider
Starting at $4.50 per person, Dinnerly is the most affordable grown-up meal kit we tested. The meals I tried were uncomplicated and tasty. If you're on the hunt for a meal subscription that gets you dinner quickly, without much fuss, this budget-friendly service is a good fit.
- Wired
No-frills, no-fuss—just delicious meals you can whip up in no time. That’s the recipe behind Dinnerly, a meal kit company for people who want to make easy-to-prepare meals at home without sacrificing high-quality ingredients.
- Top 10

What experts didn't like

They’re not overly healthy but they get the job done.
- New York Post
This probably isn't the kit for you if you're a vegetarian (since the menu favors protein-heavy meat dishes, even offering protein packs with meat dishes)
- Self
However, customer service is lacking, the delivery service window is narrow, and we wish the meals were more flavorful, which is why we landed on the star rating we did.
- The Spruce Eats
Limited menu options. Not available in all of the US.
- Top 10

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Overall Score: 9.4
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Overall Score: 9.2
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Sunbasket Meal Service

15. Sunbasket Meal Service

Overall Score: 8.8
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Overall Score: 8.7
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An Overview On Meal Delivery Kits

Takeout can be expensive, but cooking every meal at home quickly gets old. In recent years, a fun alternative to both options has popped up. Meal delivery kits are more expensive than buying the ingredients yourself but less expensive than takeout from your favorite restaurants. Some newer meal delivery kits are even as cheap as fast food.

But there’s no shortage of meal delivery kit services. There are so many, in fact, that it can be tough to choose just one. It’s important to know the different types of meal kit services so that you can narrow it down to those that interest you most.

Meal kits can be very convenient. Some services specialize in easy prep time. Kits with microwavable meals can be perfect for busy families. There are some that arrive with ingredients already chopped, saving you prep time. If you prefer the oven to the microwave, you can even find kits with meals that just have you piling everything into a provided pan and sticking it in the oven.

If you’re on a special diet, there are plenty of meal kits with plans for vegan, keto and calorie-conscious people. Some also offer help with food sensitivities, while others are perfect for the meat lover, even giving you the option of ordering double portions.

The Meal Delivery Kit Buying Guide

  • One thing to look at while you’re pricing plans is the cost of shipping. Some services offer free shipping, while others charge you as much as $9 or $10 per box. You’ll probably find some meal kits that base shipping charges on your location.
  • Meal delivery services typically have limited delivery days. That means you may only be able to choose between a Tuesday or Wednesday, for instance, or maybe a Friday or Saturday. If you opt for a kit with fresh ingredients, keep in mind that you may need to serve those within three days of arrival, which may not fit well with your family schedule.
  • Packaging can be extreme with meal delivery services. Food has to be shipped with ice and plenty of padding, so you’ll have quite a bit to jam into the recycle bin. If you’re environmentally-conscious, some meal delivery kits use both eco-friendly and recyclable packaging.
  • Although meal delivery services typically require a monthly subscription, you can skip multiple weeks at any time. You can even pause your service and pick it up again a few months later.
  • Grocers are getting in on the meal delivery kit trend. You may see a display at your local grocery store. If you use Amazon Fresh, they also have meal kits available for delivery.