Cooking isn’t the easiest task. But more often than not, what’s really keeping you out of the kitchen is planning and finding a recipe, figuring out what ingredients you already have, and shopping for difficult-to-find spices and cuts of meat.
With the right meal kit, you’ll be able to (re)discover your inner chef and save yourself from ordering takeout for the fifth night in a row. If you’re feeling less culinarily inclined, check out our guide to the best pre-made meal delivery services.
While the meal kit space seems more crowded than ever these days, there are certainly a few standouts. The best service for you depends on your dietary preferences and restrictions, level of customization desired, portion size, menu variety, and budget.
Here are the best meal kits we tried in 2021
Best meal kit overall: Blue Apron, starts at $8.99/serving
If you’re looking for creative recipes, thoughtful kit design, and the inspiration necessary to start cooking more for yourself, Blue Apron is the way to go.
Best organic meal kit: Sun Basket, starts at $10.99/serving
Sun Basket impresses from start to finish, from its sourcing of organic produce to its attention to detail when it comes to oft-neglected meal components like flavorful sauces.
Best meal kit for variety: Home Chef, starts at $8.99/serving
Home Chef offers a weekly rotating menu that has more than a dozen recipes, which include customization options, easy-prep meals, and protein packs.
Best meal kit for quick dishes: HelloFresh, starts at $8.99/serving
If you’re looking for a no-fuss dinner that is quick and easy to prepare, HelloFresh’s meals come together in 20 to 30 minutes.
Best vegan meal kit: Purple Carrot, starts at $9.99/serving
As plant-based diets become more popular, Purple Carrot steps in with delicious and hearty meals that never compromise nutrition, taste, and creativity.