Home Chef

Home Chef

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Subscription

Subscription Type
Paid Option(s)
Price Per Month
$238.80 (min cost)
Paid weekly at $59.70 for 3 meals for 2 people. Cost is $9.95+ per serving.
Shortest Plan Available
Weekly

Meal Kits

Features
  • Pre-Portioned Ingredients
  • Swap Meals
  • Recipe Cards
  • Nutrition Information
Number of Meals Available per Week
10 meals + 1 breakfast + 1 fruit basket + 1 smoothie

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Home Chef offers a weekly dinner meal delivery service of pre-portioned ingredients for healthy recipes that allow you to prepare home cooked meals in about 30 minutes. Every week Home Chef creates 13 new recipes that fit a number of different lifestyles. This includes vegetarian, gluten-free, low-carb and nut-free meals (among others). All ingredients are fresh and you will receive 2 to 7 meals for either 2 or 4 people depending on the subscription you choose. Meals sent to you are automatically selected based on your dietary preferences and profile settings. The automated meal selections can be changed or weeks skipped at anytime before the weekly deadline.

HomeChef.com was started in 2013 and since then has grown to over 300 employees. They now delivers to about 90% of the United States and in 2015 they delivered over 1 million meals.

How It Works

Visit HomeChef.com and enter your email address and zip code to get started in creating your account. Home Chef will then ask you about your Dietary Preferences and Delivery Preferences. For Dietary you select if you prefer to eat meat, seafood, and/or vegetables (you must select at least one). The next question lists and asks if you wish to avoid any ingredients. This includes Pork, Red Meat, Gluten, Mushrooms, Soy, Nuts, Dairy, and Shellfish. Selecting 1 or more of these ingredients will mean the recipes you receive will not include your selection. The one caveat of this is that all ingredients are processed at the same facility so Home Chef cannot guarantee cross-contamination. Therefore the Home Chef service may not be right for you if you have a severe allergy. The last question for the Dietary Preference section asks if you prefer Low-calorie and/or Low-carb meals. You can select both, one, or none.

For Delivery Preference you can select to receive up to 6 meals a week for 2, 4, or 6 people. You then select your weekly delivery date for your meal box. This depends on your location but most deliveries can happen from Tuesdays to Fridays. On the next page you then enter your name, address, and phone number. The final page asks for a password for your new account along with your payment information. It lists your subscription costs along with your delivery details and when you can expect your first weekly meal delivery. As an added bonus all first time deliveries will receive a Home Chef 3 ring binder called the Cookbook. This binder is used to store the colored recipe cards you will receive.

Each week Home Chef develops 10 recipes that fit a variety of eating lifestyles. Based on your dietary preferences, Home Chef will automatically select the best menu for you and deliver you a box full of pre-portioned ingredients along with the new and exciting recipes. These selections can be changed or skipped anytime before the weekly deadline. Changes must happen before 12pm (Central Standard Time) on the Friday before the scheduled delivery date. You can schedule or skip deliveries multiple weeks in advance. This all can be done under the Delivery Schedule tab on the HomeChef.com account page.

Meals at Home Chef are designed to stay fresh for the week you receive them. Some meals that have fish or seafood (or some other ingredients) are recommended to be cooked first. Each recipe will state the number of days it is recommended to cook it by, from when the meal was delivered.

Along with the ingredients each meal will have a colored recipe card with pictures that contains step by step instructions on how to prepare and cook the meal. The recipe cards also contain health information about the meal like calories, fats, carbohydrates, protein, fiber and sodium. The recipes are designed for beginners and seasoned home cooks alike, and take about 30 minutes to cook and prep.

Home Chef Apps

Home Chef has apps available on iTunes and Google Play. With the app you can:

  • Manage your weekly deliveries
  • View the weekly recipes along with photos
  • Add your review of the weekly meals

Costs & Plans

Home Chef keeps the prices for their meals simple. There are no plans, instead it costs $9.95 per serving for any meal. So if you order 3 meals for 2 people (2 servings per meal for a total of 6) it will cost $59.70 per week.

They do have several add-ons which can be found on the Taste Profile tab. These add-ons include a Breakfast ($9.95), Fruit Basket ($4.95), Smoothie ($4.95), and Premium Meal. These tasty add-ons recipes vary week to week.

New households may receive a $10 bonus credit from a Home Chef secret sale when you create your account.

* Prices based on a weekly subscription. Prices can increase/decrease depending on subscription length. All prices in USD unless specified other wise. Costs and features offered last checked July 09, 2016.

Guarantee

Home Chef does offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. They are one of the few meal delivery services to do so. If you are not 100% happy with your meal kit for the week you don't have to pay. Some conditions do apply.

Delivery

Home Chef delivers all across the continental United States. Shipping is free for orders over $40. If less, shipping costs $10 a week. You can specify which week day (Tuesday to Friday) you would like your food delivered on. If you are not home, the shipper will leave your box at your door. The Home Chef meal box contains an insulated liner and cold packs so your ingredients will stay fresh and cold until you get home. The box is recyclable.

Customer Service

At HomeChef.com customer service can be reached weekdays by phone and email from 9am to 6pm CST. You can also visit the Home Chef website FAQ pages to find out more information about their service. Home Chef also is active on social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. On their YouTube channel you will find videos that contain cooking tips and instructions on how to cook some of their more popular meals.

Disclaimer: While we make every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of our information at Review Chatter we shall not be held responsible for any discrepancy. There is a possibility that the information provided here is outdated or wrong, please check with the companies website directly for the most recent information. As always you should read your terms of service before purchasing any product online or signing up to any online service.

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Home Chef Meal Preferences Page
Home Chef menu page.
Home Chef Meal in a Box
Inside a Home Chef box.
An example of a Home Chef finished meal.

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4.2  (5)
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3.8  (5)
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3.9  (4)
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4.0  (5)
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Miss the Home Chef!
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Product 
 
5.0
Selection 
 
3.0
Shipping 
 
3.5
Customer Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
5.0
My boyfriend and I started HomeChef to keep us from eating out all the time. We love cooking together and the recipes for HomeChef were clear, easy to make (most of the time) and almost ALWAYS delicious (unless he overcooked the pork....). We would have kept with it, but we started the Keto Diet. Although they offer "low carb" options, their nutritional content doesn't provide a fiber count so we can't determine if the meals are within our daily limits for carbs. If they would just implement this one piece of information, we would start back in a heartbeat!
Pros
The recipes!!
Cons
No Fiber Content...
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
Length of Time Used
1 - 2 Years

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Location
Washington, DC
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Home Chef
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Product 
 
2.0
Selection 
 
3.5
Shipping 
 
4.5
Customer Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
3.0
Every week there has been something in package not fresh.  First week, one package of meat ruined due to improper sealing.  Next week it happened again with one piece of chicken.  I received a rotten lime this week and three carrots that were like rubber.  Customer service is fine ,the food selection and delivery is good,  but disappointed  with problems with food.
Pros
Delivery, food selection
Cons
Quality of food
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
Length of Time Used
1 - 3 Months

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Location
Richmond
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4.1
Product 
 
4.5
Selection 
 
4.0
Shipping 
 
3.5
Customer Service 
 
4.5
Value 
 
4.0
I tried Hello Fresh first for about 3 months and wasn't completely satisfied with the meal options. There was not enough every week. I really like the idea of these meal services so I gave it another chance and tried HomeChef.com.  I am glad I did as they have many more meal options every week than Hello Fresh along with the ability to buy a basket of fruit which I enjoy for snacks. It is seasonal fruit and is always fresh, large, and tasty.

The recipes that Home Chef comes up with our very good and easy to cook with most of mine taking about 30 minutes. The recipe cards and cold packaging are also excellent. I am definitely glad I made the switch and plan to continue using Home Chef.
Pros
Fresh Food at a reasonable price. Lots of meals to choose from.
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
Length of Time Used
1 - 3 Months

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Location
New York
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4.3
Product 
 
5.0
Selection 
 
5.0
Shipping 
 
4.0
Customer Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
4.0
I have been really enjoying my dinner boxes from Home Chef. The meal selections are the best of the competitors like Hello Fresh , Blue Apron and Plated. They also have the most options of 10 different meals every week. I also like the fact that they tag right on the menu page what each meal is for.  Right away you know if it is vegetarian, glutton-free, or if it contains nuts.

The difficulty levels of the meals are accurate as well. I usually choose between the easy and intermediate level. The harder the level usually the longer it takes to prepare and cook.

The smoothies are also excellent and tasty with different types of fruit and yogurt every week.

I also just discovered that Home Chef offers breakfasts meal kits as well. I plan on adding that to my subscription  for next week. They defiantly look good and I am curious about the variety they can offer over time. Currently it looks like they only have 1 breakfast a week which is fine by me as I plan to use it on the weekend when I have time to cook a big meal.

I will report back in a month or so if the Home Chef breakfast meals live up to expectations!!!


Pros
Variety of dinners to choose from
Cons
The odd time my meal box has been damaged on the outside
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
Length of Time Used
3 - 6 Months
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My Home Chef Review & Experience
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4.0
Product 
 
4.5
Selection 
 
3.5
Shipping 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Home Chef has been really good. I am still surprised at how much I like it. It's a fun non-stressful way to cook interesting dishes you may normally not think of creating. Having all the food sent in the correct portions makes things easy.

Even my 2 picky kids (in their teens) enjoy most of the dinners. We use to eat out a lot more now we stay at home and cooking dinner has become a family affair. If you eat out a lot with your family you will save money, If you are using Home Chef to replace grocery shopping then you will not. 

I like how all the meals are the same price on Home Chef so you are not thinking of price when you make your selection. Check out their menu on homechef.com and you will see all the upcoming meals. There are lots of pictures and the recipes have step by step instructions along with pictures. The recipe will show you what is in the meal box you will receive, if the meal is glutin-free or vegetarian (or contains nuts, shellfish,etc...) and it lists nutrition information like calories, carbohydrates, fat, protein, and sodium.  The Home Chef recipe also gives you the prep and cook time along with the difficulty level and Spicy level -which makes it kid friendly.
Pros
Food is amazing! Fun to cook.
Cons
The odd food recipe is not for us. Should remember to check your selection every week.
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
Length of Time Used
6 - 12 Months
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