Pros and Cons of Meal Kit Delivery

Family cooking meal kit at home

One of the coolest innovations of this century has to be at-home meal delivery kits. Sure, we might be saying that because we’re crazy food lovers. But in reality, it’s hard to deny that the shoe fits. Meal delivery services offer you and your family tasty and healthy food options with convenience and at an affordable price.

But is meal kit delivery right for you? If you’re here, you’re probably on the edge of the fence (or the counter), trying to decide if you’re ready to give it a try. To help you make your decision, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of the top pros and cons of home meal delivery services. Ideally, you’ll see something here that helps you to make the best decision for you and your family.

The Benefits of Meal Kit Delivery Services

  • Convenience and Affordability
  • Extensive Menu Options
  • Flexible Delivery Windows
  • Great for Healthy Eating
  • An Easy Way to Impress
  • No more excess food


Convenience and Affordability

Preparing your own meals takes time and effort. You have to come up with a meal idea, go to the store, pick out the best ingredients, go to another store because the first one didn’t have everything, and then go home, prep the ingredients, and cook everything, hoping the recipe you have is reliable. Yikes!

While supermoms, superdads, and super singles have been doing this for years, you’d be silly to pass up an opportunity to make your life easier. With meal delivery kits, you don’t have to think up recipes, you don’t have to go to the store, you don’t have to measure out ingredients, and you don’t have to hope the recipe is right.

All of this is done for you. Sounds expensive, yeah? It’s not! Most meal delivery services start around $5-$8 per serving. When you start pricing out all the different ingredients you need for a meal (and the excess you have left over), you realize that meal delivery services are very affordable.

It’s rare when you can get incredible convenience without spending an arm and a leg. We recommend you jump on that opportunity!

Extensive Menu Options

Choices. Choices. Choices. If you aren’t a fan of eating the same thing day in and day out just to save money or stay on your diet, at home meal kits were made for you. Each meal delivery company offers tons of different meals every single week for you to choose from. You could literally go months without ever eating the same thing.

Or if you find a favorite, feel free to repeat it as often as you’d like. The point here is that meal delivery services give you options and flexibility.

A screenshot of the Hello Fresh menu selection screen


Flexible Delivery Windows

Speaking of flexibility, you’ll have a lot of options when it comes to receiving your delivery. With most top meal delivery services, you get to pick the date and time of when your food shows up.

What happens if you can’t be home because of work, school, picking up the kids or some other commitment? No problem! You can select to have the food left at your doorstep for when you get home. The foods are packed with cooling packs to keep them good to go for hours further extending that flexibility.

Great for Healthy Eating

On a diet? Looking to improve the quality of the food you put into your body? Whatever your goal, home meal kits can help. In fact, many companies have options created specifically for those looking to limit calories (without losing out on taste).

If you’re looking to keep it healthier this year, home meal delivery can help. Most of us end up falling off the diet train when we don’t have a plan for healthy eating. Home meal services give us that plan.

Cherry Ancho Chicken from Hello Fresh


An Easy Way to Impress

Whether you are impressing a new date, your significant other, or the toughest critics of all (your kids), meal kit delivery is sure to get the job done. Your meal options come out looking fancy, tasting great, and with those cool fancy names you only read about on menus.

What’s even better is that the recipes are fool-proof. All your ingredients are measured out already, cooking times are clearly explained, and there is no fancy cooking jargon that the companies expect you to know. If you’re looking for that at home Michelin gold star of approval, meal delivery is the answer.

Things to Consider About Home Meal Delivery Services

  • Some Options Still Take Time
  • Not Always an Every Night Option


Some Options Still Take Time

Depending on the type of meal delivery service you choose, you may or may not be doing the cooking. If you choose the type that is premade and just go into the microwave or oven, you can disregard this. But for most home meal delivery services, you’re sent the ingredients and do still need to cook the food.

If you’re saying, “Well, duh,” you can disregard this too. But we just wanted to make sure that people really new to all of this know that your box doesn’t come with a miniature chef inside who hops out and prepares the food for you. It’s still super easy, and everything is set up, but you still have to put everything together.

Not Always an Every Night Option

Some of the meal delivery services only give you the ability to order three or four meals per week. If you’re looking for an every night solution, that doesn’t help. Luckily, you can always use the workaround and get multiple accounts if you need that level of service. Most people, though, don’t plan on cooking every night of the week.

The Bottom Line – Are Meal Delivery Kits Worth It?

If you want our humble and honest opinion, absolutely. Life is hectic, and it can be hard to find the time to get to the grocery store, plan out meals, find the best ingredients, and then put it all together into a meal…every night of the week.

Meal delivery kits should come delivered wearing a cape for the superheroes they are. Whether you’re single, dating, married, or have kids, the benefits are really endless. Yes, there are some drawbacks that might make meal delivery not the best solution for some, but those are few and far between.

For most everyone reading this guide, meal delivery services will help deliver tasty, healthy, and affordable food right to your doorstep.