I am sure by now you have heard about Hello Fresh, Gousto, Simply Fresh or the various other Recipe Boxes that are out there at the moment in the various different formats that there are. Myself and @TheMsRogue have decided to try a few of them, We ordered a Simply Fresh Box which is still in the cupboard but that works different to the rest as its just the spices and you still need to buy the ingredient individually but then we had a promotion for Hello Fresh so we have decided to try and review them all. First up is Hello Fresh (We will come back to Simply Fresh I guess).
Decent Menu Selection – There is about 30-40 different recipes to select from each week with a variety of different options including but not limited Veggie options, Vegan Options, Quick Meals, Light Meals and Much Much more. We struggled to choose instead of struggling to find one we wanted though this may vary depending on your own tastes.
Eating Fresh Meals – With the worry of shopping for the exact items, portioning and finding a recipe out the way this box makes it a lot easier for you to make that meal at home and to eat fresh on the regular cutting down on that junk food and the want for takeaway. Ultimately saving money.
Everything is Portioned out – The exact portions of things or very close to them is included in each box, this saves you the hassle of having to weight out the portions, saves on waste and just makes the whole process much quicker and easier.
Good Introductory Offers – Many Introductory offers from the website, affiliates and friends and family to entice you to sign up though these are INTRO offers so if you have signed up before you would be unlikely to use them again. As an example I got my First box for free and £10 off the following 3 boxes. Example you can get £20 off your first box using this link -> £20 First Hello Fresh Box with Hello Friends (P.S I get £20 off for each friend that signs up using this code too)
Needs very little in extra ingredients – Oil, Water, Salt & Pepper is about all I have seen as things you are asked to add to the boxes, and they are usually in your kitchen anyway.
Portion sizes are accurate – Meals are filling and a Portion for 3 has actually been feeding 3 of us even with me having a larger than normal appetite.
App Needs a Lot of Work – Though it is very pleasing to the Eye and they have done a lot of things right with the app, there is a lot of aspects that I really didn’t like. When meals cost more it isn’t very clear it could do a lot more at making sure you understand you are picking a meal that will cost you an extra £5.97. Looking at the recipes on your phone defaults to 2 portions even if you are purchasing more this should default to your sub, even if you change this setting clicking out the app and back in changes it back to the default and its not very clear on how to change it.
Can’t pick meals until signed up and paid – This is a minor one but it did pester me that I couldn’t pick my meals before signing up and paying for my first box (Ok I just paid postage) but you could sign up and then find there is nothing on that week that you like (though maybe unlikely based on the large selection) it isn’t a risk I like for a company this large, let people pick before paying.
Changes, Cancelations & Skip Weeks have to be done 4 days in advance – So this did mean I ended up getting a box I didn’t want because I wanted to skip a week but did it 1 day too late and once you have missed this deadline you have no choice but to have the box, nope failing to pay won’t even stop it they WILL send you the box and chase you for payment.
If something goes wrong they give you a Credit – This may sound like a weird con that they give you credits for things going wrong, you may be thinking isn’t that a good thing, Yes except if you have paid for the box and your missing an ingredient that you then have to go out and buy I feel it would make more sense to refund, and that credit can not be used against any boxes that have already got a discount so not real a credit more like a promotion if it can’t be combined right? This did irritate me a little it is however their policy and in all fairness not a lot went wrong we had a burger bun missing and some worchestire sauce which we got a credit for and the first box was slightly damaged in delivery so it may have just fallen out.
SOME OF MY MEALS
All in all I loved having a Recipe box, I am not going to stick with Hello Fresh Quite Yet I want to try the other ones but even at full price 5 meals for 2 people or 4 meals for 3 people is <£42 a week, this may seem like a lot but when you break that down to 10-12 portions that is sub £4 per person much cheaper than take away and you get the recipe cards and the knowledge to keep so there is nothing stopping you buying the ingredients yourself too. That said the convenience of having it all delivered at once on a set day each week and all you need to do is pick your meals (or not if your happy to receive random ones) each week its a really good proposition.
Would I recommend it? Yes but only if you have the time and want to cook, these are not ready meals you just chuck in the oven or microwave you still need to dice, slice, coat, fry the ingredients they still take 20-45min to make a meal, you will need to multitask and you may not like the end result but if you enjoy that experience of trying new things and love to cook but don’t like the trying to shop for all the different ingredients for all the different meals, so you end up with all your cooking tasting the same so you can get through that garlic root you bought then these boxes are for you.
Is Hello Fresh the best? I don’t know yet, subscribe to my blog for updates as once I have tried them all I will compare.