Save yourself the time, money and energy of buying and preparing your meals, have your meals prepped and delivered right to your doorstep with one of the best food delivery box companies.
The stress and hassle of going grocery shopping and going through the process of preparing the food is a lot for anyone, this can cause us to succumb to the temptation of cheap fast food.
There's no need, not when these companies will do all the hard work for you, for a reasonable price and produce a healthy, balanced meal.
With vegan, vegetarian, protein, paleo and gluten free meals available, these top 5 food box delivery services are great for any budget, any dietary requirement and for any lifestyle.
Prices mentioned below correct as of January 1st 2020 and may change without notice.
Best Food Delivery Box Companies
1. Hello Fresh
Cooking restaurant-quality meals for the family at home is something many people have longed to be able to do.
Cooking is an art and a science. It's also amazingly relaxing if you know what you're doing and know that the end result will be delicious and healthy and will be the product of your labours.
This is where Hello Fresh comes in. Providing you with the recipe of your choice, and the best quality ingredients in pre-measured quantities for you to create a perfectly delicious meal every time at home. Not only will you have fun you’ll also learn new cooking skills along the way! And so will the kids!
The menu plans offered by Hello Fresh are vegetarian, classic, and family. Within those categories are a wide choice of meals for a variety of different palates and preferences, including the kids.
All you have to do is choose your plan and then select and order 3 – 5 meals per week for 2 - 4 people. You’ll then receive all the ingredients you need, plus a step-by-step recipe card, for each of those meals. All the ingredients are as fresh as they can possibly be and of the best quality that can be sourced.
Hello Fresh is a subscription-based business model so you do need to opt-out once you’ve started ordering. You can pause an upcoming delivery by Wednesday of the week before that delivery (there is an app you can download on your phone or tablet to make this easier). Likewise, you can change or cancel your plan from logging into your account, again by that previous Wednesday.
The minimum plan price is $69.95 per week (3 meals for 2 people), with delivery costing a variable amount depending on your location.
2. Marley Spoon
Marley Spoon is another recipe-plus-fresh ingredient delivery service attracting those who are perhaps time-poor for grocery shopping but like the notion of cooking their meals themselves, and/or believing (probably correctly) that this is a more cost-effective way to eat properly as a couple or family than buying pre-prepared healthy meals.
Having someone else who knows what they’re doing provide a step-by-step recipe of your choice and all the ingredients in pre-measured quantities certainly makes a lot of sense if you have the time and enjoy cooking.
It's certainly cheaper and healthier than a takeaway, and a lot nicer when it's happening several times a week. Ingredients stay fresh, if refrigerated, for up to 4 days.
Marley Spoon offers a choice of twenty 30-minute recipes per week (it changes every week). You can choose between 2, 3 or 4 meals per week for 2 or 4 people. The minimum price (2 meals for 2 people) is $55. Delivery is free.
As a subscription-based business model, you do need to opt-out of any given week or cancel completely by going to your online account.
Currently, Marley Spoon services all the major capital cities and some smaller cities on the East Coast.
Claiming to be the cheapest meal kit provider around, Dinnerly explains that it does this by sending digital recipe cards, using fewer ingredients in its recipes and using no-fuss packaging. It also spends less on marketing compared to the well-known providers.
Dinnerly does commit to using fresh Australian ingredients wherever possible and feasible.
The Dinnerly deal is that you sign up for either a 2-person or a 4-person box for 3, 4 or 5 meals per week. This is no different from other providers. You can opt for vegetarian recipes if you like.
The site emails new recipes to its customers weekly with all current recipes and a preview as well. They do ask that you have some other pantry basics on hand such as salt, mustard, garlic and eggs but commit to alerting customers to the particular additional ingredients in advance.
The service delivers to NSW, Victoria, Queensland, SA, NT, and the ACT. Delivery costs $8.95.
Dinnerly is a subscription-based business so you need to be aware of that when placing your first order because if you don't take action yourself to alter, pause or cancel you will receive and be charged for the same order the following week and beyond until you do.
The minimum order per week is for 3 meals for 2 people which currently costs $47.95 plus delivery. It is important to note that this provider doesn’t claim to be a gourmet meal service.
It caters for those who are budget-conscious with children who may be fussy eaters who prefer the plainer recipes. That is a sector of the market which is just as important as the others.
4. Thomas Farms Kitchen
Thomas Farms Kitchen (TFK) offers ‘chef-created recipes and locally sourced fresh ingredients’ to supply your kitchen with everything you need to produce a fantastic meal for you and your family at a very reasonable cost.
And have the fun of doing so. Successful cooking is a skill and requires attention to detail. Thomas Farms Kitchen uses the skill of its chefs, buyers and ingredient preparers to save you time and to put you in the driving seat prepared to finish off the recipe to perfection.
Choose a meal plan or individual recipes each week, add your delivery address and payment details and you’re done. Weekly deliveries are set up from then on. But remember – this is a subscription service.
You need to actively suspend, modify or completely opt-out if you want to not receive the same order moving forward.
The minimum cost per order is $69.90 (3 meals for 2 people on a Meal Plan) and for the choose your own recipes option. Delivery is free.
TFK delivers to the Sydney metro area and surrounding coast, Melbourne and Highlands, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Canberra, and a few other non-metro areas. Delivery is free.
If you’re in limbo about which provider to choose a visit to the TFK website may swing you their way with some pretty remarkable imagery! Enough said!
Not only is cooking fun and satisfying there is also something appealing about the flavours and colours of food that has literally come straight from your kitchen to your plate.
Somehow it is fresher and healthier than pre-prepared frozen or chilled meals that were cooked some time ago, who knows when exactly.
Pepperleaf agrees. So, they deliver to your door all the fresh ingredients you need to cook your meals in your own kitchen.
They measure out the ingredients into the right proportions and amounts. And they provide you with an easy to follow recipe card so that what you cook will taste delicious every time.
The ingredients are all sourced from small local producers (they’re all listed on the website) who are the best at what they do. They are at their peak when they reach your door.
Plus, you’re getting to cook new meals that you wouldn’t ordinarily think to try at home.
You can choose what your meal box contains and how often you receive it.
There are ‘Classic’ boxes from $63.90/week (1 person, 3 meals), Vegetarian boxes from $69.90/week (2 people, 2 meals) and Family boxes from $85.90/week (4 people, 2 meals). The menu changes each week so there’s plenty of variety.
Pepperleaf currently delivers to major centres in Victoria, New South Wales, Adelaide and Canberra. There are no delivery charges and no contracts.
There's nothing better than cooking your own food, but if you're like me, following a receipe and buying your own ingredients is challenging. That's where the best food delivery box companies in Australia come in. They'll send you everything you need to create amazing food for all your family.
Vicky is from Melbourne and studied overseas. She loves to write about health, wellness, fitness and student topics. When she’s not at work, you’ll find her drinking craft beers and hiking.