Dinnerly vs. EveryPlate: Comparing Two Top Budget Meal Delivery Services

We compared two of our most budget-friendly meal delivery services

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Dinnerly Plate meal

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About Dinnerly

Dinnerly is a budget-friendly, flexible meal kit delivery subscription from Marley Spoon. The company is focused on delivering simple, low-cost meal kits to subscribers’ doors on a weekly basis. Dinnerly also offers a wide selection of add-ons, including prepared meals, pantry items, fresh produce, drinks, and more, as well as an array of premium meal kits, all available at an additional cost. Meal kits come in two- and four-serving sizes. The more you order, the lower your base per-serving price.

Menu options include:

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Low calorie
  • Climate-friendly
  • Family-friendly
Dinnerly Packaging and Ingredients

About EveryPlate

EveryPlate is an affordable meal kit delivery service owned by HelloFresh. Its flexible subscription framework delivers a weekly supply of crowd-pleasing, value-driven meals to customers’ homes. The company’s meal kits are available in two- and four-serving configurations, complemented by an array of add-ons such as extra proteins, packaged salads, and grilled cheese sandwich kits. EveryPlate’s pricing is linked to order volume, so max out your order for the lowest price per serving.

Menu items include:

  • Vegetarian
  • Family Faves
  • Quick & Easy
  • Nutrish & Delish
EveryPlate Packaging and Ingredients

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Dinnerly vs. EveryPlate at a Glance

Company Starting Price Delivery Area Products Arrive Customers Can Choose Delivery Date? Free Shipping?
 Dinnerly $44.15 for two meals for two people 48 states Fresh Yes No
 EveryPlate $44.94 for three meals for two people 48 states Fresh Yes No

Price Comparison

Company Starting Price per Serving Highest Price per Serving Minimum Order Maximum Order Additional Pricing
 Dinnerly $4.99 per serving $8.04 per serving Two 2-serving kits Six 4-serving kits and 10 add-ons Add $.99 to $7.49 per serving for premium meals
EveryPlate  $4.99 per serving $7.49 per serving Three 2-serving kits Six 4-serving kits and 15 add-ons Add $1.49 to $6.99 per serving for premium meals

Dinnerly Customer Reviews

  • Sustainability: “Lots of plastic packaging pieces, but most everything is recyclable — albeit at a special facility.”
  • Customer Service: “The live chat is a bot and it would not understand my question — "Do you offer add-ons?" Email and phone are better options.”
  • Nutritional Support: “No extra support is offered, but there is an FAQ on the website that mentions the basic parameters of low-cal, low-carb, keto-friendly, and ‘nutritious’ menu items.”
  • Taste: “The menu has a good balance of different items…. Overall…the dishes tasted very good and our panel enjoyed them.”
Dinnerly meal cooking on stove

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EveryPlate Customer Reviews

  • Sustainability: “Doesn't seem worse than regular grocery shopping…”
  • Customer Service: “I had an issue with logging into the website. Customer service via Facebook messenger was not helpful.”
  • Nutritional Support: “You get slightly more than a macro breakdown and that's about it.”
  • Taste: “Nothing especially exciting or groundbreaking is going on here.”
EveryPlate Plated Meal

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Pros and Cons

Company Pros  Cons
Dinnerly Large menu
Wide variety of add-ons
Simple and flavorful
Limited dietary accommodation
Extra charges for premium kits
Few seafood options
EveryPlate Half the menu is customizable
Crowd-pleasing comfort food
Handy mobile app
Limited dietary accommodation
Narrow range of add-ons
Some disappointing flavors 

Alternatives to Dinnerly and EveryPlate

Of all the meal kit delivery services we’ve tested, Dinnerly and EveryPlate offer the lowest price per serving. But if you’re willing to pay a bit more, there are a handful of interesting alternatives. Home Chef, HelloFresh, Blue Apron, and Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon are all meal kit delivery services with a base per-serving price just a couple of dollars more than Dinnerly and EveryPlate. 

In fact, Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon and HelloFresh own Dinnerly and EveryPlate, respectively, so the services are quite similar in many ways. Home Chef is probably the most like Dinnerly and EveryPlate in style and substance, while Blue Apron takes a more “gourmet” approach to its menu. As you’d expect at the higher price point, Marley Spoon and HelloFresh offer more variety and meal complexity than their more budget-oriented counterparts.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How Many Meals Are in an EveryPlate Box?

    You can order as few as two three-serving meals or as many as six four-serving meals, plus up to 15 add-ons.

  • Do Dinnerly Boxes Come With Recipe Cards?

    One of the ways Dinnerly cuts costs is by eliminating printed recipe cards. Only digital versions of recipe cards are available via Dinnerly’s site or mobile app.

  • How Much Does Dinnerly Cost Per Week?

    The weekly costy for Dinnerly depends on how much you order, your base plan, and whether you select premium meals and/or add-onst. You could spend as little as around $32 per week plus shipping or as much as $120 per week plus shipping plus any premium meals and/or add-ons you include with your order.

  • How Many Meals Do You Get With Dinnerly?

    Dinnerly’s minimum order is two two-serving kits per week; the maximum is six four-serving kits plus 10 add-ons per week.

Final Thoughts

Dinnerly and EveryPlate are very close competitors, with the same starting price and a similar approach to their respective menus. However, Dinnerly, in our opinion, has an edge. First, despite a higher highest price per serving, budget-sensitive subscribers can spend less with Dinnerly because its minimum order is smaller than EveryPlate’s. Second, Dinnerly’s entrée and add-on menus offer substantially more variety than EveryPlate’s. Finally, our hands-on testers favored Dinnerly, which felt like less work and provided more flavor overall.

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