Plated Vs. Blue Apron
Meal Kit Comparison
Updated: January 2020
Ended Nov 2019
$9.95 for 3-4 servings per night
$11.95 for 2 servings per night
$9.99 per serving for signature
weight watchers, and vegetarian menu
$7.49-$8.99 per serving for family menu
$7.95 for orders less than $60
2 people, 2 recipes per week (4 meals)
$5.99 for orders less than $50
2 people, 2 recipes per week (4 meals)
Recipes Per Week:
16 regular, 4 vegetarian
4 menu, Signature, Weight Watcher
Vegetarian, Signature for 4
Quality of Ingredients:
2 dessert options
Vegetarian, gluten-free, low-carb
"100% antibiotic-free poultry and pork, 100% ground beef with no added hormones," "Organic produce whenever possible"
Wine, Cheese, Spices
Vegetarian, omnivore, seafood
Some ingredients are "USDA certified."
Plated or Blue Apron: What Meal Kit Service Fits Into Your Dinner Preferences
There have been a plethora of changes within the meal kit delivery industry – one of which being the copious number of new companies offering the service. With so much diversity to choose from, consumers may feel lost in the sea of meal kit delivery services and unable to choose the right one for their household.
When it comes to choosing a company to do business with, you must be mindful of what it is you want from it. Do you want healthy, organic ingredients in your dishes? Do you want something quick and easy? Are you looking for low-carb or low-calorie meals to help you lose or maintain weight?
Once you know what you’re looking from in a company, you can disregard the ones that don’t align with your goals and get a closer look at the ones that do. For example, you may want to look at Plated or Blue Apron for your meal kit delivery service needs. What makes these two so special in the sea of all others?
A Look At How Plated Can Help Meet Your Cooking Needs
Plated provides some very flexible plans with three different choices you can go with:
Each plan gives you up to four recipes you can choose from every week.
When it comes to variety, Plated definitely takes the prize, as you have 20 recipes to choose from no matter what plan you go with. The company offers a mixture of meat, pork, chicken, seafood and fish for its dishes with the option to go low-calorie, kid-friendly, vegetarian and more. Some recipes Plated has is a bit complex, which can intimidate some people, but with their choices of 20 dishes, it’s still not a bad deal.
Plated is all about giving customers high-quality ingredients for their dishes. They use seasonal, farm-fresh ingredients with seafood that comes from sustainable sources. When possible, they try to use organic ingredients. Plated ensures that its meat contains no added hormones.
Plated offers an add-on menu of desserts, which change every week. The additional cost is $8 a piece.
A Look At How Blue Apron Can Help Meet Your Cooking Needs
Blue Apron has two plan options that customers can choose from:
Classic Plan – Two people with up to three recipes a week
Family Plan – Four people with up to four dishes a week
Blue Apron gives you eight recipes a week on the Classic Plan with four recipes a week on the Family Plan. The company also includes many vegetables and different types of meat (beef, pork, chicken, fish and seafood) to its menu, but again, the number of recipes you can choose from each week is small.
When it comes to Blue Apron’s ingredients, they are of the highest possible quality. The company uses only farm-fresh products and organic when possible. Blue Apron’s meat has no added hormones, and the seafood is sustainably sourced.
Blue Apron has a large wine selection members can also sign up for and choose from. When registered for this plan, the company will make recommendations as to which wine is best for the dish you’re choosing to make. The company also offers kitchen supplies that you can buy.
What Can You Expect From Both Companies?
The companies deliver their products in specially-designed and labeled boxes with proteins kept on the body and surrounded by ice to ensure proper refrigeration during the shipping and delivery phase. How they are organized in the box is what differs between the two.
For Plated, each dish’s ingredients are sorted and labeled in a plastic bag, so you do very little sorting. Blue Apron, on the other hand, won’t label their ingredients and are loosely packed. This means you need to sort the ingredients from each other to find what dish they go with. If time is of the essence, Blue Apron will cost you more time because you’ll have to sort through the ingredients and match them to the dish they go with.
Website and App
The companies have taken careful steps to ensure their websites and apps are designed with the user in mind. You can easily set up, pick and change your plan, pick the eating preference you want, choose your meals and make a payment.
Since these are subscription-based, you’re not locked into a contract. Thus, you can easily skip a week or two, make changes to your plan or cancel the account altogether. However, Blue Apron requires that cancellations are made through customer service while you can cancel your Plated subscription online.
You also have the option to change the day of your delivery.
What To Note About These Meal Kit Services
Since Albertson is ending Plated subscription service at the end of November, 2019, we recommend Blue Apron