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Sun Basket Vs. Plated

Meal Kit Comparison 

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Updated: July 2020
Our Pick

$11.99 per serving for classic menu

$10.99 per serving for family menu

$9.99 - $11.99 per serving for dinner

$8.99 for lunch

$4.49 for breakfast

Shipping:

$6.99

Free

Minimum Order:

2 people, 3 recipes per week (6 meals)

2 people, 2 recipes per week (4 meals)

Recipes Per Week:

18 for classic, 6 for family

8 dinner, 3 lunches, 3 breakfast

Menu Choices:

2 Menu

1 Menu

Adds Ons:

Salad, snacks, and sauces

Snacks

Diets Choices:

Low-carb, paleo, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, mediterenean, diebetic, pescaterian

Vegan

Quality of Ingredients:

"99% organic"

Flexible Plans:

Yes 

App-Enabled:

Cook Time:

Yes 

30 minutes for dinner​

Cooking Difficulty:

Easy-medium 

Organic non-GMO

Yes 

No

20 30 minutes for dinner

5-10 minutes for lunch

Easy-hard

Is Sun Basket The Right Meal Kit Delivery Service For You or Should You Give Purple Carrot A Fair Shot?


The one industry that has seen a plethora of growth and changes is the meal kit delivery service. Every year, it seems, a new company is emerging on the market to cater to the busy lifestyle of today’s society. And, existing companies are making changes to their menu to keep their subscriber base happy and satisfied. 

 

Many of the companies are offering plant-based meals to meet the needs of their environmentally-conscious and plant-based consumers. Two such companies offering such menus include Purple Carrot and Sun Basket. What makes them so great and why should you consider one over the other?

 

A Closer Look At Sun Basket 

 

Sun Basket is one of the first companies to offer meal kit delivery services to its customers. Its main priority is to give customers an eclectic line of dishes that uses high-quality ingredients. The company has two menu plans and caters to various dietary needs such as vegan, vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free, etc. The menu plans are:

 

  • Classic Menu – Two or three dishes each week for up to four individuals 

  • Family Menu – Three or four dishes each week for up to four individuals

 

The company provides 18 recipes to choose from every week that cater to their customers’ specified dietary needs. With the vegan needs, there are three meal choices every week. Sun Basket also allows its subscribers to mix and match meals from the various plans (which means you are not locked into your designated meal plan). If you want meals from the gluten-free menu and then another from the vegan menu, you can do this.

 

Sun Basket is dedicated to providing only healthy, organic meals using only the freshest, highest-quality organic and sustainably-sourced ingredients they find. They attain their ingredients from a long-line of reputable suppliers, from farmers, fishers and fresh produce growers (all of whom only use eco-friendly methods to grow their foods). 

 

A Closer Look At Purple Carrot  

 

Purple Carrot, on the other hand, is a fairly new meal kit delivery service that focuses on offering plant-based meals for both vegans and non-vegans. The company has four different meals plans that allow for three meals a week for two people. These plans are:

 

  • Chef’s Choice – Sophisticated, gourmet plant-based recipes that are sure to please the palate. 

  • High Protein – Meals are loaded with protein to give the body more energy.

  • Quick & Easy – Meals that can quickly be cooked within 30 minutes.

  • TB12 Performance – Recipes that are loaded with protein, are gluten-free and soy-free, and ensure the metabolic needs of active people are met. 

 

Purple Carrot is all about being plant-based, which offers a six-dish plant-based menu that anybody can try out. It has three weekly, high-in-protein meals that can boost people’s energy levels. No matter which menu plan you choose, you can mix and match the dishes. The menu is filled with culinary flair dishes such as American, Italian, Mediterranean and Mexican. 

 

The company offers little to no information on where the ingredients are sourced, which means you don’t know if they use sustainably-sourced, non-GMO ingredients, if the meats are preservative-free, etc. If this concerns you, then Purple Carrot is not the right choice for your meal kit delivery service needs. 

 

What To Expect From Both Companies 

 

Both Purple Carrot and Sun Basket deliver their ingredients in a specially-designed box, so you know what you’re getting when it arrives. The boxes have built-in insulation, and gel packs or ice is used to keep the ingredients at ideal temperatures. Both companies have neatly organized the ingredients, which are individually wrapped, branded and arranged. 

 

Both companies have user-friendly websites that make it easy to navigate and choose what you want. Sun Basket goes a step further and offers a user-friendly app. Manage your account through the website (or app). Register for an account, choose your plan and dishes, set up your payment method and update personal information. 

 

Since these are subscription-based services, there is no penalty for skipping weeks or canceling. If you need to cancel, Sun Basket requires that you contact them through their customer support website link. You can easily cancel your account with Purple Carrot.  

 

What To Keep In Mind 

 

Both Purple Carrot and Sun Basket have a plethora of plant-based foods to choose from, but it’s Sun Basket that offers more for less. The company doesn’t just offer vegan foods but a wide array of other foods that meet the dietary needs of different consumers such as gluten-free, vegetarian, diabetes, low-calorie, etc. You can also mix and match the meals from each plan. 

On top of that, Sun Basket makes sure to use only the best quality ingredients for its dishes. Their promise to their customers is to use only organic, sustainably-sourced suppliers for their products.