Dinnerly vs HelloFresh (+3 Samples of each)

This info-rich blogpost will show you the various advantages as well as the limitations which are present in two meal kit delivery services, Dinnerly and HelloFresh. While HelloFresh has operations in a number of countries, Dinnerly only delivers meal kits in the United States. Meal kits have gained popularity today because of the convenience they bring to users.

In the end, we will give you our opinions on which of these two may be the better choice based on first-hand experiences.

Dinnerly vs HelloFresh

The following table will show you the different characteristic features which are present in Dinnerly as well as those in HelloFresh. You will also be able to check out the different types of recipes which you can find in these meal kit delivery services, along with their price ranges, so that you can make a better calculated choice as to which of these serves you better.

 Feature  Dinnerly HelloFresh
 Delivery areas  98% of the United States aside from Alaska & Hawaii98% of the United States aside from Alaska & Hawaii,UK,France,Germany,Netherlands,Belgium,Luxembourg,Austria,Switzerland,Australia,Canada,New Zealand,Denmark,Sweden 
 Price range   $35 to $67 per week for two  $120 to $460 per month
 Price per plate  $4.99 per plate $7.49 per plate
 Difficulty levels  Easy Easy,Intermediate,Expert 
 Avg. cooking time  30 minutes or lesser 20 – 50 mins per meal
 Avg. calorie count  800-900 calories per serving 500-800 calories per serving
 Supporting material  Only digital recipe cards Recipe cards,Nutritional facts,Meal description 
 Recipes supported  Vegetarian,Dairy-free,Low carb,Gluten-free,Healthy,One-pot,Kid-friendly  Calorie-smart,Carb-smart,Vegetarian,Pescatarian,Beef,Chicken,Beans and Legumes,Grain 
 No. of choices  28 per week 30 per week
 Introductory deal  60% off on first box,20% off on next two  60% off on first box
 Avg. shelf life  3-5 days for meat,4 days for veggies  3-5 days for meat,1-2 days for seafood 

Types of Plans: Dinnerly vs HelloFresh

 Dinnerly  HelloFresh
 Two-Person box $6.39 per portion + $9.99 shipping,2 or 3 or 5 or 6 meals per week  Meat & Veggies Meal kits containing meat and veggies
 Family box $5.69 per portion + $9.99 shipping,3 or 4 or 5 or 6 meals per week   Vegetarian Plant-based meals,Not always vegan 
  Family Friendly Kid-approved meals 
  Calorie-Smart meals 650 calories or less in each serving 
   Quick and Easy Meals which can be cooked within 30 minutes    
  Pescatarian Meals containing seafood proteins   

Dinnerly allows its customers to choose among various sizes of meal boxes depending on the needs and requirements of the family. The meal boxes come in mainly two sizes, as a two-person box and the family box for larger households. The customer can also add more meals to their box if they wish to do so.

HelloFresh also has a large collection of options for the user. The customer can go for the meat and veggie plan which has recipes which contain both meat and vegetables. As an alternative, they can also go for the veggie plan, which solely features vegetables as the star ingredients. In addition to meal kits, HelloFresh also offers fully prepared meals.

Winner: HelloFresh wins the Types of Plans segment.

Types of Ingredients: Dinnerly vs HelloFresh

  Ingredient type   Dinnerly  HelloFresh
 Produce   Farm-fresh produce Farm-fresh produce 
 Meat, eggs, fish  NAE chicken,Antibiotic free meat  Hormone-free,Antibiotic-free 
 Other ingredients  Seasonings,Sauces  Seasonings, Spice blends 

Dinnerly sources its ingredients from local vendors and farms which are guaranteed to use only safe farming practices. The meat and poultry used in Dinnerly meal kits are antibiotic free and come from sustainable sources. The meal kits also come with the required seasonings and spices, while mentioning the necessary cooking essentials which the user needs to have.

HelloFresh manages to tie up with local family-run farms in every country of operation in order to ensure that only the best ingredients make their way to the customer. The produce is more seasonal so that fewer insecticides are used, and more quality is present in the meal kits. The seasonings and spices are also healthy and tasty at the same time.

Winner: HelloFresh wins the Types of Ingredients segment.

Add-Ons: Dinnerly vs HelloFresh

 Dinnerly  HelloFresh 
 Dessert,Breakfast  Garlic bread,Yogurt dip,Garden salad,Cheesecake Mousse Parfait 

Dinnerly allows its customers to gain much more than just meal kits through this platform. In addition to meal kits, the customer can add items such as desserts and even healthy breakfast options to their meal boxes. They are also free to add more meals and recipes to their meal kits if they want to get a bigger bang out of their buck.

HelloFresh also has a wide range of add-on options for its customers. The add-ons in HelloFresh include freshly baked garlic bread, which along with the yogurt dip can make any meal more fulfilling and wholesome. Fiber-filled garden salads are also available as add-ons in HelloFresh. For dessert time, HelloFresh offers yummy cheesecake mousse parfaits.

Winner: HelloFresh wins the Add-ons segment.

Packaging of Meal kit: Dinnerly vs HelloFresh

 Dinnerly  HelloFresh 
 Meal box,Separator,Ice packs,Box liner,Bottles,Containers,Bags  Cardboard box,Kit bag,Separator,Insulator,Ice packs 
 Fully recyclable  Fully recyclable

Both Dinnerly and HelloFresh use easily recyclable packaging for their meal kits. The packaging is not only easily recyclable but also reusable. While the meal boxes are made of recycled cardboard, the containers and the bags are made of BPA-free plastic. The ice packs in the meal kits contain a non-toxic gel which can be just tossed into the trash for disposal.

Winner: Dinnerly and HelloFresh win the Packaging of Meal kit segment.

Customer Support: Dinnerly vs HelloFresh

 Feature  Dinnerly HelloFresh
 Chat support  – +
 Email support  + –
 Phone support +  + 
 Availability  All days of the week All days of the week

Dinnerly users can contact the customer support of this meal kit delivery service through emails and even through phone support. The phone support in Dinnerly is available on all days of the week except for certain public holidays. The customer support in this platform also has very limited hours.

HelloFresh customers can also contact the support team through a number of ways. The easiest and best way to reach out for assistance in this meal kit delivery platform is through the live chat, which will immediately put the customer in touch with an executive. In addition to live chat, phone support is also present in HelloFresh.

Winner: HelloFresh wins the Customer Support segment.

Sample Meals: Dinnerly vs HelloFresh

 Sample  Dinnerly HelloFresh
 Sample 1  Name: Keto-Friendly Smoky Paprika SteakPreparation time: 20-30 minsSpice level: MediumDifficulty: Easy  Name: Hearty Steak and PotatoesPreparation time: 40 minsSpice level: MildDifficulty: Easy  
 Sample  2  Name: One-Pot Tomato Ravioli with Basil PestoPreparation time: 20-30 minsSpice level: MildDifficulty: Easy  Name: Winner Winner Chicken Orzo DinnerPreparation time: 30 minsSpice level: MildDifficulty: Easy 
 Sample  3   Name: Crispy Ranch Fish SticksPreparation time: 40-50 minsSpice level: MildDifficulty: Easy  Name: Ginger Beef Stir-FryPreparation time: 30 minsSpice level: MediumDifficulty: Easy

Dinnerly’s menu is filled with recipes that are instant crowd-favorites and even unexplored recipes from international cuisines. The recipes are quite easy to follow, and most of the meals here can be cooked within 30-50 minutes. The spice levels of each meal also vary to cater to different palate preferences.

HelloFresh also offers a number of recipes for the customer to choose from. The recipes in HelloFresh can mostly be prepared within a span of 30 minutes. For those who want to spend even less time in the kitchen, HelloFresh offers quick-cooking recipes in which the ingredients are pre-chopped and ready to be cooked.

Winner: Dinnerly wins the Sample Meals segment.

App rating: Dinnerly vs HelloFresh

 Platform Dinnerly HelloFresh 
 Google Play Store 4.6  3.4 
 Apple App Store  4.7 4.4
 TWP Rating  4/5 3.5/5

Final Verdict: The winner of this clash is Dinnerly with its simple recipes and variety of choices.

Dinnerly, as a meal kit delivery service, was designed to be a more affordable option when compared to its other competitors. In this meal kit delivery service, the customer can find very easy to cook recipes which require very less preparation time, thus achieving the aim of an effective meal kit delivery service.

HelloFresh is a very popular meal kit delivery service and was certainly one of the first in the market. The recipes in HelloFresh star various ingredients such as meat and vegetables and even seafood. The customer has the freedom to choose the recipe types which they need to add to their meal kits.

When we compare Dinnerly and HelloFresh, Dinnerly emerges as the winner. The recipes in Dinnerly are very easy to prepare. At the same time, they are not lacking in quality and can easily tempt even the pickiest eaters to try them. The affordability of Dinnerly is another important reason why this meal kit delivery service wins the crown here.


To bring you the best reviews of each and every meal delivery service, we spoke to testers and real life users, reviewed the information provided by each service on their respective websites, carried out primary research on social media platforms and checked out the user reviews of these platforms on various social media sites. We have also used the reviews presented by current users of these services on their respective Google and Apple apps.

We are currently conducting our own internal review and we will update this page with videos and pictures of our experiences. If they differ extensively from what our external reviewers said then we will update this post so you get both points of views and can decide which service provider is more suited to your needs based on the information above.

The main types of criteria which we have used in order to assess and evaluate these meal delivery services is the simplicity of the recipes, the variety of meals in the service, the inclusiveness of diets and cuisines and even the supporting material.

In addition to these, we have also taken into regard the sustainability and recyclability of the packaging of these services. Lastly, we have also considered the delivery services and customer services of these platforms.

Frequently asked questions: “Dinnerly vs HelloFresh”

How does Dinnerly stay cold?

Dinnerly stays cold through the ice packs as well as the smart packaging that goes into the meal boxes. The boxes are insulated with denim cotton and paper. The ice packs in the meal box contain a non-toxic gel which ensures that the ingredients remain fresh up to 48 hours after delivery has been completed.

Who is Dinnerly owned by?

Dinnerly is owned by Marley Spoon. Dinnerly was originally intended to be the affordable arm of Marley Spoon. The ingredient sourcing between these two platforms is pretty much the same. The only major difference is in the packaging. Marley Spoon uses a lot more packaging that Dinnerly does.

Where does the meat from HelloFresh come from?

The meat in HelloFresh comes from local partners who use safe farming practices. The meat comes from grass-fed animals, while the farming practices are guaranteed to be cruelty free. This not only ensures sustainability, but also great taste and flavors for the customer. There are also organic ingredients available in HelloFresh at a slightly higher price.

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