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Home Chef review

Cook like a boss without having to hit the grocery store.

Want to whip up home-cooked meals without the hassle of grocery shopping and time-consuming prep work? This popular meal kit delivery service lets you do just that, taking the work out of cooking and leaving you with just the fun and satisfaction.

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Quick take


  • Choose delivery frequency and how much you want to spend.
  • Vegetarian and other dietary options available.
  • Simple, easy-to-follow recipe cards come with each meal.


  • Online complaints of late deliveries.

Home Chef reviews and complaints

Home Chef gets rave reviews online overall. Most customers are thrilled with the customer service, speedy delivery, quality ingredients and simple recipes. However, a few customers report late deliveries and subpar ingredients.

As of February 2022, this meal-kit service scores a 3.8 out of 5 stars on Trustpilot with nearly 3,000 reviews. The vast majority of customers rate the service as either “great” or “excellent.”

However, reviews on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) paint a very different picture. The BBB gives Home Chef an F rating for failing to respond to multiple complaints from customers. After 58 reviews, Home Chef earns 1.14 stars out of 5.


Students take 55% off their first box

How does it work?

Home Chef lets you choose specific recipes each week and then sends you everything you need to make them at home. The process follows three simple steps:

  1. Pick your weekly recipes. Carb-conscious, calorie-conscious, vegetarian and other special dietary needs are available.
  2. Customize your order. Easily upgrade, swap or double-up ingredients.
  3. Get cooking. Portioned ingredients arrive at your door, complete with step-by-step recipe cards to follow.

Box size and pricing options

When you create your Home Chef account, you’re asked quick questions about your eating habits and preferences. Then you choose your preferred box size. Pricing varies by the number and size of meals, as well as any customization choices you select each week.

Delivery is free on orders of $40 or more. Otherwise, you’ll pay $10 per shipment. Home Chef also allows you to add on fruit or smoothies for an extra $4.95 per person and occasionally features premium meals for special occasions that cost a bit extra.

Number of meals per weekPrice per week

Shipping, payments and cancellations

Can I get free delivery?

Yes! Weekly subscriptions of $40 or more ship for free.

Shipping costs

Shipping is $10 on orders of up to $40.

Payment options

Home Chef currently accepts all major credit cards and PayPal. It also supports its own brand of gift cards.

The payment method that you use to place your first order is automatically used for future orders. To change your payment preference, log in to your account and go to Billing information.

You must make the change before noon CT on the Friday before your next order. Otherwise, your previous payment method is billed.

How do I pause or cancel my subscription?

To pause or cancel your Home Chef subscription:

  1. Log in to your account, and then choose Account information.
  2. Select Pause your subscription.
  3. Select your reason for the change.
  4. Choose whether you want to skip a week, change the frequency of your subscription, reschedule your start date or cancel your subscription.

Changes must be made before noon CT on the Friday before your next delivery is set to ship. Otherwise, you’re billed for and receive your last delivery before the account changes take effect.

What sets Home Chef apart?

Home Chef caters to busy people and families that want to cook fresh, healthy meals but don’t have the time to shop, prep and cook. Each meal comes with an easy-to-follow recipe card, so you don’t have to worry about figuring out what the heck to do with the contents of your box.

Plus, the brand offers a wide selection of meal sizes, helping you fit home-cooked meals into most budgets.

How can I contact customer support?

The two fastest ways to get in touch with Home Chef customer service:

  • Call 855-949-3049 toll-free weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT or Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT.
  • Leave a message by filling out a secure online contact form.

Home Chef vs. competitors

Explore other meal kit services by dietary requirements, special offers, number of people, meal preparation and average price. Select the Go to site button for more information about a particular service.

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Name Product Special Dietary Requirements Special Offers Number of People Meal Preparation Average Meal Price
Hello Fresh
Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Low Calorie, Paleo, Keto, Low Carb
Current college students in the U.S. are eligible for a discount via UNiDAYS. Terms Apply.
Prepared Fresh
Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Keto
$60 off + free shipping when you sign up.
Up to 6
Prepared Fresh
Gluten-Free, Nut-Free
Get $60 off at checkout. Student discount of 15% off any meal plan for four weeks. Terms apply.
Prepared Fresh
Blue Apron
Prepared Fresh
Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Low Calorie, Paleo, Keto, Low Carb
Get 30% off your first delivery of $99+. Terms Apply.
Prepared Fresh
Home Chef
Vegetarian, Nut-Free, Low Calorie, Low Carb
$10 bonus credit valid toward a future order and cannot be applied toward the first order. New households only. Tems Apply.
Up to 6
Prepared Fresh
Every Plate
Students get 18 meals for only $2.49 each. Tems Apply.
Prepared Fresh
Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Low Calorie, Low Carb
Prepared Fresh
Purple Carrot
Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free
$20 discount first week. Terms Apply.
Prepared Fresh

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Bottom line

Home Chef is an option if you’re looking to save time but still want to cook your own meals at home. Customers online report satisfaction with the simple recipes, but watch for delivery issues.

If you’re not quite sold on this brand, compare similar options to find the best fit for your palate and budget.

Frequently asked questions

Where can I buy Home Chef meal kits in stores?

Home Chef meal kits are now available in select Kroger grocery stores.

Are Home Chef ingredients organic?

Some ingredients are organic, but it’s not guaranteed. Different products and orders come from different suppliers depending on its meals, says Home Chef on its site.

Is Home Chef packaging recyclable?

All cardboard, insulation and plastic packaging that comes with your delivery is recyclable. To reuse the ice packs, simply rinse them off.

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