The Best Meal Kit Delivery Services In Canada
The average Canadian family seems to be getting busier and busier. With so much running around to do, it’s no wonder meal kit delivery services have exploded in growth. Imagine not having to worry about grocery shopping, or planning what to make for dinner during the week.
These days, it only takes a few minutes to order your meals online, and have them delivered right to your doorstep, ready to serve in less than 30 minutes. In this article, I’ll review all of the big Canadian meal kit delivery companies, as well as several smaller, regional offerings.
How Does Meal Kit Delivery Work?
While there are a number of meal kit delivery services to choose from, most of them work the same way. The first step is to register and order a meal box to be delivered to your doorstep each week. Most services allow you to order 2-4 meals per box, with servings for up to 4 people. Some companies have family boxes available for larger orders.
The food is shipped on ice, in boxes designed to keep the food cool for several hours. If you’re not home, the box will be left on your doorstep, or you can choose to have it delivered directly to a neighbour’s house.
Inside, you’ll find all of the ingredients needed for your meals, along with recipe cards containing step-by-step instructions for preparing the food. Most recipes are meant to be prepared in under 30 minutes, perfect for families on the go. From what I can tell, all of the companies I’ve covered below will allow you to cancel your subscription anytime, at no extra cost, making meal kit delivery a fairly risk-free proposition.
Is Meal Kit Delivery Expensive?
Not surprisingly, as you’ll see in the reviews below, meal kit delivery is a more expensive way to dine. Prices can range from as low as $8 per serving to upwards of $14. It’s definitely going to cost more than the traditional route of buying groceries from the store and planning your own meals. Thankfully, most services offer discounts to new members or coupons for free meals with the first order.
“Meal kits are often thought of as paying for convenience,” says Kyle Prevost, personal finance writer and founder of Meal Kits Canada. “What a lot of people fail to factor in, is the money saved on restaurant food, as well as the cost of food they currently toss out because they didn’t use it before expiry.” Prevost goes on to say that his family cut their restaurant food bill down by nearly 60% when they switched over to meal kits. “I didn’t use my Skip the Dishes and Uber Eats apps as much anymore, plus we quickly realized just how much less a great meal cost at home where the adult beverage selections runs us roughly 25% of what it does in a restaurant.”
So while there is no doubt that meal kits cost more than groceries, there might be some hidden savings built-in as well – especially if you fit the profile of someone who tends to pay others to cook for them or find yourself throwing out expired food at the end of the week.
The following is a review of 10 meal kit delivery services available in Canada. The first four deliver to most locations across the country, while the rest are only available in certain cities or provinces.
Chefs Plate Review
Chefs Plate was founded in 2014, originally serving the Toronto market, but it quickly expanded to include most Canadian provinces. With Chefs Plate, you have the option of customizing your meal selections from 4 categories: classic, family, 15-minute, and vegetarian. Pricing starts at $45.96 (2 meals, 2 servings), and includes a $6 delivery fee.
The classic meal plan offers the best variety and includes 15-minute meals, as well as vegetarian and seafood choices. The family meal plan is the least expensive of the group, likely due to the more kid-friendly choices, and more simple ingredients. The family plan comes in servings of 4, while the other meal plans give you a choice of 2 or 4 servings per meal.
- Delivery across Canada
- Customized meal plans from 4 categories: classic, family, 15-minute, and vegetarian
- Meals boxes serve 2 or 4 people (Family Meal Plan is only available in servings of 4)
- No commitment – you can pause or cancel your subscription anytime
- Recipes begin at $8.99 per serving (Family Meal Plan)
- Gluten-free menu unavailable
MissFresh is a Montreal-based company that delivers fresh meals to locations across Canada. One glance at the MissFresh website, and you’ll notice the focus on social responsibility. They claim to be the first meal kit company in Canada to offer a box-less & paperless packaging option.
Through Our Green Box, customers can transfer meals to their own packaging when they pick up at a designated location. The MissFresh packaging is left behind at the store to be returned, washed, and reused. The company is also committed to donating any food that isn’t used in their meals, to a local food bank.
MissFresh offers a wide range of recipes, with 12 available per week. Unlike many of their competitors, they also feature breakfast and snack options, although the breakfast choices are limited mostly to assorted cereal bars and granola. Recipes can be ordered in quantities of 2-5 per week, but unless you’re ordering for at least four people, you’ll need to place a minimum order of three recipes. Their pricing appears to be similar to that of Chefs Plate.
- Current promotion of 4 FREE meals with your first dinner box ($43.96 value)
- Delivery across Canada
- Breakfast and snack options available
- Meal boxes serve 2, 4, or 6 people
- Ability to pause or cancel your subscription at any time
- Gluten free menu not available
GoodFood is yet another national player in the meal kit delivery game, with delivery available everywhere in Canada. They boast a large menu, with 10 recipes available each week. Meals are broken into 5 categories: Classic, Easy Prep, Vegetarian, Family-style, and Clean-15, which is a collection of low-carb options. They also offer gluten-free options, but no longer label them.
GoodFood meal boxes can serve either 2 or 4 people, with 2-4 different recipes available per order. Similar to MissFresh however, the 2-recipe option must be ordered in servings of four. Price-wise, GoodFood seems to come in about the middle of the pack. A family basket (4 recipes, servings for 4) is a reasonable $9.31/serving. Smaller orders range between $10-$13 per order. They have free delivery and are currently offering a 40% discount on the first order for all new customers.
- New customers receive 40% off their first basket
- Delivery across Canada
- Meal boxes available for 2 or 4 people, and can accommodate 2-4 recipes
- Gluten-free options available
- 10 recipes available per week
- Free delivery available
If there was a premium meal kit delivery service, HelloFresh would probably be it. They are the only Canada-wide option offering both gluten-free options, as well as 100% hormone-free meat in their menus. They also offer free delivery to most locations. The premium features seem to be reflected in the price, however, as HelloFresh is more expensive than most of the competition. For example, 3 recipes for 2 people cost $13.33/serving.
With HelloFresh, customers choose from 3 meal plan categories: Family, Pronto, and Veggie. The Pronto Plan is just as it sounds, featuring meals that can be prepared in under 30 minutes, complete with pre-cut, pre-measured ingredients. If there’s a knock against HelloFresh, it might be the number of available recipes. At only 5 per week, they lag behind competitors like GoodFood (10), and MissFresh (13).
- New customers receive $20 off their first order
- Delivery across Canada
- 5 recipes available per week
- 100% meat without added hormones
- Free delivery available
- Gluten-free options available
Regional Meal Kit Options
The meal kit delivery field is a crowded one. In addition to the Canada-wide options I’ve featured above, there are a number of regional players vying for your food dollar. Depending on where you live, you may be able to choose from the following meal kit delivery services.
Cook it (Quebec and Ontario)
Residents of Ontario and Quebec should definitely consider Cook it when searching for a meal kit delivery service. Not only do they offer the largest selection of weekly recipes (14), but their pricing is very competitive. Like HelloFresh, they offer both gluten-free menu options and 100% hormone-free meat. Cook it has large families covered too, with meal boxes available to serve as many as seven people. Too bad it’s only available in central Canada.
Fresh Prep (most of BC)
Fresh Prep is a meal kit delivery service catering to the Vancouver area, and extending out to most of BC. Their meal boxes can be ordered to serve between 2-12 people. Like Cook it, they offer antibiotic and hormone-free meat in their menus, with a focus on fresh local, and organic, ingredients. They are currently offering new customers 2 free meals upon sign-up, and free delivery is available.
If you live in the Toronto area, you’ll want to add Prepd to your list of available meal kit delivery services. They offer competitive pricing, as well as free delivery. One selling feature is their menu customization, as Prepd gives customers the ability to choose from any recipe on the menu. One drawback is their website, which I found less user-friendly than many of the competitor sites. For example, there were no prices, or discounts, displayed on the main page. I had to dig a bit to get the necessary information.
Rooted is a meal kit delivery service catering to Calgarians. Judging by its name, it should come as no surprise that Rooted features plant-based meals, for the health-conscious consumer. You can order from one of 2 meal boxes each week. The ‘Peas In A Pod’ box is ideal for 1-2 people, while the ‘Bunch Of Carrots’ meal box is made to serve a family of 5-6. Rooted does have gift cards available, making it easy to give the gift of convenience to someone you love.
Fresh City Farms (Toronto – food delivery, including meal kits)
Fresh City Farms is another company servicing the Toronto area. The Fresh City menu extends far beyond meal kits and includes a wide selection of food items available for delivery. In fact, you could probably fill your entire grocery order from their website. Their meal kit menu is huge, as I counted no less than 51 different recipes. Prices are easy to find, and seem reasonable, with meals starting under $10.00 per serving.
Spud (Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria – food delivery with some meal kits)
Spud is another company specializing in food delivery and is a great option for those who are looking for a little more than meal kits, although they have those too. They serve the 4 major urban centres in Alberta and BC and offer a broad selection of meal options, including keto and vegan recipes. Local delivery is free, and new customers currently receive $10 off their first order. One thing I love about Spud is their website, which is colourful and easy to navigate.
Are Keto or Gluten-Free Meal Kits Available in Canada?
Unfortunately, no major food subscription box offers a dedicated keto or gluten-free menu. They may have some non-gluten or keto-friendly meals, but they’re not guaranteed to be available every month. There are some vegetarian menus available, which may provide what you’re looking for, but I’d love to see menus that cater to these different dietary needs.
Convenience Has A Price
When deciding whether or not to subscribe to a meal kit delivery service, you need to figure out just how much you’re willing to pay for convenience. After all, that’s what meal kit companies are all about. Sure, they stress the benefits of their healthy recipes and fresh ingredients, but a smart shopper can get all of that from their local grocery store.
People use meal kit services to save time and to avoid the hassle of preparing their own meals. And for many, that’s worth something. But at an average price of $10-12/serving, it’s important to recognize that you are paying a premium for the added convenience.
Our Pick For Affordability – $5 Meal Plan
If you like the idea of meal kit delivery, but feel as though the price is a bit too steep, the $5 Meal Plan may be just the thing for you. It’s a solution that combines the convenience of advanced meal planning with the cost savings of shopping for your own groceries from wholesale stores like Costco. Here’s how it works.
For $5 month, you’ll receive meal plans right to your email inbox, with everything you need to create delicious and healthy meals for your family, for as little as $2 per serving. The meal plans are designed so that all of the ingredients can be purchased from a single store, like Costco, and come complete with a list of ingredients, and full recipes. Following the plans provided, meals can be prepared in advance, and stored in your freezer until you need them.