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The Best Food Box Delivery in Australia

POSTED ON Jul 05, 2022
# NAME DELIVERY LOCATIONSAVG COST
NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT, SA, NT, WA$105.00
NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT, WA$74.99
NSW, VIC, QLD, TAS, SA, TAS, WA$109.90
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, NT, TAS, ACT$69.90
NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT$122.90
The Best Food Box Delivery in Australia

Sometimes, finding healthy and nutritious recipes, shopping for groceries and cooking meals from scratch is too difficult.

Whether you’re trying to fit in both work and study, have a big family that has a jam-packed schedule or you simply don’t like cooking – there’s gotta be a cost-effective, time-effective and just easier way to feed yourself and your family, right?

Right – there is! And no, you don’t need to rely on beans on toast or UberEats every night.

The solution that’ll save you time, money and sanity? A food box delivery service.

But with so many different food box delivery services in Australia, how do you know which is best? Good news – we have the answer.

Is There a Difference Between a Food Box and Meal Kit?

Food box, meal kit… potato/potato (you have to imagine in your head the Australian vs American pronunciation of potato) – it’s pretty much a one-in-the-same thing.

A food box and meal kit are both boxes delivered with all the fresh ingredients you need – and easy to follow recipe cards required – to make the meals.

This is different from a ready-made meal provider where the meals often come cooked, packed and frozen, ready to eat after they’ve been heated in the microwave.

Got it? OK.

Which Food Box Delivery Service is the Best in Australia?

After trialling and testing, countless hours of research and consumer reviews, we can confidently say the best food box delivery service in Australia is:

HelloFresh.

Why? Many reasons!

HelloFresh has the largest variety of recipes, you get sent physical recipe cards for easy-to-follow instructions and it’s a great option for learning how to cook!

What’s great about Hello Fresh is you can choose the type of food box you want, whether that’s veggie or meat, low-cal, for families and several other choices! Not to mention you can get your meals from just $10.50 per person per meal.

The List of the Best Food Box Meal Delivery Providers

If you’re a keen cook who doesn’t want to bother with grocery shopping and figuring out what to make – but still want to prepare and make your own meals – a food box delivery service with delicious meals is just what you need.

Mealprep has put together a list of the top 5 food box delivery providers in Sydney, Melbourne and the rest of Australia to help you choose the right one for you and your needs.

How’d we make this list?

We based our list on the following criteria:

  • Delivery locations: where in Australia do they deliver?
  • Customisation: can you custom order or pick your ingredients?
  • Dietary options: do they cater for allergies/intolerances?
  • Average cost: what’s the average cost for 5 meals for 2 people?

We’ve also put together a bunch of handy tips about food box delivery services and a whole lot more handy info.

Are you ready? Let’s get to it!

1. Hello Fresh

DELIVERY LOCATIONS: NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT, SA, NT, WA

CUSTOMISATION: No

DIETARY OPTIONS: Meat & Veggies, Vegetarian, Flexitarian, Protein-rich, naturally gluten-free

AVG COST: $105.00

Hello Fresh is one of the most popular food box delivery services in Australia, and it’s great for families, couples or singles. They provide you with fresh, seasonal ingredients pre-measured in colour-coded meal kits to help you prepare wholesome dinner in just 15 minutes.

You can find plans for families, couples, and singles.

You can choose if you want 3,4, or 5 recipes per week, and whether you want it for 2 or 4 people. While you can’t custom pick ingredients, you can choose whether you want your food box to be veggie, meat & veggie, calorie smart, low-carb and more meal plans for families.

The one thing to note about Hello Fresh is that it doesn’t cater for special allergies or intolerances. However, since HelloFresh boxes only contain unprocessed ingredients, it is possible to omit, or replace, any ingredient that could cause an allergic reaction.

2. Everyplate

DELIVERY LOCATIONS: NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT, WA

CUSTOMISATION: No

DIETARY OPTIONS: Vegetarian

AVG COST: $74.99

If you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful food box delivery service, checkout EveryPlate: it’s the cheapest of all food boxes.

Their meals begin at a very low $3.99 per plate, with recipes that are super easy to follow. EveryPlate delivers a lower price per plate by cutting out the frills. Everything you need and nothing you don’t. Just quality ingredients and a selection of fuss-free recipes with 4 simple steps, for a guaranteed tasty feed.

Their meals $3.99 per plate

It’s also great for big families as you can cater for 2, 4 or up to 6 people, choosing between 3-6 meals per week.You can also choose meals that are rated as vegetarian, premium, quick & easy, kid approved and customer top-rated.

Again, it’s not great news for allergy sufferers, with the only dietary option you can choose being vegetarian.

3. Marley Spoon

DELIVERY LOCATIONS: NSW, VIC, QLD, TAS, SA, TAS, WA

CUSTOMISATION: No

DIETARY OPTIONS: vegetarian, vegan, family-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, and low carb

AVG COST: $109.90

If you actually enjoy cooking but just can’t be bothered with the shopping and finding recipes, have a look at the food box Marley Spoon. Marley Spoon’s recipes are a bit fancier and you can make more complex dishes.

Marley Spoon is also the go-to for allergy sufferers as you can choose recipes that are vegetarian, vegan, family-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, and low carb options. Their 6-step recipe cards are chef-inspired and easy to follow.

They’re also the only provider to offer a family fruit box for $24.90 a week, with a fruit box containing up to 8 varieties of fresh fruit.

4. Dinnerly

DELIVERY LOCATIONS: NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, NT, TAS, ACT

CUSTOMISATION: No

DIETARY OPTIONS: Vegetarian, no added gluten, dairy free, reduced carb + more

AVG COST: $69.90

For those after a food box delivery provider that offers lots of recipes, is good for a budget, and with meals that are quick and easy to create, Dinnerly is for you.

Dinnerly is excellent for simple, tasty and traditional meals. Their costs are cheaper compared to other meal kits because there are few ingredients per dish, packaging is simple yet eco-friendly, and digital recipe cards are given rather than printed cardboard cards.

Find an affordable meal kit.

It’s good for families of up to 4 people, as well as singles and couples. They also cater to dairy-free, gluten-free, low-carb diets and more. Dinnerly offers 6-ingredient recipes, ready in 30 minutes or less, so it’s a great food box for the time-poor.

5. Pepper Leaf

DELIVERY LOCATIONS: NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, ACT

CUSTOMISATION: No

DIETARY OPTIONS: Vegetarian

AVG COST: $122.90

Pepper Leaf might not be as well-known as the other food box providers listed, but it’s certainly one to keep in mind when you’re after budget-friendly and quick recipes you can make in 20 minutes or less.

You can choose between a classic box, family box or vegetarian box. Unfortunately, the only dietary requirement you can choose is vegetarian, but meals are labelled with common allergens when you get to the selection stage, so you can just opt for meals that suit your needs.

Choose a plan that’s rigth for you.

 

Their menu is rotated often so you won’t get bored. They also work to match the produce which is in season, keeping produce as local as possible. You’ll get food like fish with dill and turmeric rice, greek veggie couscous salad, peanut beef rice noodles and more.

What we also love about Pepper Leaf is it’s the only provider that lets you choose your meals for the week without having to put in your delivery and payment details first. It makes for a much better user-experience in our opinion.

Food Box Delivery Australia FAQs

Which food box service is best?

HelloFresh comes in at number one for us thanks to its large variety of recipes, easy-to-follow instructions and that it‘s a great option for learning how to cook!

What’s great about Hello Fresh is you can choose the type of food box you want, whether that’s veggie or meat, low-cal, for families and several other choices! Not to mention you can get your meals from just $10.50 per person per meal. No fuss, no food waste, just good, tasty fresh food and delicious recipes.

Are food box delivery services suitable for kids?

Yes! All of the above mentioned meal box services can be a great option for kids, providing you and the family with tasty, fresh produce and healthy meals for all. Of course, we can’t guarantee fussy eaters will love every cuisine you put in front of them, so it might be a case of trial and error too.

Is a food box delivery service good for weight loss?

Food box meal delivery services can be great for weight loss with many offering low-carb or low-cal options, including HelloFresh, Dinnerly and Marley Spoon.

What will I receive in my box?

You’ll receive all the ingredients to make your chosen meals. Most food box providers work on the assumption you have a few basic pantry items like oil, salt, pepper, eggs and milk, but most providers will send you a detailed list before your box is shipped with all the items you’ll get/need.

Which food box is cheapest?

EveryPlates wins the cheapest food box provider coming in at $74.99 for 10 meals (5 meals for 2 people). However, many of the providers have different deals at different times offering a certain discount on your first box.

Ally Burnie
Ally Burnie
Journalist, presenter and host based in Sydney with a passion for cooking, outdoor adventures, hiking, humanitarianism, and travel.

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Ally Burnie
Ally Burnie
Journalist, presenter and host based in Sydney with a passion for cooking, outdoor adventures, hiking, humanitarianism, and travel.