If your lockdown meals are stuck in a rut, a subscription to a food delivery box can be a great way to add some variety to mealtimes without the hassle of planning out recipes.
Many come with pre-measured ingredients and step-by-step instructions, making it quick and easy to whip up a satisfying meal without any food waste.
Our recent survey results show that Hello Fresh is the most popular food subscription box among Which? members*. But is it the best?
Staff from across Which? have given their verdict on a range of recipe kits, as well as drinks, cheese, fruit and veg subscription boxes.
contain all the ingredients you need to make a home cooked meal for two to four people. You can choose from four plans - family, classic, rapid or veggie - with prices ranging from £3.40 to £5 per portion.
is designed for those who want to enjoy restaurant-quality pasta at home. There are 10 recipes to choose from each week that take as little as five minutes to prepare, and serve one or two people. Prices vary depending on the dish with a single portion ranging from £6.75 to £13.50.
provide plenty of choice, with more than 40 recipes to pick from each week. Its offering spans family favourites, healthy choices and 10-minute meals, as well as vegan and gluten-free options. Boxes are designed to feed two to four people with prices ranging from £2.98 to £6.25 per serving, depending on the number of meals ordered.
is a health-focused recipe box that uses ethically sourced ingredients, with all meals free from gluten, dairy and refined carbs. Its partnership with charity One Feeds Two means a school meal is donated to a child in poverty for every meal bought. There are 16 recipes to choose from each week and you can order for one, two, or a family. The cost varies depending on the dishes you choose - one-person boxes start at £8 per portion and family boxes start at £4.50 per portion.
Unlike other recipe boxes which contain all the ingredients you need for a dish, provide pots of pastes, oils, garnishes, rubs, stocks and herb/spice blends for your chosen recipe. It comes with a shopping list for the rest of the ingredients which you need to buy separately. Each box costs £9.99 and contains four recipe kits designed to feed two to four people.
'The shopping list for each recipe is small so it doesn't cost much to get those. You can either choose the recipes you get (you get four per order) or they select for you based on your order history, and there's lots to choose from. Portion sizes are good - despite what the shopping list might sound like - and most recipe cards serve two and you can always increase accompaniments like rice or pasta.' - Eugene Larkin, Data Compliance Analyst
are all about organic, seasonal produce. You can choose from a selection of fruit and veg boxes (£12.50 - £27.50) as well as meat and fish boxes (£16.50 - £37). It also sells recipe boxes, though these are currently on pause.
delivers organic fruit and veg boxes (£7.95 - £23.55) and meat boxes (£18.90 - £38.80) to your doorstep. It also has a range of recipe boxes which come complete with all the ingredients you need to make seasonal meals from scratch. They include vegan, vegetarian and meat options for two people as well as family recipe boxes for four people.
'The food is so tasty and it has meant we now eat a more vegetarian-based diet. Their cookbooks are full of wonderful recipes that are simple and not your run-of-the-mill. We also eat seasonally now and get vegetables we would never buy in the supermarket such as whole beetroot or fennel, but yet discover great dishes such as beetroot curry - now a regular on our menu! Also, the staff have been so friendly, they send a newsletter each week with how to look after, use and cook your vegetables, a recipe and a note from Riverford. Small touches, but they go a long way.' - Catie Doherty, Premier Account Manager, Which? Trusted Traders
is all about artisan cheese, offering tailored cheese boxes to suit your preferences. Boxes contain four or five different cheeses and are designed to feed four to eight people. Each box costs £30 and you can choose to have it delivered every month, two months or three months.
'There were some nice touches in the box. They give you a little score chart so you can do a taste test, tell you where they were made, give wine pairings and types of crackers. Plus the packaging is all recyclable, and it comes packed with ice so it doesn't spoil in transit.' - Emily Seymour, Home Content Editor
Cheese company sends you a selection of cheeses to try every month, two months or three months. A typical box contains four cheeses weighing 50g to 200g each and you can choose to have no goat's cheese, no blue cheese and vegetarian cheeses only. It costs £22 per box and you can go premium for an additional £7 to get an 'extra special cheese' in your box.
'We're on the vegetarian plan, which means we got a lot of repeat cheeses. Not a big deal though because they were absolutely great. It was too much cheese for two people though; our lockdown cheese evenings have been... filling.' - Michael Passingham, Senior Researcher/Writer.
offers the opportunity to try a different craft gin each month, including limited and exclusive editions. Each box contains a full-sized bottle of craft gin, mixers, garnish and snacks to have alongside your creation. Boxes cost £40 and you can have one delivered every one, two or three months.
'It's really well put together. They give you everything you need (except the glass and the ice) to make some really quite intricate drinks and then if you find a gin you particularly like, you can buy it from their shop' - Lisa Webb, Senior Lawyer
Each month, selects a different single malt whisky for you to try and posts it through your door in its letterbox-friendly pouches. You can choose a monthly subscription (£7.95 per month) or a yearly subscription (£7 per month).
'Small pouches means I can try out different whiskies they select without needing to commit to a bottle or being overwhelmed with too many options. They have a take-back scheme for the pouch for recycling (return 10 and you get a free pouch). The bag it is delivered in is biodegradable.' - Eric Cheng, Digital Business Analyst.
*Results based on a survey of 16,571 Which members inJune2020. Respondents were asked which food subscription boxes they had ordered since June 2019.