While the grocery store is pretty much the only place we're allowed to go during this pandemic, we're trying to stay home as much as possible. But that begs the question: How do we get food? To avoid leaving the house every time we need to whip up lunch for the fam, we rounded up the 20 best food delivery services, from meal kits to takeout to produce shipments.
*Delivery times and availability may vary based on location, but luckily there are plenty of options to keep you stocked. Check each site for further details.
1. Blue Apron
What you get: Portioned ingredients to cook two to three meals per week for two or four people, plus cooking instructions
Why we love it: It's ideal for beginner cooks who want to learn new skills (you've got to check out those handy video demos!). The OG food delivery service has remained best-in-class due to their inventive, seasonal recipes and focus on quality ingredients.
2. Hello Fresh
What you get: Portioned ingredients to cook three to four meals per week for two to four people, plus cooking instructions
Why we love it: Choose from plans that include meat and veggies, just veggies, low calorie and family friendly options. Plus, you get to select the meals you want to make based on the recipes being offered that week.
What you get: Portioned ingredients to cook three to five meals per week for two to four people, plus digital cooking instructions
Why we love it: Dinnerly is by far the most affordable meal kit on the market at just under $5 per serving. How do they do it? By using digital recipe cards instead of paper, fewer ingredients per dish (which means the meals are easier and faster to make) and packaging all the fresh ingredients up in a simple, no-frills box.
What you get: Portioned and prepped ingredients to cook three 15-minute meals per week for two to four people, plus cooking instructions
Why we love it: Pro chefs do all the chopping and marinating for you, so your meal is ready to cook right out of the box—no prepping necessary. The best part: Each meal will only take you 15 minutes from start to finish.
5. Home Chef
What you get: Portioned ingredients to make two to four completely customizable meals per week for two to four people, plus cooking instructions
Why we love it: Sometimes, options are a must, especially when it comes to recipes. Home Chef not only lets you pick the number of meals you'll receive per week, but it also lets you customize each one to upgrade, double up or add or swap a protein. You can also choose meals based on cooking time, from five minutes to 30+ minutes.
6. Green Chef
What you get: Portioned ingredients to make two to three meals per week for two to four people, plus cooking instructions
Why we love it: Green Chef creates meals based on diet. Going Keto, Paleo or plant-based? This delivery service does all the hard work for you, so all you have to do is open the box and cook.
7. Sun Basket
What you get: Portioned organic ingredients or oven-ready dishes for two to four meals per week for two to four people, plus cooking instructions
Why we love it: All of Sun Basket's meals are chef-crafted and dietitian-approved, so you never have to worry about the logistics of cooking healthy dinners. Plus, you can choose from three different methods: classic cooking, pre-prepped (no slicing and dicing necessary) or oven ready (just heat in the oven or microwave and serve).
8. Daily Harvest
What you get: Anywhere from six to 12 convenient, pre-portioned and frozen meals per week, or 24 per month
Why we love it: We can't live without our morning smoothie, but we can do without the cost. Daily Harvest makes healthy living a no-brainer by packing essential smoothie, soup, grain and veggie bowl ingredients into convenient, pre-portioned and frozen meals that are easy to prep (just add the liquid of your choice).
What you get: A handpicked lineup of groceries and recipes to help you make them into healthy, nutritious meals
Why we love it: We typically go into the grocery store and pick items blindly. But Hungryroot helps us shop for groceries that can be combined into healthy meals. But sometimes we get excitement out of picking things ourself, which is why we also love that we can customize our order every week.
10. Fresh Direct
What you get: All your weekly groceries, from produce to meat to toilet paper and Lysol wipes, delivered straight to your doorstep, within a scheduled two-hour window
Why we love it: We can't always make it to the grocery store, but we can take a few minutes to submit our list online. With Fresh Direct, you can select a delivery time with a two-hour window and pre-pay for your items to be dropped off at your door in reusable grocery bags. You can even schedule your deliveries for the next day or up to a week in advance.
11. Chicago Steak Company
What you get: Hand-selected and hand-cut (by Chicago butchers with five generations of experience), Mid-West raised, Premium Angus USDA Prime beef, delivered on demand
Why we love it: We admittedly don't know a ton about choosing the right type of steak, nor does the grocery store always have what we're looking for (especially during times like these). But Chicago Steak Company makes it easy to ensure we're getting exactly what we want without all the fuss.
12. Walmart Grocery Delivery
What you get: All of your usual Walmart groceries, delivered to your home or office on the same day you order them
Why we love it: Walmart delivers groceries in many major cities across the U.S. all without the hassle of actually stepping foot inside (and inevitably spending money on things we don't need). Plus, they deliver everything the same day, so we never have to worry about scrounging in our pantry, waiting for our food to come.
13. Amazon Fresh
What you get: All your groceries and everyday essentials delivered straight to your door, from both Whole Foods and brand names
Why we love it: There's nothing that Amazon doesn't sell, including fresh produce and everyday groceries. Amazon Fresh used to cost an additional $15 per month on top of the Prime membership, but now it's free for Prime members. We also love that we can choose same day or next day delivery.
14. Amazon Whole Foods Market Delivery
What you get: Everything you can shop for at your local Whole Foods Market, delivered for free the same day within a two-hour delivery window
Why we love it: There's no need to actually visit a Whole Foods to get fresh food—just shop for the products via your Amazon Prime account. There's even an option to message with your shopper in case any out-of-stock products are in need of substitution. The items are delivered from a local Whole Foods, so they arrive refrigerated and/or frozen when applicable, which is crucial when getting meat, fish and dairy products sent over.
What you get: American-made small-batch indie food (like gourmet pickles and fancy mustard) to your doorstep each month
Why we love it: Whether we want a monthly subscription box hand-picked by in-house experts or a box of treats that we select ourselves, this indie food purveyor makes it easy to discover new flavors and can't-live-without pantry staples.
What you get: Anything you can get at your local grocery stores (food, household essentials and beauty supplies), delivered the same day as you place your order
Why we love it: We know our local grocery stores like the back of our hand, but that doesn't mean we always have time to breeze through and pick up every last essential. Shipt shopping pros make it easy to get everything we need delivered the exact day we need it, while supporting local businesses.
What you get: All of your favorite products from the local grocery stores you know and love, delivered the same day
Why we love it: Much like Shipt, Instacart delivers groceries from our trusted local stores. But it also features exclusive deals on popular products, so we always get the best possible price.
What you get: Takeout or delivery from your favorite local restaurants
Why we love it: We can order our go-to dishes easily from the app or the website, for fast delivery or pickup. Plus, it saves all of past orders to our account for quick reordering, when the "what should we order?" question inevitably comes up.
What you get: Takeout or delivery from your favorite local spots and restaurant chains
Why we love it: Grubhub and Seamless are owned by the same parent company, so they're virtually identical. We can still order our go-to dishes easily from the app or the website, for fast delivery or pickup. It saves all of past orders to our account for quick reordering just like Seamless. But when it comes down to it, it just depends what app you like more.
What you get: Your favorite dishes from the best local and independent restaurants, via convenient delivery, pickup or catering
Why we love it: Caviar offers delivery from a curated list of exclusive restaurants that don't actually offer delivery themselves. They do charge a flat fee of $9.99, but it's a small price to pay when you really want NYC's best Italian food. Plus, Caviar will deliver beyond the usual delivery range that you'd get with another service like Seamless or Grubhub.
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