Hello Fresh Review 74

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Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh

I received a Hello Fresh gift card in my pickybunny box and I was so excited because it was something I’d been wanting to check out. Hello Fresh is a weekly (although you can adjust this to skip weeks if you want) meal subscription box service. Every week, you can pick the delicious recipes you want to try (except for under the veggie meal plan) and Hello Fresh sends you amazing recipes and all of the ingredients you need to prepare them.

Hello Fresh

The Box

Hello Fresh ships via FedEx and arrives on a scheduled day (mine is Thursday), so you know exactly when to expect it. I did not have to sign for the package, but you may not want to let it sit outside all day you know?

Hello Fresh

First Look

Hello Fresh

Second First Look

Everything was packed in a very well insulated cooler which fit perfect in the box.  The cooler had ice packs which were still frozen when it arrived.  I was very pleased by this since the box contains fresh meat and yeah, I don’t want to have ANY concerns that it has not been maintained at the correct temperature.

I picked the regular meal plan (not the veggie meal plan) and had 5 options to pick from.  I cannot remember what the other two were, but the three I opted for are below:

Asian Pork Roll-Ups: I was most excited about this one because it’s totally something I would order at a restaurant.

Hello Fresh

Asian Pork Roll-ups with Mango Salad

The information card lists all of the ingredients, nutrition facts and lets you know what tools you need to make the meal.  The flip side of the card includes step by step instructions to prepare the meal.

Hello Fresh

Asian Pork Roll-ups with Mango Salad – The Ingredients

Hello Fresh packages everything into individual bags and labels everything so you easily know what items are for what recipe.  Also, everything is perfectly portioned so you will not have any waste.

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Asian Pork Roll-ups with Mango Salad – The Result

This was the first meal we (aka B) made and it turned out perfect!  B even commented on how cool it was and how much he enjoyed making it.  And I can confirm that this was delicious.  Totally delicious!  I would totally get this again.  And again!

~Linguini with Tomato Garlic Ragu: This was another meal I knew right away was for us! I am obsessed with pasta and could eat it every single day.

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Linguini with Tomato Garlic Ragu

Again, the information card tells you everything you need to know about the recipe.  The instructions are so simple that even I could follow them.

Hello Fresh

Linguini with Tomato Garlic Ragu – The Ingredients

I don’t think I realized that a serving of pasta was that small!  I’ll just admit that I usually cook up an entire box at once.  This is going to change!

Hello Fresh

Linguini with Tomato Garlic Ragu – The Result

We had this for dinner last night and oh boy was it good!  It had a bit of a kick to it, but B and I ate every single bite.  The pine nuts were a great addition and totally not something we would have added on our own.  We are totally guilty of just eating the basic old recipes and never really make restaurant type foods, which is what you get with Hello Fresh!

~Pan Roasted Cod with Ramps, Tomatoes & Potatoes: I wasn’t sure what to get for the 3rd meal, but I ended up going with a fish dish.  I was super curious to see what the quality of the fish would be like.  Is that weird?

Hello Fresh

Pan Roasted Cod with Ramps, Tomatoes & Potatoes

If you don’t see from what I have posted, I need to tell you that the quality of the produce, meats, fruits, etc. are exactly like they appear on the Hello Fresh website and the recipe cards.  There is no waiting for anything to ripen or getting anything which is past it’s prime.

Pan Roasted Cod with Ramps, Tomatoes & Potatoes ~ The Ingredients

We are having this for dinner tonight and I will post a picture on Instagram after B makes it.  I thought it was so cute that they even include the butter for the potatoes!  They assume you have NOTHING (except olive oil), which I like.  I mean sometimes we actually have no butter in the house, so this is good!

By my calculations, Hello Fresh works out to $12/meal per person (it’s $69/week for 2 people and also has options for 4 and 6 servings per meal), which I think is a pretty fair since it’s less than what’d you pay in a restaurant for sure.  AND it takes all the hassle out of shopping and planning and all that!  I don’t think we’ll do it every week, but B and I decided for sure once every two weeks because we enjoyed it so much!

Do you subscribe to Hello Fresh?  What do you think of their service?  If you are interested in subscribing or want to learn more, click here.  And don’t forget to use the code “aHELLOJUNE” to save $20 off your first box.

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74 thoughts on “Hello Fresh Review

  • Danielle

    This is sort of like dream dinners, but way less work since you have to go there and package the food into portions yourself! My mum did the dream dinners for me and my husband at the end of my pregnancy and the first few weeks after the baby was born.

  • Sandra

    I like the concept of this box and the recipes look delicious. But I just checked the website and they do not deliver to the West Coast or any state approximately west of the Mississippi River.

  • Lauren

    Looks awesome! But I think I said before, I’m out of their delivery range! Booo! Lol. Or I would totally order it RIGHT now! Love it!

  • jamie

    I wish this wasnt as great as it was, since I am on the west coast I cant get it and after your review I feel as though I really really want it.

    glad to hear you enjoyed it what a great date night in idea

  • Rona B

    My husband and I saw a YouTube video and were really interested in trying it. As several have already mentioned they do not deliver to the west coast. We’ll just have to wait for them or a similar company to start serving this side.

  • carol

    I broke down and ordered one. I did the meal for two but since its just me I can eat all week and it was only 49.00 because I had a code. Not bad I can eat for a week on 49 I hope its good. Will they send me a list to pick from before it comes or do they pick and send?

  • carol

    I swear I have the worst luck. I order the box and picked my meals but when they showed up today it was the wrong stuff !!!! Good grief I cant believe my luck. They sent shrimp which I don’t eat and all the other meals are wrong too. I’m wondering if I got someone elses box? Has anyone gotten theirs this month? and did you pick your meals? thanks guys I love this blog

    • Dee Dee

      No, I wasn’t able to pick my meals. I did check off the ones I wanted, and thought I would get them. However, when my box arrived, I got meal items I never had chosen. I was very disappointed, especially when my “cod fish” which I had 2 fillets, one was already cooked and was like leather. I’m still trying to get some action here in having them help me, but all I get when I call their toll free number is a recording.

  • braldt

    DO NOT USE HELLOFRESH.COM ……tried for 3 weeks …. week one missing one minor ingredient …week 2 missing major meat ingredient …week 3 no box came at all ….told it was a glich in their system ..hellofresh now canceled!

    • Jenny

      I agree DO NOT use this meal service. I consistently received rotten greens. Hello NOT so fresh. I did not receive anything that seemed worth the purchase price. The meals are not particularly family friendly. My kids wouldn’t touch it. It was difficult to cancel and impossible to speak to a person. Call the 1-800 number on their web site and it will ring endlessly.

  • Tracey

    Hello Fresh has been great for me. Easy tasty meals weekly. I don’t have to rush out of work to go grocery shopping anymore. Here’s another code to use for $20 off first order. Y8WPXK

  • Lauren

    Did they pay you to write this review? I tried them as was really disappointed! The onion was half rotten, the meat was so greasy it made me sick. And it is really expensive!

  • Catherine Adkins

    Well, I truly do not know where to begin. WARNING!! Hello Fresh? Hello? First, no one answers the phone if you have a problem or complaint or just have a question. I called NINE times on Sept 19th. I sent at least that many emails. NO RESPONSE. I was billed before the agreed upon date. That was a shocker! Oh, I was told they had changed the billing date from Friday to Weds. I was able to provide proof that my invoice clearly stated Friday and was told that was an oops and would be updated. Then I was told I could not get a refund due to their unauthorized charge to my account. In a nutshell, my husband and I are saying Good Bye to Hello Fresh.

  • Stephanie

    I don’t suggest using this service. Some ingredients in my box were spoiled and one ingredient was past expiration. I tried to get a refund and instead they gave a credit which would mean a would be spending more money to this terrible company.

  • sue

    I thought I would give it a try, but I see no where to pick the meals until possibly AFTER YOU HAVE PAID. I will not pay before I know if there are 3 meals my family will eat!!

    • Joni

      You can view the past, current and next week’s five meal selections (each for omnivore and vegan) without logging in or spending a dime. That gives you an idea what you have to choose from. This is my first time ordering and I had a generous $40 off coupon. Sadly, the last week’s offerings seemed to appeal to me better. A day late and a dollar short. I ended up choosing a pasta dish, an Asian dish and a shrimp dish. (Ironically, for my week, they had the option for chilies rellenos, but my housekeeper makes the best ones ever, so that is completely off the table for me!) I don’t know if I will be able to justify $70 a week for this, but at $30 a week, it is something good to try. Will let you know how it goes.

  • Judy

    We just had our fist box (3 meals) delivered. insulated packaging included two big freezer packs to keep it all cold for an extended period of time. Everything is super-fresh, good quality (e.g., Murray’s chicken), already prepped, precisely measured. One great bonus to this service is that you get just enough of what you would otherwise have to purchase a lot of (e.g., sprigs of thyme). Very clear instructions, including clear illustrative photos (e.g., how to lay out the meal of the baking sheet). Delicious meals with ingredients that I otherwise might not have considered. Not expensive; relatively cheap in fact if you consider what your dish would cost in a restaurant. Drawbacks: extended delivery time. This service is intended at least in part for busy people. A 12 hour delivery window is too long. My emails to the company were answered immediately and the people were very helpful. But it would be good to be able to reach someone by phone, for example if you have a question about a recipe. I guess this will come as the company grows. Otherwise, I was really satisfied with the product, which is the main thing, after all.

  • Kathy Elliott

    Portion sizes are super small. The protein portion (chicken, fish, sausage, beef) is only 2 ounces. Some of the recipes take quite a bit of time to prepare. The canned beans are the cheapest brand. The produce was fresh, though. Not bad tasting, but for close to $11 per meal is quite expensive for such small portions. Cancelled after my first order, can not afford this.

  • Dori

    I also got a $40 voucher when I placed an order to another store; and this is just not something I’m interested in at this time.

    First come, first serve to whoever wants it:


  • Shannon

    This isn’t something I can use but I did receive a code for a large percentage off. The code is NATIONAL45 if anyone would like to use it. I think it can be used by multiple people.

  • heather

    I just ordered my first box after getting the $40 off card, and I really hope it doesnt suck as bad as some of these people are saying! Maybe they have improved? Anyhow I never intended on keeping the deal going, because I love to cook. Just thought the one time deal would be a nice break.

  • Heidi Gregori

    Hello Fresh is HORRIBLE! The packaging is SO WASTEFUL, every ingredient is in a separate piece of plastic, not to mention the toxic ice bags and huge Styrofoam container it comes in. The food is not that special, and the recipes only so-so. Hated it!

  • Andromache

    I’ve been using HelloFresh for a few months now. Like the author, we don’t do it every week–but order a couple of times a month to help out on busy nights. We have been getting the veggie option–3 meals for 2 people. I found it stretches pretty far (more than 3 meals) because I usually add chicken or another protein, so figure it more like 5 meals for $60, plus $10 worth of chicken, beef, or pork, making it about $70 for 5 meals, or $14 per meal/$7 per person. Still cheaper and better than gross fast food, and a chance to try new things/vegetables we can’t get here in our rural community. I chose the veggie box in an attempt to get my family of 3 to eat more vegetables. I just now switched over to the non-veggie box. Lately, there have been a lot of beets and cauliflower, which aren’t our faves, so I decided to switch for a while. Generally, my teen doesn’t like the food, although he’s tried a few things. I’ve only gotten slightly stale greens once–everything else was good. The only recipe we really found horrible were the paper-wrapper spring rolls. Spouse said they looked like dead, decaying squid–and he was kinda right. :)

  • ICanCookNow

    Hi there all!

    I just signed up for Hello Fresh and I LOVE it! I’m finally cooking at home most nights instead of paying to go out for unhealthy prepared meals! I recommend it for sure. Use code UDFFBH to get $40 off your first box! ^_^ (Code never expires)

    Happy cooking!


  • BookMaven

    Really disappointed. Tried it with the $40 off coupon, and glad we didn’t pay full price! Portions are small, so if you want leftovers, you’ll have to pay for the 4-person meals. The meat was lower-quality than what I can buy locally, and the dishes were ok, but nothing spectacular. For $12/person, it’s a lot less expensive to do some simple meal planning and buy ingredients at the store.

  • Aimee

    I subscribed to Hello Fresh in Oct. 2014 and have really enjoyed it. I don’t get a box each week, which I like. You can skip weeks. I usually get one box per month. Use the code EY6D28, and receive $40 off your first box. I have not had any problems with spoiled or missing items.

  • Jackie Wood

    I ordered a Hello Fresh box to try it with a discount code. I got my first box delivered for $41.60 in January 2015. The box arrived today and I’m very happy with it!! The food was well packaged with 2 ice bags in a styrofoam cooler, it had no leaks, and it looks very fresh. I got a chicken entree, a pork entrée and a seared steak entrée. All of the vegetables look plentiful and very fresh. The meat is sealed in vacuum bags they look to be about 5 ounce portions. They look like really good cuts of meat. All of the fixin’s come in the box except for basic pantry items like salt, pepper, olive oil and butter. The recipe cards are beautiful and show us exactly how to prepare each meal step by step with pictures. I haven’t cooked any of them yet, but from just reading the recipe cards I can tell they will be tasty. An awesome concept for people who don’t have a lot of time to shop, or for people who don’t have a large variety of foods near them. When you place your first order, you can go to the calendar and delay your next 3 or 4 shipments to give you time to decide if you like it. A+++ give it a try.

  • DeeDee

    Wait until you have a problem and then try to call them for assistance at 1-800-733-2414 and get their constant repeated message to email them and they will contact you. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! I like this company, too, however, my first shipment I was not able to choose my products, it was chosen for me with 2 meals which were not to my liking. Second box came immediately with one of the chicken breasts missing (leaving me with one chicken breast for 2 people – not enough). So for over one-week with constant emails which I had sent to get this issue resolved; as you could never reach them by telephone, I have not heard from them to this day. This is no way to run a business and leave ones clientele in the dark in guessing what is going on. When something needs to be addressed and immediately, then I expect a quick reply, and email messages don’t cut it. I had no other recourse except to call my credit card company and make a claim dispute on my food items. All I want is for someone to contact me and hear my complaint and make amends on it, which I think is quite legitimate, and I can’t even get that. If you don’t agree, then try making a call right now from their “1-800″ number, and see if you don’t get a recording to email them. Then what would be next for you to do?

    • Teresa

      Yeah, I just tried calling, but it is after hours. Says they’re open 9-5… There is no option to even leave them a message though!
      PS: When I sent my email, I got an automated response saying they are swamped because of Juno?!?!?! I don’t know, I will wait then post again after they respond to the email.

  • Robin

    I just ordered my first box and I used a coupon from someone on this post to get 40$ off. Which made my total 28$ After ordering I got a code for someone to use to also get 40$ off. I’m hoping the food is great! The code is: 4S8BMC

  • Cindi Hobbs

    I have to say the recipes were delicious but unfortunately they did not deliver as promised. My very first order was missing the sausage and the potato was rotten. I emailed customer service and was promptly issued a $10 credit towards the next box. The next shipment came without incident (but a day late) and the recipes were decent. The third shipment never arrived. Upon contacting customer service via email, they stated it never left the kitchen and they would issue a refund for 1/2 the amount! What??? After many emails with their rep, Joy (they do not answer the phone and tell you to contact them via email) back and forth with no satisfactory conclusion I had to dispute the charge on my credit card. I cancelled my subscription and will not recommend them. With all the competition out there customer service should be exemplary to retain customer relationships. Very sad as I enjoyed making the meals.

  • Beth

    Just got my first box!….a day late. Everything was defrosted and spoiled. There was a hole in the bag of shrimp so it spilled all over the box. Gross smelly mess. And no one answers their dang phone. Sent an email and the reply was we’ll get back to you in 48-96 hours. Done

  • Matt C

    Don’t order from this company. Customer service is non-existent and not at all helpful. When you email, you get a response that says something about Juno causing problems and to expect a delay in a response. Then (if lucky) you get a response 2-3 days later with a “profuse” apology but no action—they basically blame you for the problem. My issue at first was with delivery since UPS just left my box outside of my building. Second issue was when I tried to cancel and they still sent me 2 boxes, one of which UPS decided not to deliver for about 5 days (what makes them think perishable food can last that long). Finally, as some have stated you get very little food for $69. There’s no way I would spend that much for just 3 meals even if I shopped at a high-end grocer. Protein sizes are tiny and in the end, some recipes require so many steps that it doesn’t make meal preparation that much easier. Stay away and save your money!!!

  • SHunter

    After reading 49 reviews, I will not even try HelloFresh. I saw the ad on TV and thought I would check out the website. Companies like this should take time read reviews on the Internet and make every effort to use the information to improve….especially when it is a new concept such as this. I especially fear the non responsive customer service complaints that are numerous here. Problems will naturally occur but it seems the method of resolution with HelloFresh is not worth the risk.

  • Emily

    I just got my first box last night, and I have to say the first meal we made was AMAZING! Yes it’s a little pricey, but you can set your subscription to once a month or even once a year if you want, no membership fees.

    For $40 off your first box and free shipping, try this coupon code -> 3M3LHS

  • Jessica N.

    They have the WORST customer service though! I decided to give them a try and the boxes/recipes were good, but I decided to cancel my subscription because most of the meals I could make at home for half the price. I know I was paying for the convenience of not having to shop but it just wasn’t worth the extra cost for us at the time. No hard feelings, just not for us…until I tried to cancel my subscription.

    I have tried to cancel my subscription via the website multiple times but I keep getting charged. I’ve sent them over four emails emails saying that I DON’T want to continue my subscription and all they do is refer me back to the website. Meanwhile, I keep getting charged and sent boxes when I have clearly communicated that I do not want them. I finally threatened to to go to BBB and they offered to give only a partial refund.

    Unless you know you won’t ever want to cancel your subscription, I do NOT recommend Hello Fresh. This “convenience” has turned into a huge hassle and frustration.

    • Tammy

      I am amazed how some people have no problems and some people have rotten luck with missing ingredients or lack of customer service. I received a $40 coupon, and I hate meal planning and grocery shopping, so I thought I’d give it a try. After I got the first box, my husband asked if I checked the company out first. Nope, stupid me. They have an F rating with the BBB. We did enjoy the first box and the second box is supposed to arrive today. Its a great time saver for our busy family, so we will stick with it for a while. I did look into the other large meal delivery companies: Blue Apron, Plated, and Peach. They are all priced higher than Hello Fresh. If anyone is brave enough to try HF and wants $40 off your first order, the discount promo code is VAXYDL

  • susan downs MD

    They are fraudulent in claiming their food is healthy. They just informed me their fish is farm raised which will make us sick. I have to assume their meats are grain fed, and veggies GMO laded. THis is a great way to get sick

  • Kim

    I just placed my first order, using my $40 off code. I’m a little concerned after reading some of these reviews. My order won’t be in until March 4, but I’ll post my review after I’ve received it and prepared a meal. I hope to have success like some seem to have!

  • Teresa

    So what is it, good or bad???? The reviews are SO mixed! We need to hear from people that have actually been ordering from them for some time and see if THEY are satisfied, you know? When did this company start anyway? Perhaps its still too new and we should wait until they get all of the kinks out, I mean a phone number and no one answers? And emails that don’t get answered? I just don’t know about this, even with a $40 gift code.

  • Lisa

    Hi all. I have no interest in trying this company, but I received a voucher off of my Omaha Steaks box and thought someone else could use it. U722J6TUK

  • Janet Hagen

    I ordered an introductory special for 29.00 and didn’t realize I had signed up for a weekly subscription and not only that but for two boxes a week. (I’m still unclear how that happened.) I did not receive any emails asking me what I’d like and I started receiving two boxes a week. When I sent an email about the first two boxes (following the introductory box), I never heard back from them until two more boxes arrived the following week for a total of 269.95. I am so upset and they won’t refund any of the money. Just be careful of how you order.

  • Jackie

    They must have responded to the customer feedback, because when I called the 800#, it went straight to a customer service rep (a real, live human being), no wait. So that’s good… but I would like to see more positive feedback that doesn’t include a discount code. That code you all keep posting makes me wonder whether you’re getting a kickback!

    • Charlene

      Yes Jackie, there is a kickback. If someone uses a code that is posted in the comments, the person that posted the comment gets $20.00 off their next box. Makes absolutely no sense if they are bashing the company and then posting the code! I just ordered my first box to get my boss to stop harping about it, so I can’t give an honest review yet. I’m hoping its better than what I’ve read here.


    Hi there all!

    I just signed up for Hello Fresh and I LOVE it! I’m finally cooking at home most nights instead of paying to go out for unhealthy prepared meals! I recommend it for sure. Use code 86F7PB to get $40 off your first box (code never expires!) ^_^

    Happy cooking!

  • ann

    This is such a simple but great concept! I do find myself back and forth to the local store for an ingredient or two that I forgot. I always get items that I didn’t intend to buy and it all adds up $$$ at the check out.
    So simple and so delish! You choose what meals you like best each week and delivered right to your door. And the prices are reasonable (minus all the unwanted items you would have purchased at the store!)
    Here’s a $40 discount code for you to try and you can cancel even after the first delivery! 2X5TGN

  • David

    The food is fine but their billing practices are very questionable. Watch out for any free trials. I agreed to a free trial that I later discovered was billed to my credit card was billed without my approval. I personally hate it when it says clearly “Your card will not be charged.” Only to look on my credit card and see that they are in fact billing me! After contacting them they have said they will refund me. But who wants to deal with companies that engage in such shady business practices?

  • L.Seay

    I received a $40 Voucher code in the mail. I’ve not interested in food being delivered to me, but if someone wants to use the code, feel free: Z04CQKYT6 And no, I don’t get anything in return for someone using that code. The back of the card says:
    This voucher card entitles new customers to sign up for a discounted HelloFresh food box subscription. This voucher card is valid until 12/31/15 and can only be redeemed per household. Offer may not be combined with other offers. See the full terms and conditions online at http://www.hellofresh.com.

  • kismetique

    I’m not sure if they just started offering it, but people, use PayPal to pay for this service! Cancellation is then a breeze and you control it within PayPal and not on Hello Fresh website.

    I’ve just ordered my first box. I went back into the meals section after I placed the order and was able to choose which meals I wanted.

    If I don’t like it, I’ll just log into PayPal and cancel the subscription and PayPal will NOT Issue any more funds even if they continue to ship me boxes. If I have a problem with a shipment, I’ll complain to PayPal and let them work out the issues and get my refund!

  • Wendy

    I have had a very bad experience with Hello Fresh. They have twice charged me for deliveries that never made it to my house, they did refund me eventually, but it took many many many emails and calls to get my money refunded. They had the audacity to suggest that they would compensate me by crediting me account, with me money mind you, and delivering me a box paid for with that credit in the future. As if I would, after twice not having the service I paid for delivered, leave my money on account with this company. I can not comment on the quality of the food as they can not even get the very basic food delivery portion of their service right, the very premise that their business is based on. Shame on you Hello Fresh for such poor delivery of your service and even worse customer service.

  • Elena

    Extremely hard to cancel subscription. No phone number on site or even available by google; phone number provided by emailing them is not answered during their business hours; No “cancel subscription or enrollment” or “unenroll” or “unsubscribe” (how is a user to know that she has to click a pencil to to make the “unsubscribe” option appear? the video entitled, “deactivate,” on the right side of the account page is insufficient to notify the customer that it shows hows to cancel the subscription. No clear email indicating that a delivery is scheduled after a 2-month suspension, especially given the barrage of email advertisements from them, and email does not state that cancellation of the delivery must be made within a certain date. insufficient resolution of cancellation complaint (50% refund and a credit for future order even though I had cancelled subscription after a days work of emails and eventual phone calls. Food takes 15 min. extra to cook than stated.