Sunbasket Review

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Last Updated: September 2021

Sunbasket

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Our Summary

These days, it seems hard to go more than five minutes without seeing an ad for a meal delivery service. These companies have become hugely popular, thanks to their incredible recipes and convenient shipping options. Sunbasket has been around for six years, and it is one of the best offerings out there. In this review, we break down each element of Sunbasket's meal delivery model so you can decide whether it's right for you.

Sunbasket was started in 2014 by chef Justine Kelly and several tech gurus, including Adam Zbar, Tyler MacNiven, and George Nachtrieb. The company is based in San Francisco. In 2016, Sunbasket received its first round of Series A funding, raising $11.62 million. Since then, multiple investment firms have backed it, including Unilever Ventures, Sapphire Ventures, and Vulcan Capital Management.

The mission statement of Sunbasket is to deliver high-quality, healthy meals. The ingredients are sustainably-sourced and almost 100-percent organic. The company has partnered with the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society to create recipes that help users improve their health. Today, Sunbasket delivers to the contiguous 48 states, excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and parts of Montana, New Mexico, and North Dakota.

If you are a health and eco-conscious person, you will likely appreciate Sunbasket's dedication to fresh and sustainable ingredients and packaging. The dinner recipes are delicious and relatively easy to follow. Another highlight is the addition of breakfast, lunch, and snack options, which are not always available with other meal kits. The pricing is a little high compared to other services, but that is to be expected with such high-end ingredients. Overall, we recommend Sunbasket for anyone who values high-quality ingredients, sustainable packaging, and chef-crafted recipes.

These days, it seems hard to go more than five minutes without seeing an ad for a meal delivery service. These companies have become hugely popular, thanks to their incredible recipes and convenient shipping options. Sunbasket has been around for six years, and it is one of the best offerings out there. In this review, we break down each element of Sunbasket's meal delivery model so you can decide whether it's right for you.

Sunbasket was started in 2014 by chef Justine Kelly and several tech gurus, including Adam Zbar, Tyler MacNiven, and George Nachtrieb. The company is based in San Francisco. In 2016, Sunbasket received its first round of Series A funding, raising $11.62 million. Since then, multiple investment firms have backed it, including Unilever Ventures, Sapphire Ventures, and Vulcan Capital Management.

The mission statement of Sunbasket is to deliver high-quality, healthy meals. The ingredients are sustainably-sourced and almost 100-percent organic. The company has partnered with the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society to create recipes that help users improve their health. Today, Sunbasket delivers to the contiguous 48 states, excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and parts of Montana, New Mexico, and North Dakota.

If you are a health and eco-conscious person, you will likely appreciate Sunbasket's dedication to fresh and sustainable ingredients and packaging. The dinner recipes are delicious and relatively easy to follow. Another highlight is the addition of breakfast, lunch, and snack options, which are not always available with other meal kits. The pricing is a little high compared to other services, but that is to be expected with such high-end ingredients. Overall, we recommend Sunbasket for anyone who values high-quality ingredients, sustainable packaging, and chef-crafted recipes.

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Cost of the Subscription

Individual meal kits start at $10.99 when you buy in bulk quantities. You can choose between two, three, or four recipes per week and two or four servings per recipe. So, on the low end, you could pay $51.96 for two meals with two servings. On the high end, your weekly total could be $175.84 for four meals with four servings each. If you add breakfast, snacks, or specialty meats, they will cost extra. There is also a shipping fee, which is usually $7.99 per order, but it depends on your exact delivery address. This fee is waived for your first order.

How to Order

When you sign up, you will be asked to choose your dietary preferences. As you renew your orders, you can mix and match different meal plans. Sunbasket starts with dinner kits, which can come in two to four servings, and between two to four recipes per week. Once you've selected your dinner plan, you can add breakfast, lunch, snacks, and specialty meats as you like.

Finally, you pick your delivery date for your first shipment. You can renew every week, or skip a week whenever you like. You can also customize your meal plan each time, including different servings and dietary plans. The full list of meal options includes:

  • Paleo
  • Carb-Conscious
  • Pescatarian
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Lean and Clean
  • Diabetes-Friendly
  • Gluten-Free
  • Chef's Choice (hand-picked seasonal recipes)
  • Mediterranean
  • Quick and Easy

When picking your meals, you can sort them by various categories, including soy-free, dairy-free, vegan, prep time, calorie counts, and more. The menu changes regularly, so there is a lot of variety available. You can also buy pasta and specialty meats, or choose a "market combo," which combines these ingredients in a fresh, tasty recipe. Breakfast and lunch options are pre-packaged dishes, meaning no prep is involved.

Unpacking the Box

Once you've set up your first weekly shipment, it will arrive on the delivery date of your choosing. You can pick a new day each week if you like, or stick to the same day if it's more convenient. The packaging is recyclable, so everything is stored in paper bags and boxes. Although some ingredients come with plastic packaging for health and safety reasons, sauces are delivered in reusable jars. Because the company is all about sustainability, each packing element is either recyclable, reusable, or compostable. The insulation is made of recycled denim or paper, and the ice packs can be thawed and used to water plants. This is a huge advantage over other meal kits that force you to toss many of these items.

Inside the box, meals are mostly grouped by bags, and each one includes a recipe sheet. One unique feature of Sunbasket is the "Kid Can" section, which outlines steps where kids can assist. The recipes are not always accurate with cook times, so you will have to be diligent when preparing your food.

If you order fresh ingredients, you will want to cook them within a couple of days or freeze them for later. Sunbasket does offer ready-to-eat meals, which you can either microwave or put in the oven. Those options last longer because everything is already cooked.