Home Chef Canada Review 2024

Is Home Chef Coming to Canada?

With Canadian meal kit companies such as Hello Fresh expanding rapidly in the Great White North, many of our readers have asked us, “When is Home Chef coming to Canada?” The truth is that as far as we are aware, the big American meal kit companies such as Home Chef, Blue Apron, and Plated don’t have any current plans to expand northward.

We will continue to follow our Google Alerts on the big names and update this article immediately when Home Chef starts delivering meal kits in Canada. However, we have not heard about any plans in this direction. Obviously, as consumers of meal kits, we’d be extremely happy to see more competition in the market, as that gives us more options and keeps companies working hard to offer the possible product and the lowest possible price.
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Most Recommended Canadian Meal Kit Companies 2024

#1
Overall rating 93.9%
Cook It Review
Plans for
  • Families
  • Vegetarians
  • Picky eaters
  • Novice cooks
Price range/ week
$73 ‐ $279
Pros and cons
  • Large selection of meals each week
  • No-commitment subscription. Free shipping
  • Both meal-kits and prepared meals available
  • Vegetarian menus available
#2
Overall rating 98.0%
Chefs Plate Review
Plans for
  • Picky eaters
  • Novice cooks
  • Calorie watchers
  • Busy people
  • Allergics
Price range/ week
$48 ‐ $185
Pros and cons
  • Budget-friendly
  • Wide variety of meals
  • Ability to easily skip any week you choose
  • Delivery to almost anywhere
#3
Overall rating 97.8%
HelloFresh Review
Plans for
  • Singles
  • Families
  • Vegetarians
  • Picky eaters
Price range/ week
$89 ‐ $211
Pros and cons
  • Wide delivery service area
  • Easily skip weeks as needed
  • Large variety of meals
  • Calorie info provided

Home Chef Review: Editorial Notes

For those who aren’t familiar (and aren’t US-based podcast listeners), Home Chef is one of the three largest USA-based meal kit providers since 2013. The company is the brainchild of Pat Vihtelic, who was building his lifetime passion for cooking. It’s kind of a cool entrepreneurial story, as Pat not only created the recipes and picked the food, but also created the website, and even delivered the meal kits from a rented U-Haul in the beginning days of Home Chef.

Pat was so successful that the massive Kroger grocery chain purchased the company for upwards of $250 Million! Now you’ll find Home Chef meal kits in their 2,700+ supermarket locations, Kroger Co. is not messing around. Robert Clark, the Senior Vice President of Merchandising at Kroger, stated, “Kroger continues to redefine the customer experience and provide new ways to shop for, prep and cook meals through exciting brick-and-mortar and digital experiences.” Clearly, the company has the capital behind it to stretch its wings a bit and aggressively pursue the market share. Perhaps that means one day making a move into the Canadian market?

Pros & Cons

Let’s look at the pros and cons of each brand to see what their biggest advantages and disadvantages are:

ProsCons
✔️ Offers a good variety of meals (30 per week)✖️ Not suitable for people with severe allergies
✔️ Efficient website and supporting app✖️ No free shipping
✔️ Low-carb and low-calorie options✖️ Not available in Canada
✔️ Add-ons possible (breakfast, snacks, desserts, beverages, sides)
✔️ Reusable packaging
✔️ Customizable meals (can swap proteins)

Home Chef vs Top Meal Kits in Canada

Until Home Chef Canada becomes a reality, feel free to check out our in-depth look at Canada’s largest meal kit companies. Our Hello Fresh Review, Chefs Plate Review, and Goodfood Review cover the “Big 3” of national chains. We also compare regional entities such as Saskatchewan’s Zesty Kits and Toronto’s Fresh City Farms.

It’s tough to directly compare meal kit delivery companies like Chefs Plate or Goodfood to Home Chef because they don’t compete head-to-head in any markets. The one Canadian option that does directly compete with Home Chef is Hello Fresh. After reading several firsthand reviews about comparing their offerings in the USA, the following points might be worth mentioning (keeping in mind that Home Chef might offer a very different product to Canadians if they ever came north of the border).

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  • Hello Chef offers more choice each week, with more than 35 recipes on the menu compared with 30 on the Home Fresh menu. Having said that, 30 still offers plenty of variety and more than most meal kit companies. 
  • All the websites gave these two companies the highest marks out of all the meal kits that they tested when it came to the overall food quality of their ingredients. Taste and freshness were excellent for both. HelloFresh had a slight edge when it came to making “no added hormones” and “antibiotic-free” claims.
  • Both Home Chef and Hello Fresh have easy-to-use apps and websites that make the customer experience super easy.
  • One area where Home Chef appears to excel in is their “add-on” ability. This is likely due to being owned by Krogers. Items like a smoothie or a 5-minute lunch are options that HelloFresh just doesn’t have on their menu.

There’s only so much that one can glean from this comparison of how meal kits stack up in another country, as the logistics of delivering fresh food in a densely-populated country like the USA are radically different from our wide-open Canadian landscape. All the same, it’s good to know that Hello Fresh (by far the largest Canadian meal-kit provider) can go toe-to-toe with any of the big shots from down south.

It is interesting that the American meal kit options aren’t even cheaper than the plans we see in Canada. If you think about the purchasing power difference between the Canadian dollar and the American dollar, as well as the sheer economy of scale, one would think the US companies would be able to cut prices even more. In our Blue Apron vs Home Chef review, we did find that Blue Apron is the cheaper of the two. 

Stay tuned to Meal Kits Canada, as we’ll be the first ones with the news if Home Chef comes to Canada (or if any other American-based competitors decide to enter the Canadian meal kit delivery market)!

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Home Chef Meals

Since 2013, Home Chef has been delivering meal kits in the USA, and we hope to see them in Canada soon. The current customers can choose up to six meals from 30 recipes per week for up to six people either online or via a convenient mobile app. Single meals for one person are not available at Home Chef due to economic inexpediency. Since Home Chef is trying to keep the prices per meal low, the packaging and delivery of meals for one will cost more than the meals themselves.

There is a good variety of recipes each week. You can choose from two to six meals with different types of meat, poultry, or vegetarian meal kits. In case you have any dietary preferences, you can select a calorie-conscious or carb-conscious set of meals. For those customers who have allergies or simply prefer to avoid such foods as nuts, shellfish, pork, milk, mushroom, or red meat, Home Chef gives an opportunity to do so while selecting a plan. The recipes can be easy or more sophisticated, ranging from 10 to 60 minutes to cook.

Home Chef is also very flexible when it comes to customizing your meals. On meals that support the ‘Customize It’ feature, you can swap the protein. So, for example, you could swap ground pork for ground turkey. Vegetables and sides can’t be changed, however.

Unlike many other meal delivery companies in both the USA and Canada, HomeChef does not have different subscription plans. You can choose any meal from the recipes of the week. Technically, it’s one big plan. But you can choose from different categories to help make your selection quicker: calorie-conscious, under 30 minutes, carb-conscious, culinary collection, family meal, express plus, fast and fresh, meal kit, and oven-ready plus. Home Chef conveniently displays allergens on the front of the recipes too. 

Here are some sample Home Chef meals in 2024:

  • Filets mignon steak frites with truffle aioli and parmesan bacon green beans
  • Macadamia-crusted Mahi-Mahi and sweet chili sauce with red pepper and coconut rice
  • Cranberry goat cheese-stuffed chicken with roasted brussels sprouts
  • Sliced beef chile cheese quesadillas with crema
  • Beef tenderloin stroganoff and creamy mushroom sauce
  • Italian-style pork meatballs with panko-Asiago zucchini and peppers

Home Chef also lets you add on extras like breakfast, snacks, desserts, soups, beverages, bread, salad, or a protein (e.g. shrimp or salmon fillets).

Diet Friendliness and Allergens

If you or a loved one has serious allergies, Home Chef warns that their central facility is not allergen-free. Although, all of the ingredients are packaged individually. You can consult packaging for allergens and nutrition facts.

So, will they cater to your diet? There are no categories where you can buy specific diet-tailored meals. But, if you are looking for meal kits to help with weight loss, you may appreciate the calorie-conscious or carb-conscious options. 

Home Chef Reviews

Overall, customers seem to be happy with Home Chef meal kits. They enjoy the ability to make orders online as well as via a convenient mobile app. The 3,307 Home Chef Reviews on Trustpilot give it an average rating of 3.2. The Home Chef app on Google Play gets 4.5 stars and has had more than 100,000 downloads. On the App Store, it gets even better reviews and a 4.7 star rating, which is incredible. Impressed customers love how simple the meals are to make, how delicious they turn out, how efficient the delivery service is, and that you can easily skip weeks or pause your account.

 When it comes to the more negative reviews, some customers complained that some of the vegetables arrived spoiled, others had their delivery arrive late (in contrast to the mostly positive reviews about this service point), and that the precut vegetables aren’t as good as the whole options you get. That said, many of the problems that people experience others don’t. And, while some customers have a flawless run with perfectly fresh ingredients, on-time delivery, and think the recipes are a cinch to make, others don’t. When choosing a meal kit delivery service, we recommend focusing on the points that are most important to you e.g. delivery, fresh ingredients, etc. and then searching reviews of a company to make sure you won’t be disappointed. 

Price per serving
From $8.99
Weekly Total
From $49.95
Shipping
$7 – $14
Number of plansNo different plans
Veggie options?
Number of meals to choose from each week30
Recipes per week2-6
Number of people2, 4, 6
Сooking time (min)10 – 60 min
Established2013
Trustpilot Rating3.2
Downloadable AppYes

To Conclude: Is Home Chef Canada an Option?

While Home Chef Canada is yet to become a reality, we can already say that this company will be welcomed to the Canadian market. Canadians will love it for its low-price meal kits, good recipe selection, vegetarian or low-carb options, and an option to order for families of up to six people. Besides, HomeChef allows excluding certain types of food, which is not a common feature among meal kit companies.

In the meanwhile, please feel free to browse through other food subscription companies in Canada. We are sure you will be able to find a meal kit that delivers to your area and suits you and your family.

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