Prepd Meal Kits Review 2022
Prepd was a Toronto-only meal kit company that had tried to cut costs to the bare minimum in order to compete with the national “Big three” Canadian meal kit companies. For more info on those, see our Hello Fresh Review, GoodFood Review, and Chef’s Plate Review.
There is also a US-based Prepd Pack company that has nothing to do with Prepd meal delivery in Toronto. Prepd lunchbox could be filled with Prepd meals, though.
Prepd Review: Editorial Notes
Prepd was exclusively a meal kit company. So, unlike former fellow Toronto-only competitors Fresh City Farms, Prepd did not have the option to do add-ons to your food box subscription. The Prepd website promoted a similar value proposition to that of other Canadian meal kits, saying: Get everything you need to make an amazing dinner in 30 minutes. Delivered from $10/plate. No planning. No shopping. No fuss. This was quite similar to what other meal kit delivery companies in Canada had to offer.
One unique aspect of Prepd was the fact that you could order single-person subscriptions AND there was a weekly option for both 2- and 5-meal boxes. Most other meal kits tend to stream you into a 3- or 4-box subscription model.
Another neat option was to order a one-time only sample box that we’ve only ever seen offered by Prepd. (Although there is nothing stopping anyone from ordering a week’s worth of food and then canceling on other meal kit sites.)
Prepd Review: Credibility and Reputation
|Registered in||Toronto, ON|
Because Prepd was a relatively small company with a meager website and little media exposure, we were not able to garner a ton of background information about the company other than the fact that it was one of the first meal kit companies to start off in Toronto, and that it tried to cut costs as much as possible. The few Prepd reviews that we could find on Yelp and Facebook were over two years old, but they were mostly positive.
Overall, the customers enjoyed low cost, an option to order only two meals per week, and an option to order a custom box to start. They wished for a wider delivery area, better packaging, and a more informative website.
Prepd Meals and Plans
Prepd used to have six weekly recipes to choose from, three for meat-eaters, and three for vegetarians, which were delicious and easy to follow. Each wholesome, balanced meal was about 700 calories. When you signed up, you could pick either omnivore (2 meat & 1 vegetarian meal) or vegetarian (3 vegetarian meals) option, but you could always mix and match between any of the Prepd meal choices.
You could order two to five meals a week just for yourself, for two, or for four people. The prices ranged from $10 to $13.33 per serving.
You didn't need any special skill to cook Prepd meals. Every step was clearly marked and explained in the instructions. All the necessary equipment was listed there too. In case you would prefer to avoid any components of the recipe, you could easily do so as each ingredient was packed separately.
|Cooking skills needed||Basic|
|Ingredients sourced from||Local farms and vendors|
|Vegetarian restrictions||Choose by meal|
|Avoid an ingredient||Choose by meal|
|Calorie range||Choose by meal|
|Low carb options||Choose by meal|
|Allergy restrictions||Choose by meal|
Terms and Fine Print
|Must be present for delivery||No|
|Box stays cold for||4 hours|
|Switch between plans||No|
|Minimum subscription length||1 week|
|How to cancel subscription||Online account|
|Extra charge for skipping week||No|
|Weekly deadline to cancel/skip||Tuesday at Midnight|
|Personalization options||Number of people, Recipes per week|
Support and UsabilityIn case you encountered any issues with Prepped, their customer service representatives were always happy to assist you by phone or email. (There was no online chat available on their website, no social media accounts, and no mobile app.)
To give our readers the most comprehensive understanding of Prepd meal kit service, we wanted to take a deep dive into the experience other customers had with the company and their feedback regarding the service they received. We also set out to understand where Prepd stands in comparison with other meal kit companies. To do this, we analyzed hundreds of online reviews left by people who have tried different meal kits, including Prepd, putting each review in the positive, negative, or mixed category. When reading each review, we noted all the specific pros and cons reviewers included in their feedback. Finally, we compiled a list of all the recipes Prepd customers talked about in their feedback and determined the best performers.
It’s worth mentioning that there’s a certain level of bias involved when it comes to online reviews. This happens because most online feedback is written by customers who were either extremely happy or extremely dissatisfied with the products or services they received, making the reviews seem very polarized. However, people who were generally happy with the goods usually don’t go online to leave feedback. This review polarization is present in all areas, however, it is especially true in industries where services or goods are sold online from start to finish, which includes meal kits. Because of this, we feel it’s necessary to look beyond the simple five-start rating and analyze the specific pros and cons of the service reviewers mention.