Prepd Meal Kits Review 2020
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. Unfortunately, Prepd did not survive on their own and had to join forces with Fresh City Farms, but we still have the Prepd review for you if you need more information about this company.
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 I’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
Because Prepd was a relatively small company with a meager website and little media exposure, I was 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 I 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.
|Registered in||Toronto, ON|
|Clients in Canada||Unknown|
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 $13.34 per serving.
|Cooking skills needed||Basic|
|Ingredients sourced from||Local farms and vendors|
|Vegetarian restrictions||Dish selection|
|Exlude an ingredient (e.g. pork)||Dish selection|
|Calorie range||Dish selection|
|Low carb options||Dish selection|
|Allergy restrictions||Dish selection|
Terms and Fine Print
|Must be present for delivery||No|
|Box stays cold for||4 hours|
Prepd delivery was available in Toronto only. There were two popular options: you could order a meal kit directly to your home, or you could pick it up at a certain location. Prepd meals were delivered weekly. You didn’t have to be present for delivery, but the boxes only kept meals fresh for up to four hours, so it was only convenient for those who worked from home or didn’t work at all.
|Switch between plans||Unknown|
|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|
Once you signed up for the Prepd meal kit, you had the flexibility to pause/cancel/resume your deliveries whenever and as often as you wished. However, some customers complained that they could not just click a button on their site to cancel the subscription. (There was a button, but it directed you to call or email Prepd customer service.)
Support and Usability
In 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.)
Frequently Asked Questions:
Prepd closed in late 2019. The last date of service was October 27.
Yes, you can continue your service with Fresh City or try other meal kit delivery companies.
Yes, Prepd offered coupon code PREPD to save $15 on the first three meals, $45 total, if you wanted to continue your meal kit subscription with Fresh City.
The Bottom Line
Prepd meal delivery company was trying hard to offer meal kit delivery services to the customers in Toronto and keep the prices low. However, it could not survive on its own and was acquired by Fresh Citi Farms. The Prepd discount code PREPD is still available for those who continue to receive affordable meal kits every week.