Just over a year ago me and Luke first tried Gousto as we were intrigued about the whole meal subscription box and the idea of having the ingredients to make a full meal delivered to you seemed better than having to actually go to the supermarket. A few months ago we decided to save doing a massive weekly shop every week and try out some meal subscription services again.
As we’d tried Gousto before we opted to try them again and did 5 weeks in total and then we tried Hello Fresh as they seemed the other talked about brand in the sector. I thought I’d do a comparison of the two across different factors and give you our verdict of which company we prefer.
The order process and food choice
The order process for both is pretty similar; you choose how many meals you want to receive and for how many people, then you choose your delivery date, how often you want to receive them and set up all your payment details. Both websites were really easy to navigate and set up which is great, but they both also have an app, although I haven’t tried these out.
Between me and Luke we’re quite fussy, for example, he doesn’t like Asian food and I don’t like things which are too spicy, and we both prefer meals which have meat in them. When we’ve browsed on the site to choose our Gousto meals we’ve always found so much choice in the meals we can pick and usually have had to narrow what we have from about 5 initial choices.
Sadly we didn’t have the same situation with Hello Fresh, on our first week we did manage to just about find three recipes which we liked the look of but when it came to our second week there were pretty much no choices we both liked the look of as there were so many curries and Asian cuisine food that we had to skip the week altogether.
Delivery and what you receive
In regards to the physical delivery, both options were again quite similar and we didn’t experience any issues with getting them, the one plus Hello Fresh have is that because they’re shipped with DPD you do get an hour slot for delivery on the day, whereas with Gousto we just had to wait in. For us, this wasn’t too much of an issue as we chose delivery days we knew we’d be in but it could be a dealbreaker for some.
With Gousto you get everything in one box so the items aren’t separated out to what you need with each meal, I don’t mind this at all as it means I can put all the meat and vegetables in the fridge and then the other bits in the cupboard.
With Hello Fresh you get individual bags which have all the ingredients for each meal in them and then the meat is separate. While it was nice having everything you needed in one bag I would have preferred to put the vegetables in the fridge too and I didn’t want to open the bags as it defeated the idea of having them both together. This is more of a personal preference really.
Both recipe cards are fairly similar in the fact that you get images, an ingredients list and a step by step of how to make the recipe but the Hello Fresh cards are quite a bit bigger. I didn’t actually like the size as it made them harder to store and despite being bigger the cards felt busier and had a bit too much information on them.
With Gousto on our second week, we got a free binder which means we can keep all of the cards together and use them again. We didn’t receive anything similar with Hello Fresh but we did only have it for a few weeks so it may have been something which is sent further down the line.
Cooking and the results
As both of the brands had similar cooking instructions the actual cook for both were pretty much the same. I love how everything is individually packaged to give you just the right amount of ingredient that you need, and one thing which I did like with Hello Fresh is that it showed you the brands of some of the products used as opposed to Gousto where everything was packaged as Gousto.
I’m going to be honest, we much preferred the finished results of the Gousto meals compared to the Hello Fresh ones but this might be because we liked the recipes better.
As you can probably have guessed from what I’ve said above our choice out of the two would definitely be Gousto as there’s always so much diversity in the food choices and it’s definitely the company we’d continue with.