Pros & Cons
- Easy to follow and great tasting recipes
- Responsibly and sustainably sourced organic produce
- Wide selection of add-ons on their menu
- Can cater to a lot of special dietary restrictions
- Pre-made and oven-ready meals available
- Good & environmentally responsible packaging
- The oven-ready meals could be better
- Their online menu and ordering process needs some improvement
Plans & Pricing
Like with most food service providers out there, Sunbasket meals vary in price depending on how many meals you order per week. They offer a lot of different plans catered to different people, and all you have to do to sign up is head to their website!
All you have to do is make an account on their website and choose the right plan for you. When making your account, you will be asked what type of meals you prefer, your dietary restrictions, how many people you plan to serve, and how many meals you want weekly.
From there, the website will come up with a plan for you and indicate how much you’ll be paying per meal. As mentioned earlier, prices will vary depending on your preferences and how many meals you order per week.
Sunbasket’s fresh and ready meals, which are already prepared and just need to be heated up start at $8.99 per serving, while their meal kits which you have to cook yourself start at $10.99 per serving.
But as mentioned earlier, prices will vary. For example, a vegetarian plan for four people that includes three recipes per shipment will cost you around $11.99 a meal, which will total to around $155 including shipping and tax, but that can also vary depending on your zip code. These prices are around the same as most of Sunbasket’s competitors, and considering the quality of their ingredients and meals, this is a very fair price.
On top of that, the company also has a money-back guarantee if you aren’t satisfied with their products, which is a huge plus in their favor. If you feel dissatisfied with a meal for any reason, you can contact their help page and within 7 days of the initial delivery, they will either refund you or add credit to your account, whichever you prefer.
Sunbasket is a food service that offers a very wide range of pre-made meals and meal kits that you have to cook from scratch. They offer three different types of kits: an oven-ready meal that you just have to heat up, a pre-prepped kit that comes with all the ingredients precut and cleaned, and a classic cooking kit where ingredients arrive to you and you follow a recipe from top to bottom.
This offers a lot of convenience for those who don’t have time to go to the grocery store, or for those people who would simply prefer a pre-cooked meal that they just have to heat up in the oven.
Sunbasket is a service designed for those who want to live a healthier and more environmentally friendly lifestyle. The ingredients used by the company are organic and sustainably sourced, and they have a varied menu that takes inspiration from all around the world that allows them to provide meals for even the strictest and most challenging dietary restrictions.
So if you’ve been looking to put decent meals on the table and don’t have time to shop for quality ingredients yourself, or if you want to get into cooking but are looking for recipes that are easy to follow and taste great, this may be a great option for you.
While Sunbasket used to focus solely on producing ingredients and prepping them before sending them over to the customer who will do the cooking by themselves, they have also recently got into making oven-ready meals.
These are very convenient for those who are in need of a quick and nutritious meal but don’t have the time to cook it themselves. That being said, their ready-to-eat meals aren’t as good as the from-scratch kits, but it can be a very convenient option for those who are too busy to cook on a daily basis.
Ease of Use
Sunbasket is a quick and convenient service for those who want to save a couple of trips to the grocery store. Instead of spending a lot of time scrutinizing each individual ingredient, you plan to buy to make sure they are fresh and organic, you can simply subscribe to Sunbasket and get fresh ingredients delivered to your doorstep weekly with easy-to-follow and interesting recipes to match.
On top of that, you can create an account, select the food you want, and select a plan all on the company’s website. It’s very neatly laid out, so navigating through the different pages is very easy. But as mentioned earlier, the menu could be laid out better when it comes to distinguishing meals that fit into your dietary restrictions and which don’t.
That being said, if you are dissatisfied with a meal for any reason, the company offers a money-back guarantee where you will be either refunded or your account will be credited seven days after the delivery of the meal, and you can choose between a refund and credit. Another convenient feature is the fact that you can cancel your subscription at any time, so you don’t have to worry about any long-term commitments.
One of the best characteristics of the Sunbasket company are the values they uphold. As mentioned earlier, all the ingredients the company uses in both their pre-made meals and from-scratch kits are sourced responsibly and are organic.
The company’s executive chef, Justine Kelly has made a career working for the top restaurants in the Bay Area for decades in which she regularly worked with local farmers, ranchers, and fishermen to find the best ingredients. The relationships that Kelly built with these suppliers allows Sunbasket access to some of the freshest and most sustainably sourced ingredients in the country.
The company works with a lot of different suppliers based in different areas in California to ensure that the ingredients in their products are always of the highest quality.
Variety of Food
Sunbasket has a very wide menu that can cater to a lot of dietary restrictions. In fact, when you first make an account, you are immediately asked about your preferences and dietary restrictions. Once you’ve answered that, the website will lead you to a menu where you can find options that fit you.
There are a lot of options on the Sunbasket menu and they are divided into specific categories. These categories are:
- Carb conscious
- Chef’s choice
- Lean and Clean
As you can see, finding the right type of food options for your dietary restrictions is fairly easy, since Sunbasket has such a wide selection. That being said, the interface of their online menu could be made better. When the website leads you to choices that fit your dietary restrictions, you will see those options first, but they will also display options that don’t fit your restrictions under the “more dinners” section. And sometimes, figuring out which meals fit into your diet and which don’t can be a tough task.
For example, if you state that you are looking for vegetarian options, the first five to six items on the menu will be vegetarian, but after that, there will be some options with meat. And while spotting which dishes have meat and which don’t is fairly easy, it gets more complicated when you’re living the gluten-free lifestyle as it might be harder to distinguish the gluten-free options from the non-gluten-free options.
So when choosing the meals for you on Sunbasket, make sure to pay close attention to the tags below the preview image of the meals to make sure that they fit your restrictions.
The meal kits that you have to cook yourself can contain either two or four servings in them, and the price decreases the more servings you order. For the pre-cooked and ready to heat meals, they only come in one serving, but if you need more, you can simply double up your order.
On top of their set meals, you can also select from a wide variety of add-ons such as pita bread, coffee, fresh pasta, seafood, meat, and even breakfasts and snacks like granola bars, yogurt, juices, and oatmeal.
Sadly, Sunbasket doesn’t have special menus for those with specific allergies. So if there are certain ingredients that you’re allergic to, you will have to take a close look at the ingredients list of the meals you plan to order and make sure those ingredients aren’t present.
Luckily, the website does list down potential allergens so that they will be easier to spot, but it would have been much more convenient if there were a way to filter out certain allergens from the menu.
Sunbasket help & support is readily available on their website if you have an account. They offer self-service help, live chat with a bot, you can talk to an expert, or even chat with an agent via text, email, or calling their mobile number. For more information on some of their recipes, you can also check out the company’s YouTube channel for help.
Phone SupportCustomer Service is available over the phone.
Live Online ChatLive chat is available on the website.
Video TutorialsThere are a number of videos available including videos showing where Sunbasket sources its food.
FAQThere is a very large and helpful FAQ section.
Community ForumThere is a huge community forum on the company's Facebook page.
BlogThere is a blog called The Sun Times with an array of articles on wellness and recipes.
Sunbasket is one of the top food service companies in the field today, and it’s easy to see why, since their pre-prepped meals are delicious and their recipes are easy to follow. And despite their slightly disappointing oven-ready meals and sub-par ordering process, they are still one of the best services out there for those who don’t have time to make regular trips to the grocery store.
Getting started with Sunbasket is very easy and everything from signing up to choosing your meals can be done online! So if you’ve been looking to save a couple of trips to the grocery store and have quality and organic ingredients delivered to your doorstep, Sunbasket could be just the right service for you.