Best Food Subscription Box Under $5 Per Serving

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There aren’t many food boxes for under $5 per serving but there are two that stand out. In this comparison, we’ll be looking at Dinnerly and EveryPlate. Which is the best affordable meal plan? Let’s find out.

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Dinnerly vs EveryPlate: Plans & Prices

The most important part of the comparison are the prices. Although they’re both under $5 per serving, there are a few differences. 


  • Offers 2 & 4 people plans
  • 3 to 6 meals per week
  • Can be as low as $4.29 per serving
  • Vegetarian options


  • Offers 2 & 4 people plans
  • 3 to 5 meals per week
  • $4.99 per serving on all plans
  • No special dietary plans

Dinnerly vs EveryPlate: Delivery

Both Dinnerly and EveryPlate have shipping costs of $8.99. They also deliver around the similar times and days in my area. To find your delivery days, you’d have to sign up.

Dinnerly vs EveryPlate: Skipping & Cancellation

Both Dinnerly and EveryPlate websites are easy to use and navigate. As a result, it’s easy for you to skip a week of meals or even weeks of meals. You can just as easily stop or pause your subscription for any reason!

Dinnerly vs EveryPlate: Meal Selection

Selecting and editing meals are a breeze in both options. However, Dinnerly gives a bit more information regarding each meal.


  • Offers 20 meals a week
  • Each meal has tags (i.e. low carb, kid friendly, gluten free, vegetarian, etc.)
  • Offers protein variety packs 
  • Offers desserts occasionally


  • Offers 13 meals a week
  • Each meal displays the cooking time
  • Offers premium & premium plus options for an additional fee
  • Options to substitute proteins & veggies on certain meals for a fee
  • Offers student discount (20% off first 52 boxes = $3.99 per box!)

Dinnerly vs EveryPlate: Box

In this next section, we’ll take a look at the boxes and compare the two (size, contents, and packaging). This is based off a 2-person meal plan with 3 meals per week.


  • Larger, rectangular box
  • Has label listing where each ingredient is from
  • Packaging looks messy
  • Includes free gift/sample (in my box was a kids protein bar)
  • Includes 2 ice packs
  • Recyclable


  • Smaller, square box
  • Has label listing where each ingredient is from as well
  • Packaging looks better (more pleasant to unbox)
  • Includes recipe cards & special offers for other products 
  • Includes 3 ice packs
  • Recyclable with instructions

Dinnerly vs EveryPlate: Ingredients

If you like to know where your ingredients are from, you’re in luck. Dinnerly and EveryPlate has a label on the box showing where each ingredient is from. Although both have this, EveryPlate’s label is a bit more specific.

Both maintain that they source ingredients from the “best” and “highest quality” suppliers. If you’re looking for organic ingredients, there’s no mention of it. 

Yes, you’ll need some of your own ingredients as well. Each recipe will tell you what you need in addition to what they send you. 

Dinnerly vs EveryPlate: Cooking Meals

Most of the meals in Dinnerly and EveryPlate are easy to cook. You won’t have a hard time with either service. It’s best to cook the meals within a week of receiving your box or your ingredients may spoil!


  • 5 step cooking process
  • Can only view recipe online
  • Cooking time ranges from 20-60 minutes (depending on meal)


  • 6 step cooking process
  • Offers recipe cards for each meal in the box
  • Cooking time ranges from 30-45 minutes (set aside an hour or more!)

Dinnerly vs EveryPlate: Taste

The meals from both food box services can be surprising. Based off the meals I’ve tried, most of them taste great! The portion sizes could be a little bigger for both services but that’s not a huge complaint. For the price, you get a lot of value.

Should You Try Dinnerly or EveryPlate?

Both subscription services are great entry points into the world of food boxes. If I had to choose one out of the two, it would be Dinnerly. 

Why? There’s more weekly options and variety for everyone. There’s desserts sometimes too! I like that they indicate whether a meal is dairy free, low carb, low-calorie, etc. It’s helpful when you’re just scrolling through the menu deciding what to choose. 

There are a few things I prefer from EveryPlate though. First are the recipe cards. They’re super convenient so you don’t have to constantly check your device. Another thing I like from EveryPlate is the packaging. It looks nicer and is more pleasing to unbox. 

You definitely can’t go wrong with either service as you’ll get great tasting food at an affordable price!

I hope this comparison helped you out if you were stuck between Dinnerly and EveryPlate!

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