Expert Dinnerly Review 2019

In a nutshell: Dinnerly delivers affordable, family-friendly meals to your doorstep, that cost just $5 per portion. Each week, customers can choose among six new menu options. Although their service doesn’t cater to many dietary restrictions, the menu has meal favorites that the whole family can enjoy.

Overview 

Launched by Marley Spoon, Dinnerly is one of the leading meal delivery services available today, offering an affordable option for cooking fresh meals throughout the week. They tend to differ in comparison to their numerous competitors by not investing too much on television or other advertising campaigns, but rather utilizing other cost-saving measures.  For example, they focus on simple recipes, that are available digitally (instead of printed cards), and like to stick to just a half-dozen ingredients per recipe.  This allows them to offer meals at around half the cost of most other leading competitor services. 

Because Dinnerly caters to a broader customer base, their meals don’t specialize in dietary restrictions or preferences like vegan, gluten-free, and so on. Although Dinnerly doesn’t have as much of a wide selection as other meal delivery services, customers can still get fairly priced, easy-to-make meals that even kids will enjoy. 

 

What's on the Menu? 

doesn’t mean the dishes are plain or basic, however.  There’s an excellent mix of different cuisines and cultural influences in the menu offerings.  There are recipes that are suitable for vegetarians and various food sensitivities, though Dinnerly themselves state they do not have a full menu range of offerings for any of these dietary restrictions or lifestyles at this time.   
Dinnerly, as the name implies, focuses only on dinner meals, and doesn’t offer breakfast, lunch, or snacks.  There are 8 meal choices for each week, so if you choose to use Dinnerly for 3 days in a given week, that’s quite a lot of options to choose from.  

The Dinnerly menu contains truly global cuisine choices, but all are fairly approachable from an American palette standpoint.  Some examples of current Dinnerly menu items include: 
 

  • Crispy Pork Egg Rolls with Cabbage and Sweet Thai Chili Sauce
  • Turkey and Ginger Fried Rice with Snap Peas
  • Fettuccine Alfredo with Garlic Broccoli
  • Grilled BBQ-Rubbed Chicken with Roasted Red Pepper Potato Salad
  • Orange Beef Stir-Fry with Snow Peas and Steamed Rice
  • Caprese Pasta with Pesto and Zucchini
  • Skillet Chicken with Orzo and Carrots
  • Black Bean Burrito Bowl with Garlic Crema and Cilantro
     

Delivery 

Dinnerly offers delivery throughout most of the continental US.  You can easily determine whether or not they serve your particular area by signing up for a free account, which allows you to check availability based on your ZIP code.  The dates of delivery are dependent on your ZIP code and the service area, with more densely-populated, urban areas having more choices for delivery dates and times than more rural areas. In most of the locations we checked out on Dinnerly, however, that are moderately populated and largely suburban, there were multiple delivery dates and times available for the next several weeks. 
 

Given the variability based on location, however, there’s no one size fits all answer as to how the delivery times and options compared to other providers since it largely depends on where you live – which is not dissimilar from many of Dinnerly’s competitors.   

Keep in mind that Dinnerly doesn’t deliver nationwide. However, currently, the company ships to most parts of California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Texas, Illinois, Texas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Georgia, Colorado, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, New York, Maryland, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, and Florida. 

 

What's the Cost? 

Whereas many meal delivery kits will cost $10 or more per serving, Dinnerly cuts that price in half. Customers enjoy home delivered meal kits for just $5 per person. Dinnerly has two plans available. The two-person plan includes two portions per recipe and three recipes per week. This includes $5 per portion plus $8.99 in shipping costs totaling $38.99 per week. Dinnerly also has a four-person meal plan. This comes with four portions per recipe and three recipes per week. Portions also cost $5 per serving plus $8.99 in shipping, totaling $68.99 per week. 

 

Customer Support 

Dinnerly is very customer-focused, with several means of customer support.  Naturally, you can manage your account, recipe choices, and subscription directly from within the website.  But if you need help or have an issue, you can get help in several ways.  There’s a toll-free phone number that’s available 24/7.   
Of course, there’s also an e-mail/webform-based help option as well as live chat.  That’s really the full range of customer support options that any service like this offers, so you’re definitely able to easily get in touch with someone when you choose Dinnerly for meal delivery service.   
 

Word on the Street

Dinnerly has been recognized by its customers for its affordability and convenience. Despite being low-priced, Dinnerly still provides high quality ingredients with a wide range of options to choose from. However, although there are many meal choices, the meals aren't customizable, so those with certain requirements may find it less useful.

 

Bottom Line

When it comes to choosing a meal delivery service, there’s no denying that Dinnerly is definitely a budget-friendly option. They have a good range of choices on the Dinnerly menu and have very affordable prices.  In most locations, there are numerous delivery days available, so there are no issues there.  And their customer service offerings are also quite robust.   
 

On the flipside, there’s not as much flexibility in terms of how many days’ of meals you order compared to some other services.  Some people will not appreciate the cost-savings measures compared to the conveniences available with other services. The portion sizes seem a bit smaller than many of their competitors, making it hard to get a full, apples-to-apples comparison on the cost per unit.   
 

Overall, it’s definitely worth giving Dinnerly a try because, at the prices they offer, you don’t have much to lose. If you enjoy their recipes, they are a great way to supplement your usual grocery shopping and enjoy hassle-free meals.

Four-Person PlanTwo-Person Plan
Price $8.99 per week $38.99 per week

Video Review

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Pros
  • Kid-Friendly Meals
  • 7 Ingredients or Less
  • Hassle-Free Cooking
Cons
  • Limited menu choices
  • Not available in all 50 states
  • No single person plan
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