Launched in August 2020, EveryPlate are the newest entrant to the Australian meal kit market. They’re trying to compete against a lot of strong existing services, so this article will deep dive comparing EveryPlate with Marley Spoon. There are lots of differences between the two services and they will definitely be suitable for different people/circumstances.
However, they both fundamentally offer a weekly box of ingredients that can be cooked up into tasty meals at home. So this begs the question, “Which one is better for me?”.
This review aims to answer that question, helping you work out which meal kit service is right for you. I’ll provide a brief synopsis of each service here, however you can also read my full reviews of Marley Spoon and EveryPlate.
- 1 Comparing EveryPlate to Marley Spoon
- 2 Marley Spoon vs EveryPlate: Offering
- 3 Marley Spoon vs EveryPlate : The Food
- 4 Marley Spoon vs EveryPlate : The Cost
- 5 Should I buy Marley Spoon or EveryPlate?
Comparing EveryPlate to Marley Spoon
Marley Spoon vs EveryPlate: Offering
Let’s start by summarising the offerings from both Marley Spoon and EveryPlate to understand their similarities and differences.
Marley Spoon Offering
Service Options – With Marley Spoon, you get the option of receiving meals for either 2 or 4 people across 2, 3, 4 or 5 meals a week. They also provide a specific option to make your box vegetarian.
Meal Variety – Marley Spoon offer an absolutely massive choice of 50 meals each week, ensuring you can always order dishes that you’ll definitely love. This normally includes around 10 vegetarian dishes as well as ‘fast’ cooking meals at no additional cost.
You can check out the Marley Spoon menu online for the next 4 weeks to see what you might like.
Delivery Options – Marley Spoon is currently available to residents in all Australian states and territories, with fulfillment centers in Perth, Sydney, and Melbourne. This includes deliveries to Canberra, Hobart, Launceston, Adelaide, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Wollongong, Newcastle, Darwin and NSW’s Central Coast. Deliveries are made between Monday and Friday each week, with your final meal selections needing to be confirmed at least 6 days before your delivery is due.
Additional Extras – Marley Spoon offer the ability to order ‘pre-made’ meals that just need reheating, as well as add-on Fruit Boxes.
Service Options – EveryPlate have a wide range of sizes available, with boxes for 2, 4 or 6 people. These come with between 3 – 6 meals each week. This makes EveryPlate one of the most flexible services available.
Meal Variety – EveryPlate are offering between 20 and 22 recipes every week. These meals seem to return on the weekly menu quite regularly so there isn’t a lot of variety available. You’ll find an average of 5 to 6 different vegetarian options available each week, so EveryPlate can be suitable for anyone on a plant-based diet.
Delivery Options – EveryPlate continue to expand their delivery network every few months, as they are now able to deliver to significant parts of NSW, VIC, ACT, QLD, WA and NT. If you live in a rural area, it’s worth checking to see if you’re eligible for delivery.
Additional Extras – EveryPlate offer the ability to customise certain meals, such as increasing the amount of an ingredient, or upgrading to a more premium protein source. You’ll also find a couple of premium recipes available for a small extra fee each week.
Marley Spoon vs EveryPlate Comparison
There are a few key differences to call out between these two services:
- 6 People or 6 Meals – Only EveryPlate offer subscription options that go up to 6 people, or 6 meals each week. This is particularly useful for large families or people who want to commit to cooking at home every day.
- Variety of Meals – If you’re looking for a wide range of choice each week, I’d recommend using Marley Spoon. They offer an amazing 50 different options each week, in comparison to just 20-25 from Everyplate.
- Ready to Eat – Marley Spoon offer meals that are ready to reheat, as well as additional Fruit Boxes. Currently, EveryPlate only offer the standard meal kits. However, this is likely to change over time as they develop their offering.
Marley Spoon vs EveryPlate : The Food
Now you’re clear on what you’re receiving, it’s important to talk about the end result – how good will the food be? This definitely comes down to a lot of personal preference, but hopefully I can give you a good idea about what you’ll receive with both meal kits.
The ingredients I have received with both meal kits have always been of equal high quality and freshness, which is to be expected when they’re sharing a supply chain.
Marley Spoon Meals
Ingredients – Ingredients arrive in separate paper bags for each recipe, labelled to make it clear which bag is for which recipe. Where it makes sense, ingredients have been partially prepared (e.g grated cheese). This means that you can get cooking immediately once you’ve decided which meal to cook.
Recipes – The recipes arrive on large, professionally printed cards with plenty of pictures to help you understand the recipe. With all the ingredients pre-portioned, it’s easy to follow along with the card and create each dish. However, I do find that some Marley Spoon recipes have slightly strange ordering that makes it easy to overcook/undercook food.
End Result – I enjoyed every dish I tried from Marley Spoon, all with comforting and homely flavours. The flavours were more advanced than Dinnerly, but would still be relatively straightforward to create at home. As with all Meal Kits, I was sometimes left disappointed by the portion sizes. On a more positive note, I was easily able to cook each dish in less than an hour.
Ingredients – I was very impressed by the ingredient quality from EveryPlate, which was far better than you might expect from a low cost meal kit service. They all arrive in a jumble within your delivery box, so it can take a bit of sleuthing to find the right ingredients for each meal. Whilst you are expected to provide some standard pantry ingredients, these were all fairly standard across the industry (vinegar, oil, butter etc.) so it’s clear that EveryPlate haven’t skimped on providing lots of great ingredients.
Recipes – The recipes come printed on small (A3) pieces of card, which makes them slightly harder to read than the large Marley Spoon recipes. However, I really appreciate the ability to read from (and keep!) printed recipe cards. In general, the recipes are well written and easy to follow, helped by the fairly simple meals you’re cooking. There were a few times I was confused with the order/timing of certain steps, likely due to the fact they need to squeeze the recipe onto the card.
End Result – I haven’t been blown away by any of the EveryPlate meals I’ve eaten. However, all the recipes I’ve tried have created tasty meals that I’d like to eat again. The clever use of some herbs and spices really help elevate some of the dishes, which is fantastic from a budget meal kit service. I was a little disappointed by the portion sizes in general, though I tend to eat big portions so I’m not very representative of our Australian population.
Before I talk about costs and share my final conclusions, Marley Spoon are offering readers of Food Box Mate a $35 discount across your first 3 boxes. Simply click the link above to get your discount. Alternatively, EveryPlate are offering a much more enticing 40% discount which is incredible considering how cheap they are anyway. Everyone should definitely save some money and take advantage of the EveryPlate discount with code ‘MATEPLATE‘, even if you don’t plan on staying with the service.
Marley Spoon vs EveryPlate : The Cost
With these two services targeting very different part of the market, it’s no surprise to see their prices being quite different. How much money could you actually save by going with EveryPlate instead of Marley Spoon? Check out their prices below.
I did a full analysis of costs across the industry but for this comparison I’m focussing on Marley Spoon and EveryPlate.
Total price of a weekly meal kit
EveryPlate comes in 42% cheaper than Marley Spoon on average. It’s hard to understate how big this difference is, which could save you thousands of dollars every year. For example, a couple who order 4 meals a week will pay $4,555 with Marley Spoon but only $2,491 with EveryPlate. That’s over $2,000 saved every single year.
Cost per portion comparison
As you’d expect, EveryPlate have cheaper portion costs across all box sizes. This is especially pronounced at the lower portion sizes where EveryPlate is a massive $4.76 cheaper per portion when ordering a 6 portion box. As you get to the larger boxes, that difference becomes less stark and Marley Spoon becomes more appealing. At the 20 portion range, Marley Spoon is ‘just’ $3.51 more expensive.
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The delivery cost for each service is just under $10. This is very standard across the industry and reflects the challenges of shipping large amounts of ingredients that need refrigerating.
Should I buy Marley Spoon or EveryPlate?
The key difference for most people when comparing these two services is going to be budget. With EveryPlate, you are going to save a significant amount of money each week in comparison to Marley Spoon. Although you might be choosing the budget option, you aren’t compromising on ingredient quality and still get the ability to cook tasty, nutritious meals. The only other area where EveryPlate beats Marley Spoon is on providing 6 portion, or 6 meal boxes that would work well for larger families.
In contrast, Marley Spoon is going to cost you extra but in return you get more exciting meals, better recipe cards and much greater meal variety with a really strong meal kit service. It’s also hugely beneficial that Marley Spoon have a wider delivery area as well as providing options for vegetarians and people with dietary intolerances. You can make Marley Spoon slightly more budget friendly by saving $100 across your first 3 boxes with our discount link.
Why not try both services yourself? These discounts make it incredible value to give them both a try.