Sunbasket Review

Meal delivery with loads of options

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4.2

Sunbasket

turkey bolognese in a white bowl

Verywell Fit / Maxwell Cozzi

Sunbasket is a good choice for beginner to experienced, calorie-conscious culinarians choosing to go the environmentally sustainable eating route. If you enjoy a diverse range of cuisines with mild flavors and don’t mind a premium price point, then look no further.

Pros
  • Accommodates a variety of eating patterns

  • Socially-responsible initiatives to give back

  • Environmentally-conscious sourcing and packaging

  • Impressive protein customization options

  • Robust selection of add-on items

Cons
  • Portion sizes on the smaller side

  • More expensive than the competition

  • Underwhelming flavors

4.2

Sunbasket

turkey bolognese in a white bowl

Verywell Fit / Maxwell Cozzi

Sunbasket started in 2014 and has grown into a full-service meal delivery service, shipping meal kits in addition to breakfast, lunch, and a wide variety of other grocery items. The company was founded by Adam Zhabar and executive chef Justine Kelly. Sunbasket is health-focused and caters to a variety of diets.

With a wide range of available options for meal delivery services, it’s important to choose one that suits your unique preferences and needs, taking factors such as cost, taste, delivery frequency, customization options, and portion sizes into consideration. We subscribed to Sunbasket for one week to get a glimpse into how the company works and to share our experience.

Pricing: Incredibly Simple

Base pricing for meal kits starts at $11.49 per serving and increases by $1 per serving as the meals per week decrease. Protein customizations can also influence the price. Fresh & Ready meals start at $9.99 per serving. Shipping is $9.99 per box but free for the first delivery. Speedy meal kits, which are precut and diced, are an additional $1.99 per serving.

Meal Kits

  • 5 meals per week: $11.49 per serving
  • 4 meals per week: $12.49 per serving
  • 3 meals per week: $13.49 per serving
  • 2 meals per week: $14.49 per serving

Fresh & Ready Meals

  • 10 meals per week: $9.99 per serving
  • 8-9 meals per week: $10.99 per serving
  • 6-7 meals per week: $11.99 per serving
  • 4-5 meals per week: $12.99 per serving

A wide range of protein substitutions are available including lamb, ground beef, and a variety of fish. For example, a modification for tofu would cost us $5.49 per serving for organic pre-grilled boneless chicken breasts, $5.99 for organic skinless chicken breasts, and $5.99 for sustainable raised Faroe Islands salmon fillets. The cost of protein customizations appeared to remain the same across different meals.

How It Works: Easy to Follow

Upon sign up, choose from heat and eat Fresh & Ready meals or meal kits. Next, you’re able to select what kind of diet you want to follow. Choices include Paleo, vegetarian, Mediterranean, gluten-free, pescatarian, and diabetes-friendly. (This section is optional.) After that, choose from a long list of dietary preferences including low sodium, low added sugar, and high protein. This is also where you select which ingredients to avoid, such as dairy, beef, shellfish, and grains, to name just a few. Finally, you’ll choose the number of people eating—either two or four—and number of dinners per week, either two, three, four, or five. For the single-serving, Fresh & Ready meals, you’ll only select how many people you’re feeding. No matter which plan you choose, you can always select from the full menu.

Sunbasket told us that it has a dietitian, nutritionist, and a health coach on staff.

Sunbasket makes it clear that providing healthy meals is its primary objective. As such, all meals are designed to be micronutrient-dense with options for specific health concerns like diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. According to the company, all meals are reviewed and approved by registered dietitians. Sunbasket told us that it has a dietitian, nutritionist, and a health coach on staff.

Choosing Meals: Many Options

Between meal kits and Fresh & Ready, there are about 40 meal options from which subscribers can choose on a weekly basis. About two or three of these are speedy meal kits, which contain pre-prepped ingredients and can be ready to eat in 20 minutes or less. Sunbasket pre-selects meals based on your preferences, but they can be easily swapped out on the menu customization page.

A wide range of cuisines are available and include American, Chinese, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, and Thai. While browsing a future week, we found recipes like Japanese tsukune meatballs with smashed cucumber salad, Scandinavian roasted salmon with horseradish-apple slaw and lavash, and French Quarter–style black angus rib-eye steaks with olive tapenade. At least 20 gluten-free options are available each week. When filtering for vegan, only three options were visible, but there were 15 for Mediterranean, 11 for diabetes-friendly, and 24 for dairy-free.

As add-on items at an additional cost, Sunbasket offers a robust selection of breakfast, lunch, fresh pasta and sauces, proteins, and snacks. Add-on protein items feature items like jumbo-lump crab cakes, wild pollock pieces, applewood bacon wrapped beef filet mignon, and diced pancetta. Breakfast features multiple categories including eggs, oatmeal and granola, smoothies, and grab-and-go bars.

Menu customizations and skips must be made on Wednesday at 3 p.m. the week prior to your delivery week. Delivery is available any day between Sunday and Tuesday, but this is dependent upon where you are in the United States. Sunbasket ships to most ZIP codes in the U.S. with the exception of Hawaii, Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, and parts of New Mexico.

three meals and several ingredients from a meal delivery service

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What We Made

We selected meals that were new to us, looked like they would fill us up, and would take less than 40 minutes total. We chose two traditional meal kits, two speedy kits, and one Fresh & Ready:

  • Chicken with crispy potatoes, avocado mash, and honey-lime yogurt
  • Chicken with shiitake “bacon,” honey-mustard mayo, and root veggie fries
  • Burmese chicken aloo curry
  • Spaghetti alla bolognese with turkey
  • Lemongrass turkey and rice noodle cups with coconut curry

Packaging: Environmentally Friendly

Packaging is one of the areas where Sunbasket stands out from the crowd. Our meals arrived in one large recyclable box, lined with both denim and paper insulation. They were kept nice and cool with four plastic ice packs, the contents of which are compostable. The company does a nice job of sharing recycling guidelines and recommendations for reusing all packaging components on the website.

Another great feature that supports an eco-friendly experience is the bar that pops up during the menu customization process to tell you to either keep filling or removing items to save packaging. Proteins were packaged separately from the meal kits underneath an ice pack, while meal components were neatly bagged by recipe in an eco-friendly brown paper bag. Inside, sauces were contained in little reusable or recyclable jars, while heavier items like beans or premade meats were in plastic containers. Produce without skin was bagged in lightweight plastic bags. 

These bags are not readily accepted in many recycling programs but Sunbasket conveniently features an online lookup tool that helps you locate a facility that accepts these plastics. Our Fresh & Ready item came in a fiber tray with a cardboard sleeve. In total, our package contained 34 pieces.

a delivery box with meals and paperwork

Verywell Fit / Maxwell Cozzi

Customer Support: Lots of Options

Information-packed recipe cards were included in each meal kit. The front cover displayed the recipe name and photo, while the inside listed the ingredients, tools needed, and instructions. The back cover includes nutrition per serving, allergens, and a meal description. Information included on recipe cards can be found in the previous orders section of your schedule when logged in and is available to folks without an account, too.

We reached out to customer service to see if dietitians were available to assist customers with menu planning. Sunny B., the automated customer 24/7 customer service agent, couldn’t provide a response and gave us the option to email a live person. We did that and received a reply about 24 hours later. When we couldn’t view what we ordered, we called customer service. The agent we spoke to was not able to resolve the issue but tried to be helpful. There is also an email option.

Nutrition: Nutrient-Dense

Sunbasket makes it known that providing nutrient-dense, health-promoting meals is a top priority. In fact, its mission is to “empower people to live their healthiest lives, starting with what’s on their forks.” Our meals were made with a variety of fresh, whole foods and proteins and all contained at least 6 grams of fiber. Sodium levels ranged from 150mg to 1360mg per serving. Calories per serving of meals were low to moderate, ranging from 400 to 640. There was a wide range for saturated fat, which should be expected when offering such a variety of foods intended to cater to multiple needs and tastes.

While Sunbasket accommodates a variety of preferences, allergies included, it makes it clear that meals are packed in a facility that handles all eight major food allergens. It advises people with severe allergies to read allergen information closely and seek consultation from their physician before placing an order.

Further, we didn’t notice any overt, diet-culture language throughout most of the website.

The Cooking Process: A Culinary Experience

The cooking process felt adventurous because we chose meals that were completely new to us. The instructions were clear and easy to follow, but cook times were slightly longer than what was indicated on the cards for both chicken with crispy potatoes, avocado mash, and honey-lime yogurt and the Burmese chicken aloo curry. 

Sunbasket recommended either a microwave or conventional oven for the heat-and-eat turkey bolognese but we opted to throw it in a pan, which worked well for us. We recognize that needing to stand over a pan and push food around may defeat the purpose of heat and eat for some people. We also chose to warm our pre-cooked lemongrass turkey this way despite the microwave and conventional oven being suggested. Sunbasket does not indicate skill level on its recipes, but they were all easy to follow for beginner cooks. Basic cooking tools like pots, pans, and a baking sheet are needed.

turkey bolognese in a meal tray

Verywell Fit / Maxwell Cozzi

Flavor, Freshness, and Quality: Mostly Good

We found that the final flavor did not quite match the experience. Our meals smelled and looked amazing and even the different texture profiles worked well. While fresh, quality ingredients went into them, there were no bold or rich flavors. We found that the best-tasting meals were the speedy turkey bolognese and the lemongrass turkey and rice cups. 

Sunbasket is transparent about its sourcing processes and standards, and it partners with farms across the U.S. that use high animal welfare standards. 

  • Ninety-nine percent of its eggs are organic and come from chickens that can roam freely in open environments.
  • One hundred percent of its seafood is sustainably raised or wild-caught and recommended as Best Choice or Good Alternative by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program.
  • All fisheries are certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
  • Chickens are given the ability to roam freely, with no broiler cages, and are fed a 100% vegetarian diet. They are never given antibiotics, growth promotants, hormones, or steroids. Compliance is demonstrated via a third party audit.
  • Turkey is cage-free and is never given antibiotics.
  • Pork comes from ethically-run family farms and is antibiotic- and hormone-free.
  • Organic and non-organic beef are antibiotic-free.
  • Lamb is pasture-raised and antibiotic-free.

Sunbasket Is Good For

Sunbasket is good for people who want to prioritize certain health and nutritional preferences but don’t have access to the time it takes to plan, shop, or cook. With a wide range of preferences and diets available, Sunbasket can certainly work for folks with intolerances to certain ingredients or those choosing to honor their health in other ways. The price point is higher than the competition, which makes it less viable for people who need to stretch their wallet.

Sunbasket makes it known that providing nutrient-dense, health-promoting meals is a top priority.

The Competition: Sunbasket vs. Home Chef

Sunbasket and Home Chef are similar in terms of delivery model and user interface. Sunbasket offers light, internationally-inspired meals in a variety of plant and meat-based options, while Home Chef offers familiar calorie-rich, comfort food with fewer plant-based options. Sunbasket can accommodate multiple eating patterns including Mediterranean, Paleo, diabetes-friendly, and pescatarian, while Home Chef covers just a few. Per serving, meals are more reasonably priced with Home Chef. Finally, Sunbasket prioritizes sustainability in sourcing and packaging.

Final Verdict

Sunbasket has a lot to offer. It does a great job of bringing nutrient-rich, responsibly-sourced meals to customers’ tables each week with a wide range of add-ons. While we personally weren’t wowed by the taste of most of the meals we tested, they were all highly rated by customers, so it’s still worth a try if it’s within your price range.

Methodology

We ordered, cooked, and evaluated meals from 27 meal delivery services to get a sense of each one’s offerings, nutrition profiles, prices, and, of course, flavors. We contacted the customer service teams at each of the companies, collected data, and wrote detailed reviews about each one.

Our writers are all registered dietitians and relied on their research and its resulting data to inform their reviews.

Specs

  • Product Name Sunbasket
  • Lowest Price per Serving $9.99
  • Number of Diets Served 8
  • Number of Recipes 43
  • Delivery Area 46 states
  • Serving Sizes Available 1, 2, 4
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