Sunbasket Review - The most Delicious Meal Kits Out There?

    Sunbasket offers one of the most extensive ranges of specialist diets in the meal kit industry. Covering paleo, vegetarian and pescetarian among its many options, it has slowly risen to become one of the most popular health-based and organic delivery services out there.

    • Mediterranean
    • Paleo
    • Lean & clean
    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan
    • Pescatarian
    • Paleo
    • Mediterranean
    • Low Carb
    • Gluten Free
    Written By: Hayley Huston Food blogger and writer

    Meal delivery kits don’t come much Fresher than those on offer at Sun Basket, and the provider is hoping to corner the organic and specialist diet market. It has spent years building direct relationships with independent farmers right across the US, and each meal generates 33% fewer carbon emissions than a grocery store equivalent.

    Sun Basket is both known for its sustainable and environmentally conscious ethos, and healthy, delicious meals that are incredibly simple to prepare. What’s more, the provider donates around 1,000 lbs of food each week to food banks, meaning customers are helping to contribute to charitable works.

    What is Sunbasket?

    Sunbasket is geared to people looking to live a healthy lifestyle. The meals are broken down into different diet types to make your selection easier. You can choose between 2  – 4 meals per week for either two or four people. 

    You can let Sunbasket make the choice for you by signing up for one of its 10 diet plans, or you can browse the full menu and mix and match your favorites. The menu changes weekly, meaning you’ll always have a lot of variety to choose from, plus, you can even choose to shop for dozens of separate grocery items to supplement your order.

    Sunbasket Pros and Cons

    • Organic
    • Healthy
    • Environmentally friendly
    • Recyclable packaging
    • Creative and tasty dishes
    • Meals can be ready quickly
    • Buy groceries to supplement your meal kits
    • Large portions
    • It’s expensive
    • Not suitable for those with severe allergies
    • Shipping costs extra
    • Although recyclable, there’s a lot of plastic packaging to deal with

    Who Is Sunbasket Good For?

    • Health-conscious people – You’ll find lean meats, a ton of veg and almost 100% organic ingredients here. The meal kits aren’t necessarily there to help you lose weight, but they’re a great way to get some high-quality nutrition into your diet

    • Time savers – Most meals can be prepared quite quickly, with an average cooking time of around 20 minutes, which is great for people on the go. You can hold on to the handy cooking cards too and replicate your favorite meals in the future

    • People that love extras – Unlike most meal kit services, Sunbasket has a huge range of extras and add-ons. You can find a wide variety of grocery items, desserts, organic cheeses, smoothies and overnight oats pots to supplement your main plan

    • Specialist dieters – If you’re trying out a new diet, Sunbasket has you covered. You’ll find paleo, vegetarian, pescetarian, lean and clean, diabetes-friendly and carb-conscious plans to name a few

    • Those on the hunt for something a bit different – We’re always impressed by the sheer inventiveness of the weekly recipes on offer here. From new takes on old classics, to totally original ingredient pairings, you’re bound to find something to pique your interest

    Who Isn’t Sunbasket Good For?

    • People on a budget – With the average meal coming in at $11.99 per portion, the costs can quickly add up. You’re definitely paying for top quality here, but those on a budget might be put off

    • Large families – Maximum meal kit orders are limited to up to four meals for four people per week. You could of course buy additional ingredients and groceries if you had a larger family, but costs can quickly add up

    • People with allergies – Unfortunately, Sunbasket doesn’t cater to those that suffer from allergies. You could check individual recipes for traces of nuts or other allergens, but the service can’t guarantee they’ll be 100% removed. If you have severe allergies you might want to try another platform

    How Sunbasket Works?

    Sunbasket rotates around 25 – 30 different meal kits across ten different categories each week. In addition, you can supplement orders with extra pasta packs, sauces, additional meats and a host of desserts. You can order between 2 – 4 meals for either two or four people per week and can include as many add-ons as you like.

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    Sunbasket Website and App

    With such an extensive menu and range of optional extras, it might take you a little bit of time to fully browse everything Sunbasket has to offer. Luckily, everything is broken down into handy categories to make things easier. The current week’s meal kits can always be found at the very top of the menu, while one click will take you to the extras of your choice. 

    Every meal comes with a calorie count and a prep time, but unfortunately, no prices are listed. You have to create an account before you’ll find out what you’ll be charged. 

    You can find an accompanying app for both iOS and Android and it operates in an almost identical way to the desktop version of the site.


    Creating an account / Sign-up

    All you need to sign up is an email address and your zip code, and account creation can be completed in just a few minutes. Alternatively, you can sign in using your Facebook or Apple account to save even more time.


    Sunbasket Meal Plans and Meal Selection Options

    While the menu is constantly rotating each week, meals will always be broken down into one of 10 categories. Picking one of these will auto-select your meals for you, or you can pick and mix from the full menu. Details of each plan are below:

    • Paleo: Eat like your neolithic ancestors with high protein, zero dairy, zero gluten and zero grains

    • Carb-conscious: Each of these meals comes with less than 35g of carbohydrates in total. The calorie deficit is filled with extra protein

    • Gluten-free: A number of wheat alternatives, however, Sunbasket states this still isn’t suitable for those with severe gluten allergies

    • Lean and clean: Every meal is under 600 calories and made from a selection of whole foods

    • Diabetes-friendly: Every menu item here has been given the stamp of approval from the American Diabetes Association

    • Chef’s choice: A range of hand-picked specials chosen by Sunbasket’s chefs. Selections include seasonal vegetable recipes

    • Vegetarian: Nice and simple. Delicious dishes with no meat or seafood

    • Pescetarian: A range of wild-caught seafood recipes with no meat or poultry in sight

    • Mediterranean: Transport yourself to Italy or the south of France with a selection of whole grains, pasta and responsibly sourced meats full of good fats

    • Fresh and ready: This is Sunbasket’s range of instant meals that can be ready in six minutes or less


    Sunbasket Meal Types

    We’re incredibly impressed with the range of meal types on offer, and they’re so innovative it’s difficult to pin them down into a particular category! Some top favorites from recent week’s recipes include:

    • Tex-Mex turkey skillet with green chiles and tomatoes

    • Blazin’ Balinese chicken with cucumber-cabbage salad

    • Walnut mushroom flatbreads with apricots and lemon tahini dressing

    • Spicy harissa tofu and quinoa bowls with carrots and chickpeas

    • Braised beef panang curry with jasmine rice and sweet peas

    • Korean kimchi fried rice with pancetta

    • Japanese curry udon with carrots, mushrooms and edamame

    Choosing Sunbasket Recipes

    If you’re on a specialist diet all you need to do is choose the option available and your mels will be auto-selected for you, including vegetarian, pescetarian and Paleo. Or, you can opt to have total freedom over your menu choices.

    How Much Does Sunbasket Cost?

    Each meal is priced separately, and the average price is around $11.99 per portion. Every delivery will cost an additional $6.99 in shipping charges, and of course any extra groceries you decide to buy will incur more costs. Below is the price for those choosing the weekly meal kits only.

    Servings and Recipes/Week
    Total Cost
    2 people, 2 recipes per week
    $11.99/serving ($47.96 total + $6.99 shipping = $54.95/week)
    2 people, 3 recipes per week
    $11.99/serving ($71.94 total + $6.99 shipping = $78.93/week)
    2 people, 4 recipes per week
    $11.99/serving ($95.92 total + $6.99 shipping = $102.91/week)
    4 people, 2 recipes per week
    $11.99/serving ($95.92 total + $6.99 shipping = $102.91/week)
    4 people, 3 recipes per week
    $11.99/serving ($143.88 total + $6.99 shipping = $150.87/week)
    4 people, 4 recipes per week
    $11.99/serving ($191.84 total + $6.99 shipping = $198.83/week)

    Diet Friendliness

    Sunbasket is certainly a great option for anyone looking to eat a little healthier. The lean meats and organic veggies can certainly give you a much-needed nutrition boost. However, the meal kits aren’t specifically designed to assist in weight-loss, but if you watch your calorie intake you could certainly find success. 

    The platform caters to a good range of other specialist diets though, like gluten-free, vegetarian, diabetes-friendly and paleo.

    My Experience Using Sunbasket

    As a foodie who is constantly on the go, I am a huge advocate for meal delivery services. The ability to cook fresh and flavorful meals without having to go to the grocery store or spend hours figuring out what to make is a blessing.

    I have tried tons of meal delivery services over the years, so I have a pretty good idea of what’s what. Today, I will be reviewing Sunbasket, a meal delivery service that seeks to bring fresh and delicious ingredients home. Spoiler alert: It was awesome.

    Ordering Process

    The ordering process at Sunbasket was a breeze. Customers have two options to choose from: Fresh & Ready Meals or Meal Kits.

    The Fresh & Ready Meals are prepared meals that take just a few minutes to heat up, designed for busy people and/or people who don’t love to cook.

    The Meal Kits feature seasonal produce and healthy ingredients, along with a recipe card to walk you through a recipe that takes 15-40 minutes to make.

    One thing I really liked about Sunbasket was that you can choose dietary preferences like Diabetes-Friendly, Carb-Conscious, Gluten-Free, Paleo, and Mediterranean. This allows you to customize your experience based on your diet goals.

    Sunbasket Ordering Process

    Sunbakset Meal Subscription Settings

    Sunbasket Meal Kit Choice

    Delivery and Packaging

    With Sunbasket, you are able to choose your delivery day. You can also skip weeks if you want, which is always nice in case you go out of town or want to take a break. My box arrived on time and in the cutest box, I might add. Sunbasket states that most of their packaging is either recyclable or compostable, so they get bonus points for that.

    Everything in my Sunbasket box was organized extremely well. Each meal had its own bag filled with ingredients, making it super easy for me to keep it all straight. They put the meats at the bottom of the box under an ice pack to ensure that it stayed fresh, which was nice since UPS took forever to deliver it to me.

    Sunbasket Packaging Sunbasket Delivery Box Sunbasket Meal Kit Ingredients

    Food Quality, Flavor, and Freshness

    The company’s mission statement is to empower people to live their healthiest lives, so Sunbasket takes what they do seriously. You can expect to find fresh, seasonal ingredients that taste great and leave you feeling satisfied.

    When I opened up my box and checked out the ingredients, it was obvious that everything was fresh and high quality. After cooking and eating the meals, there was no doubt in my mind that Sunbasket uses fresh, quality ingredients.

    It definitely made a huge difference in the flavors, so I appreciated their dedication to providing customers with the best ingredients.

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    Support Materials

    Not only does Sunbasket provide recipe cards for each meal, but their website is also filled with tons of other recipes to check out. This is really nice if you’re someone who struggles with figuring out what to cook. Even if your subscription is paused for the week or month, you still have access to the recipe collection.

    Cooking with Sunbasket

    I thoroughly enjoyed my Sunbasket cooking experience. While the recipe cards were easy to understand, I felt that these meals were on a more intermediate level than beginner. They also took longer to cook than other meal delivery services I have tried, witht the average prep and cook time being around 40 minutes.

    That being said, the meals were absolutely delicious. They were loaded with flavor and made with wholesome ingredients, so I loved eating them and felt great afterwards.

    Sunbasket Chicken Skewers Sunbasket Chicken and Chickpea Salad Sunbasket Braised Fish Meal with Potatoes and Veggies

    Meal 1: Moroccan-Spiced Chicken Skewers with Chickpea Salad

    The spice mix that came for the chicken skewers was out of this world tasty. The chickpea and tomato salad was cooked and served warm, which I wasn’t expecting, but it was all fantastic.

    Meal 2: Tomato-Braised Pollock over Zucchini and Potatoes

    To be totally honest, this meal came out looking pretty hideous. If you’re an aesthetic person looking for photogenic meals, you would have been disappointed. However, if you’re seeking phenomenal flavor and healthy ingredients—it’s a really great dish.

    Meal 3: Eggplant and Potato Moussaka

    I love Greek food, which is why I chose this dish. It was SO flavorful and satisfying! My boyfriend is Greek and he gave this dish the stamp of approval, so I think it’s safe to say this vegan moussaka recipe is a winner.

    After trying it out for myself, here are my final thoughts on the pros and cons of Sunbasket.

    Final Thoughts

    Overall, I absolutely loved Sunbasket. The meals were delicious, the ingredients were fresh, and the recipes were easy to understand. If you’re someone who knows your way around the kitchen and is looking for healthy recipe inspiration, Sunbasket is for you.


    Add-ons are where Sunbasket really shines. While other meal kit providers might offer the odd smoothie or dessert, here you’ll find dozens of high-quality grocery items to choose from to supplement your order. You could use the service exclusively to do all your food shopping if you wished as there’s such an extensive range of extras on offer. Some of the best include:

    • Premade falafel balls
    • Cabot clothbound cheddar
    • Black Angus steaks
    • Wild cold-water lobster tails
    • A variety of yogurts
    • Gluten-free blueberry waffles
    • Protein bars 
    • Juices
    • Organic coffee
    • A huge range of additional meats

    Sunbakset Customer Service

    Most common issues and queries can be answered by browsing the comprehensive FAQ page on the Sunbasket website. If you’d like to speak to a customer service agent you can call the helpline between 6am and 8pm PT seven days a week, or you can text or email if you prefer. If you’ve got an out-of-hours query, you can direct your question to the 24/7 chatbot via the website or app and you may get the answer you need.

    Sunbakset Cancellation Policy

    It’s incredibly easy to amend orders or cancel your subscription altogether. There are no contracts to sign up to and as long as you cancel before your next delivery is processed, you won’t be charged. All cancellations and order amendments must be made by noon Pacific time on Wednesday, otherwise your order will be charged and you’ll receive next week’s delivery.

    Sunbasket Alternatives

    Meal Kit
    Price / Serving
    Minimum order
    Meal options
    Home Chef
    4 Servings
    8 Servings
    5 Servings
    Daily Harvest
    1 Servings

    Final Verdict

    While it might be a little expensive for some, there’s no denying that Sunbasket has some of the most innovative and delicious meal kits in the industry. The fresh and organic ingredients are packed with nutrition, and a wide range of speciality diets are well catered for. Plus, the platform has the most extensive range of add-ons hands down.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    How Long does it Take for Boxes to Arrive?

    In order to keep the food as fresh as possible, Sunbasket aims to keep your food in transit for no longer than a day. This means you’ll usually receive your first package around two days after you place your order.

    How Complicated Are the Meals to Prepare?

    Most meals are fairly straightforward, and you don’t need to be a culinary genius to get started. However, you’ll need to keep some staples on hand in your kitchen like olive oil, salt and pepper.

    Is Sunbasket Certified Organic?

    Yes, Sunbakset is a USDA certified organic provider

    Is there a Referral Bonus?

    Yes, if you refer a friend to the service both you and your friend will receive a $40 discount on your next order.

    Are Meals Gluten-free?

    Yes, all meals are gluten-free, but Sunbasket doesn’t recommend the meal kits if you have severe allergies as some trace amounts may remain.