Time-Saving Tips, Meal Edition: Meet Munchery

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It’s 7 o’clock, you’ve just logged a long day at the office and you really need to hit the gym. But the dreaded question of what’s for dinner is looming large in your mind. You don’t have time to sweat it out on the treadmill and man the stove … or do you?

In the third installment of our series on app-based service reviews, we’re taking a closer look at Munchery, an app that could provide a chef-cooked meal delivered to your door and time to spare to work out or at least catch up on “True Detective.”

What is Munchery?

Munchery delivers fresh, chef-made chilled meals that are easily reheated and served. The company boasts a roster of impressive chefs, some of which list Gitane and Michael Mina restaurants as previous employers, and all the meals are prepared daily in the local Munchery kitchen. You can place your meal order up to 6 p.m. the same day or a few days in advance and dinner is delivered within a one-hour window of your choosing between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. In some ZIP codes, on-demand delivery is offered, which boasts dinner delivered within 20 to 40 minutes from the time you place your order.

Where is Munchery available?

At the time of this writing, Munchery is available in the San Francisco Bay Area and parts of Seattle, Los Angeles and New York City.

Time-Saving Tips, Meal Edition: Meet MuncheryHow much does Munchery cost?

Entree prices are typically $7.95 to $13.95 plus $2.95 for schedule-ahead delivery or $4.50 for on-demand delivery. You can also purchase sides, kids’ meals, desserts, breakfast and drinks.

Also worth noting: Every time a meal is ordered, Munchery donates to a local food bank.

Should I use Munchery?

If you’re pressed for time and don’t particularly enjoy cooking on a daily basis, Munchery could be a good option. It’s generally cheaper than traditional takeout, plus it’s fairly healthy (and all nutritional facts are available on its website). In our experience, the quality of the food lived up to our expectations and the portion sizes were decent. Plus, you can’t beat the convenience factor: Being able to preorder and schedule your delivery window in advance is a huge logistical win. With our order, Munchery arrived when it said it would, within the hour.

If you have a large family or generally like to have more food in the house, Munchery probably isn’t the best option. Although its  individual meal servings are fairly cost-effective, if you’re feeding a family of five, you’ll save by shopping in bulk at the grocery store and assembling your own meal.

If you’re still curious but need that extra nudge, we tracked down a discount. Get $10 off your first order and another $10 off your second when you sign up via this address.

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Kirsten VerHaar is an editor at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: kverhaar@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @kirstvh.


Images via Munchery.