Best Food Delivery Services

Whether you’re thinking on-the-fly about dinner plans while lazing on the couch or trying to meal plan for the week ahead, food delivery services can offer up both choice and convenience when choosing your next feed.

In this guide, we take you through the different kinds of food and meal delivery and what to look for in each, so that you can choose a service that suits you and your diet. Continue reading...

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Lite n' Easy
  • Award Winner 2022
4.4 from 6,257 reviews

Featured review: The Lite n' Easy program is very easy to follow. For me the best feature is that I do NOT have to do any food preparation. After many years of having to think and prepare food for my family it is a real luxury for me to be able to just go to the fridge or freezer and everything is packaged and ready to go. The meals are absolutely delicious with many choices available and they are filling and sooooo healthy !!!!!!!

Fresh, delicious food
Delivers on time
Can aid with weight loss
  • Value for Money
    4.4 (2,089)
  • Timely DeliveryYes (2,025) · No (44)
  • Meal TypeMade to Order / Takeaway and Packaged Meals
  • Meal Plans Available Yes

Best Food Delivery Service

Chefgood
  • Award Winner 2021
4.6 from 653 reviews

Convenience doesn’t have to come at the expense of health or taste, which is why Chefgood delivers healthy, delicious, restaurant style meals to your door - with a changing menu every week.

Fresh, flavourful meals
Variety of meal options available
Convenient to heat up
  • Value for Money
    4.5 (555)
  • Timely DeliveryYes (558) · No (13)
  • Meal TypeMade to Order / Takeaway and Packaged Meals
  • Meal Plans Available Yes
2nd Best Food Delivery Service
Harris Farm Express
  • Award Winner 2021
4.8 from 210 reviews

Latest review: Harris sent me 300 dollars worth of free food after I fell on the floor and allowed me to call him for future free

  • Value for Money
    4.6 (192)
  • Timely DeliveryYes (188) · No (4)
  • Meal TypeFresh Produce
  • Meal Plans Available No

Was replaced by...
3rd Best Food Delivery Service
Salad Servers Direct
4.9 from 107 reviews

Latest review: I have tried all the soups that This company makes, they are truly the best soups on the market, amazing taste, great combination of healthy

  • Value for Money
    4.9 (98)
  • Timely DeliveryYes (94) · No (0)
  • Meal TypeMade to Order / Takeaway and Packaged Meals
  • Meal Plans Available No
Youfoodz
  • Award Winner 2022
4.5 from 14,167 reviews

Youfoodz is a meal delivery service offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, snacks and drinks. All meals are made by chefs, and are fresh and not frozen.

My Muscle Chef
  • Award Winner 2022
  • 2021
4.5 from 2,515 reviews

My Muscle Chef delivers over 1.6 million packaged, ready-made meals per month. Along with meals, the popular food delivery service also sells salads, drinks, snacks and structured weight loss programs.

Workout Meals
4.6 from 203 reviews

Delivering meals designed for active lifestyles, Workout Meals is a service that brings tasty and nutritious ready-made meals to your door, made with the freshest locally-sourced ingredients.

Lite n' Easy
  • Award Winner 2022
4.4 from 6,257 reviews

Lite n’ Easy has been a household name for years for Aussies trying to lose weight or improve their general health, delivering fresh, ready-made meals to enjoy at home.

EveryPlate
4.2 from 1,433 reviews

Latest review: Food is very satisfactory but I am a bit disappointed that the box of food is sat on the ground when delivered. It could be sat on the big chair rather than on the ground especially when it is

Fruit Only
4.4 from 162 reviews

Latest review: Really prompt service, same day delivery! My friend loved the gift she received (I chose a fruit hamper which also included some nuts/crakers/olives). Would highly recommend and would use this

Soulara
4.2 from 691 reviews

Latest review: My Soulara experience has been so efficient and delicious! The meals are great and offer a large variety to choose from and the service is easy to use too! Some of the best ready to eat meals I’ve e

HelloFresh
4.0 from 11,722 reviews

Latest review: My 3 boxes were delivered pass midnight. I have complained 3 times but there doesn’t seem to be any attempt from the management to rectify this issue. They only offered a $10 voucher which I can only

Foober
4.3 from 117 reviews

Latest review: I have tried the majority of keto options on the Foober menu and every one of them have been absolutely delicious. Delivery is exactly when expected and the packing of the meal box is done with care.

A Life Plus
4.2 from 151 reviews

Latest review: Very happy with the taste and quality of ingredients, even without onion and garlic. Not oily at all. Impressive that they can cater these meals to eliminate specific ingredients. For us it is not

Macros
4.0 from 477 reviews

Delivering fresh, healthy meals to your door, Macros provides different plans for people with different goals while offering meal options to cater to specific dietary requirements.

EatNow.com.au
3.9 from 609 reviews

Latest review: MenuLog is dreadful. Eat Now used to be excellent. MenuLog is not a patch on Eat Now. No pictures of meals, no description of what the dishes consist of - just a name e.g. "Chicken - with sauce".

Dinnerly
3.8 from 761 reviews

Latest review: Vege subs with feta, no zucchini sub with eggplant really instead of 1 x pkt vegan feta 1 x pkt vegan mayo I got 2 x pkt vegan feta I understand vege shortage but this was stuff

Gourmet Basket
4.0 from 120 reviews

Latest review: I ordered a condolence hamper for a friend who had a family member suddenly pass. You would think under these circumstances they would go above and beyond to deliver the hamper. I was advised the

Marley Spoon
3.6 from 1,010 reviews

Latest review: For the 3 weeks we have received orders, we have received peas every time instead of beans, tomatoes that were not ripe and then they rotted before we could use them, the carrots I just threw out as

The Diet Factory
3.7 from 108 reviews

Latest review: As I have retired from cooking. I thanked my sister in law again this morning as I do almost everytime I talk to her, for introducing us to The Diet Factory. The meals are beautiful, full of flavour

The Plant Kitchen Co.
5.0 from 20 reviews

Latest review: This little company is run on heart and soul and it it reflected in their products. Their food is delicious and nutritious and leaves a low footprint on the planet. The fact that Alex is able to

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Lite n' Easy
  • Award Winner 2022
4.4 from 6,257 reviews

Featured review: The Lite n' Easy program is very easy to follow. For me the best feature is that I do NOT have to do any food preparation. After many years of having to think and prepare food for my family it is a real luxury for me to be able to just go to the fridge or freezer and everything is packaged and ready to go. The meals are absolutely delicious with many choices available and they are filling and sooooo healthy !!!!!!!

Fresh, delicious food
Delivers on time
Can aid with weight loss
  • Value for Money
    4.4 (2,089)
  • Timely DeliveryYes (2,025) · No (44)
  • Meal TypeMade to Order / Takeaway and Packaged Meals
  • Meal Plans Available Yes
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What types of food delivery services are there?

Food delivery worker handing a large brown paper bag to a woman at her front door.

Whether it’s restaurant delivery, ready-made meals, meal kits, or groceries delivered to your home, food delivery services have given us convenience and plenty of choice at the tips of our fingers.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also meant a lot of us have spent or are currently spending more time indoors and less time eating out, which can help explain the huge increase in food delivery services as of late.

Here are some of the foods that delivery services can offer:

Regardless of what you’re after, you’ll find that there are some benefits and some downsides to using a food delivery service. We’ve outlined a few below for you to consider before you start looking.

Pros

Convenient, as you can have food delivered to your door from the comfort of your couch.
Can save you time, as you don’t have to shop for groceries, and if you’re having ready-made meals delivered, you don’t even need to cook.
Gives you new food ideas if you’re feeling uninspired.
Can help you discover new restaurants in your area (plus you can support local business).
Can make healthy eating easier, as there are plenty of services delivering healthy prepared meals.

Cons

Often more expensive than buying groceries and preparing food yourself.
May not service your area if you live in a more remote place - food delivery apps, for example, only really operate in Australian capital cities and urban areas.
Some food delivery services (especially those that contract delivery riders) operate in an ethical and legal grey area.
Often require a certain amount of tech literacy, as you usually need to order through your phone or online.

Ready-to-eat meals

Ready-to-eat meals are prepared by restaurants, cafes, and food takeaway joints, and then delivered to you either by their own staff or fleet, or a courier contracted by a food delivery service. Most of these food delivery services are apps, such as UberEats delivery and Menulog delivery.

Finding a restaurant

You can find all kinds of food outlets that are partnered with the delivery service you’re using. Some restaurants may deliver their food through more than one app, however many also exclusively deliver through one app.

Different apps will have different ways for you to browse the restaurants they’re partnered with, but will typically at least let you search restaurants by cuisine, price (letting you sort by cheap eats or fine dining, for example), and their proximity to you.

They’ll also often let you filter results further. Menulog, for example, also lets you sort your searches by user rating, minimum order (the minimum amount you need to spend to be eligible for delivery), and the delivery fee.

If you use an app enough, it may also start to recommend food joints based on what you’ve previously ordered.

The Menulog app.

The Deliveroo app.

The UberEats app.

Different apps offer different ways to browse. Pictured from left to right: Menulog, Deliveroo, UberEats.

Why is food delivery so expensive?

For some, high fees might not be worth the convenience of having food delivered.

Food delivery is generally expensive because you have to pay for the courier who delivers your food. Some restaurants will also hike up the cost of their food when ordered through a delivery service, often because the service will take a cut of what you pay.

When you take this into consideration, the higher costs might seem a bit more reasonable - they’re often there to help restaurants make ends meet. If these fees are still a concern for you, you can also keep an eye out for promotions - from time to time certain apps offer discounted or free delivery.

How ethical are food delivery apps?

Often delivery riders foot the cost of convenience for the consumer. These couriers are often paid below minimum wage and are employed as independent contractors, meaning that they’re not entitled to sick pay, paid leave, superannuation, and other similar benefits.

These gig workers receive little training or protection during bad weather, and are rarely compensated if they’re injured on the job.

Food delivery services have been put under pressure to address these issues, and some have responded - Menulog is one delivery service that is trialling a move towards an “employment model” to better the working conditions of its couriers.

Other things to consider

  • Payment options. Usually you’ll be automatically billed once you place an order if you’ve entered credit card, debit card, or Paypal account information, however some may let you pay in cash when the food is delivered.
  • Tracking your order. The ability to track your order’s progress - from cooking to it being delivered to your door - helps you see its ETA and plan accordingly.
  • Cancellation. Some apps might not let you cancel or change an order once you’ve placed it, or may charge a cancellation fee.
  • Ratings. You can usually check user ratings of the food outlet through the app, and if you’re a particularly picky eater, you can also cross-reference these with Google reviews.

Packaged meals

Meal delivery services, such as Chefgood and YouFoodz delivery, deliver pre-made meals to your door. These are the pre-made meals that arrive packaged (often frozen or cooled), and usually need to be popped into the microwave or oven to defrost and prepare for eating.

These kinds of services are popular with people trying to lose weight or go on a special diet (for instance, keto meal delivery is on the uptick), and so healthy meal delivery is often their selling point.

Usually these meals are pricier than the pre-packaged meals you’d find at the supermarket, however they’re generally considered more “gourmet” and are often fresher.

What if I have dietary requirements?

A decent food delivery service should be able to cater to all kinds of dietary requirements, whether they’re allergies, intolerances, or just personal preferences (such as vegan meal delivery). Double check before you sign up to save yourself a lot of hassle.

What should I look for?

  • A delivery service that offers you choice in what you get may suit you more - bonus points if they let you change meals if you dislike certain ingredients or cuisines.
  • Check whether the service will let you skip a week at any time - you may not need a delivery if you’re away on holiday or are planning on eating out a lot that week.
  • Read the fine print to see what the terms of cancelling your subscription are - some may require a few week’s notice, which may not be convenient for people who are trying a new service out.

Food that needs prep and cooking

Meal kit delivery services, such as MarleySpoon and HelloFresh meals, are those that send you ingredients for you to make your own meals, typically with a corresponding easy-to-follow recipe card.

They’re great for when you like cooking and prefer home-made meals, but don’t necessarily have the time to research recipes and go to the supermarket - or even if you just need a little bit of inspiration in the kitchen.

Usually, you get to select the meals you want, and these are dropped off at your door, usually every week. Some also let you customise your box, letting you add optional extras such as snacks, sides, and desserts.

What to consider when comparing services

Required food prep

Some services will send you produce that’s already chopped and sliced up - while this may save you more time, these ingredients are more likely to come packaged individually, meaning more plastic waste.

Customisability

We all have personal preferences when it comes to food, so a service that lets you change up the menu may be a good idea.

You may also want certain types of meals. For example, you may want meal plans that require only 15 minutes of prep during the week, so that you can have dinner ready in no time after a long day at work. Or you might want a special three course meal (plus dessert!) over the weekend.

Have a think about how and what you like to eat, and ensure that the delivery service you’re considering can cater to your needs.

Tip: Check exactly what comes with your meal box.

Check whether you’ll need your own pantry staples, as often these services won’t send you ingredients like oil, soy sauce, spices, butter, eggs, and flour in your meal prep delivery - this is an extra cost that could sway your decision over whether or not you want to subscribe to the service.

Fresh produce

If you have your own meal ideas, and just want your fruit and veg delivered to your door, then there are plenty of services that just deliver groceries.

These services are sometimes attached to supermarkets or grocers, such as Harris Farm Express, however there are also companies that send boxes of produce to your door - what you get depends on the season and availability of the fruit and vegetables.

What should I look for in a produce box delivery?

  • Quality of produce. Services that do fruit and veg delivery may source their food from a supermarket, farmer’s markets, or somewhere else, so it’s worth looking into where they get food to help determine the quality of the groceries you’ll get.
  • Quantity of produce. Meal boxes can come in different sizes, so ensure you’re getting enough for your household, because needing to do an extra shop in the week if you don’t have enough defeats the purpose of getting a box in the first place.
  • Delivery frequency. Most people prefer their groceries delivered weekly or every few days to ensure they’re using the freshest ingredients when they cook.
  • Price. You’ll likely be paying more for the convenience of having produce delivered to you, however the difference in costs between grocery boxes and what you’ll find at the supermarket aren’t as substantial as you’d think they’d be.