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Cyber Monday means massive discounts on meal delivery and deals on food and drink subscriptions to sort through. We’ve done most of the sorting for you to find the best mouth-watering deals on cheap meal kits, prepared meal subscriptions, grocery delivery and meat bundles following the Thanksgiving break.

Most meal subscriptions have new customer offers, but those deals get even better for Cyber Week. If you’re new to meal delivery, I’ve put together a list of the best services for 2023 along with seven tips and tricks to get the most out of your meal kit service.

To help you score some healthy eats for cheap, we’ve rounded up the absolute best Cyber Monday meal subscription deals happening now. Current offers include some of our favorite premade meal and meal kit services, such as Fresh N Lean, HelloFresh, Blue Apron and EveryPlate, available at massive discounts. 

Read more: Here’s How to Get Months of Meal Kits for Next to Nothing

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Don’t even think about paying full price to try a new meal kit service.

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Read more: Are Meal Kits More Expensive Than Buying the Groceries? We Did the Math

Best meal delivery deals for Cyber Monday 2023

EveryPlate

EveryPlate is already our pick as the best meal kit service for families on a budget, but it’s bordering on ridiculously cheap when you sign up now. Depending on the meal plan you choose, you’ll score up to 72% off of EveryPlate’s already cheap meal kits when you try them in September. That’s between $1.49 and $2 per serving depending on the plan you choose.

The deal: You won’t see a ton of haute cuisine in EveryPlate’s weekly menu, but there are plenty of satisfying dinners for the cold weather ahead. I tried its pork sloppy joes and the chicken and linguine in a tomato cream sauce. All the meals I made were great, easy to prepare and light on the wallet. Read our EveryPlate review.

Purple Carrot

For those eating plant-based or looking to add more vegetarian recipes to the weekly menu, Purple Carrot is the service to try. I tried Purple Carrot’s meat-free meal kits, and all the recipes I made were a huge hit, earning it a CNET Editors’ Choice award.

The deal: In a rare pre-holiday sale, Purple Carrot is offering 60% off your first two boxes, plus free shipping.

HelloFresh

HelloFresh has more total meal kit selections than any other service and most of them are pretty easy to prepare. You can check out my deep-dive review of HelloFresh to learn more about the easy meal delivery service. 

The deal: HelloFresh is offering a signup deal worth 16 free servings. You’ll also get free shipping on the first box and a free breakfast item in each box for life.

Dinnerly

Dinnerly is one of the cheapest meal delivery services even without a discount code. The quick and easy Meal kit company sends all the fixings for hearty and healthy meals, and the price comes to about $6 a serving for the cheapest plan. Read our full Dinnerly review.

The deal: If you take advantage of Dinnerly’s most popular discount voucher, it’ll slash the cost of your first five boxes. The bigger the meal plan you choose, the more you’ll save. Opt for the largest plan — 24 servings a week (definitely good for families) — and you’ll see savings of $140 over the course of the first five deliveries, plus free shipping on the first.

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Gobble is quite similar to the other services, except that many items come already chopped, peeled, marinated and so on — which can definitely save you some prep time. The two meals I received, Yankee pot roast and cacio e pepe, were terrific. Dinner prices are normally a flat $12 per serving, so you do pay a bit extra for that convenience.

The deal: Gobble will send your first six meal kits for $36 total. That’s about as cheap as you’ll find high-end meal kits anywhere. For more, read our Gobble review.

Factor

Factor prepared meals don’t get any easier — just heat and eat — and most of Factor’s weekly menu options are healthy and low-carb or low-calorie so you can start your summer off on the right foot. 

The deal: Factor is offering a trio of deals, one of which you’ll select from a digital mystery box. Those include as much as 50% off your first shipment and 20% off your second order of meals. Read our full Factor review here.

Blue Apron

Blue Apron is still the best meal kit service after more than 10 years in the business. The meal kits on each weekly menu include tender steaks and fresh seafood recipes and can be had for under $10 per serving, which is often cheaper than if you bought the groceries yourself. Read our full Blue Apron review here.

The deal: Blue Apron has a massive deal for new customers that amounts to $200 off spread out across your first six orders, plus free shipping on the very first. 

Snake River Farms specializes in impossibly rich and tender Wagyu beef — the expensive stuff with fat marbling as far as the eye can see. We love Snake River Farms, but that meat isn’t cheap. That’s why we’re pouncing on this Black Friday deal.

The deal: Save 15% on orders over $99 with code CYBER23.

ButcherBox

ButcherBox isn’t exactly a meal delivery service, but you can certainly make some excellent meals with what this online butcher service sends in its monthly boxes. ButcherBox is an online meat subscription service specializing in Australian grass-fed beef, although you can also have heritage pork, wild salmon and organic chicken in your delivery, depending on the subscription you pick.

The deal: This is the best deal we’ve seen from ButcherBox, purely from a value standpoint. Subscribe now and you’ll receive two 6-ounce filets, two 10-ounce strips or two 10-ounce ribeyes in every box for a full year. You’ll also get $20 off each of your first five boxes. That — along with the free beef — amounts to about $436 in total savings.

Read our full ButcherBox review here.

CookUnity

Of all the prepared meal services I’ve tried, CookUnity was right up there in the top two or three with a massive selection and a high overall hit rate. Many of the menu offerings have been created by restaurant chefs and cooking personalities such as Einat Admony (Taïm, Balaboosta), John DeLucie (Waverly Inn, Lumaca) and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

The deal: The service is a little pricey, but if you sign up to try CookUnity and use promo code CNET30 it’ll knock 30% off the first order. That means meals as cheap as $7, depending on the total number you order. Read our CookUnity review.

Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest sells easy-prep vegan meals, including smoothies, grain bowls, flatbreads and soups. It’s one of the healthier meal delivery services and it’s also rather affordable with most meals clocking in under $10. There’s also no subscription necessary if you want to give it a quick tryout. 

The deal: Try the service for the first time and Daily Harvest will knock as much as $35 off an order of 24 meals.

Fresh N Lean

This signup offer is for one the best meal healthy delivery services we’ve tried. Fresh N Lean has nutritious meals that are tasty and a subscription won’t totally break the bank, with some meal plans clocking in at around $9 a serving. Want to see how much I liked it? Read our Fresh N Lean review.

The deal: Sign up now for any Fresh N Lean plan (offerings include keto, protein plus, vegan, Mediterranean and Whole30) and new customers will get 50% knocked off their first box of Fresh N Lean meals. 

Good Chop

Good Chop definitely has the chops — pork, specifically — along with excellent cuts of beef, organic chicken and a range of seafood options. Good Chop is a subscription meat delivery service with shipments starting at $149 per month for 36 portions of quality meat. You can try it for much cheaper than that. 

The deal: If you’re new to Good Chop and want to give the service a trial run, we’ve got an exclusive offer for CNET readers worth a whopping $120 off across your first four deliveries. You can pause or cancel your Good Chop subscription at any time.

Green Chef has some of the best healthy meal kits we’ve tried, using largely organic produce and ethically raised meats. Green Chef is a little more per serving than other meal kits, but you’ll taste it in the final dish. Full review of Green Chef here.

The deal: Save $250 off spread across your first nine orders. Yes, you’ll have to commit to more than two months of meal kits, so this one is better for someone in it for the longer test. After that, you can pause or cancel at any time.

ModifyHealth

Another of our favorite healthy delivery services is ModifyHealth. The company is a great option for those with digestive issues and it has a number of healthy meals that include options that are gluten-free, low-carb, heart-friendly and more. And the meals are ready to go so you can just heat them up and eat them right away, prep-free. Options start at just $10 per serving. Read the full review here.

The deal: Readers who sign up now can get 51% off their first order when they use promo code CYBER51 at checkout.

Splendid Spoon

Splendid Spoon specializes in deliveries of quick smoothies, soups, rice bowls and other noshes that are great for breakfast and lunch. Some work well for dinner too, but I like this service better for those first two meals of the day. The meal delivery service is a little pricey for what you get but has some inventive recipes along with classics, so there’s a little something for everyone. 

The deal: Get $105 off spread across your first three deliveries. Read our Splendid Spoon review.

Thrive Market

Thrive Market is less of a meal kit or prepared meal service and more of a specialty online market with excellent snacks, pantry staples, beauty supplies, pet food and much more. Thrive has a $5 monthly membership fee but if you have a taste for high-end groceries or seek organic foods, you won’t likely find them cheaper than on Thrive. Plus, Thrive Market will price match anything you do find cheaper at another retailer.

The deal: Sign up for a Thrive Market membership and you’ll get 20% off and a grocery gift worth $60.

What are the best online meal delivery deals right now?

If it’s the lowest possible cost, EveryPlate, HelloFresh, Purple Carrot and Gobble will send meal kits that are ready to cook, with some clocking in at under $2 a serving. Other popular prepared meal services such as Splendid Spoon, CookUnity and Fresh N Lean are ready to send premade, ready-to-eat dinners to your doorstep, at per-serving prices that are far cheaper than takeout. 

So which meal delivery service is the best? 

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Dinners come together faster with help from meal kits.

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I’ve tried most of them and they’re all pretty solid, with differences to consider depending on your budget, diet, taste and kitchen skill level. You can check out CNET’s roundups of the best meal kit delivery services and best healthy food delivery services for a more detailed taste. Remember, nearly all of these meal kit companies let you pause or cancel anytime, so the risk and commitment when signing up for a meal kit service is minimal.

Whether you’re looking for ways to eat healthily, learn to cook new recipes or just make fewer trips to the grocery store this summer, a healthyversatile and budget-friendly meal delivery deal can help you do it on the cheap.

These offers were valid at the time of publication, but they can end at any time and may be restricted by geography and other cookie-based conditions in your browser. If you don’t see a deal populate, try in a new window or private browser. In the meantime, if you’ve already tried one or more of these, tell me which ones and what you liked or didn’t like.

My advice: Take advantage of each and every one of these offers (making sure to pause or cancel after, unless you want to continue). You can see which service you like best and get super cheap takeout-style meals for weeks at a time.

Do meal kit signup deals have commitments?

Nope; virtually all of them allow you to pause or cancel any time just in case you don’t love it, so there’s almost no risk after the deal is up. Although you may have to unsubscribe from their email blasts. The point is, that most brands just want you to try out the meals and see if you dig them and those brands are willing to make it very easy (and cheap) to do that. To make things easier, we already tried the top meal kits and meal delivery services so you’ll know exactly what to expect and you can pick the best food delivery deal for you and your tastes.

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