Whenever I need to buy something — well, anything really — the first place I turn is The Wirecutter. From big-screen TVs to blenders, I’ve never been disappointed by something the review site has recommended. So when The Wirecutter ran its meal kit recommendations today, I knew it would be worth reading.

And it was! The site only looked at mail-order meal kits, so nothing you can buy in the store (which is where most meal kits are headed), and they only considered more general meal kits (sorry, vegan-only meal kits). Having said that, it is still a thorough list that was tested over a period of four months, so they got a chance to try an assortment of menus.

What was interesting is that in general, The Wirecutter echoed many of the same concerns about meal kits that we’ve had here at The Spoon: they take a lot of work, they are expensive, and they use a lot of packaging. In their defense, The Wirecutter pointed out that meal kits can help you learn to cook and help you to climb out of your eating ruts.

So, with those caveats in mind, which meal kits made The Wirecutter’s Best Meal Kit Delivery Service? It’s not broken down in a strict first, second and third place, but Blue Apron, Martha & Marley Spoon, Plated and Sun Basket all earned a spot for various reasons.

In what is turning out to be a good week for Blue Apron, The Wirecutter found that it was the best meal kit for getting started. This follows the announcement from earlier this week that Jet.com will be selling Blue Apron’s kits for same day delivery in New York.

You should check out the full list to see why each one was picked. Do you have a favorite meal kit? Tell us which one(s) in the comments.

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  1. Dinner Thyme which is the country’s original meal kit is far the best if hll you are looking for the ultimate in dinner convenience. 80+ menu items to choose from, no subscription and on the table in 15 minutes. Not sure how we lived without them. Only one downside – east coast only.

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