We Did The Math — These Are the Subscription Boxes Worth Your Money
The number of subscription boxes available today is a bit overwhelming, but some of them can be quite fun for food lovers. Here, we rounded up the subscription boxes that are worth getting month after month.
Subscription boxes began cropping up a handful of years ago, with snack offerings, dinner kits, and beauty buys leading the charge. The popularity of these custom deliveries continues to rise, which is no real surprise given the serious convenience factor of having dinner, drinks, and an outfit to wear to enjoy them in delivered right to your front porch.
With everything from clothing to spices, alcohol to pet toys, which subscription boxes are worth the spend? Here are our top picks:
For Work Friends
Office crew needing a pick-me-up? Look no further than nutrition-forward SnackNation, a healthy snack delivery service that can be customized to meet the needs or preferences of your cube crew. Launched in 2014, SnackNation was founded on the principle that snacks are more than food; they provide fuel for the body and firepower for the brain. Today, the company offers over 5,000 different snacks from 1,500 health-conscious snack brands with free direct-to-your-door shipping.
Why it's worth it: For every box delivered, the company donates 10 meals to a family in need through Feeding America. Talk about a snack that gives back!
Sign up: 150 Single-Serving Snacks, $199, SnackNation.com
For Animal Lovers
Tails will be wagging with the delivery of Rescue Box, a monthly subscription box for dogs and cats. Catering to felines and canines, boxes include toys, treats, and pet accessories with a monthly, quarterly, or bi-annual frequency. For every month users subscribe, Rescue Box donates five pounds of food and two vaccinations to shelter pets in need.
Why it's worth it: It's not one size fits all — canine boxes are available in small, medium and large boxes.
Sign up: Build your box from $40, RescueBox.com
For Wine Enthusiasts
Skip the winery visit and bring the vino tasting fun right to your own kitchen. Winc delivers wines curated based on a "Palate Profile" assessment completed online prior to purchase. Know what you love? You can create a box of bottles just for you. Gifting it to your favorite wine enthusiast? Start with a gift card.
Why it's worth it: There is no commitment. Subscribers can cancel at any time or skip a month completely free of charge.
Sign up: Prices start at $16, Winc.com
For People with a Sweet Tooth
Bring the candy store to your door with Candy Club, a monthly candy delivery available in two sizes. Boxes are created based on a "Candy Profile" for people who enjoy mostly sweet or mostly sour candy with memberships of one, three, and six months. Candy varietals include everything from lip-puckering gummy belts to chocolate toffee peanuts and even vintage favorites like nonpareils.
Why it's worth it: Candy Club wants you to love your candy, so if you receive your box and things don't taste great, head to the website, chat with a representative, and receive replacement candy, no questions asked.
Sign up: Small boxes for $30/month or large boxes for $40/month, CandyClub.com
For Meat Lovers
Skip the grocery line and opt to have grass-fed beef, free-range chicken or heritage breed pork from ButcherBox waiting at home. Started on the promise of providing quality meat that has been humanely raised with no antibiotics or hormones, all ButcherBox products are frozen at the peak of freshness, then individually vaccum-sealed before being shipped with dry ice in biodegradable packaging. Subscriptions are available in monthly or bi-monthly packages, and subscribers can pause for up to six months without penalty, or cancel any time prior to the next billing cycle.
Why it's worth it: With five box options to choose from, including a custom pack where you pick every selection, and up to 21 different cuts of meat, consumers have full control over what meats they'll eat, thereby reducing the chance of waste.
Sign up: Boxes begin at $129, ButcherBox.com
For Ice Cream Fiends
Jeni Britton Bauer knows ice cream. She also knows that the best way to eat ice cream is year-round, so after she launched her namesake creamery, Jeni's Pint Club was born. A quarterly ice cream delivery of four pints each, comprised of the brand's favorite ice creams, sorbets and frozen yogurts, ensures a new pint for every month of the year. The club starts with a 'Welcome Box', which includes four signature flavors, a letter that details anticipated delivery dates and a set of ice cream spades.
Why it's worth it: Jeni's is a certified B-Corp, which means they have been recognized as a company that meets rigorous standards of social and environmental performance and balance profit with purpose in the name of creating a more sustainable footprint and brighter future for our world.
Sign up: A year of Jeni's Pint Club starts at $230, Jenis.com