Our NatureBox review is a guide on all things NatureBox, covering everything from prices and best snacks, to coupons, jobs and more.
This is one of the biggest meal delivery services in the United States, one often mentioned in the same breath as giants of this industry like Graze, as well as up-and-comers like Try The World. Not sure just what NatureBox is or what it can offer you? Our NatureBox review can answer all of your questions.
NatureBox is a healthy snack subscription service. Members pay a small subscription price every month, and in return they get a selection of snacks. These snacks come from a collection of over 100, and if they find one that they like, they can get more and more of it.
There are many ways in which NatureBox differs from other meal delivery services we have covered. Unlike Hello Fresh, you don’t need to prepare or cook anything. Unlike Freshly, you’re not getting a pre-cooked meal. As mentioned above, NatureBox is very similar to Graze, and in many ways. As a result, anyone who has experienced Graze will know exactly what to expect with NatureBox.
If you don’t like one or more of the snacks you receive, you can get store credit for them. Just make sure you get in touch with NatureBox within 90 days, as they promise to provide store credit when you do.
However, one of the best things about these services is that they introduce you to new experiences and new flavors. So, don’t dismiss something just because you don’t think you’ll like it. Try it out, and you might just discover a new love.
If you’d prefer, you can also simply buy NatureBox boxes in your local Target store. At the time of writing (2017) Target are the only retailers stocking them. But they are available in most, if not all Target stores nationwide. This is a great way to stock-up on your favorite NatureBox snacks without waiting for a delivery. However, we would still recommended a subscription. It’s the best way to enjoy this service and to get the most out of it. Regularly checking the NatureBox website, keeping up to date with your credits and ticking-off the snacks you love and hate becomes an obsession, but one that’s great fun.
NatureBox try to cater for all tastes and dietary needs. This is something that you will find with all food delivery services and meal-kit services. However, as with NatureBox’s competitors, there are a few issues. Read our short snack FAQ below to learn more:
- Is NatureBox Vegetarian? Most NatureBox snacks are vegetarian friendly. In fact, there are only a couple that are not, including their beef jerky and their turkey jerky. As a rule, if there is no meat in the name, there will be no meat products in the snack. That’s great news for vegetarians worried about all those meat-based derivatives that so often find a way into modern snacks.
- Is NatureBox Vegan? There are not as many vegan snacks as vegetarian snacks on NatureBox, but they are not far off. In fact, of all snack delivery services, NatureBox offer some of the most variety for vegans.
- Is NatureBox Gluten-Free? There is a yes and no answer to this, and it’s one that you’ll find on many similar services. On the one hand, there are many NatureBox snacks that don’t contain gluten. They try to keep this to a minimum as a rule, and that’s great news for people who don’t eat gluten. However, there are contamination issues which means they can’t guarantee that there won’t be trace amounts of gluten.
- Is NatureBox Allergy Friendly? As with the gluten issues mentioned above, the fact that they can’t stop potential cross-contamination means people with serious allergies should leave NatureBox snacks alone.
- Is NatureBox non-GMO? There is a section on the NatureBox website that deals with non-GMO snacks. There are also sections for all other dietary needs, including the ones mentioned above. Make sure you check these when searching for specific foods.
NatureBox is one of the cheapest boxes you’ll find, charging just $5 a month. What’s more, you don’t even need to pay for the first month as they waive that charge. Of course, this doesn’t really get you anything and is merely added to your account as Store Credits. These credits can be used to make purchases, but you’ll need more than $5 to receive your first box of NatureBox snacks.
The plans begin at $13.95 for three snacks, and you can choose to have these sent once a week, once every two weeks, or once a month. If you order more then you will be given a discount. For instance, a box of 5 snacks costs less than $20, while a box of 10 snacks is just $32.95. This is the biggest subscription and the one that delivers the most value.
We would recommend starting slow, trying a few snacks, spending very little and just seeing how you like what’s on offer. If you get hooked on the service and want more of their snacks, then you can start to add more store credits and explore more of their offerings.
You can only pay for your NatureBox subscription using credit cards and debit cards. This will probably change in the near future, when they realize that there are a lot of customers looking to use web wallets like PayPal, as well as prepaid cards. But as of yet, you’ll have to stick with your Visa, MasterCard, Amex or Discover card.
As mentioned above, you don’t need to pay $5 for your first month’s membership, but you will need to pay this every month after. If you want even more savings during your first month then you should look for some NatureBox coupons and promo codes. These do exist, they are just not as readily available as Graze coupons and promo codes.
On the plus side, there seem to be fewer invalid NatureBox coupons out there than there are with other providers. So, make sure you do a little research in advance and you could save yourself some money on your first box. You can often get up to half price off one of their boxes, and at the very least you should be able to shave a few dollars off one of them.
You can also get some NatureBox coupons by referring your friends, or by joining via one of your own friends. This isn’t always the best way to get started, but if you can’t find anything better it’s worth taking a look.
Because NatureBox snacks are dried and don’t perish in a matter of days, there are no serious issues with delivery. This is why NatureBox are able to deliver across the United States, and it’s why there is no rush to unbox and store once it arrives. The boxes also don’t come loaded with ice packs, which are used by many meal delivery services.
NatureBox also ship to Canada and are one of the few US-based meal delivery companies to do so. This is great news for our friends in the Great North, but NatureBox hasn’t quite caught on in Canada as it has done in the United States.
As mentioned above, NatureBox can give you store credit if you don’t like your snack. But you don’t need to send this back as they don’t accept returns. Instead, you just need to tell them, receive your credit and then choose a different snack.
There is a mixed bag of NatureBox reviews out there. That’s often the case with these meal delivery services, especially ones that have only existed for a few years. They tend to go big on marketing and quickly roll their services out nationwide. This is then followed by a rush of orders, which the company is’t always ready to deal with.
This is the reason that many of them get so many bad reviews during their first year or two of operation, and the same can be said for NatureBox. However, since then things have been a little more positive.
They are not quite as highly rated as Graze, but there are certainly a high number of happy customers.
There are a lot of NatureBox reviews, unboxing videos and more out there. However, we find that the best way to experience this company is just to jump-in head first and experience them for yourself. The fact that they offer a refund for the snacks that you don’t like, along with the fact that they are one of the cheaper providers, means that you won’t be heavily out of pocket if it doesn’t work out.
Fancy working for a company like NatureBox? Checkout the NatureBox Jobs page to see if they are hiring. We are not affiliated with this company in anyway, so please don’t contact us about this. We have had a lot of questions relating to NatureBox jobs and jobs from similar companies, so we try to point our readers in the right direction where we can.