Sunday, July 7, 2013

Graze Box VS. Nature Box: A Comparison Review

It's been awhile since I've done a review! I've been putting this one one on my "to do" list for quite awhile now, but I wanted to nom through all my Nature Box snacks that I received so I could do a comprehensive review not only on the subscriptions themselves, but the quality of the snacks. So now that I'm ready to go, let's do this!

As most of you know, I am obsessed with subscription boxes. Mostly beauty subscriptions, but I recently dove into the world of "snack boxes" and I am ALWAYS looking for healthy snacks. While I'm not the healthiest eater in the world, I much prefer healthy snacks over junk food. I love nuts and seeds over chips and cookies. Not sure why! But those kinds of snacks can get really expensive when you're buying them at the grocery store. After doing a little online research I came across the lovely, Graze Box!

GRAZE BOX

Graze Box is a fun food subscription service. They send a small box of 4 different healthy snacks in individual serving-size containers. Each box is just over $6 with shipping included. You can get them weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. They will also occasionally manually change your subscription to weekly under certain circumstances. I had e-mailed them about getting my box weekly and they said that since I lived close to their HQ in New Jersey, that they could change my subscription to weekly. If I lived too far away the boxes might not make it on schedule for a weekly sub. If you're interested in a weekly sub, simply shoot Graze an e-mail and see what they can do!

Once you sign up with Graze, you can view all of the snacks they have to offer. You can rate them on a scale:
Trash: you never want them to send you this snack
Try: you're not sure how you feel about it, but you're open to trying it
Like: something you like/think you would like and you'd enjoy receiving it
Love: something that looks delicious/something you've tried and love and want to get more of

This is a great system because you can change it as you go.Another great plus for Graze is that they have excellent customer service. Every time I have had an issue with a box or a concern, they always compensate me and/or answer me as soon as possible. They are very kind and helpful and that's hard to come by!

(another example of a Graze Box. Yummy!)

Another great thing about Graze Box is that they are always coming out with new snacks. They have over 100 snacks to choose from and counting! They're snacks have always been fresh and delicious each time I've received a box. If you need variety in your snacking, Graze is definitely a good option!

The Cons: Well...they've only recently launched in the United States (they're based in the UK) so boxes have been routinely late in the past. They have fixed this since the the US launch, but I feel that it's important to point out. Sometimes a week would go by and I wouldn't receive a box at all. Some weeks I'd receive two. This was a bit bothersome because I depended on my boxes for my weekly snacks. They were always very compensating and kind about it and would give me a free box or 50% off of my next box etc. There are also times where I  disliked the small size of the snacks. This could potentially be a plus for those of you who desire portion-controlled sizes, but I wish they were a bit bigger. I usually bang through one little tray of snacks in a minute and I'm not very satisfied. But you know, that's just because their snacks are so dang delicious!

Graze Box is Great For: More frequent boxes and delivery customization. Portion control. Control over the kind of snacks you'd like to get. Great variety of snacks.

If you're interested in signing up with graze, please feel free to use my invite link here:
https://www.graze.com/us/p/7CL17KN7U
(I ALWAYS donate my referral credits to the Graze School of Farming!)

Using my invite code will get you your 1st box AND your 5th box totally FREE! Yay!


NATURE BOX

 Note: I have since cancelled my Nature Box. These prices/opinions reflect the state of Nature Box at the time I was subscribed.

Nature Box is a bit different from Graze Box. They send one box a month (this is not something that can be changed) and you get a choice of 5 different bags of healthy snacks for $19.95, 10 bags for $29.95, or 20 bags of snacks for $49.95.  I really liked the idea of getting resealable, larger bags of snacks, so I decided to give Nature Box a try.

When you sign up with Nature Box, they send you a "starter box" of snacks that they have chosen for you. I received 5 snacks that I was very excited about. The cherry ganache granola is to die for. Some of the snacks were very nice quality and others were not as exciting or fresh-tasting. Their snacks are similar to Graze, but instead of getting 16 small trays of snacks each month, you get 5 bags to last you over the month, and most of them will! If you'd like more examples of snacks that Nature Box offers, check out my other Nature Box snack review HERE.

After your first month with Nature Box, you can continue to let them choose your snacks for you, OR you can shoot them an e-mail and request to choose your own snacks. When it's time to choose your snacks for your second box, you can go through their list of snacks and choose the 5 that you are most interested in. If you think you might want more snacks that month, you can add more snacks onto your box. The more snacks you add on the less they cost each time, IE: the 6th snack is $4, the 7th is $3 etc etc. They also do "extra" snacks that they send to random subscribers.

The Cons: After having Nature Box for 3 months, I decided to cancel due to the cons. An issue they consistently had was they never had the snacks I wanted in stock during the time I was supposed to choose my snacks. They also have incredibly slow shipping. These things may or may not bother you, and if the pros out weigh the cons for you, then Nature Box may be a good choice. However, my 3rd Nature box was very disappointing. You can read about why I canceled this subscription in more detail HERE. However, I will say that the quality of their snacks plummeted over the short 3 month period, and they were not very interested in hearing about the low quality of their snacks. They also did not refund the money I had spent on that box, even though they had assured me they would. It's very difficult to cancel Nature Box as well. There is no easy "unsubscribe" button. There may be now, but when I attempted to cancel, I was directed to a phone number. All that hassle just doesn't seem worth it.

Nature Box is Great For: Larger, resealable bags of snacks. Choice of getting more or less snacks in each box. Clearly labeled vegan, gluten free, and organic options.

Both services are worth the money if you're in the market for a variety of healthy snacks. You don't have to search high and low at your local Whole Foods or health store to find good tasting snacks. Graze Box is great if you want more control over how often you get your boxes, or the portions etc. Graze Box also has excellent customer service and a wide variety of snacks. Nature Box is good if you're interested in larger sized bags of snacks, and more control over which snacks you want to receive and how many. They are also excellent for vegan/organic/gluten free options that are labeled on their site and on the bags as well.

I had originally put my Graze Box on hold so that I could try a few months of Nature Box, and while I expected to like Nature Box much better, I eventually canceled and returned to Graze Box. I find Graze Box to have a more user-friendly website, that their snacks are superior in flavor and in quality, and that I am never bored with the snacks I receive. They're customer service is exceptional to boot.

Final Thought: While I was originally impressed with Nature Box, I found them to be the inferior company when it came to snack quality and customer service. I have continued my Graze Box subscription and have been a very happy customer. I do think that Nature Box could work for some people, especially if you have dietary restrictions. My personal preference is Graze Box!

22 comments:

  1. Cool post. Thanks! I just ordered, but didn't see a referral for you?

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    1. I actually recently cancelled my Nature Box as I preferred the snacks at Graze. Thanks for reading though and Enjoy whichever box you did end up going with! :)

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  2. I was able to pause my account at Naturebox by sending them an email. It seems they allow you to cancel by email also. On all their resealable bags, made from recycled material btw, there is a message about how you can email them if you don't like the snack. I received a terrible 2 bags of "Flax Crostini Bites" so I sent them an email. They apologized and said I'd get credit for the two bags in my next box. I'm waiting to see if it actually happens.

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    1. I did e-mail them originally and asked to cancel and they directed me to their phone number and said I had to do it through there. It's possible they have changed that, however I was just giving my experience. I did message them about my dislike for some of the snacks, but it was becoming so common that I felt there was no need to continue my subscription. They said they would send out different snacks if I wanted, but after a box of almost entirely gross snacks, I just wasn't interested. I hope you get the credit they've promised!

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  4. I know you get 4 snacks in the graze box. Is that just 4 servings or do you get multiple servings of each snack?

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    1. In addition to what was said by Rakhi below, while I was subscribed to Graze in the UK you could have them deliver the box to your work place for lunch. It's definitely a lunch time meal type thing.

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  5. Anonymous - you only get one serving of each snack... 4 small packages total, each of the packages contains a different snack. They are single portions. I think this would be ideal for someone who snacks during the work week. If you'd like to feed more people/have more snacks on hand, you could theoretically keep two subscriptions or switch to a different subscription service.

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  8. I actually customize my Nature Box selections every month online. I only want GMO free, so I chose from the GMO free options. It is really easy to do online.

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    1. Thanks for your feedback, Mary! This blog post was made this past summer, so I don't know how things are now, however at the time, I was able to customize what I received in my boxes, but I had to e-mail them and request to do so, rather than just have the choice from the get-go. Also, what I mean by customize, is that Graze box is fully customizable. You can rate them depending on how frequently you'd like to receive them, or you can completely trash them and never have to see them again. I remember when choosing my snacks for NatureBox, I found that it was difficult to navigate their snacks, and found that many of them were out of stock when I went to choose them. I personally find that Graze's website is much easier to navigate when rating snacks and seeing what is in each one etc.

      Granted, that is just my personal opinion and I'm sure that NatureBox works well for others, just not for me!

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  10. This was super helpful. We just started getting graze boxes and love them, but I keep getting ads for Nature boxes and was curious! Great comparison. Looks like we will be sticking with Graze.

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  12. Great review, thank you! I received a free sample from Naturebox and was curious. The problem is stopping at one portion of a larger bag! I'd much rather spend less and have had great luck with Graze.

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  13. I have had similar bad experiences with Nature Box! I was a subscriber for 3 or 4 months and every. single. month. I had issues with supply - I would choose snacks I wanted only to have 2 or 3 of the 5 I'd picked be out of stock. Every time! It got really frustrating. I also thought they did a terrible job of picking out snacks for me when they had to sub something in. I too got 2 bags of those terrible flax seed "cookies" - they tasted like foam board. I think that was a sub for dried pineapple - ?? I also found that a number of the snacks would taste old or stale, particularly the more processed ones, like the figgy bars.

    To their credit, some of the snacks I had were simply AMAZING and it is disappointing that you can't buy them in a store, because I would!! I loved the dried pineapple, the honey-crunch sesame chips, the guacamole bites (tasted like a frito) and the lemon wafers. I agree with you that the cocoa wafers were not tasty.

    I am now a Graze subscriber and love it!!!

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  16. Thanks for comparing both of these. I like the idea of getting a mix of snacks every now and then but I wouldn't want to have to wait a long time for it. Hopefully, by now Graze has improved on the speed of their shipping to all locations.

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  17. I recently got hacked, and can not contact graze, as my email has changed and don't know password.
    How do I contact them?

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  18. Recently Graze now offers larger portion bags

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