The 24 best subscription boxes for food, drink, style, beauty, hobbies, and pets in 2022

The 24 best subscription boxes for food, drink, style, beauty, hobbies, and pets in 2022

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By now, the subscription concept has been widely applied to pretty much anything you can buy, but it’s most useful for the things you actually use and enjoy regularly. Whether that’s razor blades for your daily shaving routine or books to read during your commute, a subscription box helps automate the process for buying and receiving products so you have more time to use said products. 

Subscription boxes can help you discover new products in an arena you’re already interested in or figure out if you want to pursue a hobby further. They’re like trial runs for your various interests or needs and usually a lot more affordable than a full commitment. Plus, subscription boxes are great for gifting. With one fell swoop, you can gift three whole months of discovering new wine or trying out different perfumes.

If you do change your mind about your subscription, all the following services make it easy to skip next month’s shipment or cancel your subscription.

Here are the best subscription boxes in 2022

Best wine subscription

three bottles of wine laying in a cardboard box from winc the best wine subscription in 2021



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Winc‘s straightforward ordering process, on-trend wine curation, and reliable shipping make it the best online


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we’ve tried in the last few years. If your interest in a wine subscription stems not only from the need for convenience but also the desire to expand your wine knowledge, Winc offers informative resources, easy-to-digest bottle descriptions, and a community ratings system to help you develop your palate. 

Winc delivers wine every month, but it’s easy to adjust your membership to skip automatic shipments. Although it matches you to wines that it thinks you’ll like based on your profile of tastes and preferences, you can also customize your shipment and browse Winc’s complete catalog of varietals from all over the world.

Runners-up: 

  • Firstleaf, for affordable wine and big discounts ($80/month)
  • Plonk, for natural and biodynamic wines ($110/month) 

Read more about the best wine subscriptions we tested in 2022. 

Read our reviews of Winc and Firstleaf.

Best coffee subscription

bag of wonderstate coffee from trade the best coffee subscription in 2022



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Trade is where you can order top-quality coffee from cool roasters all over the country, like Verve (Santa Cruz, CA), Cuvee (Austin, TX), and Huckleberry (Denver, CO). If you’re the type to immediately seek out the local specialty coffee shop when you travel to a new city, then Trade’s the best coffee subscription for you — and you don’t even have to leave your house to receive your beans. 

All you have to do is tell Trade about how you take your coffee and it’ll show you the best coffee you should be drinking every morning. It’ll also provide the roaster’s schedule for roasting and when your bag was roasted.

Runners-up: 

  • Driftaway, for sustainability-focused, single-origin coffee ($14.40/shipment)
  • Atlas, for exploring the global coffee scene ($14/shipment)

Read more about the best coffee subscriptions we tested in 2022

Read our reviews of Trade, Driftaway, and Atlas.

Best tea subscription

hands holding an open box of an assortment of teas from sips by the best tea subscription in 2022



Sips by


Sips by is a personalized tea subscription that sends you four different teas (enough to make at least 16 cups) every month, so your tea rotation always stays new and exciting. You’ll get to explore teas from big and familiar brands as well as local tea shops and farms and choose from loose leaf, bagged, herbal, and caffeinated teas. 

If you weren’t already familiar with all the benefits of tea, how to steep your tea, and the differences among all the tea types, Sips by shares plenty of educational resources to strengthen your tea knowledge. Plus, the subscription considers your taste and steep preferences — we loved the personal touch. 

Runners-up: 

Read our review of Sips by.

Best beer subscription

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Beer of the Month Club


Choose from five different beer memberships in this club: Microbrewed, Hop Heads, Rare Beers, International, and US and International. Each of these clubs gives you 12 12-oz beers in different styles from a few different breweries, plus brewery profiles and tasting notes. It’s the most convenient way to tour breweries in the US and around the world. 

The original club started in 1994, and its panel of brewmasters and beer judges only pick out a mix of the most interesting and innovative craft beers every month. The diversity of options means you can stop pigeonholing yourself into drinking (and pretending to enjoy) IPAs.

Runners-up: 

  • Tavour, for mobile-first beer orders (Price varies)
  • Craft Beer Kings, for fun and creative flavors ($70/shipment)

Best cocktail subscription

glass of mojito next to a box with dried fruit and bacardi rum from cocktail courier the best cocktail subscription in 2022



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Unless you keep your bar cart fully stocked and meticulously updated, it can be a hassle to source all the ingredients for a specialty cocktail you want to make. Let’s also not forget that going out for happy hour requires putting on clothes. Cocktail Courier makes kits based on recipes from top bartenders and sends you all the ingredients you need, including the spirits. Keep in mind, though, you do need your own basic equipment, like glassware and a shaker

For the subscription, just choose your favorite spirits and you’ll only be sent kits with those spirits. There’s also an option for just the mixers and garnishes, if you prefer to use your own alcohol. 

Runners-up: 

  • Shaker & Spoon, for a variety of cocktails that focus on one spirit (from $40/shipment)
  • SaloonBox, for group cocktail parties (from $57/shipment)

Best snack subscription

box on yellow background surrounded by chips and candy from snackcrate the best snack subscription in 2022



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One of our favorite things to do when visiting a new country is to scour the snack aisles of the local grocery store. SnackCrate brings that same excitement and discovery process to your door. Every month’s snack box focuses on a different country and includes full-sized snacks directly imported from that country. You’ll also get a music playlist and booklet of games and facts related to the country. 

There are three box sizes available to suit everyone from occasional grazers to snack aficionados. 

Runners-up: 

  • Mouth, for gourmet snacks from indie makers ($60/month)
  • Bokksu, for authentic Japanese snacks ($49.95/month)

Read our review of Bokksu.

Best cheese subscription

stack of different cheese from murrays cheese the best cheese subscription in 2022



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New York City institution Murray’s Cheese offers a few different monthly clubs that let you get your fix for creamy, stinky, soft, smoky, and hard cheeses. It’s part indulgence, part educational experience. 

The Classic Club is great for people who want a reliable way to enjoy cheeses you might not have heard of but still have an approachable flavor profile — think Montealva, a flaky and citrus-y goat’s milk cheese from Spain or The Farm at Doe Run’s butterscotch-infused cheese. If you want something more adventurous, try the Cheesemonger’s Picks club instead. 

Runners-up: 

  • Curdbox, for cheese plates including sweet and savory pairings ($49.95/month)
  • Jasper Hill, for special release and limited-edition cheese from Vermont ($100/month)

Read our review of Murray’s Cheese of the Month Club.

Best meat subscription

cardboard butcherbox box next to a stack of various cuts of beef and pork on a countertop the best meat subscription in 2022



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In addition to pre-curated boxes of grass-fed beef, free-range organic chicken, and crate-free pork, ButcherBox lets you choose from more than 25 different cuts to make your own custom box. It’s an easy way to get high-quality meat (up to 14 pounds every month) without having to visit your local butcher or farmer’s market. 

The subscription is also flexible in case you don’t need that much meat every month. But if you’re feeding a lot of mouths, hosting a barbeque, or just enjoy eating meat, you’ll want to take advantage of ButcherBox‘s value every month.

Runners-up: 

  • Porter Road, for underrated cuts of meat and the best variety (Price varies) 
  • Snake River Farms, for high-end meat like American Wagyu ($225/shipment)

Read more about the best meat subscriptions we tested in 2022

Read our reviews of ButcherBox, Porter Road, and Snake River Farms.

Best meal kit subscription

three dishes of food sitting on a table with a recipe card from blue apron the best meal kit subscription in 2022



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Blue Apron‘s flavorful, creative takes on familiar recipes and reliable, accurate delivery make it the best meal kit you can subscribe to. It’s versatile and flexible, with meal options for all kinds of dietary preferences, a variety of plans for two- and four-person families, and add-ons like meat and seafood bundles, spice blends, and cookware and tools. There’s even a wine add-on to complete your dining experience. 

The meals (like chimichurri tilapia, one-pan prosciutto gnocchi, and sambal-peanut chicken noodles) are always delicious and the portions are generous — you’ll even have leftovers,  sometimes. The menu updates frequently and we rarely see the same recipe twice.

Runners-up: 

  • Sunbasket, for organic ingredients and health-conscious recipes ($71.94/3-meal, 2-serving plan)
  • Everyplate, for the most affordable yet filling meals ($39.93/3-meal, 2-serving plan)

Read more about the best meal kit subscriptions we tested in 2022.

Beauty, grooming, and style

Best beauty subscription

overhead shot of skin and beauty products from birchbox the best beauty subscription



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Birchbox‘s mission is to make the vast world of beauty and skincare fun and less intimidating by giving you the freedom to sample tons of different products. Every month’s affordable beauty box contains five samples you might like based on your Beauty Profile, featuring a variety of new and upcoming brands and products (makeup, skincare, haircare, fragrance).

The brands included reflect Birchbox‘s core values of sustainability, inclusivity, and supporting women. For example, there’s a limited edition Brown Girl Jane box which is made by and for Black women’s wellness. 

Once you’ve tried a sample you really love, you can directly shop the full-sized product at Birchbox’s shop. There’s also a Grooming section with hair, face and body, and shaving essentials.

Runners-up: 

  • Kura, for clean skincare bundles customized to your needs (from $99/shipment)
  • Prose, for personalized haircare like shampoo and hair masks (Price varies)

Read more about the best beauty subscription boxes we tested in 2022

Read our reviews of Birchbox and Prose.

Best shaving subscription

assortment of razors and shaving creams from dollarshaveclub the best shaving subscription in 2022



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There are a variety of ways you can get sharp and budget-friendly razor shipments from Dollar Shave Club: the first is the Starter Set, which costs just $5 ($20 every two months afterward) and acts as your trial run for the shave subscription. Or, you can take the site’s quiz to receive a personalized recommendation of products based on your hair type and shaving needs. 

Either way, this famous online shave club offers plenty of flexibility so that you’ll always have a supply of razor blades and soothing post-shave essentials whenever you need it. 

Runners-up: 

  • Billie, for fun yet practical razors ($9/shipment)
  • Harry’s, for sleek designs and other body care products ($15/shipment)

Read our reviews of Billie and Harry’s.

Best men’s clothing subscription

man wearing a chore jacket and jeans from menlo club the best mens clothing subscription box in 2022



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Menlo Club, the styling service loved by NBA stars and our own senior style reporter, curates two to three pieces for you per month based on your style preferences and clothing sizes. Brands include Five Four, Grand AC, and New Republic, and the pieces are easy to incorporate into your existing wardrobe. 

It’s your best bet if you don’t like or have time for clothing shopping because it offers high-quality clothing with plenty of variety. You can exchange sizes for free and you’ll also get perks like exclusive discounts and early access to drops.

Runners-up: 

  • Stitch Fix, for clothing picks made by your own personal stylist ($20/shipment)
  • Gentleman’s Box, for stylish accessories like ties and socks ($35/shipment)

Read more about the best men’s clothing subscriptions we tested in 2022.

Read our review of Menlo Club.

Best women’s clothing subscription

woman sitting in chair wearing designer clothing from rent the runway the best women's clothing subscription in 2022



Rent the Runway


With over 750 designers to choose from, Rent the Runway is the closet of your dreams for special occasions like weddings, workwear essentials, or simply to add excitement to your regular wardrobe. Its most popular plan lets you rent four pieces at a time, twice a month, for just $99 a month (for the first two months). 

We’ve always found it easy to pick out, wear, and return dresses, tops, loungewear, and accessories from the service. It’s all the fun and excitement of wearing designer clothing, without the exorbitant price tags or complicated dry cleaning.

Runners-up: 

  • Stitch Fix, for clothing picks made by your own personal stylist ($20/shipment)
  • Nuuly, for affordable rentals from Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People ($88/shipment)

Read our review of Rent the Runway.

Best jewelry subscription

collection of gold hoop earrings from rocksbox the best jewelry subscription in 2022



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The right jewelry can bring an outfit to the next level, and with Rocksbox, the search for the perfect ring, earring, necklace, or bracelet is easy and very affordable. The $21 monthly membership gets you three pieces of jewelry from brands like Kendra Scott, Slate, 8 Other Reasons, and more, and the best part is you can swap the pieces as many times as you want during the month. 

If you fall in love with a piece and decide to buy it, your membership fee turns into a credit towards your purchase, saving you even more money.

Runners-up: 

  • Switch, for luxury and fine jewelry like Hermes and Chanel (from $40/shipment)
  • Rowan, for hypoallergenic earrings and fun freebies ($35/shipment)

Best underwear subscription

two women wearing pink and gray underwear from meundies the best underwear subscription in 2022



MeUndies/Instagram


MeUndies makes incredibly soft and comfy underwear in a variety of cuts and a huge selection of fun, ever-rotating prints and patterns. Though new underwear every month may seem unnecessary, you might just change your tune once you try a pair from MeUndies. All its fabrics are breathable and stretchy and last through years of washes. 

The part to look forward to the most? Collecting all the unique prints, which have included sharks, a “Space Jam” collaboration, and sun-tanning alligators in the past.

Runners-up: 

  • Underclub, for designer underwear in a range of styles (from $15/shipment)
  • Savage by Fenty Xtra VIP, for access to monthly drops and exclusive deals from Rihanna’s lingerie brand ($49.95/shipment)

Read our review of MeUndies.

Best subscription for perfume and cologne

designer cologne bottles alongside a scent sampler tube from scentbird the best subscription for perfume and cologne



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Fragrance is so personal to each individual person that it only makes sense to turn buying perfume or cologne into a sampling experience. Scentbird is home to over 500 fragrances from designer and indie brands, letting you discover your signature scent, add some variety to your current fragrance lineup, or simply try fragrances you wouldn’t have access to otherwise. You’ll be able to try perfume and cologne from Versace, D&G, Acqua di Parma and more. 

Each 8 mL sampler bottle holds about 140 sprays — enough to use a couple times a day, every day of the month.

Runners-up: 

  • Scentbox, for an even larger variety of fragrances to choose from ($9.72/shipment)
  • Skylar Scent Club, for limited-edition rollerballs made with clean ingredients ($20/shipment)

Best plant subscription

variety of potted plants like snake plant and money tree from horti the best plant subscription in 2022



Horti/Instagram


Horti is best for beginner plant enthusiasts who are interested in starting a plant collection but may not know where to start or how to learn the basics of plant care. Horti’s subscription is strategically designed so you begin with hardy, low-maintenance plants but eventually graduate to more complex species as you develop your confidence and experience. 

Each one always comes in a hand-painted pot (or you can opt for just the naked plants) and sometimes you’ll also receive planting tools and accessories. 

Runners-up: 

  • The Sill, for a robust variety of medium-sized, easy care plants ($50/shipment)
  • The Plant Club, for unique, seasonal plants ($39/month)

Read our review of The Sill.

Best book subscription

five hardcover books laid out on the snow from book of the month club the best book subscription in 2022



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As the OG national book club (since 1926!), Book of the Month has book curation down to a science, with its finger on the pulse of all the books that everyone seems to be reading and talking about lately. Every month you have the opportunity to choose from five hardcover books representing a variety of genres. Whether you’re trying to start up a reading habit or already a voracious reader, the consistent shipments will keep you on track and make you a more well-read citizen. 

It also offers a separate, formal Book Club service where you can organize your own book club with anyone in your circle.

Runners-up: 

  • Owl Crate, for signed young adult books and extra freebies ($32.99/shipment)
  • Next Big Idea Club, for nonfiction books curated by big names in business and psychology ($21/month)

Read our review of Book of the Month. 

Best game subscription

board game with small easel and cards from unbox boardom the best game subscription in 2022



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If you like to unplug and unwind with a board game, try the cleverly named Unbox Boardom subscription. Each month, you can either choose a new game yourself or let the gaming experts choose one for you. The membership has all kinds of unique games (strategy, family, trivia, and more) that you haven’t heard of before and will keep you well occupied throughout the year. 

Soon enough, you’ll have a healthy stack of games to choose from any time you want to exercise your brain a bit. Past games have included Photosynthesis, a strategy game where you chase the sun to grow trees and Sabordage, a mayhem-filled pirate adventure.

Runners-up: 

Best crafting subscription

hands cross stitching a floral pattern for a workshop from the crafters box the best crafting subscription in 2022



The Crafter’s Box/Instagram


For people who love working with their hands, The Crafter’s Box offers the convenient and affordable opportunity to try out different kinds of crafts and learn from real working crafters. In addition to the kit of materials, you’ll receive access to a digital workshop and live chat with a community of fellow craft lovers. 

The exciting lineup of craft options include fabric weaving, leather sandal making, paper making, soap making, and contemporary quilting. Since The Crafter’s Box sends you all the materials you need, you can test drive various crafting types and figure out the one you love the most before you drop an entire month’s paycheck at Michael’s.

Runners-up: 

Read our review of KiwiCo Crates. 

Best subscription for kids

blonde child playing with wooden blocks and beads from kiwico the best subscription for kids



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Created by an engineer and mother of three, KiwiCo makes kits with toys and activities for kids of every age, from newborns to 14-year-olds. The science and art projects, designed by educators and scientists including but not limited to mechanical and industrial engineers, are age-appropriate and teach kids important skills like creative problem-solving, curiosity and tinkering, and hands-on craft. 

The beauty of KiwiCo is it frees up time for parents: time spent researching activities to do, and time spent participating in those activities with their kids. Though parents can certainly join in on the fun, the kits work best when the child can play independently.

Runners-up: 

  • Lovevery, for developmental play kits for babies and toddlers (Price varies)
  • Baketivity, for kid-friendly baking kits ($32.95/shipment)

Read our reviews of KiwiCo and Lovevery

Best subscription for dogs

brown spaniel puppy chewing on plush toy from barkbox the best subscription for dogs



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Dogs and their owners love this popular subscription box, which sends toys, treats, and chews revolving around a creative theme each month. When you sign up, you’ll share info about your dog, including its breed, birthday, and dietary restrictions, so that Barkbox can send a personalized collection of items. 

The plush toys in particular are a pup favorite. Soft, squeaky, and durable, they’re made for play. Barkbox also has the best themes and collaborations we’ve seen around, from movie character chews and toys to a winter cabin getaway bundle.

Runners-up: 

  • Pupbox from Petco, for treats, toys, and training resources specifically for puppies ($39/shipment)
  • Kongbox, for highly rugged Kong products and especially playful dogs ($44.95/shipment)

Read our review of Barkbox.

Best subscription for cats

woman playing with a cat and a string of lights from meowbox the best subscription for cats



Meowbox


Sometimes hair ties, lights, and cardboard boxes just won’t cut it for your cat. That’s where Meowbox comes in. Every box has five to six items, including high-quality toys and organic or grain-free treats that are always produced in the US or Canada. Plus, for every box sold, Meowbox donates a can of food to a cat shelter. It even provides a unique code you can use to track exactly where your donation has gone. 

Like Barkbox, Meowbox offers adorable themed products, like a summer fishing bucket hat or a “skippy kitty rope” and kettlebell for cat-owner workouts. The a la carte shop also features paraphernalia for the owner so you don’t feel left out of the fun.

Runners-up: 

  • KitNipBox, for extra treats and toys if you have more than one cat ($22.99/shipment)
  • RescueBox, for a subscription box with high impact ($29.95/shipment)

Connie Chen is a senior reporter on the Insider Reviews team, where she leads coverage of home textiles, home entertaining, and food and drink.
She specializes in all the things that enhance life at home, from the most comfortable bed sheets and fluffy pillows to cool online wine clubs and bartender-approved cocktail shakers. She combines rigorous testing methods, conversations with professionals, and active knowledge of the home and kitchen space to help readers get the most out of their money.
When she’s not changing duvet covers or washing towels twice a day for articles, she loves talking about and trying the newest snacks, drinks, and food gifts. You can see more of her testing process and other behind-the-scenes of being a product journalist on her Instagram @connayreviews
Connie joined Insider Reviews as an early member in 2017 and has also reported on products and services in the style, tech, fitness, travel, and e-learning spaces, with a particular interest and expertise in emerging startups. She has represented the team at CES and moderated panels on media business and the future of retail.
Connie graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in media studies and business administration, which help inform her perspective on and coverage of industry trends, as well as the competitive e-commerce landscape at large.
Read some of her work:
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