For the Kitchen Fanatic, Not the Casual User
**Update: For those of you on the fence about purchasing this app, the developer’s response to my initial review should confirm what I and many others have said: this app is (unfortunately) overwrought and unnecessarily complicated, and, sooner or later, there’s really no way around that, even if you just want to use basic features.
So I “specified 3 dozen eggs as the quantity to buy in my pantry list?” I have never once used the pantry feature of this app, simply because I don’t need yet another list to update every time I shop or someone takes a can out of the cupboard. As you can see, even a basic task like adding a dozen eggs to a shopping cart requires visiting multiple screens, updating quantities, selecting categories and aisles and a host of other steps in order to get it right.
As for the battery issue, I have checked multiple times and the statistics on my phone do, indeed, show that Mealboard is using a substantial amount my battery life every time the app is open.
In summary, if you want to spend time making shopping lists and micromanaging every aspect of your kitchen stock, this app will fit the bill. Seriously, you’ll love it. (Be ready to invest some serious time learning all its idiosyncrasies and customizing settings for your needs though.) If, like me, you are looking for an app that will simplify your already busy life and allow you to easily coordinate some of life’s most mundane and rudimentary tasks with your partner or roommates, this is probably not it. Take it from someone who has given Mealboard an honest effort over the course of more than two years, always thinking that it would somehow get easier once all my categories, shopping aisles, lists, recipes, calendars, quantities, etc. were set up. This app is not a time saver.
I have used Mealboard for quite some time. There are some things I love about it and, unfortunately, many others that I absolutely do not! The fact is, though, that few meal planning apps have the features that are important to me, so I stick with Mealboard, even though there are times when it makes me want to throw my phone. The great part about Mealboard is that it lets you import recipes from all over the Internet and transfer the ingredients in the recipes you plan for the week directly to your shopping list.
Now for the cons:
1. Basic tasks can often be clunky and effortful. If I bought three dozen eggs last week, and I add eggs to my list again this week, it automatically puts three dozen on again. That memory feature is nice for things I buy in the same quantities each time I shop, but when I don’t, I have to manually scroll through my entire list of groceries in order to see the amount listed and change it. Very tedious!
2. The app likes to feast on battery life (to the tune of 70% or more of my phone’s juice just in the hour during which I am using it while shopping)
3. My husband and I share the shopping duties, but lately, the app has not been syncing properly between our phones. That means we often need to make multiple trips to the store each week to pick up items we missed because the app didn’t sync them.
4. We need a way to delete extraneous food entries. Thanks mainly to my many imported recipes, I have, to use one example, about 150 different versions of skinless chicken breasts on my list. From abbreviations (chix breast), to misspellings of various types (skinlesss chickens brest), to different ways of cataloging (chicken, breast, skinless). I realize that imported recipes will continue to add these variations, but could I at least have the ability to clean up my own list so I don’t have to scroll endlessly each time I want to add an item to my list.
There are other features (the pantry, for instance) that I simply do not use because they are too cumbersome. I get that the developers want to provide options, but too many options often leads to an overly complicated app. I think that’s Mealboard’s main downfall.
I changed my email address and now I can’t email grocery lists. There is nothing in settings that will let me register my email.
This is the ultimate meal planning and recipe saving app especially with recent updates.
I use this marvelous App daily, excellent for daily/weekly meal planning and for special event entertaining. I've entered our friends names as recipes and created a 'guest' category for them so I can keep track of what I've served and to whom, also special notes like allergies and preferences.
Expensive but it does what I want
There aren't many apps out there for meal planning that let you add your own recipes this easily.
I like that you can import a recipe from online and then adjust it.
The shopping list feature works great. I like that you can update the recipe to not add common ingredients to the shopping list.
There was some weirdness around the shopping list after I edited a recipe until I figured it you have to resync the shipping list. Good feature but hard to find.
I can't believe I paid $4 for a phone app but it's very useful.
Versatile Meal Planner
I was looking for a way to list out family dinners for the week and got so much more! To be clear this app requires some setup time but in the end is totally worth it. My main problem with other meal planning apps was that the recipes were either too gourmet for my kids or chosen for me. MealBoard, on the other hand, is a powerful blank slate! It has a few recipes to get you started but I deleted most of them since the dinners my family will eat are pretty basic. MealBoard lets you easily import any recipe from any website to build your customized recipe list to choose from in the future. MealBoard is the perfect custom recipe box / meal planner / shopping list / ingredient tracker all rolled into one.
I use it daily. Thank you.
Best for organizing kitchen and home
By M. Royer
I use this app to keep track of all household items. It is much more than just a meal planner. Makes shopping a breeze. I love it!
Love this app.
Coming from a Galaxy Note 4 using The Grocery Tracker app, I’ve tried many meal planning/shopping list apps in search of an iPhone equivalent and this is by far the closest I’ve found. It takes a little bit to get it set up, but is easy to use once done. The only thing I wish it would do is give me the ability to set store specific aisles and not have to wade through all of the aisles I have created to assign them to products and stores. At least the ability to filter the aisles by store. Other than that, I am completely satisfied with this wonderful app.
Wonderful App that does everything you want
I love the features of this app. Very easy inventory management and recipe handling which were my two most important features. I only wish that the inventory tab sorted your items by category instead having one massive list of everything. You are able to easily search this list butI like to keep things organized, and one giant list is just not orangized enough. That being said, all the features in this app are well developed and I would definitely recommend this app! The best feature is the recipe section-being able to import straight from online is extremely helpful and easy to do.
What a fantastic app! I have been using it for about 1 1/2 years now and I don’t know how I lived without it! So worth the nominal app fee. Over the first 6-8 months, I slowly added recipes as I made them but I made it last winter’s project to get them all added...1900+ in total. This app saves time - no lost time trying to decide what is for dinner tonight and quick assembly of your shopping list.
I love being able to access from anywhere: my phone on the go, my iPad in the house, my laptop for recipe entry. My family can even check what is for dinner and add meals they have been craving.
There are very few issues, if any, but on the rare occasion an external website changes and recipes can no longer be imported properly, support is quick to respond to the report and resolve. The only thing I would like to see in the app is the ability to save a favorite meal (main and side combo). There is a template to save a weeks worth of meals but I’d like to be able to drill down a bit further.