The basket we received from 1-800-Baskets combined several high-quality food items with fruit that was poor quality, resulting in a basket that failed to impress our panel of taste testers. Though this company offers overnight shipping and several add-ons, it has a small selection of baskets overall. If you’re looking for high-quality, gourmet food items, we recommend you choose a basket from igourmet instead.
In our taste test, we had 20 people sample multiple food items from 11 different gift baskets. When we averaged the scores for the Sutter Creek Fruit & Gourmet Sweets basket, the food averaged a score of 2.6/4, or a C rating. Even though this basket was the only one to include plums, all of the fruit combined only averaged a score of 2.4/4, one of the lowest we recorded. This poor score was a result of the fruit being unripe and generally tasteless.
This basket included some unique food items like blueberry jam and baklava, both items that received high scores from our testers. But the combination of high-quality foods with low-quality fruit and other snacks resulted in a low taste score overall. This company does offer kosher baskets, but you have to search for baskets that fit a vegan diet and there are only 45 baskets to choose from. Some services offer hundreds of baskets.
This basket shipped in a nice box, but the lid was open when it arrived at our offices. Because of that shipping mistake we rated it as fair. Additionally, the basket inside was only protected with crumpled butcher paper. We prefer baskets that use bubble wrap or other foam padding because they add more protection.
Because 1-800-Baskets is part of the 1-800-Flowers brand, the website is high quality. You can pay with a credit card, PayPal or most other major online payment systems. This company lets you ship your baskets overnight or you can choose ground, express or Saturday shipping. Unfortunately, you can’t ship internationally or to overseas military members whereas sites like GourmetGiftBaskets.com will.
If you find a basket from 1-800-Baskets that really catches your attention, this is a fair company with average food quality and good shipping and payment options. However, if you’re looking for a basket that will have high-quality food, we recommend the Founders’ Favorite Gift Box from Harry & David. The food tastes better and is higher quality.
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