Jimmy Joy and Huel Comparison (2024 Update)

Updated on February 9th, 2024

jimmy joy versus huel

First, we’d like to give a nod to the team at Huel. Like Jimmy Joy, they’ve developed great nutritionally complete meals. And if you’re here because you’re evaluating Jimmy Joy vs. Huel, then you're on the right track.


This comparison will help you to inform yourself about the contents of each product. Ultimately, the choice of the best meal shake, bar, drink, or hot meal is yours to make, based on your preferences and needs.

What are you looking for in a complete meal? Maybe you’re thinking about replacing one meal with a drink. Or maybe you’re looking for an afternoon snack and consider a healthy meal bar. Maybe meal shakes could help with your weight goals.

Whatever the case, we hope this comparison helps!

 

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What are the main differences between Jimmy Joy and Huel?

Price: Huel is up to 43% more expensive! Jimmy Joy is about 19.10% more affordable on average. 

Texture and taste: customers describe Jimmy Joy’s meal shakes to be much smoother and easier to mix than Huel shakes. Jimmy Joy flavours the product with real fruit.

Macronutrients: both Jimmy Joy and Huel offer balanced, nutritionally complete meals but the split is different.

Production: Jimmy Joy produces in-house to offer nutritionally complete food at a starting price of only €1,43 per meal.

Plenny Shake Active vs. Huel Powder

plenny shake active versus huel

In several aspects Jimmy Joy offers a similar experience to Huel but at a better price-to-value ratio. We will compare meals by using a single meal with a calorie count of 400 kcal as a reference point.

 

Per 400 kcal

Plenny Shake Active v3.1 (Vanilla)

Huel Powder v3.1 (Vanilla) 

Price (in €)

€1,59

€1,91 (17% more expensive)

Fat (g)

13

12

Carbs (g)

32

39

Fiber (g)

6.7

7.8

Protein (g)

35

30

Subscription discount

20%

10%

Quick and smooth mixing

100% nutritionally complete

Flavoured with real fruit

In-house production facility

Prebiotics (inulin)

Probiotics

Ahiflower

Antioxidants from Microalgae

Portions per pouch

25

17

Minimum purchase

2 pouch

2 pouches

 

“I've used a few different powdered foods but Jimmy Joy is the one I regularly come back to. The main appeal is the price - it's significantly cheaper than all the others on the market, while still ticking all the right boxes (such as high protein). The other big advantage over its competitors is the consistency: it's very smooth and dissolves nicely into an easy-to-drink shake. Some other brands, like Huel, are very very thick and often form lumps of undissolved powder no matter how much you shake them. That's never an issue with Jimmy Joy.” — Pb473

 

Remarks 

- Jimmy Joy and Huel meal shakes use oats as the main ingredient. Oats are a great source of complex carbohydrates.


- Jimmy Joy doesn’t add MCT oils since there isn’t sufficient scientific research on the benefits of MCT's. 


- Jimmy Joy adds a great prebiotic called inulin, which works together with the included probiotics.


- Jimmy Joy uses soy because of its bioavailability — it's easily absorbed by the digestive system. You can read more about this in our article about plant protein versus whey protein.

- Jimmy Joy adds Ahiflower to increase the amount of omega 3 in the Plenny Shake Active.


- Jimmy Joy adds microalgae called Tetraselmis chuii which is rich is superoxide dismutase (SOD), a strong antioxidant that can support faster recovery and performance in daily exercise.


- Jimmy Joy has a very smooth texture because of ultra-fine oats and flaxseed. It mixes with water easily. According to customer reviews, Huel is grittier, thicker and harder to mix.

     

      “I've tried both the Plenny shakes and the Plenny Shake Active having previously used Huel. I find the Jimmy Joy products mix so much better and they taste great. The price is much more reasonable to.” — Daniel S.

       

      Conclusion

      Both Jimmy Joy and Huel provide you with everything your body needs but at different price points. Huel powder is 17% more expensive. Jimmy Joy aims to find high-quality ingredients that have great nutritional value, as well as being functional, considering the taste and consistency.

       

       

      Plenny Shake vs. Huel Essential 

      plenny shake versus huel essential

      Huel recently introduced their Huel Essential, which differs from our Plenny Shake in the macros distribution. Huel Essential has been formulated to be their more affordable option by increasing the carbohydrate content with starch which is a cheap simple carb, and decreasing the fat and fibre content. We will compare meals by using a single meal with a calorie count of 400 kcal as a reference point.

       

      Per 400 kcal

      Plenny Shake v3.0 (Vanilla) 

      Huel Essential (Vanilla)

      Price (in €)

      €1,43 (≈9.79% more expensive)

      €1,29

      Fat (g)

      15

      9

      Carbs (g)

      42

      57

      Fibre (g)

      8,4

      6,6

      Protein (g)

      20

      20

      Essential amino acids (g)

      8,7

      8,1

      Subscription discount

      20%

      10%

      Quick and smooth mixing

      100% nutritionally complete

      Flavored with real fruit

      Prebiotics (inulin)

      Probiotics

      Flavours

      12

      2

      Portions per pouch

      10

      22

      Minimum purchase

      2 pouch

      2 pouches

      Remarks 

      - Both meal shakes use oats as the main ingredient. Oats are a great source of complex carbohydrates. However, Huel increased the carbohydrate content with starches and not with complex carbohydrates to keep the price lower.

      - Jimmy Joy adds inulin, which is a great prebiotic. Working together with the added probiotics.

      - Plenny Shake has 13% saturated fat, while Essential has 17%. Also, Plenny Shake has a higher percentage of polyunsaturated fats (61%) compared to Essential (44%), which is a different fat ratio that sets it apart.

      - Jimmy Joy has a very smooth texture because of ultra-fine oats and flaxseed.

      Conclusion

      Based on the information provided, we can conclude that Plenny Shake and Huel Essential have different nutritional profiles and ingredients. Even though they contain the same amount of protein, the Plenny Shake contains more essential amino acids than Huel Essential.

      Plenny Shake contains inulin, probiotics, and a higher percentage of polyunsaturated fats compared to Huel Essential. 

       

       

      Plenny Bar vs. Huel Bar

       plenny bar versus huel bar

      Comparison is based on 100g/400kcal.

      Per 400 kcal

      Plenny Bar (Caramel Sea Salt)

      Huel Bar (Salted Caramel)

      Price (€)

      €2,60

      €4,58 (≈43.23% more expensive)

      Fat (g)

      18

      16

      Carbs (g)

      37

      42

      Of which sugar (g)

      4,3

      3,6

      Fibre (g)

      8,6

      12

      Protein (g)

      20

      29

      Subscription discount

      20%

      10%

      Texture

      Chewy with a crunch

      Chewy

      100% nutritionally complete meal

      Probiotics

      Prebiotics (inulin)

      Minimum purchase

      1 box

      2 boxes

      Remarks 

      - Plenny Bar uses less packaging than the Huel Bar. Huel Bar is packed per 179 kcal, which is less than half of the Plenny Bar content. This means twice as much packaging is used.

      - Jimmy Joy’s minimum purchase amount is 12 bars. Huel has a minimum of 24 bars (2 boxes). 

      - Huel’s Bar contains maltitol, which is a sugar alcohol that when consumed excessively may produce laxative effects.

       

      Conclusion 

      Plenny Bar offers a complete meal option, whereas Huel's bar appears to be a pricier snack. Each Plenny Bar is 400 kcal so it uses less packaging. More sustainable for your health, and the planet!

      Shop Plenny Bar

       

       

      Plenny Drink vs. Huel Drink

       plenny drink versus huel drink

      For this comparison, we’ve compared the nutritional information per 400 kcal of Vanilla flavour. 

      Per 400 kcal

      Plenny Drink (Vanilla)

      Huel Drink (Vanilla)

      Price (in €)

      €2,79

      €4,13 (≈32.45% more expensive)

      Fat (g)

      15

      19

      Carbs (g)

      45

      34

      Fibre (g)

      5,9

      7,2

      Protein (g)

      20

      20

      Subscription discount

      20%

      10%

      Packaging

      Tetra pack

      Plastic bottle

      100% nutritionally complete

      Packed per

      330 ml

      500 ml

      Units per pack

      8

      12

       

      Remarks 

      - Jimmy Joy is more affordable when comparing ready-to-drinks. Huel RTD is 32% more expensive than the Plenny Drink.

      - Huel's Ready to Drink has 5 times more saturated fats, as they use coconut oil as a fat source. There is no scientific consensus on the benefits of coconut oil.

      - Plenny Drink has a higher amount of vitamin B12 - B12 has a low bioavailability so we add more to compensate for this.

      - Jimmy Joy has a lower carbon footprint. Less water is shipped because of the more condensed amounts (330ml vs 500ml in Huel).

      Conclusion

      Plenny Drink from Jimmy Joy has a better price-quality ratio. Besides taking your health into account, we work in a sustainable manner by shipping less water per product. 

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      Plenny Pot vs Huel Hot & Savory

      plenny pot hot meal versus huel hot and savoury

      For this comparison, we’ve compared the nutritional information per 400 kcal of the Cajun pasta. 

       

      Per 400 kcal

      Plenny Pot (Creamy Cajun Pasta)

      Huel Hot&Savoury (Cajun Pasta)

      Pricing per 400 kcal

      €2,79

      €3,46 (≈19.36% more expensive)

      Fat (g)

      13

      8,8

      Carbs (g)

      45

      52

      Fibre (g)

      12

      6,2

      Protein (g)

      20

      25

      Subscription discount

      20%

      10%

      Probiotics

      100% nutritionally complete

      Recyclable packaging

      ✅*

      Portions per pouch

      10

      7

      Minimum purchase

      1 pouch

      3 pouches

      *depending on your location 

       

      Remarks 

      - Jimmy Joy is more affordable when comparing hot meals. Huel Hot&Savoury is 19% more expensive than the Plenny Pot.

      - Huel's Hot&Savoury contains more sodium per portion than the Plenny Pot.

      - Our pouches contain 10 meals while Huel’s only 7.

      - Our website allows you to order a single pouch of the Plenny Pot, which is great if you're looking to try it out before committing to a larger order. The minimum order quantity for Huel on their website is 3 pouches.

       

      Conclusion

      When checking out hot meals, Jimmy Joy turns out to be a more budget-friendly choice than Huel. You can order just one Plenny Pot pouch to try it out before committing to a larger purchase, while Huel requires a minimum order of 3 pouches. This not only highlights Jimmy Joy's affordability but also shows our commitment to making it easy and flexible for customers.

       

       

      Plenny Protein  vs. Huel Complete Protein

       plenny bar versus huel bar

      For this comparison, we’ve compared the nutritional information per portion kcal of Chocolate flavour.

      Per portion

      Plenny Protein Chocolate

      Huel Complete Protein Chocolate

      Pricing per portion

      €1,04

      €1,19 (≈12.61% more expensive)

      Fat (g)

      2,8

      1

      Carbs (g)

      3,0

      3,2

      Of which sugar (g)

      0,09

      0,20

      Fibre (g)

      1,6

      1,7

      Protein (g)

      25

      20

      Subscription discount

      20%

      10%

      Omega 3 (g)

      0,12

      0,52

      Probiotics

      Antioxidants from microalgae

      100% nutritionally complete

      Portions per pouch

      30

      26

      Minimum purchase

      1 pouch

      2 pouches

      Remarks 

      - Jimmy Joy is more affordable when comparing protein shakes. Complete Protein is 13% more expensive than the Plenny Protein and it contains 20% less protein per portion.

      - Plenny Protein contains a microalga called Tetraselmis chuii which is rich in superoxide dismutase (SOD), a strong antioxidant that can support faster recovery and performance in daily exercise.
 

      - Our pouches contain 30 portions while Huel’s only 26. Additionally, the minimum order is 2 pouches, while at Jimmy Joy you can order only one.

      - Just like our other meals, Plenny Protein boasts a subtle and mild flavour. Unlike some alternatives on the market that tend to be overly sweet, we've crafted a smooth shake without overpowering sweetness. This approach is often employed to mask the bitterness of the protein isolates such as pea and rice products, but in our case, there's no need for such measures. Consequently, our shakes maintain a delightful balance without being excessively sweet.

       

      Conclusion 

      Jimmy Joy stands out as a superior choice for protein shakes in terms of affordability, protein content, and antioxidant support. Plenny Protein proves to be 13% cheaper than its counterpart, Huel’s Complete Protein, while offering 20% more protein per portion. Overall, Jimmy Joy offers a compelling combination of affordability, nutritional value, and taste in the realm of protein shakes

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      Overall conclusion

      The decision as to which nutritionally complete food to use is a personal one that’s connected to your own individual goals. Regardless of your choice, you’ll most likely set a step in the direction of a more sustainable lifestyle.

      We are confident that Plenny meals taste better, but we’ll let you be the judge of that…

      That’s why we encourage you to try Jimmy Joy and Huel to see which you prefer.

      Unlike Huel, we offer a 30-day money-back guarantee even if you’ve already opened the meals. If for whatever reason you are not happy, contact us at love@jimmyjoy.com for a full refund - no questions asked.