First off, I do not have a lot of expertise to work off here. I was using a bit of Soylent off and on before trying Huel. I’ve been fairly consistent this last week, having half a Huel meal in the morning for breakfast, and then a full one for lunch before dinner at home (sometimes I flip the last two depending on whether we have leftovers available for lunch or my wife is cooking). Compared to Soylent, the Huel is grittier, but more filling. It took me a while to get the hang of getting it mixed. I had difficulties with the first bottle they sent me leaking (they sent me another one), although I think some of it might be because I was removing the cap to add more water (protip: After you’ve added water, added Huel, and shook it up, you can just pour the remaining water in), so I was initially eating mine as a sort of porridge although the lumps were difficult to get to break up.
I like it. It fills me up (particularly when I refill the bottle (again, not removing the cap) with water to rinse it out and finish the last bits of it. You definitely do need to add some water first, because the powder very easily develops a protective layer, resulting in a clump at the bottom that just will not mix. I accidentally ordered only the Vanilla (I’d meant to get a mix). I’ll be trying to unflavored in December when my subscription renews. The vanilla doesn’t taste bad, but the sweetener left a bad aftertaste at first, although I think that might have been a water of the clumps concentrating it. One con with this compared to the Soylent is that, despite the grittiness of the shake, the powder clings to everything, meaning the area where I keep the bag and scoop always has a light dusting around it that has fallen off of the scoop. I had some minor bloating and gas at first, but they went away readily enough, probably a matter of my body adapting to a higher proportion of plant proteins and maybe a bit more fiber than I’m used to.
Still trying to convince myself on the price-point. I’m sure that $2 per meal is probably not far from the cost to make and ship the powder, and it’s peanuts compared to the $5+ for even a cheap lunch eating out, but well… I never really eat out much, so it still seems like a lot, particularly re-upping for multiple bags. I’m cheap. I know it.
Overall, very satisfied, not only with the product, but the prompt customer support.