When comparing Allrecipes' Dinner Spinner vs ChefTap, the Slant community recommends ChefTap for most people. In the question“What are the best recipe manager apps for Android? ” ChefTap is ranked 2nd while Allrecipes' Dinner Spinner is ranked 5th. The most important reason people chose ChefTap is:
Recipes can be tagged.
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Pro Some recipes have video instructions
A few recipes have an accompanying video that explains how to prepare and cook the meal. Tapping on directions below the video skips it to the part that explains the step.
Pro Nutritional information for each recipe is available
The app can display how many calories each serving has what percentage of daily recommended intake each nutrient has.
Pro Advanced recipe search
The recipe database search allows specifying if certain ingredients should be present or not, if there are any dietary needs and how long should cooking the meal take.
Pro Access to huge recipe database
With Allrecipes Pro, users can access all 44,000 recipes in the database. Without paying for the pro version, users are only allowed to access a few thousand.
Pro Helpful information and tools for cooking
Each recipe has prep and cook time listed, so it's possible to take into account how long the process will take. All ingredients can be divided into required servings.
Pro Simple shopping list
Items to the shopping list can be added from the recipe view by clicking on the ingredients or manually from the shopping list itself. Items are organized in categories such as produce or beverages and there's a reminder at the bottom for what meals are the ingredients for. Bought items can be ticked off by tapping on them or deleted from the list with a long-tap.
Pro Users can review recipes
It's possible to rate and review recipes.
Pro Reasonable organizational methods
Recipes can be tagged.
Pro Good web clipper and import options
Recipes can be added via bookmarks, share functionality or by copying and pasting a url. It's also good about importing existing bookmarks, text files and URLs from Pinterest.
Pro Easy to use recipe search tool
Pro Explains well how it should be used
The app has a good introductory tutorial that explains what's possible with the app and how it should be used. And there are also various explanations throughout the app that help along in using it. There's even a dedicated help section with videos.
Pro Has a free version
ChefTap has a free, ad-supported version that lacks manual entry and unlimited device syncing support.
Con Recipes load slowly
Because each recipe contains so much information, it takes about 5 seconds for each one to load. In the meantime, an ad is displayed.
Con Recipes can't be imported from other sites
There is no webclipper or import functionality so it's impossible to save recipes from anywhere else but AllRecipes.
Con Lack of support
Has gone downhill...
The Pro version originally cost $11.99, but has since been bumped up to $19.99. With the lack of support and little in the way of improvement, it doesn't make a lot of sense to be paying more for the service.
Con No grocery list or meal planner
Features are planned for future releases.
Ability to "clip" only works sporadically...