Nom Nom Dog Food Review

Dog Food Reviews April 5, 2020
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Nom Nom Dog Food Review

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Nom Nom’s meals are made with restaurant-quality ingredients, no artificial preservatives or fillers and portions are optimized to provide your dog with the ideal balance for his age, weight, activity level, breed, as well as any known health issues.

The meals are cooked weekly in the company’s kitchen, individually portioned, and arrive fresh, at your door and ready to serve. With so many new direct to consumer fresh dog foods brands we wanted to know if Nom Nom is worth the cost.

Quick Summary

….I have been a Nom Nom subscriber for over a year now and have seen improvements in both my dogs.

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How We Tested:

  • We purchased variety packs of all of Nom Nom Dog Food recipes
  • We spent several weeks testing the food on our dogs
  • We did not receive these products in exchange for a favorable review and purchased them with our own money

Nom Nom Dog Food – Top 4 Recipes Reviewed

Product NameFood TypeProteinkcal/kg
Beef MashFresh10%1239 kcal/kg
Chicken ChowFresh8.5%1255 kcal/kg
Turkey FareFresh11%1479 kcal/kg
Pork PotluckFresh8%1246 kcal/kg

Brand Score

Our reviews are based on extensive research and years of professional knowledge of dog food brands. In order to remain objective, we do not accept gifts of free products or write sponsored posts on this site.

We’ve examined Nom Nom dog food closely and graded the brand according to the PupJunkies.com standard.

Our criteria include ingredients, quality, customer experience, recall history, working with veterinary nutritionists to formulate the food, nutritional standards, research, and price.

Nom Nom Dog Food
Brand
nomnomnow
Overall Score
Pros
  • Very easy to order
  • Smells and looks like real food
  • Pre-portioned servings
  • Veterinary nutritionist ensures meals are nutritionally balanced
Cons
  • It is on the pricey side
  • Must be refrigerated
  • Packets can be difficult to open
Pros
  • Very easy to order
  • Smells and looks like real food
  • Pre-portioned servings
  • Veterinary nutritionist ensures meals are nutritionally balanced
Cons
  • It is on the pricey side
  • Must be refrigerated
  • Packets can be difficult to open
Ingredients
Pricing
Customization
Quality
Customer Reviews
Recall History
Recipe variety

About Nom Nom

In 2014 a group of pet loving friends began experimenting with cooking and delivering fresh dog food to friends and family. Cooking fresh food was important because their own dog Harlee developed health issues related to a compromised immune system, and her vet recommended a fresh food diet.

As Harlee’s health improved, people showed interest in the food and service came in, the friends hired expert nutritionist Dr. Justin Shmalberg who developed and formulated the best possible recipes.

These recipes use real, whole food ingredients, which are good enough for human consumption and are proportioned for your dogs health.

The unprocessed meals are made in small batches and with whole foods, to retain more nutrients and exceed the AAFCO standards for dog food formulation for all life stages.

Sourcing and Manufacturing

Nom Nom only uses whole food ingredients that are sourced in the USA and USDA approved for human consumption. They use a nutrients mix which was developed by Dr. Justin Shmalberg to ensure meals are completely balanced. Each recipe includes a custom mixture of Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B12, Iron, Iodine, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Manganese, Choline, and Taurine. All recipes are made fresh weekly with restaurant quality ingredients, gently cooked for safety and digestibility.

Nom Nom recently opened of a 67,000-square foot production kitchen in Nashville, Tennessee to meet the demands of orders on the East Coast. This location is seven-times larger than the company’s original processing facility in Pittsburg, California.

Every meal is prepared fresh in kitchen facilities Nom Nom owns and operates in either Nashville, Tennessee and the San Francisco Bay Area of California. They never outsource to third parties and inspect and test every ingredient for safety, as well as provide only the highest quality meals from small, made-to-order batches. Nom Nom also aims to produce zero food waste. They achieve this by only producing their food to order and shipping it out within days.

Recall History

Based on our research, we found no information that leads us to believe that any Nom Nom products have ever been recalled to date.

What Kinds Of Dog Food Does Nom Nom Offer?

Nom Nom offers four basic recipes for dogs:

  • Beef Mash
  • Chicken Cuisine
  • Pork Potluck
  • Turkey Fare

Unboxing

I purchased two variety packs of food for dogs, which included all four recipe flavors. They were neatly organized with plastic straps, inside of the insulated box, and chilled with dry ice. Once you have tried the variety packs and selected your dog’s meal type for your next order, you will receive shipments every two weeks, of 28 individual packets of food, which arrive fresh, and packed in dry ice to keep it cool.

Variety Pack Unboxing

The box contained additional items like beef and chicken jerky treats as well as a microbiome testing kit.

The shipment also included a handy instruction booklet that included nutritional information and suggestions on transitioning your dogs to the Nom Nom food, as well as a detailed recipe ingredients print out.

All Nom Nom boxes, meal packs, and insulating liners are all either recyclable or made from recycled materials and are designed to keep your dogs meals fresh while being shipped.

Nom Nom has two automatic delivery options: bi-weekly, and monthly deliveries depending on how much food your dog receives.


Analysis/Review of Nom Nom Dog Food

Beef Mash Recipe Review

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein – 10% Min
  • Fat – 5% Min
  • Fiber – 1% Max
  • Moisture – 73% Max
  • Calories: (kcal/kg) 1239

Ingredients: Ground beef, russet potatoes, eggs, carrots, peas, dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, salt, fish oil, sunflower oil, vinegar, citric acid (preservative), taurine, choline bitartrate, zinc gluconate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, copper gluconate, manganese gluconate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), selenium yeast, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin B12 supplement, cholecalciferol (source of vitamin D3), potassium iodide


The first ingredient in this recipe is animal protein sources. Let’s look at the top 5 ingredients in this beef recipe by Nom Nom Dog Food.

  • Beef is a healthy protein for dogs being high in protein, iron, zinc, selenium and vitamins B12, B3 and B6.
  • Potatoes are primarily a source of complex carbohydrates. They do contain vitamin C, vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, and many other nutrients that dogs need.
  • Eggs are a source of very digestible protein, riboflavin, and selenium.
  • Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
  • Peas are carbohydrates rich in dietary fiber and small amounts of beneficial vitamins. Some examples of these beneficial Vitamins are Vitamin K and Manganese.

Chicken Chow Recipe Review

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein – 8.5% Min
  • Fat – 6% Min
  • Fiber – 1% Max
  • Moisture – 77% Max
  • Calories: (kcal/kg) 1255

Ingredients: Diced chicken, sweet potatoes, yellow squash, spinach, sunflower oil, dicalcium phosphate, canola oil, calcium carbonate, fish oil, vinegar, citric acid, taurine, choline bitartrate, zinc gluconate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, copper gluconate, manganese gluconate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), selenium yeast, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin B12 supplement, cholecalciferol (source of vitamin D3), potassium iodide.


The first ingredient in this recipe is an animal protein source. Let’s look at the top 5 ingredients in this chicken recipe by Nom Nom Dog Food.

  • Chicken is a good source of Omega 6 fatty acids which are good for the skin and coat, and has essential amino acids and glucosamine for healthy bones.
  • Sweet potatoes support a healthy digestive system due to high dietary fiber content. They are also low in fat and contain essential vitamins like B6, C, and A.
  • Yellow squash is high in fiber, low in calories, and is packed with vitamins and nutrients that are great for dog’s long-term health.
  • Spinach is an incredibly nutrient-rich vegetable. It is dense in iron and magnesium, as well as essential vitamins A, C and E.
  • Sunflower oil is rich in omega-6, an essential fatty acid that must be obtained through food in dogs. Omega-6’s help stimulate skin and hair growth, maintain the reproductive system, and promote a healthy immune system.

Turkey Fare Recipe Review

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein – 11% Min
  • Fat – 5% Min
  • Fiber – 1% Max
  • Moisture – 70% Max
  • Calories: (kcal/kg) 1479

Ingredients: Ground turkey, eggs, brown rice, carrots, spinach, dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, salt, fish oil, vinegar, citric acid, taurine, choline bitartrate, zinc gluconate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, copper gluconate, manganese gluconate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), selenium yeast, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin B12 supplement, cholecalciferol (source of vitamin D3), potassium iodide.


The first ingredient in this recipe is animal protein sources. Let’s look at the top 5 ingredients in detail for this turkey recipe by Nom Nom Dog Food.

  • Turkey is rich in nutrients like protein, riboflavin, and phosphorous.
  • Eggs are a source of very digestible protein, riboflavin, and selenium.
  • Brown rice is full of natural fiber, which helps a dog’s digestion. It is also an excellent source of carbohydrates, vitamins D, B and minerals.
  • Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
  • Spinach is an incredibly nutrient-rich vegetable. It is dense in iron and magnesium, as well as essential vitamins A, C and E.

Pork Potluck Recipe Review

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein – 8% Min
  • Fat – 5% Min
  • Fiber – 2% Max
  • Moisture – 75% Max
  • Calories: (kcal/kg) 1246

Ingredients: Ground pork, russet potatoes, green beans, yellow squash, brown mushrooms, kale, dicalcium phosphate, salt, fish oil, vinegar, citric acid, taurine, choline bitartrate, zinc gluconate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, copper gluconate, manganese gluconate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), selenium yeast, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin B12 supplement, cholecalciferol (source of vitamin D3), potassium iodide.


The first ingredient in this recipe is an animal protein source. Let’s look closer at the top 5 ingredients in this pork recipe by Nom Nom Dog Food.

  • Pork is a great source of muscle-building protein and amino acids, however it contains a type of fat that is difficult for some dogs to digest.
  • Potatoes are primarily a source of complex carbohydrates. They do contain vitamin C, vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, and many other nutrients that dogs need.
  • Green beans are a healthy vegetable notable for its vitamin, mineral and natural fiber content.
  • Yellow squash is high in fiber, low in calories, and is packed with vitamins and nutrients that are great for dog’s long-term health.
  • Brown mushrooms are good sources of B vitamins as well as sources of minerals such as selenium, phosphorous, copper and potassium.

How Much Does Nom Nom Dog Food Cost?

Nom Nom Dog Food is a pricey dog food option. While it may not be the highest priced fresh dog food, subscription service, it is one of the more expensive choices. They also only offer free shipping after you spend $30, which is not hard to do.

Nom Nom Monthly Cost Comparison

DOG FOOD BRANDDOG SIZEMONTHLY COST
Nom Nom 50 to 80 Pounds$ 224.00 to $ 280.00
The Farmers Dog50 To 65 Pounds$ 205.00 to $ 240.00
Ollie45 To 75 Pounds$ 210.00 to $ 260.00
PetPlate50 To 65 Pounds$ 180.00 to $ 224.00
Grocery Pup50 To 65 Pounds$ 260.00 to $ 280.00
Spot & Tango50 to 60 Pounds$ 252.00 to $ 275.00

What Do Customers Think?

According to their website, Nom Nom has many satisfied customers as well as positive reviews from reliable sources around the web. There is also many Instagram stories about pets who are thriving on the Nom Nom food. There are even a few success story articles that happy customers have written about their pets progress on Nom Nom food.

Is Nom Nom a Good Choice?

Yes. It is probably one of the best human grade, fresh dog foods on the market. Their recipes are made with USDA Grade A ingredients that are approved for human consumption and each ingredient is gently cooked separately to ensure it maintains its optimal nutrient capacity.

They have several meal options for dogs of all shapes and sizes, convenient packaging, flexible delivery schedule, easy-to-use website and variety packs as well as half meals available, just to name a few.

Where is Nom Nom Dog Food Sold?

Nom Nom food is currently available through their website at www.nomnomnow.com.

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(*FTC Disclosure: We received this sample box for review at no charge. Pup Junkies is an affiliate partner of Nom Nom. This means that if you decide to purchase through any of our links, we get a small commission. We only spread the word about products and services we’ve either used or would use ourselves. All of our reviews are unbiased, regardless of payment received, and always reflect our honest opinion or the opinion of our dogs.)

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Nom Nom dog food cost?

The cost depends on your pet's age, weight, and activity level. For a 50 to 80 pound dog you can expect to pay $224.00 to $ 280.00 per month. Nom Nom does provide discounts for less frequent deliveries and offer a multi-pet discount.

Where can I buy Nom Nom Dog Food?

Nom Nom pet food is available through a subscription at nomnomnow.com. You have the flexibility to choose deliveries every week, every 2 weeks, or every 4 weeks.

Where is Nom Nom located?

Nom Nom headquarters is located in San Francisco, California. The food is prepared in kitchens located in Pittsburg, California and Nashville, Tennessee. Nom Nom never outsources to third parties.

Is Nom Nom dog food cooked or raw?

Nom Nom pet food is not raw. The recipes are gently cooked to ensure maximum nutrient retention and reduce the risk of harmful bacteria, particularly for puppies, kittens, senior pets, or pets with a compromised immune systems, that are associated with raw ingredients.

Can Nom Nom dog food be heated up?

Nom Nom fresh food can be warmed up if your dog prefers it that way. However, heating fresh pet food too much can destroy valuable nutrients in the food. Immersing the food in hot water or adding some warm water to the food is a better option.

Amy Brown is a lifelong animal enthusiast who enjoys writing about dogs and rescuing them. She writes for various pet related websites, including her own, CatMania.net.
10 Comments
  1. Kathleen Scarpati

    To much starch, more potatoes than meat. Other than that dog seemed to like 3 of the 4 packs. Totally disliked one of the chicken packs. More meat please.

    • Amy

      Sorry to hear that! The great thing about Nom Nom is you can customize your recipes and stick with what you and your dog like.

  2. Alice Rodriguez

    You are paying THAT much for a potato? Wow. My pugs aren't even supposed to eat them in the 1st place. Everything I read says no potato. I'm confused.

    • Amy

      Fortunately Nom Nom offers several dog food recipes and not all contain potatoes. You do have the option to choose your prefered recipes when ordering.

      • Sarah

        Do you use non-GMO Products?

        • Amy

          Hi Sarah Nom Nom dog food provides human grade, restaurant quality ingredients in every meal but do not claim to be non-GMO. Corn, soybeans, and canola, some of the most commonly genetically modified products and are not used in Nom Nom's recipes.

      • Ben

        Used nomnom for 6 months, my dog enjoyed all except the pork, meals I found to be sometimes to be proportioned by weight horribly, when contacting nomnom about issues, all I received was a “sorry“ but nothing else; slick packaging and marketing; I felt there was too much vegetables as fillers; the raised pricing, over all dog liked taste and was convenient; but very pricey.

  3. Amy

    Hi Ben Sorry to hear about your experience with Nom Nom. There are many fresh dog food options on the market that do offer recipes with less vegetables. You may want to check out Raised Right Dog food or The Farmers Dog.

  4. Debbi

    The food never seems to be cold when it is delivered,even when said packed in dry ice. I have never seen a dry ice package in the box.Living in Arizona where temps reach over 100 in the summer month,I do not feel safe in feeding it to my dog.The first box I threw out the food it was very warm to touch.The second box only 3 packs were cold the rest were slightly cool except for 2 that were warm.

    • Amy

      Debbi I have the same problem with Nom Nom food, living in Arizona. I contacted customer service and told them about my issue and they added more dry ice packs to my shipments. This seemed to help. I would suggest you do the same and see if it works for you too.

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