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Nom Nom Dog Food Review 2022: Pros, Cons, & Final Verdict

Quincy Miller

Review Summary

Our Final Verdict

We give Nom Nom Dog Food a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars.

If you’re the type of person who keeps up with trends in the dog food industry, you’ve probably noticed the many fresh dog food delivery services popping up in recent years. Nom Nom is one such service and it’s also one of the best.

Nom Nom is a pet food delivery service that delivers fresh, nutritionally dense dog food directly to your home. The company’s been producing quality food with whole food ingredients that meet human consumption standards since 2015. Nom Nom’s recipes are all made in their U.S. kitchen facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area or Nashville, Tennessee. Each ingredient is cooked to ensure the best retention of nutrients, as well as to prevent any harmful bacteria that may be associated with a raw ingredient pet food diet.

If you’re a dog owner looking to feed your pet fresh food using Nom Nom’s service, you’ll have to sign up for an account. Once you log in, you’ll have to answer questions about your pet’s weight, activity level, and age. Nom Nom then uses an algorithm to determine the right portions for your pet to either maintain their current weight or to help gain or lose weight if needed.

Our final verdict for Nom Nom’s fresh dog food is 4.8 out of 5 stars. If you’re a dog owner looking to feed your dog a whole food diet that is nutritionally balanced, then Nom Nom will deliver just the right food for your pet. This fresh pet food is pricey, but is it worth it? Read on to find out.

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At a Glance: The Best Nom Nom Dog Food Recipes

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Who Makes Nom Nom and Where Is It Produced?

Nom Nom is a privately owned company based out of Nashville, Tennessee. Its primary kitchen is in Pittsburg, California, but it’s recently opened a second, 67,000-square foot facility in Nashville to keep up with demand (the Nashville facility is seven times larger than the one in California).

Regardless of which facility its food is made in, you can rest assured that it will be the only food that’s made there. Many dog food companies share kitchens with other companies to save money; this can lead to ingredients in Company A’s food leaching into Company B’s products.

That’s not a huge issue when you’re dealing with cheap foods that basically use the same ingredients, but when you have a company like Nom Nom that prizes quality above all else, it’s an important (and appreciated) detail.

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Which Types of Dogs Is Nom Nom Best Suited For?

The idea behind Nom Nom is that all dogs will benefit from eating fresh foods made from nutritious ingredients. It’s not a prescription food, so it’s not designed to treat any illnesses, but it should have a complete nutritional profile that’s suitable for dogs of all ages.

Given how much Nom Nom costs and the extent to which the company stresses the importance of nutrition for a dog’s overall health, you’d expect there to be more customization options, but it goes for more of a one-size-fits-all approach.

Perhaps the best answer that we can give to this question is: Nom Nom is best suited for spoiled dogs.

Which Types of Dogs Might Do Better With a Different Brand?

If your dog has health issues that require them to eat a specialized diet, you should stick with that diet rather than signing up for Nom Nom.

That’s especially true if your dog needs a prescription diet. For example, if your dog has liver issues and the vet recommends that you feed them a prescription food, like Hill’s Prescription Diet, you should stick with what your vet recommends.

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Discussion of the Primary Ingredients

Each of Nom Nom’s recipes uses different ingredients, but they all follow the same basic pattern. Each starts with a lean meat, then has several high-quality veggies, followed by Nom Nom’s nutrition pack.

It’s not that creative, but when you’re talking about your dog’s diet, you’re probably more interested in a diet that’s effective rather than innovative. More importantly, the ingredients are usually extremely attractive to even the pickiest of pooches, especially since they’re fresh and unprocessed.

All of the food is human-grade, so you won’t find dodgy ingredients like animal by-products or artificial flavors inside. Also, you can look at the package and recognize the individual foods that make up each meal. It’s a small detail, but it helps reassure you that you’re feeding real, healthy chow to your dog.

Here is the breakdown of the four recipes’ main ingredients:

  • Beef Mash: Ground beef, russet potatoes, eggs, carrots, peas
  • Chicken Cuisine: Diced chicken, sweet potatoes, squash, spinach
  • Pork Potluck: Ground pork, russet potatoes, green beans, squash, kale, brown mushrooms
  • Turkey Fare: Ground turkey, brown rice, eggs, carrots, spinach

There’s not much to quibble with in regard to the ingredients, but if we had any criticism, it would be that Nom Nom uses russet potatoes in many of their recipes. These potatoes don’t offer much in the way of nutrition, and many dogs have issues digesting them, so we’d prefer if they were replaced with something a bit healthier.

What Vitamins Are Included in Nom Nom Recipes?

Nom Nom recipes are formulated with a variety of vitamins to help your pet get the most out of their food.

Here is a list of what to expect in most recipes:

  • Vitamin B12 supplement
  • Riboflavin (vitamin B2)
  • Niacin (vitamin B3)
  • Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6)
  • Thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1)
  • Cholecalciferol (source of vitamin D3)
  • Vitamin E supplement
  • Vitamin A supplement
  • Folic acid

What Minerals Are Included in Nom Nom Recipes?

Minerals are also an important part of Nom Nom recipes to help keep your pet healthy.

The minerals included in most recipes are:

  • Iron amino acid chelate
  • Selenium yeast
  • Manganese gluconate
  • Copper gluconate
  • Zinc gluconate
  • Potassium iodide

Its Recipes Are Crafted by a Board-Certified Veterinary Nutritionist

That may not sound like much — don’t all dog foods make claims like that? — but as it turns out, there are fewer than 100 of these experts in the United States, so snagging one is no small accomplishment.

Having a qualified nutritionist involved means your dog is going to get well-rounded nutrition from the meals. That’s one of the primary issues that commonly occur with raw or natural dog diets: Well-meaning owners give fresh food to their dogs but often neglect important nutrients, leading to vitamin deficiencies and other problems.

You won’t have that issue with Nom Nom — it’s put everything that your dog needs in every pouch.

It Has a Money-Back Guarantee

Nom Nom isn’t cheap, so you’re going to be risking a fair amount of cash if you decide to sign up. The good news is that if your dog doesn’t like it, you won’t be on the hook for that pricey first month.

The company offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can try it for a month risk-free. This lets you see if your dog will eat it, first of all, and whether you notice any differences in their health and demeanor (although these can take longer than 30 days to manifest).

It Takes Its Cooking Seriously

Most dog food companies try to make as much kibble as possible, as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, cooking food at high heat and using processes like extrusion can rob it of vital nutrients, making it less healthy cooked than it was raw.

Nom Nom doesn’t do any of those things. It cooks its food slowly and in small batches, ensuring that all the nutrition stays locked inside.

This also makes the food easier to digest, so your dog will absorb all the vitamins and minerals in each pouch.

Nom Nom Has to Be Kept in the Fridge

One of the downsides to feeding your dog a fresh diet is that you have to keep all the meals in the fridge or they’ll go bad (and that can be an extremely expensive mistake when you’re dealing with food like Nom Nom).

That means you’ll have to devote a considerable amount of space in your fridge to your dog’s dinners. It’s not likely to be a dealbreaker, but it’s still something that you should be aware of before you sign up.

A Quick Look at Nom Nom Dog Food

Pros
  • Extremely nutritious
  • Cooked in a way to lock in vitamins and minerals
  • Whole food recipes are made with ingredients appropriate for human consumption
  • Recipes are evaluated and formulated by two Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionists
  • Meals meet AAFCO Food Nutrient Profiles
  • Made in U.S.A. facility kitchens in Tennessee and California
  • Fresh, proportioned recipes for your dog

Cons

  • Takes up fridge space
  • Limited recipe variety for picky eaters
  • Cost can be prohibitive

Recall History

Nom Nom had a recall in 2021 for Chicken Cuisine for Cats due to the chicken product recall initiated by Tyson Foods, Inc. The chicken was potentially contaminated with Listeria. All customers affected were notified. The dog food line appeared to be unaffected by the voluntary recall.

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Reviews of the 3 Best Nom Nom Dog Food Recipes

1. Pork Potluck

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This recipe starts with ground pork before layering on green beans, squash, kale, and brown mushrooms. It’s a delicious and diverse nutritional profile, and most dogs will absolutely flip for it.

Unfortunately, russet potatoes are tucked in before those other vegetables, so a large percentage of the food is nutritionally suspect. It’s not enough to make this a poor-quality food by any means, but we’d prefer to see something a bit more substantial in their place.

The good news is that the rest of the recipe is excellent, and all those veggies add up to give this meal quite a bit of dietary fiber.

Pros
  • Varied nutritional profile
  • Good amount of fiber
  • Most dogs love taste

Cons

  • Many russet potatoes inside


2. Chicken Cuisine

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The chicken cuisine is perhaps the most “basic” of all of Nom Nom’s recipes, but that’s hardly a bad thing. It includes diced chicken, sweet potatoes (better than russets), squash, and spinach.

There are also three different sources of omega fatty acids inside: fish oil, canola oil, and sunflower oil. Those free radical fighters can do a great deal of all-around good for your dog’s health, so the more, the merrier.

While the veggies inside are top-notch, there aren’t that many of them. We’d prefer to see Nom Nom round out this meal’s nutritional profile with a few more greens, but it’s a minor quibble.

Pros
  • Diced chicken is first ingredient
  • Relies on sweet potatoes rather than russets
  • Plenty of omega fatty acids inside

Cons

  • Could use a few more veggies


3. Beef Mash

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The ingredients list for the beef mash reads like the perfect hangover meal, but hopefully, your dog won’t be dealing with one of those. It starts with ground beef, then adds russet potatoes, eggs, carrots, and peas.

The eggs and beef ensure that this mix has plenty of protein, and there’s also taurine for heart health, so your dog should be muscular both inside and out.

Unfortunately, some dogs have issues digesting eggs and potatoes, so don’t stand downwind of your pup after serving them this recipe.

Pros
  • High protein levels
  • Extra taurine for heart health
  • Great for building muscle

Cons

  • May cause gas in certain pups


What Other Users Are Saying

  • Consumer Affairs — “If you’re looking for quality food for your pet, we think Nom Nom is an excellent choice. The recipes are backed by a veterinary nutritionist and formulated to exceed current pet food quality standards.”
  • Dog Food Guru — “The Dog Food Advisor finds Nom Nom to be an exceptional fresh, human-grade wet dog food. This grain-inclusive recipe uses a significant amount of named meat as its main source of animal protein…thus earning the brand 5 stars.”
  • Nom Nom buyers — As dog owners, we always double-check with reviews from buyers before we purchase something. You can read these by clicking here.

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Conclusion

If you’re looking to give your dog the freshest, most nutritious food possible — and you don’t mind paying for it — then Nom Nom is worthy of your consideration. This subscription service ships you slow-cooked, human-grade food for your pup that they’re sure to love.

It’s not the easiest dog food to serve and it’s unbelievably expensive, but the benefits that your dog will see from eating high-quality chow should make it worth every penny.

Quincy Miller

Quincy has been around mutts his entire life and has been writing about them for the past nine years and now consists of sharing a house with three spoiled pups who couldn’t hold down a job to save their lives. Quincy never intended to be a cat person. When his wife brought home a kitten one day, he told her she had one week to find it a new home. That week turned into 10 years (his wife moves very slowly), and that kitten turned into three (they got two more, the kitten didn't self-replicate). After a decade of sharing his home with the dogs and three cats, one horrifying realization finally set in: oh God, he's a cat person now too, isn't he???