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Mel Science VS KiwiCo Subscription

Updated: Sep 1, 2023

The battle of the giants - We've taken on the challenge of comparing 2 of the most popular kids STEM subscription boxes in the market, and help you choose the right subscription box for your children - Mel Science VS KiwiCo.

Some questions you might have, probably include which subscription box better suite your child? what is the difference between the 2 brands in terms of cost, topics they cover, the level of parents involvement in the making process and much more.

Before we dive into the comparison, we want to make sure that the concept of a monthly subscription box is clear to you, not matter if it's KiwiCo, Mel Science or any other STEM subscription box.

In a nutshell, STEM subscription box is an educational kit sent to your doorstep month over month, which can be focused on different educational topics (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Art and more), and include all the instructions and materials to create one or more projects. It suites kids in various ages (in which we will cover here in the comparison between Kiwico and Mel Science).

Well, let's start from the end - you will not choose wrong in any way - these 2 companies have great content, manufactured from high quality materials, which your kids would love for sure! Having said that, there are still some major differences we'd like to bring to your attention.

Products & Age Ranges & Pricing

When subscribing to STEM boxes, the price varies based on the period you buy the subscription for (the longer you commit, the lower the price usually is).

KiwiCo has a line of products, each aimed for a different interests and age ranges:

  • Panda Crate (ages 0-2) is priced at $15.5/m - $19.9/m.

  • Koala Crate (ages 2-4) is priced at $16.95/m - $19.95/m.

  • Kiwi Crate (ages 5-8) is priced at $16.95/m - $19.95/m.

  • Atlas Crate (ages 6-11) is priced at $16.95/m - $19.95/m.

  • Tinker Crate (ages 9-16) is priced at $16.95/m - $19.95/m.

  • Doodle Crate (ages 9-16) is priced at $16.95/m - $19.95/m.

  • Eureka Crate (ages 4-104) is priced at $24.95/m - $29.95/m.

  • Maker Crate (ages 4-104) is priced at $24.95/m - $29.95/m.

Mel Science also has a line of products, aimed for different interests and age ranges:

  • Mel Kids (ages 5-10) is priced at $24.9/m

  • Mel Chemistry (ages 10-16) is priced at $34.9/m

  • Mel Physics (ages 8-14) is priced at $34.9/m

Parental Involvement

KiwiCo different products required low to medium parental involvement.

Mel Science different products required medium to high parental involvement.

Educational Focus

KiwiCo is mostly around STEM topics, such as Science, Art & Engineering.

Mel Science is focusing on Chemistry, Physics, and Science.

Special Offers

KiwiCo offers:

  • 10$ off for the first 3 months of subscription for the Panda, Koala, Kiwi, Atlas, Doodle and Tinker Crates, using the promo code - TREAT

    • 15$ off off the first 3 months of subscription for Eureka and Maker Crates, using the promo code - TREAT

Mel Science offers:

  • 3 months free of charge when you prepay 12 months.

  • 1 month free of charge when you prepay 9 months.

  • With any subscription done you get a free starter kit and a free VR headset.


The decision between these 2 excellent products comes down to few simple questions:

  • If price matters to you, then KiwiCo is the cheaper option.

  • If your kids are more into STEM - choose KiwiCo, if they are more into Physics and Chemistry - Choose Mel Science.

  • If you're interested in higher level of independence for your kids while working on the kits, choose KiwiCo, if you don't mind jumping in to help and take part in the process - choose Mel Science.

  • If your kids are younger than 5 years old - Mel Science has nothing to offer to you - choose KiwiCo.

For a more comprehensive read about each of the brands and their products, please check out our reviews: KiwiCo Review and Mel Science Review.


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