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Best Prepared Meal Delivery Services for 2022, According to a Dietitian

By SaVanna Shoemaker, MS, RDN, LD

Medically Reviewed by Anastasia Climan, RDN, CD-N

Published on September 6, 2022

Prepared meal delivery services provide healthy, pre-made meals that are shipped right to your door. While expensive, they are convenient and may make it easier to eat healthy. Here are the 5 best prepared meal delivery services of 2022.

Written by
SaVanna Shoemaker, MS, RDN, LD
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
SaVanna Shoemaker, MS, RDN, LD spent several years working in various dietetic roles and settings, including research, public health, dialysis, and acute care. She became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in 2013, while completing her Master of Science degree at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Medically Reviewed by
Anastasia Climan, RDN, CD-N
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Anastasia Climan is a registered dietitian whose career progressed into public health, corporate wellness, and private practice roles. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Connecticut's Coordinated Undergraduate Dietetics Program in 2011. She's led wellness initiatives on HIV/AIDS, children's health, and diabetes.

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Best Prepared Meal Delivery Services for 2022, According to a Dietitian
Photo credit: Trifecta Nutrition

Meal delivery services are an excellent way to include more healthy meals in your daily routine, especially if you don’t have time to meal plan, cook, or grocery shop.

They provide fully cooked, fresh or frozen meals that only need to be reheated before eating.

There are several different companies offering meal delivery, though, and it can be difficult to choose which one would be best for you.

We’ve assembled this list of the best meal delivery companies based on:

  • Taste
  • Ingredient quality
  • Meal plan options
  • Subscription flexibility

Here are the best prepared meal delivery services of 2022.

Summary of Our Picks

Best Tasting Meal Delivery: Factor_

Best Tasting
Rating Breakdown
  • Easy to Follow:5.0
  • Ability to Customize:4.0
  • Ingredient Quality:4.0
  • Subscription Terms:5.0
  • Value for the Price:5.0

Overall Rating:

4.6

Pros

  • Offers keto, plant-based, and low calorie meal options.
  • Add-on snacks, desserts, and side items available.
  • Good reviews for taste.
  • Nutrition coaching program available.

Cons

  • Small orders cost more per serving.
  • There is a $9.99 shipping fee.

Key Takeaway

Factor is a meal delivery company that offers a variety of keto-friendly, plant-based, and low-calorie meal options — along with add-on items like desserts, snacks, and side dishes. Their meals are highly rated for flavor and are a good fit if you’re on a low-carb or plant-based diet.

The Experience

Factor is a subscription meal delivery service that offers a variety of boldly-flavored dishes for people who want to eat healthier. Their meals prominently feature lean proteins, vegetables, and whole grains.

In my experience, Factor meals reheat well and taste very good — especially for pre-made meals.

I had no complaints about any of the meals I tried, including dishes like the Keto Poblano Bowl with Roasted Broccoli “Rice” & Scallion Sour Cream and the Peruvian Shrimp Bowl with Red Pepper Cauliflower “Grits” & Roasted Broccoli.

They were filling and flavorful.

Factor offers a rotating menu for you to choose from each week, featuring about 30 different meals.

How It’s Different

Factor offers meals with really appealing and interesting flavors — like Creamy Parmesan Chicken with Roasted Broccoli & Tomatoes, or Peanut Buddha Bowl with Cilantro Quinoa, Gochugaru-Spiced Peanuts & Sesame Broccoli.

They also feature a large number of keto-friendly and plant-based options each week, along with their low-calorie Calorie Smart line of meals.

Additionally, Factor is one of few prepared meal delivery services that offers add-on items. With any order, you can add seasonal meal bundles, breakfast foods, shakes and smoothies, extra proteins, desserts, side dishes, or snacks.

Who It’s For

Thanks to their large variety of keto and plant-based options, Factor is a great choice for anyone following a keto or vegetarian diet.

Additionally, they feature bold flavors in their meals, and many reviewers (including myself) agree that the food tastes excellent and reheats well — so it’s also a good choice for people who simply want the best-tasting meal delivery service available.

Cost

Factor meals cost $11–$15 per serving. The more meals you order each week, the lower the price per serving will be. Currently, you can choose 4, 6, 8, 12, or 18 meals per week.

Add-on prices vary depending on the item and quantity, and shipping is $9.99 per box.

You can change how many meals you receive, pick new meals, choose add-on items, skip weeks, or cancel your account anytime online.

Best Healthy Meal Delivery: Freshly

Best Healthy
Rating Breakdown
  • Easy to Follow:5.0
  • Ability to Customize:4.0
  • Ingredient Quality:4.0
  • Subscription Terms:5.0
  • Value for the Price:5.0

Overall Rating:

4.6

Pros

  • Approximately 50 meals to choose from each week.
  • Less expensive than some comparable meal delivery services.
  • Offers gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy-free, low-carb, and low-calorie meals.

Cons

  • Shipping is $9.99 per order.
  • Some reviewers say the food doesn’t reheat well.

Key Takeaway

Freshly offers a large variety of vegetable-rich meal options for people with many different dietary preferences or restrictions. Their meals are flavorful, but the vegetables can be mushy after reheating. They also have flexible subscription terms and excellent reviews for customer service.

The Experience

Freshly is a popular ready-made meal service that features a variety of classic flavors from different cuisines. In addition to meals, they offer pre-made sides and proteins so you can build your own meals.

Like other people who have tried Freshly, I really liked the flavor of all of the meals I tried, but found some of the vegetables to be a little mushy after reheating.

I personally really enjoyed the Very Verde Chicken, as well as the Protein-Packed Chicken Parm.

How It’s Different

Freshly offers a large menu of options each week, featuring about 50 meals to choose from in many different types of flavors. For example, here are a few selections from their most recent menu:

  • Pork Carnitas
  • Sesame-Ginger Chicken & Noodles
  • Shrimp & Andouille Paella
  • Cheesy Vegetable Gratin
  • Middle Eastern Falafel
  • Slow-Simmered Beef Chili Bowl

Anyone should be able to find several appealing meals from Freshly.

They also offer gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, low-carb, and low-calorie meals to suit a variety of dietary needs as well.

Who It’s For

Freshly is a good choice for anyone who wants to eat healthier, regardless of whether they follow any specific diet.

All of Freshly’s meals highlight vegetables, and each weekly menu features a variety of flavors to keep the service from getting stale.

Freshly has also received excellent reviews for its customer service and meal quality, so it’s a good choice if you’re completely new to meal delivery and not sure what to expect.

Cost

Freshly’s prices range from $8.99–$11.79 per meal, depending on how many meals you choose per week. Larger orders have a lower per-serving price.

You can choose to receive 4–12 meals per week. Shipping is $9.99 per order.

You can also change your plan, change which meals you receive, pause your shipments, or cancel your subscription anytime online.

Best Meal Delivery for Weight Loss: BistroMD

Best for Weight Loss
Rating Breakdown
  • Easy to Follow:5.0
  • Ability to Customize:4.0
  • Ingredient Quality:4.0
  • Subscription Terms:5.0
  • Value for the Price:5.0

Overall Rating:

4.6

Pros

  • Meals are designed to last for a while in the freezer.
  • Meals reheat well, even when frozen solid.
  • Offers breakfasts and snacks in addition to lunch and dinner entrees.
  • Low-calorie meals developed specifically for weight loss.

Cons

  • Expensive shipping fees.
  • Small portion sizes.

Key Takeaway

BistroMD offers frozen meals for weight loss. All their meals are 400 calories or less, and you can order either 2 or 3 meals per day. The meals reheat well, even directly from the freezer, but BistroMD’s shipping is nearly $20 per order. BistroMD is a good fit for people who are trying to lose weight, or for people who prefer frozen meals over fresh.

The Experience

BistroMD is a bit of a cross between a meal delivery service and a weight-loss program.

All their meals are less than 400 calories, and they are designed by registered dietitians to be nutritionally balanced to help you meet your weight-loss goals.

Additionally, BistroMD’s meals are delivered frozen. When you order BistroMD, you can choose between five different plans:

  • Signature: Variety of low-calorie dishes.
  • Gluten Free: Free of gluten-containing ingredients.
  • Heart Healthy: Low in salt and fat.
  • Diabetic: Low in carbs.
  • Menopause: Low in carbs.

BistroMD’s menus may feature 150 or more meals to choose from each week, including breakfasts. You can also purchase snacks.

How It’s Different

Unlike the other services on this list, BistroMD’s meals are shipped frozen and designed to be stored in the freezer. Although you can freeze the meals from other services that arrive fresh, their quality may suffer.

On the other hand, I found that all of my BistroMD meals reheated very well and had a really good flavor and texture — and I’m not usually a big fan of frozen meals.

I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed their salmon dishes — because fish is not something that usually heats well in the microwave. My favorites were the Salmon with Dill Mustard Sauce and Grilled Salmon with Creamy Pesto.

However, the portion sizes are on the smaller side.

BistroMD also allows you to purchase up to 20 meals per week, which would cover breakfast, lunch, and dinner for seven days, with the exception of a single meal. They also offer snacks as an add-on purchase.

Who It’s For

BistroMD is a good choice if you’re trying to lose weight and you want to do so with minimal need to cook or grocery shop.

Eating three of their calorie-controlled meals each day would provide about 1,200 calories, while also providing plenty of protein and fiber to help promote satiety. (1)

Although 1,200 calories can be low for many people even when trying to lose weight, you can also easily add some snacks of your own or those purchased through BistroMD to bring the calories up to a more sustainable level.

BistroMD is also a good choice if you want meals that will maintain their quality in the freezer. The meals are designed to be frozen, so they may have better taste and texture after reheating from frozen than meals that were delivered fresh.

Cost

BistroMD meals cost $10.99–$14.99 each, depending on how many you order.

You can choose between:

  • Full Program (breakfasts, lunches, and dinners): 5 days (15 meals) or 7 days (20 meals)
  • Lunches & Dinners Only: 5 days (10 meals) or 7 days (14 meals)

For the lowest per-serving price, choose the Full Program for 7 days.

After ordering, you can add snacks if you’d like for an extra fee.

However, BistroMD’s shipping is very expensive — $19.95 per order. You may find promotions on the website offering free shipping and a percentage off for new customers.

Although they will pre-fill each box with meals of their choosing, you can swap these out if you’d prefer other meals. You can also skip weeks, cancel, or change your plan size anytime on the BistroMD website.

Related: Best Meal Delivery Services for Weight Loss

Best Meal Prep Delivery: Trifecta Nutrition

Best Meal Prep
Rating Breakdown
  • Easy to Follow:5.0
  • Ability to Customize:5.0
  • Ingredient Quality:5.0
  • Subscription Terms:4.0
  • Value for the Price:5.0

Overall Rating:

4.8

Pros

  • You can order pre-made meals or meal components to build your own meals.
  • Offers keto, paleo, vegan, and vegetarian meal plans.
  • Uses high-quality ingredients like organic produce and grass-fed beef.
  • Includes free shipping.

Cons

  • Some meal plans don’t allow you to choose your own meals.
  • More expensive than comparable meal services.

Key Takeaway

Trifecta Nutrition offers high-protein meals and meal prep ingredients made with high-quality meats and organic vegetables. They have keto, paleo, vegan, and vegetarian meal plans. However, you can’t choose your own meals with these plans. If you want to create your own meals, they offer a large variety of pre-cooked meats, vegetables, and grains.

The Experience

Trifecta is a meal delivery company that offers pre-made meals and pre-cooked ingredients to create your own meal preps.

They specifically target athletes and people who lead active lifestyles, so their meals are all high in protein.

They offer vegan, vegetarian, keto, paleo, and standard meal plans. With these meal plans you aren’t able to choose your own meals — you’ll receive a selection of meals they choose.

However, they also offer a variety of meats, vegetables, and grains for building your own meals. These ingredients are all fully cooked.

I liked the flavor of all of the Trifecta meals that I tried, especially the Beef Stroganoff and Cheesy Bacon Chicken, but I thought in some meals that the diced onions were too large.

Of course, this is just a personal preference of mine.

I personally haven’t tried the meal prep program, but reviewers say that the quality and taste of the meal components are excellent.

How It’s Different

Trifecta stands out from other meal delivery services because of their food quality standards. They strive to use all organic ingredients, along with high-quality meats.

Their beef is 100% grass-fed rather than grain-fed. Grass-fed beef is richer in omega-3 fats than grain-fed or grain-finished beef. (2)

Additionally, they use sustainably-sourced, wild-caught fish — which may contain fewer contaminants than farmed fish. (3)

Their other meats are all free-range, which may result in a healthier animal and higher quality meat from that animal. (4)

Who It’s For

Trifecta is a great fit for people who prefer their meals to have organic ingredients and higher-quality meats — like grass-fed beef and wild-caught seafood.

Because they offer strict keto, paleo, and vegan meal plans as well, they’re also a good option for people who follow these diets.

Finally, their option to purchase individual ingredients for your own meal prep is a unique one that’s not offered by other services.

So if you want to create your own meal prep, but save time on grocery shopping and cooking, then Trifecta is a good fit.

Cost

Trifecta’s meal prep option is the most cost-effective plan they offer. It requires a minimum order of $119, but the price of individual items varies.

I was able to create 3 full meal preps (each with a meat, vegetable, and grain) for a total of 12 servings — breaking down to about $9.91 per meal.

On the other hand, their classic meal plans with complete meals cost about $11.24–$14.28 per serving. Shipping is free on all orders.

Trifecta allows you to alter how frequently you receive shipments and how much food you receive in each order.

With their basic meal plans, you aren’t able to choose exactly which meals you want. However, you can skip weeks or cancel anytime online.

Best Plant-Based Meal Delivery: Daily Harvest

Best Plant-Based
Rating Breakdown
  • Easy to Follow:4.0
  • Ability to Customize:5.0
  • Ingredient Quality:4.0
  • Subscription Terms:5.0
  • Value for the Price:5.0

Overall Rating:

4.6

Pros

  • Offers easy-to-prep meals like smoothies, oat bowls, and flatbreads.
  • All ingredients are gluten-free and plant-based.
  • Less expensive than other meal kit services.

Cons

  • Meals may get repetitive after a while.
  • Small portion sizes.

Key Takeaway

Daily Harvest offers vegan and gluten-free meals that are easy to prepare and full of organic fruits and vegetables. They offer a variety of quick, simple meals that many other services don’t offer — like smoothies, soups, flatbreads, grain bowls, and oat bowls. However, their serving sizes can be on the small side, according to some reviewers. You may like Daily Harvest if you’re looking to stock up on convenient plant-based meals.

The Experience

Daily Harvest is a plant-based meal delivery company that offers quick and easy meals that are full of organic fruits and vegetables. Their meals are all completely plant-based and gluten-free, and most of their meals are organic as well.

Daily Harvest offers smoothies, soups, flatbreads, oat bowls, grain bowls, vegan ice cream, and more. All of these items are delivered frozen and can be stored in your freezer.

I have tried Daily Harvest before and enjoyed the items I tasted, even though I don’t follow a vegan diet.

Their whole food smoothies were easy to blend, requiring only to be poured into a blender cup with your choice of milk. I also thought their bowls were really flavorful.

Their meals are high in fiber and rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants from plant foods.

But the serving sizes can be on the small side, according to some reviews — especially if you are active or have a large appetite.

How It’s Different

Daily Harvest stands out from other meal delivery services because it offers different types of meals — like smoothies, soups, oat bowls, ice creams, and flatbreads.

All of these meals are very easy to prepare, requiring either microwaving, baking, blending, or no prep at all.

Their plant-based meals also highlight a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices.

For example, the Chickpea + Za’atar Harvest Bowl features zucchini, chickpeas, tomato, raisins, Cordyceps mushroom, and za’atar — a Middle Eastern spice blend.

Who It’s For

Daily Harvest is an ideal fit for people who follow a gluten-free or vegan diet and who want to stock their freezer with meals that are easy to prepare.

Their smoothies, in particular, make an easy and healthy on-the-go meal, and they also offer several other options for quick breakfasts, lunches, and snacks.

For this reason, Daily Harvest may be a good choice if you want some of these easy meals on hand — even if you’re not vegan or gluten-free.

You can easily add extra protein sources such as shrimp, eggs, or canned tuna to tweak these meals to your dietary preferences.

Cost

Daily Harvest’s meals range in price from $5.99 to $11.99 per serving. Most of them are single-serving meals, but a few contain multiple servings — namely the Crumbles (plant-based meat) and the Mylk (almond milk).

You can choose between 9, 14, or 24 items per box. Their 14-item boxes receive a $10 discount, and 24-item boxes receive a $25 discount. Shipping is free.

Daily Harvest allows you to schedule your deliveries, skip deliveries, or cancel anytime.

Related: Best Plant-Based Meal Delivery Services

Comparison Table

Factor_ Freshly BistroMD Trifecta Daily Harvest
Cost Per Serving $11–$15 $8.99–$11.79 $10.99–$14.99 $9.91–$14.28 $5.99–$11.99
Shipping Cost $9.99 $9.99 $19.95 Free Free
Meal Types Offered

Keto

Vegetarian

Vegan

Low-calorie

Gluten-free

Dairy-free

Vegetarian

Low-carb

Low-calorie

Low-calorie

Low-carb

Gluten-free

Low-sodium

Low-fat

Keto

Paleo

Vegan

Vegetarian

Vegan

Vegetarian

Gluten-free

Why It Stands Out

Excellent reviews for taste.

 

Keto and vegetarian options.

Wide variety of options each week. Offers low-calorie and frozen meals. Organic produce, high-quality meat, and meal prep options.

Fully vegan and gluten-free.

 

Minimal prep required.

Why Use a Meal Delivery Service?

There are several reasons you may be interested in using a meal delivery service. Here are a few common reasons people decide to sign up for them:

Convenience

Ordering home delivery meals saves a lot of time. You don’t have to meal plan, go to the grocery store, or cook — which could save you hours over the course of a week.

Premade meal delivery is also a convenient option for small households of one or two people who don’t need or want to cook full meals regularly.

Weight Loss or Health Reasons

Meal delivery services make it easier to stick to your diet — whether you’re trying to lose weight or need to eat in a particular way due to dietary restrictions.

Many meal delivery services offer gluten-free, allergen-free, vegan, vegetarian, low-carb, or paleo meals to suit a variety of dietary needs.

Additionally, it’s much easier to count calories and stick to a calorie restriction for weight loss when using pre-prepared meals from healthy meal services.

Stocking the Freezer

If you’re like me, you like to keep some easy, healthy meals on hand for busy nights or when you just don’t feel like cooking.

Using a meal delivery service is a great way to stock up.

Even the meals that are delivered fresh can typically be stored in your freezer for anywhere from 2–6 months.

Work Lunches

If you need lunches for work, using a meal kit delivery service is a great option.

These meals can be reheated in the microwave, and they will save you time on packing a lunch, or they may help keep you avoid dining out or using the vending machine for meals at work.

Reducing Restaurant or Take-Out Spending

If you eat out or order delivery or take-out regularly, you may want a healthier alternative.

Having ready-to-eat meals on hand at home can make it possible to reduce how much you’re spending on dining out.

Additionally, these meals are typically healthier than restaurant food.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Meal Delivery Service

Here are the criteria I used to choose the services on this list, along with some tips on how to pick the meal delivery company that would be the best fit for you.

Taste

Taste is a major consideration — we’re probably not going to eat something if it doesn’t taste great.

Unfortunately, I’ve tried a number of meal delivery services whose food just didn’t taste good or didn’t have a good texture after heating.

That’s why this list is composed of meal delivery services that I’ve personally tried and thought tasted excellent.

I also checked reviews to make sure that my experience was, for the most part, in line with the experiences of other people who have tried the service.

Although it’s not always possible, it’s a good idea to try a few meals before making a more expensive commitment to a particular meal kit company — so that you can be sure you like the taste and texture of their food.

Ingredient Quality

For some people, ingredient quality is very important and they may prefer higher quality ingredients like grass-fed beef or organic produce.

Other people may still want healthy meals, but aren’t as concerned with the type of produce or meat used.

Both of these are perfectly valid choices, so there are a variety of food quality standards represented on this list.

However, all of the services on this list make it a point to use simple, real food ingredients and avoid processed additives in their food as much as possible.

Meal Plan Options

Whether you eat a plant-based, gluten-free, low-carb diet, or none of the above, it’s important that the meal delivery service you choose has the types of foods that you want or need to eat.

That’s why all of the options on this list provide a variety of meal plans or different types of foods for a variety of special diets or dietary restrictions.

When choosing the best fit for you, look for a meal delivery service that offers the type of food you prefer or that meets your dietary needs — and that they offer a large variety of these types of meals so that you won’t get tired of the food.

Flexibility

Finally, all of the services on this list are subscription-based and typically ship out a weekly box of meals.

However, I aimed to only include services with flexible subscription terms — all of these services make it extremely easy to cancel or skip weeks as needed directly on their website.

They also provide options to choose the exact meals that you want.

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking to eat healthy while saving time planning, shopping, and cooking, you might be interested in trying a prepared meal delivery service.

These companies provide fully cooked, balanced meals for a variety of different dietary needs. All you have to do is reheat them.

Although they are more expensive than preparing your own meals at home, they can help you save time, eat out less, eat healthier, or stick to your diet or dietary restrictions.

To find the meal delivery that would be the best fit for you, be sure to consider taste and flavor options, the different meal plans available, the quality of the ingredients, and the flexibility of the subscription.

Any of the choices above are a great starting point.

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