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Meal delivery services can be an easy way to add more variety to your diet while helping you save time on meal prep.

Prepared-meal delivery services are especially convenient, with many offering meals that can be simply reheated and enjoyed — no cooking, cutting, or cleaning required.

However, not all prepared-meal delivery services are created equal. Healthline writers and editors tried numerous options to find out which ones are worth paying for.

The prepared-meal delivery services included in this article were selected based on the following criteria:

  • Ingredient quality. We looked for services that prioritize quality ingredients, including seasonal or organic produce, grass-fed beef, and sustainably sourced seafood. We also gave extra points for freshness.
  • Taste. We know that taste is subjective. Still, some services provide more flavorful options than others.
  • Menu variety. It’s said that variety is the spice of life. To keep you excited about your meal delivery service, we prioritized companies that offer a large selection of meals to choose from.
  • Dietary options. Whether you generally just try to eat a balanced diet or are following a vegan, keto, or diabetes-friendly diet, we included options to suit a range of dietary needs and preferences.
  • Vetting. All of the companies included have been vetted to ensure that they meet Healthline’s medical and business standards.

Here are the 10 best prepared-meal delivery services.

There are several factors to consider when selecting a prepared meal delivery service that’s right for you.

First, look for a company that offers a diverse menu, with a variety of options to fit your specific food preferences and dietary restrictions.

You should also choose a service that uses high quality, sustainably sourced ingredients whenever possible.

Checking the ingredient lists carefully can help you steer clear of meals pumped full of excess sodium, added sugars, or artificial preservatives.

Finally, be sure to consider the cost, and select a meal delivery service that’s within your budget and available in your area.

Best overall

Factor_

Featuring over 20 dietitian-designed meals each week, Factor_ uses fresh, never frozen ingredients, and all meals are free from hormones, antibiotics, refined sugars, and GMOs.

Meals can be stored in the fridge for up to 7 days, and Factor_ offers oven and microwave reheating instructions for each meal.

When placing your order, you can filter the weekly menu to view recipes that are suitable for paleo, ketogenic, low calorie, low carb, or vegetarian diets.

For example, the Greek Lemon Chicken with Roasted Potatoes & Green Beans with Red Onions is paleo-friendly and provides:

  • Calories: 600
  • Fat: 33 grams
  • Protein: 39 grams
  • Carbs: 41 grams
  • Fiber: 6 grams

You can choose either 4, 6, 8, or 12 meals per week, which range in price from $11–$15 per meal, and Factor provides free shipping throughout the contiguous United States.

Editor’s review

I have to admit that anytime I see a tray covered with plastic film, I get a bit nervous. However, Factor_’s meals exceeded my expectations. None of the vegetables were bland or mushy, the proteins were all cooked perfectly, and the flavors were on point.

The Herbed Quinoa Pesto Bowl was my favorite, with the Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken with Zucchini Noodles as a close second.

While it is a bit pricy, after trying other prepared-meal delivery services, I feel that the flavors and quality of Factor_’s ingredients make it well worth the money.

Best organic

Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest is a plant-based meal delivery service that provides a variety of organic meals, snacks, and smoothies.

In fact, the company’s menu boasts an array of options, including oat bowls, flatbreads, soups, harvest bowls, lattes, and more.

In addition to being fully organic, all meals are vegan and gluten-free, and they require just one step of preparation.

Daily Harvest products are frozen and can last in your freezer for at least 30 days — or longer if you don’t open your freezer very often, as this reduces the risk of freezer burn.

According to the company’s website, Daily Harvest’s popular Chocolate + Blueberry Smoothie contains:

  • Calories: 280
  • Fat: 9 grams
  • Protein: 9 grams
  • Carbs: 52 grams
  • Fiber: 12 grams

Each weekly box contains 9–24 items, which range in price from about $6–$9 each.

Shipping is free, and delivery is available throughout most of the contiguous United States.

Dietitian’s review

Registered dietitian and Healthline writer Rachael Link tried several of Daily Harvest’s items, finding each item easy to prepare — though, you’ll need a bit of patience or a high-powered blender for the smoothies.

In particular, Link enjoyed the Cacao Nib + Vanilla Bites (hello, cookie dough-flavored bites!), as well as the oat and chia bowls.

Overall, if you’re looking for a few breakfasts, snacks, or light lunches to keep in the freezer, Daily Harvest is a great option. However, as Link notes in her review, it’s not ideal if you’re looking for larger or more filling entrees.

Best plant-based

Splendid Spoon

Splendid Spoon is a meal delivery service that makes it easier than ever to follow a plant-based diet.

The company offers a rotating menu of breakfast smoothies, grain bowls, soups, and noodle dishes, all of which are vegan and gluten-free.

You can also select from several plans, which provide options for breakfast, lunch, or dinner for 5 days per week. Some plans also include a “reset day,” which consists of light soups.

One of the company’s most popular dishes is its Creamy Mushroom & Spinach Noodles, which provides:

  • Calories: 160
  • Fat: 5 grams
  • Protein: 5 grams
  • Carbs: 23 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams

Keep in mind the nutrition facts for Splendid Spoon are based on half of each container — even though most people (myself included) consume the whole container in one sitting.

Plans range from $9–$13 per container, depending on the meals you select. Splendid Spoon also offers free shipping, and delivery is available anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Editor’s review

If you’re a fan of smoothies, noodle bowls, or grain bowls, then I highly recommend Splendid Spoon.

Made with ingredients like bananas, raspberries, cashew butter, coconut nectar, beet juice, pea protein, vanilla extract, and cacao, Splendid Spoon’s smoothies are not too sweet and enjoyable for breakfast or a snack.

The noodle bowls — especially the Vegan Meatballs & Marinara Noodles — made for great lunches since you can keep them in the fridge or freezer, then quickly reheat them in the microwave. What’s more, all of the noodle bowls I tried were packed with veggies, well-flavored, and didn’t get mushy after reheating.

The only items I wasn’t a huge fan of were the wellness shots and soup, though I would’ve enjoyed the soups more with a sandwich or crackers on the side for dipping.

Best gluten-free

Freshly

Freshly delivers fresh, never frozen prepared meals that are ready to eat in 3 minutes or fewer.

In addition to being free of artificial additives and excess sugar, the service offers gluten-free meals that are prepared in a facility that’s certified gluten-free by the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), making it a good option if you have a gluten-related disorder.

Each week, you can select 4–12 recipes from any of the service’s 5 meal plans, including Takeout Twists, Purely Plant, and Crafted Classics.

While most of the meals are gluten-free, it’s still a good idea to check each recipe to make sure it has a gluten-free label before adding it to your cart.

One of our favorite meals, Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheeze, uses a lentil-based pasta and butternut squash, nutritional yeast-based sauce for a gluten- and dairy-free twist on a family classic.

According to the company’s website, one serving of the Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheeze provides:

  • Calories: 430 calories
  • Fat: 25 grams
  • Protein: 12 grams
  • Carbs: 43 grams
  • Fiber: 6 grams

Freshly costs $8.99–$11.79 per meal, depending on your order size. Shipping is also dependent on how many meals you order and can range from $6.99–$11.99 per order.

Editor’s review

With options like Savory Sweet Chicken Teriyaki Bowls and Farmstand Baked Lentil Pasta, Freshly’s menu offerings are among my favorite of the meal services we tried.

As a dietitian and mom, I especially appreciate the creative use of vegetables and legume-based pastas to create nutritious twists without sacrificing flavor.

The only downside? Several meals I tried were a bit mushy after being reheated. While I don’t mind the softer texture, this could be a downside for others.

Best for keto

Snap Kitchen

Snap Kitchen helps take the work out of weekly meal prep by delivering healthy dishes directly to your door.

In addition to a balanced meal plan, low carb, high protein, and keto-friendly menus are available. Snap Kitchen meals are shipped fresh, can last 4–7 days in the fridge, and are designed to be reheated in the microwave.

Plus, you can store the meals in your freezer to extend their shelf life.

You can customize your weekly meal plan by selecting your favorite dishes from the company’s full menu, which includes keto-friendly meals like Avocado Ranch Rotisserie Chicken.

According to the company’s website, this meal contains:

  • Calories: 600 calories
  • Fat: 53 grams
  • Protein: 27 grams
  • Carbs: 8 grams
  • Fiber: 2 grams

You can order either 6 or 12 meals per week, which cost $10.50–$12.67 per serving, and shipping is free for areas within the company’s delivery zone.

Best for paleo

The Good Kitchen

The Good Kitchen specializes in prepared meals that are balanced, nutritious, and sustainably sourced.

All meals are produced in a gluten-free, soy-free, and peanut-free facility, making it a great choice for those with food allergies or intolerances.

They are frozen prior to shipping and can be reheated in the microwave. If stored in the freezer, the meals can last up to 6 months.

You can filter meals based on your dietary preferences, and options are available for vegetarian, ketogenic, paleo, Whole30, low fat, and Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diets.

According to The Good Kitchen’s website, the service’s Whole30-approved Chili Lime Chicken with Fajita Veg and Cilantro Cauli Rice contains:

  • Calories: 285
  • Fat: 14 grams
  • Protein: 30 grams
  • Carbs: 12 grams
  • Fiber: 4 grams

Prices range depending on how many meals you order, but subscriptions typically cost $14–$15 per serving.

The Good Kitchen is available throughout the contiguous United States, and shipping is free on all orders.

Best for athletes

Trifecta Nutrition

Trifecta Nutrition provides fully prepared fresh meals tailored to fit a variety of diets, with a rotating menu of paleo, keto, vegan, and vegetarian options.

While the needs of individual athletes vary, these meals may be appropriate fuel for exercise and recovery.

The meals can be stored for 6–10 days in the fridge and up to 3 months or more in the freezer. Each meal also comes with reheating instructions for the microwave, stovetop, and oven.

All Trifecta Nutrition meals feature lean proteins, complex carbs, and veggies, and the company uses organic and sustainably sourced ingredients to ensure quality.

The macronutrient breakdown may differ between plans. For example, the company’s keto meals provide minimal carbs with fewer than 10 grams of net carbs per meal.

According to the company’s website, the keto-friendly Mediterranean Salmon contains:

  • Calories: 470
  • Fat: 34 grams
  • Protein: 32 grams
  • Carbs: 9 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams

When signing up, you can opt to receive 1 to 4 meals per day for either 5 or 7 days per week.

Prices range from $108–$119 per week, and shipping is free anywhere in the United States.

Dietitian’s review

Link also tried Trifecta Nutrition, finding that the meals contained a range of diverse ingredients and reheated well. Plus, she found the variety of flavors helped keep her from feeling bored throughout the week.

With that said, the meals are a bit light on vegetables, so you may want to consider adding a side salad or roasting a batch of vegetables for the week. Link also noted that some meals tasted even better with extra spices and seasonings.

Most affordable

Real Eats

Real Eats offers fully prepared meals that are healthy and convenient. They’re fresh — lasting up to 7 days in your fridge — and can be reheated in the microwave or boiling water.

You can choose to have 4, 6, 8, or 12 dinners delivered per week, either with or without breakfast.

The company offers a variety of plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free meals on its menu, along with add-ons like soups, snacks, smoothies, and drinks.

Meals are made using high quality ingredients and free of fillers, binders, preservatives, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Ingredients are also mostly seasonal and sourced from local suppliers whenever possible.

For instance, they offer Korean BBQ Steak with Gently Steamed Broccoli and Stir-Fry Veggie Rice. According to the company’s website, the meal provides:

  • Calories: 520
  • Fat: 19 grams
  • Protein: 43 grams
  • Carbs: 45 grams
  • Fiber: 5 grams

Plans start at $10.99 per serving, and prices vary depending on the number of meals you select.

Although shipping is currently only available in 29 states, the company’s delivery zone is quickly expanding, and shipping is free on all orders.

Best for older adults

Magic Kitchen

Magic Kitchen offers a range of fully prepared frozen meals to fit a variety of dietary needs and preferences.

Unlike other services, the company offers meal plans tailored to several specific health conditions, including dialysis-friendly, low sodium, renal, and diabetic-friendly diets.

Magic Kitchen also has a menu designed specifically for older adults, with meals that are nutritionally balanced and low in sodium.

The meals can be easily reheated in the microwave, and you can safely store them in the freezer for 6 months or longer.

According to its website, the service’s best-selling Beef Short Ribs, Chayote Black Bean Succotash, and Oaxacan-Inspired Mole meal provides:

  • Calories: 520
  • Fat: 34 grams
  • Protein: 19 grams
  • Carbs: 38 grams
  • Fiber: 12 grams

Meals are ordered à la carte, and prices range from $12–$15 per serving. Bundles, which offer meal packs at a discounted price, are also available.

Magic Kitchen offers delivery throughout the contiguous United States, and shipping fees are determined at checkout.

Best for diabetes

Diet-to-Go

Diet-to-Go aims to make healthy eating easy, offering fresh fully prepared meals that are dietitian-approved.

In addition to the company’s signature Balance menu, ketogenic and vegetarian meal plans are available.

Diet-to-Go also has a menu designed specifically for people with type 2 diabetes, which is heart-healthy, calorie-controlled, and fully customizable.

For example, the service’s Blackened Salmon dish contains:

  • Calories: 420
  • Fat: 21 grams
  • Protein: 39 grams
  • Carbs: 19 grams
  • Fiber: 9 grams

These meals can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 7 days, or they can be frozen to extend their shelf life. It’s best to defrost them before reheating them, and you can reheat the meals using the microwave, stovetop, or oven.

When signing up, you can select your plan, personalize your menu, and order 2 or 3 meals per day for either 5 or 7 days per week.

Prices range from $8.50–$13.80 per meal, and shipping is available anywhere in the contiguous United States for $19.98 per week.

Here’s a quick look at how our top picks compare:

BasicsPrice per
serving
ShippingDiet typesProsCons
Daily Harvestfrozen, plant-based bowls, smoothies, desserts, and snacks$6–$9free•plant-based •vegan •vegetarian
•gluten-free
•moderately priced
•plant-based
•free shipping
most products require additional prep or ingredients
Diet-to-Gofresh meals for weight loss and diabetes management$8.50–$13.80$19.98•weight loss •diabetes-friendly
•keto
•vegetarian
•inexpensive with larger orders
•variety
additional shipping cost
Factor_fresh, dietitian-approved meals made with high quality ingredients$11–$15free•paleo
•keto
•vegetarian
•vegan
•dietitian-designed meals
•high quality ingredients
•free shipping
expensive
Freshlyfresh and flavorful single-serving meals$8.99–$11.79$6.99–$11.99•gluten-free
•plant-based
•meals prepared in gluten-free kitchen
•plant-based menu
•variety
•not suitable for certain diets
•softer texture after reheating
The Good Kitchenfrozen meals made with high quality ingredients for specific dietary needs$14–$15free•gluten-free
•keto
•low fat
•paleo
•primal •Whole30
•high quality ingredients
•caters to strict dietary needs
•free shipping
expensive
Magic Kitchenfrozen meals made for older adults’ nutritional needs$12–$15varies•diabetes-friendly
•dairy-free
•low sodium
•low carb
•low fat
•renal
•dialysis
•gluten-free
•vegetarian
•shelf-stable
•caters to older adults
•variety of specialty diets available
expensive
Real Eatsfresh meals made with high quality ingredients$10.99–$14.99freehigh quality ingredients•not available nationwide
•doesn’t offer specialty diet plans
Snap Kitchenfresh, microwavable meals for a variety of dietary needs$10.50–$12.57free•balance
•high protein
•keto
•low carb
•paleo
•Whole30
•free shipping
•caters to several dietary needs
not available nationwide
Splendid Spoonvegan and gluten-free fresh smoothies and lunch bowls$9–$13free•vegan •gluten-free•free shipping
•variety
•plant-based options
meals may not be filling enough for some people
Trifecta Nutritionfresh meals designed for athletic performance$10–$15free•clean •paleo •keto •vegan •vegetarian•free shipping
•made for athletes
expensive for smaller orders

Many meal delivery services are on the market, and they can help you enjoy healthy meals at home.

There are also options for many specific diets and food preferences, including services tailored specifically to older adults, vegetarians, athletes, and more.

When picking a prepared-meal delivery service, be sure to take factors like cost, availability, variety, and quality into consideration.