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The best prepared meal delivery service we tried was Factor, but we loved Trifecta, Daily Harvest, and 9 others, too. Find out which one is best for you.

Meal delivery services can be an easy way to add more variety to your diet while saving 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.

Prepared meal delivery services are those that send ready-to-eat meals directly to you. Whereas meal kits require some assembly (and often cooking), prepared meals come fully assembled. Some are delivered fresh, while others are frozen.

Keep in mind that prepared meal delivery services are pricey, even compared to regular meal delivery services (the kind that require some cooking).

If you want to save some money and don’t mind doing some cooking, you might want to try an inexpensive meal kit service instead. Or you may want to make your own meals with these cheap, healthy foods and lower your grocery bill with these tips.

We selected the prepared meal delivery services included in this article based on the following criteria:

  • Ingredient quality: We looked for services that prioritize fresh, high quality ingredients. When trying the services, we paid attention to whether the ingredients arrived in good condition or whether any were damaged or spoiled.
  • Taste: We know that taste is subjective. Still, when trying the services, we noted whether the meals were flavorful on their own or needed additional spices and seasonings.
  • Menu variety: Some say variety is the spice of life. To keep you excited about your meal delivery service, we prioritized companies that offer meals featuring a wide range of ingredients and flavor combinations.
  • Dietary options: To accommodate those who try to eat a generally balanced diet as well as those following a vegan, keto, or diabetes-friendly diet, we included options to suit a range of dietary needs and preferences.
  • Vetting: All services on our list have been vetted to ensure that they align with Healthline’s brand integrity standards and approach to well-being. You can read more about our vetting process.

Best overall

Factor

  • Price: around $11–$15 per serving
  • Shipping: $9.99
  • Dietary types: keto, low calorie, vegan/vegetarian, high protein
  • Subscription options: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, or 18 meals per week

Featuring more than 20 dietitian-designed meals each week, Factor uses fresh, never frozen ingredients to create meals free from hormones, antibiotics, refined sugars, and GMOs.

Meals can be stored in the fridge for up to 7 days, and Factor provides 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.

Use link below to get $120 off across 5 boxes.

What our tester says

“I have to admit that any time 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.

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

“Read more about why Factor was my overall favorite prepared meal delivery service in this comprehensive review.”

— Healthline Nutrition and Fitness Market Editor Kelli McGrane, MS, RD

Pros

  • high quality meals and good taste, according to reviews
  • keto, vegetarian, and low calorie options
  • flexible subscription terms

Cons

  • fairly expensive
  • may not be a good fit for strict dietary needs

Best for keto and paleo

Snap Kitchen

  • Price: around $11–$14 per meal
  • Shipping: free
  • Dietary types: high protein, gluten-free, keto, low carb, paleo, Whole30
  • Subscription options: 6 or 12 meals per week

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, the service offers menus to suit several low carb diet patterns, including keto and paleo diets. 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.

What our tester says

“I tried a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner entrees from Snap Kitchen. I found that there was a good variety of meals to choose from and didn’t have any difficulty identifying meals that fit my dietary needs and preferences.

“The meals arrived in good condition and were easy to reheat. The portion sizes were average, and the ingredients were flavorful and tasted fresh. While some of the dishes were a bit spicy for my taste, my husband really enjoyed them.

“Other than the cost, the biggest downside of Snap Kitchen was that the meals didn’t contain enough vegetables to count as a standard serving.

“Read more about my experience in this hands-on review of Snap Kitchen.”

— Healthline writer Lauren Manaker MS, RDN, LD, CLEC

Pros

  • offers a variety of meals
  • appropriate for keto, paleo, Whole30, high protein, and gluten-free diets
  • free shipping

Cons

  • offers only 6 or 12 meals per week
  • not a good fit for plant-based eaters

Best for athletes

Trifecta Nutrition

  • Price: around $11.50–$16 per meal
  • Shipping: $9.99
  • Dietary types: paleo, keto, vegan, vegetarian, Whole30
  • Subscription options: 1–4 meals per day for either 5 or 7 days per week

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 up to 7 days in the fridge and for 3 months or longer in the freezer. Each meal 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.

What our tester says

“I found that the meals contained a range of diverse ingredients and reheated well. Plus, I found that the variety of flavors helped keep me 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. Some meals tasted even better with extra spices and seasonings.

“Read more about my experience in this comprehensive review of Trifecta Nutrition.”

— Healthline writer Rachael Link, MS, RD

Pros

  • designed for athletes
  • variety of meal plans available, including paleo, keto, and vegan

Cons

  • no option to choose your own meals
  • light on vegetables
  • moderately expensive

Best for weight loss

BistroMD

  • Price: around $11–$15 per meal
  • Shipping: around $20
  • Dietary types: gluten-free, heart-healthy, diabetes-friendly, keto
  • Subscription options: 2 or 3 meals per day, 5 or 7 days per week

BistroMD is a frozen meal delivery service that specializes in low calorie meals for weight loss.

The meals typically have fewer than 400 calories each, and the service offers unique plans for gluten-free diets, heart health, low carb, diabetes, and menopause.

In addition to breakfasts and lunch and dinner entrees, you can purchase optional snacks that fit into the meal plan you choose.

BistroMD allows you to choose either its full program — which includes breakfasts, lunches, and dinners — or just lunches and dinners. You can choose to receive 5 or 7 days’ worth of food per week, and snacks are an optional add-on purchase.

What our tester says

“Compared to other frozen meals I’ve tried, the quality of BistroMD seemed much better.

“While other frozen meals often have pooled liquid in the tray after being heated, BistroMD didn’t usually have this problem, so the food was much more appetizing.

“However, the portions are on the small side and may not be appropriate for active people or people with larger appetites.”

— Healthline writer SaVanna Shoemaker, MS, RDN, LD

Pros

  • low calorie meals for weight loss
  • keto, gluten-free, and diabetes-friendly options
  • optional snacks

Cons

  • expensive shipping
  • small portions

Best oven-ready

Home Chef

  • Price: around $7–$18 per serving
  • Shipping: varies by order size
  • Dietary types: vegetarian, calorie conscious, and carb conscious
  • Subscription options: 2–6 meals per week for 2, 4, or 6 people

Home Chef is a popular, family-friendly meal delivery service that specializes in minimal-prep recipes and oven-ready meals.

Most of Home Chef’s meal kits require a small amount of prep work, but if you sign up for the Fresh and Easy meal plan, you can order meals that are ready to heat in the oven.

Oven-ready meals arrive fully assembled and packaged in oven-safe tins, so all you have to do is preheat your oven and cook them.

The Fresh and Easy plan also includes Grill-Ready meals, microwavable entrees, and Express Meal Kits, which feature prepped and pre-portioned ingredients for meals that are ready in 15 minutes or less.

What our tester says

“I thought this was a really great service! There were plenty of family-friendly options to choose from, and the meals themselves were overall tasty and easy to prepare. I was impressed with how many vegetables were included in the meals and appreciated the generous serving sizes.

“Overall, I think it’s one of the best meal delivery services for busy families.”

— Healthline writer SaVanna Shoemaker, MS, RDN, LD

Pros

  • oven-ready, grill-ready, and microwavable meals available
  • option for Express Meal Kits
  • suitable for families

Cons

  • additional shipping cost
  • limited options for specialty diets

Best plant-based

Sprinly

  • Price: around $16–$18 per meal
  • Shipping: around $10
  • Dietary types: vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free
  • Subscription options: 6, 12, or 18 meals per week

Sprinly is a premade meal delivery service that provides vegan and gluten-free single-serving meals. The meals are delivered fresh and are made using organic ingredients with no refined sugar or artificial preservatives.

Because the meals are delivered fresh, you should eat them within 5–6 days of receiving them. Some items can be frozen for longer storage. Sprinly recommends freezing only soups and curries and eating salads fresh to maintain quality.

What our tester says

“If you love the hot food bar at Whole Foods or enjoy grab-and-go salads, then you’ll want to check out Sprinly. While it’s not the cheapest option, Sprinly’s ingredients were by far the freshest out of all the prepared meal delivery services I tried.

“I also found the portion sizes to be generous and the flavors on point, with most of the meals featuring tasty sauces, like a sunshine lemon dressing and a finger-licking-good pineapple soy sauce.

“The biggest downside, other than the cost, is that the meals need to be transferred to a plate or bowl before reheating. I work from home, so this wasn’t an issue. However, it does make the meals less convenient for taking on the go.”

— Healthline Nutrition and Fitness Market Editor Kelli McGrane, MS, RD

Pros

  • fully vegan and plant-based
  • offers fully prepared meals that only require heating
  • made with organic ingredients
  • flavorful food with fresh ingredients

Cons

  • more expensive than comparable meal delivery services
  • $9.99 shipping cost per order
  • requires transferring meals out of their original containers for reheating

Best subscription-free

Real Eats

  • Price: around $13.50–$16 per meal
  • Shipping: not disclosed
  • Dietary types: high protein, low calorie, low carb, keto, plant-based, vegetarian, Mediterranean
  • Subscription options: 4, 6, 8, or 12 meals per order

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

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

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

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

You don’t need a subscription to use Real Eats. Instead, you can order meals on a weekly basis.

Pros

  • high quality, minimally processed ingredients
  • variety of meal options available
  • no subscription required

Cons

  • not available in all states
  • fairly expensive

Best for singles

Splendid Spoon

  • Price: around $10.50–$14.50 per meal
  • Shipping: free
  • Dietary types: vegan, gluten-free, low calorie, low fat, low sodium, low sugar
  • Subscription options: Breakfast; Breakfast + Lunch; Breakfast, Lunch + Reset; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner + Reset

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. Also, the company recently added a line called Dishes — meals that are designed to be more filling and contain at least 12 grams of plant-based protein per serving.

You can select from several plans, which provide options for breakfast, lunch, or dinner for 5 days per week. Some plans include a “reset day,” which consists of light soups. The company also offers one-time on-demand boxes.

What our tester says

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

“I particularly liked the smoothies because they’re made with nutrient-rich ingredients and aren’t overly sweet. The noodle bowls — especially the Vegan Meatballs & Marinara Noodles — make great lunches since you can keep them in the fridge or freezer and quickly reheat them in the microwave.

“Read more about which items I’d order again in my comprehensive hands-on review.”

— Healthline Nutrition and Fitness Market Editor Kelli McGrane, MS, RD

Pros

  • vegan and gluten-free
  • wide variety of smoothie and soup flavors
  • flexible subscription options
  • on-demand boxes available
  • free shipping

Cons

  • two servings per container, according to Nutrition Facts panels
  • moderately expensive

Best organic

Daily Harvest

  • Price: around $6–$12 per item
  • Shipping: free
  • Dietary types: vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free
  • Subscription options: 9, 14, or 24 items per shipment

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 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.

What our tester says

“I tried several of Daily Harvest’s items and found each item easy to prepare, although you’ll need a bit of patience or a high powered blender for the smoothies.

“In particular, I enjoyed the Cacao Nib + Vanilla Bites (hello, cookie dough-flavored bites!) and 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 I note in my in-depth review, it’s not ideal if you’re looking for larger or more filling entrees.”

— Healthline writer Rachael Link, MS, RD

Pros

  • 100% vegan and gluten-free
  • meals and snacks requiring minimal prep
  • made with mostly organic ingredients
  • free shipping

Cons

  • offers lighter meals that may not be large or filling enough for some people
  • relatively expensive

Best affordable

Mosaic Foods

  • Price: around $5–$12 per serving
  • Shipping: free for orders of 12 items or more, $10 otherwise
  • Dietary types: vegetarian, vegan
  • Subscription options: 6, 12, or 18 items per box

Mosaic Foods is a popular frozen meal delivery service offering single-serving and family-size (multiple servings per package) plant-based meals.

It’s also one of the most affordable prepared meal services, with entrees starting at $5 per serving.

Mosaic offers a fixed menu with a variety of selections, including veggie bowls, pizzas, smoothies, soups, and oat bowls. It also offers limited-time seasonal meals.

All the meals are vegetarian, but only some are vegan-friendly — others may include dairy products. Mosaic is not gluten-free or allergen-free, so people with gluten-related disorders or food allergies may need to avoid this service.

What our tester says

“I tried four of Mosaic’s family-size meals and, with the exception of the Italian “Sausage” Lasagna, I really enjoyed each dish. The meals were flavorful without being overly salty or seasoned, and the textures were overall good and not too mushy.

“I particularly appreciated that each meal included at least four types of vegetables and that there was a good variety of flavor combinations to choose from. Just keep in mind that the family meals do take 60–90 minutes to reheat in the oven, so they’re not ideal if you need to put dinner on the table quickly.”

— Healthline Nutrition and Fitness Market Editor Kelli McGrane, MS, RD

Pros

  • offers single-serving and family-size meals
  • provides vegetarian and vegan options
  • less expensive than some comparable services, especially for family-size meals
  • discounts and free shipping on larger orders

Cons

  • $10 shipping cost for smaller orders
  • not gluten-free or allergen-free
  • 1-hour or longer reheating time for family-size meals

Best for seniors

Magic Kitchen

  • Price: around $9.50–$56+ per entree
  • Shipping: varies
  • Dietary types: diabetes, dairy-free, low sodium, low carb, low fat, kidney disease, dialysis, gluten-free, gluten-free, vegetarian
  • Subscription options: custom

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 specific health conditions, including dialysis-friendly, low sodium, renal, and diabetes-friendly diets.

Magic Kitchen also has a menu designed specifically for older adults, with meals that are nutritionally balanced and low in sodium. Plus, you can order your meals either online or over the phone, which some older adults may prefer.

The meals are easy to reheat in the microwave, and you can safely store them in the freezer for 6 months or longer.

You order meals individually, and prices range from $9.49 to $55+ per serving. Bundles, which offer meal packs at a discounted price, are also available. You can make a custom subscription by calling the company.

Pros

  • variety of meals targeted to specific needs of older adults
  • meal plans available for kidney disease, dialysis, low sodium, and more
  • custom subscription plans with free shipping

Cons

  • can be extremely expensive
  • may be confusing to navigate website

Best for diabetes

Diet-to-Go

  • Price: around $10–$14
  • Shipping: around $20
  • Dietary types: diabetes-friendly, keto, vegetarian
  • Subscription options: 2 or 3 meals per day, 5 or 7 days per week

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, it offers ketogenic and vegetarian meal plans.

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

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

Pros

  • low calorie meals designed for weight loss
  • provides breakfasts in addition to lunch and dinner entrees
  • keto, vegetarian, and diabetes-friendly meal plans available

Cons

  • expensive shipping
  • small portions

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

BasicsApproximate price per
serving
Shipping
BistroMDlow calorie frozen meals$11–$15$19.95
Daily Harvestfrozen, plant-based bowls, smoothies, desserts, and snacks$6–$12free
Diet-to-Gofresh meals for weight loss and diabetes management$10–$14$19.98
Factorfresh, dietitian-approved meals made with high quality ingredients$11–$15$9.99
Home Cheffamily-friendly minimal-prep and oven-ready meals$7–$18varies
Magic Kitchenfrozen meals made for older adults’ nutritional needs$9.50–$56+varies
Mosaic Foodssingle-serving and family-size frozen meals for vegetarians$5–$12free or $10
Real Eatsfresh meals made with high quality ingredients$13.50–$16not disclosed
Snap Kitchenfresh microwavable meals for a variety of dietary needs$11–$14free
Splendid Spoonvegan and gluten-free fresh smoothies and lunch bowls$10.50–$14.50free
Sprinlyfresh, organic vegan and gluten-free meals$16–$18$9.99
Trifecta Nutritionfresh meals designed for athletic performance$11.50–$16$9.99

Note: Prices are accurate as of the date of publication.

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

  • Menu selection: Look for a company that offers a diverse menu, with a variety of options to fit your specific food preferences and dietary restrictions.
  • Ingredient quality: In addition to freshness, some people may prefer a service that uses organic or sustainably sourced ingredients.
  • Nutritional quality: Opt for services that prioritize meals containing lean proteins, whole grains, healthy fats, and plenty of vegetables. When possible, try to avoid meals that contain artificial additives or large amounts of sodium or added sugars.
  • Cost and availability: As they vary greatly in price, be sure to select a service that fits your monthly budget, including shipping. It’s also important to check whether the service is available in your area.

There’s no getting around it: prepared meal delivery services aren’t cheap. However, some people may find that the benefits of these services outweigh the cons.

You may benefit from a prepared meal delivery service if you:

  • are short on time
  • dislike cooking
  • frequently order out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner
  • need help following a new dietary pattern
  • curious to try new flavors and ingredients

Determining the best prepared meal delivery service involved several steps, including a review of each service by a registered dietitian, vetting by Healthline’s team of medical experts, and taste-testing by Healthline writers and editors.

For services that offer multiple menus, we requested entrees from each menu to get a more comprehensive view of the types of flavors and meals the service offers.

During testing, we considered the following factors:

  • Sign-up process and menu navigation: Was the sign-up process straightforward? Were there diet-specific menus or filter options to make it easier for people with certain dietary preferences and restrictions to find suitable meals?
  • Recipe variety: How many meal options were there to choose from? Was there a good variety of types of cuisines and ingredient combinations?
  • Nutritional composition: Were most of the meals nutritionally balanced? Did they contain a generous serving of vegetables?
  • Ingredient quality and freshness: Did the ingredients arrive fresh and in good condition? Did the service offer some higher quality items, such as organic produce or grass-fed beef?
  • Ease of preparation: Were the meals relatively easy to make, or did they require some expertise in the kitchen? Were the estimated cooking times accurate?
  • Taste: Were most of the meals well seasoned, or did we need to add ingredients to boost the flavor, such as spices, herbs, or condiments?
  • Packaging: Did the meals arrive in mostly recyclable, compostable, or reusable packaging? Was it obvious which items could be recycled or reused?

What is the healthiest premade-meal delivery service?

This depends on what kind of diet you prefer to follow, any dietary restrictions you have, and your health goals.

For example, BistroMD and Diet-to-Go offer low calorie meals that may be a good fit if you’re trying to lose weight.

Other services, such as Factor and Trifecta Nutrition, feature menus to suit certain diet patterns. Their meals are also crafted to be nutritionally balanced, featuring lean proteins, complex carbs, and plenty of vegetables.

What is the best prepackaged food delivery?

This depends on your preferences for taste and types of meals offered, as well as your health needs. Any of the services on this list may be a great starting point if you’re looking for a prepared meal service that’s a good fit for you.

What is the cheapest prepared meal delivery service?

Mosaic Foods is one of the most affordable prepared meal delivery services, with entrees starting at $5 per serving and free shipping for orders with 12 or more items.

What’s the difference between a prepared meal delivery service and a regular meal delivery service?

Meals from regular meal delivery services typically require some preparation and cooking. Meals from prepared meal delivery services don’t require any preparation besides reheating or blending (for smoothies).

Many meal delivery services are available and can help you enjoy healthy meals at home.

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

When picking a prepared meal delivery service, be sure to consider factors such as cost, availability, variety, and quality.