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Subscription-based meal delivery services like Factor_ and Freshly can be an appealing option for those looking to save time on meal prep.

Both deliver fully prepared entrées that you can heat and enjoy in a matter of minutes. The two companies also offer options to fit a variety of tastes and preferences.

Although the brands share some similarities, several key differences set these two meal delivery services apart.

This article reviews everything you need to know about Factor_ and Freshly to help you determine which one to choose.

Factor_Freshly
Basics• fully prepared meals
• weekly rotating menu
• made with high quality, sustainably sourced ingredients
• fully prepared meals
• extensive menu
• allows you to create a weekly plan based on your preferences
Specialty diets• keto
• paleo
• vegetarian
• vegan
• low carb
• low calorie
• high protein
• low calorie
• high protein
• low carb
• plant-based
• dairy-free
• gluten-free
• soy-free
Cost4 meals per week:$15.00 per meal
6 meals per week: $12.83 per meal
8 meals per week:$12.38 per meal
12 meals per week: $11.50 per meal
18 meals per week: $11.00 per meal
4 meals per week: $11.79 per meal
6 meals per week: $9.99 per meal
8 meals per week: $9.49 per meal
10 meals per week: $9.29 per meal
12 meals per week: $8.99 per meal
Shippingfreefees apply and are based on location
Effectiveness• low calorie and high protein meals may promote weight loss
• caters to several dietary patterns that can promote weight loss
• offers low calorie, low carb, and high protein meals, which can support weight loss
Benefits• convenient
• caters to several diets
• menu changes weekly
• gluten-free facility
• recyclable packaging
• relatively affordable
• convenient
• large menu
• certified gluten-free kitchens
• recyclable packaging
Downsides• expensive
• mostly lunch and dinner entrées
• only offers individual servings
• unsuitable for those with severe allergies
• uses conventional produce
• no breakfast options
• only offers single-serving entrées
• unsuitable for those with certain dietary restrictions or severe food allergies

Here’s a closer look at how each service works.

Factor_

Factor_ is a meal delivery service that aims to simplify healthy eating. The company’s former name is Factor 75.

The company provides fully prepared, preportioned entrées that you can reheat and enjoy with no cooking or cleanup required.

Factor also uses high quality, sustainably sourced ingredients and offers meals suitable for a variety of dietary patterns.

You can order 4–18 meals per week and can mix and match entrées from the company’s rotating menu to make your own custom plan.

Freshly

Freshly is a company based on the idea that eating healthy should be easy.

The brand has an extensive menu with a variety of fresh, ready-to-eat meals that are portioned individually for your convenience.

The company offers weekly subscriptions, which allow you to select 4–12 entrées per week to create a meal plan that’s tailored to you.

You can also add sides and proteins to your order, such as mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, grilled chicken breast, and turkey meatballs. These add-ons are designed to feed 2–4 people, depending on the item.

Finally, nutritional information and ingredient lists are available for each item, allowing you to choose meals that are free of specific ingredients.

Here’s what you can expect from the menu for each service.

Factor_

Factor_ has a rotating menu with a variety of options for many dietary patterns and preferences.

You can easily filter the menu to find entrées that are suitable for ketogenic, paleo, vegetarian, and plant-based diets.

The company clearly labels items that are high protein, low carb, and low calorie.

Add-ons are also available, including cold pressed juices, wellness shots, protein packs, and energy bites.

Each item includes a list of ingredients and details on the nutritional content for one serving.

Here are a few examples of meals from Factor_:

  • Breakfast Tostada Bake with Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Salsa Roja
    • Calories: 890
    • Fat: 57 grams
    • Protein: 45 grams
    • Carbs: 51 grams
  • Pesto Salmon with Creamed Spinach & Tomato Butter Haricot Verts
    • Calories: 790
    • Fat: 60 grams
    • Protein: 49 grams
    • Carbs: 19 grams
  • Mujadara (Lentils & Rice) with Cilantro Sauce & Toasted Pine Nuts
    • Calories: 610
    • Fat: 41 grams
    • Protein: 14 grams
    • Carbs: 55 grams
  • Keto Turkey Chili & Zucchini with Ancho Lime Crema
    • Calories: 440
    • Fat: 34 grams
    • Protein: 25 grams
    • Carbs: 11 grams

Freshly

Freshly’s menu includes more than 30 options each week, all of which are ready to enjoy in under 3 minutes.

The company has several different menu categories available, including:

  • Crafted Classics: classic comfort foods with a health conscious-twist, such as Homestyle Chicken with Masterful Mac & Cheese or Cauliflower Shell Beef Bolognese with Nonna’s Soffritto & Italian Cheeses
  • Signature Collection: customer-favorite Freshly meals and sides
  • FreshlyFit: gluten-free meals that are lower in carbs and higher in protein; majority of options are also free of added sugar
  • Takeout Twists: popular takeout entrées with a health-conscious spin, including the Beef & Broccoli Bowl with Garlicky Stir-Fry Sauce
  • Purely Plant: plant-based twists on globally inspired dishes and comfort food favorites
  • Proteins & Sides: multi-serving portions of signature Freshly favorites, including Freshly’s Masterful Mac & Cheese and Baked Turkey Meatballs

Each week, you can add items from any of these menus to your order to suit your preferences.

High protein, low calorie, low carb, and gluten-, soy-, and dairy-free items are all labeled so on the menu.

You can also view the main ingredients and amounts of protein, calories, carbs, and fat in each meal.

Here are some of the meals that Freshly offers on its menu:

  • Homestyle Chicken with Masterful Mac & Cheese (Crafted Classics)
    • Calories: 550
    • Fat: 27 grams
    • Protein: 46 grams
    • Carbs: 35 grams
  • Autumn Bounty Pork & Turkey Lasagna with Butternut & Brown Rice Pasta (Signature Collection)
    • Calories: 620
    • Fat: 35 grams
    • Protein: 31 grams
    • Carbs: 42
  • Coconut Lemongrass Pork Bowl with Cauli Rice & Fire-Roasted Veg (FreshlyFit)
    • Calories: 400
    • Fat: 27 grams
    • Protein: 22 grams
    • Carbs: 19 grams
  • Chicken Tikka Masala with Seven-Spice Vegetable Biryani (Takeout Twists)
    • Calories: 570
    • Fat: 28 grams
    • Protein: 27 grams
    • Carbs: 48 grams
  • Farmstead Baked Lentil Pasta with Seasonal Veggies & Creamy Marinara (Purely Plant)
    • Calories: 500
    • Fat: 23 grams
    • Protein: 12 grams
    • Carbs: 62 grams

Here’s how much each meal delivery service costs.

Factor_

Factor_ offers several plans depending on the number of meals you’d like.

Here’s the cost for each plan:

  • 4 meals per week: $15.00 per meal
  • 6 meals per week: $12.83 per meal
  • 8 meals per week: $12.38 per meal
  • 12 meals per week: $11.50 per meal
  • 18 meals per week: $11.00 per meal

Add-ons are available for an additional fee. These include soups, shakes, wellness shots, various types of extra protein, and snacks.

Factor_ also offers free shipping for all orders within the contiguous United States.

Freshly

Freshly provides weekly meal bundles, which vary in price based on the number of meals you select.

Here’s the cost for each package:

  • 4 meals per week:$11.79 per meal
  • 6 meals per week:$9.99 per meal
  • 8 meals per week:$9.49 per meal
  • 10 meals per week:$9.29 per meal
  • 12 meals per week:$8.99 per meal

Delivery is available throughout the continental United States. The company determines the shipping fees, which are based on your location, during checkout.

Curious how these meal delivery services work? Here’s a quick look at how the signup processes compare with each other.

Factor_

Factor_ makes it easy to get started by selecting your desired meal plan: Chef’s Choice, Keto, Calorie Smart, or Vegan & Veggie.

Unlike Freshly, you’ll need to add your address and credit card information before you’re able to select your meals.

The menu is updated weekly, and the service allows you to either create a custom order or have the service choose items for you.

Once your meals are selected, they’re prepared by chefs using fresh ingredients before being shipped directly to your door.

Freshly

To sign up for Freshly, you’ll first pick from one of five plans, depending on the number of meals you wish to receive each week.

Next, you’ll select your desired delivery day.

Once those details are complete, you’ll be prompted to pick your meals. To create a custom menu, you can filter by menu or dietary preferences, or sort entrées by their macronutrient content.

Freshly’s menu doesn’t change as often as Factor_’s. However, the service claims that it adds at least one new entrée each week.

Meals can be selected and swapped out by logging into your customer portal, either online or using the Freshly app.

Both Factor_ and Freshly offer low calorie, high protein meals that could be beneficial for weight loss.

Factor_

Factor_ provides a variety of entrées that may help support weight loss.

In fact, the company has an assortment of low calorie meals on its menu, most of which generally contain fewer than 500 calories per serving.

Consuming fewer calories than you use each day can be an effective weight loss strategy (1).

Factor_ also has several high protein meals, each of which contains 30–50 grams of protein per serving.

Increasing your daily intake of protein can keep you feeling full between meals and help regulate your appetite (2).

Furthermore, Factor_ offers meals that are suitable for ketogenic, paleo, and plant-based diets. Studies on all these diets suggest they may enhance weight loss (3, 4, 5).

Freshly

When creating your weekly menu, Freshly allows you to sort items based on their nutritional value.

The company also labels items that contain fewer than 500 calories, which can be useful for those who are looking to lose weight by reducing their calorie intake (1).

Like Factor, Freshly provides an assortment of high protein meals to support appetite regulation (2).

The service also offers a FreshlyFit plan, which includes lower carb entrées, many of which contain fewer than 35 grams of carbs per serving.

Some research has found that restricting your carb intake may help you reduce body fat and lose weight (6, 7).

I tried 1 week of both Factor_ and Freshly meals, and I found the services to be quite different.

Based on menu selection alone, I was most excited for Freshly, as the options sounded a bit more creative and exciting than Factor_’s. In fact, I had a hard time narrowing down my choices.

Here are the Freshly dishes I ultimately ended up with:

  • White Bean Turkey Chili Bowl
  • Unwrapped Salsa Verde Burrito
  • Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
  • Farmstead Baked Lentil Pasta
  • Beef & Broccoli Bowl
  • Sesame-Ginger Chicken and Noodles

Here are the Factor_ meals I tried:

  • Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken with Zucchini Noodles
  • Pesto Salmon with Creamed Spinach & Tomato Butter Haricot Verts
  • Herbed Quinoa Pesto Bowl
  • Smoky BBQ Chicken Breast with Mashed Potatoes, Creamed Corn, & Green Bean Casserole
  • Creamy Parmesan Chicken with Roasted Broccoli & Tomatoes
  • Tomato & Roasted Vegetable Risotto with Toasted Pine Nuts

All of the meals were quick and easy to reheat, with most requiring just 2–3 minutes in the microwave. However, there were noticeable differences in flavor and textures between the two services.

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Factor_ Herbed Quinoa Pesto Bowl (left), Freshly Beef & Broccoli Bowl (right)

With Freshly, I appreciated the creative use of plant-based proteins, such as lentil pasta and nutritional-yeast-based “cheese.” I also liked how each dish incorporated a variety of flavors and vegetables.

However, texture-wise, the ingredients were quite soft and even mushy at times. While I personally don’t mind softer textures, this is likely a downside for others.

In contrast, the Factor_ meals tasted a bit fresher and had a better overall texture than the Freshly ones.

Specifically, the Herbed Quinoa Pesto Bowl was my favorite, as the quinoa was cooked perfectly, the sweet potatoes were soft but not mushy, and the pesto tasted fresh without being overpowering.

Similarly, the chicken and salmon entrées all had a great variety of textures and flavors, though some of the meals could have used a larger portion of veggies.

Still unsure of which prepared meal delivery service is right for you? Here’s a quick look at the pros and cons of each.

Factor_Freshly
Pros
• convenient
• caters to many dietary patterns
• menu changes weekly
• gluten-free facility
• features high quality ingredients, including mostly organic produce, antibiotic-free chicken, cage-free eggs, grass-fed meat, and sustainably sourced seafood
• meals taste fresh and have a good texture
• uses fully recyclable packaging
• convenient
• affordable
• large menu with at least 30 unique entrées per week
• new entrée added almost every week
• offers creative plant-based dishes
• multi-serving side dishes available
• kitchens are certified gluten-free by the Gluten Intolerance Group’s Gluten-Free Food Service (GFFS).
• majority of the packaging is recyclable
Cons• expensive
• limited breakfast options
• entrées contain just one serving
• not ideal for those with severe food allergies other than gluten
• vegetable portion sizes could be bigger for some meals
• doesn’t use organic produce and provides limited information on its ingredient sourcing
• very few options for certain dietary restrictions, such as vegetarian, pescatarian, ketogenic, and paleo diets
• not ideal for those with severe food allergies other than gluten
• entrées contain just one serving
• no breakfast or snack options
• meals tend to have a soft, sometimes mushy, texture

Both Factor_ and Freshly stand out for offering fresh, never frozen prepared meals that are quick and easy to reheat in the microwave.

Similarly, the services prioritize using high quality ingredients and a variety of flavors, though Factor_ comes out slightly ahead, as it features organic produce, sustainable seafood, and grass-fed beef.

While they both cater to some specialty diets, Factor_ may be a better choice if you’re following a low carb eating pattern, such as keto or paleo. However, both services offer low calorie menus that appeal to people looking to lose or maintain their weight.

From my firsthand experience, Freshly offers a more creative menu, with flavors and ingredient combinations that you might not otherwise try.

Whereas Factor_’s menu initially seemed less exciting, but the meals themselves tasted fresher and had a better texture overall.

As the meals were quite different, it’s hard to choose a winner. That said, Factor_ just narrowly beats out Freshly due to its high quality ingredients and superior texture.

However, if budget is your main concern and you’re OK with softer textures, Freshly is an excellent alternative.

Factor_ and Freshly are two meal delivery services aimed at making healthy eating easy and convenient.

Freshly is particularly popular for its affordable price tag and extensive selection of ready-to-eat meals.

However, Factor_ may be a better option for those who have certain dietary restrictions or prefer sticking to organic or sustainably sourced ingredients.