Best Fresh Ready to Eat Meals Delivered Straight to Your Door

All prepared meal delivery services try and sell you the gift of time, meaning they save you time it takes to shop for, prep and cook ingredients by sending you ready to eat dishes, alleviating you of responsibilities of meal planning, execution and even cleaning up. And though the crux of each service may appear the same, there are still differences in what type of food is delivered to you, how, and at what price point.

We’ve found one determining factor for what service to go with is whether a company delivers fresh or frozen meals.

Many of our readers prefer their meals to be delivered fresh versus frozen for various reasons. We’ve found that many deem fresh food to appear more appetizing. Still others find the step of having to thaw frozen meals or having to reheat as an inconvenience. And finally, we’ve received feedback that some people see fresh meals as superior to frozen in quality and maintaining the integrity of the dish.

Whatever your reasons may be in preferring fresh prepared meal delivery services, we’ve got a list of our favorites outlining what each service provides you and at what cost.

Our Reviews for the Best Fresh Prepared Meal Delivery Services

1. Freshly

Freshly is a weekly subscription meal service that delivers fresh (not frozen) prepared meals with a team of chefs and nutritionists at its helm. They have a weekly rotating menu which means you have a lot of versatility in menu offerings in any given month.

Every week you’ll be able to choose your selection of meals from their weekly rotation, which start at $8.99 per meal, and come in four plan sizes: 4, 6, 9, or 12 meals per week.

If you ever need to skip or cancel a week, this service makes it easy for you to alter your upcoming delivery before the weekly deadline.

The Fresh Food

Freshly meals feed an average adult and are single servings. Their 6-meal plan is perfect for one person looking for 6 dinners a week. But if you have a bigger household, no worries. They offer a 12 meal per week subscription which works out well for a family of 4 looking for 3 fresh meals per week.

Calories can range anywhere from about 300 to 650 calories per serving.

How Much This Fresh Food Costs

The average meal costs between $8.99/meal and $12.50/meal. Their most popular meal plan includes 6 meals per week for $59.99 (or $9.99/meal). Shipping on every order is free.

How This Fresh Food is Delivered to You

First of all, with Freshly, unlike other services, shipping is free. They cover shipping and delivery to all states within the continental U.S.

Freshly’s delivery partners provide delivery every day of the week. Of course, the precise day your fresh meals’ arrival are contingent on your ZIP code and the carrier delivering your meals. But it won’t be a surprise.

Whether you’re signing up or updating your delivery day, Freshly shows you all the days available to you and then you can choose what works best for you. In this regard, Freshly is very convenient and there’s a level of flexibility that other services don’t offer.

Fresh Food for Thought

Freshly meals weigh about 13 ounces, which is about 10% larger than their competitors, so you’re definitely getting quality and quantity with this service. Their entire menu is gluten and peanut-free, and they accommodate a variety of dietary preferences.

On their site, they state:

As a customer, you’re able to set your dietary preferences to find the meals that work for you. So whether you’re paleo or vegetarian, you’ll always have some options to work with. If you have very specific dietary preferences, you can check out individual ingredient lists for each dish or contact us at support@freshly.com and we can help you select your meals! If you’re unable to find dishes that fit your preferences, be sure to check back frequently as we’re always adding in new, exciting dishes. On average, our weekly rotation of 30+ dishes includes:

  • Under 500 calories: 20+ meals
  • Under 35 grams of carbs: 8–10 meals
  • Dairy–free: 8–10 meals
  • Paleo–friendly: About 4 meals
  • Vegetarian: About 4 

And we found that what they advertise is true. Their customer service is stellar, particularly in fielding inquiries about how to receive meals that are reflective of unique or specific dietary needs and allergies.

And then there’s the fact that shipping is free which makes this meal delivery service great. But what really makes it stand out is that the food actually tastes fresh and good.

Finally, every meal heats up in 3 minutes or less making this any easy choice for the best fresh prepared meal delivery service.

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2. Factor 75

The Fresh Food

Factor 75’s claim to fame is that it delivers fresh, nutritious meals to your door.  There is absolutely no cooking requiring in enjoying Factor 75 meals unless you consider reheating the chef prepared meals in the microwave as cooking.

All of their meals are non-GMO, grass-fed, pasture-raised, preservative-free, antibiotic-free, soy-free, and gluten-free. And thankfully NOT taste-free.

When you’re choosing meals from their online menu, handy icons will tell you if the meal you’re looking it is dairy free, low carb, and even more specific, in adherence to Paleolithic and Ketogenic diets.  There’s even an icon to warn you if a meal is spicy!

Factor 75 icons on their menu

What Fresh Meals Can You Expect?

Depending on what category of meals you order, be it Paleo, Keto or dairy-free, you may have the choice of an array of chicken, pork, salmon, and beef dishes paired up with whole grains and lush vegetables.

How Much This Fresh Food Costs

Factor 75 plans and prices are as follows:

  • 4 meals per week: $60/week (or $15/meal)
  • 6 meals per week: $77/week (or $12.83/meal)
  • 8 meals per week: $99/week (or $12.38/meal)
  • 12 meals per week: $138/week (or $11.50/meal)
  • 18 meals per week: $198/week ($11.00/meal)

How This Fresh Food is Delivered to You

On their site, Factor 75 prepares you for how you will receive your fresh food and how you should store it. They advise:

We deliver the meals in tested boxes filled with ice packs and insulation. They are designed to keep your food at refrigerated temperatures through transit. Once you receive your meals, you should place them in the fridge ASAP. Once in the fridge, they are good for at least the next 7 days (expiration is printed on the label).

You can freeze our meals if you do not expect to eat them in the first seven days, but fresh just tastes better. Uncooked greens like salads should not be frozen, and should be eaten earlier for peak deliciousness.

Fresh Food for Thought

Factor 75 comes in at a very close second. If you’ve perused our site you’ve probably concluded at this point that we’re big Factor 75 fans and that’s because they deliver fresh and healthy food consistently. Their meals, too, are some of the more interesting ones out there with a variety of animal and vegetarian proteins and bevvy of vegetables which compose each dish. You won’t get bored with this service.

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3. MamaSezz

MamaSezz is the leader in the whole food, plant-based meal delivery services space.  All MamaSezz foods are gluten-free.

Their meals come fresh and are ready to heat and eat. They also come with a “use or freeze by” date on the packaging. No worries, the date listed in usually within 10-18 days of your delivery so although it comes fresh, you can certainly freeze it and eat it if you can’t dig in immediately or even the week of arrival.

The Fresh Food

So how do MamaSezz meals stay fresh? Their meals come in eco-friendly boxes specifically designed to maintain freshness. On their site, MamaSezz says, “It’s like a mini-fridge (fully recyclable), making sure your delivery is nice and cold on its journey to you. Take it from our fridge and put it in yours. Our cold chains are designed to keep the ice packs cold for up to three days.”

MamaSezz offers subscriptions, or what they call “Automatic Deliveries” on all bundles. You have the option of having a bundle arrive as often as you want in weekly increments. Also–and we think this is an important thing to note–you’re able to pause, alter, or cancel your subscription at any time.

How Much This Fresh Food Costs

MamaSezz meals are priced in the $4 -$6 range per serving. They provide free shipping to most states in the northeast. Reduced shipping rates are provided to some states in the southeast. Since meals are made fresh to order, MamaSezz uses FedEx 2- day shipping.

The cost to ship to the west is higher from our New Hampshire plant. But the company will soon open a second production facility soon in the west which will drive down shipping rates.

How This Fresh Food is Delivered to You

Your fresh meals arrive in a refrigerated box  on Thursday or Friday after the Sunday you order. Boxes and packaging can be submitted to MamaSezz for reuse and recycling. They’ll even provide the tape and a shipping label to make it easier for you to do so and then you go online and schedule a FedEx to pick it up at a time that works for you.

Fresh Food for Thought

We love this service and the array of fresh dishes their subscription delivers. It’s super healthy at that. However, though its oil-Free, refined Sugar-Free, gluten-free and without preservatives, it’s also vegan which makes this program not suited for everyone. But that doesn’t mean it’s not good, it just means that for those of you who seek a meal program with a choice of animal proteins on the menu, you won’t find any from this company.

For vegetarians, vegans, or those of you looking to increase your vegetable intake without having to cook, rejoice! This one’s for you.

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4. Healthy Chef Creations

Healthy Chef Creations’ meals are made to order “from scratch each week, packaged, shipped and delivered fresh to your door, never frozen, and ready to eat.”

The Fresh Food

With this service, you are able to create your own weekly menu and customize your individual meals with Healthy Chef Creations’ A La Carte menu. You can pick your meals, select your side dishes, and personalize your meals with individual meal options.

For their standard Meal Programs, you’re able to indicate your allergens in your profile, which will then be registered to your program orders.

Let’s say you you have additional preferences and/or special dietary needs or require dishes not on the standard meal program. No problem, you contact Customer Service to request a quote for a custom meal program and go from there.

Unfortunately, custom programs cannot be ordered online but this is Healthy Chef’s strength. Most services won’t even offer the option of just highly customized programs.

Most of their entrees come in two basic serving sizes: regular and large. Our regularly sized dinner entree consists of a 5 ounce main item with two half-cup sized side dishes.  The Healthy Chef® Diet weight loss program menus and portion sizes are specifically created to meet the daily calorie ranges you specify.

How Much This Fresh Food Costs

Alrighty this is where this service gets us – it costs about $50 a day. Sure, this service is more akin to having a private chef and yes, it’s cheaper than having one. But it’s certainly helluva lot pricier than other meal delivery providers who are, quite frankly, providing the same kind of programs.

How This Fresh Food is Delivered to You

Each meal is individually packaged and sealed for freshness in a BPA-free container which are both microwave safe and recyclable.

Meals always arrive fresh, not frozen, and ready to eat, though they can certainly frozen and eaten at a later date.

Healthy Chef Creations deliver to residential addresses everywhere in the U.S. and to some parts of Alaska and Hawaii that may require additional charges.

Fresh Food for Thought

The meal plans and shipping costs are high, y’all. This service comes with a hefty price tag for fresh meals. However, you are getting tasty food; it’s not as if you’re paying a lot per day and not getting delicious fresh food. It’s just that you can get the same tasting food for cheaper with the other services we listed.

Having said that though, this company works with you to create highly customizable meals.  If you have special dietary needs or simply want to choose more food preferences than seen with the standard plans, Healthy Chef Creations will design a customized meal program for you.

In short, these meal plans and shipping costs are high, y’all. But if a tight budget is of no consequence and customized, fresh meals are your jam, than this is for you.

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