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The 25 Best Prepared Meal Delivery Services In 2021

Lindsey Morse
ByLindsey MorseJun 23, 2021 | 14 comments

Some of us love to spend time in the kitchen — others, not so much. Prepared meal kits can save a tremendous amount of time, and they’ve come a long way: If you’re picturing a freezer-burnt TV dinner, think again. 

We’ll admit that we were skeptical when we read about services like Freshly and Daily Harvest; if the food arrives ready-to-eat, how good could it actually be? Fortunately, these brands have pulled out stops to compete with pre-portioned cooking kits like Hello Fresh. When you’re ordering a prepared meal delivery service online, you’re paying for quality — many brands hire award-winning chefs to run their kitchens, and with dedicated options for different dietary considerations (think vegetarian, vegan, paleo, keto, gluten-free, and more), you can easily find something that suits your tastes.

Of course, there are dozens of ready-to-eat meal services on the market, and quality can vary from brand to brand. That’s where we come in: By drawing from user reviews, editorial reviews, and quite a bit of research, we’ve collected a list of 17 of the best prepared meal delivery services available online.

Still not sure if prepared meals will work for you? Here are a few advantages:

  • Cost. While prepared meal deliveries are more expensive than traditional meal kits, they’re still significantly cheaper than takeout. We’ve included several options to help you keep your budget in check while improving your diet.
  • Nutrition. Many of the services featured below have registered dietitians on staff. Put simply, these kits aren’t designed as “guilty pleasures.” Many services have options for people who want to cut calories, reduce meat consumption, count macros, or fulfill other health goals. 
  • Sustainability. Meal delivery services can actually reduce your carbon footprint — primarily by reducing food waste, which is a massive problem in the United States. While we couldn’t find any studies that compare cook-at-home delivery services and prepared meal kits directly, the general consensus is that meal kits are more sustainable than a trip to the grocery store.
  • Convenience. Okay, this is an obvious benefit — but if you don’t have time to cook (or you’d prefer to spend your free time outside of your kitchen), prepared meal kits make sense. They’re also excellent options for on-the-go eating; if you find yourself ordering takeout from your office several times per week, a meal service can help you cut costs while improving your diet.

Ready to find the right prepared meal delivery service for you? We’re ready to help — and if we’ve missed one of your favorite subscriptions, be sure to let us know in the comments at the end of this article.

The Best Popular Prepared Meal Delivery Services – MSA Picks

One more note: This list focuses on prepared meal delivery services, but as we’ve discussed, some people prefer cooking. If that sounds like you, be sure to check out our list of The 20 Best Meal Kit Delivery Services in 2021 – Readers’ Choice Awards to see the full lineup of all types of meal kits.

With that said, let’s dive (and dine) in.

1. Freshly – The Best All-Around Prepared Meal Delivery Service

Image via Freshly.

About the Meal Kit: Freshly is our pick for best all-around prepared meal delivery service. If you’re new to the idea of ready-to-eat meals, this is a great place to start; while some of the options are more specialized (for instance, they’re focused around smoothies or bowls), Freshly offers classic entrees that should satisfy most buyers. Each plate is gourmet quality, and there are a ton of delicious comfort food classics to choose from. Options are available for people with different dietary preferences, and unlike many other services, Freshly offers options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

The one downside: there are limited plant-based options, so if you’re a vegetarian or vegan, you’ll probably want to check out Splendid Spoon or Sprinly (detailed later in this list) if you’re looking for pre-made meals. There are no dedicated plans designed for two people or four people, but you can order as many meals as you need to feed your family.

Availability: Most of the U.S.

The Cost: Plans start at $8.49 per serving. Pricing varies depending on the number of meals and serving sizes. Choose the plan that works for you and sign up here.

COUPON: Limited Time Only! Use code LAUNCH15 to save $60 over your first four boxes.

Customer Review:

I subscibed to Freshly for about 3 months. I did have some meals come unsealed, the company credited me DOUBLE what the meal was worth. The food was flavorful. It may be hard if you already are not used to eating healthy. My significant other does NOT eat healthy in the least, but commented how good it smelled. I was using them for all 3 meals of the day. I lost 17 pounds in that time, my acne cleared up quite a bit and I feel more energetic. The turkey lasagne was awesome, I enjoy the chicken parm, the sweet potato mash was yummy! I enjoyed most meals I received (although none of the fish seemed right, the salmon was good, but oily). I would highly recommend. –Kyla

Visit our Freshly reviews page to learn more! 


2. Daily Harvest – The Best Vegan Prepared Meal Delivery Service

Three containers of frozen smoothie ingredients from Daily Harvest.

Image from our review.

About the meal kit: Daily Harvest offers pre-portioned smoothies, soups, harvest bowls, and snacks. They’re seriously delicious — and surprisingly filling. Daily Harvest does a great job of making healthy eating fun, and we think it’s the best prepared meal delivery service for vegans. The flavor combinations are exciting and unexpected (Mango + Turmeric Chia Bowl, anyone?), and most of the nutrient-packed items arrive in frozen cups (with the exception of the flatbreads), which makes them excellent for healthy eating on-the-go. With minimal sugars and mostly organic ingredients, this is a hassle-free, vegan-friendly prepared meal delivery service at a great price.

Availability: 95% of the U.S.

The Cost: Items range from $5.99 to $8.99. Save with 9, 14, and 24-item boxes. Sign up here!

COUPON: Use code GIGANTE40 to save $40 off your first box.

Customer Review: 

I really appreciate having a simplified method of preparing unique plant based meals. With numerous superfoods included as ingredients. This is especially important in the current climate to pamper your immune system as much as possible with a healthy diet. –Jennipher

Visit our Daily Harvest reviews page to learn more! 


3. Factor_ – The Best Keto Prepared Meal Delivery Service

Factor meal plan featuring vegetarian prepared meals and wellness shots.

Image from our review.

About the meal kit: This keto meal delivery service sends dishes that are already cooked, so all you have to do is pop ’em in the microwave for 5 minutes or less. Factor ingredients include grass-fed meats with no antibiotics or hormones and organic and non-GMO produce. All of the keto-friendly meals are gluten-free, soy-free, and free of added sugars.

Availability: Nationwide

Cost: Starting at $15.00 per meal for 4 meals/week. Save with longer subscriptions. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code MSA90OFF to save $90 off your first three weeks of FACTOR!

Customer Review:

Being able to pop a fresh-made meal into the oven or microwave for less than five minutes and have a complete dinner is kinda nice. I found these meals to be delicious and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality. I’m really bad at nutrition as well and these are portion-controlled and seem generally quite healthy, especially if you’re following a diet like keto or paleo. –Marne, MSA Reviewer

Visit our Factor meals reviews page to learn more!


4. CookUnity – The Best Prepared Meals From Award Winning Chefs

Some meals from CookUnity

About the meal kit: CookUnity is a chef collective that ships hand-crafted prepared meal subscription boxes curated by skilled, award-winning, local chefs right to your door. Their mission is to become more than just a meal subscription – they want to bring the creations of talented chefs to your kitchen table.

As a prepared meal service, the only real step to cooking is to reheat – but any chef knows there’s more than one way to heat something. That’s why as an extra touch, CookUnity gives you the “fast” way or the “chef’s” way to heat your meal to get even closer to that top tier quality.

Availability: CookUnity is expanding – they currently deliver to most states in the East-coast, Midwest, and Southwest regions – but they have a full delivery map to see if they’re in your area, so check back soon if they’re not in your area yet.

Cost: Ranges from $10.49 to $13.49 per meal depending on how many meals you order per week. Subscribe here!

Customer Review:

“I’ve tried most of the food delivery companies. Cookunity is the best. Food is already cooked and there are tons of options to choose from every week, including ethnic foods. The chicken and salmon dishes are so moist! I haven’t tried one dish that wasn’t delicious in months.” – Pamela

Visit our CookUnity reviews page to learn more!

5. Splendid Spoon – The Best Plant-Based Delivery Service for Smoothie-Lovers

Group shot of all Splendid Spoon Meals with box

Image from our review.

About the meal kit: Splendid Spoon is a plant-based prepared meal delivery service that specializes in nutrient-rich smoothies, soups, and grain bowls. All of their products are vegan, gluten-free, and made with GMO-free ingredients. Splendid Spoon is one of the more affordable ready-to-eat food subscription boxes on the market, and many of their products are made to be enjoyed cold — including some soups — so you can enjoy a wholesome meal on-the-go. The menu changes regularly, and you’ll find satisfying options regardless of your preferences; if you don’t have time to cook, but you’re ready to improve your diet, this is a great service to get you on the right track.

Availability: Nationwide

The Cost: Plans start at $9.00 per serving. Pricing varies depending on the number of meals and serving sizes. Choose the plan that works for you and sign up here.

COUPON: Use code mysubscription to mysubscription.

Customer Review:

I found Splendid Spoon to be a really helpful and easy way to eat healthy when I was super busy going to work and night school. Even now that I’ve been staying safe at home for two weeks, I think having meals that I don’t need to prepare or think much about can be helpful when I’m having days where eating at all is a triumph. And I found the meals to be DELICIOUS. Like, really good. And I love their smoothies. This is a pricy meal plan when I look at objectively, but I also know that I am paying for the convenience and for the ease of eating more healthy with a few clicks on my computer. Will I order this every single week? No. Will I treat myself maybe once a month or at times when I know the cost is worth it? Absolutely. –Marne, MSA Reviewer

Visit our Splendid Spoon reviews page to learn more! 


6. Sakara Life – The Best Plant-Based Meal & Wellness Lifestyle Plan

Image from our review.

About the meal kit: If you have a soft spot for beautiful food, you may be pleased to hear that Sakara Life sends fresh and healthy meals that are Instagram-ready. The colorful salads and picture-perfect pastries are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and ready-to-eat. Products are created in collaboration with chefs and nutritionists to ensure they’re as nourishing as they are delicious, and everything is organic, clean, and nutrient-rich. Meal plans include breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sakara Life also offers a range of snacks and supplements, as well as guidance on organic nutrition, wellness, and mindful living. The biggest downside? This luxury meal delivery service comes at a premium price.

Availability: Nationwide

The Cost: Starting at $239.00 per week for the 3-Day Signature Program. Sign up here!

Customer Review:

Sakara Life has truly reenvisioned subscription meal delivery. The recipes are thoughtfully designed, and the food is really impressive. All of the meals I received were exciting and delicious; never once during my program did I pout about eating “healthy food” or want to skip a meal in favor of something more enticing. I’m a total sucker for a pretty plate of food, and my Sakara meals were all drop-dead gorgeous. (Scroll down to see what I mean. That donut? I mean come on.) When it comes to nutrition, taste, and visual appeal, Sakara really does deliver. All that said, it might be the most expensive meal subscription I’ve ever sampled. –Lindsey, MSA Reviewer 

Visit our Sakara Life reviews page to learn more!


7. Sprinly – The Best Vegan Fresh Prepared Meal Delivery Service

Image from our review.

About the meal kit: This plant-based meal subscription ships fresh, pre-prepared meals that make it easy for you to eat healthy on a tight timeline! Some menu items can be enjoyed right out of the fridge, others require a quick heat-up in the microwave. 

All Sprinly meals are plant-based, organic, dairy-free, 100% gluten-free, and contain no refined sugars. Sprinly lists fresh ingredients in every weekly meal selection form so that you can avoid anything you wish to when choosing your meals. Meals keep in the fridge for 5-6 days, and may be frozen to extend shelf life if needed.

Availability: Some U.S. states & cities including Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, Washington D.C., Maryland, Northern Virginia, Nashville, Buffalo, and Chicago.

The Cost: Starts at $109.00 per week (6 meals per week at $18.17 per meal). Sign up here!

Customer Review:

Sprinly has a lot to offer— especially for vegans and those looking for healthy, pre-prepared meals in a hurry. It’s far from the cheapest meal delivery service, but if you’re looking for plant-based meals that are ready to heat & eat, the convenience might make this subscription well worth the cost. –Lindsey, MSA Reviewer

Visit our Sprinly reviews page to learn more!


8. Sunbasket – The Best Farm-to-Table Prepared Meal Delivery Service

Sun Basket

Image from our review.

About the meal kit: Are you a fan of farm-to-table cooking and “California cuisine”? Check out Sunbasket. Created by the former head chef of a James-Beard-Award-winning restaurant, Sunbasket is a meal kit subscription that emphasizes clean, healthy eating and takes ingredient sourcing seriously. Plans can be customized to accommodate special dietary considerations (you can pick paleo-friendly, vegetarian, vegan, diabetes-friendly, or Mediterranean diet options, among others), and all meal kits include organic produce and responsibly sourced meats & seafood. 

When you sign up for a subscription, you can choose whether you’d like to receive meal kits or prepared meals. Both are delicious, but if you’re looking for food that’s delicious and ready to heat and eat, we recommend the Fresh & Ready meals. If you’re interested in culinary exploration — and you don’t mind paying slightly more for adventurous recipes — Sunbasket is an excellent choice.

Availability: Most of the U.S.

The Cost: Plans start at $10.99 per serving. Pricing varies depending on the number of meals and serving sizes. Choose the plan that’s right for you and sign up here.

COUPON: Get $35 off plus free shipping! No coupon needed - just use this link.

Customer Review: 

 It’s safe to say I am a Sunbasket fan anyways, but the Fresh & Ready meals are a game-changer for my dinner plans right now. I am so sick of cooking, and these are the perfect way to enjoy a meal that feels home-cooked without destroying my kitchen or over-paying for delivery. –Megan, MSA Reviewer

Visit our Sunbasket reviews page to learn more! 


9. Yumble – The Best Prepared Meal Delivery Service for Kids

Yumble Subscription display of all kids meals received

Image from our review.

About the meal kit: Yumble sends pre-prepared meals for kids ages 12 months to 12 years (their specialty is children ages 3 to 6 years old). The meals include the stuff kids want to eat, but with healthy and fresh ingredients hidden in each dish. Food is prepared using seasonal, fresh, natural, and nutritious ingredients, including organic produce and humanely-raised, antibiotic and hormone-free meats when possible. Each meal comes ready to heat in the microwave, or you can transfer it out of its recyclable tray to be heated stovetop or in the oven. All Yumble foods are free of peanuts & tree nuts, but they are not made in a nut-free kitchen. Some meals are marked as being free of milk, gluten, soy, eggs, or are vegetarian, but the kitchen is not entirely free of these ingredients. Meals should be refrigerated upon arrival and enjoyed within 7 days.

Availability: East Coast, Texas, California, and parts of the Midwest

The Cost: Starts at $47.94 per week (6 meals per week at $6.99 to $7.99 per meal). Sign up here!

COUPON: Use code MSAYUM40 to get $40 off for your first 4 orders ($10 off each order).

Customer Review:

Yumble gets an A+ for convenience, quality, and overall experience. That said, this subscription wasn’t just-right for us. The portions were too big for my 20-month-old, which meant we were either stretching them out over 2 days or I was finishing them so they wouldn’t go to waste. The meals may be balanced, but I didn’t find them to be quite as healthy as marketed. Finally, I found it to be a bit expensive at the 6-meal tier, which is the volume that made the most sense for us. –Christen, MSA Reviewer

Visit our Yumble reviews page to learn more!


10. Snap Kitchen – The Best Prepared Meal Delivery Service for Special Diets

Snap Kitchen plate of spinach with chicken, sauce, and veggies.

Image via Snap Kitchen.

About the meal kitSnap Kitchen makes fresh meals with dietician-designed portions, macros, and ingredients. All food is free from hormones, antibiotics, GMOs, artificial flavoring, and gluten, and arrives in compostable packaging. Plans are available for various lifestyles including low-carb, high-protein, paleo, keto, vegetarian, and Whole30 lifestyles. You can also build your own custom plan. Meals keep for 4-6 days in the refrigerator.

Availability: Nationwide

The Cost: $69.99 for 6 meals, $114.99 for 12 meals. Sign up here!

COUPON: Use code MSA50 to get 50% off your first Snap Kitchen subscription box! .

Customer Review: 

Snap Kitchen’s meals are healthy, but they are SO good! I never thought I’d feel so great about eating a delicious pasta dish, but with Snap, I do because every meal is gluten-free. I’ve lost 10 lbs since I started eating Snap, and I love how convenient the meals are. 10/10 recommend. –Alex E

Visit our Snap Kitchen reviews page to learn more!


11. Veestro – The Best Calorie-Conscious Prepared Meal Delivery Service

Four sample dishes offered by vegetarian meal subscription, Veestro, set on a linen tablecloth with glasses of wine.

Image via Veestro.

About the meal kit: Looking for vegan meals that are also health-conscious? Veestro specializes in plant-based frozen meals that are designed around a 1200 calorie-per-day diet. You don’t have to give up delicious meals just because you’re on a weight loss journey. 

Unlike heat-and-eat meals of the past, Veestro’s dishes are all organic, plant-based, dairy-free, preservative-free, and non-GMO, and they offer a gluten-free option, too. Choose to subscribe to 18, 30, or 42 meals every other week depending on your needs. Veestro recommends storing meals in the freezer and moving 1-2 days’ worth of food to the refrigerator to thaw before heating. Meals last up to 8 weeks in the freezer, and up to 1 week in the fridge.

Availability: Nationwide

The Cost: Starting at $229.00 with shipment every 2 weeks. Sign up here!

COUPON: Use code POWERPLANT30 to $40 off your first order.

Customer Review: Be the first to review Veestro!

Visit our Veestro page to learn more!


12. Mosaic – The Best Vegetarian Prepared Meal Delivery Service

Mosaic plant-based prepared meals unpacked in front of their shipping box.

Image from our review.

About the meal kit: Mosaic delivers healthy, flavorful meals that are made from real ingredients. Mosaic’s food is all vegetarian-friendly, and the menu features veggie-heavy noodle bowls, risottos, and veggie bowls packed with plant-based protein, fiber, and flavor. Each meal can be heated in 5 minutes or less in the microwave, or you can remove the food from its tray to heat it in the oven or stovetop. 

Meals are chilled in transit using dry ice, so your box can sit unopened for up to 12 hours. They keep in the freezer for 3+ months. If you need convenient meal options that work for your vegetarian diet, Mosaic is an excellent choice. The major disadvantage: The pricing is fairly high relative to other services (but still significantly cheaper than takeout — and much healthier). Mosaic also has a limited delivery area, so if you’re on the West Coast, you’ll need to keep looking.

Availability: Some parts of the eastern U.S. Enter your zip code here to check if they serve your area.

The Cost: $79.92/delivery. Choose to schedule your prepared food delivery every week, 2 weeks, or 4 weeks. Sign up here!

COUPON: First box 38% off. No coupon needed - just use this link.

What we love about Mosaic:

“The vegetarian meals I tried were some of the best, most filling lunches I’ve had, packed with plant protein and fresh-tasting vegetables I felt good about eating.” – Emily, MSA reviewer

Visit our Mosaic reviews page to learn more!


13. Home Bistro – The Best Restaurant-Quality Prepared Meal Delivery Service

Chargrilled salmon prepared on a white dish with broccoli, lemon, and rosemary as garnish, from gourmet prepared meal box Home Bistro.

Image via Home Bistro.

About the box: Home Bistro offers gourmet meals that can be reheated in the microwave or boiled in their packaging. They work with top chefs (including Iron Chef Cat Cora!) to deliver food that’s truly restaurant-quality. Meals are sold individually as well as in boxes of 6-12, so they can work for individuals and families alike. 

If you want to enjoy celebrity-chef-designed cuisine from the comfort of your own home, you can’t beat Home Bistro. The menu even supports those in need of vegetarian, paleo, and diabetic-friendly recipes.

Availability: Nationwide

The Cost: Individual meals start at $14.00. Meal combos start at $101.99. Delivery is free for orders over $149.99. Sign up here!

Customer Review: Be the first to review Home Bistro!

Visit our Home Bistro reviews page to learn more!


14. Trifecta – The Best Prepared Meal Delivery Service for Athletes

An example meal from Trifecta

Image via Trifecta

About the meal kit: Trifecta is a no-prep healthy meal delivery service designed with various lifestyles in mind. Each meal is made with organic ingredients and grass-fed meat and wild-caught seafood where applicable. The following plans are available: Keto, Clean, Paleo, Vegan, Classic, and Vegetarian. 

Each plan outlines the average macronutrients per meal, sample meals, and more. With such a dedicated focus on nutrition, we think Trifecta is the best prepared meal delivery service for athletes. One thing to note about Trifecta is that you aren’t always able to select your own meals each week. Most plans pair you with recipes each week; if you’d like to select your own, make sure you choose the Classic Plan at signup.

Availability: Nationwide

The Cost: Starts at $108.43/week (7 meals per week at $15.49 per meal) and shipping is free. Sign up here!

Customer Review: Be the first to review Trifecta!

Visit our Trifecta reviews page to learn more!


15. Real Eats – The Best Regional Prepared Meal Delivery Service

Real Eats southwestern chicken meal on a rustic table setting.

Image via Real Eats.

About the meal kit: Real Eats delivers healthy pre-made meals that are great for both lunch and dinner. They also offer add-ons suitable for breakfast and snacks, such as Chia Seed Pudding and Huevos Rancheros Frittata. 

Each dish is less than 600 calories, and you can rest assured that on their menu you’ll find no artificial ingredients, binders, fillers or artificial preservatives added. Everything is non-GMO and they use organic ingredients when possible. Meals can be heated in boiling water or microwaved.

Availability: They deliver to all of: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia & West Virginia.

They also deliver to parts of most other states and are expanding – be sure to check your zip code just in case if this sounds interesting to you!

The Cost: Starts at $60.00 per week (4 meals per week at $15.00 per meal). Sign up here!

COUPON: Use code GETREAL25 to 25% off.

Customer Review: Be the first to review Real Eats!

Visit our Real Eats reviews page to learn more!


16. Magic Kitchen – The Best Frozen Prepared Meal Delivery Service for Special Diets

Magic Kitchen meal of salmon with vegetables and orzo, in the microwavable container it would be sent in.

Image via Magic Kitchen.

About the meal kit: Magic Kitchen offers healthy, wholesome meals that require no cooking. There are hundreds of meal options, and many of them are designed to support special diets and dietary restrictions without sacrificing flavor or quality. The meals arrive frozen, and you’ll find full meals, a la carte items, as well as snacks to enjoy throughout the day. 

You’ll find meals on the menu that are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, low-carb, low-calorie, and there are also meals designed to work for those who have dialysis, diabetic, and kidney-renal dietary specifications. Compared with some of the other ready-to-eat kits we’ve covered, Magic Kitchen’s selection is fairly basic — most meals consist of an entree and side dish. Still, the flavors are there, and the numerous dietary options make this a worthy inclusion on our list.

Availability: Nationwide

The Cost: Starting at $11.70/meal. Choose from 1, 2, or 3 meals per 7 day period. Shipping starts at $18.95, but varies by location. Sign up here!

Customer Review: Be the first to review Magic Kitchen!

Visit our Magic Kitchen reviews page to learn more!


17. Clean Eatz – The Best Prepared Meal Delivery Service for Meal Preppers

7 fresh, prepared meals from Clean Eatz, many of which include various ways to serve grilled chicken and vegetables.

Image via Clean Eatz.

Why It’s Worth Subscribing: It is with the merits of meal prep in mind that Clean Eatz delivers perfectly portioned, frozen meals that are planned with a balance of protein, carbs, and fats. Every meal they carry is under 500 calories for easier creation of a meal plan regimen. 

Catering to various fitness needs including weight loss, weight gain, and bulking, Clean Eatz offers the option to add extra protein to any meal for an additional $1.50 per meal. They offer gluten-free and keto options, and none of their meals include fish or shellfish, however, meals are not prepared in an allergen-free facility.

Availability: Nationwide

The Cost: Starts at $38.00 per week (5 meals per week at $7.60 per meal). Sign up here!

Customer Review: Be the first to review Clean Eatz!

Visit our Clean Eatz reviews page to learn more!


18. Jimmy’s Famous Meals – Best Prepared Meal Delivery Service for Bodybuilders

About the meal kit: Jimmy’s Famous Meals is the ideal pre-made meal delivery service for bodybuilders (and anyone else who’s looking to make the most of their gains). With Jimmy’s Famous Meals, subscribers can choose to build their own menu or select meals from one of Jimmy’s pre-made menus: Male Bulk, Male Tone, Female Bulk, and Female Tone. If you’re unsatisfied with the premade menu options, Jimmy’s also offers an a la carte menu that includes specialty items like Crake Cake and Greek Lemon Chicken.    

Availability: Select zip codes. Door-to-door shipping and pickup available. $50 minimum. 

The Cost: Prices start at $55. Sign up here

Should we review Jimmy’s Famous Meals? Let us know in the comments below! 

19. Soylent – Best Grab-and-Go Prepared Meal Delivery Service

About the meal kit: Soylent is a plant-based prepared meal delivery service that provides meals in the form of beverages. (While the Soylent website does state that its beverages can replace any meal, these drinks aren’t meant to replace every meal.) Soylent can be bought as a one-time purchase or as a subscription for 15, 30, 45, or 60 days. Soylent also sells bars and powders. 

Availability: Free shipping to the continental U.S. on orders $25 or more. 

The Cost: Prices start at $22.50 (for bars), $29.70 (for drinks), and $52.50 (for powders). Sign up here!  

Should we review Soylent? Let us know in the comments below! 


20. Foodnerd – Best Prepared Meal Delivery Service for Quick Breakfasts

About the meal kit: Foodnerd features raw, sprouted, organic ingredients in its meals. Each Foodnerd meal is breakfast-based. (Think: Overnight oats, overnight chia pudding, and overnight buckwheat.) Customers can save 15% by subscribing for a weekly bundle or purchase items a la carte. There’s also a “trial box” option available for potential subscribers who want to try a little bit of everything Foodnerd has to offer. 

Availability: Free three-day shipping to the continental U.S. on orders $50 or more. 

The Cost: Prices start at $20. Sign up here

Should we review Foodnerd? Let us know in the comments below!  


21. Mom’s Meals – Best Prepared Meal Delivery Service for Seniors

About the meal kit: Mom’s Meals provides dietitian-approved menus that are tailored to support common health conditions, including diabetes, dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), celiac disease, and kidney disease. Each meal can be stored in the fridge for up to 14 days and subscribers have the option to choose from a variety of meals, including options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. What’s more? Mom’s Meals serves clients who are covered by Medicare Advantage plans, Medicaid plans, Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) programs or the Older Americans Act. Mom’s Meals offers microwave meal delivery for self-pay recipients and/or caregivers, as well. 

Availability: Free shipping plus 10% off with auto-ship. Ships nationwide. Flat rate shipping (non-auto-ship customers) $14.95.  

The Cost: Prices start at $6.99 per meal for self-pay subscribers. Sign up here

Should we review Mom’s Meals? Let us know in the comments below! 


22. BistroMD – Best Prepared Meal Delivery Service for People with Diabetes

About the meal kit: BistroMD gives subscribers the chance to create a customizable meal plan that works for their schedule and dietary preferences. Each week, subscribers can choose from 150 chef-prepared meals that are ready to eat in 15 minutes or less. All of the meals provided by BistroMD are doctor-designed. In addition to offering healthy meal choices for people with diabetes or celiac disease, BistroMD offers a number of weight-loss meal plans for both men and women. 

Availability: Standard shipping is $19.95. Ships to the continental U.S. (BistroMD does not deliver to HI or AK). 

The Cost: Prices start at $97.46. Sign up here!

Should we review BistroMD? Let us know in the comments below! 


23. Nutrition for Longevity – Best Prepared Meal Delivery Service for Flexitarians

About the meal kit: Nutrition for Longevity is the perfect prepared meal delivery service for people who occasionally enjoy meat. You know, “flexitarians.”  Meal plan options include vegan meal plans, pescatarian meal plans, and flexitarian meal plans. Subscribers can mix and match by selecting nine, 12, or 15 meals to be delivered weekly. Nutrition for Longevity also sells organic antioxidant rich coffee, organic polyphenol rich olive oil, organic antioxidant rich dark chocolate, and a seasonal produce box.  

Availability: Ships to the continental U.S. 

The Cost: Prices start at $108. Sign up here!

Should we review Nutrition for Longevity? Let us know in the comments below! 


24. Tiller & Hatch – Best Prepared Meal Delivery Service for Families

About the meal kit: Tiller & Hatch is making dinnertime easier with healthy, chef-developed meals that can go from the freezer to the table in minutes. However, unlike the other meals on this list, Tiller & Hatch meals are designed to be heated in the pressure cooker. Subscribers can choose a number of hearty, family-sized meals including pastas, stews, and more. 

Availability: Ships to the continental U.S.

The Cost: Prices start at $65. Sign up here

Visit our Tiller & Hatch reviews page to learn more!


25. Top Chef Meals – Best Customizable Prepared Meal Delivery Service

About the meal kit: Top Chef Meals is fully customizable. There are no commitments and no subscription requirements. Just order and reorder at your own convenience. New customers can build a four-meal box for just $49.96 plus free shipping. Some of Top Chef Meals’ menu items include Beef & Broccoli, BBQ Brisket, and Curry Chicken. All meals are made-to-order and are ready-to-eat within minutes. 

Availability: Ships to the continental U.S. (For more shipping info, visit this link.) 

The Cost: Price varies based on zip code. 

Should we review Top Chef Meals? Let us know in the comments below!


How to Get The Most Out of Your Prepared Meal Kit Once You’ve Picked

Once you’ve picked out the right box for you, follow our steps to help make sure you make the most of your new subscription.

  • CHECK FOR COUPONS BEFORE BUYING. There’s often a deal to be had if you know where to look, and you’ve come to the right place. Here at MSA, we have the best coupons around. Keep an eye on our feed for money-saving special deals, and always make sure to check in with our reviews and brand pages for the best coupons before buying.
  • PERSONALIZE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION. Many prepared meal delivery services allow you to update your profile with your dietary preferences and likes/dislikes. Want vegetarian meals? Or don’t eat pork? Make sure to update your subscription so you’re matched with the best meals for you.
  • SCHEDULE YOUR PREFERRED DELIVERY DAY. Most prepared meal delivery services allow you to choose your preferred delivery day. Check your account portal to see which delivery days are available.
  • MAKE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION WORK FOR YOU. Keep in mind that you don’t have to receive a box every single week. If you need a break or feel like dining out, you can always skip a week by logging in to your account. If you don’t want to leave meal selection in someone else’s hands, you can also select the recipes you’d like to receive each week.
  • KEEP AN EYE ON UPCOMING RECIPES. Make sure you don’t miss you favorite meals! We recommend checking upcoming menus every week so you can pick out which meals look best.
  • MAKE SURE YOU ALWAYS HAVE SPACE IN THE FRIDGE. Once your shipment arrives, you’ll need a good amount of space in the fridge (or freezer) for storage. Try to keep a shelf clear if you want plenty of space to organize.
  • REMEMBER THERE ARE PLENTY OF FISH IN THE SEA. Falling out of love with your favorite prepared meal delivery service? Maybe it’s time for a break. There are loads of different options to choose from, and if you decide to mix things up and give another service a try, make sure to circle back to the top of this checklist and sign up with a new subscriber coupon to make sure you get the best deal.

Factors We Considered When Reviewing These Prepared Meal Kits

We’ve researched all the top prepared meal delivery services, and we’ve compiled this list to showcase the very best. The prepared meal delivery subscriptions on this list are beloved by MSA reviewers as well as the larger community of readers like you! Let’s take a look at some of the things we took into consideration when putting together this list. Factors include:

  • RELIABILITY: A prepared meal delivery service is only convenient when things go according to plan. If the box is late or damaged, things can get inconvenient fast. Of course, accidents happen, but we’ve made sure to only select prepared meal subscriptions that take reliability seriously.
  • TASTE: Prepared meal delivery services can do everything else right, but if the food isn’t tasty, it’s a total deal breaker. Whether vegan meals or comfort classics are on the menu, the food MUST taste good to make our list.
  • PACKAGING: In order to ship fresh ingredients to your front door, a fair amount of packaging is required. However, we value prepared meal subscriptions that limit the amount of packaging used and opt for recyclable materials whenever possible.
  • VARIETY: Are there plenty of meals to choose from each week? Are there enough menu options to keep things fresh and exciting? It may be trite, but variety really is the spice of life. When preparing this list, we sought out prepared meal delivery services that know how to keep things interesting.
  • SPECIAL DIETS: Whether you follow a strict keto diet, prefer a plant-based menu, or are looking for meals designed for kids, our list features prepared meal delivery services for a wide variety of special diets and styles of eating.
  • PRICE: While we wish money was no object, the truth is that price is a key factor for most people when picking out the right prepared meal delivery service. Our list includes options to suit a variety of budgets.
  • CUSTOMER REVIEWS: We know prepared meal subscriptions better than anybody, but our opinion isn’t the only one that matters. We value the thoughts of the MSA community, and we’ve designed this list with their feedback in mind. Readers are encouraged to leave their own reviews on our brand pages, and their input has helped shape this list.


Which of these prepared meal delivery services looks best to you? We’d love to know in the comments!


Lindsey Morse
Lindsey Morse
Lindsey is a professional baker, cold brew coffee addict, and rosé aficionado who loves writing about food and wine. When she’s not sharing her love of subscription boxes with the world, you’ll find her in the podcasting studio, perfecting her cake decorating techniques, or cursing her way through the New York Times daily crossword puzzle.

Lindsey Morse
Lindsey Morse
Lindsey is a professional baker, cold brew coffee addict, and rosé aficionado who loves writing about food and wine. When she’s not sharing her love of subscription boxes with the world, you’ll find her in the podcasting studio, perfecting her cake decorating techniques, or cursing her way through the New York Times daily crossword puzzle.
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Lucy Wightman

Thank you for this!


What about Cook Unity? I think their portions are dramatically larger than Freshly, and of higher quality, too. I just think they’re not known hardly at all for whatever reason.


Hi… we live outside Boston and the pricing on Freshly in your article is different than I’m seeing. 4/wk – $51.95 ($12.98ea), 6/wk – $62.93 ($10.48ea), 10/wk – $99.89 ($9.98ea), $12/wk – $113.87 ($9.49ea) …these include shipping, which is not free. The quality is good.. I’d give it 3-4 stars. The meals tend to be a little on the sweet side and start to taste similar to each other after a while. I would prefer them to have more flavor. Despite the name, I’m not sure how “fresh” they are as they do come frozen. In all, I would recommend them, but I would change it up every once in a while.


You can’t go wrong with Clean Eatz. The food is good, filling, and time-saving.

My husband was recently diagnosed with diabetes and we researched a bit online then he opted to look for pre-made meals to heat and eat so that he wouldn’t have a ton of time to think about what he’s missing and no leftovers.

He and I are thrilled with what we’ve had and the menu changes frequently so there’s no boredom. My husband and I are telling friends about Clean Eatz for it’s reasonable prices, great food, and variety.


Just got my first order from freshly. It was bad! rally bad! the peppercorn steak was like eating shoe leather! So I said lets try another one and I put the Southern BBQ in the microwave and that was tasteless! I’m trying to feed a 93 year old man who can’t stand and an 85 year old woman who can’t see! needless to say I canceled my subscription!


Just signed up for Clean Eatz based on this post. Great price! I am tired of making separate low calorie, low carb meals for myself while trying to make sure my growing teens and very active hubby get enough carbs and fat. I cook multiple times a day for my family, but I need something easy and already done for myself sometimes when I am serving my family pasta or something that doesn’t fit into my weight loss goals. We’ll see how it goes!

Christen Russo

This sounds like it will make your life so much easier, Candice! I hope it goes great for you—don’t hesitate to report back and let us know what you think! 🙂


Some of these are years old and some never reviewed this is rather disappointing.

Christen Russo

Thanks for your feedback, Kristin. We did a recent check on every one of the brands featured on this list, and they’re still up and running. We’d love to hear if there are any prepared meal delivery subscriptions you’re particularly curious about—we can look into reviewing them!


I would love to see a Marley Spoon review please.


Yeah this kind of thing I really need reviewed. I want to see what the food actually looks like etc. I can vouch for daily harvest but that’s the only one I’ve tried.

Christen Russo

That makes sense, BB! Don’t hesitate to let us know if there are specific ones you’d like to see us review!


Great write-up! I have learned a few things from your post.

Christen Russo

Hi Eric, thanks for reading my post! I’m glad I could provide helpful information to you. Did you end up trying one? Let us know!

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