20 Best Meal Delivery Services In 2023, Tested

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Meal delivery services are super popular (and for good reason). They make whipping up breakfast, lunch, and dinner so much more convenient—especially if you’re trying to lose weight. Food is delivered right to your door with pre-portioned ingredients and step-by-step instructions or even in prepared, ready-to-eat containers.

Are delivered meal plans worth it?

Whether you’re looking for the best meal delivery service for singles (hear! hear!) or have a family to feed, meal kits get you in the habit of planning ahead and cooking your own food—a tried-and-true weight loss strategy, according to nutrition counselor Samantha Cassetty, RD. But, not all programs are created equal. So, before you start getting meals delivered to your doorstep, you need to figure out which program is best for your goals.

How do you pick the best meal delivery service for your lifestyle?

Below, you’ll find dietitian, nutritionist, and Women’s Health editor-tested and approved options for every type of home chef. Whether you’re looking for fully prepared heat-and-eat meals for your family or portioned-out ingredients with recipes, you can easily learn how to cook. Enjoy the convenience of easy meal delivery kits or channel your inner chef with options like Hello Fresh, Factor, and Green Chef, all while losing weight effortlessly.

Our team also narrowed down which ones cater to specific dietary restrictions and lifestyles (our senior commerce editor, Neha Tandon, has a bunch of allergies and therefore makes a good guinea pig), so there are tons of options for you whether you want a diabetes-friendly diet, menopause-friendly one, are trying to cut calories, or are allergic to soy.

See below for the best Women’s Health editor-, nutritionist-, and dietitian-approved meal delivery services.

      Best Overall Meal Delivery Service

      Hungryroot

      Best Overall Meal Delivery Service

      Hungryroot

      Cost $69-$129 per week
      Meal Per Week 6-12
      Diet Options Vegan, vegetarian, omnivore, pescatarian, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, nut-free, egg-free
      Sample Meals Marinara ricotta ravioli with baby mushrooms, steak and arugula Italiano, southwest chicken chopped salad
      How Food Arrives Fresh
      Delivery Area 48 states

      There’s a reason why Hungryroot has become increasingly popular with meal planners: It’s so darn easy. All you need to do is take their quiz, and then the site will fill your cart with all kinds of healthy groceries. When the box arrives at your door, it’s not only filled with the food your quiz indicated you might like, but with chef-curated recipes using the groceries in your cart along with snacks and desserts.

      Dietitian Anita Mirchandani, RD, is a fan of it, too. “I like that Hungryroot helps you plan out your total intake depending on your preferences,” she says. “It’s also priced well with high-quality ingredients that cater to a variety of dietary restrictions.”

      Editor Review: “I love cooking, but living in NYC, trips to the grocery store often take up a lot of time and energy in having to walk there and then be conscious about how much I’m buying, because I don’t want to have to carry home tons of bags. Hungryroot is amazing because not only do they partner with all my favorite brands, they also cater to my specific dietary needs. I’m pescatarian, prefer to eat gluten-free, like to keep my carb intake low, and am dairy-free. They cater to all of that and even give me recipes to pair with all my meals. I’ll even cook the meals for friends when they come over if I want to throw a last-minute dinner party. All the dishes come together super fast, and they’re actually so delicious.” —Neha Tandon, Women’s Health senior commerce editor

      Best Keto Meal Delivery Service

      Fresh N’Lean

      Fresh N'Lean

      Best Keto Meal Delivery Service

      Fresh N’Lean

      Cost $135-$224
      Meals Per Week 10-21
      Diet Options High protein, keto, paleo, vegan, Whole30, Mediterranean, low carb vegan
      Sample Meals Layered chicken enchilada, scrambled eggs and hash browns, Caribbean jerk chicken bowl
      How Food Arrives Fresh
      Delivery Area 50 states

      Attention, keto and paleo lovers: You’re gonna love Fresh N’ Lean. The company offers pre-made protein-packed, gluten-free, and fiber-rich meals that get delivered straight right to your door.

      There are a bunch of different meal delivery plans at your disposal here (including keto, paleo, low-carb, vegan, etc.), and one option even allows you to order in bulk, if you so desire. Everything they deliver is approved by their dietitians and prepared from scratch in Moosic, Pennsylvania.

      Rave Review: “The food options are great, as is the taste! The online experience is easy and fast. Love this service!”

      Best Customized Meal Delivery Service

      Bistro MD

      Bistro MD

      Best Customized Meal Delivery Service

      Bistro MD

      Cost $150-$220 per week
      Meals Per Week 10-20
      Diet Options Gluten-free, heart healthy, keto, diabetic-friendly, menopause-friendly
      Sample Meals Grilled salmon with creamy pesto, shepherd’s pie, merlot meatballs with grits
      How Food Arrives Fresh
      Delivery Area 48 states

      Created by an actual MD as a weight loss service to help patients, BistroMD is the perfect middle ground between a meal delivery service and personalized health plan. Choose between four different weight loss programs: standard, gluten-free, diabetic, or menopause.

      Your weekly box will either include five to seven full days of breakfast, lunch, and dinner—or, five to seven days worth of just lunch and dinner. Once your plan is picked, registered dietitians on the BistroMD team will create a custom diet plan based on your taste preferences and weight-loss goals. Plus, you can update your profile with likes, dislikes, and health changes at any time and your meal plan will be adjusted.

      Rave Review: “When it comes to food, I love variety and trying new things, but had fell into a pattern of eating the same as my 63 [year-old] husband. After two weeks on the meals, which I really enjoyed from the start, I had lost about three pounds. Now, I no longer have to take blood pressure medication and with 40 pounds down, I’m determined to continue my weight loss journey!”

      Easiest Meal Delivery Service For Dietary Restrictions

      Splendid Spoon

      Splendid Spoon

      Easiest Meal Delivery Service For Dietary Restrictions

      Splendid Spoon

      Cost $70-$250
      Meals Per Week 7-21
      Diet Options Everything is vegan and gluten-free, but you can make allergen preferences
      Sample Meals Dan dan noodles, green tomatillo chili soup, raspberry cacao smoothie
      How Food Arrives Fresh
      Delivery Area 48 states

      If your cooking abilities max out at boiling water, you’ll definitely take an interest in Splendid Spoon, the delivery service that focuses on shipping pre-made vegan and gluten-free meals straight to your door. The company’s hearty dishes include creamy korma, butternut squash noodles, and shepherd’s pie (are you drooling yet?). “If you are on a health journey and are overwhelmed by which nutrient-dense foods to eat, Splendid Spoon foods are for you,” says registered dietitian Johane Filemon. “The ingredients are wholesome, nutrient-dense, and include lots of beneficial properties that can help you maintain good gut health, support brain health, and provide energy.”

      Besides being fully vegan and gluten-free, you can even opt out of certain ingredients preferences like cilantro, nuts, mushrooms, soy, or even spice. Their protein-packed smoothies are a fan favorite for people who are often on the go, too.

      Editor Review: “Some say I’m a picky eater, but hey, what’s wrong with knowing what I like? I have a lot of dietary restrictions, and Splendid Spoon doesn’t make me feel like I’m being overly particular when I state my dairy-free, gluten-free preferences. I also love that with them, I know I’m getting food that has a short ingredients list with ingredients I can fully recognize and pronounces. No weird chemicals or funky things. Plus, it’s nice that they can be kept in the freezer for rainy days/weeks I don’t have time to meal prep. They never taste like they’ve been in the freezer after I’ve warmed them up. The only thing I’ll say is that I feel my best when I eat meals that are high in protein and veggies, and lower in carbs. Splendid Spoon tends to be more skewed towards being carb-heavy, with less of a focus on the protein and veggies.” —Neha Tandon, Women’s Health senior commerce editor

      Best Luxury Meal Delivery Service

      Sakara

      Sakara

      Best Luxury Meal Delivery Service

      Sakara

      Cost $239-$460
      Meals Per Week 15
      Diet Options Metabolism-boost, cleanse, high-performance, gut health, detox, bridal (all are vegan and gluten-free)
      Sample Meals Veggie satay bowl, healing celery root soup, vitality-boosting birria taco
      How Food Arrives Fresh
      Delivery Area 50 states

      Odds are that you’ve seen a celeb post about Sakara at least once in your life. The Kate Hudson- and Hillary Duff-approved meal delivery service focuses on super fresh ingredients in pre-made meals. Every plant-based meal box comes with a schedule that tells you what to eat every day with the goal of weight loss, digestive improvement, a boost in energy, and more.

      Here’s how it works: Sakara meals come twice a week to make sure you’re getting the freshest ingredients possible. While the menu is typically set each week so you can’t pick and choose your meals (they offer up to three per day plus snack options), the delivery service actually switches up what they’re serving every seven days so you’ll almost never get the same meal more than twice.

      The only caveat? Nutritionist Bridgette Becker notes that if you’re sensitive to sugar, you’ll want to pay attention to ingredient labels on each meal.

      Editor Review: “I felt residual fatigue effects after having COVID and decided to try a week of Sakara meals leading up to my wedding to go into the festivities with better energy. The impact of eating so much fresh produce and whole foods blew my mind. I had not felt so alert, regular (if you know what I mean), and clear-headed in months. The week of meals also motivated me to continue cooking plant-heavy, anti-inflammatory dishes at home afterward. I will definitely order Sakara again when I need a mind and body reset.” —Jacqueline Andriakos, Women’s Health executive health and fitness director

      Women’s Health senior commerce editor, Neha Tandon, also wrote a full review of Sakara here.

      Most Fruit And Vegetable-Packed Meal Delivery Service

      Daily Harvest

      Daily Harvest

      Most Fruit And Vegetable-Packed Meal Delivery Service

      Daily Harvest

      Cost $54-$288
      Meals Per Week 9-24
      Diet Options Low fat, low sodium, low carb, high protein, keto, low sugar, high fiber, paleo, low calorie
      Sample Meals Tomato and basil flatbread, strawberry and goji berry forager bowl, mint and cacao smoothie
      How Food Arrives Frozen
      Delivery Area 48 states

      Big on organic fruits and veggies? Totally feel you there. That’s what makes Daily Harvest’s fully plant-based, gluten-free meal plan great for people who want to easily incorporate more whole, plant-based foods in to their diet.

      Nutritionist and author of The Flexitarian Diet, Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, recommends that all her clients keep a few of Daily Harvest’s meals in their freezer at all times. “It’s perfect for days when my clients may need some help getting more nourishing fruits and vegetables in their diet in a delicious way,” she says.

      The Daily Harvest plan is super customizable, so you can choose how many items you want to order and how often you want them delivered. Whether you’re looking for smoothies, soups, flatbreads, and more that you only have to blend or reheat, you can prob satisfy your cravings on Daily Harvest. A sweet bonus: They even have Daily Harvest Scoops, plant-based ice creams, in mouth-watering flavors like Cold Brew + Roasted Espresso Bean Chip and Pistachio + Toasty, Buttery Hazelnut Crunch.

      Editor Review: “I have been a subscriber to DH for years, primarily for the smoothie blends. I am so lazy when it comes to making smoothies (too much chopping and blending and cleaning for me, womp). The smoothie cups make it so easy to throw one together quickly and do not have any unrecognizable ingredients—just delicious fruits and veggies. I add a scoop of protein and it’s the perfect way to get more protein in every day. I appreciate that you can customize how many items you want in your deliveries, and that you can easily skip as many weeks as you want to. I’m a firm believer in finding healthy shortcuts if you can, and Daily Harvest is just that for me.” —Jacqueline Andriakos, Women’s Health executive health and fitness director

      Women’s Health senior commerce editor, Neha Tandon, also wrote a full review of Daily Harvest here.

      Best Meal Delivery Service For Singles

      Methodology

      Methodology

      Best Meal Delivery Service For Singles

      Methodology

      Cost $180-$270
      Meals Per Week 10-15
      Diet Options Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Mediterranean, Pescatarian, Keto, Low Fat
      Sample Meals Avgolemono soup, wildflower and wild rocket arugula salad, lettuce-wrapped turkey sliders
      How Food Arrives Fresh
      Delivery Area 50 states

      Another one of Becker’s favorites, Methodology is a totally keto meal service that also adheres to trendy lifestyles, like a vegan or paleo one. One of the best parts is that every meal comes in a single-serve jars and containers you can easily pop into your bag before you head to the office or keep in your car when you’ll be out for a day of errands. But, our fave part of this meal-delivery service is that all meals come in reusable, recyclable packaging and you can opt-in for packaging pickup so your glass jars, bags, and insulated liners get re-used in another order.

      Expect a weekly-rotating menu of dishes like banana bread with cream cheese frosting, koji-mustard flank steak, and a maple dijon rosemary chicken salad. It’s a great option for single-servings.

      Editor Review: “Methodology has to be the most veggie-packed meal delivery service I’ve ever tried. I tried it for a week, and it’s not like I was eating straight kale and leaves for that week. I tried a diverse array of dishes from kelp noodles to tacos and curries. Everything tasted totally different and had strong flavors. I was super impressed. And the single-serving packaging made it really easy to take a box to work for lunch or even the park for a little picnic!” —Neha Tandon, Women’s Health senior commerce editor

      Best Meal Delivery Service For Families

      Blue Apron Blue Apron

      Blue Apron

      Best Meal Delivery Service For Families

      Blue Apron Blue Apron

      Cost $50-$128 per week
      Meals Per Week 4-16
      Diet Options Vegan, low carb, Weight Watchers-friendly
      Sample Meals Curry ranch chicken, pork ramen noodles, shrimp sushi bowls
      How Food Arrives Fresh
      Delivery Area 48 states

      Blue Apron is a meal delivery kit beloved by many for lots of good reasons. Its health-conscious meal plans are diabetes-friendly and they’re even WW (formerly Weight Watchers)-approved. This means the company now offers a set of recipes that partner with the WW program, and they even come with all the information you need to know about how many WW points are in each meal.

      Vegetarians and vegans are big fans, too, because Blue Apron offers several Beyond Meat entrees and an entire vegetarian meal plan. The weekly boxes include pre-portioned ingredients for either two or four servings so you can cook healthy meals for yourself or the whole family.

      Rave Review: “My entire family loves the dishes I make! This truly makes my life easier as a working mom! It allows my family to sit down together and enjoy our dinner together. I love that my kids love it.”

      Best Meal Delivery Service For Portion Control

      Nutrisystem

      Nutrisystem

      Best Meal Delivery Service For Portion Control

      Nutrisystem

      Cost $300-$500
      Meals Per week 20-28
      Diet Options Diabetes-friendly, vegetarian, menopause-friendly
      Sample Meals BBQ chicken burrito, biscotti bites, Asian-style salmon
      How Food Arrives Fresh and frozen
      Delivery Area 50 states

      Nutrisystem’s meal delivery service focuses on eating smaller, more balanced meals throughout the day. Their personalized plans will give you breakfast, lunch, and dinner—some meals come frozen and some come fresh—options with healthy snacks in between, meaning you can eat six times in one day without wondering if you’re going overboard on your portions. You can also adjust your eating plan to focus on your specific health needs, whether you need to lower your sodium intake or have been advised to go vegetarian.

      Rave Review: “Before Nutrisystem, I was so ashamed of my weight that I would wear my baggy ER scrubs at home. That’s not me anymore, and I’m a better nurse because of it. I lost 40 pounds to focus on the health of my patients.”

      Best Meal Delivery Service For Dietitian Guidance

      Factor

      Factor

      Best Meal Delivery Service For Dietitian Guidance

      Factor

      Cost $60-$200
      Meals Per Week 4-18
      Diet Options Keto, low calorie, vegetarian, vegan, high protein
      Sample Meals Buffalo chicken breast, ground beef tamale bowl, keto sausage and egg skillet
      How Food Arrives Fresh
      Delivery Area 48 states

      While, of course, it’s important to always listen to your body and what it needs, Factor’s delivery service works with dietitians to build a variety of portion-controlled plates as an expert-approved guide. But, what makes Factor truly unique is that when you sign up for the pre-portioned meals, you’re also getting free consultations with registered dietitians.

      Nutritionist and registered dietitian Brenna Wallace, RDN, notes that one of the most common mistakes when using a meal delivery service can be that you may order meals that aren’t catered to your lifestyle. “That’s why I’d recommend Factor to my clients,” she says. “The regular consultations can seriously help cater to your lifestyle.”

      Rave Review: “Delivery is always on time and customer service is helpful. The food is delicious. I’m always left wanting more, but that’s a good thing.”

      Best Meal Delivery Service For Home Chefs

      Hello Fresh

      Hello Fresh

      Best Meal Delivery Service For Home Chefs

      Hello Fresh

      Cost $60-$200 per week
      Meals Per Week 4-24
      Diet Options Vegetarian, quick and easy, pescatarian
      Sample Meals Cheesy smashed burgers, middle eastern chickpea bowls, pineapple chicken tacos
      How Food Arrives Fresh
      Delivery Area 50 states

      Known as the straightforward, easy-to-follow meal-delivery service, Hello Fresh is also pretty helpful if weight loss is your goal. “Their staff dietitian evaluates the meals before they are put on the menu to ensure they’re both healthy and balanced,” says nutritionist Leah Kaufman, RD, CDN. All your ingredients come pre-portioned, so all you need to do is follow the simple recipe provided to get a fresh, home-cooked meal. It’s great for kitchen beginners or aspiring home chefs.

      Another plus: Each dish is low in sodium and oil and comes with a nutrition label that can be found on their website. Knowing that info can help you stay within the appropriate amount of calories per day if that’s something your nutritionist has recommended you monitor. Becker gives Hello Fresh her stamp of approval, too, noting that the brand is focused on a lot of sustainability efforts, too.

      Editor Review: “I tried Hello Fresh for a couple of weeks and loved the concept of getting all the ingredients and whipping up a recipe for the whole fam. The recipes were easy to follow, so I’d recommend them to anyone who is just learning to cook. They were a little lower on veggies than I’d like, and I prefer to pick more high-quality proteins, but it’s great in a pinch.” —Jennifer Nied, Women’s Health fitness editor

      Best-Tasting Meal Delivery Service

      CookUnity

      CookUnity

      Best-Tasting Meal Delivery Service

      CookUnity

      Cost $40-$128 per week
      Meals Per Week 4-16
      Diet Options Low calorie, low carb, dairy-free, vegan, keto, paleo
      Sample Meals Wellness grilled chicken, cacio e pepe, chili rubbed pork chop
      How Food Arrives Fresh
      Delivery Area ~25 states

      Big-name chefs like Einat Admony and Esther Choi joined forces with wellness experts to create recipes that are weight-loss friendly and amateur-proof for this meal-delivery service. Plus, the company also caters to specialty diets from keto to paleo, gluten-free, vegan, and even those looking for low-calorie options. So yeah, you could say that Cook Unity is a good choice for anyone who’s low on time but still wants chef-prepped meals from the comfort of their own couch.

      Expect super artistically-crafted dishes like salmon with avocado sauce and cucumber salsa or a sesame ginger tofu poke bowl. Your work-from-home lunches are about to get a serious upgrade.

      Rave Review: “Thanks for making our lives easier—we live in a small town with lots of fast food options, but very little as far as good, healthy food options good. You are just what we need.”

      Best Vegan Meal Delivery Service

      Purple Carrot

      Purple Carrot

      Best Vegan Meal Delivery Service

      Purple Carrot

      Cost $80-$132 per week
      Meals Per Week 6-12
      Diet Options High protein, low calorie, soy-free, quick and easy, nut-free, gluten-free (all are vegan)
      Sample Meals Tamarind curry noodles, crispy Bombay potatoes, pesto white bean melts
      How Food Arrives Fresh or frozen
      Delivery Areas 48 states

      Vegans (or just veggie lovers!), step right up. Purple Carrot’s entirely vegan meal-delivery service delivers pre-portioned ingredients that’ll help you discover some seriously fun and unique recipes you’ll love showing off to your friends (though you’ll likely want to keep everything to yourself).

      Each meal comes with nutritional information and serves at least two people. So, if you’re cooking for one, that leaves you with a balanced lunch for the next day—a great idea for a no-brainer healthy lunch, says Sharon Palmer, RDN, author of Plant-Powered for Life. It’s priced a bit higher than some of the other services out there, but it’s a great option if you can afford it.

      Editor Review: “I’ve tried at least a dozen meal delivery services, and of the ones that didn’t come prepared (and instead came with ingredients I had to prep), Purple Carrot’s were the most delicious, by far. I had a vegan zucchini flatbread last year that I still can’t stop thinking about. It wasn’t as high in protein and veggies as I’d like, so I did end up supplementing a lot of dishes with my own ingredients, but there’s no doubting that these dishes were absolutely delicious and easy to whip up on a weeknight. I actually found myself looking forward to making them at the end of the night!” —Neha Tandon, Women’s Health senior commerce editor

      Best Organic Meal Delivery Service

      Green Chef

      Green Chef

      Best Organic Meal Delivery Service

      Green Chef

      Cost $80-$288
      Meals Per Week 6-24
      Diet Options Keto, paleo, vegetarian, Mediterranean, vegan, gluten-free
      Sample Meals Cumin-spiced shrimp, ancho chicken with corn fritters, enchilada-spiced turkey bowls
      How Food Arrives Fresh
      Delivery Area 48 states

      Green Chef’s USDA-certified organic meal kit offers tons of options for a variety of different dietary needs and preferences, from vegetarian to gluten-free and paleo diets. Dishes and recipes offered all super unique. Many people say they feel like they’re getting fancy restaurant-level food straight at home.

      A lot of the dishes come with pre-made sauces and dressings, which can be a serious timesaver. But, Kaufman suggests scanning the nutritional facts for the sugar content in your meals, as dressings can sometimes be packed with this weight-loss saboteur. And, if the sauce isn’t vital for you, just feel free to cut it out.

      As a whole, Kaufman gives this service her nutritionist stamp of approval because it offers a variety of plans that suit most everyone’s dietary needs and restrictions, all while being relatively low in sodium, high in protein, and loaded with healthy, satiating fats such as olive oil.

      Editor Review: “This delivery service reignited my excitement for cooking after having a baby. It was that good. The recipes are a bit more involved but so worth the extra effort. The ingredients were super fresh and the complete meal tasted delicious, much better than the takeout I’d been relying on. My favorite part of each meal by far was the sauce, which I proudly made myself and couldn’t stop talking about while eating every last bite.” —Jennifer Nied, Women’s Health fitness editor

      Best Vegan Meal Delivery Service For Weight Loss

      Veestro

      Veestro

      Best Vegan Meal Delivery Service For Weight Loss

      Veestro

      Cost $50-$150
      Meals Per Week 6-15
      Diet Options Gluten-free, low calorie
      Sample Meals Kung pao cauliflower, sesame vegetable rice, mushroom risotto
      How Food Arrives Fresh
      Delivery Area ~25 states

      Veestro delivers prepared meals, which usually get a bad rep health-wise, but just because you don’t have to do the chopping and sautéing doesn’t mean these are bad for your weight-loss goals. “They’re actually a hell of a step up from most of the frozen dishes found in the freezer aisle,” says Palmer. “They’re plant-based meals that are moderate in calories and great for weight loss.”

      Since the all-vegan meals come packaged and ready for the microwave, they’re essentially calorie-controlled, making it easier for you to monitor your intake and stay on point if that’s your goal. Veestro meals are also pretty balanced, especially for veggie-centric cuisine (which can be heavy on the carbs), giving you the nutrients you need to stay fuller longer. Another perk? Veestro also offers three different meal delivery services focused exclusively on weight loss.

      Rave Review: “Veestro meals are perfectly balanced and the flavors are on point! Meals always complement the sides they come with, and it’s an opportunity to taste flavor profiles that might be out of your norm! I absolutely love the variety! Cooking in the oven is quick, easy, and makes the textures and tastes dynamic!”

      Best Meal Delivery Box For Quality Meat And Produce

      Sunbasket

      Sunbasket

      Best Meal Delivery Box For Quality Meat And Produce

      Sunbasket

      Cost $56-$176
      Meals Per Week 4-32
      Diet Options Paleo, low carb, gluten-free, diabetes-friendly, vegetarian, pescatarian, Mediterranean, keto-friendly
      Sample Meals Steaks with chimichurri and harissa-roasted sweet potato, Pad Thai with rice noodles, Hawaiian garlic shrimp with coconut rice
      How Food Arrives Fresh
      Delivery Area ~45 states

      With a plethora of different meal kit options catering to gluten-free, vegan, diabetic, and Mediterranean diets, there’s something for everyone with Sun Basket. Mirchandani says they offer fresh, organic produce along with responsibly-sourced meats and seafood (like antibiotic and hormone-free meats and wild-caught fish). They also let you mix and match meals within your plan with a “build-your-own-basket” option, so you’re only getting ingredients you really love in each delivery. The customization makes this another great option for families, too.

      Rave Review: Everything Sun Basket sends is amazing. The produce is so fresh. I get flavorful dishes without overpowering spice. The recipes are easy to understand. It feels like we are eating out every night.”

      Best Meal Delivery Service Founded By A Registered Dietitian

      Ilana Meals

      Ilana Meals

      Best Meal Delivery Service Founded By A Registered Dietitian

      Ilana Meals

      Cost $128 per week
      Meals Per Week 8
      Diet Options Everything is dairy and gluten-free
      Sample Meals Garden baked eggs, chili-lime pork carnitas, lemongrass chicken
      How Food Arrives Fresh
      Delivery Area 48 states

      Founded by registered dietitian Ilana Muhlstein, Ilana Meals partners with local chefs in 43 states to deliver fresh, clean meals straight to your door on a weekly basis. Every dish is dairy and gluten-free, and designed to be high in fiber and protein to keep you full and satiated. If her name sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve watched one of her many viral Instagram reels.

      Rave Review: “The whole macrobiotic bowl was so amazingly delicious! And my husband and I are obsessed with the grilled salmon. Thank you for providing such delicious and nutritious meals—it’s been a game changer for our household.”

      Best Dairy And Gluten-Free Meal Delivery Service

      Thistle

      Thistle

      Best Dairy And Gluten-Free Meal Delivery Service

      Thistle

      Cost $46-$440
      Meals Per Week 3-40 (with option to add snacks)
      Diet Options Vegan, Allergen-friendly
      Sample Meals Thistle kale caesar, patatas bravas scramble, peanut butter mousse cup
      How Food Arrives Fresh
      Delivery Areas 8 states

      Becker is a big fan of a gluten and dairy-free diet, and notes that she’ll especially recommend it to her clients who have autoimmune issues. That’s why she loves Thistle, a meal delivery service that’s fully organic with a big focus on sustainably-sourced ingredients.

      Even though it’s not vegan, there’s a big focus on plant-based foods, so this is a great option for anyone who is fully plant-based. Plus, you can choose from a variety of common allergens like soy, nuts, shellfish, and more that you may want to leave out of your food. Thistle’s service operates locally, so you’re getting the freshest possible organic meals fully prepared and delivered straight to you.

      Rave Review: “We loved that our healthy meals were ready straight from the fridge. It made our lives so much easier.”

      Best Indian Meal Delivery Service

      Cumin Club

      Cumin Club

      Best Indian Meal Delivery Service

      Cumin Club

      Cost $38-$100
      Meals Per Week 5-20
      Diet Options Vegetarian, Vegan
      Sample Meals Paneer butter masala, moong dal, saag
      How Food Arrives Fresh
      Delivery Area 49 states and India

      Traditional, authentic Indian food is hard to find in the Western world. That’s where Cumin Club comes in. They leverage a team of Indian chefs to craft meals like paneer butter masala, moong dal (lentils), and saag (a creamed spinach curry). Everything comes preservative-free in freeze-dried packets, and all it takes is five minutes of boiling water to get a hot meal on your table. For a maximum of $100 per week, you get a serious bang for your buck.

      You’ll love hosting friends over for a meal (and nobody needs to know you didn’t make it yourself). Because all you need is hot water, these make a great gift to the college student in your life.

      Editor Review: “Any Indian person reading this will sympathize with how seriously difficult it is to find traditional Indian food that actually tastes homemade (and I live in NYC where I should have all the options in the world). After six years of living here and trying to no avail, I’m so grateful to have found Cumin Club. I have no clue how, but their freeze-dried meals come together in like fifteen minutes max and actually taste exactly like the food I’ve had come out of my mom, aunt, or grandmother’s kitchen. I get homesick often but this helps (at least a bit). The best part? I thought that the ingredients list would be scary, but everything actually looks like the exact ingredients I’d use to cook myself. I seriously don’t know how they do it! I even pretended I cooked the meals myself for a guy I was dating. He was so impressed. It worked, and he’ll never know my secret!” —Neha Tandon, Women’s Health senior commerce editor

      Best Meal Delivery Service For Seasonal Ingredients

      Pete’s Real Food

      Pete's Real Food

      Best Meal Delivery Service For Seasonal Ingredients

      Pete’s Real Food

      Cost $230-$460
      Meals Per Week 15-30
      Diet Options Paleo, Vegan, Kid-Friendly
      Sample Meals Coconut Sriracha tofu bowl, green pea and dill risotto, sesame noodles with bok choy
      How Food Arrives Fresh
      Delivery Area 50 states

      You’ve seen meal delivery services that offer weekly-rotating menus, but Pete’s Real Food takes it a step further by leveraging local farmers to incorporate fresh, seasonal ingredients into all their meals. What’s truly unique is that they even offer a kid’s menu so you can include them in all the meals you’re eating. No matter which diet plan you choose, all meals are dairy and gluten-free, and delivered fresh.

      Simply pop them in the microwave for a few minutes for a hot meal. Best part? The dish it comes in is microwave-safe, so you won’t have any dishes to do minus the utensils you end up using.

      Editor Review: “I really appreciated that everything I tried was so flavorful. That can sometimes be something lacking in meal delivery services. Plus, since I’m pescatarian, I often find that I get limited protein options and end up with foods that are just high-carb. I didn’t have that issue at all with Pete’s. In fact, I appreciate that my veggies, carbs, and proteins were packaged separately so I could pick and choose how much I wanted of each depending on my exercise level that day, or just generally what I was craving at the time. And sometimes, veggies can be the necessary flavorless add-on in a meal delivery service. With Pete’s, they actually tasted so good. I loved the green beans! They even made a marinated tofu dish that I loved—I was vegan for almost a decade, so I know that’s a hard thing to do.” —Neha Tandon, Women’s Health senior commerce editor

      How Our Team Chose The Best Meal Delivery Services

      how our team chose the best meal delivery services

      For the past two and a half years, Women’s Health editors, including our senior commerce editor, Neha Tandon, executive health and fitness director, Jacqueline Andriakos, and fitness editor, Jennifer Nied, tested the bestselling, most popular, and top-rated meal delivery services. Our team consulted eight nutritionists and dietitians, and then evaluated thousands of customer reviews and ratings to narrow down the best meal delivery services for a wide range of dietary preferences, budgets, and family sizes.

      What type of meal delivery service is best for me?

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      Are meal delivery services healthy?

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      Meal delivery services can be healthy if you want them to be. Most services allow you to customize your meals online, so if you want your doorstep deliveries to align with your health goals, go right ahead and start tailoring your plan. If you’re looking for a company that will cater to your healthy preferences, Mirchandani says Sun Basket is one of many meal delivery services that offers gluten-free, vegan, hormone-safe, and diabetic-friendly options.

      Do you really save money on meal delivery services?

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      The short answer? It depends on which one you choose. Long answer: The cheapest meal delivery services include (but are not limited to) Hello Fresh, Daily Harvest, and Cumin Club. If you typically eat out a lot, you’ll save a ton of money on a meal delivery service. But if you already cook at home, you may end up spending about the same amount of money. That said, a meal delivery service has the added value of helping you achieve any health goals you may have, like controlling your portions, losing weight, cutting out certain foods, or eating more organic produce. They also help you skip a trip to the grocery store, so you spend more time focusing on daily activities that you actually want to do.

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      Senior Commerce Editor

      Neha Tandon is the senior commerce editor of Women’s Health—she’s an expert in discovering the best products and services you can buy and giving recommendations. She discovered her love for magazines when as a teen, she started stealing her mother’s magazines. Determined to see more women who look like her and her family members on the glossy covers of magazines, she was guided by seasoned editors and mentors to write for brands including New York Magazine, Cosmopolitan, BRIDES, Harper’s Bazaar, Business Insider, Byrdie, and Well+Good. When she’s not grilling dermatologists about the latest skincare trends, she’s doing candlelit yoga or watching Humphrey Bogart movies over vegan pizza. Follow her on Instagram

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      Associate E-Commerce Editor

      Lily Wohlner is the Associate E-Commerce Editor of Women’s Health. An expert in recommending the best products to add-to-cart, she knows what it takes for a product to receive a solid five stars (especially when it comes to beauty!). Starting her career as a freelance makeup artist, Lily has since moved to the editorial world, where she has generated content for brands including Oribe, NewBeauty, Dermstore, SkinStore, and LOOKFANTASTIC. When she’s not zenning out with a pore-clearing mask, the Lower East Side dweller is cheffing up a new recipe with her roommate or thrifting for the perfect pair of blue jeans. Follow her on Instagram





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