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9.4

Overall Score

118 User Reviews

14 days ago

  • Fees: $9.99 Per Serving
  • Contract Length: None
  • Time in Business: 2011

HelloFresh

  • Fees: $9.99 Per Serving
  • Contract Length: None
  • Time in Business: 2011

7.1

Overall Score

35 User Reviews

24 days ago

  • Fees: $9.99 Per Serving
  • Contract Length: 1 Week
  • Time in Business: 2012

Blue Apron

  • Fees: $9.99 Per Serving
  • Contract Length: 1 Week
  • Time in Business: 2012

6.8

Overall Score

18 User Reviews

21 hours ago

  • Fees: Undisclosed
  • Contract Length: None
  • Time in Business: 1952

Schwan's

  • Fees: Undisclosed
  • Contract Length: None
  • Time in Business: 1952

5.6

Overall Score

11 User Reviews

5 days ago

  • 7 shakes to help shrink your belly—FREE!
  • Women get Turbo™ Shakes
  • Men get Nutri-Pro™ Shakes
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Nutrisystem

  • 7 shakes to help shrink your belly—FREE!
  • Women get Turbo™ Shakes
  • Men get Nutri-Pro™ Shakes
  • Fees: $9.95 Per Serving
  • Contract Length: None
  • Time in Business: 2012

Plated

  • Fees: $9.95 Per Serving
  • Contract Length: None
  • Time in Business: 2012
  • Fees: $134.96
  • Contract Length: 1 Week
  • Time in Business: 2005

BistroMD

  • Fees: $134.96
  • Contract Length: 1 Week
  • Time in Business: 2005
  • Fees: $20.40 Per Day
  • Contract Length: 28 Days
  • Time in Business: 1991

Diet To Go

  • Fees: $20.40 Per Day
  • Contract Length: 28 Days
  • Time in Business: 1991
  • Fees: $10.71 Per Day
  • Contract Length: 4 Weeks
  • Time in Business: 2003

South Beach Diet

  • Fees: $10.71 Per Day
  • Contract Length: 4 Weeks
  • Time in Business: 2003
  • Fees: $201.65
  • Contract Length: 3 Weeks
  • Time in Business: Undisclosed

HMR Diet

  • Fees: $201.65
  • Contract Length: 3 Weeks
  • Time in Business: Undisclosed
  • Fees: $144.60
  • Contract Length: 30 Days
  • Time in Business: 1980

Medifast

  • Fees: $144.60
  • Contract Length: 30 Days
  • Time in Business: 1980
#1
  • Fees: $9.99 Per Serving
  • Contract Length: None
  • Time in Business: 2011

HelloFresh is a new way to eat delicious, organic, homemade without all the prep work. Unlike other meal plan services that send you pre-made / pre-cooked food each week, HelloFresh sends you ingredients.

Every week, you go to HelloFresh's website and select three meals (from five presented) that you want to prepare and eat. HelloFresh delivers everywhere in the U.S. Wednesday-Friday and Monday-Tuesday is select areas.

They drop off one box each week with all the ingredients you need to make three meals for 2-4 people. Food comes in an ice box and also includes step-by-step cooking instructions.

HelloFresh is available in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, and Austria.

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#2
  • Fees: $9.99 Per Serving
  • Contract Length: 1 Week
  • Time in Business: 2012

Blue Apron sends you farm fresh ingredients and original recipes to cook 2-4 meals in your home each week. Here's how it works: You select the meals you want to eat for the week. Blue Apron then sends you perfectly portioned ingredients to make those meals. They also include step-by-step recipes that utilize foods that are in season. Customers can choose when the meals are delivered each week. Blue Apron was founded in 2012 in New York by Matt Salzberg, a former computer engineer. Salzberg believes that the best food is made at home, and that his company empowers people to make their own delicious meals. Today, they have grown to 501-1000 employees. Their goal is to help eliminate food waste by sending you exact ingredient amounts. At the same time, they also want to save consumers time by eliminating trips to the grocery store and meal planning.

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#3

Schwan's

6.8Overall Score
  • Fees: Undisclosed
  • Contract Length: None
  • Time in Business: 1952

If you were looking for a meal delivery service that caters to your entire family's needs, this is it: meet Schwan's. They have fried chicken for your kids, but they also have the gluten-free kind. If your child has a sweet tooth, they offer children-approved French toast pieces. For your parents, they offer meal options that are low in sodium. And for you, there is fresh fruit... and don't forget the pan-fried vegetables. Everybody's happy, which isn't common, right?
Founded in 1952 by Marvin Schwan, the company currently employs more than 6,000 Customer Service Managers, catering to the needs of the many homes requesting Schwan's services. This company offers more than you ever thought possible in a meal delivery service, which means that you will find all of your needs to be met in a given place. Read on to find out if these services are meant to help you in the journey that you and your family are undertaking.

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#4
  • 7 shakes to help shrink your belly—FREE!
  • Women get Turbo™ Shakes
  • Men get Nutri-Pro™ Shakes

Nutrisystem began as a weight loss counseling center in 1972. Over the next three decades, they transitioned to selling products and programs online. Today they provide customers with balanced, frozen meals designed for weight loss and weight management. While they claim that you can lose 5 lbs. in one week (or your money back), it has not been proven sustainable. As with many diet meal plans, prepackaged foods may not be sustainable for those who need to lose a lot of weight and want to keep it off. Still, many people in the U.S. and in other countries have reported that Nutrisystem is a great product for losing weight and getting back on track. Those who follow the system will most likely experience weight loss. The company aims to provide nutritionally balanced meals. Through individualized counseling, custom meal plans, quality foods, and support, they help Americans lose weight and get healthy.

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  • Fees: $9.95 Per Serving
  • Contract Length: None
  • Time in Business: 2012

Plated delivers ready-to-cook ingredients for a gourmet meal. Recipes are selected and prepared by chef's each week for customers to choose from. Plated, like HelloFresh and Blue Apron, is a new way to think about meal delivery. Instead of ordering frozen meals to be delivered to your doorstep each week, Plated delivers you ingredients for you to make a home cooked meal for two, three nights each week. It's a service for those who like to cook at home, but don't like to (or don't have time to) plan out each meal and go to the grocery store every week.

In 2012, Plated was founded by Nick Taranto and Josh Hix, two Harvard Business School grads. Today the company is headquartered in New York and employs over 200 people. They ship to 95% of the U.S., but do not reach Hawaii, Alaska, or select cities in Texas.

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  • Fees: $134.96
  • Contract Length: 1 Week
  • Time in Business: 2005

Bistro MD was created in 2005 by Dr. Cederquist, an M.D. who previously worked with individuals on their weight loss goals. Those who use Bistro MD select a meals to be delivered to their home 5 or 7 days a week. Each meal is calorie controlled, precooked, low-fat, nutritious, and prepared by a chef.

Bistro MD's website is filled with information on calorie counting, weight loss guidance, recipes, substitutions, foods to avoid, and ore tips. They seek to "provide solutions for a lighter, healthier you." Although the program may be expensive, the menu and concept are easy to navigate and follow.

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  • Fees: $20.40 Per Day
  • Contract Length: 28 Days
  • Time in Business: 1991

Diet To Go was established in 1991. They create healthy meals for weight loss and sustained weight. Their portion controlled, restaurant-quality meals have helped thousands lose weight. Diet To Go delivers Traditional, Vegetarian, and Low-Carb menus right to your door.

This diet plan is designed for busy people who are always on the go. Diet to Go says that thousands have lost weight with their delivery plan. They also promise that you won't have to sacrifice taste with them, although many reviewers don't feel the same.

Before signing up, you can complete a free diet analysis and they will email you results. They also have a free newsletter and blog full of information.

Diet to Go has been featured in the following:

  • Oprah Magazine
  • Inc. 5000
  • People
  • The Doctors
  • The View
  • US Weekly
  • Self
  • ABC.com
  • Forbes
  • The New York Times
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  • Fees: $10.71 Per Day
  • Contract Length: 4 Weeks
  • Time in Business: 2003

The South Beach diet is a low-carb diet designed to help people lose weight quickly. While the program is famous for cutting carbs and lowering fats, founder Arthur Agatston, M.D. says the diet helps people pick the right carbs and fats. This typically means filling up on fiber and other nutrients. Agatston, a cardiologist and a dietician, aims to help people lower their risk of developing heart disease.

The South Beach diet has 3 phases for people who need to lose more than 10 lbs., 2 phases for those wanting to lose less, and food to maintain weight.

Unlike other meal plans, South Beach Diet is designed for a new, sustainable lifestyle. Because the diet centers around the heart, those who follow the diet may see other health benefits, such as lower cholesterol.

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  • Fees: $201.65
  • Contract Length: 3 Weeks
  • Time in Business: Undisclosed

HMR Diet was developed over 30 years ago by a behavioral scientist who wanted to offer dieters a healthy way to lose weight and keep the weight off. Today, over a million people have seen benefits with HMR. One of the key differences between HMR and other meal plan companies is that HMR gives you the option to work through hospitals and other medical centers for supervised weight loss. Their program promises 2 - 3 times more weight loss than other diet plans.

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  • Fees: $144.60
  • Contract Length: 30 Days
  • Time in Business: 1980

Medifast provides portion-controlled meal replacements for weight loss, weight management, and sustained energy. With Medifast, you'll eat 6 small meals per day - you can combine the plan with your own meals, or have all meals provided by Medifast. The plan was developed by William Vitale, and M.D., in 1980. When Vitale first began the company, he only sold his products to doctors, who would then prescribe them to patients.

Medifast requires a medium level of effort. While they provide a majority of the foods, they allow you to add in your own food. Their site is filled with food recommendations, tips, and tools. Some of the tools they offer include:

  • Chat function
  • My Wellness Dashboard / App (to keep tabs on your health)
  • Exercise guides
  • Food journal
  • Maintenance meal plans
  • Thyroid Medication information
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