Meal kit delivery services are convenient for those who want to save time, discover new cuisines, and explore exciting flavors without sacrificing quality or nutrition. They eliminate meal planning, grocery shopping, and prepping – super helpful if you live a busy lifestyle.
For those who don’t always have the time to cook, microwave-ready meals delivered right to your door are a lifesaver. They arrive perfectly portioned and are nutritionally balanced – a fantastic choice. So, ditch that expensive greasy takeout and those unhealthy frozen meals.
It’s overwhelming how many services there are out there, so it’s a challenge to find the one that’s right for you. Luckily, our Food and Beverage editors did some research, and found the top two contenders are Home Chef and Factor.
Read below to find out which you should go with:
- Both offer microwave-ready meals
- Both have fresh meals
- Both deliver right to your door
- Both offer subscription-based, flexible plans
- Home Chef has traditional meal kits, microwavable Fast & Fresh meals, Oven-Ready, and Express meals | Factor only offers microwave-ready meals
- Home Chef starts at $7.99 per serving | Factor meals start at $10.99 a serving
- Home Chef delivers all ingredients fresh and pre-portioned | Factor meals come in microwave-ready plastic trays
Home Chef Overview
Rated #1 in customer satisfaction among meal kit delivery services, Home Chef ships fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and easy-to-follow recipe cards right to your door.
Home Chef truly stands out from the competition because they cater to different needs and preferences. They offer classic meal kits that involve a bit of cooking. But, no worries, easy-to-follow instructions will walk you through step-by-step. Then there’s Oven-Ready meals that require little-to-no preparation. Simply assemble the ingredients inside their oven-safe tray and pop it in – Voila!
And for those busy-busy days, their microwavable Fast & Fresh meals are ready within 5-7 minutes with minimal prep and clean up. Home Chef meals use fresh, high-quality ingredients!
When it comes to variety, Home Chef has it all. Home Chef’s meals are suited to your preference, leaving you with a mouth-watering range of options like Sweet Chili Pork Lettuce Wraps with Crispy Rice Noodles –yummm. And if you’re a vegetarian or pescetarian, you can switch out the protein with salmon filets, Impossible Burger, and more, when using Customize It.
With meals starting at only $7.99, Home Chef is definitely one of the most affordable meal kit delivery services.
Like Home Chef, Factor has a rotating menu of dishes that arrive fully cooked and only require heating. That’s pretty awesome for those looking for nutritious, delicious meals without the hassle of cooking. Meals are delivered in insulated boxes with ice packs, so they stay fresh during transit and can be stored in the fridge until you're ready to eat.
Their plans are flexible enough - You select the number of meals you want each week and choose your preferred delivery day.
Overall, Factor is great for those who want convenient meals that require no prep or cooking. But when it comes to pricing and flavor, we weren't impressed. $11 - $13 for a microwave-ready meal is on the expensive side. And we weren’t a fan of their bland meals that left us craving for something else.
When it comes to taste, variety, freshness, and price, Home Chef is the clear winner. We love that they offer traditional meal kits and Oven-Ready meals if you feel up for it. And on stressful days, their Fast & Fresh options are pure genius.
And the pièce de résistance? Home Chef is way more affordable – 5 stars from us!