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FRESHLY

Freshly combines the best of both worlds when it comes to meal delivery: fresh ingredients that are never frozen, with 3-minutes-or-less prep time from package to table with just a reheat in the microwave when needed.

Of course, with all of your food delivered fresh, an important part of loving your Freshly service is keeping an eye on all of your deliveries "use by" dates. Most of them come with the expectation that you'll need to eat them within 3-4 days of reaching your doorstep. As you set up your meal delivery service, make sure you select a plan and delivery schedule that lines up with when you'll want to eat at home. Freshly's meal delivery availability depends on where you live, so some areas may only have Thursday through Saturday options - check out your area, especially if you're thinking of using Freshly for your work nights.

One of the most unique aspects of Freshly is that every item on their menu is 100% gluten- and peanut-free, so that there is zero risk of contamination in their food production facilities. For some customers, this is a literal lifesaver - to be able to trust that they or their loved ones won't have any chance of an allergic reaction to any of their meal deliveries. For others, however, it does limit the menu choices; you won't find any wheat-based pastas or breads among your available options.

However, you might not care about all that when you see the delicious meals on the menu. How about Three Bean Ancho Turkey Chili, or Shrimp & Andouille Paella? Those are just two of Freshly's top-rated menu items, with dozens for you to choose from each week. You just have to decide how many meals you'd like to receive - 4, 6, 9, or 12 - and then select which breakfasts, lunches, and dinners you like from the week's menu. If you'd rather not have to choose individual meal options, Freshly's Meal Planner tool gives you a pre-selected menu based on your dietary preferences and then, after you've been a customer for a while, your meal history as well.

All of Freshly's meal delivery plans include shipping, and the average meal costs between $8.99 and $12.50 per serving.

We love that Freshly lets you select your meals up to three weeks in advance; if you're a planner, you can get it all figured out at once instead of having to decide week by week. You can also customize your delivery in several ways. Maybe you need 6 meals this week, but 12 next week because your friend is coming for a visit - you can shift your plan as needed. Or, if you need to change your regular delivery date from Monday to Thursday, that's no problem either (assuming those days are available in your geographic area). Finally, if you'd like to have your Freshly meals follow you on vacation or your business trip, you can change your delivery address at any time.

Customers have great things to say about the taste of the food, the ease of customizing their meal delivery plan, and the friendly customer reps when any issues have come up. So, if you want to enjoy meals that are as convenient as a TV dinner while being much healthier and flavorful, Freshly is a terrific option. They are our first-place winner among the best meal delivery companies.

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PLATED

Plated isn't your average meal delivery service. While they definitely can save you time and bring healthy meals to your table, their main goal is helping you become a more confident cook by expanding your culinary knowledge and maybe even your palate too. Every weekly menu includes choices like Steak Gyros, Salmon with Salsa Verde, or even desserts like Napoleons or Fig Shortcakes - all with fresh ingredients and simple instructions that lead to a finished product in an hour or less.

To get started, you'll need to decide how many servings you want per meal (2, 3, or 4), and how many nights per week (2, 3, or 4) you'd like to have a Plated entree on your menu. For a family of two that only wants two meals delivered each week, the price is usually $47.80. On the larger end of the spectrum, getting four 4-serving meals per week is typically priced at $159.20. At the time of our review, there was a promotion offering a 25% discount on the first week of meal delivery.

Plated doesn't give you a specific plan for your service - in other words, you won't find options for a menu that includes just vegetarian options, or gluten-free foods, and so forth. Instead, you'll choose among 20 different recipes (including dessert) from each week's menus. But, you can tailor your subscription to show you choices that meet your preferences (such as dessert-seeker, seafood lover, omnivore, and so on) from those 20 possibilities.

Plated has one of the widest delivery day ranges we've seen: every day but Sunday. Your box should stay cold until midnight on your selected day of the week, so there's no need to rush home from work to stick things in the fridge. As with comparable services of this type, your delivery includes everything you need to create your selected meal or dessert choices, including seasonal produce and specialty items that you might not even have at your local supermarket.

On the other hand, Plated has one of the most disappointing customer satisfaction policies we've seen with a meal delivery service: if you are dissatisfied or something is missing from your delivery, Plated "may, at [their] sole discretion, issue a credit." We found more than a few customers ranting how their delivery included moldy food, and Plated's answer was to give them a credit for just $12. Plus, many reviews of the Plated service said that the recipes were "just okay" and the ingredients weren't nearly as premium as they'd expect from a meal delivery company.

Another frequently-mentioned issue with Plated is their gift cards. Unfortunately, gift card recipients have to enter their credit card information to use their gift credit - and some of them then found themselves subscribed as a paying customer to a service they never wanted. That's not a great way to keep gift-givers happy.

Compared with other meal delivery services, Plated has a few unique features. But, their track record is definitely less-than-impressive, especially when looking at their refund policy (or lack of it). You'll probably find a meal delivery plan that's better to you and for you by selecting a service with a higher rating.

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Best Meal Delivery

To help you find the Best Meal Delivery, TopConsumerReviews.com provides you with an in-depth comparison of Freshly and Plated.

Who is the best Meal Delivery company? Are you looking for a way to simplify dinner after a long day at work? Using a meal delivery service has become an easy way of getting nourishing, flavorful food on the table without the hassle of grocery shopping.

Of course, the most popular reason for using a meal delivery company is the convenience. Customers love being able to order their favorite entrees, side dishes, or even appetizers and desserts, and to choose how much cooking they'd like to do. Some meal delivery services are reheat-and-eat, while others provide you with all of the ingredients you need to create a restaurant-quality meal in your own kitchen.

As these services have grown in popularity, the types of meals and plans has expanded as well. Has your doctor recently put you on a special diet, and you're not sure how to incorporate it into your lifestyle? Whether you're adapting to a diet that's low in carbs, diabetic-friendly, or even gluten-free, you'll find a meal delivery program that can help.

Are you interested in becoming a vegetarian but unfamiliar with how to create a balanced meal? Once again, there's a meal delivery service for that - use it for a few weeks to get ideas of lunches and dinners that you can recreate, or for as long as you like as you adapt to your clean, green way of eating.

As you consider which meal delivery service is best for you, you'll quickly see that they vary greatly when it comes to price, preparation, and types of food offered. Keep these criteria in mind as you decide which company fits your needs:

  • Reputation. What do past and current customers have to say about the meals they received and the overall experience, from ordering to delivery?
  • Cost. What will you spend for the meal delivery plan you choose, whether you opt for a la carte entrees or regularly-scheduled weekly or monthly shipments?
  • Variety. Does the meal delivery provider have an appetizing range of flavors and cuisines to choose from? Will you be able to select meals that you'll actually want to eat?
  • Satisfaction Guarantee. If you're unhappy with the service, the quality of the food, or the condition of the meals at the time of delivery, can you get a refund or a replacement?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best meal delivery services available today. We hope these reviews help you find the service that puts the food that you're craving on the table right away!



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