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Both Factor and Freshly deliver fully prepared meals. Subscribers choose their meal plans online or by phone.

Each plan includes a certain number of meals per week, which a person selects from a menu of 20 or 30 options.

Factor and Freshly provide very similar services, with slight variations in menus, packaging, and pricing. This article explores some potential pros and cons of each service.

Please note that the writer of this article has not tried these products. All information presented is purely research-based and correct at the time of publication.

The following table summarizes what each service offers:

FactorFreshly
Offer overview• fully prepared meals
• rotating weekly menu
• fully prepared meals
• rotating weekly menu
Menu optionsKeto
Calorie Smart
Vegan
Vegetarian
• Crafted Classics
• Signature Collection
• FreshlyFit
• Takeout Twists
• Purely Plant
Proteins & Sides
Menu plansfour meals per week: $15 per serving
six meals per week: $12.83 per serving
eight meals per week: $12.38 per serving
12 meals per week: $11.50 per serving
18 meals per week: $11 per serving
four meals per week: $11.79 per meal
six meals per week: $9.99 per meal
eight meals per week: $9.49 per meal
10 meals per week: $9.29 per meal
12 meals per week: $8.99 per meal
Shipping costfree shippingdependent on meal plan and location
Advantages• access to a registered dietitian
• recyclable packaging
• catering to several dietary requirements
• a large menu
• recyclable packaging
• more affordable than Factor
Disadvantages• more expensive than Freshly
• meals serving one person only
• no free shipping
• meals serving one person only
• no breakfast options

Both companies state that they provide healthy, chef-cooked meals that only require a few minutes of reheating. Each meal from Freshly or Factor has one adult serving.

A person can find nutritional information about each meal on the company website or app or on the meal’s packaging.

The companies update their menus weekly. Each week, a subscriber chooses their meals for the following week.

Factor

Factor offers 20 meal options each week, including choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The company also provides a complimentary 20-minute consultation with a registered dietitian, who can advise individuals about healthy meal combinations.

The company caters to various diets and preferences. Example menus include:

Freshly

Freshly offers menus that contain more than 30 meals every week. The options do not include snacks or breakfasts.

The company employs wellness experts with background in nutrition and public health, rather than dietitians.

Also, while Freshly offers more meals each week than Factor, these meals are not vegetarian or vegan. All Freshly meals are gluten free, but they are not suitable for people following specific diets, such as the keto diet.

Examples of Freshly menu include:

  • Crafted Classics: Harvest time chicken risotto
  • Signature Collection: Wild-caught whitefish cake
  • FreshlyFit: Gingerturmeric chicken bowl
  • Takeout Twists: Creamy chicken korma
  • Purely Plant: Farmstead baked lentil pasta
  • Proteins & Sides: Masterful mac and cheese

An individual chooses a plan that includes a certain number of meals per week.

Freshly offers either four, six, 10, or 12 meals weekly, while Factor offers four, six, eight, 12, or 18 meals per week.

Factor

A person needs to create an account through the website to start receiving their meals.

There are three different meal plans to choose from:

  • Chef’s Choice: Chefs choose a weekly selection of meals that include keto-friendly, low calorie, vegan, and vegetarian meals.
  • Keto: People can choose from keto-friendly meals.
  • Calorie Smart: This plan includes meals low in calories.

Changing or skipping meals

A person can pause, cancel, or change their subscription at any time before 11:59 p.m. Central Time the Wednesday prior to their next delivery.

Freshly

A person needs to choose how many meals they want to receive, and then create an account. Next, they need to select their delivery day from a list of options. They can then pick meals from Freshly menu.

Changing or skipping meals

A person can pause, cancel, or change their subscription at any time before their weekly shipping deadline.

Customers can click the “Skip” button underneath their order to skip a delivery.

To cancel a subscription, a person needs to navigate to “My subscription” in the settings.

The cost of each service depends on the number of meals a person selects. However, in comparison to similar plans, Factor meals are more costly.

Although the per meal costs of Factor are higher, a person may prefer them to Freshly because they offer more dietary variety.

Factor

Factor meals start from $11 per serving. The more meals a person orders, the less expensive the servings are.

Factor offers free shipping, and it delivers throughout the contiguous United States.

Freshly

Freshly meals start from $8.99 per serving. The more meals a person orders, the less the servings cost.

Freshly does not offer free shipping. The cost of shipping is dependent on which state a person resides in and the meal plan they choose. The company delivers to the lower 48 states.

Both Factor and Freshly use specialist packaging to keep their meals fresh — not the usual chemical preservatives that increase the shelf life of prepared meals.

Factor

Factor uses plastic packaging that it says is recyclable and safe for heating in the oven or microwave.

The packaging is free from bisphenol A, better known as BPA. It is of note that there is controversy over the effects of this chemical on human health.

Each meal has a use-by date on its label. A person may wish to freeze their meals, which they can do safely before this date.

The company ships its products in insulated boxes that contain gel packs to keep the meals cold. A person can recycle these packs, reuse them, or donate them to places such as:

  • shelters
  • Meals on Wheels
  • scout organizations
  • religious charities

A person can also recycle the cardboard delivery boxes and the insulation, which is not the case with Freshly insulation.

Freshly

Freshly meals come in microwave-safe Go-Green plastic containers. A person can recycle the containers, plastic seals, and any paper products that arrive with the meals.

Freshly encourages people to reuse the gel packs that keep the meals cool during shipping. Otherwise, a person can open the gel pack, toss the contents in the trash, and recycle the plastic casing.

The insulation in delivery boxes is made of denim and is 85% biodegradable. Individuals can also reuse it, for example, in pet bedding.

Meal delivery services have become increasingly popular. They may provide a convenient way to prepare meals at home.

Researchers have analyzed the nutritional qualities of meal kits — proportioned ingredients and cooking instructions delivered to people’s doors, a similar service to Freshly or Factor.

They found that meal kits containing reduced amounts of salt and fat and increased amounts of dietary fiber may be more nutritious than takeaway or convenience foods.

Overall, research into the health effects of meal delivery services is lacking. While these meals may be healthier than carryout, there have been few comparisons with regular home cooking.

Freshly and Factor deliver prepared meals that only require reheating. The companies have many similarities.

Freshly offers more choices per week and may be less expensive, while Factor provides more variety and caters to a broader range of diets and preferences.