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Factor (formerly Factor75) is a meal delivery service that provides prepared, fresh, dietitian-designed meals. Here, our tester reviews their experience ordering and eating meals from Factor.
Heather Riesebeck, SEO Associate at Healthline, received products from Factor for free. All opinions are her own.
The signup process was super easy to navigate. I could change my delivery date or pause for a certain time if needed. It was also very easy to cancel my subscription. It gave me the option to pause for no charge if I preferred that.
Factor pre-selected my meals but gave me the option to change them. However, all the selections sounded so good that I only ended up changing one.
Factor does not charge more for certain menu plans. Instead, the amount of meals per week influences the cost per meal. People may find that buying more meals is better value.
Below is the cost of each menu option:
|Cost per meal
|6 meals per week
|those who prioritize easy, wholesome food during the workweek
|8 meals per week
|10 meals per week
|working couples who prefer meals for the entire workweek
|12 meals per week
|working parents or caregivers with small children
|14 meals per week
|working households with one child
|18 meals per week
I chose the six-meal plan, which included various Protein Plus, Calorie Smart, and Keto. I was impressed with the variety of meals to choose from. It seemed to be mostly American, Italian, and Mexican cuisine.
However, within these cuisines, I found lots of different options so that I could have variety throughout my week. There were lots of healthy options with different focuses, like low carb, high protein, and low calorie. I try to have meals with a higher protein, so it was nice to have that category easy to find on the website.
My meals included:
- Baja shrimp
- sweet and tangy BBQ ground pork
- sun-dried tomato chicken
- sweet potato grits and sage chicken (my favorite!)
- chicken alfredo pasta
- ground pork chili and cheddar mac
My box got delivered to me while I was at work on the day they said it would be delivered. When I got home later in the evening, all the meals were still perfectly refrigerated. The box wasn’t too big or heavy. All their packaging felt very intentional.
The packing was extremely eco-friendly. Everything had descriptions of how it could be properly recycled, and it was made very clear that the packaging materials were recyclable.
The box also stated that the company is carbon neutral, which was nice to know. Even the padding and the frozen packs were recyclable with clear instructions.
What stood out to me most were the company’s sustainability efforts and how they made it easy to recycle the packaging.
These were by far the easiest meals I’ve ever had delivered.
The items were packaged in a microwavable tray with a removable cover containing nutrition information and labeling.
The meals were extremely easy to prepare, requiring only a couple of holes in the plastic film of the tray and then 2 minutes of microwaving.
I cooked each meal for exactly 2 minutes and was always pleased with the temperature.
I had six meals, and my thoughts on a few of them were:
- Chicken alfredo pasta: The chicken and vegetables had a great texture, and I was satisfied with the seasoning.
- Sweet potato grits and sage chicken: This was my absolute favorite. The sweet potato grits were amazing and unlike anything I’d tasted before. The texture of the chicken was perfect and everything tasted delicious. I want the recipe for the grits!
- Ground pork chili and cheddar mac: This has good flavor and texture, and was a simple yummy meal.
- Sweet and tangy BBQ ground pork: This had a unique flavor that I really enjoyed. However, I wish the potatoes were a little softer.
I was blown away by the texture of the chicken, as I am normally very skeptical about reheating meat. The chicken breast was juicy and flavorful, like I had just cooked it.
All of the vegetables were very fresh as well, not mushy like lots of other microwavable meals. I found that all the meals I tried were seasoned well. I could see that if someone wanted to enhance it further, it would be easy to add more spices (however, I did not need or want to).
Overall, I was very impressed with the ingredient quality and freshness.
I would absolutely recommend Factor to our readers. It couldn’t have been easier to use, and the meals were great.
I would recommend Factor to anyone who wants high quality meals without having to cook.
I think the company’s customer service, shipping, and overall process are done well and are in line with other meal delivery services I have tried. As I said before, what stood out to me most were Factor’s sustainability efforts and how it made it easy to recycle the packaging.
Many meal delivery services online deliver either ready-made meals or meal kits. The table below compares Factor with its competitors.
|Cost per item or serving
|reputation for good flavors
|order or cancel weekly
|meals for 1–4 people
|uses a lot of packaging
|effective teaching to support those new to cooking
|order for up to 6 weeks in advance
|includes multiple diets
|smaller portions than other plans
|donates meals to frontline workers and first responders
• high protein
|order or cancel weekly
|a convenient way to eat fruits and veggies
|a limited choice between smoothies, soups, grain bowls, and noodles
|On-Demand Box or order or cancel weekly
|high quality organic ingredients
|expensive for certain items
|ability to customize orders and freeze deliveries
|order on a weekly or monthly basis, customizable plans
|variety of plant-based dinner options
|difficult to prepare
|a choice between prepared options and kits
• quick and easy
• high protein
|order weekly, option to customize
|does not reduce meal cleanup
|family-friendly meal service
• meat and veggies
• pescatarian and veggies
• calorie smart
|order weekly or monthly, option to customize
Factor may be a suitable meal company for people looking for quick and prepared meals.
Factor uses sustainable, recyclable, and insulated packaging. It also delivers meals in nontoxic and reusable gel packs that contain salt water and sodium polyacrylate. The food containers are free of bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is a chemical that may be present in water bottles and food storage containers.
However, its meals may be high in sodium, which may not suit people trying to lose weight. Individuals who want to eliminate sugar from their diet may opt for meals free from or low in sugar.
Customers can choose and combine meals that meet their nutrition goals. The company provides a nutritional value label that indicates the amount of calories, fats, fiber, or sugar the dish has.
Factor enters its meals into apps such as MyFitnessPal and Carb Manager, which may make it easier for customers to track their nutrient intake.
If a person wishes to discuss their weight goals in more detail, Factor also offers consultations with dietitians.
HelloFresh owns Factor. It acquired the company in 2020.
Besides low calorie meals, Factor offers low-carbohydrate and keto meals. A short-term keto diet may be effective for weight loss, but some people find the diet difficult to sustain long term. Scientists need to conduct more research to confirm the long-term safety and effectiveness of the diet.
Factor offers dietitian-approved meals that cater to various dietary needs.
For example, they may appeal to people who want to manage their weight better. The ease of ready-made meals may also suit someone with a busy lifestyle or limited cooking skills.
However, meal delivery services can be expensive. Individuals may prefer to plan meals weekly to make grocery store visits easier or cook in bulk and eat portions throughout the week.