Sorting through the best meal delivery services in Atlanta is no easy task. There are tons of options depending on your dietary needs, whether you prefer meal kits or prepared meals, and how much time you want to spend in the kitchen. Besides, more options are constantly popping up – so here’s how you can tell which one will best suit your needs.
Fortunately, my team and I have taken an in-depth look at the most popular options in Atlanta for this year. I’ve come up with a list of the best ones I think will suit a variety of needs, no matter what your specific preferences are. There are great options for meal kits and prepared meals that focus on meat, seafood, vegetarian, vegan, and even family-friendly options.
Overall, I’ve found Blue Apron to be the top pick for this year thanks to several reasons. It offers both meal kits and prepared meals, tons of menu options, an extensive Market that has things like wines, kitchen tools, utensils, and spices, and provides lots of dietary options. Blue Apron does a great job of catering to various preferences – and I really don’t think you can go wrong here.
Blue Apron – Best overall meal delivery service
Factor – Best meals for fitness enthusiasts
HelloFresh – Best meal kits for families
Green Chef – Best organic meals
Home Chef – Best meal customization options
Adventurous menus at a very reasonable price
19 new recipes every week plus add-ons like desserts and protein packs
Dietary options include a WW-approved Wellness plan and more
Current deal: Enjoy $180 off across your first 6 orders
Blue Apron’s chef-inspired meal kits are ideal for those looking for a culinary adventure and those looking to try out international recipes. It has a good selection of both meal kits and prepared meals to choose from. These range from Chef’s Favorites, Ready-to-Cook, Craft, Make it Veggie, Family Friendly, Fast & Easy, and even special occasion Game Day dinners.
You may also like that all the ingredients are sourced from family-run farms, fisheries, and ranches (all of which practice sustainable farming). Read my colleague’s full-length review to learn more. Some of the ingredients it sources are also USDA-certified organic. If you’re particularly into saving the planet, you may also be interested to know that Blue Apron has become fully carbon-neutral.
All that said, it offers several plans for you to choose from. You can opt for the Signature plan for either 2 or 4 people, Vegetarian, or the Wellness plan for 2 featuring WW-approved recipes and lots of diabetes-friendly meals. The minimum order is 2 meals equaling 2 servings each per week.
Something that really separates the company is the Blue Apron Market. This is a collection of add-ons and extras such as pantry items like spices, wines and wine boxes, seasonal holiday boxes including turkey and roast beef, kitchen tools, utensils, and even some small appliances like microwave ovens. I can comfortably say that no other competitor on this list offers any of those things, except maybe spices.
Another thing that sets Blue Apron apart is its Premium-level recipes. These meals are made up of the highest-quality ingredients, take a bit more time to cook, and require slightly more skill in the kitchen. Keep in mind that you don’t have to be nervous about these if you don’t have much existing cooking skill. Detailed recipe cards are shipped to you with every order that are super easy to follow, and will guide you by the hand.
The minimum Blue Apron order is 2 meals of 2 servings each per week, but the maximum is 4 meals of 4 servings each. Keep in mind that, the more you order at a time, the lower your pricing will be per serving. Pricing starts at around $5.74 per serving.
Opt for weight loss-specific meal plans
Choose from 34 prepared meals each week
Dietary options include keto, low-calorie, plant-based, and more
Current deal: Up to $276 off!
Factor could be one of the best options for you if you’re looking to eat nutritious meals but don’t have much time to cook. You can choose meals that are specific to keto, plant-based, or even low-calorie diets. Each meal is also fresh and never frozen, chef-crafted, and has been designed by professional dietitians.
If you’re into fitness, there are some options specific to that as well. For instance, you can opt for high-protein options, or even low-carb if that’s what you’re into. The proteins are antibiotic- and hormone-free, and the other ingredients are non-GMO. I find that to be very interesting for a service offering prepared meals.
In terms of cuisines, there’s a wide variety for you to choose from. For instance, you can order Latin American, Cajun, Italian, and more, though most seem to have an Americanized touch. To me, this is acceptable because it may make certain meals more kid-friendly, too.
You can heat up your meals in either your microwave or your oven, and detailed instructions are printed on every package. Some may be more suitable for one or the other, so make sure to read the instructions carefully before heating your meals.
Factor has a varied menu with enough keto and low-calorie meals to satisfy a range of dieters. Considering that it’s a diet-focused meal delivery service, it’s nice to see the addition of lots of add-ons and extras like smoothies, egg bites, quiches, pancakes, keto cookies, keto cheesecakes, and even extra meats and proteins.
Lastly, the minimum order for Factor is 6 meals per week, but you can order up to 18. Specific options include 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, and 18 – and with each bump in meals, you’ll also save more per serving. Prices start at around $6.19 per serving. Overall, I don’t find Factor to be the cheapest for prepared meals, but the quality of the meals is something I can get behind.
A selection of meals to suit almost every taste
More than 50 recipes each week
Plans include Veggie, Pescatarian, Fit & Wholesome, and more
Current deal: 18 free meals + first box ships free + 3 surprise gifts with code DR18HF
HelloFresh offers a large menu selection of convenient meals at budget-friendly prices. To me, that’s a nice combination. You can find meals that suit a variety of flavor preferences with most of them also being pretty kid- and family-friendly (for those who don’t like too much spice).
All meals are curated by chefs and include home-cooked staples such as Meatloaf Parm over Spaghetti Marinara, Sweet Chili Beef, and Green Bean Bowls. Get the full scoop on how they taste from my colleague who tried them out.
You can also choose from a variety of diet options as well such as vegetarian, low-calorie, family-friendly, and more. Each meal is labeled on the main site’s menu for easy identification. Recipes on the Quick and Easy plan guarantee less prep and clean-up and can be ready in as few as 20 minutes, which could be perfect for those busy weeknights.
If you’re worried about your current skill level in the kitchen, I wouldn’t be! HelloFresh lists the difficulty level of each of its recipes directly on the main site’s menu so you can know what to expect before buying. For instance, the difficulty levels are Easy, Medium, or Hard. But again, I would take the Hard difficulty level with a bit of a grain of salt.
Speaking of recipes, the minimum order for HelloFresh is 2 recipes for 2 people per week, up to a maximum of 6 recipes for 4 people. And, you’re able to mix and match across any meal plan, too. The specific meal plans include Meat & Veggies, Veggie, Family Friendly, Fit & Wholesome, Quick and Easy, and Pescatarian. Pricing starts at around $3.32 per serving. Keep in mind that, the more you order at a time, the more you’ll also save.
Prepared ingredients and sauces
Around 24 recipes per week plus lots of add-ons
Dietary options include keto, paleo, and plant-based
Green Chef offers 30 weekly dishes for you to select from. You can enter your preferred meal types at sign-up (such as vegan, Mediterranean, or gluten-free), but this won’t limit your selection. It just means the menu will be ordered with the most relevant meals first.
You can order up to 6 servings of 3 or 4 meals per week, with most meals taking around half an hour to get on the table. Get more details about Green Chef’s healthy plans in our expert review.
In terms of add-ons, there are lots of those, too. You now get access to things like french toast, tossed salads, breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal, egg bites, muffins, extra shrimp, salmon, and bavette steak, just to name a few. Green Chef has one of the largest selections of extras I’ve seen, rivaled really only by Home Chef and HelloFresh.
It also provides you with healthy, organic meals that are packaged in eco-friendly boxes. These are some of the things that make this service a bit pricier. However, if you’re looking for good bang for your buck and don’t want to skimp on quality, Green Chef could be a good fit for you.
The minimum order here is 2 meals for 3 people up to a maximum of 4 meals for 6 people every week. Keep in mind that you can mix and match across any of the meal plans as well if you’d like to order more meals but don’t necessarily want the same type. Pricing starts at $5.99 per serving.
Customize It feature lets you personalize the proteins in your meals
30+ unique recipes per week, plus add-ons
Dietary options include carb- and calorie-conscious dishes
Home Chef’s Customize It feature allows you to adjust your meals according to your own tastes and preferences by upgrading, swapping or doubling-up on protein on selected recipes. One example is the Sirloin Steak and Truffle Mash. You could replace the steak with salmon, USDA choice strip steak, or even boneless skinless chicken breast. There’s a step-by-step guide with pictures on how this works in our in-depth Home Chef review.
Also, you can order 2, 4, or 6 servings per recipe, which is great for larger families. Perhaps even the pickiest of eaters may want to try dishes like the Bacon and Cheddar-Jack Meatloaf, or the Greek Zucchini Tostadas. I’ve found that Home Chef really does try to make sure that there’s something for everyone.
There are also add-ons for you to choose from like extra proteins like chicken breast, soups, salads, breakfast frittatas, pretzel bites, lattes, cakes, bread loaves, smoothies, cheese spreads, and tons more. From what I’ve seen, it has one of the largest selection of add-ons of any competitor.
Home Chef offers a variety of prep times for its meals including the 15-Minute Meal Kits, or the gourmet Culinary Collection dishes that take around an hour to make. You can also order Grill- and Oven-Ready Meals that only require you to cook them – no chopping, washing, or other prepping is involved.
The minimum order here is 2 recipes for 2 people per week – and the maximum is 6 recipes for 6 people. Prices start at $7.99 per serving.
A collection of oven-, grill-ready, and 15-minute meals along with salads
Choose any item from the regular Home Chef menu as well
Opt for the same carb- and calorie-conscious diets as Home Chef
Fresh and Easy is an offshoot of Home Chef, which delivers 15-minute meal kits along with several other quick-to-prepare meals. You’ll find a large collection of oven- and grill-ready meals, salads, and any add-ons and extras from the main Home Chef menu.
On top of that, you won’t have to do any extra prep work. Our reviewer mentioned that ingredients come prechopped and portioned so you don’t have to do any slicing, dicing, washing, weighing, or peeling. This makes the Fresh and Easy lineup of meals pretty convenient in my opinion.
The best thing is that you can get the same dietary preferences as Home Chef as well. You’re also free to mix and match meals from Home Chef and Fresh and Easy as well as you please, so you don’t have to feel limited.
You can also expect to get a wide variety of Express international dishes. For instance, you can get the Latin American-inspired Cheesy Salsa Chicen, Greek-Style Chicken with Orzo Salad, or even the French-influenced Prosciutto Cordon-Bleu Style Pasta with Swiss Cheese and Broccoli.
Fresh and Easy’s minimum order is the same as Home Chef at 2 recipes for 2 people per week – and the maximum is 6 recipes for 6 people. The maximum order means that Fresh and Easy could also be a good option for slightly larger families as well. Pricing starts at $7.99 per serving.
Get diet plans that have been created by doctors
Choose from 150+ breakfast, lunch, and dinner items plus snacks
Diets include gluten-free, diabetic, heart-healthy, and more
BistroMD might be the best choice if you’re looking for weight loss meals. It offers meals that have been designed by physicians to help you lose weight and keep it off. Our reviewer mentioned that BistroMD is a good choice for those interested in weight loss, but don’t necessarily want to sacrifice flavorful meals in order to do so.
There are several available programs for both men and women. These include Men, Women, Heart Healthy, Gluten Free, Keto Flex, Diabetic Friendly, and Menopause.
One thing I like most about BistroMD is its extensive menu filtering system. You can choose from a large selection of ingredients to include like beef, chicken, turkey, pork, seafood, pasta, plant-based, and soups & stews. This will help you quickly widdle down the menu to only those ingredients you like most.
Lastly, you can get other meal types such as breakfast, lunch, and snacks. BistroMD offers a large assortment of meals that don’t just include dinners which is nice to see. The minimum order here is enough lunches and dinners for 5 days per week.
You can also get the Full Program, which includes 7 breakfasts and lunches, and 6 dinners per week. Dinner on the 7th night can be whatever you like to “take a break from dieting”. If you prefer to have BistroMD send you a 7th meal, that’s possible, too. Pricing starts at $8.24 per serving.
Martha Stewart-approved meal kits
Around 45 choices per week
Dietary options include vegetarian, vegan, low-calorie, and more
Marley Spoon’s collaboration with Martha Stewart offers up some of the highest-quality meal kits around. With more than 45 recipes on the menu each week including a few desserts, you’ll always have plenty to choose from. My colleague talks more about the menu and how the meals really taste in her tried-and-tested review.
With options for families, vegans, vegetarians, dieters, and more, there really is something for everyone. Total beginners should keep an eye out for those recipes tagged Under 30 Minutes – they’re a great way to learn the ropes in the kitchen. If you’ve been wanting to test out some recipes that push you slightly out of your comfort zone, these are the ones that would best fit the bill.
Lastly, there are many cuisines you’ll get access to that suit various flavor preferences. You can expect Middle Eastern, Japanese, Filipino, Latin American, classic American, French, Italian, and Mediterranean meals. Marley Spoon also seems to do a good job of making each meal kid-friendly and accessible by not making the meals too over-the-top, spicy, fancy, or exotic.
Prices start at $2.99 per serving. You can order for 2 to 6 recipes per week for 2 or 4 people.
100% plant-based meal kits and prepared meals
20 entrees each week, plus breakfast and lunch options
Dietary options include high-protein, gluten-free, and more
Purple Carrot is for those who prefer a plant-based, animal byproduct-free diet. It has crafted various internationally-inspired meals based on realy plants. Some other competitors rely too heavily on “fake” meats such as Beyond products which you won’t find with Purple Carrot. Check out all your options in our detailed review.
The service offers both prepared meals and regular meal kits. On top of colorful and healthy dinners, you can also get quick breakfasts and lunches that demand as little as 5 minutes of your time – plus a few plantry essentials like nut butter and miso.
Purple Carrot has 2 minimum order amounts, depending on whether you go for meal kits or prepared meals. For instance, if you opt for the prepared meals, it’ll be 6 1-serving meals per week. You can purchase a maximum of 10 prepared meals every week. The meal kit minimum order is 3 meals of 2 servings each per week, but you can get up to 4 meals of 4 servings each. Pricing starts at $8.50 per serving.
Cook most meals in fewer than 30-40 minutes
Choose from over 45 unique recipes per week
Dietary options include vegetarian, low-calorie, and dairy-free, veggie, and more
Dinnerly offers up an impressive number of dietary options at a very attractive price. There are several low-cost delivery services on the market – but I feel like Dinnerly gives you the best value for a budget price. You’ll even get antibiotic-free chicken and some organic produce, which is something I really like seeing.
For such an affordable service, you’ll also get access to a number of extras and add-ons. In our recent review, the reviewer pointed out that the Market add-ons include various grocery items, desserts, breakfasts, and snacks. The same can’t be said for most other budget-oriented meal delivery services in Atlanta.
What I like most about Dinnerly, though, is that you get a variety of meal options like one-pot, <30-minute, and no-chop meals. And, speaking of meals, in terms of cuisines, some of the most popular ones on offer include Asian, classic American, Italian, French, Latin American-influenced, and even Greek.
Dinnerly’s minimum order is 3 meals for 2 people per week. You can order up to a maximum of 6 meals for 4 people per week – and, keep in mind that the more you order at a time, the lower your price will be per portion. Pricing starts at $2.12 per serving.
$5.74 Per Serving
$6.19 Per Serving
$3.32 Per Serving
$5.99 Per Serving
$7.99 Per Serving
$7.99 Per Serving
$8.24 Per Serving
$2.99 Per Serving
$8.50 Per Serving
$2.12 Per Serving
2 meals for 2 people
6 prepared meals
2 meals for 2 people
3 meals for 2 people
2 meals for 2 people
2 meals for 2 people
10 prepared meals
2 meals for 2 people
3 meal kits for 2 people/6 prepared meals
3 meals for 2 people
20 - 60 min. meal kits
20 - 30 min. meal kits
30-minute meal kits
Kits, speedy kits, oven-ready, prepared
Oven- & grill-ready, kits, prepared
30 min. meal kits
Meal kits, prepared meals
30-minute meal kits
While I was choosing the best meal delivery services in Atlanta, here’s what I took into consideration. I highly recommend keeping these things in mind when making your decision:
Recipe selection: Go for a service that offers the meals you like. I always look out for meal delivery services that provide lots of options, and ones that also frequently change up the menu. There’s nothing worse than eating the same thing all the time – at least to me!
Affordability: Choose a company that offers the right pricing for your budget, whether it be large or small. There are high-end options out there like Blue Apron, and much more affordable (but still high-quality) ones like Dinnerly. Opt for whatever works for you.
Dietary preferences: Select what you like. If you have any specific dietary considerations or preferences, I recommend choosing a meal delivery service that caters to it. You’ll find many options like gluten-free, organic, paleo, keto, weight-loss, low-carb, low-calorie, vegan, veggie, pescatarian, Mediterranean, and many more.
Convenience: Choose from meal kits that require you to cook, or ready-made meals that can be heated in the microwave or oven. Grill-ready meals are also an option. Furthermore, some companies provide ingredients that come pre-cut for added convenience.
Blue Apron offers some of the best fresh meals on the market today. You can choose from various meal kits or prepared meals, and there are many different cuisines on offer as well. If you’re after any extras, the Blue Apron Market also makes available things like pantry items like spices, various wines, kitchen utensils and tools, and even kitchen appliances.
The most affordable meal delivery service in my round-up is Dinnerly. It offers a wide range of family-friendly meals that are very affordable, starting at only around $2.12 per serving.
One of the top meal delivery services for weight loss-specific meals today is BistroMD. Its extensive range of plans were created by doctors to help with sustainable weight-loss. If you’re just getting started, it’s hard to go wrong with the Full Program, which includes 7 breakfasts and lunches, and 6 dinners per week.