Madison is a bustling city with a rich culinary culture that manages to satisfy a wide range of tastes and lifestyles. But it’s not always feasible to dine out or order takeout – so what about those busy weeknights when you want something quick and healthy at home?
Well, that’s when you start looking for the best meal delivery services in Madison…
From those that send you ready-made meals that require a quick blast in the microwave to those that send raw ingredients and accompanying recipes straight to your door, there are plenty out there to help take meal prep off your hands.
And while Home Chef is the best in my book, I’ve tried and tested them all to bring you my top 10. Keep reading to find out more!
Brau Haus Burger with Beer Cheese Sauce
Easy to customize your proteins
20+ recipes per week
Dietary options include vegetarian, and carb- and calorie-conscious
Current deal: 75% Off Your 1st Box + 60% Off Your 2nd and 3rd Boxes!
Home cooking can be fun and easy – that’s the message to take from Home Chef’s exciting and diverse menu.
The service features a variety of meal types to suit different schedules – from trad meal kits that take up to 45 minutes to cook to more precise 15-Minute Meal Kits, and even Oven-Ready dishes. You can find out more about these in my colleague’s in-depth review).
Along with a selection of meat and fish dishes, you’ll find flavor-filled veggie twists on some classic comfort food recipes, and you can customize the protein in almost every dish. So although the weekly menu of around 20 entrees may be smaller than some other services – the customization options are endless.
You’ll also spot some extras on the menu each week, including salad and bread bundles, desserts, protein packs, and more.
Mediterranean Turkey Kebabs with Carrot and Squash Ribbon Salad
Good selection of add-ons and snacks
35+ meal kits and prepared meals per week
Dietary plans include gluten-free, diabetes-friendly, paleo, and more
Current deal: $90 off Plus a Free Gift!
There’s no denying Madison residents are used to super-fresh, farmers’ market produce, which is why Sunbasket fits right in.
The company only uses premium, responsibly sourced ingredients that are organic where possible – and it exceeded all my expectations with its varied menu that includes both meal kits and prepared meals.
Plus, there are options for dinner, breakfast, and lunch – as well as store cupboard essentials – so you can rely on it as a bit of a one-stop shop, as my colleague found when reviewing Sunbasket.
It also caters to a wide range of dietary needs, with 10 dedicated plans that you can mix and match. Plus, there’s a good number of plant-based options.
In terms of culinary diversity, Sunbasket brings together everything from Asian recipes to Jamaican dishes, Mediterranean ingredients, and more. In fact, I got to enjoy a host of new cuisines in the comfort of my own home. This is one you’ll definitely never get bored of!
Creamy Mac n' Cheese with Cauliflower Cream Sauce and Truffled Mushrooms
Great for flexitarians, as well as vegans
20 meal kits and prepared meals per week
Dietary options include high-protein, gluten-free, and more
Current deal: Get $30 Off with code carrot30
Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or just looking to get more veggies on your plate, a service like Purple Carrot is a perfect way to eat more plant-based meals without the worry of planning or prep.
The company’s menu features around 20 plant-based dishes each week (both meal kits and prepared meals), all of which are colorful, creative, and packed with good-for-you ingredients.
As my colleague talks about in this in-depth review, the service is on the slightly more expensive side (from $8.50 per serving). But if you want high-quality ingredients, including organic beans, tofu, and dairy alternatives, the higher price point is worth it. Plus shipping is always free!
I like that there are some breakfast, lunch, and snack items on the menu, too. It’s also a great way to learn new plant-based recipes which you can cook again later on.
Creamy Truffle Steak Penne
Ingredients come prepped, portioned and ready to cook
10+ easy prep meals per week
Dietary options include calorie- and carb-conscious meals
Current deal: Get 16 Free Meals!
I like Fresh and Easy because not only is it great for beginner cooks, but it makes it incredibly easy to have a homemade meal when time is of the essence. Choose from a range of speedy meals, including 15-Minute Meal Kits, Oven-Ready meals, and Fast & Fresh prepared meals.
I’m a big fan of the oven-ready meals – all you have to do is assemble the ingredients in the pan provided and throw it in the oven. My colleague tried and tested this service, see how they got on in their Fresh and Easy review.
Since Fresh and Easy is part of Home Chef, expect the same level of quality and variation when it comes to the ingredients and types of recipes on the menu each week.
Sweet Chili Chicken
All meals are ready in six steps or less
17+ recipes per week
Good selection of veggie meals
Current deal: $1.39/meal On Your 1st Box
One reason why I like Madison’s culinary scene is its inclusiveness – anyone can pretty much find something to fit their taste and budget. And the same rings true for the city’s meal delivery services, with companies like EveryPlate focusing on affordable meals that don’t skimp on quality.
As my colleague reveals, however, EveryPlate is for non-picky eaters. While the company does offer four meal plans, including FamilyPlate and EasyPlate, the VeggiePlate plan is your only dietary option.
Still, for as little as $1.49 per serving, EveryPlate’s crowd-pleasing menu is both diverse and nutritious, with around 17 recipes to choose from each week. You’ll find everything from hearty stews and pasta dishes to soup, sandwiches, and more.
Sesame-Sambal Turkey Lettuce Cups
19+ meal kits and prepared meals per week
Dietary options include the WW-approved Wellness Plan
Current deal: Enjoy $130 off across your first 6 orders
Blue Apron is popular because it appeals to a wide variety of diners – from those who want to recreate tasty, restaurant-style food in the comfort of their own home to those who are looking for low-calorie meals to help them stick to a diet plan.
If you’re someone who needs a health and fitness kick, the company’s diabetes-friendly Wellness plan includes WW-approved recipes that come in at 600 calories or less per serving. Find out more about these in my colleague’s review.
The recipes are reasonably priced at $5.74 per serving, and they’re so simple to follow that even the most novice cooks will enjoy adding new dishes to their repertoire – because eating well doesn’t mean you need not eat amazing food!
You can also add wine pairings to your meals with the optional Wine Club add-on. The bottles are perfectly sized for two and include tasting tips, and more.
Kung Pao Steak
Chef-cooked, heat-and-eat dishes
40+ meals per week
Dietary options include gluten-free, dairy-free, and plant-based
Current deal: Get $175 off your first 7 boxes!
Freshly’s health-focused, no-fuss meals are ready to enjoy in as little as three minutes. Simply blast in the microwave or oven, and you’re good to go.
The company takes away all the hard work and time of meal prep, offering balanced meals that are great for both lunch and dinner. You’ll find plenty of gluten-free options (all prepared in certified gluten-free kitchens), plus high-protein, dairy-free, and low-calorie meals.
There are some plant-based options too, though these are somewhat limited so Freshly is probably better for those who enjoy a flexitarian diet. Find out more about the menu in my colleague’s Freshly review.
For those who are watching their calorie intake, the FreshlyFit plan has meals that come in under 500 calories per serving – but all of which are nutritious, filling, and comforting.
Pork Tenderloin & Cheesy Cabbage
Fresh, dietitian-designed meals to your door
27+ dishes per week
Dietary options include keto, vegan, low-calorie, and more
Current deal: Up to $276 Off!
Factor is all about fresh, nutritious meals that still feel satisfying, which is why the company works with registered dietitians and professional chefs to create every meal. You can even start by speaking to a resident nutrition coach to discuss your health goals.
The convenience of chef-prepared meals does make Factor a little more expensive than some of the other services on this list ($6.19 per serving) – but expect to taste the quality in every meal!
As my colleague explains in this detailed review, Factor is great for busy individuals who don’t have time to cook but want to keep track of their diet and fitness.
There are four plans to choose from, including Keto, Vegan & Veggie, and Calorie Smart. Simply pick the one that works for you.
Oven-Fried Berbere Chicken
All dishes approved by Martha Stewart
40+ recipes per week
Dietary options include vegan, vegetarian, low-carb, dairy-free, and more
Current deal: Get $190 off Your First 4 Boxes!
If you’re looking for delicious, family-friendly meals that are easy to get on the table in less than 30 minutes, Marley Spoon has the answers!
The menu offers a variety of meat and seafood dishes sprinkled with vegetarian, vegan, and low-carb options – so there’s something for everyone.
As well as being a great all-rounder, Marley Spoon is also committed to carbon neutrality, sustainability, and is involved with a number of green projects around the world. There’s also a focus on seasonal, sustainable ingredients. As if I needed more reasons to love it!
Herb Crusted Salmon with Roasted Broccoli & Feta
Perfectly portioned gluten-free meals
35 dishes per week
Dietary options include high-protein, paleo, Whole30, and more
Current deal: Save $80 with code SALE80 plus FREE SHIPPING.
Snap Kitchen takes the hard work out of eating well with its prepared, balanced meals.
Even ordering is easy – the user-friendly menu filters allow you to choose meals according to the number of calories, or carb and protein content, so your weekly box is strictly built around your nutritional needs.
Most of the dishes come in at less than 600 calories per serving (with many under 500), but the menu is diverse, with a good mix of meat and fish dishes. My colleague reveals more about some of the tastiest meals in this review.
The plans are relatively limited – choose from either six or 12 meals per week only. It’s also one of the pricier services on this list, but if you want fresh, ready-to-eat, nutritionally dense meals delivered to your door, it may well be worth the cost.
$5.74 Per Serving
$6.19 Per Serving
$6.99 Per Serving
$1.49 Per Serving
$8.50 Per Serving
$6.90 Per Serving
$6.99 Per Serving
$2.99 Per Serving
$9.66 Per Serving
2 meals for 2 people
4 prepared meals
2 meals for 2 people
3 meals for 2 people
3 meal kits for 2 people/6 prepared meals
4 prepared meals
2 meals for 2 people
2 meals for 2 people
6 prepared meals
20 - 60 min. meal kits
Kits, speedy kits, oven-ready, prepared
30-minute meal kits
30-minute meal kits
Oven- & grill-ready, kits, prepared
30 min. meal kits
Now that you have so many options, how do you go about choosing the best meal delivery service for your needs? To help you out, I’ve listed some of the criteria I used when compiling this list:
Prep and cooking times: If time is of the essence – why not look at trialling some prepared meals? If you like to spend more time in the kitchen as a way to relax after work or school, meal kits are a great way to cook without the time and effort of grocery shopping.
Specific dietary needs: Unless you’re the kind of person who is happy to eat pretty much anything, look for a service that can support several kinds of dietary needs. This is particularly important if you’re in a couple or family and you all have different preferences.
Customization options: If you’re able to adjust each dish or order to your liking, you’ll likely never get bored. If customization isn’t an option, make sure the menu is varied enough for you.
Flexible delivery: Choose a service that fits your schedule. While most services will keep your food well insulated, you don’t want it sitting on your doorstep for too long!
Definitely, yes! Life can be crazy enough as it is, without having to worry about planning healthy meals, sourcing ingredients, and spending hours in the kitchen.
If you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle without eating out all the time, meal delivery services are your best bet. For me Home Chef takes the crown because it offers a huge number of customization options, but there are plenty of services on this list which cater to different tastes.
And if you don’t like these, there are even more companies to explore, as revealed in our list of the best meal delivery services for 2022.
EveryPlate is the most affordable meal delivery service in Madison. To maintain its price of $1.49 per serving, EveryPlate offers simple, crowd-pleasing meals that don’t cater to specific dietary needs.
That said, the ingredients used are fresh and of high-quality – there are just fewer options.
‘Healthy’ differs according to your preferences, activity levels, and overall dietary needs. Generally, however, Purple Carrot’s plant-based meals are a fantastic option for anyone looking to cut down on their meat and animal fat consumption.
Yes. Many meal delivery services offer low-calorie and carb-conscious meal kits and prepared dishes (Factor is a great option, in this case) that can help you lose weight or keep your weight in check. The secret is to choose a service that gives you transparent caloric content and information on the ingredients used to make the meals.