Factor_ is a healthy meal delivery service that aims to provide consumers with paleo, ketogenic, and other natural food options. They offer a weekly rotating menu with five different meal plan options. For the health conscious individual, their service could be a useful tool when chasing a workout, or body composition goal.
We wanted to see how Factor_ stacked up against other popular health focused meal delivery services. We tested them in multiple categories including: taste, appearance, nutrition, convenience, customizability, and price.
Update: February 26th 2020 — Factor_ was formerly known as Factor 75. This review has since been updated to reflect their change of name and their newly designed meal packaging and selection!
Whole nutritionally dense meal delivery service that caters to multiple dietary needs.
We received multiple meals from Factor_, but for the sake of this review’s brevity, we chose to review two of their weekly dishes. The first dish included the blackened salmon, smoked gouda cauliflower grits, and andouille gravy. The second meal we tried was the paleo sausage with cabbage, which is one of their paleo options.
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Not going to lie, salmon in pre-made meals is always a little dicey due to the taste post reheating. However, the blackened salmon was surprisingly great. The texture was similar (not exactly the same) to what you could expect from a home cooked meal and it wasn’t overly fishy. Overall, I thought the meal was a win when it came to taste and texture.
The cauliflower grits and gravy were also interesting and provided a nice variance to the meal itself. Generally, you get add-ins like potatoes, rice, or other carbs that are not exactly off the beaten path, so the grits were a nice change up. Factor in the gravy and it was a pleasantly taste addition to the salmon. The broccoli was fine, too, but not really worth calling too much attention to as it was standard in terms of taste and texture.
The paleo sausage and cabbage was a good meal, but I certainly wouldn’t call it my favorite. The sausage had a good texture and when reheating tasted exactly what you’d imagine reheated sausage to taste like. It had a bite to it and wasn’t overly squishy which can happen to some sausage meals I’ve reviewed.
The cabbage and green beans, like the sausage, were okay. They were appetizing, but didn’t floor me with taste, which for myself and most athletes is perfectly fine.
They had solid texture and a level taste which made eating them easy. I think I could eat them every week if I had to without issues and thought they were a solid selection for paleo focused meal.
Formerly known as Factor 75, Factor_’s meals appearance are average. The meals were always appetizing, so the appearance was never connected to a food’s taste, but how it looked in the package. My main issue with their meal’s appearance comes with the containers they come packaged in. There’s a lot of air in-between the food the roof of the package, so we found a few of our meals got tossed around in shipping, so they looked slightly messy (which is something that one must account for with shipping).
Whether a meal looked messy in the package was a case by case basis. Not every meal had this type of appearance, and it won’t be a huge issue for the eater who doesn’t need a clean looking meal. If you need a clean looking meal to plate, then I could see some having an issue with this, but otherwise, I think it’s something small to keep in mind with shipping, it wasn’t a deciding factor of a meal’s quality.
Every meal Factor_ provides has the full nutrition breakdown listed on the package, which is a plus to the service. If you’re strictly on-the-go and want to avoid guesswork, then this is a positive feature. Additionally, they list every ingredient, so there’s no guessing as to what gets put into a meal.
They offer a weekly changing menu, but offer you the option to select the meals you’d like. I thought this was a good resolution for someone who needs absolute consistency with macros and calories. Some services don’t provide the individualization of the changing meal plans, so it’s a little daunting for those tracking diets at very specific times (ex: cutting and re-comping).
The only downside I could see with this type of ordering and changing menu is for those who forget to custom pick their plan before the week’s meal cutoff. Otherwise, I like how easy the nutrition label is to read and find on the package.
On their website, Factor_ says a standard meal ranges from 400-600 calories. But some meals can be a little higher, and the higher caloric meals are typically the ketogenic meals. 400-600 calories is a fair amount for most individuals, especially strength athletes. Whether you’re selecting meals, or letting them decide on what you’re receiving, then the ranges are a nice factor that allow some consistency.
Below is an example of Factor_’s five meal plan options with their price per plan, and what the cost per meal comes out to with each plan.
|Meal Plan||Whole Price / Meal Price for Plan|
|4 Meals||$60.00 / $15.00|
|6 Meals||$77.00 / $12.83|
|8 Meals||$99.00 / $12.37|
|12 Meals||$138.00 / $11.50|
|18 Meals||$198.00 / $11.00|
Their pricing is fair when you purchase in volume. You can expect to pay anywhere from $10.00-15.00 for the average lunch and dinner in major cities, so the 12 and 18 meal options are definitely the best priced. If you’re only ordering four or six meals, then the pricing is a little expensive per meal. Compared to other services, Factor_ is right inline with other’s pricing options.
Personally, I think Factor_’s 18 meal option is one of the industry’s better deals (especially if you don’t have a delivery fee). Plus, their meals come with 400-600 calories (sometimes more), which trumps some of the 300-400 calorie options. The price per calorie, or volume of food is better. Factor_ also has free shipping.
On top of the competitive pricing for their meal plans, Factor_ also offers free shipping nationwide (sans Alaska and Hawaii), which is a great perk for keeping the price on the lower end.
Factor_ is a subscription based delivery service, and make ordering meals pretty easy. Plans close out and bill on Wednesday nights, so the time of billing is consistent. Deliveries are made between Monday-Wednesday of the following week. Your delivery date will vary depending on your location in their 48 states of delivery (minus Alaska & Hawaii). States farthest from Factor_’s HQ will have deliveries closer to Tuesday and Wednesday.
Vegetarian meals are offered in their weekly plans, but are limited. On Factor_’s FAQ page, they write that roughly 1-3 meals a week will fit a vegetarian based diet, so pickings may be slim, especially for those putting in high volume orders. Their meals are catered towards paleo and ketogenic diet, which explains the limited options.
I liked the customizability of Factor_ meal’s plans. They have a weekly changing menu, which can throw off those who want consistency. But, they provide you with the option of selecting the meals you want. This allows a subscribed member to pick their meals on a weekly basis that they think fit best with their tastes and diet.
The custom selecting of meals is also good for those with specific macro goals for each meal. I could only foresee one issue with their meal selection. Each week there are new options, but they can be a little limited for the very specific eater (macro, taste, etc), so keep that in mind when selecting your plan’s volume.
Is Factor_ Good for Weight Loss?
This question is going to be based off of your goals and preferences, but I think Factor 75 could be a viable source for weight loss. Their meals have a calorie range of 400-600, and they provide you with the option of picking the meals you want. For this reason, it makes it a little easier for the goal oriented eater to get the food/meals they want.
Whole nutritionally dense meal delivery service that caters to multiple dietary needs.
Formerly as Factor 75, Factor_ offers a natural based food delivery service that focuses on providing meals catered to paleo and ketogenic based diets. I thought their weekly changing menu with the ability to select your meals was a cool feature. Additionally, the meals tasted exceptional and offered a diverse selection.
For those ordering meals in high volume looking for natural options, then I think Factor 75 does a good job at filling these demands.
What is the price range for Factor_ meals?
The range for Factor_ meals depends on how many meals you wish to purchase on a weekly basis. Check out the range below!
Meal PlanWhole Price / Meal Price for Plan
- 4 Meals $60.00 / $15.00
- 6 Meals $77.00 / $12.83
- 8 Meals $99.00 / $12.37
- 12 Meals $138.00 / $11.50
- 18 Meals $198.00 / $11.00
Where do Factor_ ship to?
Factor_ ships to the 48 continental states and shipping is free! They do not hip for Hawaii and Alaska.
Can you use Factor_ meals for weight loss?
Of course! Weight loss is determined by consuming whole foods within your daily caloric limit. You can tailor the meals you order and choose based on your dietary needs relatively easy.