Since their start more than a decade ago, meal delivery services have come a long way in delivering delicious food for a variety of dietary needs. Whether you’re looking for affordable meal delivery to fit your budget, healthy meal kits focused on more whole foods or pre-prepared meal delivery so you don’t have to touch a frying pan, there is something out there for everyone — including those who eat gluten free. At the Good Housekeeping Institute Nutrition Lab, our registered dietitians believe flavor and pleasure should never be sacrificed, so we set out to find the best gluten-free products and meal kits that are both tasty and accessible. Over a three-month span, we had over 200 home cooks and industry experts taste-test more than 40 meal kits and delivery services to find the best ones that kicked gluten to the curb.
Gluten is simply a naturally occurring protein found in grains like many breads, cereals, baked goods and crackers. For an estimated 2 million people in the US and roughly 1% of the world’s population who have celiac disease, a chronic digestive and immune disorder, a gluten-free diet is an absolute necessity. An even larger group of people lives with non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) which causes symptoms like fatigue, nausea and bloating after eating or drinking gluten-containing foods or beverages. So, if you live with celiac disease, NCGS or even a wheat allergy, and are looking for flavorful, innovative and convenient ways to cook and eat, a gluten-free meal delivery service might just be your golden ticket.
Our top picks:
At the end of this guide, stick around to learn more about how we tested meal delivery services, as well as tips for choosing the best meal delivery service for you.
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Best Overall Gluten-Free Meal Delivery Service
|price||Each main dish averages $15, snacks are between $6 and $20 each, soups range from $6 to $8 each and sides range from $4 to $20, with free delivery or a delivery fee ranging from $30-$40, depending on location of delivery.|
|packaging||They use recyclable, reusable and dishwasher safe materials.|
|Availability||Epicured is available across the US but does not deliver to Hawaii or Alaska.|
Best Prepared Gluten-Free Meal Delivery Service
|price||Prices range from $57 per week to $120 per week, depending on number of meals ordered. Delivery fees are between $10 and $12.|
|packaging||Freshly’s boxes, meal containers and cardboard are all recyclable.|
|Availability||Delivery is available everywhere in the US, except Hawaii and Alaska.|
Best Wellness Gluten-Free Meal Delivery Service
|price||Ranging from $56 per week to $459 per week, depending on number of meals, days and add-ons ordered.|
|packaging||Boxes, liners, ice packs and meal containers are all 100% recyclable.|
|Availability||Delivery is available to all US states, except Hawaii and Alaska.|
Best Gluten-Free Meal Delivery Kit
|price||Meals start around $12 per serving.|
|packaging||Most packaging materials are made from recyclable, reusable and/or compostable materials.|
|Availability||Green Chef ships everywhere in the US, except Hawaii and Alaska.|
Best Gluten-Free Meal Delivery Service for One Person
|price||Meals are as low as $9.99 but are generally $12.99 per meal. Their smallest meal plan includes four weekly meals at around $52 plus tax. All meals require the Tovola oven, which is typically $299 but is now on sale for $99.|
|packaging||All packaging is 100% recyclable.|
|Availability||Tovala delivers to all states in the US, except Hawaii.|
Best Gluten-Free Meal Delivery Service for Celiac Disease
|price||Prices vary depending on program purchased, ranging from around $112 for five lunches and five dinners to around $165 for seven breakfasts, seven lunches and six dinners.|
|packaging||BistroMD’s food is packed in environmentally-friendly and insulated packaging. Meals are served in trays with plastic covers to preserve freshness, both of which can be recycled.|
|Availability||Shipping is available to most states in the US, except Hawaii and Alaska.|
Best Sustainable Gluten-Free Meal Delivery Service
|price||SunBasket meals start as low as $9.99 per serving.|
|packaging||SunBasket aims to reduce its carbon footprint by using mostly recyclable or compostable packaging, with a goal to reach 100%. They even provide ideas on how to reuse their materials.|
|Availability||The company currently delivers in the US to all except three states: Arkansas, Hawaii and Montana.|
How we tested gluten-free meal delivery services
Over a period of three months, we had more than 200 home cooks and industry experts test gluten-free meal delivery services to figure out which ones came out on top. They tested more than 40 services, ranging from traditional meal kits to ready-to-eat meals.
To choose our gluten-free favorites, we took into account combined expert and tester feedback, the number and variety of gluten-free options, preparation safety, reach of availability and sustainability of packaging.
As a result of our testing, we believe the companies spotlighted above deserve recognition for their performance in their categories. That said, this is a fast-growing segment in the food industry and we’re likely to see more new entrants emerging in the near future. We are always testing new offerings in this category to keep readers up to date. If these choices are above your budget, check out our cheap meal delivery services or for a more comprehensive guide, our best meal delivery services.
Why trust Good Housekeeping?
As a dietitian who sees food as both fuel and pleasure, Caroline Young values simplicity and enjoyment when it comes to cooking and eating. She believes all people, regardless of medical condition, deserve to eat with joy and ease. She appreciates meal delivery services for providing options for such a wide range of preferences and needs. Caroline recommends gluten-free meal delivery services to any of her clients who have celiac disease or NCGS and are looking for reliable, varied and nourishing options. She is the owner of Whole Self Nutrition, an online business that helps people develop healthy relationships to food, body and exercise, through counseling, media and yoga.
As a dietitian and working mother, Stefani Sassos is passionate about putting healthy meals on the table for her and her family without having to spend a ton of time in the kitchen. She herself relies on prepared meal delivery services a few times a week, especially frozen options that she can keep on hand for busy weeknights. Having closely worked with patients with celiac disease in the past, Stefani understands the importance of ample and convenient gluten-free food options. She stays up to date with the current meal delivery landscape and leads category testing efforts for Good Housekeeping.
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