Freshly Meals vs. Tovala Meals: How Do They Compare?

Freshly Meals: a Tovala meal with pork, roasted veggies, and quinoa

No matter where you live or what you do, there's a good chance you're too busy and too tired to figure out what to cook on a daily basis. It's no wonder meal kit subscription services like Blue Apron, Home Chef, Sun Basket, Hello Fresh, and Plated are vying for your attention with promises to fix your "what's for dinner?" dilemma once and for all.

While these meal kit providers are supposed to make cooking more convenient, many people complain that such meal delivery services still require more meal prepping and grocery store runs than anticipated. But there are two brands in particular that offer fresh food with virtually no meal prep: Freshly Meals and Tovala Meals.

Do these meal delivery services truly live up to their promises? We're breaking down the basics of each to get a clear picture of how Freshly Meals compare to Tovala Meals so you can decide for yourself.

What Do Freshly Meals Offer?

Freshly Meals: a microwaved meal

Freshly meal delivery service touts meals that are fresh, never frozen. Although not strictly Paleo, the Freshly meal plan focuses on high-protein, low-carb meal options. The entire menu is gluten-free and avoids refined sugars, hydrogenated oils, and preservatives. In fact, the service has a list of over 85 banned ingredients to ensure healthy meals for its customers. There are some vegetarian options, but the focus on animal protein can make it challenging to enjoy a wide variety of meat-free meals.

Freshly Made Food ... in a Microwave?

For all its talk of food freshness, Freshly meals are intended to be cooked in a microwave. Yes, that's right. You go through the effort and expense to find a food delivery service for a healthier, tastier option than takeout, and then you're hit with the reality that you're supposed to nuke your meal in a plastic tray. Can you imagine having nuked chicken parm or steak peppercorn with green beans? Talk about a droopy dinnertime downer!

Does Freshly Really Save You Time?

Since Freshly meals are fully cooked when they arrive, you'll definitely save time on meal prep and grocery shopping. However, unless you plop your meal in the microwave as recommended, you'll need to keep a watchful eye while heating it in a conventional oven.

Depending on the dish, you'll have to heat it for several minutes at a time, take it out to stir (the only way to prevent hot or cold spots), then continue heating until ready. Since this method isn't an exact science, don't expect to know how long dinner will take to make.

What's more, if you don't use a microwave, you must remove the food from Freshly's plastic packaging (it could melt) and use your own oven-safe dish. That means more time spent in the kitchen before you eat and more time spent cleaning up afterwards.

Freshly Meals vs. Tovala Meals

Freshly meals: Tovala meals being cooked in the Tovala Steam Oven

Like so many other meal delivery services, Freshly appears to have some obvious appeal for those who don't have time to cook. But upon closer inspection, these meal subscriptions are not always what they seem. That's why Tovala Meals just might be the answer to your dining problem. And it's not just us tooting our own horn—our customers do that for us. In fact, 71% of Tovala customers tried a meal kit service before making the switch. Check out what customers are saying about Tovala.

What Do Tovala Meals Offer?

Freshly meals: a Tovala meal of salmon on a bed of sautéed beens and greens

Tovala Meals are crafted by real chefs using only fresh, high-quality ingredients. We use absolutely no artificial ingredients, and meals work for a variety of dietary preferences, including gluten-free, high-protein, low-carb, and vegetarian diets. Plus, you can rest assured that you'll have the perfect portion size, ranging from 400-800 calories, for every single meal.

Do Tovala Meals Really Save You Time?

In a word, yes. When you have Tovala Meals, there's no need to guess how long it will take to get dinner on the table. You don't have to fire up the full-size oven and you certainly won’t be nuking anything. With just one minute of prep time, all meals cook in 20 minutes or less. And let's not forget that Tovala Meals are stored in oven-safe—not plastic—containers that are 100% recyclable.

How Is Tovala Different?

Unlike the "nuke it, eat it" approach of Freshly, Tovala Meals are cooked in the Tovala steam-convection oven. By combining the elements of steam (wet heat) and convection (dry heat), the Tovala is incredibly efficient and offers a range of benefits, including:

  • Reduced cooking time, which retains more nutrients in the food.
  • A more energy-efficient, eco-friendly experience (also from that shorter cooking time).
  • Even heating (no hot spots!) thanks to our combination of steam to make food juicier and convection to provide a beautifully crispy texture that a microwave simply can't.

The Tovala Advantage

Tovala makes good on the promise to deliver fresh meals that save you time, money, and stress. But unlike every other meal delivery service, Tovala gives you the added benefit of a state-of-the-art countertop oven that will not only cook your Tovala Meals, but it will also cook your own store-bought groceries with the precision of a pro. You'll even get access to an ever-expanding library of recipes.

Thanks to Tovala IQ™ smart technology, you can bake, reheat, broil, and steam with the touch of a button on the oven or your smartphone with the Tovala app for iOs or Android. You can also say goodbye to standing in front of the oven to make sure nothing goes wrong. With Tovala, you’re able to check on your food's progress from the next room and get notified when it's done.

Easy, Fresh, Tovala

Freshly meals: Home cook plates a Tovala meal

The bottom line is that there's no reason to rely on nuked meals, unhealthy fast food, or tedious prepping when you have Tovala Meals at the ready. Simply place your chef-prepared meal in your Tovala oven, scan the barcode, and in less time than it takes to order takeout you'll have a delicious, healthy meal that is cooked to perfection. So what are you waiting for? Give Tovala Meals a try and get ready for a meal service you can count on.