BistroMD Vs. Magic Kitchen

UPDATED Jun. 2018
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The art of cooking isn't reserved for chefs only. With amazing recipes and carefully prepared ingredients from Bistro MD or Magic Kitchen, you can become a great chef yourself. How to choose whether Bistro MD or Magic Kitchen is better? Check out our honest comparison and find out everything you need to know about these two meal delivery services.

Bistro MD
Meal plans for healthy weight loss
VS
Magic Kitchen
Meals for all your dietary needs

Highlights

Bistro MD
With BistroMD, you can stop stressing about your weight and start shedding pounds by enjoying ready-made diet meals designed to suit your age, gender, and personal dietary needs.
  • Average Price Per Meal: $10.50
  • Shipping Cost: $19.95
  • Delivery Area: 50 states
Magic Kitchen
Magic Kitchen can satisfy all your dietary needs throughout the week and accommodate any allergies, special preferences or nutritional requirements you may have.
  • Average Price Per Meal: $10.00
  • Shipping Cost: $18.00-$20.00
  • Delivery Area: 50 states

Compare Features

Bistro MD
Best For
Best for dieters seeking a personalized weight loss solution
Menu/Meal Plans
BistroMD offers separate plans for men and women. Men can opt for the Men's Program, Gluten-Free Program, Diabetic Program or Silver Cuisine plan. Women can choose from the Women's Program, Gluten-Free Program, Diabetic Program, Menopause Program or Silver Cuisine plan.
Recipes/Meal Options
BistroMD has 150-200 meal options on the menu at all times.
Meal & Recipe Variety
Designed by doctors and prepared by professional chefs, BistroMD meals are healthy, nutritious, and suitable for seniors, women going through menopause, diabetics, and people on gluten-free diets. The service offers a vast assortment of breakfast, lunches, dinners, and healthy snacks and you are free to customize your menu.
Food Quality
All BistroMD diet meals are certified by the USDA. They are made of natural ingredients and contain no added MSG, aspartame or trans fats. The company carefully choses its suppliers and exclusively cooperates with farmers that employ sustainable farming methods.
Nutritional Value & Portion Size
With BistroMD, your daily calorie intake is 1,100-1,400 calories. About 40-45% of calories come from lean protein, 30-35% come from complex carbohydrates, and 20-25% come from healthy fats. Thus, the dishes are scientifically-balanced, calorie-controlled, and nutrient-rich. The portions are rather large, keeping you full until your next meal.
Subscription Flexibility
With BistroMD, you can modify your subscription whenever you want. You can pause, skip or canel your order anytime as well. Bear in mind that all changes to your subscription must be made before Sunday at 12am ET for week 1 members. For all future weeks, you must make changes by Wednesday at 5pm ET the week prior to the week your delivery is due.
Refunds
If you are not satisfied with your delivery from BistroMD, you may either receive a credit or refund.
Magic Kitchen
Best For
Best for individuals with special dietary needs
Menu/Meal Plans
Magic Kitchen features two menus, including A La Carte and Complete Meals.
Recipes/Meal Options
Magic Kitchen's A La Carte menu features 40+ meal options whereas its Complete Meals Menu has 100+ items on offer.
Meal & Recipe Variety
Magic Kitchen offers omnivore, vegetarian, senior-friendly, portion-controlled, diabetic-friendly, low-sodium, low-carb, low-fat, renal-friendly, dialysis-friendly, dairy-free, and gluten-free complete meals. Its selection of individual dishes includes soups and breads, entrées, side dishes, and desserts. The service also offers meal bundles for easier ordering, such as 1-person, family-size, senior, homestyle, and dessert bundles.
Food Quality
Magic Kitchen promises to always use restaurant-quality products, source organic fruit and vegetables whenever possible, and exclusively feature pesticide-free, antibiotic-free, and hormone-free ingredients.
Nutritional Value & Portion Size
Magic Kitchen complete meals, including an entrée and 1-2 sides, usually have 350-550 calories. The meals are nutritionally balanced, often low in carbs, and generally suitable for individuals with an average appetite or those who could benefit from portion control.
Subscription Flexibility
Magic Kitchen boasts great flexibility. You can make changes to your order by contacting the company via phone or email.
Refunds
Magic Kitchen has a satisfaction guarantee, so if you are unsatisfied with your order, you may receive a credit or replacement.

Compare Plans & Pricing

Bistro MD
Bistro MD Plans & Pricing
Full Program
Days per weekPricePrice per meal
7$179.95 (first week $134.96)$8.99
5$149.95 (first week $112.46)$9.99
Lunches and Dinners
Days per weekPricePrice per meal
7$149.95 (first week $112.46)$10.71
5$119.95 (first week $89.96)$11.99
Magic Kitchen
Magic Kitchen Plans & Pricing
Individual Meals (2 servings)
MealPrice per meal
Breakfast$7.99 - $9.99
Lunch/Dinner$9.99 - $55.99
Snacks$7.99 - $13.99
Dessert$6.99 - $9.99
Meal Programs
Meals per dayPrice per weekPrice per meal
1$75.00 - $85.00$10.71 - $12.14
2$150.00 - $165.00$10.71 - $11.78
3$225.00 - $250.00$10.71 - $11.90

Suitable For

Bistro MD
Meals For Families
Meals For Kids
Meals For Seniors
Meals For One
Magic Kitchen
Meals For Families
Meals For Kids
Meals For Seniors
Meals For One

Compare Meal Options

Bistro MD
Vegetarian Meals
Vegan Meals
Paleo Meals
Keto Meals
Low-Carb Meals
Low-Fat Meals
Meals For Diabetics
Gluten-Free Meals
Organic Meals
Weight Loss Meals
Magic Kitchen
Vegetarian Meals
Vegan Meals
Paleo Meals
Keto Meals
Low-Carb Meals
Low-Fat Meals
Meals For Diabetics
Gluten-Free Meals
Organic Meals
Weight Loss Meals

Compare Sample Meals

Bistro MD
Magic Kitchen

Compare Extras

Bistro MD
A La Carte Menu
Gift Cards
Marketplace
Magic Kitchen
A La Carte Menu
Gift Cards
Marketplace

Compare Ratings

Bistro MD
FINAL RATING
9.7/10
Meal Options
Variety
Nutritional Value
Portion Size
Flexibility
Price
Magic Kitchen
FINAL RATING
8.7/10
Meal Options
Variety
Nutritional Value
Portion Size
Flexibility
Price

Compare User Reviews

Bistro MD
  • Submitted By John Attenbury on 06/07/2018
    This is really good food made with high quality ingredients. I like that it's a dr designed plan, as my dr told me that I need to lose 30 pounds to fall into a healthy(er) BMI. Couldn't be more pleased with the customer service, as I initially thought that I wasn't going to be home in time to accept my delivery (traveling for work) but they helped make sure that it was taken care of so I would be home when it arrived. Really pleased overall. Maybe 3-4 meals on the menu were terrible, but the rest were very good. I'm a long term customer for sure. One last thing... Don't get at all what the review from Nan says about the meals having artificial ingredients and loaded with preservatives. Was surprised and pleased that I could easily identify the ingredients on the labels. I didn't see anything that fits the bill that Nan described, but maybe I didn't get the same meals? Really doubt that my experience and theirs could be be that different on such a specific thing as quality of ingredients.
  • Submitted By Nan Down on 06/05/2018
    The food is absolutely disgusting. Do not order this product under any circumstances. The abundance of positive reviews are fake and should not be believed. The food comes old, frozen and loaded with additives/preservatives and is certainly not cooked by a real chef. It is very unhealthy and tastes terrible. I honestly couldn't give any of it away and ended up throwing it all out in the garbage. I tried to get my money back within the legal amount of time that they should be required to refund me and they refused. They told me that it was my fault for not reading the fine print and looking at the ingredients first. You are better off buying any frozen meal product over this, which i would be cheaper and taste better. This is a scam. Don't do it.
  • Submitted By Dana Stokes on 12/19/2017
    If I had to describe Bistro MD meals in one word, the word I’d use would be bland. Sure, it’s supposed to be healthy, low-sodium and what not, but no one is going to die if you use enough salt to make the meals taste good.
  • Submitted By Doug Pagan on 12/19/2017
    Really convenient, quite affordable and also quite tasty, but sometimes the meals are watery because of the freezing, not exactly perfect.
Magic Kitchen
  • Submitted By Barbara F. on 06/03/2018
    Explored this option for my mother who needs low sodium meals. While prices are not cheap, they are also not unreasonable when one considers also the time needed to shop, prep + cook the same kind of meal at home. Everything super fresh and arrived in good condition. Just heat n eat. Highly recommend.
  • Submitted By Ruth Cross on 12/14/2017
    I only order from time to time, it’s delicious and there are so many options but I can’t afford to order very often.
  • Submitted By Danny Walter on 12/10/2017
    I like that I can build my own meals and I save quite a lot with the discounts, so if you pick your meals carefully, you get a great meal at the price of a sandwich.
  • Submitted By Grace Russell, on 07/11/2017
    Very, very good. The food doesn’t taste like when it’s freshly prepared, but you can’t expect that much from frozen meals. And it’s still tasty.

Winner

BistroMD prepares meals designed for your individual weight loss program and delivers them to your door. A team led by a board-certified medical practitioner with more than 20 years of experience creates the perfect combination of nutritionally optimized and tasty meals for your diet plan. All you have to do is finally enjoy losing weight.

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