Nutrisystem vs. HMR - Our 2020 In-depth Comparison
Nutrisystem helps people lose weight in an effective, safe way by offering healthy and nutritious meals designed by scientists. Their products allow people to eat often, but in a balanced, moderate way.
- Shipping Cost: $0*
- Average Price Per Meal: $3.07
- Delivery Area: 50 States
*For a la carte frozen food and non-frozen food orders of $50+
HMR is a weight-loss plan designed by experts to help people lose weight and develop lifestyle habits with which they can maintain a weight they’re happy with. Its combination of meals and shakes provides customers safe way to achieve the healthy lifestyle they want.
- Shipping Cost: $0*
- Average Price Per Meal: $2.64
- Delivery Area: 50 States
* For orders over $225
Plan & Pricing
- Basic Plan $2.64
4 servings per day; 4 week plan price: $295*
- Core Plan $2.86
4 servings per day; 4 week plan price: $320*
- Uniquely Yours $3.22
4 servings per day; 4 week plan price: $360*
- Uniquely Yours Plus $3.57
4 servings per day; 4 week plan price: $400*
*prices are based on women’s meal plan.
- Healthy Snakes $2.36
3 servings per day; 2 week kit price: $99*
- Healthy Solutions $2.64
4 servings per day; 2 week kit price: $185
- In-Clinic Healthy Solutions ***
Price dependent on where you live
*With registration to auto-delivery. $123.50 for a once-off order.
- Pepperoni Pizza Melt
- Meatloaf Sandwich
- Meatballs in Marinara Sauce
- Broccoli & Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast
- Beef Stroganoff with Noodles
- Chicken with Barbecue Sauce and Rice and Beans
- Cheese and Basil Ravioli in Tomato Sauce
- Lentil Stew
HMR provide plenty of vegetarian options. They also have several options for allergy sufferers and label their products so people can easily identify ingredients. On the other hand, Nutrisystem offer a vegetarian-specific plan and all of their plans except Uniquely Yours Plus have a version for diabetics. They also have gluten and dairy-free products.
Nutrisystem provides four basic meal plans, each in a variety for men or women. These are Basic, Core, Uniquely Yours and Uniquely Yours. There is also a separate Vegetarian plan. Three of the plans, Basic, Core and Uniquely Yours are available in a special Diabetes-specific variety. All of these include snacks, breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
HMR provide a few different plans, which mostly depend on the amount of support required by the customer. Two of their plans are “at home” plans while one also offers medical supervision and peer support. For this last one, the price depends on your location. The two plans you can follow at home are the Healthy Solutions plan and the Healthy Shakes Plan.
The Quality of the Ingredients
Although they try to use mostly good, healthy ingredients, HMR products, particularly their shakes, contain artificial flavorings and colors. They also sometimes use soy protein isolate and corn syrup. On the other hand, Nutrisystem pride themselves on using ingredients without artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners.
Additionally, they don’t use Partially Hydrogenated Oils or High Fructose Corn Syrup in their food. Without question, Nutrisystem are more committed to enabling customers to enjoy products without the worry of putting nasty additives into their bodies.
HMR is a low-calorie diet, but your calorie intake depends on which plan you select. With the In-Clinic Healthy Solutions plan, your calorie intake is only 500-800 calories per day, and cannot be done without medical supervision. The Healthy Solutions and Healthy Shakes plans which people can follow at home allow a maximum of 1400 calories per day.
HMR products range between 120 and 280 calories per serving. Customers can organise how and when they eat, as long as they stay within these guidelines. With Nutrisystem, the idea is to eat small portions frequently, and the maximum calorie count on their products is 300. Although the playing field is even here, our personal choice for this category is HMR for providing two different calorie-based plans.
While Nutrisystem provides all meals and shakes, HMR provides shakes, snacks, entrees and some soups. They allow you to supplement these with your own ideas. As a result, there is a smaller variety of products to choose from than with Nutrisystem. They do, however, have some exciting options within their entrees and their modest selection includes tantalising flavors from different world kitchens.
However, as Nutrisystem provides a wider variety of tasty options from classic American favourites to cuisines such as Mexican and Asian, they are our winner in this category.
Nutrisystem promises free shipping for a la carte frozen food orders of $50+ and for non-frozen food. Their package are carefully made to prevent damage to food in transit.
HMR provide both the option of once-off deliveries and auto-delivery. They offer free shipping on orders over $225 or on auto-deliveries. Orders that are less than that come with an $11.95 shipping fee per delivery.
Customer Support & Service
Switching Plans – Nutrisystem allows this at any time. However, it needs to be done before 6pm EST on the day before the next auto-delivery shipment.
Cancellation – Can be done by a phone call at any time.
Refunds – The company can issue refunds or credits to unsatisfied customers.
Gifts – Although they don’t give any physical gifts, customers regularly get coupons and discounts from Nutrisystem.
Free Trial – Nutrisystem provides several discounts to new customers but they don’t offer a free trial.
Customizable – Possible to customize, particularly with the Uniquely Yours Plan
Switching Plans – possible at any time by contacting the office during regular working hours.
Cancellation – Changes or cancellations are possible at any time within company working hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm.
Refunds – Full refund offered (shipping price excluded) on products returned within 60 days of purchase.
Gifts – some plans come with a HMR cookbook and support guide.
Free Trial – Not available with this company.
Customizable – Easy to do, as food and shakes are selected by the customer.
On the whole, both HMR and Nutrisystem provide scientifically-backed products which enable their customers to lose weight in a way which allows for busy modern lifestyles. With these delivery services, it’s possible to achieve the weight you want, without having to compromise on tastes you love.That said, Nutrisystem uses higher quality ingredients, staying away from artificial additives. They also provide a far greater variety of products, and more options for different dietary requirements. Thus, Nutrisystem takes home the trophy.