Very detailed face to face review from Reddit/r/soylent:
A friend of mine purchased a week’s worth of Soylent way back in the day that just arrived. I wanted to try it out (but didn’t want to wait the 3-4 months for my shipment to arrive), so I purchased 100% Food’s Double Protein formula. The Soylent ended up not meshing with her diabetes, so she gave me the remaining 6 days worth, so now I get to try both next to each other.
I’ll be comparing different products’ features, and see the strengths and weaknesses of each of these food-replacement shakes, and see which product does better in each of the categories.
Soylent has done an amazing job at getting their vitamins right at the 100% mark across the board. They’re smack-dab in the middle between maximum and minimum dosages. 100%Food takes a broader approach, aiming at more than the recommended, but less than the maximum. Both hit 100% of calories and macro nutrients.
What makes 100% Food win by a margin is their approach to offering different dietary formulas. I am a runner in training, so while the extra carbs in Soylent won’t hurt me, I like the ability to purchase a product that has the same calorie content, but a higher amount of protein.
If we’re going by flavor immediately out of the box, 100% Foods would win. It was a much thicker mix, and the flax seeds in it gave it a crunchy texture that was very pleasant.
Soylent, on the other hand, didn’t taste like anything. If you forced me to pick a flavor for it, I would say it tastes like a really creamy, cold oatmeal. Also, made according to the recipe, it’s a lot more liquid than 100%Food’s.
These are two very different approaches to taste. All-in-all, 100%Food tastes better right out of the box, but I feel that that’s the flavor you’re going to get. Adding things won’t help much, and the packaging doesn’t make it easy. Soylent, on the other hand, is a blank slate. It probably will take the flavor of whatever you put in there (provided you don’t mind messing with the nutrients a bit).
Soylent has spent a lot of money and effort on making themselves look like a legitimate company, with a very slick marketing and branding campaign. 100% Food looks better than most of the other sellers, but it still gives off a little bit of a home-made vibe.
On a perfectly functional level, the jars that 100%Foods comes with are super convenient to bring with on the go (like I did this morning, running to catch my train), but don’t mix as well as a blender bottle does Soylent.
Customer Service: 100%Food
I happened to email both 100%Foods and Rosa Labs, 100%Foods responded to me within an hour. Rosa Labs took 3 days to send me a form letter
Waiting 3-4 months for a food product is not anywhere close to being acceptable. People do it because it’s a cool concept, but they really need to fix their supply chain issues if they don’t want to be taken out by upstarts
Overall Winner: 100%Food
On delivery and customer service alone, 100%Foods is the clear winner. It’s too hard to get Soylent’s product. Soylent has been slow to act, and that has made it so that companies like 100%Food can swoop in, produce an equal product without all the delay, and steal customers.
That said, right now, Soylent has all the branding and hype. If they manage to get past their growing pains of slow delivery and customer service, they will most likely leave 100%Foods in the dust. If Soylent releases a low carb version, 100%Foods would either need to have a very loyal customer base, or deals with supermarkets or other distributers to survive.