We live in a convenient time. Got a song stuck in your head that you wanna hear? Pull it up on Spotify. Need to know (urgently) how many tablespoons are in a quarter cup? Ask Alexa. Need groceries sent to your door? Open up your laptop. The most complicated part of ordering groceries online is probably just figuring out where to get them from. To make things even more convenient for you, we decided to highlight seven of our favorite sites.
Here’s where to shop for groceries online and what you need to know about each site.
Powered by Stop & Shop, Peapod allows in-zone customers to choose between pick-up and delivery (in some cases, only pick-up is an option). It’s pretty darn close to real grocery shopping, in that you’ll find all the usual name brands, dairy, meat, deli stuff, frozen food … really, anything you’d find in a mainstream supermarket. While you can type in what you’re looking for into the search bar, you can browse by aisle, so can still kind of go “up and down” the ones you need, in the spirit of exploration. You can also check out the specials, add coupons, and sort products by price. Note: Peapod has a flat delivery fee of $9.95, but new customers get 60 days of free delivery and you can pay a membership fee for PodPass (from $25 for three months) to get free or discounted delivery, depending on your order size.
Related: I Tested 3 Grocery Delivery Services in 2 Weeks. Here’s How It Went.
2. Fresh Direct
Fresh Direct is on par with the number of options and brands compared to Peapod. So again, this option is basically like shopping a mainstream grocery store — just online. In addition to the usual groceries, you can shop by top-rated produce, dishes that are less than 500 calories, new freezer items, and more. You can also take advantage of special deals and add coupons at Fresh Direct. Fresh Direct is limited in terms of where you can find it. It delivers in the New York City; Philadelphia; and Washington, DC, areas, and some others. Delivery fees vary based on location (starting at $5.99), but your order must total $30 or more.
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Most of the offerings on Boxed are shelf-stable, but if you go through the Express Grocery channel, (which sends a Boxed Shopper out to do your bidding, assuming you’re in an approved area), you can get seafood, frozen foods, dairy, and the usual. There’s no membership fee to shop Boxed, although you can pay $49 a year to join Boxed Up, which gets you free or discounted shipping (normally $6.99 for orders less than $49) and 2 percent cash rewards.
We love the company’s private-label brand, Prince & Spring, but the most exciting thing to point out is the fact that you can get some of Costco’s private-label goods here too. That’s right — you can shop all sorts of Kirkland Signature items including these adorable cheese flights, the chef-approved organic extra-virgin olive oil, and the famous rotisserie chicken! You’ll pay a little more for these items, but if you don’t have a Costco membership, it’s a good little work-around.
Read more: This Bulk Shopping Website Is Way Better than Costco
Of course Amazon has a grocery delivery option! AmazonFresh is available in most major cities and to Prime members for an additional monthly membership fee of $14.99. Once you’re in, you can shop fresh produce, meat and seafood, organic stuff, prepared meals, local goodies (specific to where you are) and more. Oh, and of course, you can shop Whole Foods Market, specifically. Honestly, you’ll be hard-pressed to find something that’s NOT on the site.
Instacart gives you the ability to order from a few different stores at once. (Your options depend on what’s in your area, but examples include CVS, Wegmans, Aldi, and Costco or Sam’s Club — yes, even if you don’t have a membership.) You get a friendly personal shopper who will run your errands and you can choose from pick-up or delivery. Prices are Instacart’s own, though, and are often (but not always) more expensive than they are in the stores. Which means you’ll pay for the convenience.
Related: I Got Costco Groceries Delivered with Instacart — Here’s What It Cost and How It Went
The main thing you need to know about Brandless is that nearly everything on the site is just $3. Jerky? Organic tahini? Organic arrabbiata pasta sauce? Wild albacore tuna? Yup, all $3! The company sells direct to consumers, cutting out the middlemen, and therefore lowering prices without sacrificing quality. The food is limited to shelf-stable items, but the site also has a robust home section, which has a great selection of quality knives, gadgets, utensils, and more — all at impossibly low prices.
7. Thrive Market
You have to be a member in order to shop on Thrive Market (think of it as the Costco of the internet), and that’ll cost you $60 for the year. But once you’re in, you can shop all sorts of fun things. There are starter kits for special diets like keto, Whole30, Paleo, or gluten-free. While most of the groceries are shelf-stable, you can find a great selection of meat and seafood in bulk. You’ve also gotta try the private-label brand. And if your order totals more than $49, the shipping is free.
Read more: Everything You Need to Know About This Costco-Like Members-Only Site
Do you have a favorite among these? Discuss in the comments below!
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