9 Services That Deliver Groceries Right to Your Door
Your guide to grocery delivery services around the country.
Grocery shopping is an essential part of everyday life, and now you don't even have to go to the grocery store to do it. Enter grocery delivery services, which allow you to virtually add groceries to your cart and get them sent straight to your front doorstep. With a variety of services available, finding the right one for you can be daunting. You'll need to consider factors like how quickly you need groceries delivered, how frequently you intend to use the service (in which case a membership fee-based service might make sense), and shopping preferences like organic, local or bulk. We recommend you seek out free trials, delivery offers and membership promotions to test out a few before you commit to picking a favorite. Here’s the rundown of top grocery delivery services across the country.
For the Stop & Shop, Giant and Martin's Customer
Peapod is one of the O.G. grocery delivery services. It's powered by Stop & Shop and is available in those markets, but the service also partners with other chains including Martin’s and Giant. Customers can shop essentials and top brands, as well as local goods. You can also filter your search according to dietary needs or preferences. The service gets better the more you use it with the Order Genius feature, which tracks past purchases and auto-fills your cart with frequently purchased items. Instead of browsing the “aisles,” try the Express Shop feature: Enter your list of ingredients and it’ll pull up all the groceries you need to make that recipe. Peapod also offers meal kits — think shrimp fajitas, steak au poivre, and salmon, pear and farro salad. You can order next-day delivery and same-day is available in some areas. Delivery and pick-up fees vary, but if you plan on using the service often, it’s worth looking into PodPass to get free delivery.
For the Walmart Loyalist
Walmart Grocery Pickup is curbside pick-up for your grocery order; delivery is available in select cities, too. You’ll find a wide selection of groceries from pantry staples to fresh produce, as well as everyday essentials such as laundry detergent, diapers and paper towels. Walmart Grocery Pickup also accepts SNAP EBT, making grocery pick-up accessible to more people. Walmart Grocery Pickup is free, and you can pick up same day if you order by 1:00 p.m. Walmart staff load your groceries into your car for you at no cost. If delivery is available in your area, you can save on delivery fees with a membership that costs $12.95 a month or $98 a year; plus, you can try it free for 15 days.
For the Target Fan
Shipt, a subsidiary of Target, is a membership-based grocery service that delivers fresh food and household essentials from local and national retailers to more than 260 cities across the U.S. For an annual fee of $99, you’ll receive unlimited grocery deliveries for orders of $35 or more (there’s a $7 delivery fee otherwise). Deliveries can be scheduled for a one-hour window as soon as one hour after you place your order, and Shipt shoppers are available whenever the store is open — so that means delivery is available 24/7 in some cases. Customers can connect with their Shipt shopper every step of the way. Users can use the app’s "special request" feature to request an item for their shopper to find in the store that's not found on the app. Get up-to-the-minute updates with every order, like substitution recommendations if an item out of stock. Forget to add something to your list? You make a last-minute add as long as your Shipt shopper is still in the aisle.
For the Bulk Shopper
If you live for fully stocked cupboards, Boxed is your buying-in-bulk dream — no membership fee required. Big sizes equal big savings on popular categories such as snacks, beverages, household essentials and health and wellness products. Orders can be scheduled up to five days in advance; deliveries arrive within one to three days. If you need large quantities of fresh food, try Boxed Express. Peruse items such as fresh produce, say a 3-pound box of bananas or 5.5-pound bushel of apples, plus fresh food products such as milk, ground beef or hummus from brands like Kirkland (Costco’s private label brand). Shipping is free on orders over $49 (or over $65 for Boxed Express).
For the Need-Everything-Now Shopper
Instacart partners with more than 350 national, regional and local retailers to offer delivery and pick-up from more than 25,000 stores across more than 5,500 cities in the U.S. (across all 50 states) and Canada. You can even order from clubs such as Costco or BJ’s even if you don’t have a membership. Instacart’s most popular items include weekly grocery staples like produce, eggs and milk, so Instacart personal shoppers are adept at picking peak produce and packing fragile items with care. Deals abound, too. On any given day Instacart has around 800 coupons. Orders can be placed up to six days in advance, but same-day delivery is available too. In some cities, you can get deliveries within an hour, which is particularly handy if you want to add ready-made-food, like a Publix sub for lunch, to your haul. Delivery fees start at $3.99 for same-day orders over $35, but vary for one-hour deliveries, club store deliveries and deliveries under $35. Want to shop multiple stores on a single order? Try Instacart Express which also gives you unlimited grocery delivery on orders over $35 for $99 annually (or $9.99 monthly).
For the Organic Grocery Lover
If organic groceries are your M.O., Thrive Market is the service for you. Shoppers across the Continental U.S. can browse a curated selection of more than 6,000 organic food, home and beauty products, all offered at members-only prices. Members save an average of $30 per order; but if you don’t make back your membership fee in savings in your first year, they’ll credit you the difference when you renew — no questions asked. Members also receive free gifts and samples, different daily deals and free shipping on all orders over $49 (plus free shipping on your first order over $25). Orders take on average two to three days to make it to your door.
For the AmazonPrime Member (in a Major City)
AmazonFresh, Amazon’s grocery delivery service, currently serves select cities including Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. Grocery deliveries are free for AmazonPrime members (minimum order of $35 required) and delivered within a two-hour delivery window. You’ll find a wide selection of grocery, household, beauty and personal supplies, including popular national brands and Whole Foods’ 365 Everyday Value line. Trim your weekly grocery bill by perusing the “fresh deals” section, which highlights things like a deal of the week, buy 2 save $2 deals and featured sale produce. Under the Local Market section, discover regional goodies like locally made sauces, condiments, frozen treats, snacks, drinks and more.
For the Local Shopper
FreshDirect is a go-to grocery delivery service for East Coasters who value expertly sourced products at their freshest. FreshDirect prides itself on working with suppliers as opposed to brick-and-mortar stores, so that you get the freshest peak produce, meat and sustainable seafood faster. Orders are expertly packed in custom packaging that cradles eggs and keeps avocados bruise-free. You can store shopping lists to easily reorder and reserve your ideal delivery time, too. Beyond convenience, FreshDirect is a great resource for discovering new products. Check out the “monthly picks” section to peruse staff favorites, new or exclusive products and hidden gems. The retailer also boasts a beer and cider and wine and spirits sections where you can narrow your search by filters like the value-driven “select sips,” local, craft, Kosher or organic. You can place orders up to a week in advance or by 11:00 p.m. the night before your delivery. And if you live in NYC (Manhattan, Brooklyn or Queens), Fresh Direct’s sister service, FoodKick, offers delivery in as little as an hour. There’s a $30 minimum, but that’s basically a six-pack and some snacks. Food Network fans get $50 off their first order of $99 or more at FreshDirect.com with code: FOODNETWORK.
For the Bargain Hunter
The more you buy, the more you save, the better you feel. Jet sells goods from categories such as home, fashion, electronics and beauty, but they’ve also got a wide selection of grocery and household items. Browse categories such as pantry, baby essentials or drug store, then look for items marked with a downward purple arrow and dollar sign for the best deals. As you add those items to your cart, Jet’s real-time savings engine helps drop prices. For example, getting something like toothpaste will save you money on everything from cereal to paper towels. Returns on most items are free for 30 days, but those potential costs are built into the prices. So, if you opt out of free returns on items you know you’ll keep, say toilet paper or your fave brand of granola bars, you’ll pay a lower price for those items. Shipping is free on orders over $49 ($5.99 for orders under $49) and arrive within a week, though faster two-day shipping is available on loads of everyday essentials.