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Get groceries and other household essentials delivered directly to your door.

Grocery shopping can be a real challenge these days. Instead of braving the crowds in search of fresh food, many shoppers have turned to meal kit delivery services and online grocery delivery instead.

Coronavirus restrictions recently led lots of people to try grocery delivery for the first time, and many have found it to be such a time-saver that they plan to continue shopping from home, even after the crisis has passed!


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We’ve rounded up a list of the best grocery delivery services to help you decide which one is best for you. Keep in mind that each one will have different minimum order requirements, delivery fees, and tipping policies. Many services also have a curbside pickup option or a membership plan that could save you money on fees or help you earn additional perks.

Keep reading to discover the best grocery delivery services available in 2020:


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Walmart Grocery

Minimum Order: $35
Delivery Fee: Up to $9.95
Membership: Optional, unlimited free delivery for $98/year or $12.95/month

Walmart Grocery allows you to shop grocery items and select household essentials from other departments without ever entering the store. We love that everything is priced the same as what you’d see in the store, and you can opt for curbside pickup if you’d like to skip the delivery fee.

Walmart recently launched a new membership option in select areas called Delivery Unlimited, which is a smart buy if you’re a frequent recipient of Walmart Grocery deliveries. For $98, you can avoid the delivery fee on all of your orders for a full year! Try it free for 15 days.


Instacart app

Instacart

Minimum Order: $10
Delivery Fee: Starts at $3.99 for non-members
Membership: Optional, includes free delivery on all orders over $35 for $99/year or $9.99/month.

Instacart partners with some of the most popular national retailers like Albertsons, ALDI, Costco, CVS, Kroger, Loblaw, Publix, Sam’s Club, Sprouts, and Wegmans to offer same-day delivery (sometimes as fast as one hour) depending on your location. The Instacart marketplace offers more than 300 retailers including trusted local grocers too.

For $99/year or $9.99/month, Instacart Express members get benefits like $0 delivery fees on orders of $35 or more, reduced service fees (typically starting at 5% for non-members), and no additional fees during peak delivery hours.


woman carrying Shipt shopping bag

Shipt

Minimum Order: None
Delivery Fee: $7 for orders below $35, free for members ordering $35 or more
Membership: $99/year or $14/month

Shipt is a members-only grocery delivery service that offers same-day delivery from stores like Target, CVS, Petco, and regional retailers in over 260 cities. You can get your groceries delivered whenever a store is open, even if it’s open 24/7!

To order through Shipt, you must either have a membership or purchase a one-time Shipt Pass for $10 (or less if you buy them in discounted bundles of 3 or 5 Passes). Shipt Everyday members get a year of free same-day deliveries on orders over $35.


Amazon Fresh Grocery Delivery Sitting on Kitchen Counter eggs, paper towel

Amazon Fresh

Minimum Order: None
Delivery Fee: $9.99 for orders below $35 in most locations, although this varies by city
Membership: Free for Amazon Prime members.

Amazon Prime members can use AmazonFresh to buy groceries from Whole Foods and select local retailers in the cities where it currently operates. This service offers perishable products such as fresh produce, deli selections, and supermarket basics in addition to other household essentials.

Amazon Prime customers in select cities can also take advantage of Prime Now, a delivery service that quickly brings items to consumers directly from retail shelves. Although this service is free with a Prime membership, a $4.99 delivery fee is added to orders under $35.


groceries from Thrive Market next to shipping box

Thrive Market

Minimum Order: $49
Delivery Fee: Free for members on orders of $49 or more
Membership: Required, $60/year or $9.95/month

Thrive Market offers over 6,000 organic and non-GMO products at 25 – 50% off retail prices every day – no coupons needed! Shop for shelf-stable products by diet or lifestyle, including Keto, Whole30, Vegan, and more!

Thrive Market is a 100% carbon neutral business, with a certification that covers national shipping, packaging materials, warehouse utilities, and the commutes of its employees. Every paid membership sponsors and free membership for someone in need, and all orders are shipped with free samples!

Score a FREE $20 shopping credit with a new Thrive Market membership!


bulk groceries in shipping box

Boxed

Minimum Order: $49 for free shipping
Delivery Fee: Boxed Up members get free shipping on all orders over $19.98
Membership: Optional, $49/year

If you’re stocking up, Boxed delivers shelf-stable bulk groceries straight to your door. You can also get perishable products including fresh produce, frozen favorites, dairy, deli, and special occasion items delivered in bulk too through Boxed Express. Note that Express shipments have separate minimum orders and delivery fees.


Hungryroot shipping box next to vegetarian wrap

Hungryroot

Minimum Order: $59
Delivery Fee: Shipping is determined by your zip code. Ground shipping is free, and air shipping is $10.
Membership: Weekly subscription required (starts at $59/week).

Hungryroot is a personalized grocery subscription service, kind of like a meal subscription/grocery delivery service mash-up. Each week, you’ll get a curated delivery of healthy groceries and advice on how to use them to create meals that you’ll love. If you’d prefer to choose your own groceries, it’s easy to customize your order from week to week.

Hungryroot offers only health-conscious (and largely plant-based) options, making it easy to stock your fridge and pantry with groceries that make healthy eating achievable. Delivery is available in all states except Alaska and Hawaii.


albertsons

Regional Grocery Stores

Many local and regional grocery stores now offer their own delivery and curbside pickup services. Some partner with third-party delivery services like Peapod, and others manage the process independently.

Select Albertsons, Giant, Kroger, Meijer, Pavillions, Safeway, Stop & Shop, Vons, Weis, and many other supermarkets may offer their own delivery or pickup options.


Storefront of Kroger Grocery store

Although some of these stores also partner with Instacart, you may be able to avoid many of the associated fees, charges, and markups if you opt to shop directly through your local grocer’s app.

At some stores, curbside pick-up is FREE when you order directly from the store, and your groceries are all the same price as they would be in-store!


Skip groceries and try a meal kit delivery service instead!

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Comments 28

  1. Nicole

    I have been so impressed with Kroger pickup. They have waived the pickup surcharges during covid and now they will text to let you review and approve substitutions before your pickup time. I do still prefer going into the store so I can get something else if an item is out of stock without a direct substitution, but this has been a lifesaver while trying to work from home these past few months! My favorite part is that I keep a running shopping cart throughout the week in the app, then I can quickly checkout whenever I decide.

    • dealzgurl

      I’ve used Instacart for Publix and have found the markup to be off-putting. Plus, I somehow missed the text where the shopper substituted the $4 hot dogs I requested for ones totaling $14. Can anyone verify that Kroger does deduct digital coupons from delivery orders? Thinking about trying them since the markup seems to be much less.

      • Anne

        When you DO curbside pickup at Kroger stores in my area they ask you after they load the groceries if you have any coupons you want to use.

      • Havluck

        I’ve been using Kroger Pick Up since it started and have been able to use digital coupons with every order I’ve placed. In my area, you have to option to add digital coupons even after the order has been submitted.

      • Nicole

        Kroger not only honors coupons and sale prices, they also do not charge extra to substitute items. For example, I always choose the store brand and if it’s unavailable they will sub the name brand item for the same price!

  2. bdubs

    Have you reviewed Imperfect Foods yet? It came up on the hip2keto facebook group a few weeks ago and I’ve now ordered twice.

    • dealzgurl

      Thanks for that reminder. Meant to check them out.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi there! Thanks so much for commenting! We will be working on a post for that service soon! Stay tuned!

    • JD827

      My daughter uses it. She has been very happy with the way the food is packed and the overall quality and the selection of high quality cheese and meat. Prices are higher than supermarket but worth it if you are busy or health impaired. The bad: you are supposed to be able to decline shipments you don’t want. She has to fight credit charges for shipments she turned off and didn’t get she hopes that gets better. Hope that helps.

  3. Jodi Williams Knaak

    I started working for Shipt in January after reading one of your other readers review on it. After a couple of months I am debt free! I love it! P.s. don’t forget to tip your delivery driver!!

  4. renavy

    I doesn’t understand the tipping though. I pay to get free delivery and pay the tip again . It means consumer is paying twice to get it delivered . I am very happy with my kroger curbside pickup

    • Kathleen

      The delivery fee goes to the company, the tip goes to the “shopper and delivery driver”.

    • Jodi Williams Knaak

      Do you Eat at a restaurant? It’s the same idea, you tip for your service. Not to mention the driver is using their personal vehicle and gas!

    • Smorzandoj

      Someone is doing a service for you. Like cutting your hair…doing your nails…you should be tipping and well if you expect a shopper to do a decent job picking the things you would like.

      • renavy

        I don’t agree with that concept. I pay amazon prime membership do I tip to people who deliver it to me ? I pay for the food in restaurant and tip to people who serve me. Just like amazon prime I am paying for instacart why do have to tip again. It is individual thinking probably. I feel like I am paying high including instacart charges tips and all . All the prices when using instacart are high but that’s my opinion

        • Blonde Ambition

          When using instacart, I don’t add the tip to the website. I give the delivery person cash. This way, I know they received the full tip and it’s cash, which they prefer. I have also noticed when I add “cash tip will be given when delivered” to the notes, my order is delivered quickly. That might be a coincidence though.
          I don’t like the fee for a “heavy delivery”. I order iced tea by the gallon. If I order 4 or more when they are bogo, they charge the fee. Seems an overreach to me.

  5. jens

    Does anyone know if deliveries can be made to multiple addresses with the Walmart membership? I want to have groceries delivered to myself and also my MIL who lives in a different town. Would I need to pay for two memberships?

    • Misty

      I used it to ship items to my mom’s address as well as my own. Love that option!

    • JD827

      You can with Target as well.

  6. Elaine Kasten

    I have been using Vitacost for shelf stable, healthy foods. Shipping is free with $50 purchase and it comes in two days (longer during the beginning of lockdown). Have also ordered produce from Misfits and now a local farm.

  7. Marinova

    Our local CSA has been delivering during the pandemic, which I think is great.
    Peapod is such a flashback for me ❤️
    I used Peapod regularly when we lived out East and my oldest kid was a baby. I vividly remember having H2S open in one tab and Peapod in the other because I reasoned if I could save the delivery fee in coupons it was okay to spend the extra $ on delivery. I always did, and then some. Made my life so much easier back then as a new mom (12 years ago 😱) thanks Collin and Co! ❤️

  8. Jenna

    Shipt shopper here! We are asking people who order through Shipt to hold off on Wednesday, 7/15, as we stage a strike. Shipt is switching us to an algorithmic pay scale that will greatly reduce our earnings. Always remember to tip your shoppers! Thanks!

  9. willowcat

    My favorite is Imperfect Foods – they started out as produce, but with the pandemic they now carry meat, dairy, pantry staples – I can get a lot of what I need there – and much of it at lower prices than my local grocery store. For instance, a big thing of organic half-and-half is $4.99 at my local store – same brand/size is $2.99 at Imperfect Foods. Delivery is free at $60 – and they text when they’re a few minutes away, and again when they’ve dropped my delivery off. Love them. I have a $10 off code if anyone’s interested – you can email me at mlpdjpon3 at icloud dot com.

  10. Mommyx6

    I love amazon fresh. Prices are reasonable and I like that I can order in the morning and get it by the afternoon.

  11. Amanda

    I love that you can now use iBotta with Walmart grocery pickup!!

  12. Lesly

    I have been able to use amazon fresh, even for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day for my in les I’m in Texas they’re in Oregon, was able to send flowers cake wine snacks food already prepared and something for them to grill and celebrate their day, great service and very fast, great for last minute “gifts”

  13. Tricia

    For me walmart minimum is $35 now, don’t know why because it used to be $30.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for mentioning that, Tricia! We are seeing $35 now as well. That detail has been updated!

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