Do you need groceries, but have no time to hit the store? With Amazon Prime Now, you can order online and have them hauled to your doorstep within a few hours.
Read on to learn what makes Prime Now stand out from other delivery services, and all the cities where it's available.
What Is Amazon Prime Now?
Prime Now is Amazon's 2-hour delivery service that's exclusively available for Prime members. First launched in Manhattan in 2014, Prime Now is currently available in more than 50 U.S. cities.
How Does Amazon Prime Now Work?
According to Amazon, Prime Now delivers "tens of thousands of items across dozens of categories." You can order everything from workout gear to toilet paper to fresh avocados.
In select cities, Prime Now also offers deliveries from nearby restaurants and stores, including Amazon-owned Whole Foods. The service is available seven days a week, with hours that vary by location.
To place an order, you'll need to use the stand-alone Prime Now site or app — not Amazon.com. Just browse, select what you want, choose a 2-hour delivery window, and then local Prime Now couriers will head your way. As Business Insider recently reported, you may not get an immediate delivery window, so your order could actually take longer than two hours to arrive
What Does Prime Now Cost?
Prime Now is a free service for Prime members. But while it won't incur an additional fee like AmazonFresh, you still have to meet certain requirements. Your order must total at least $35, or you'll be charged a $4.99 delivery fee.
Amazon also adds an optional tip, which you can change up to 24 hours after your order. Also, expect to pay $7.99 to shorten the 2-hour delivery window to one hour.
Of course, to take advantage of Prime Now you'll need an Amazon Prime subscription, which costs $12.99 a month or $119 a year.
Is Prime Now Worth It?
If you live in a Prime Now delivery area, the service can be extremely convenient. Unfortunately, availability is still limited. Expect to pay a tip, and you may wind up also paying a delivery fee if your order is less than $35 — or if you want a 1-hour delivery window. But you may be able to get $10 off your first order with the coupon code "10PRIMENOW".
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Reviews of Prime Now vary. On the App Store and Google Play, the Prime Now app is currently rated 2.9 and 3.9 stars out of 5, respectively. Some say it's cheaper than their local supermarket delivery options. Others complain the app can be buggy, the selection is limited, and it can take longer than two hours to get your items.
Prime Now vs. Instacart vs. Walmart Grocery Delivery
Instacart orders must be at least $10 and involve a delivery fee; it varies depending on the size of your order, the delivery time you choose, and whether the service is experiencing high demand. Expect to pay at least $3.99, though. If you like the service, you can upgrade to Instacart Express ($99 annually, or $9.99 monthly after a 14-day free trial) for unlimited free deliveries on orders of at least $35.
Walmart has also been beefing up its grocery delivery game. The big-box retailer offers grocery deliveries in more than 40 states and hopes to expand availability to 300 metro areas by the end of the year.
Walmart charges a delivery fee of around $9.95 per order, according to CNN, and requires a $30 minimum purchase. If it's available in your area, you may be able to get your first order of at least $50 delivered for free with the code "FRESHCAR".
Amazon Prime Now Cities
Prime Now is currently available in more than 50 U.S. cities. Check the table below to see if yours is eligible!
|California||Los Angeles* and Orange County|
|California||San Francisco Bay Area*|
|Colorado||Denver* and Boulder|
|Connecticut||Fairfield County and White Plains|
|Florida||West Palm Beach|
|Minnesota||Minneapolis* and St. Paul|
|New Jersey||Central Jersey|
|New Jersey||North Jersey|
|New York||Long Island|
|New York||Manhattan* and Brooklyn*|
|Utah||Salt Lake City|
|Virginia||Washington, D.C., Metro|
|Washington||Seattle* and Eastside|