UPDATE: Walmart recently announced that it's discontinuing Jet.com, one of the online grocery delivery services mentioned below. While Jet.com appears to be offering delivery for the time being, expect the site to be phased out at any time.
Having groceries delivered is quite convenient, especially with many states still experiencing lockdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic. Fortunately, online grocery delivery has also grown in popularity over the last couple of years, and has expanded to even more areas.
So how do you choose the best online grocery delivery service for you? There are a number of options, but this guide lays out what you need to know before you sign up for any of them.
What's Changed in Online Grocery Delivery?
The information compiled below is based on normal operations for these different companies. However, it's important to realize that unique situations are happening right now that won't always apply. For instance, Peapod typically charges a fuel surcharge, but at the time of publication, there wasn't one. And many grocery delivery services that offer same-day delivery are unable to do so right now, due to increased demand.
Before signing up for a grocery delivery service, we recommend you carefully read the terms and conditions, so you'll know what to expect.
5 Online Grocery Delivery Services to Check Out
Delivery cost: From $3.99; however, shoppers can buy an Instacart Express membership for $9.99 per month or $99 per year, and that'll waive delivery fees on orders over $35.
Minimum order: Varies based on store.
Delivery time: As little as one hour.
Delivers to: Nationwide, but you can check here to see if it's available in your area.
How it works: Place an order online or by using the Android or iOS apps, and schedule your delivery. A personal shopper will then fulfill your order and deliver your groceries to your door. You also have the opportunity to add, change, or remove items for your order in progress, update replacement choices, and approve changes.
Delivery cost: Free on orders of $49; $5.99 shipping for orders under $49.
Minimum order: None, but you'll have to pay a fee for orders under $49.
Delivery time: Most items arrive within two to five business days.
Delivers to: All 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia.
How it works: Shop for pantry, household, drugstore, baby, and pet items online, or via the Android or iOS apps. For items marked 2-day delivery, place your order by 2 pm local time. Usually items arrive within two to five business days, although items shipped by freight may take slightly longer.
Delivery cost: As low as $2.95 with available discounts, although the site has the following fees for order sizes:
- $100 and up: $6.95
- $75 to $100: $7.95
- $30 to $75: $9.95
Pickup is also available in select areas for free. If you opt for delivery, note that a fuel surcharge typically applies, as well.
Minimum order: $30
Delivery time: Next-day delivery in most areas, with same-day delivery available in select areas.
Delivers to: Various cities around the East Coast. Check here to see if it's available in your area.
How it works: Shop for groceries — filter by dietary needs, shop organic produce, and more. Then schedule your delivery to fit your schedule, whether it's same-day, next-day, or another time. You can also shop for meal kits, and even get alcohol delivered in some markets. Shop online or via the Android or iOS apps.
Delivery cost: Receive unlimited deliveries with your membership, which is $14 per month or $99 per year. Delivery is free on orders over $35, and $7 for orders under.
Minimum order: None, though if an order is less than $35, you'll be charged a $7 fee.
Delivery time: As soon as one hour after you order.
Delivers to: Over 250 cities nationwide.
How it works: Pick your membership and sign up, then once that's done, you simply shop online, or via the Android or iOS apps. Once you've added your groceries to your order, choose a payment method, delivery window, and then check out. While most items at the store are available through Shipt, if you don't see what you're looking for, you can add a custom request for your shopper. Alcohol delivery is available in select areas, although a $7 fee may apply from some retailers.
Delivery cost: Unlimited with purchase of Delivery Unlimited membership for $12.95 per month, or $98 per year. Otherwise, delivery fees vary based on the time slot you book.
Minimum order: $30.
Delivery time: As soon as same-day in select cases.
Delivers to: Available in cities nationwide.
How it works: Choose a date and time for delivery before you begin shopping. Then, add your items online or via the Android or iOS apps. A variety of items are available, from organic to ready-to-eat meals to alcohol in select locations. Pay for your order via a credit card, and wait for it to be delivered.
Readers, what have your experiences been like with online grocery delivery? Let us know in the comments below!