8 Best Grocery Delivery Services in 2019

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Do you like grocery shopping? Or hate it? Or, the problem might not be that you mind it at all. It may just be that you’re so incredibly busy.

More and more grocery delivery services are popping up on the radar these days. There are a variety of reasons why you may want to use a grocery delivery service.

Maybe you had a recent medical event or illness and can’t quite get around yet. Or, like us, maybe you live in a rural area and going to the grocery store requires a long trip.

Some people have limited time for stopping at the grocery store, shopping, packing up, etc. Or maybe you just like the idea of having this potentially tedious task crossed off your list.

Which Grocery Delivery Services Are Best?

There’s no wrong answer, really. It’s perfectly normal to want to take advantage of a service that will potentially save you both time and money.

But which grocery delivery services are best? What does each have to offer? And more importantly, what do they cost?

We’ll share what we’ve found in our quest to find the best grocery deliver services. Read on and decide whether grocery delivery can benefit you, and if so, which service you might like to try.

Comparison Chart

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1. Instacart

Instacart delivers groceries to people in over 1200 U.S. cities, and they’re currently working on expansion plans. Ordering with Instacart is easy.

Do I Have to Become a Member?

You don’t have to become a member to use Instacart. However, delivery costs can be cheaper if you do. Instacart has an annual membership fee of $149 that comes with free delivery for every order over $35.

Orders under $35 will still be charged a delivery fee – even for members.

What Does Delivery Cost?

Delivery costs for non-members run between $5.99 and $11.99 per order. Orders of under $35 will cost more to deliver.

How Soon Will I Get My Order?

Instacart promises same day delivery on all orders. If you pay extra, you can get your groceries delivered within a couple of hours.

Or, if you want you can schedule a delivery up to six days in advance. Delivery hours are generally from 9 a.m. to up to midnight, depending on the area you live in.

What Stores Does Instacart Deliver From?

When you sign up and share your location, you get to choose from the stores in your area Instacart is partnered with.

Do They Honor Coupons?

They won’t honor store or manufacturer coupons, however, Instacart offers promotional coupons of their own. When you log into your account, you can see the current promos.

Discounts are applied automatically when you add the promotional item/quantity to your cart.

2. Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh is a different kind of grocery delivery service, and we thought they were worth a mention. Instead of delivering groceries you add to a cart, Hello Fresh delivers full meals to your home.

Note that you have to do the cooking with Hello Fresh. They’ll have everything you need in the box, but you’ve got to prepare it.

When you sign up for Hello Fresh, you can choose a delivery plan based on your family size and dietary preferences. You can have meals delivered up to seven days a week and pause change or cancel your plan at any time.

Their team of chefs and dietitians create 15 new meals each week, too. That means you’ll never get bored with the same old meals.

Where Do They Deliver?

Hello Fresh delivers in several markets in U.S. metropolitan areas.

How Much Does it Cost?

Delivery for Hello Fresh is based on the size of your order. The meals start at $4.99 per serving. A good option for busy people who don’t have time to meal plan. A little on the expensive side, but cheaper than going out to eat.

3. Blue Apron

Blue Apron works similar to Hello Fresh. They’ll deliver fresh, ready-to-prepare meals to single people or families of up to four.  You can also choose to skip a delivery or change your schedule up at any time.

Where Do They Deliver?

The Blue Apron website says they deliver to all locations in the continental U.S.

How Much Does it Cost?

Meals with Blue Apron start at $7.49 per serving. Quite a bit more expensive than Hello Fresh. For a two person plan you’ll pay at least $9.99 per serving.

Services such as Blue Apron and Hello Fresh may not be an “every day” kind of an option. However, they could be good to use on your super busy days when you know you won’t have time to plan a meal.

4. Peapod

Peapod grocery delivery is based out of Chicago and operates in several U.S. cities.

Some of the cities they operate in include:

  • The Chicago area
  • Philadelphia
  • Milwaukee
  • New York

They also operate in states such as New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and more.

Do I Have to Become a Member?

You don’t have to become a member to get deliveries with Peapod. Instead, they have a set delivery pricing system.

What Will Delivery Cost?

There are a few different delivery options. You can get twelve months of unlimited delivery (on orders over $100) for just $119 per year when you get the PodPass. There are also three and six-month PodPass options.

Orders under $100 will be charged an additional delivery fee. Also, there is a minimum grocery order of $60 to qualify for delivery.

How Soon Will I Get My Order?

Peapod will deliver your groceries as early as the next day. Or, you can schedule your delivery up to two weeks in advance.

What Stores Does Peapod Deliver From?

Peapod is owned by the Ahold Delhaize grocery store family. They’ll deliver from their stores such as:

  • Food Lion
  • Hannaford
  • Stop & Shop
  • Giant-Carlisle

And others. They also deliver from their own warehouses based throughout the U.S.

Do They Honor Coupons?

Yes, Peapod does accept coupons!  And in some cases, they’ll even double them.

5. Amazon Fresh

If Amazon doesn’t yet have their hands in every aspect of buying, they will soon. Amazon Fresh is a newer grocery delivery service offered exclusively to Amazon Prime members.

Do I Have to Become a Member?

As stated above, you do have to be an Amazon Prime member to qualify for this service.

What Does Delivery Cost?

In order to qualify for Amazon Fresh, you have to pay $14.99 per month over and above your Prime membership costs. Amazon Fresh also charges a $9.99 delivery fee on orders under $50. Orders $50 or over are free.

How Soon Will I Get My Order?

According to their website, Amazon Fresh says they’ll deliver your groceries as early as the same day or next morning.

Which Stores Does Amazon Fresh Deliver From?

Amazon Fresh seems to deliver from their Amazon warehouse stores, although that wasn’t made clear on the website.

Do They Honor Coupons?

You cannot use coupons with Amazon Fresh. Expect to pay typical Amazon prices.

6. Shipt

Shipt delivers groceries in select metro areas in dozens of U.S. states. Some of the states they operate in include Arizona, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington state, Washington DC and more.

Do I Have to Become a Member?

Yes, you do have to become a member to shop using Shipt. They do have two membership options: a $14 per month membership or a $99 per year membership.

What Does Delivery Cost?

Deliveries on orders over $35 are free; smaller orders will be charged a $7 delivery fee.

How Soon Will I Get My Order?

You can get your order in as little as one hour when you use Shipt.

What Stores Does Shipt Deliver From?

Shipt delivers from stores in your local area.

Do They Honor Coupons?

Shipt does not honor store or manufacturer coupons, however they do have in-app promotions you can apply to your cart.

7. Home Chef

According to their website, Home Chef is the number 1 rated meal kit company with the highest rating for customer satisfaction.

Some of the reasons why they got a number rating include their variety of meal choices and the value of the meals and services.

Home Chef offers 16 different meals you can choose from each week that can be mixed and matched for your own preferences.

The meals also cost less than a lot of other grocery delivery services with meals prices from $7.99. According to their website, they beat grocery store prices by more than $7 and customers can expect to spend less than $50 each week on their order.

Do They Honor Coupons?

Yes! There are coupons available for Home Chef. In fact, while exploring their website for this article, I found a $30 off coupon code that popped up my browser!

8. Walmart Delivery Services

Walmart is smartly getting in on the grocery delivery business. This is a new service for them and is only being tested in certain metro areas right now. For this reason, there’s not a lot of information online about their grocery deliver service or its costs.

However, you can always place your grocery order online at Walmart.com and have it ready for pickup. Standard grocery pickup is free, however you’ll pay a fee if you want a rush order ready for pickup.

Do They Honor Coupons?

Unfortunately, Walmart pick-up service does not honor coupons. However, you can still use the Savings Catcher app to be sure you’ve paid the lowest price on your items.

There you have it: seven grocery delivery services that just might be able to make your life easier. So, that being said, what else do you need to know about having your groceries delivered to you? Read on and find out.

What Else Do I Need to Know About Having Groceries Delivered to Me?

You may be wondering what else you need to know about grocery delivery. Here are some tips and other information that can help you make a more informed decision about having your groceries delivered.

Should I Tip the Delivery Person?

Most grocery delivery services all you to tip your driver/delivery person. Tipping is encouraged, just like it is for any similar service. Since most of these grocery delivery services don’t pay a huge hourly wage, many drivers survive on tips.

Are Grocery Prices Higher Through These Types of Delivery Services

Yes, many times they are. Grocery delivery companies will often add a small surcharge onto some or all products you order. This means that, along with any delivery fee, you’re paying extra in the form of higher prices to have your groceries delivered.

You as a consumer can decide whether or not the higher prices are worth the convenience aspect of the service.

Will I Get Fresh Produce?

Some people worry about using delivery services for groceries because they like the idea of choosing their own produce items. I know this was a big fear for me when I was considering grocery delivery.

You may take comfort in the fact that most grocery delivery services insist their shoppers be trained in “produce picking”. In other words, they’re supposed to be able to know what fruits and veggies look like in their optimum state.

And if something happens where one of your deliveries doesn’t come with quality produce, you’ve got options. Most delivery services come with customer service centers that can help you if an order isn’t quite right.

Summary

Grocery deliver services can be a huge benefit for some people. I used a grocery delivery service several times when my four kids (six years between them all) were little.

As you might be able to imagine, hauling four little ones to the grocery store wasn’t fun. Even with my well-behaved kids, it was tough keeping track of them and shopping for groceries at the same time.

Moms of young kids, busy working professionals, the housebound and many other people in many situations might benefit from home grocery delivery.

While it does cost extra to have groceries delivered, there are some bonus savings as well. First, you don’t have to take the time to go to the store and back.

Second, you don’t have to spend the gas money – or the wear and tear – on your vehicle. Third, you don’t have to deal with potential crowds of people cluttering grocery store aisles.

Instead, you can shop right from the comfort of your home computer and have your groceries delivered to your door.  And, depending on your situation, those benefits might far outweigh the cost of grocery delivery.

If you’re finding that shopping for groceries is getting cumbersome or a little too time-consuming for your schedule, consider grocery delivery.

There are several great options for shopping online and having your groceries delivered right to your door. And, as also shared, there are even services that will deliver complete meal plans to your door.

These types of services were created to make life easier. Try them today and see if they bring some peace into your life.

What about you? Have you ever tried a grocery delivery service? Which one? How did it work out? Or, are you thinking about trying it but have some concerns? Share in the comments below.

10 COMMENTS

10 responses to “8 Best Grocery Delivery Services in 2019”

  1. Josh says:

    Most of the people I know use Instacart for grocery deliveries and love it. We still like to handpick our fresh fruits and veggies, but we order many of our dry, packaged goods online.

    For store pickup, Walmart is a popular and convenient option. They wheel it out to your car. A family friend with several small children loves this because they can check-in at the Walmart app and the worker, a few minutes later, brings their groceries directly to their car. It’ll be interesting to see how their home delivery works.

  2. Trish says:

    I’ve used Instacart for about 2 years now. I’m home bound and can’t carry the groceries from the car to the house anymore. I’ve been satisfied with most of my shoppers, but I’m spitting mad at the company. They don’t have a number to call with issues anymore, and now I can’t schedule my delivery at the time I want it. I had to cancel one order just yesterday because they couldn’t deliver before 10:00 pm. So, today I had to shop online all over again, which takes time (with interruptions from a 6 year-old) and trying to remember what I needed, and still they won’t deliver before 8:00 pm. I paid the $149 yearly fee for unlimited deliveries and my orders are not small – usually they’re between $60 and $100. If you walk into any store and need help, there is always someone ready to assist you. Why can’t Instacart be as accommodating?

    • Deacon says:

      Actually, if you scroll to the bottom of their page, there is a link called, “contact”, and once you click it, you will have several options, including a phone number. It is: 888-246-7822. Good luck!

  3. Tina says:

    What service is best for having groceries delivered outside your home, like to a sick friend or family member?

    • Deacon says:

      Well, that depends, of course, on what is available where you live. You could start with this post and if that doesn’t work, you might have to contact a few places in your area to check whether or not they deliver.

  4. Rustee says:

    I’ve been using Walmart’s home delivery service, and I rate it pretty good. There have been times I’ve had to call customer service about items left out or substitutions when I specifically stated “no substitutions”. Most of their produce has been good, but the last couple of times, the bananas have been a bit over ripe. All in all, the prices are very good – cheaper than the nearest grocery store – and I love not having to go out shopping for groceries. They bring them to the door, and I put them up. Plus, I can schedule what time and day I would like delivery. Most of the time, the delivery charge is $9.95, but its worth ten bucks to me to not have to shop! When they send you your final email, you can choose whether to tip or not. It’s not required, but if the person was very good with the order, and I was pleased with my order, I will add a tip. I would also like to add that by shopping online, I’m actually spending less on groceries each month now! I’m not picking up all of those impulse buys at the grocery store. I just buy what I need.

    • Deacon says:

      Thank you for taking the time to comment about your use of the Walmart delivery service. It sounds like you’ve had mostly good experiences.

  5. Christina says:

    Do any of these delivery services above take government food stamps, or not?

    • Deacon says:

      You would have to check with each one to see. Follow the links in this post to check it out. If you don’t see anything that tells you, ask them directly through their contact information. Good luck!

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