The 7 Best Grocery Delivery Services of 2020

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: AmazonFresh and Prime Now

"Prime members in certain zip codes get access to Prime Now, which can deliver groceries from Whole Foods in one to two hours."

Best Budget: Thrive

"Customers can shop with filters such as "vegan," "raw," or "paleo," making it easy for those following a certain diet."

Best Selection: Instacart

"Instacart allows customers to shop from most of their favorite neighborhood grocery stores, like Kroger, Albertson’s, and even Petco."

Best for a Personalized Experience: Shipt

"You can order online or in the app from a range of your local grocery stores and drug stores."

Best for Coupon-Clippers: Peapod

"When scheduling, keep your eyes peeled for special value days when Peapod offers discounted delivery fees."

Best for Bulk: Boxed

"Boxed delivers bulk dry goods anywhere in the contiguous United States, and most orders arrive in two business days."

Best for New Yorkers: FreshDirect

"FreshDirect delivers its own fresh produce, meat, seafood, dairy, and prepared foods."

  • 01 of 07

    Best Overall: AmazonFresh and Prime Now

    Amazon Prime Now

    Amazon Prime Now

    If you already have Amazon Prime, you should use AmazonFresh to get the most out of your membership. Just log in to your Amazon account, and order almost any fresh groceries you can think of through the AmazonFresh page. If there’s a Whole Foods in your area, you’ll have the option to shop specifically from that store, too. And Prime members in certain zip codes get access to Prime Now, which can deliver groceries from Whole Foods—as well as a range of other items—in one to two hours.  

    There's no additional membership or service fees, and delivery is free if the order totals more than $35 (in most regions). If you want an expedited delivery, you can pay an extra fee for your goods to be delivered within the hour. Many grocery delivery companies require you to be home to accept delivery, but Amazon offers both attended and unattended delivery options.

    Amazon Fresh allows you to use SNAP EBT cards in participating states without a Prime membership. The delivery fee will still apply if the order is under $35. An Amazon Prime membership starts at around $119 per year or $13 per month.

  • 02 of 07

    Best Budget: Thrive

    Thrive

    Thrive

    Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Thrive is experiencing an overload of orders, and are therefore unable to keep up with demand, due to strain on product availability and fulfillment. This may mean that any orders or subscriptions placed through Thrive will be shipped later than expected.

    Thrive is an online-only marketplace that allows customers to shop according to filters such as "vegan," "raw," or "paleo," making it easy for those following a certain diet or philosophy.

    Instead of ordering items at your local store, you can order from Thrive’s vast selection of 6,000-plus items. From toothpaste and chips to dog treats, the products are all GMO-free and usually organic. There are even wines from organic, biodynamic, or sustainably-farmed grapes. The majority of items offered are shelf-stable, so there’s no fresh produce. But the company does offer bulk packs of frozen meat and seafood. 

    While grocery delivery companies like Instacart and Shipt offer items at slightly higher prices than the stores to cover their costs, Thrive products are 25% to 50% cheaper than retail because the company buys direct and passes on the savings. Think of it like Costco, but online, and with an emphasis on natural foods. And just like Costco, a membership—it costs approximately $60—is required to shop. But with each membership purchased, the company donates one to someone who can’t afford a membership through its Thrive Gives program.

    Thrive delivers anywhere in the contiguous United States and often throws in free gifts or samples. Orders usually arrive in two to three business days and are packed with sustainable materials. Delivery is free for orders over $49 or $6 for orders less than $49.

  • 03 of 07

    Best Selection: Instacart

    Instacart

     Instacart

    While some grocery delivery services only offer items from their own inventory, Instacart allows customers to shop from most of their favorite neighborhood grocery stores, like Kroger, Albertson’s, and even Petco. The company recently began offering shopping services at Target, too, even though Target owns Instacart’s main competitor, Shipt. That means you can get far more than groceries if you want.

    Depending on your local laws, you may even be able to have prescriptions and alcohol delivered, but you’ll have to show proper ID upon delivery. There’s also usually an additional service fee depending on the total of the order.

    Every store that Instacart partners with sets its own price for items. Some stores offer the same prices through Instacart as they do at the actual store. Others, charge a bit more. To determine costs, select the store you want to browse through, then click the "view pricing info" link under the shop’s logo. Although store sale prices aren’t promoted through the service, Instacart often offers its own coupons, promotions, and discounts.

    Keep in mind, there’s a delivery fee for orders if you don’t sign up for an Instacart Express membership. And, if you order your delivery during a hectic time of day, an extra "busy time" fee may apply. You will see it displayed after you select a delivery time, so you’ll have the chance to reschedule the delivery for a different window if you want to avoid the fee.

    You can have the groceries delivered to your door, or have them set aside for pick-up. Instacart is available in more than 4,000 cities across all 50 states. You can schedule your order to be delivered within two hours, and you can even schedule it up to six days in advance. Instacart has an order minimum of $10.

  • 04 of 07

    Best for a Personalized Experience: Shipt

    Shipt

    Shipt

    Shipt is very similar to Instacart, although at the moment it’s offered in fewer cities. You can order online or in the app from a range of your local grocery stores—and even drug stores like CVS. Shipt is owned by Target, however, so you can tap into its vast range of goods.

    Personal shoppers do all the work and deliver to your door. They’ll even text you to make sure you’re okay with substitutions or see if you need any late additions to your order. Shipt also offers 24/7 chat with customer service. You can schedule your delivery to arrive as soon as one hour after ordering. Shoppers are available anytime a store is open, which includes ones open 24 hours. In some cities, you can opt to pick up from the grocery store instead.

    Aside from great customer service, another thing that sets Shipt apart from Instacart is its streamlined approach to fees. Instead of charging a variety of fees for different circumstances, customers just have to sign up for a membership.

    Shipt’s prices are generally a bit higher than in-store prices, which the company says helps cover its costs. Membership starts at around $99 per year or $14 per month. Delivery is free for orders $35 and up or $7 for orders less than $35.

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  • 05 of 07

    Best for Coupon-Clippers: Peapod

    Peapod

    Peapod

    Peapod is owned by the same company that owns the Stop & Shop supermarket chain. Its service is very similar to FreshDirect, but covers a larger delivery area and has more of an emphasis on savings. You can see your running order total as you shop, filter selections by price, and use manufacturer coupons. Peapod will even double them up to $1. The company also offers more than 1,000 weekly specials in all categories.

    The online grocery store's selection includes everything from meal kits, beer, and wine, to fresh produce, meat, dairy, and household goods. In summer and fall, produce comes from local farms.

    Order groceries online or in the app, and an employee will deliver your order during the time selected the next day, or, up to two weeks in advance. You can also opt for pick up in certain areas. When scheduling, keep your eyes peeled for special value days when Peapod offers discounted delivery fees. You can see these discounts when selecting your time slot. But be aware: Sometimes a fuel surcharge of a few cents is added along with a delivery fee.

    Peapod is available in the Chicago, Milwaukee, Southeast Wisconsin and Indianapolis areas, as well as Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Southern New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Southeast Pennsylvania, and Central Pennsylvania. The company has a minimum order requirement of $60.

  • 06 of 07

    Best for Bulk: Boxed

    Boxed

    Boxed

    If you like buying in bulk, but don’t have a Costco near you—or don’t want to sign up for a membership—Boxed is a great alternative. The prices are generally slightly higher than Costco, but are still very much a great deal. Stock up on your favorite brands of groceries, from two, 48-ounce jars of Skippy for around $13 to four, 24-ounce jars of Barilla pasta sauce for approximately $9.

    Boxed delivers bulk dry goods anywhere in the contiguous United States and most orders arrive in two business days. If you’re looking for bulk perishable goods, like milk, eggs, and produce, you can sign up for Boxed Express. The trick is you must live in the service area—currently Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, New York City, and New Jersey.

    Groceries from Boxed are purchased by personal shoppers at local stores in your area and delivered to your door during a delivery time slot you schedule. At checkout, you’ll have to pay a delivery fee and meet an order minimum.

    Boxed Up, Boxed's membership program, costs $49 per year. By signing up, you'll get 2% cash rewards and other perks like discounts, giveaways, and gifts with purchase.

  • 07 of 07

    Best for New Yorkers: FreshDirect

    Fresh Direct

    Fresh Direct

    Grocery shopping in New York City isn’t for the faint of heart, especially if you’re getting a week’s worth of groceries. FreshDirect lets city dwellers skip the lines and the long slog home—and they’re not the only ones. The service is also available in other parts of New York, as well as New Jersey, Connecticut, the Greater Philadelphia area, and the Greater Washington, D.C. area. 

    FreshDirect is like a supermarket that comes to you. It has its own warehouses of fresh produce, meat, seafood, dairy, and prepared foods, and it’s well-known for offering top-quality goods. It also sells beer and wine, and popular brands of common household goods like bathroom cleaner, deodorant, and toothpaste.  

    Customers have to order a day in advance and can reserve their delivery time slot up to a week in advance. Those in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens can sign up for the DeliveryPass—a way for customers to get unlimited free deliveries for a flat fee—and add a FoodKick membership to get same-day service. FreshDirect requires a minimum order of $30.