Best Grocery Shopping Apps for Home Delivery

May 22, 2020 | Sakshi Sharma

Grocery shopping apps have been around for a while and have become fairly popular. Now, with everyone staying at home, grocery delivery services have never been needed as much as they are now. How do you find the right company that suits your needs? How fast do you need your items? How much more do you have to spend on groceries?

One of the main issues people face is the increase in cost to order online or through grocery delivery apps. There will always be a cost associated with using these services as it is a service these companies are providing. However, there are ways to get around the cost which we will circle back to shortly.

Let’s take a look at some of the best grocery home delivery apps in the market.

1. Safeway Delivery

Safeway brand stores are located all over the US. Although they are not in every state or city they do have many locations. The problem with some grocery apps is that they tend to only be available in certain regions making it impossible for others to use. Safeway along with its sister stores Vons, Albertsons, and Pavilions have an app that allows its customers to get their groceries delivered. We all have that 1 grocery store we shop at the most so we know what we need and the Safeway app allows you to quickly and easily get all your groceries.


Delivery Fee: $10 or less

Membership Required: No

Minimum Order: $30

This is best used when you have a lot to buy at 1 time. The more you spend the cheaper your delivery fee becomes. As a new user, your first delivery is free.

2. Thrive Market

If you’re looking for a more cost-effective way to get organic food Thrive Market is the best option. Their prices tend to be similar to that of wholesale pricing which means you will save anywhere from 20 to 50 percent on products. This might be the most cost-effective option to get better quality products.


Delivery Fee: $5.95 or free with $49 minimum

Membership Required: $59.95/yr or $9.95/mo

Minimum Order: No

They offer a 30-day free trial plus free shipping on your first order that’s over $25. Thrive Market not only has quality food but when you sign up for a membership to provide a free membership to a veteran, student, or any lower-income family. They deliver all over the US so you don’t have to worry about not being able to use this service.

3. Amazon Fresh

Let’s face it we’re all doing a bit more shopping on Amazon than we used to. Included in your Amazon Prime membership is their online grocery delivery service Amazon Fresh.


Delivery Fee: $5.95 or free with $35 minimum

Membership Required: Included in the $119/yr Prime membership

Minimum Order: No

Amazon’s grocery service was not always included with Prime membership however, now it is. All of your grocery needs can be taken care of including all the other items you typically buy on Amazon. It’s easy to use as you purchase your groceries the same way you would anything else on Amazon.

Amazon Fresh is widely available so unlike other grocery home delivery apps you probably won’t get that annoying “not available in your area” message. They also provide an option to do 1-hour delivery but this is subject to additional cost and varies by location.

4. Instacart

This grocery delivery app is not only available in many cities but offers a decent range of stores that you can shop from. Like Amazon Fresh Instacart also offers a 1-hour delivery option.


Delivery Fee: $3.99 and up

Membership Required: No

Minimum Order: $10

One thing they do offer in the case that you don’t like those delivery fees adding up you can opt for their Instacart Express option which is subscription-based. It’s $99 for the year or $9.99 a month. Delivery is free with orders over $35. An added bonus to this membership is the ability to purchase groceries from different stores with no fees. This is the best option if you have things you buy at different stores. They have stores like Costco, Safeway, Petco, and more. You can also add substitute products just in case the one you want isn’t available.

5. Google Shopping

Like Instacart you can purchase products from many different stores. The main drawback is that you can only order non-perishables. However, the best part is that you don’t need a membership, and shipping is free with a minimum order.


Delivery Fee: $5 to $7 or free with $25 or $35 minimum (depends on store)

Membership Required: No

Minimum Order: No

Delivery times are not quick like some other options but if you are going to buy a decent amount of pantry items and don’t mind it coming the next day then this could be the most cost-effective option. If you’re wondering exactly what you can buy, think of any items that are not in the fridge and freezer.

6. Dinnerly

If you’re looking for a meal delivery service that provides the ingredients and recipes to make amazing meals Dinnerly is perfect. This is one of the best for multiple reasons. It’s bar far one of the least expensive meal delivery options with each serving no more than $4.99.


Delivery Fee: $8.99 or less

Membership Required: No

Minimum Order: 2 person box – 3 meals a week

Pricing does vary depending on how much you order. Shipping and serving costs are the most expensive when its a 2 person box with 3 meals. If you choose to go for a 4 person box with 5 meals the shipping and serving cost is less.

The recipes are simple and quick to make than their competitors as well. Their mobile app has everything you need to adjust your deliveries and more. Lastly, they deliver to most US states. There are a lot of meal kit delivery services out there but this is one of the best if you want to save both time and money.

How to save on fees

These services definitely end up costing a bit more than going to the store and purchasing the items yourself. However, there are ways to reduce the cost of online grocery shopping. Most companies offer various promotions that you can take advantage of. Trial memberships are a great option to avoid all fees. Try all these out using first-time promotions.

Instead of buying a few items here and there, wait a bit longer and order in bulk so you meet minimum orders. Apply for coupons/promotions from the stores you are purchasing from like your Safeway club card or their weekly specials.

While there are some great grocery delivery apps out there people still want more options in the market. Virtual grocery stores have never been needed more than they are now. If you are a store or an entrepreneur looking to create a grocery delivery app now is the time.

If you’re ready to get started on your grocery delivery app development then contact the experts at SDI. You can email at or call at 408.621.8481.

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