The 7 Best Online Grocery Stores in America Right Now
Shopping at new-to-me grocery stores is my idea of visiting a museum. While scanning the aisles to pick up inspiration is key to how I gather new ideas and workshop recipes, I can’t lie about one unfortunate truth: Doing your actual weekly shop in person can often be, well, a drag. As a former grocery worker myself, I know firsthand just how little of my one wild and precious life I’d like to spend in an IRL, brick-and-mortar grocery store. If our pandemic shopping habits have shown us anything, it’s that doing your weekly shop entirely online is increasingly a reality — no pit stops elsewhere required.
Outside of the fact that you can now do your whole week’s shop in the comfort of your pajamas while sitting pretty on the couch, many online grocers now offer quality items at prices that just might out-perform your usual grocery stop. With new online grocers popping up overnight like mushrooms, though, how is one to decide which is worth swapping for your usual stop? As a not-so-casual grocery shopping nerd, I decided on some key criteria across the board.
Shopping experience: Is it easy to search for items? Is the selection wide-ranging (meaning you have to make fewer stops at other stores for items)? Perhaps the retailer offers helpful recipe inspiration or weekly deals? Is its customer service attentive and helpful? Bonus points if grocery shopping on the site becomes an ultra-delightful task, rather than merely a chore.
Service locations: I opted for online grocers who are available for delivery in at least the 48 continental states. Also, please note this is a list of online grocery retailers, rather than delivery services for grocers, like Instacart, Shipt, and FreshDirect.
Cost and quality: Some shoppers value cheapness as the most important quality in their shop, while others value ingredient quality or a wide selection of items. Ideally, we’re looking for a sweet spot of both.