In the past few years, the number of grocery delivery services has increased exponentially.
From a space that once only had a handful of top merchants to a booming industry with niche sellers popping up everywhere, grocery delivery services have evolved from a service that only big corporations could offer to a trendy enterprise for a changing world.
Over the past few years, the different types of services offered has expanded to include everything from niche local markets to farm-to-table options.
Given the wide range of choices out there, it can be tough to determine which delivery service you should sign up for if you are considering buying a grocery subscription for the first time.
But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
It’s for this reason we’ve compiled this list of the top 10 best grocery delivery services of 2021.
Because we want to help you find the perfect service regardless of where you are in the U.S, we’ve included services from both the West and East coast; in the hopes that we can help you find your next favorite grocery delivery service among them.
Got another favorite that isn’t listed? Feel free to give them a shoutout in the comments below!
1. FreshDirect/FoodKick Grocery Delivery Service
Although they only deliver to a few states on the East Coast (NY, NJ, PA, CT, DE & Washington D.C.), FreshDirect is one of the best grocery delivery services for the sheer convenience of being able to order at least a night in advance before delivery the next day.
They have a decent collection of items that includes sourcing from local farms, dairies and fisheries.
In addition, their NY-based sister company FoodKick, which very recently opened its doors in 2016, delivers curated food to the NYC boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
They pride themselves on having a team which curates their inventory offerings, rather than an algorithm.
2. Peapod Grocery Delivery Service
Peapod is a grocery delivery service by supermarket chain Stop & Shop. The service is available in a lot of locations on the East Coast, but also offers services in illinois and Indiana.
What sets them apart from some of the other services out there? As a thank you to new customers, they offer 60 days of free delivery; which, when you do the math, equates to around 2 months of free service.
3. AmazonFresh Grocery Delivery Service
Probably one of the most well-known grocery delivery services out there is Amazon Fresh.
If you already buy from the e-commerce conglomerate, then purchasing your groceries from them can seem like an obvious jump. After all, you have the same convenience of being able to purchase things whenever you need and wait for them to be delivered to your home on your own time.
The best thing about Amazon Fresh, who offers its groceries in partnership with the Whole Foods chain, is they have a variety of options to choose from; including local markets, organic (for groceries, personal and household items), gluten-free, and other specific types of products.
4. Jet Grocery Delivery Service
Next up on our list is the NJ-based service Jet.
What sets them apart from the rest is their commitment to providing a curated selection of both food and household items. In addition, they offer a 100% freshness guarantee; as all of their products are hand-selected by their team.
One of the best things about this service is that there is no delivery fee over $35; which means no mandatory subscription for the convenience of their grocery delivery.
5. Farm Fresh To You Grocery Delivery Service
One of the newest entries on our list of grocery delivery services is the California-based farm-to-table delivery service Farm Fresh To You.
Continuing a new trend of sourcing foods without artificial processing (chemical agents, such as pesticides, etc etc), Farm Fresh To You is a intergeneral family of farmers-turned-grocery service that is committed to bringing the very best in agriculture right to your doorstep.
6. InstaCart Grocery Delivery Service
While most of the delivery services on our list require at least a whole day before delivery, Instacart offers an unheard-of delivery within 1 hour after purchasing online.
Like Jet, they also have no delivery fee over $35.
They offer products from several vendors, including Whole Foods, Fairway, Costco, Aldi, Publix, Wegmans, Kroger, Petco, CVS, and more.
At this time they are offered in Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Washington D.C. and Atlanta.
7. Thrive Market Grocery Delivery Service
Thrive Market is an LA-based delivery service that caters to the ongoing movement towards health-conscious, sustainable and fair trade living.
One of the core parts of their business is their transparency with the ingredients that are in their food products, as well as their stance against Non-GMOs. All of their products are screened for Non-GMO.
In addition, they offer products to suit a variety of dietary lifestyles; including Paleo, Ketogenic, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Organic, Raw, Vegetarian, Non-GMO, Dairy, Cruelty Free, Sustainable, Non-Toxic
The best part? When you purchase a membership for yourself with Thrive Market, you are also sponsoring a free membership for a low-income family.
8. Shipt Grocery Delivery Service
Yet another delivery service that offers same-day shipping, Shipt is the Birmingham, AL-based internet delivery service that was acquired by Target in 2017.
They deliver grocery and household essentials from companies such as Target, Kroger, Meijer, H-E-B, and CVS.
9. GrubMarket Grocery Delivery Service
GrubMarket is another company that offers organic options sourced from local farms. The company was founded in 2014 and since then has grown in its West Coast home state of California.
In addition to being a delivery service, the company also serves as an e-commerce market for local vendors who want to sell their wares at wholesale prices to consumers.
They offer a variety of foods to suit different lifestyles, including paleo, vegan, gluten-free, etc.
10. Max Delivery Grocery Service
Last on our list,
Max Delivery is another company that offers quick delivery; In fact, they boast that 90% of their orders are delivered in under an hour after purchase.
Currently the service is available in Manhattan - “Below 92nd Street on the east side and all of Manhattan below 114th”, to be precise. If this sounds confusing, head over to their main page and enter your zip code to see if they are available in your neck of the woods!
For our top 10 grocery delivery services of 2019 we searched high and low for both well-established and up-and-coming brands.
Being labeled one of the best grocery delivery services is about several factors, and thankfully, there are several companies that cover one or more of these requirements.
To recap, those requirements exist in several categories including timely delivery for the busy day-to-day lives of consumers, thoughtful discounts for both new and continuing subscribers, and a wide selection of fresh fruits, vegetables and other foods.
This also includes other areas such as supporting a variety of healthy-living lifestyles, such as organic, vegetarian vegan, keto-friendly, kosher, and a commitment to hot-topic issues like pesticide-free and other chemical-free food sourcing.
Several of the grocery delivery services we mentioned cover one or more of these areas.
For example, companies such as Thrive Market and Fresh Farm To You have a commitment to quality food that is admirable yet still niche in today’s market.
At the same time, curated brands like Jet and Instacart offer discounts that are hard to resist - both offer free shipping for orders over $35. That means that you don’t have to commit to a membership if you don’t wish to.
As the realm of grocery delivery services continues to grow in the next few years, and we start to see an even greater push towards sustainable agriculture and living, we will start to see more and more companies cater their offerings; especially when it comes to curating farm-to-table options. But for now, we believe this list represents the ten best services currently in existence.
They lend themselves to the convenience of their customers every chance they get; and, as a result, are some of the most lucrative or promising services on the market.
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