If you juggle work, family, and other responsibilities, sometimes making the trek to buy groceries can be a huge burden. After writing a list of ingredients, driving to one or more stores, and then hauling all of the food back home, the whole process can make you too tired to even think about cooking.

Thankfully, we live in a time when all of our favorite foods can be brought to our doorstep with just the click of a button. Grocery-delivery services started expanding during the early days of the pandemic and they've since become a saving grace for anybody with a busy schedule.

We've rounded up some of the best delivery services that are offered regionally and nationwide so you can decide which one is right for you. And with robust membership programs that eliminate delivery fees, you can rest assured that you can get groceries to-go without straining your budget.


Why choose one grocery store when you can have dozens at your fingertips? Instacart has been partnering with international chains and local grocers since 2012 to offer at-home grocery delivery. Now, you can use Instacart in all 50 states and Canada. Users can create an account cost-free and select from their favorite retailers, from Kroger to Wegmans to Publix.

Th delivery fee will depend on the stores you select, but Instacart offers their own membership program for those who order groceries regularly. For a flat annual fee of $99 or a monthly fee of $9.99, you can get unlimited free delivery, lower service fees, and plenty of member-exclusive benefits.


Mercato offers a wide network of on-demand shoppers that'll pick up and deliver your groceries from a long list of stores. Simply enter your ZIP code to find available retailers, place your order, and wait as little as an hour for your food to arrive on your doorstep.

Their reach is more limited than Instacart, with service only available in 12 states. However, their expansive selection of local and artisanal stores is unmatched. Now you can enjoy freshly-baked sourdough, handmade pasta, and even specialty spices without even having to leave your house. You can sign up for free or enroll in a membership starting at eight dollars a month for free delivery.

Fresh Direct

Since first opening in 2002, Fresh Direct has become one of the most popular grocery-delivery services in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. They collaborate directly with farmers to source some of the freshest produce, dairy, meat, and seafood around. Every Thursday they offer up a new lineup of Fresh Deals, where you can order some of your favorite foods at steep discounts.

You can sign up free of charge and place orders with a minimum of $30 and select same-day or scheduled delivery for as little as $5.99. Alternatively, you can also sign up for Fresh Direct's DeliveryPass membership for unlimited free deliveries starting at $6.50 a month.


Shipt is a relative newcomer to the grocery-delivery game. It first began in 2014, but expanded rapidly after being acquired by Target. It offers same-day grocery delivery in all 50 states from a variety of retailers—and not just grocery stores. Beyond getting your bulk items from Costco, you can also order alcohol from liquor stores, kitchen equipment from Sur La Table, and even restock your beauty supplies with Sephora.

Non-members pay a $10 flat fee for delivery without any hidden service charges. But if you're looking to save more, Shipt offers annual and monthly memberships so you can shop without paying those pesky delivery fees.


The delivery giant offers two different options for grocery delivery. Both available for Prime members, Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods Market offer fast and easy grocery ordering—all in the Amazon app. Amazon Fresh offers beloved national brands and their own in-house products for same-day delivery.

Whole Foods Market, which Amazon acquired in 2017, offers the same perks as Amazon Fresh, but with the grocery store's signature products and a wide range of organic foods. Both services come with delivery fees that vary depending on the size of your order and your location.

Walmart+ InHome

Another major shopping giant to throw their hat into the grocery delivery ring is Walmart. Available exclusively to Walmart+ members, InHome is a game-changing service that takes all of the effort out of grocery shopping. For just an extra seven dollars a month or $40 a year, you can add on InHome to your existing Walmart+ membership.

What makes InHome so special? For one, you can select exactly where Walmart's delivery team should place your groceries. That can be on your doorstep, in your garage, or even neatly placed in your own fridge. You can also rest easy knowing that each order comes without any extra fees or added tips for drivers.

Stop & Shop

Stop & Shop has been selling high-quality groceries for over 100 years, and now you can enjoy their products without even stepping food in their brick-and-mortar stores. In 2020, they rebranded their original delivery service, Peapod, to Stop & Shop Delivery & Pickup. This service offers all the same perks of in-store shopping and more, from coupons, rewards programs, and even building your own shopping list in the app.

If you sign up for their membership program, GO Pass, you can get free delivery on orders over $100.

Thrive Market

You may have seen ads for Thrive Market pop up on your social media feeds, but what exactly is it? It's a membership service that allows you to order your favorite health food brands for convenient delivery. You can select between annual or monthly memberships to get access to steeply discounted snacks, cleaning products, and sustainable meat and seafood.

You can save up to 30 percent on products from Califia Farms, Dr. Bronner's, Bob's Red Mill, and more. Thrive Market even offers a Low Price Promise, so they'll match the price of products that are cheaper elsewhere. Our favorite perks, however, are the freebies that come with purchases!

Misfits Market

What started as a project to eliminate food waste has become one of the most intuitive grocery-delivery services in the country. Misfits Market sources their produce, meat, dairy, and snacks from producers and cuts out the extra cost. This happens by purchasing excess supply or produce that don't look pristine enough for standard retail.

Their grocery plans start at $25 a week and offer curated orders that you can edit according to your tastes. Over time, they hone in on what foods you like and give you the most personalized shopping lists available. And with every dollar spent, you can rack up perks points that you can redeem for discounts and free gifts.

What grocery-delivery service do you use? Let us know in the comments.

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