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Best Grocery Delivery: Amazon vs. Walmart vs. Costco

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June 02, 2020 · 5.6k Views

Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many people are turning online to purchase household essentials, such as groceries and more. In order to help you find the best grocery service available, we've compared the top 3 services -- Amazon, Walmart, and Costco. How do they stack up? Let's find out below.


Amazon Grocery Delivery

Amazon offers Prime subscribers grocery delivery through their Amazon Fresh service. Available in over 2,000 cities nationwide, Prime members can score free grocery delivery on orders of $35 or more. The service even includes groceries from Whole Foods, which allows them to delivery your items in as little as one hour. However, you do need a Prime membership, which costs about $119 per year, to take full advantage of this service.

  • Pros:
    • Free delivery on orders of $35 or more
    • Available in over 2,000 cities nationwide
    • Offers great, weekly deals on many household essentials
    • Get your groceries in as little as one hour
  • Con:
    • Must have a Prime memberships (around $119 per year)


Walmart Grocery Delivery

Though relatively new, Walmart Grocery offers the chance to score deals on groceries and more with same-day delivery. This service is currently available in 1,600 cities nationwide. Though no membership is required, deliverys can range from $7.95 to $9.95, or you can get it for free with Walmart Delivery Unlimited*. Walmart even has a dedicated app for their grocery service [iOS or Android]. In addition, you can extend delivery on other Walmart products as well, such as electronics, clothing, and more.

*Walmart Delivery Unlimited is a paid membership that offers free, unlimited grocery delivery (usually on orders of $30 or more). The service runs for $12.95 a month, or $98 per year (which is still less than an Amazon Prime membership).

  • Pros:
    • Same-day delivery on most items
    • Delivery is free with Walmart Delivery Unlimited (still less than Prime)
    • Use their dedicated app to shop for groceries anywhere
    • Extend delivery beyond groceries
    • No membership required (but pay per delivery)
  • Cons:
    • Available at 1,600 locations (400 less than Amazon's service)


Costco Grocery Delivery

Costco offers two grocery delivery services -- Same-Day and 2-Day. Their Same-Day delivery service is powered by Instacart and offers deliveries on fresh grocery orders of $35 or more. Unfortunately, prices are typically higher than prices at your local warehouse. You also must be present upon delivery. Costco Same-Day grocery delivery is available in most metropolitan areas, which means that if you live near a Costco, then you most likely have access to the service.

Costco's 2-Day service is available to members on non-perishable items (such as household items and toiletries). Like their Same-Day service, prices for their 2-Day service are typically higher than what you would find in-warehouse. However, in contrast to their other service, 2-Day orders of $75 or more do not have a separate delivery fee. Members do not need to be present upon delivery either.

  • Pros:
    • Get your groceries in as little as 2 hours
    • The most availability nationwide (compared to Amazon and Walmart)
    • Requires a Costco membership for $60 per year (much lower than Amazon and Walmart)
  • Cons:
    • Prices are typically higher than what you would find in-warehouse
    • Requires a $35 minimum purchase
    • Depending on which service, you must be present upon delivery


Final Verdict

When comparing all three services, our favorite has to be Amazon Fresh. While it does require a Prime membership (around $119), the amount of savings you'll receive from Amazon Fresh deals and more can easily outweigh the membership price. Plus, you'll receive free delivery on orders of $35 or more (which quickly adds up in savings), and you'll have access to every other Prime benefit. In addition, since Amazon Fresh utilizies their Whole Foods stores, you can potentially get your grocery order the quickest out of the three options -- in as little as one hour.


Which of the three services above is your favorite? Or, do you use a different grocery delivery service? Let us know in the comments below!

melissaw72Apr 05, 2020
When you have Amazon Fresh, that alone (aside form the Prime $119/year), costs extra. I don't remember the amount, but I was going to try it but didn't because of the extra cost.

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