[This abridged article was contributed by bankbazaar] Do you always find yourself struggling with heavy and bulk bags of groceries after shopping at the supermarket? Have an allergy to crowds or long queues? Well, that’s why online grocery stores are all the rage now. With a few clicks, you can stock up on your necessities and have it delivered as soon as two hours later. Besides convenience, shopping online also means less impulse buying. Try walking down aisles of products with tempting packaging and sale labels without getting something you didn’t need.
If you are like most people, going into a supermarket with the intention to get a carton of milk may end up with you checking out a basket of milk along with 10 other things. Not only that, shopping grocery online allows you to compare prices easily across different stores.
In this post, we aim to suss out the best and cheapest online grocery stores that offer the most bang for the buck, the most variety, and the cheapest delivery.
The comparison was done between FairPrice Online, All for You By Sheng Siong, Giant Online, RedMart, U Stars via honestbee, Kenny Grocery and Amazon Prime Now.
Results of the Comparison
1. Cheapest online groceries – U Stars, Amazon Prime Now, NTUC FairPrice Online
The following prices and products are accurate as of 11 August 2017. Please use them as a guide as the results heavily depend on the chosen products. Please do your own comparison for your favourite products.
As you can see, U Stars via honestbee was the cheapest online grocery store with the products we selected, even including the concierge fee! Amazon Prime Now and NTUC FairPrice Online came in pretty close as well. U Stars via HonestBee and Amazon Prime Now have the highest number of cheapest items.
Do note that RedMart offers a price match guarantee. Bought a product from RedMart at its regular selling price and later found that it is higher than what NTUC FairPrice Online is selling at its regular selling price (exact same item)? Redmart will pay you double the difference (in store credits) if you let them know within seven days.
2. Best for Variety – NTUC FairPrice Online & RedMart
While comparing common grocery items, some stores did not have the things we were searching for. NTUC FairPrice Online and RedMart consistently had everything we wanted. On the other hand, U Stars via honestbee generally has the least options (e.g. they don’t have Nutella spread!).
3. Cheapest delivery – Amazon Prime Now & RedMart
Besides variety and price, we also want to make sure that the online supermarkets offer reasonable delivery fees. What’s the point of saving a couple of dollars when you have to pay more for delivery?
In this department, Amazon Prime Now and RedMart are great. They offer free shipping when you spend just $40 and above and above $40 respectively. That’s easily achievable!
The most expensive delivery is Giant Online, which doesn’t offer free delivery with any spend. You have to be prepared to fork out at least $7 for the convenience. NTUC FairPrice and All for You (Sheng Siong) could also do better as you need to spend at least $150 (non-promo) and $100 respectively for free delivery.
[This article first appeared on Bankbazaar.sg, a leading online marketplace in Singapore that helps consumers compare and apply for the best offers across all financial products: personal loans, home loans, credit cards & investments. To see the complete article, please click here.]