Sometimes you just don't have time to drive to the grocery store, peruse the aisles, and haul home your food. Fortunately, online grocery stores have become wildly popular, especially among time-strapped urbanites, but also across the country. Along with East Coast standbys like Peapod and FreshDirect, a new crop of online grocers has popped up, each offering different perks and parameters to suit various needs and lifestyles.
Best for Big Orders
If you live in Southern California, San Francisco, or Seattle and prefer doing most of your grocery shopping online, AmazonFresh has a lot to offer. It's expensive to enroll – a $299 annual membership fee – but after that, delivery is free for orders over $30.
That upfront charge can be money well spent if you're consistently time-crunched or your grocery bills are hefty because you're feeding a whole family. Plus, AmazonFresh is fast. If you order by 10 a.m., you can get same-day delivery, and if you order by 10 p.m., your groceries come the next day. The selection is huge and even includes items from local bread shops, delis, and more. AmazonFresh will soon be branching out beyond the West Coast. [fresh.amazon.com]