Read the full review below. Here’s my quick pro/con synopsis:
- Easy shopping online
- Even easier shopping with the Amazon Dash tool
- Groceries are delivered to your home
- Easy to compare prices (prices of things I’ve ordered so far are comparable)
- Free shipping
- Very convenient
- Keeps you organized
- Excess packaging that you need to store (until the next delivery when they will be picked up)
- You have to spend $50 to place an order
- Groceries come the next day, so this is not good if you need something sooner
- You spend a little extra on a tip for the driver
- Does not always have everything on my list
Recently I fell into the Amazon Prime Day media trap and signed up. (You can check out my Amazon Prime review here.) By signing up for Prime, I was also eligible for Amazon Fresh.
Amazon Fresh is a grocery delivery service. You log into the Amazon Fresh site, choose your groceries, choose your delivery date and time and checkout. Your groceries are delivered right on your doorstep.
I’ve kind of avoided grocery delivery services until now. I worried about the produce and whether the person picking it would do a good job. Ok, I’m lying. I worried about feeling like the absolute laziest person by having my groceries delivered to me. I mean, what kind of person can’t get to the grocery store?
Well, my mind has been changed. (Lazy people unite!) I see it in a different way now. Having groceries delivered to my house frees up time to do other more important things. Like cooking. Or exercising. Or binge-watching MasterChef.
Plus, I like how organized I feel when I use it. I can flip through a cookbook, search for the exact thing I need and add it right to my list. Of course, I can get a pen and paper and write down what I need too. But sometimes (a lot of times) when I’m at the store, I might miss an item or 2 on my list. Then I have to go back to the store… UGH. You get the point.
I also like that I can comparison shop different items. I like comparing Amazon Fresh with Amazon Prime with my regular grocery store, and see who has the best prices. (So far, Fresh wins out most of the time.)
Here’s what else is great. Amazon sent me this handy dandy little tool to use called Amazon Dash. When I’m running out of something, I can either scan the barcode, or I can speak into it’s microphone and tell it what I need. It’ll automatically add the item to my list. That thing has saved me from forgetting some important things! Ok, just some trash bags and tin foil, but those things feel important to me.
There are a couple of downsides to Amazon Fresh. You get bags of your groceries put on your doorstep. You now have to do something with those bags. And sometimes those bags have coolers in them. And ice packs. Which can leak. It’s kind of a pain to store the excess stuff until your next delivery (when the delivery guy picks them up for you), but Amazon sends some helpful tips with your order email.
Another issue is that you need to have at least $50 worth of goods to place an order. I can completely understand why this minimum is necessary. I’m sure Amazon doesn’t want to send a truck out to deliver a bag of limes. I don’t think I would really want that either. Just thinking of our environment and all. And honestly, it’s not really hard at all to get to $50. I’ll just add things onto my order as needed and then have it sent when I reach the minimum.
Having a service like this doesn’t eliminate the need to shop at other stores. They don’t always have exactly what I need at Amazon Fresh. (Men’s deodorant for my husband, for example.) But Trader Joe’s doesn’t have everything either. Nor does Whole Foods. Wegman’s pretty much does. Except wine. But that’s not their fault. Dumb Pennsylvania laws… And they don’t deliver, so Amazon Fresh still wins by a little!
In any case, I really don’t want to be holed up in my house 24/7. Going out to another store now and again is a nice change of scenery. Overall though, I enjoy using Amazon Fresh. So I think I’ll keep it!
Do you use Amazon Fresh? What do you think of it? Do you think it’s cheaper than other stores or more expensive? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!