Best Online Grocers For Delivery Charges2 min read

Online grocery shopping has increasingly become part of our day-to-day life. According to analysts at IGD, this is set to double by 2016 at an estimated value of £11.2 billion. Tesco has announced its plans to introduce a nationwide community of online-only shops to cater for this rapid growth. Some experts warn delivery charges could increase to as much as £15 to reflect the true cost to the retailers.

Best Online Grocers For Delivery Charges

As a result, it’s the perfect time to compare which stores have the cheapest delivery charges and the most flexible delivery slots.

At first glance, Waitrose seems to be the best as they are the only store to offer free delivery regardless of the time in the day. However, this is only for orders over £50. Asda offers unlimited free delivery, when making a purchase of £99 or more, with Asda Reward bank card. This also allows shoppers to accumulate points to be used as discounts in future transactions. Ocado provides free delivery too, but only after 10pm. They also offer one year unlimited free delivery, with their Supply Move incentive, at a one-off cost of £109.99. Sainsbury’s provide free deliveries from Tuesday to Thursday on orders above £100.

The cost of delivery with Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Asda range between £3 to £6. However, pre 10pm delivery with Ocado can be free or as much as £6.99. Customers can find it inconvenient to shop for a small number of products as Asda operates a £25 minimum spend, with Ocado at £40. Sainsbury’s does not have minimum spend but charges as much as £6.95 for order below £40, compared to £5.95 for bigger orders.

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose provide a Click & Collect service whereby you can make your purchase online but collect your shopping from the store. This service is free of charge, with the exception of Tesco who charge £2 per checkout.

Both Sainsbury’s and Ocado have one hour delivery slots, giving you a short window and minimal disruption to your day. Selected Tesco stores also offer one hour slots with the majority providing two hour slots instead.

Ocado is the clear winner when it comes to delivery hours as it ranges between 6am and 11.30pm. This is excellent for those working long hours or have other commitments during the day. The rest are similar in their delivery hours, starting as early as 8am and final deliveries at 10pm.