Walmart Plus and Amazon Prime both feature same-day grocery delivery. I ordered from both — here’s how they compare.
Grocery delivery is not only beneficial for social distancing, but it’s also very convenient. However, with memberships that cost upwards of $98 per year, you’ll want to weigh the pros and cons of each.
Since Walmart Plus’ launch last September, it’s become a major competitor against Amazon Prime Grocery Delivery, which delivers from its own facilities as well as local Whole Foods. At a glance, the two services are almost identical: You pick a time slot, you order online, and you receive your groceries at your doorstep. They even have similar costs; Walmart Plus is $98 per year and Amazon Prime is $119 per year. After testing both services, I’ve found that Amazon Prime was a better user experience — though it’s a close call.
An important note: I live in southern California, in the Greater Los Angeles area. I have a Walmart five minutes away and three of the nation’s 10 Amazon Fresh locations within a 30-minute drive. Either service may be more convenient for you depending on how close you are to either retailer — I just happen to be close to both.
What I looked at when comparing Prime vs. Walmart Plus grocery delivery:
The rubric by which I judged the two services consisted of five major details: user interface, selection variety, pricing, delivery, and quality. Amazon Fresh pulled slightly ahead by winning three of those five categories.
Amazon Prime was the better service for those who have both Whole Foods/Amazon Fresh and Walmart in their area. Its interface is a bit more user-friendly, the product quality is a little better, and it offers more variety when shopping.
However, not everyone has easy access to Whole Foods or Amazon Fresh, in which case Walmart Plus is still a very good option. Walmart has thousands of locations nationwide whereas Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods have just over 500 combined.