Around the House

We Tried Amazon Fresh!

I love to cook, but grocery shopping… not so much. Recently I decided to wade further into the Amazon ecosystem and try Amazon Fresh. They offer a free month of this grocery delivery service to get you on the hook. After that, it’s $14.99/month to be in the club, which gets you any grocery order over $40 delivered to your doorstep at no additional charge.

I’ve placed two orders so far. Selection is pretty good, and everything did arrive nice and fresh. Prices seem to be market value – no deals, but nothing significantly overpriced. It’s definitely all about the convenience. You’ll still spend time building your order, but not nearly as much time as you would shopping, checking out, loading the car, and driving round-trip to the store.

One downside to not seeing things with your actual eyeballs is product size. Tossing “blueberries, 6 oz” into my e-cart, I pictured a pint of blueberries. Ney. It took my kids about six seconds to erase all evidence of six ounces of berries.

The bags are reusable, but they take up a lot of room. The groceries above arrived in these six tote bags, which are not collapsible and are now taking up a significant corner of my basement until the next order.

Ice packs keep refrigerated items chilled, and dry ice is packed in with frozen items. We promptly ignored the cautions about the dry ice and had some fun with it in the sink, to the delight of the kids. This activity was of some concern to the family cat, who observed from a safe distance across the room.

I’m not sure if I will keep using Amazon Fresh, but it was definitely worth a try. Now if I could just get someone else to put all the groceries away, I’d be all set!


  1. Shubhra

    09/07/2017 at 6:45 pm

    I think the size of the reusable packaging would be a huge deterrence for me. We don’t have space for that in an apartment. Thanks for the review!

    1. Samantha

      09/08/2017 at 9:37 am

      I agree, they take up a lot of room! My order could have fit into half as many bags easily. One small box of frozen pizza was bagged with dry ice in a tote all by itself. Must be the policy.

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