Online Grocery Singapore – Should You Buy From RedMart, Honestbee or NTUC FairPrice Online?
Online grocery shopping has taken off in a huge way in Singapore. Aside from RedMart, NTUC FairPrice online store and Honestbee, there are now a sizeable number of players like Amazon Prime Now and Opentaste.
You could chalk it up to busy schedules, ease of use, or pure laziness, but Singaporeans are increasingly comfortable with ordering daily necessities online.
We compare the available online grocers on delivery fees, lead times and costs of perishables and non-perishables to help you decide which online supermarket to go with.
- Top 7 online supermarkets in Singapore – delivery fees and lead times
- Costs of perishable groceries from online supermarkets
- Costs of non-perishables from online supermarkets
- NTUC FairPrice Online (FairPrice On)
- Cold Storage Online
- Sheng Siong Online (Allforyou)
- Amazon Prime Now
Top 7 online supermarkets in Singapore – delivery fees and lead times
Most delivery fees of online supermarkets in Singapore range around $5 to $7, with the exception of Prime Online, which charges an exorbitant $10. However, if you can consolidate your orders, you will be able to get free delivery above a certain amount for all the online grocers, including Prime Online.
Also, certain online supermarkets have a paid membership service, which rewards you with free delivery with no minimum spending if you sign up. RedMart’s subscription service is called LiveUp.
If you need something urgently, Amazon Prime Now is your best bet. However, some items may not be available or might be more expensive.
|Delivery fees||Lead time|
|RedMart||$5.99 for orders under $40 |
$3.99 for orders from $40 to $60
Free delivery for orders more than $60
(LiveUp members: Free delivery for orders more than $40)
|Same-day delivery available from 7am to 10pm, 7 days a week|
|Honestbee||$4.99 delivery fee + $3.99 concierge fee for order from one merchant (delivery and concierge fees increase the more merchants you buy from) |
Free delivery for orders $50 and above
|Same day delivery in an hour|
|NTUC FairPrice Online (FairPrice On)||$7 (Free delivery for orders $39 and above)||Next-day delivery subject to availability|
|Cold Storage Online||$7 (Free delivery for orders $59 and above)||Same-day delivery available for orders received before 10am |
Next day for orders received after 10am
|Sheng Siong Online (Allforyou)||$6 (Free delivery for orders $100 and above)||Same-day delivery within 3 hours for orders placed before 4pm, subject to availability |
Next-day delivery for orders placed after 4pm
|Amazon Prime Now||$5.99 (Free delivery for orders $40 and above)||Within 2 hours|
|Opentaste||Normal orders: $4.95 for orders below $49 (Free delivery for orders above $49) |
Bulk orders: $4.95 for orders over $75, $6.95 for orders below $75 (Free delivery for orders $150 and above)
|Within less than 36 hours|
Costs of perishable groceries from online grocery stores
Sheng Siong Online seems to offer lower prices for household items. RedMart and FairPrice have comparable price points with the exception of avocadoes. While Opentaste does not offer the common brands, they do have their own house brands and other organic produce.
As of 25 October 2018, these are the listed prices of perishables from the online grocers.
|Meji Fresh Milk (2l)||Chew’s Fresh Eggs Low Cholesterol (10 x 60g)||Gardenia Enriched White Bread (400g)||Fresh Chicken Breasts||Avocado (3 per pack)|
|Honestbee||Depends on merchant||Depends on merchant||Depends on merchant||Depends on merchant||Depends on merchant|
|NTUC FairPrice Online (FairPrice On)||$5.80||$2.65||$2||$3.25 (300g)||$5.95|
|Cold Storage Online||$6.35||$2.80||$2||$9.90 (4 pieces with skin)||$3.45 each|
|Sheng Siong Online (Allforyou)||$5.05||$2.65||$2||$2.50 (200g)||$3.99 (5 per pack)|
|Amazon Prime Now||$5.60||$2.85 (Seng Choon Farm Fresh Eggs)||$2||$2.99 (300g)||$6.93 (3 per pack)|
|OpenTaste||$3.99 (Fleurieu Low Fat Milk)||$5.99 (House brand – 30 eggs)||–||$5.50 (400g)||$4.99|
Costs of non-perishables from online grocery stores
The price differences are quite slight, however, Sheng Siong does seem to be once again providing lower prices. RedMart and FairPrice seem to have similar prices except for beverages, which vary slightly.
As of 25 October 2018, these are the listed prices of perishables from the online grocers.
Amazon Prime Now is generally a little more expensive, but they do score in the aspect of being able to deliver within 2 hours.
Opentaste does not have many of the household items that Singaporeans use, but they do have other more atas types like organic beetroot juice and instant quinoa cereal flakes.
|Coca-Cola (1.5l)||Kellogg’s Froot Loops Cereal (300g)||Breeze Power Clean Liquid Detergent (3.8kg)||Lay’s Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips (184.2g)||Lipton Yellow Label Tea (100 x 2g)||Tiger Lager Beer (6 x 330ml)|
|Honestbee||Depends on merchant||Depends on merchant||Depends on merchant||Depends on merchant||Depends on merchant||Depends on merchant|
|NTUC FairPrice Online (FairPrice On)||$2.40||$4.95||$10.90||$4.60||$3.65||$16.40|
|Cold Storage Online||$2.40||$4.95||$12.45||$4.35||$4.90||$16.40|
|Sheng Siong Online (Allforyou)||$2.25||–||$10.90||$4.35||$4.90||$16.40|
|Amazon Prime Now||$1.61||$4.93||$10.90||$4.30||$3.10||$15.90|
*Prices are accurate as of 18 March 2019.
However, what sets RedMart apart is the fact that they provide same-day delivery, including on Sundays and public holidays. The website is also very easy to use and products are easy to search for.
The main downside is that you’re only entitled to free delivery if you spend at least $60, which is a higher bar than what many of the other grocery delivery services are offering.
However, if you’re a LiveUp subscriber, the bar for free shipping is lowered to $40 rather than $100. Unfortunately the LiveUp subscription recently doubled in price, it’s now $59.99 to subscribe and some benefits like 8% rebate for Citi cardholders have been removed.
From 15 March 2019, RedMart has moved into the Lazada interface. If you have been a loyal RedMart user, you will have to register on Lazada and use the Lazada app instead. The RedMart app and website no longer receive orders and will be gradually phased out. You can still see your RedMart account details on Lazada.
RedMart is recommended for: Busy people who want same-day delivery and a fuss-free ordering process
Honestbee isn’t exactly on online supermarket. Rather, it’s a concierge service that lets you order from multiple supermarkets or merchants and have everything shipped to you at once. They also have a super-fast turnaround time of as little as one hour.
As far as groceries are concerned, Honestbee is generally more cost-effective if you’re using it to order from more than one merchant as you can consolidate the various delivery charges.
One of Honestbee’s merchants is NTUC FairPrice. However, if that’s the only merchant you want to order from, it would actually be cheaper for you to do so directly at NTUC FairPrice’s website.
Honestbee is recommended for: Gourmands who buy groceries from several places
NTUC Fairprice Online (FairPrice On)
Singapore’s most popular supermarket now allows you to order goods online from their website, FairPrice On.
The main downside is that you have to “chope” delivery slots, usually at least the day before. Delivery hours are 8am to 10pm on Mondays to Saturdays, and 8am to 4pm on Sundays and public holidays.
NTUC / OCBC Plus! Visa Credit / Debit Card holders get up to 8% off if they meet the minimum spend requirements of $400/$500 of non-FairPrice Visa transactions.
NTUC Fairprice Online is recommended for: Average Joes and existing NTUC members
Cold Storage Online
Cold Storage Online tends to charge higher prices for certain products, so cost will be a key consideration when ordering from them. That being said, some people continue to shop at Cold Storage because they sell certain premium products you might not find at your regular NTUC FairPrice.
They only do same-day delivery for orders placed before 10am, so unless you’re an early riser, you’ll have to wait till the next day.
Cold Storage Online is recommended for: Atas people who want premium products
Sheng Siong Online (Allforyou)
Well, what do you know, Sheng Siong has also jumped on the online grocery delivery bandwagon with their Sheng Siong Allforyou website.
Sheng Siong happens to be one of Singapore’s main budget supermarkets, so you can expect prices to be quite a bit lower, especially for house brand items.
One bugbear is the fact that you only qualify for free delivery if you spend $100 or more, otherwise you get slapped with a $6 delivery charge. Given the fact that most people shop at Sheng Siong to save money, this might be a deterrent.
Another problem is that the site is a bit less search-friendly than most of the others, with products sometimes not appearing if your search term isn’t exactly what they’re looking for.
On the bright side, you might qualify for same-day delivery within 3 hours if you place your orders before 4pm (depends on your address and availability of slots though), which makes Allforyou a site to keep in mind if you need your groceries urgently.
Sheng Siong Online is recommended for: Those on a budget
Amazon Prime Now
One of Amazon Prime Now’s biggest strengths is that you receive your orders in as little as 2 hours (or 1 hour if you’re willing to pay more). To enjoy the privilege of 2-hour delivery, there is a monthly subscription fee of $2.99.
They also have a product range which goes beyond groceries to include electronics, toys, games and more, so it can be convenient to use them if there are other things you need to buy.
Finally, they offer pretty competitive prices on certain products, often lower than one the supermarkets are offering. The minimum spending requirement of $40 isn’t too high either.
The main inconvenience is that you need to download their application and sign up for an account before you order, so it’s not something most users will do for the first time on the fly.
Amazon Prime Now is recommended for: Kancheong spiders who want their stuff delivered now
Opentaste markets itself as a seller of wholesale products direct from the farm. That means they sell mostly fresh produce. If the only thing you can cook is instant noodles, you won’t find much for you on their site.
When it comes to their fresh produce, they actually do offer some very good deals. So if you usually cook your food from scratch rather than buy pre-made stuff in bottles, they’re a good place to order fruit, vegetables and meat from.
The main downsides are that you’ll still need to purchase rice and most pre-packaged items like cereal and jam separately, and they deliver within 36 hours, which isn’t super fast. Still, shipping is fairly cheap and you qualify for free shipping if you spend only $49, so it might be worthwhile ordering from them in addition to another grocery website.
Opentaste is recommended for: Discerning home cooks who buy lots of fresh produce
Which is your favourite online grocery store? Share your recommendations in the comments!