Walmart Plus vs Amazon Prime: A Head-to-Head Comparison
Walmart Plus is at long last rolling out, and it will rival Amazon Prime!
Debuting on September 15, Walmart+ will compete head to head with Amazon on groceries and other products. YAY! But, we wondered… “Which delivery service gets you more? Which is the better choice?”
Our deal team manager, Stacy, dives deep and tells you all you need to know. Here’s how the two heavy-hitting, members-only subscription services stack up.
Be sure to leave a comment below to let us know what YOU think about Walmart Plus!
BOTH Offer Exclusive Membership Perks
Because demand for online shopping for groceries and household needs has become even more popular during the pandemic, Walmart’s launch of Walmart+ (Walmart Plus), makes them ready to take on Amazon Prime just in time for the Holiday shopping season. Hopefully, that translates to only good news for shoppers! But which one is right for you?
First and foremost, this one is HUGE to me, and the main reason I have Amazon Prime! To get your stuff in 1-2 days shipping at Amazon is FREE on most items with no minimum. Walmart Plus offers no additional discount, so you still have to make the minimum order of $35 to get that free 1-2 day shipping. Not as vital but still something to consider is the number of products available. 10 million at Amazon vs 160,000 at Walmart.
Another big difference between Amazon Prime and Walmart Plus is streaming. With your Amazon Prime subscription, you score FREE Prime Video with all of the fantastic programming there. You also get Amazon Music Prime, Prime Gaming with FREE games, loot and Twitch channels, and Prime Reading which lets you borrow digital books and magazines. Plus, Amazon First Reads gives you a FREE new Kindle book download each month. Prime Wardrobe also lets you try on some clothes on the site before you buy them.
Prime members in select markets get as fast as 2-hour grocery delivery from Whole Foods Market or Amazon Fresh. If you have an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card, you also get 5% cash back on Whole Foods purchases. There is no grocery delivery minimum for delivery, unless you want free two-hour delivery. Then, your order must be$35, or you’ll have to pay a $4.99 delivery fee.
Amazon Prime Pantry also gets you groceries for less! Orders over $35 ship FREE for Prime members.
Read more: Amazon Prime Member Benefits
Why Walmart Plus? The main difference is brick and mortar: Walmart Plus members get FREE unlimited delivery from 2,700 physical Walmart stores. Walmart Plus offers some in-store benefits, too: subscribers will get access to Scan & Go, a feature in the Walmart app that let’s you scan items as you shop and then check out using Walmart Pay, so you won’t have to stand in a checkout line or have contact with a cashier. Plus, with Walmart being the largest grocer in the US, prices are typically way cheaper than Whole Foods. And unlike other services like Instacart, there is NO upcharge on items. You pay in store prices.
Members will also save up to 5¢/gallon on fuel at 2,000 Walmart fuel stations, Murphy USA and Murphy Express stations nationwide. Sam’s Club fuel stations will be added to that list of fuel stations soon, too.
While Prime offers far more in terms of streaming and product range, Walmart still has the edge when it comes to groceries in terms of both price and selection.
Walmart hinted that more membership perks are on the way. We would not be surprised to see some media streaming or shipping benefits added before the holidays!
Here’s a head-to-head look at how Amazon Prime and Walmart Plus compare:
|Amazon Prime||Walmart Plus|
|Monthly cost||$12.99 (also discounts for students |
or government assistance)
|Free trial||30 days||15 days|
|Same-day delivery minimum||$35||$35|
|1-2 Day Delivery Minimum||$0 on most items||$35|
|Products eligible for same-day delivery||3 million + Free release |
date delivery on many pre-orders.
|Grocery delivery||Yes, plus options like Amazon Family and Prime Pantry||Yes|
|Stream Video, Music. Read |
Books, Magazines. Free Cloud Photo Storage.
|Fuel discount||No||Yes 5¢ a gallon|
|Try clothes for free/personal shopper||Yes||No|
|Amazon Prime Day and exclusive discounts||Yes||No|
Price & Free Trial
Amazon Prime: An Amazon Prime membership costs $119 a year, or $12.99 a month. Let’s be honest: the main attraction is that it includes FREE shipping with NO minimum purchase. Amazon’s Prime’s 150 million paid subscribers and 15 years of experience attest to its success. You can get a 30-day Amazon Prime free trial if you have never had one before. College student or receive government assistance? You score a discounted Prime membership.
Walmart Plus: Your Walmart Plus membership will cost $98 a year, or you can pay monthly for $12.95. There will also be a 15-day free trial. Walmart has not offered any discounts for students or others.
Same Day Delivery and Shipping of Groceries and More
Amazon Prime: Get your orders with one to two day shipping in the US, on a staggering 10 million items. Get free same-day delivery on an additional 3 million items in certain market areas, with just a $35 purchase. Amazon Prime account holders can also get Prime Pantry deals, with free shipping on orders of $35 or more.
Walmart Plus: Unlimited same-day delivery for 160,000 grocery items, tech products, and household essentials — just about anything in-store can be at your door the same day or the next day, with no additional fees, but with a $35 purchase minimum (which happens to be the same for Amazon Whole Foods and Amazon Fresh deliveries). This service was previously known as Delivery Unlimited. Current subscribers will automatically become Walmart+ members. Walmart will continue to have delivery options like free store pick-up, or options with a per-delivery transaction fee so customers can choose the service that’s best for them. NextDay delivery and two-day delivery will continue to be available online.
Amazon Prime: Members can select 1-2 weekly Amazon delivery days, so you can make planning even easier and save on packages/boxes arriving at your door unplanned.
Walmart Plus: Curbside pick-up time slots will continue to be offered to everyone, regardless of Walmart+ membership.
Amazon Prime: Members get a host of customer loyalty perks and access to music, films, original television shows, Twitch benefits, and channels like HBO, Showtime, and Starz. You get FREE Prime Video with all of the fantastic programming there. You also get Amazon Music Prime, Prime Gaming with FREE games, loot and Twitch channels, and Prime Reading which lets you borrow digital books and magazines. Plus, Amazon First Reads gives you a FREE new Kindle book download each month. Prime Wardrobe also lets you try on some clothes on the site before you buy them.
Walmart Plus: The subscription service could include entertainment options in the future. Because of this, Amazon is the clear winner here.
Photo and Video Cloud Storage
Amazon Prime: Amazon’s contactless Amazon Go convenience stores are open to the public. The Amazon Go app lets customers shop and pay for breakfast, lunch, snacks and even groceries at Amazon Go neighborhood stores.
Walmart Plus: Members can unlock Scan & Go in the Walmart app to scan items as they shop, and then pay using Walmart Pay: a quick, easy, and touch-free payment experience.
Amazon Prime: None at this time. However, Prime members who are also Prime Visa Signature Card holders get 2% back at gas stations.
Walmart Plus: Walmart Plus members save up to five cents a gallon on fuel at nearly 2,000 Walmart, Murphy USA, and Murphy Express gas stations, and Sam’s Club fuel stations will soon be added.
Walmart Plus: Nothing at this time.
Bottom Line: Which one is the right choice for YOU?
Both memberships have some things in common, but the differences can affect your choice. Amazon Prime wins on their NO minimum shipping, the sheer variety of products available, the extra streaming and whole variety of other benefits. But Walmart Plus may be the better choice for convenient and affordable grocery delivery, with the added bonus of more convenient in-store shopping, too.
Shopping once a week and using Walmart Plus works out to only $1.89/week at the $98 annual rate – and that is cheaper than Amazon by $21. That is a pittance to get your groceries delivered! This will certainly save you time, sanity, and can help to socially distant shop. Walmart is likely available in more markets than Amazon is for fresh, same day delivery! With both online and in-store benefits and Scan & Go access, Walmart Plus is a solid choice for anyone who prefers contact free shopping at nearly 5000 physical stores nationwide.
BUT, until Walmart Plus includes some shipping discount (like waive the $35 minimum on shipping) to match that of the NO minimum Amazon Prime, Amazon Prime wins for me. AND until it offers video streaming on its growing list of benefits, then Amazon Prime is best for anyone looking for a cheaper option to cable or dish – again, a win for me.
And, it’s also worth noting that you can still take advantage of many of the Walmart Plus and Amazon delivery services without subscribing. Walmart customers who aren’t Plus members get free same day (some markets), next day or two-day deliveries for millions of items on orders of $35 or more. And Amazon customers who aren’t Prime members can get free standard shipping on orders of $25 or more, plus can also participate in programs like Amazon Subscribe & Save.
In the long run, both Walmart Plus and Amazon Prime offer enough membership perks that you do save money and time, and I can see myself having, and using, BOTH. If you prefer to shop online for essentials and groceries like I do, you’ll love and appreciate the unlimited free same day delivery options both of these subscription services provide.
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