Cheapest supermarket home deliveries: costs at Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Iceland compared


Updated on 05 December 2018

Whether you shop Asda, Iceland, Morrisons, Ocado, Tesco or Waitrose, you can easily cut the cost of online supermarket delivery deals.

Christmas delivery deadlines

Getting the big Christmas shop delivered is an easy way to make the most wonderful time of the year slightly less stressful.

However, with an increasing number of people doing this, you'll need to book a slot earlier or you could risk missing out.

All the supermarkets' Christmas delivery slots are now available for booking. Here are the latest days you can order and get your shopping delivered:

Asda

You'll need to complete your order by 16 December and the last possible delivery day is Sunday 23rd.

Iceland

The last day for orders is the 21 December; final delivery day is Sunday 2rd.

Morrisons

The final day for deliveries is 24 December but grab a slot now. You can then edit your basket 24hrs before delivery, or edit by the 20th for deliveries after that point.

Ocado

Smart Pass holders get priority for the Christmas period, which runs from 20 to 24 December.

Sainsbury's 

The final day for deliveries is 24 December but grab a slot now. You can then edit your basket until 11pm the day before your delivery.

Tesco

Grab a slot early, as they tend to get booked up. You can then get deliveries up to and including 24 December.

Waitrose

You'll need to order your turkey by 15 December. You can then get it delivered, or collect it, between the 20th and 24th. 

Every week loveMONEY lists the best supermarket deals: read about this week's deals.

Asda delivery costs

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Minimum order: £40

Delivery cost: £1-£6.50

Cheapest delivery slots: Monday to Thursday afternoons and evenings

Time slots: two hours

Regular Asda shopper? Grocery Delivery Passes entitle you to free delivery anytime for specified periods. 

The Anytime Delivery Pass is available for 12 months (£5 a month for 12 months or a £55 one-off payment) and six months (£35, though you can do six £6 monthly instalments if you don't mind paying a bit more).

There's also a mid-week 12-month pass which you can use for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday deliveries, which will set you back £24.

If your Delivery Pass doesn't save you more than you would have spent on standard delivery charges, Asda will give you an eVoucher for the difference.

Make sure you save on your next shop with these top tips. And finally, don't forget you can earn up to 2% cashback on every shop with this credit card.

Iceland delivery costs

Minimum order: £25

Cost: £2-£4 or free with spend over £35

Cheapest delivery slots: almost all days are £2

Time slots: two hours

An Iceland Bonus Card will give you access to exclusive offers. Once you've registered your card, you can load money onto it and Iceland will top up every £20 with £1, effectively a boost of up to 5%.

Iceland will also provide free delivery on spends over £20 to Bonus Cardholders – but only when you pay in store.

Morrisons delivery costs

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Minimum order: £40

Cost: £1.50-£5

Cheapest delivery slots: early morning or late evening

Time slots: One hour

Regular Morrisons shopper? A Delivery Pass will entitle you to free delivery anytime for specified periods. 

The anytime pass is available for a month (£8), for six months (£40) or annually (£65).

There's also a mid-week pass which you can use for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday deliveries. Monthly (£5), six-month (£20) and annual (£35) passes are available.

If your Delivery Pass ends up costing more than standard delivery charges, Morrisons say they will give you a refund.

Also get a Morrisons More Card to earn points which you can redeem on Morrisons’ products.

Make sure you save on your next Morrison shop with these top tips.

Ocado delivery costs

Minimum order: £40

Cost: £2.99-£6.99 or free with spend over £75 on Wednesday

Cheapest delivery slots: early morning or late evening

Time slots: One hour

Regular Ocado Shopper? Buy a Smart Pass, which entitles you to free delivery anytime for specified periods and reduces the cost of delivery and lets you save at least 10% on big brand items.

The anytime pass is available for a month (£10.99), six months (£49.99) or annually (£109.99).

There's also a mid-week pass which you can use for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday deliveries. Monthly (£6.99), six-month (£34.99) and annual (£59.99) passes are available.

Delivery charges apply as normal during Christmas week, although Smart Pass holders get priority.

Before you sign up, remember to check whether Ocado actually delivers to your area.

Sainsbury’s delivery costs

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Minimum order: £25

Cost: £1-£7 or free delivery with spend over £100, Monday-Thursday after 2pm

Cheapest delivery slots: Tuesdays and Wednesday afternoon and evenings

Time slots: One hour

Regular Sainsbury’s shopper? You've got a choice between two delivery passes, but you’ll need to spend at least £40 per shop.

The Midweek Delivery Pass covers deliveries on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and is available for three months (£10), six months (£18) and 12 months (£30).

The Anytime Delivery Pass covers deliveries any day of the week, and costs £20 for three months, £35 for six months and £60 for 12 months.

Get a Nectar card to earn points which can be redeemed at Sainsbury’s, as well as 500 other brands.

Heading off to Sainsbury's? Save with our top shopping tips, and don't forget you can rack up Nectar points whenever you shop with this credit card.

Tesco delivery costs

Minimum order: £25

Delivery cost: £1-£7 + £4 if your spend is below £40

Cheapest slots: late weekday evening

Time slots: One hour (but can save money by opting for a four-hour window)

Regular Tesco shopper? Try the Delivery Saver scheme, where you pay £7.99 for one month or £6.99 a month for six months. 

Midweek plans that get you free delivery Tuesday to Thursday at £3.99 for one month or £3.49 for six months. If you're unsure, you can get a month's trial free. 

There's a limit of one delivery per day with a minimum order of £40. 

Don’t forget Tesco’s Clubcard scheme, where you earn points that can be turned into vouchers for shopping or days out.

Save on your next Tesco shop with our top frugal tips. Also, don't forget you can boost your credit score and earn Clubcard points when you shop with this credit card.

Waitrose delivery costs

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Minimum order: £60

Cost: free

Cheapest slots: delivery is always free

Time slots: One hour

Regular Waitrose shopper? Join MyWaitrose for free; it provides a number of offers. Unfortunately, almost all are only available in store.

Make sure you save on your next Waitrose shop with our top frugal tips. Want more? You can bag a £10 voucher and earn points every time you shop at Waitrose with this credit card.

Top tips for saving on all online grocery shopping

1. Sign up for emails with all of the supermarket websites, even if you don't intend to shop with them straight away.

Like all retailers, supermarkets often send out discount codes (such as 15% off your shopping) to entice us to shop with them which will usually more than cover the delivery charge.

2. Switch around. Never use the same delivery service twice in a row.

Supermarkets tend to ignore loyal customers and send their best deals to those who haven't used their service for a while – make them stew and watch the offers roll in!

3. Complain, complain, complain. If there is anything at all wrong with your shopping (late delivery, damaged fruit or vegetables, items too close to their sell-by date, dented tins) don't just accept it, phone up and tell them.

Most customer service managers are keen that you enjoy the service and will often replace or simply refund your money, straight away.

What's more, depending on the problem many will issue credit notes too, giving money off your next delivery (which will cover that delivery fee!).

4. Check prices. Depending on what you buy you could still end up spending more with Ocado, for example, than Asda, even if your delivery costs nothing.

To get around this problem, try shopping through MySupermarket to compare how much your trolley would cost with a number of supermarkets.

5. Don't forget Click & Collect

A number of supermarkets offer Click & Collect services, where you order in advance and simply have to pick up the shopping, which is already bagged up and ready for you. 

Every week loveMONEY lists the best supermarket deals: read about this week's deals.

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