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The Best Grocery List Apps

by Elizabeth Harper on June 07, 2018

Sure, you can keep your grocery list on paper, but that hardly prevents you from forgetting to pick up the milk on the way home. In a busy family, it’s hard enough to keep track of whose turn it is to go to the store today, let alone whether you need milk.

So how do you keep the entire family on top of what’s needed, so no one ever has to make a second trip to grab the most important item? That’s where high-tech solutions come in.

A good grocery app can solve all your shopping problems, letting you share a single grocery list with everyone in the family plus save money with coupons, organize your list to help you speed through the store and lots more. Best of all, grocery apps are a convenience that doesn't cost much. Many are free or have a small fee for premium features.

If you’re ready to streamline your grocery shopping routine, here are our favorite apps.

Best for Families: OurGroceries

Best for Families: OurGroceries

Easy to use and free, OurGroceries is our top choice for keeping up with a complicated grocery list. You can create one or more grocery lists by manually entering items or scanning the product barcode (premium Android version). If you prefer using voice controls to quickly add items to your list, use Amazon Alexa or Google Home; Siri users are unfortunately out of luck. OurGroceries remembers items you’ve entered in the past, so once you’ve created your first list, you can build future lists even more quickly.

To keep everyone on top of what you currently need from the store, share lists with anyone else using the app, even if you use an iPhone and your spouse uses an Android. And if your smartphone is out of reach, you can check your lists from the OurGroceries website, too.

An in-app payment of $5 per app gives you access to the premium version of OurGroceries. This removes ads and adds a few handy features, including the ability to add photos to items so you can be sure to get exactly what you want. Android premium version users can scan barcodes and check grocery lists via Android Wear smartwatches. The app is a little less compelling for iPhone users, but it’s still a solid list-making option, and it’s great for households with both iPhone and Android devices.

Price: Free for Android or iOS devices; $5 for premium ad-free version

Best for Never Forgetting Anything: List Ease

Best for Never Forgetting Anything: List Ease

Even with a grocery list, it’s all too easy to forget to pick up that one thing you need most, whether you walked right past an item you needed or just didn’t realize you were out of milk. That’s where List Ease comes in. The app has all of the features you need to make a grocery list, but it really shines in helping you keep track of what’s in your pantry and reminding you when you need to pick something up.

The list-building features are what you would expect from a grocery list app. Build grocery lists quickly by typing to search for items, scanning barcodes or copying items from your last shopping trip.

List Ease tracks items in your pantry to help you build a pantry list just like you would a grocery list, so you can keep track of what you have at home. Your pantry list can include quantities of items, and you can note when you should buy more (for example, when you’re down to a half gallon of milk). Though keeping your pantry list up to date takes a little time, it means never getting home only to realize you’ve run out of an essential. All of your lists sync for the entire family, so no one else can forget an item, either. You’ll get notifications if someone else does the shopping, so you’ll never accidentally over-buy, either.

Price: Free for Android or iOS devices; $1.99 for Pro version without ads

Best for Saving on Groceries and More: Shopkick

Best for Saving on Groceries and More: Shopkick

Savings-savvy shoppers will already be familiar with Shopkick, but this rewards app recently added groceries to its lineup of deals. The app’s grocery list features are basic but do everything you need. Type to search for the items you want, and Shopkick automatically arranges them by department for easy shopping. Featured recipes offer suggestions on what to make for dinner, and the ingredients can be added to your list with a single click.

The focus of this app, however, is earning cash back for trips to the grocery store (and plenty of other stores on top of that). Earn reward points, called kicks, by walking into the store, scanning product barcodes, buying items, scanning your receipt and more. These kicks can be redeemed for gift cards at stores like Sephora and Starbucks, or donate them to charities like the American Red Cross and Feed America. As you build your grocery list, Shopkick lets you know if there are any deals on offer for what you need. You can browse through deals directly as well.

This grocery app’s biggest advantage is the fact that it goes beyond groceries, letting you rack up rewards for all kinds of shopping. If you’re looking to earn rewards for groceries and more, Shopkick is the way to go.

Price: Free for Android or iOS devices

Best for Siri Users: Reminders

Best for Siri Users: Reminders

While there are plenty of great grocery list apps out there, the downside for Apple users is that none of them are Siri-friendly. And that’s a shame because voice controls offer the quickest and easiest way to add items to your grocery list, meaning you’re less likely to forget about them.

If Siri is a must, your best bet is to use Apple’s built-in Reminders app. This general-purpose app isn’t designed specifically to keep track of groceries, but it has all of the list-building features you need to build a simple shopping list.

Reminders should already be on your iPhone, so using it for groceries is simply about setting it up. To build a Siri-friendly grocery list, make a new list in Reminders. Open the app and click + in the upper right corner. Name your list “Shopping,” and then all you have to do to add items to your list is fire up Siri and say “Add milk to shopping reminder.”

Lists can be shared with other Apple users, too. Click Edit on your newly created list, then Sharing, then Add Person. Now the whole family can see and update the list, so no one will forget anything at the store.

Price: Free for iOS devices

[Image credit: man grocery shopping with phone via BigStockPhoto]


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Wunderlist works great!

From Chris Finkle on June 07, 2018 :: 4:37 pm

I’ve tried several grocery list apps and Wunderlist works great. No extra purchases, works on iOS, Android, Web, and Chrome extension. You can print your list. It remembers removed items. Plus you can do other list-based work in the app. If you need cross-platform and printing capabilities Wunderlist can’t be beat.


Another suggestion

From Shawna on June 08, 2018 :: 9:02 am

I use GotMilk and it is amazing! Same features as these apps but not as cluttered looking.



From Jeanne Thelwell on June 19, 2018 :: 11:48 am

I like OutofMilk. Not as busy as the ones you show.



From Leslie Liszak on June 27, 2018 :: 7:03 pm

AnyList, can be shared between family members, also can use Alexa to add to or modify list. Don’t know if there is an Android version.


You should try out PikyPak

From Igor on August 19, 2018 :: 6:30 am

You should try out PikyPak

It’s a great tool helping to stay more organized by keeping track of all your essentials at home. You can track your groceries, drugs, self-care essentials, pets food, cleaning essentials and many other things. The app also can notify you when something is finishing or expiring, so that you can plan ahead. Moreover, it makes you not forget to update your stuff in the app every time you take/add something from/to your pantry



From guest on August 19, 2018 :: 6:52 am

- OurGroceries bar code scan returns wrong result
- Grocery IQ bar code scan finds nothing
- ListEase crashes on Android 7.0
- Shopkick does not appear in the Play Store
- Wunderlist has no bar code scan option
- Out of Milk bar code scan returns wrong result
- AnyList does not appear in the Play Store


Problems with list ease login

From Amy Stice on November 29, 2018 :: 10:13 pm

So I am concerned about the legitimacy of List Ease. I have been using the app for several days and love it. My husband downloads it as well. I then signed up with a password. He went to sign up on his phone using my email and password . For some reason the password didn’t work. I thought maybe I mistyped something. I clicked on “forgot my password”. They sent me an email to reset the PW. I clicked on it and it took me to safari but the page wouldn’t open. It said there had been too many redirects. Happened on our computer as well. I cannot find any way online to contact them. An email or phone number. Any help or advice from anyone would be appreciated!


I think this a good

From Alex lee on December 11, 2018 :: 6:54 am

I think this a good post especially because food waste is such a HUGE problem! Good Job

Groliste is an another app to prvent food waste and help to maintain your pantry items smartly.


The best shopping list app

From Listonic App on January 22, 2019 :: 8:21 am

I was wondering why you haven’t included Listonic app
Number 1 app for “shopping list” in Google Play


My favorite disappeared fromfrominmin just the last 2-3 weeks!

From Beth Price Almeida on February 08, 2019 :: 3:38 am

List Okay worked really great for my household. I could enter an item, the amount I needed, AND the Price. You set up the tax rate for your area and it would give price per item and a grand total after you entered the last item.
I wanted to put it on my tablet (already have it on my cell), but just looked and it isn’t there. The only contact they list is an email address. Has anyone else heard of this app?


CORRECTION! My favorite APP disappeared *from play store*

From Beth Price Almeida on February 08, 2019 :: 3:45 am

Sorry about the awful keyboard messes with me sometimes.


Regarding Apps Disappearing From Google PlayStore

From James Carron on August 04, 2019 :: 11:46 am

@ Beth- Google now automatically removes an app from showing in your list if either Google Play or the developer’s mark the O.S. version or hardware as incompatible with their product. Ex: I have a 4yr old tablet w/ android 6.1 with an app on it; that when I tried to install it on my newer Samsung Galaxy Tab A6 (w/Android v5.0) it wouldn’t show up in the store. If you can’t update the O.S. via your devices manufacturer the only other option is RISKY: ROOTing/Jailbreaking & using something like Cyanomod to Flash a different bootrom (voiding your warranty) & installing a new one.


I am adding Price Monitor

From Tika on February 16, 2019 :: 3:49 pm

I am adding Price Monitor & Shopping List ( to this review - it’s much more easy to add items to your shopping list by scanning barcodes


Best Grocery List and Meal Planing App

From John on February 21, 2019 :: 7:05 am

I haven’t tried these apps yet, but this is great advice. I just started using Groliste grocery app as a meal planning and pantry items management service, and I really like it a lot!


Our Groceries

From Cathy Silva on June 13, 2019 :: 1:23 pm

My husband and I have been using Our Groceries for years. I love the way it syncs the phones. You can email/text the list if you don’t have your phone. You can also show ingredients for recipes so you have it when you are shopping.


Thanks for sharing this useful

From Arputha on July 20, 2019 :: 5:05 am

Thanks for sharing this useful information. Everyone likes to save money and i’m also. The best site for saving our money is coupon site. I’m always using this site for online shopping. They offer fresh and hot deals, discounts, etc. Last month I bought some grocery items and I got 30% cashback. You may also try it and save your money.


Swaadish app

From Cookie_Girl on August 09, 2019 :: 5:51 pm

I love Swaadish app, it makes our grocery planning and cooking easy. It’s a free app. We can search for groceries, learn more about the groceries. It gives recipe suggestions which is a cool feature I like most.


Zenkit list app

From Lou on February 05, 2020 :: 9:36 am

I think Zenkit would be a great grocery list app. It’s free to use for up to three members, so perfect for a small house-share or couple wanting to share grocery lists. Here are more details if you wanted to check it out: . (Disclaimer: I work for Zenkit)


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