Amazon Prime Pantry: Everything you need to know

The marvels of the internet have made it possible to do all your shopping from the comfort of your living room. Whether you’re buying a new shirt, the latest tech product, or even your groceries, you can do it all from the computer and wait for the items to show up on your doorstep a mere few days later. That’s right — you never even have to set foot into a grocery store ever again if you don’t want to. Amazon Prime Pantry is one such service that allows users to shop for groceries and household supplies while chilling at home. Here’s everything you need to know about Amazon Prime Pantry.

amazon takes costco sams club prime pantry

What is Prime Pantry?

Essentially, Prime Pantry is an online store that allows Amazon Prime members to buy nonperishable food items and household supplies in everyday package sizes. In other words, you won’t be able to buy the bulk wholesale sizes that you would find at Costco Wholesale or Sam’s Club. Prime Pantry allows Amazon to expand into the grocery and household supply sector, offering these items at cost-effective prices.

Free-trial and paid members of Amazon Prime and Amazon Prime Student can sign up for a Prime Pantry membership.

If you don’t already have an Amazon Prime membership, you can enjoy a 30-day free trial. When the trial period is over, you’ll pay $13 for a month-to-month plan, or $119 for a whole year. Prime Student members pay $6.49 per month, or $59 for a year.

what is prime pantry amazon tries to one up black friday with day 720x720

How does it work?

Users can browse the Prime Pantry selection on the Amazon website, or via the Amazon app, to surf through thousands of food items and household supplies. Prime Pantry also offers weekly deals and coupons, with discounts on popular qualifying products.

Some products in the selection can only be purchased on Prime Pantry. Look for items marked with the blue-and-black “Prime Pantry” label to identify these exclusive items.

what is prime pantry amazon day packages 3

How much does it cost?

All Prime members get a free 30-day trial of Prime Pantry. After the 30-day period, Prime members will pay $5 every month to enjoy free shipping on all orders of $40 or more. Orders that are below $40 will cost $8 to ship. Only Prime Pantry items count toward the $40 minimum for free shipping, as non-Prime Pantry items are shipped separately.

However, Prime members don’t have to be subscribers to Prime Pantry in order to use the service. To avoid paying a monthly fee, users who only want to place an order once in a while can simply pay $8 to ship an order, regardless of the size or cost of the shipment.

For customers who are already subscribed to Amazon Fresh, a Prime Pantry membership is included. All Prime Pantry orders that are $40 or above will ship for free to Amazon Fresh subscribers.

what is prime pantry amazon price increase 720x720

How long does delivery take?

For Prime Pantry shipments, Amazon can’t promise the two-day shipping that is usually guaranteed to Prime members. Due to the size and weight of Prime Pantry boxes, they are shipped via ground shipping, so orders can take between one and four business days to arrive at their destination.

Where does Prime Pantry deliver?

Prime Pantry does not deliver to Alaska or Hawaii. Because Prime Pantry can only be delivered using ground shipping, Amazon can only send Prime Pantry orders to the contiguous United States at this time. P.O. boxes, APO/FPO, dorms, and Amazon Lockers are also excluded.

what is prime pantry couple conned amazon out of 1 2m in tech goods 720x720

Is Prime Pantry worth the money?

It all depends on how you usually do your grocery shopping and what you tend to buy. If you live in a metropolitan area and don’t own a car, grocery shopping can be a weekly headache that you dread, in which case a small fee once a month isn’t a huge price to pay. If you regularly buy a lot of nonperishable food items, Amazon Prime Pantry has many different options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

But because Prime Pantry doesn’t offer produce at this time, you won’t be able to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, raw meat, or dairy products on this site. Do a cost comparison and calculate what you usually spend on the items you purchase most frequently. If you’re saving a little by buying on Amazon, and also saving yourself the hassle of a grocery store visit, Prime Pantry could be worth it.

Home Theater

ESPN Plus scores the exclusive rights to UFC Pay-Per-View events

If MMA is your game, then ESPN Plus is now a very important player. The Disney-owned service locked up the exclusive rights to UFC Pay-Per-View events, a deal that will last through 2025 in the United States.
Movies & TV

No TV? No problem. Here's how to watch the Final Four online

Whether you want to watch the Big Dance on your phone or on your smart TV, we have the lowdown on all the ways to watch March Madness you can handle. Grab your foam finger and some nachos.
Mobile

Free yourself! How to unlock a phone from the icy hands of your wireless carrier

Do you want to know how to unlock a phone through your carrier or a third-party service like DoctorSIM? Regardless of which way you want to go, we've compiled a list of requirements and methods for doing so.
Smart Home

Sign up for Amazon’s Prime Book Box and get an Echo Dot Kids Edition for $1

Do your kids like books? Sign up for Amazon's Prime Book Box for kids through March 26 and you can get an Echo Dot Kids Edition for just $0.99. The Prime Book Box includes two to four books, delivered every one, two, or three months.
Smart Home

The five best teeth-whitening kits you can buy on Amazon

Teeth whitening can have a major impact on a person’s smile and overall appearance. You don't necessarily have to go to the dentist to get your teeth whitened though. Here are the best teeth-whitening kits you can buy.
Smart Home

Is your Keurig making gross coffee? Might be time for a cleaning

No one likes a dirty, scaled, or smelly Keurig, but how are you supposed to clean them? Before you throw yours out the window, here is a quick guide on cleaning your machine out thoroughly.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Write music with your voice, make homemade cheese

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Smart Home

Which is better, the original Echo or the Echo Dot? We compare them

Amazon Echo vs. Dot: Having Alexa answer your questions is nothing short of futuristic, but which device should you get? There are some big differences between the two, especially in size, sound, and cost.
Product Review

Gate’s Smart Lock is locked and loaded but ultimately lacks important basics

In a world of video cameras and doorbells comes the Gate Smart Lock, a lock with a video camera embedded. It’s a great idea, but lacks some crucial functionality to make it a top-notch product.
Smart Home

Viral porch pirate videos freak people out, cause unrealistic concern

Viral porch pirate videos convince others crime is more prevalent than facts indicate. According to polls, even though FBI reports show property crime rates are at historic lows, more people worry about crime today than ever before.
Smart Home

Sony’s Aibo robot dog can now patrol your home for persons of interest

Sony released the all-new Aibo in the U.S. around nine months ago, and since then the robot dog has (hopefully) been melting owners' hearts with its cute looks and clever tricks. Now it has a new one up its sleeve.
Deals

Amazon slashes $77 off the iRobot Roomba 690 multisurface robot vacuum

This special offer comes just in time for you to get a head start on spring cleaning. The Roomba 690 robot vacuum sucks up dust, dirt and pet hair — all while you're away at the office.
Smart Home

Get sweaty with the best smart home fitness gadgets on the market

Are you looking for smart fitness devices that will really help your workouts, no matter where you like to exercise? These smart home gadgets are designed to help you analyze your workouts and keep track of how you are doing.
Smart Home

Our favorite coffee makers make flavorful cups of joe from the comforts of home

Whether you're looking for a simple coffee maker to get you through the morning or a high-end brewer that will impress your taste buds and your friends, you'll find some of the best coffee makers around on this list.