Boxed.com Review

The products you love in bulk, delivered to your door.” That is the slogan of the online retail establishment Boxed. In this review, we are going to put that claim to the test and see whether it is too good to be true! Can you really save money by buying your products on Boxed as opposed to the several other online marketers out there?

Get $15 off your first $60+ Boxed order. (I might get a $15 credit too.) Thank you in advance!

What Is Boxed

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My family calls it “Boxed,” although it might also be known as Boxed.com, or Boxed Wholesale. Note: When looking for the mobile app, it will likely be listed as Boxed Wholesale.

Boxed is an online retail website, similar to Amazon Pantry, that sells you a variety of items that are primarily focused on groceries and other non-food items you would buy at your local grocery store or wholesale club (Sam's Club or Costco) except at lower prices. The great thing is, unlike its competitors, no annual membership fee is required for Boxed!

But, Boxed does have a premium “Boxed Up” plan that mimics Amazon Prime with free shipping and 2% rewards.


We also use Rakuten to get 1%+ cash back on every Boxed order.

Plus, you get a $10 cash bonus the first time you shop online with Rakuten.


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Two boxes from a recent order.

What Does Boxed Sell

You can purchase items in 10 different categories:

  1. Groceries
  2. Beverages
  3. Coffee and Tea
  4. Cleaning Supplies
  5. Home & Office
  6. Bath & Body
  7. Health
  8. Babies & Kids
  9. Pets
  10. Lifestyle
  11. Boxed Gift Cards [Christmas is always right around the corner] 😉

After meeting the minimum order threshold ($30 for me but it varies from state to state) you can head to the checkout.  Note: You must spend at least $49 to get free shipping.

Boxed ships all their boxes using UPS. Our orders usually arrive within two or three business days.

We always wait until we can spend at least $49 to avoid the $5.99 to $9.99 for a non-qualifying order. It's a hassle sometimes, but it's a smart money move for us.

Free Samples

With each order, you can get two free samples. The sample options change as you can test new products or try some items you didn't know Boxed offered. Sometimes you can get coffee, paper towels, and trash bags. Other times, you may be struggling to find two samples you want. (Maybe you can give those to a friend.)

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The free sample options from a recent Boxed order.

 


My family still uses Boxed, however, we also use Jet.  See my Boxed vs. Jet comparison to decide which is the better option for you.

Get $15 off your first $60+ Boxed order. (I might get a $15 credit too.) Thank you in advance!


Our Experience With Boxed

We like to buy in bulk whenever possible.  Don't worry though, Boxed isn't like Costco where your only option might be buying a 5-year supply of the product you want.

Sam's & Costco are an hour away from us, so the potential savings aren't worth the commute for us. And we're those “weird people” who don't like shopping at Amazon. So we appreciate Boxed's prices and product variety.

So far we have had a pleasant experience with Boxed.  They have a limited inventory, so we don't buy everything from them.  In any given month, we buy our groceries from several different places whether it's our town grocery store or dry goods from Vitacost.

For a time, a decent portion of our internet shopping was through Amazon's Subscribe & Save program.  We rarely use this program anymore because our subscription items kept getting delisted or were out of stock.  So we have found alternative places to order our goods.

Boxed has also discontinued some products our family used to purchase but they still have plenty of other products that we do use on a regular basis.

Boxed Customer Service

We have been impressed with Boxed's customer service. My wife recently purchased a refill kit for the Swiffer Wet Mops (one reason I use that product in the competitor comparison sections below) and one of the three plastic containers were improperly sealed and leaked.
We sent an email to Boxed over the weekend (the package arrived on a Friday afternoon), and they responded on Monday, saying they would send a replacement box. On Tuesday afternoon, the replacement had arrived via UPS. Needless to say, we were pleasantly surprised at the quick response time and that further solidified our positive impression of Boxed. For disclosure, I have never needed to complain to Amazon, so I cannot make a comparison here.
We have always had fast shipping experiences with Boxed as they use UPS and I think this is one area that sets them apart from other online establishments in our “just in time” society.

Here is a screenshot of the Boxed homepage:

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The Boxed website is designed like other retail websites. If you are used to using Amazon, you'll find it easy to navigate. For the purpose of the above homepage screenshot, I scrolled “below the fold” to show what their advertisements look like. Both Boxed and Amazon have a slideshow with various promotional images.


What If Boxed Doesn't Have Items I Want?

One drawback to Boxed is that they don't have as large of a selection as other places.  However, their inventory is growing.  You can help them offer a wider selection by suggesting products.

If you don't see a product you want in any of these categories, you can recommend a product by clicking the link within the website search results (pictured below) or at the bottom of the website in the footer section.

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Oh, they currently don't have this type of peanut butter…

Boxed vs. Amazon

Let's look at a couple of items that are carried by both Amazon & Boxed to see how the prices compare.

Boxed Wholesale ReviewExample 1

Rolls of Scott 1000 Toilet Paper (36 count)

Boxed Price: $23.99

Amazon Price: $43.20

Winner: Boxed (Although they only have 3 choices of toilet paper)

 

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Swiffer Sweeper Wet Mop Refills (60 count)

Boxed Price: $18.79

Amazon Price: $27.38

Winner: Boxed

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Pampers Size 1 Disposable Diapers

Boxed Price: $39.99 for 168 diapers (23.8 cents each)

Amazon Price: $34.21 for 148 diapers (23.1 cents each)

Winner: Amazon (Potentially save another 20% with subscription with Amazon Family)

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Quaker Instant Oatmeal Flavor Variety (52 count)

Boxed Price: $9.99

Amazon Price: $16.99

Winner: Boxed

 

From the four examples above, Boxed won three out of four times.

So if you are not very particular about having a certain brand or product size, you can save money with Boxed on most items. However, Amazon has a lot more variety and if you only want a smaller quantity (like a small box of cereal) instead of a six-pack, Amazon can also be cheaper.


Boxed vs. Jet

Some have also been curious about how Boxed compares to Jet, another internet distributor recently acquired by Wal-Mart.  As they have slightly different product offerings, here is another set of head-to-head price matchups.

Example 1 

Charmin Ultra Soft Toilet Paper (36 Count)

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Boxed Price: $19.99 (55 cents each roll)

Jet Price: $18.67 (52 cents each roll)

Winner: JET

Example 2

Tide HE Liquid Laundry Detergent (150 oz.)

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Boxed Price: $20.19 (13.4 cents per oz.)

Jet Price: $19.99 (13.3 cents per oz.)

Winner: JET

 

Example 3

60 Swiffer Sweeper Wet Mop Refills (60 count)

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Boxed Price: $18.79

Jet Price: $16.74

Winner: JET

Example 4

Pampers Size 1 Disposable Diapers (168 count)

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Boxed Price: $39.99

Jet Price: $37.94

Winner: JET

 

**Read my full comparison for Jet vs. Boxed here**

Overall, Jet won this battle against Boxed as they are slightly cheaper for each product & most products in general.  You can save money buying Boxed's private label product. My wife and I enjoy the quality of their Prince and Spring private label.

Get $15 off your first $60+ Boxed order. I might get a $15 credit too. Thank you in advance!

Other Perks Delivered by Boxed

Group Orders

Your friends, roommates, etc., can now make a group order with you. Previously, you needed to create an account to browse and make orders.  

Now, you can send friends and co-workers you trust a special link to make a group order. Pooling your purchase power can make it easier to split the bill and maybe even meet an order minimum for free shipping.

Boxed Up

Until 2018, you used to earn rewards points (for free) that you could redeem for future Boxed purchases. Now, you have to pay $49 for Boxed Up to earn rewards points (2% back) and enjoy free shipping on all orders.

If you really like Boxed, this can be a wise purchase. We don't use Boxed enough to justify this premium plan. Boxed Up costs $49 per year after a 30-day free trial.

Free Samples

Two free samples of your choice are included with every Boxed order.

In the past, we have gotten samples of coconut oil, potato chips, paper towels, etc. The selection is always changing, so it's fun to see what they are offering.

Boxed Express

If you live in certain parts of New York City, New Jersey, Boston, or Atlanta, Boxed will deliver certain items right to your doorstep or business at a time of your choosing. Qualifying items are for fresh and frozen grocery items.

Any non-express item ordered will still be mailed using UPS.

Boxed Express is expanding, so they might come to your town next!

Weekly Deals

Boxed is constantly running specials. This means you can buy some products for even less and get additional cash back for answering the periodic customer service survey.

You will get emails for the weekly (and sometimes daily) specials. Look for the promo code to enter at checkout.

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One Way to Always Save Money at Boxed

Without fail, my wife and I always save money at Boxed with this shopping hack. It's free and minimal effort is required.

So, what should you do? Simply open our Boxed session by using a cashback portal like Rakuten.

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The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly About Boxed

It's that point in the review when we briefly recap the various pros and cons of Boxed.

The Good

  • No annual membership fee
  • Can buy bulk name-brand items with the click of a button
  • 2-day shipping on every order
  • Certain products cheaper than other online stores
  • Rewards program (It's no 5% Amazon Subscribe & Save discount, but if the products you are purchasing are already cheaper, it's an additional 1% discount.)
  • Quick & Responsive Customer Service when we've used them.
  • Great buying option for businesses
  • Can pay $49 a year for BoxedUp to get free shipping and 2% cash rewards for future purchases

The Bad

  • $49 for free shipping (or free shipping on all orders if you join Boxed Up)
  • No delivery to P.O. Boxes
  • Must create an account to browse (a hassle if you're unsure about Boxed)

Overall, I think Boxed is at least worth looking into to see if they have products you normally use. If you live in a semi-rural area like us, it's another money-saving option that doesn't require a drive to the “big city” to visit Costco or have to pay an annual membership fee.

Get $15 off your first $60+ Boxed order. I might get a $15 credit too. Thank you in advance!

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Where's your favorite place to shop online? Leave a comment and let us know!

Boxed review


Boxed.com

9

Prices

9.0/10

Product Selection

8.5/10

Website Ease of Use

8.5/10

Shipping

10.0/10

Pros

  • 2-Day Shipping On Every Order
  • No Membership Fee
  • Free Samples
  • Cheaper than Costco and Amazon

Cons

  • Free shipping starts at $49
  • Not every brand is carried
  • Must create account to browse catalog

Josh founded Money Buffalo in 2015 to help people get out of debt and make smart financial decisions. He is currently a full-time personal finance writer with work featured in Forbes Advisor, Fox Business, and Credible.