Thrive Market Vs. Azure Standard

In current times, with the lack of options in-store and the pandemic making it difficult for people to shop for their groceries, it is great that we have so many online shopping stores. But which one do you pick? All have their own pros and cons but what is best for you?

This article will focus on a side-by-side comparison of Azure Standard and Thrive Market. We will discuss the pros and cons of each to allow you to make the best decision for your household.

Keep reading to find the pros and cons of each online store, and which one is the choice for you.

Side-by-Side Comparison

Thrive Market Azure Standard
  • Mostly non-perishable foods
  • Monthly fee/Membership
  • Accepts returns and refunds
  • Can sort products by preferences (non-GMO, vegan, keto, cruelty-free, etc)
  • Have non-food products as well
  • Free shipping on orders above $48
  • Gives back money to the community
  • Low impact/zero waste
  • 30-day free trial
  • Can choose delivery dates
  • Orders ship fast
  • Many sales throughout the year
  • Veterans, low-income families, students, and teachers get free memberships
  • Goes to a nearby drop-off location
  • No monthly fee
  • Deliveries are based on demand
  • Produce and non-perishable products
  • Organic and non-GMO
  • Accepts returns and refunds
  • Good for animal feed
  • Set delivery times
  • If there is no drop-off location near you, can deliver to your home or start one.
  • Have frequent sales
  • Works better if you have a large group and are close to them

Thrive Market Pros and Cons

Thrive Market promotes many companies that fit their strict standards. They offer a lot of options, and you can also search by your preferences. This doesn’t include only diet preferences, but things like cruelty-free products as well, so you can make better decisions and ethical choices for the products you buy.

There is a $60 membership, which can be off-putting for some. Many customers still say it is worth the price for the savings you get, but if you are only ordering a little a year, it may not make up for the membership. Also, they do not currently sell fresh produce, which means Thrive Market can’t be the only store to shop at.

For the full story, see our article “Is Thrive Market Worth It?

Pros:Cons:
  • Easy to navigate and search by your preferences
  • Lots of companies and options
  • Membership fee
  • Don’t have produce

Azure Standard Pros and Cons

Azure Standard is a great option if you want all of your daily household needs from one store. They offer produce, beauty products, cleaning products, canned goods, and more. Each item put in their store is personally tested by the CEO before it is determined to be suitable for their customers. They focus on organic and non-GMO products.

This is a great option if you have a close group of people that will all order around the same time. If there isn’t a drop-off point near your home, you can make one. Items can be shipped out every week, two weeks, or month. However, each shipment must equal $550 to be shipped out. This means you need enough people to always meet this goal. Whoever sets up the drop-off will keep in contact with Azure Standard and let everyone else know when the food will be delivered.

Unless you have a friend that will grab your food for you, you must be at the drop-off at the right time or risk your food going bad. Many complaints about this company tend to focus on the fact that delivery times can change without warning, leaving people to scramble while they are at work to find someone who can grab their food.

Pros:Cons:
  • Items may be able to be shipped via UPS if there is no dropoff near you
  • Organic and non-GMO
  • May have to drive a while to pick up an order
  • Have to plan out food for a month if you are in a place where not everyone orders weekly or bi-weekly

Which One is Best For You?

What works for one person may not work for another. Both companies have their pros and cons.

If you only want to order a little bit of food at a time or want to be able to make purchases whenever you notice you are low, Thrive Market might be the option for you. However, they don’t offer produce and therefore are unable to be a one-stop shop. If you want a place to buy bulk animal foods, produce, canned goods, and more, Azure Standard is a great option. However, if you have a full-time job and don’t often communicate with others ordering, it may be hard to get your food on time.