- Easy to use
- Comprehensive database
- Slow barcode scanner
Grocery IQ (Free) is a full-featured grocery app that covers all the bases. It is easy to use and a great alternative to shopping apps that cost money. That’s why it tops our list of the best iPhone grocery list apps.
Easy keyword search
Grocery IQ includes pretty much all the features one would want in a grocery list app. When you first launch the app, you’ll see a brief help guide that provides basic instructions. The interface is very easy to figure out -- just tap the + sign in the top right-hand corner to begin adding items to your shopping list. There are a few ways you can do this, including searching by keyword, manually entering a barcode number, or scanning the barcode.
Searching by keyword is super easy and is how I created most of my shopping lists. Grocery IQ has a huge database (items number in the millions, according to the app description), and I was able to find everything I searched for, including some pretty obscure brand names.
Slow barcode scanner
The barcode scanner isn't the best I’ve used. It took quite awhile to complete the scan, and trying to hold your iPhone still for that length of time is no fun. The items I scanned were recognized and added to my shopping list, but the whole process just took too long. I would far rather search by keyword; it’s much faster.
Items on the shopping list are automatically grouped into sections to make for easier shopping. For example, items like cereal and maple syrup would be grouped under the breakfast aisle, etc. The item detail page includes a large amount of information -- you can specify quantity or price, add a note, or select which type of store it comes from (the ability to create different lists by type of store is incredibly helpful!). Each item has a large check box next to it so you can mark items as you shop.
I also love that you can edit your grocery list online at GroceryIQ.com, which makes the process of creating your list much faster and easier. The Grocery IQ app also includes a coupon section, but you have to print or email the coupons from the app. It would be nice if the coupons had a barcode that could be scanned directly in the grocery store.
The Bottom Line
Grocery IQ is an excellent shopping app that is simple and easy to use. The app has a huge database of items, and it takes no time at all to add items to your grocery list. I also like the ability to create lists for different stores and group items by aisle. The barcode scanner is a little slow, but I prefer to search by keyword anyway. Overall rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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