Trying to find the perfect flower arrangement (especially for a holiday like Mother's Day) isn't as simple as just choosing between roses or hydrangeas. With a slew of online flower delivery services out there, it's important to make sure you find one that is not only reliable, but also offers up options that are affordable and up to your standards.
That's why the experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute regularly put the most popular flower delivery services to the test to find the best options for every style and budget. To make sure whoever receives your bouquet will be 100% satisfied, we put each bouquet through rigorous in-Lab and at-home consumer testing, judging them on a list of criteria that included delivery time, initial appearance and longevity.
Here, you'll find our top picks for the best flower delivery services that send all kinds of blooms and greenery across the country, from classic roses by the dozen to live succulent plants. And for all of you last-minute shoppers out there, we've also included a few top-notch services that offer same-day delivery. Once you've found a service that suits your needs, you can get to browsing and customizing your arrangement.
Our Lab analysts have overseen testing of more than 20 flower delivery services over the past decade. In our most recent round of tests, conducted in 2022, we evaluated 11 different flower and plant delivery services, gathering data on 33 flower arrangements in total. In addition to Lab testing, we also conducted consumer testing for all services to see how the flowers arrived in real homes and how long they lasted. For anonymity and to test out how easy it is to order online, all testers ordered directly from flower delivery services on their own with a provided gift card. During Lab testing, for each service, we placed an order for pink roses (if available) in a clear glass vase, paying extra for the vase if need be. Consumer testers could order any flower bouquet or plant that appealed to them.
Flower delivery services are often given as a gift and the sender does not necessarily see what actually arrives. If they are not as attractive as what is pictured online, or they wither or droop soon after arrival, they can be a disappointing gift. By evaluating these services and reporting our findings, we aim to help readers make a more educated purchase.
Here are some of our experts' best tips for maintaining your flowers for as long as possible:
- Water: Fill your vase with lukewarm water if it's not already included. Be sure to change the water every two days as this will help keep bacteria at bay.
- Food: Most flower deliveries will come with packet of "food" that contains bactericide. Add it to your water per the instructions on the back.
- Trim: If you have to cut your flowers, do so on angle to help them soak up water more efficiently. You should also remove any leaves from the stem that are towards the bottom so they don't contaminate the fresh water.