- A bouquet of freshly cut flowers is the perfect gift for your loved ones on Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, a birthday, or any day of celebration. They're also a lovely way to express sympathy during difficult times.
- We've tested several online flower delivery services over the years to find the best ones.
- The Bouqs Co. is our top pick with its farm-fresh flowers that are sustainably harvested and beautifully packaged.
- Order early to ensure your preferred bouquet type is in stock and available for delivery on your preferred day, especially around holidays.
Online flower delivery services are a convenient way to send someone a thoughtful gift for special occasions or to express condolences in times of sorrow.
We've researched and tested several online flower delivery services to find the best ones for different people's needs. All of our top picks offer same-day or next-day delivery on select flower arrangements and all of them are guaranteed to deliver perfect flowers every time.
If you want farm-fresh flowers that are sustainably harvested from well-regarded farms, The Bouqs Co. is our absolute favorite. However, if you want extras like teddy bears and chocolates, 1-800-Flowers and Florists' Transworld Delivery have the best options. These two more traditional flower delivery services also offer same-day delivery — even on holidays.
We recommend ordering flower arrangements well in advance of any holidays because you'll end up with slim pickings if you wait until the last minute. Availability often differs based on bouquet availability and zip code. You might also want to grab some chocolate while you're at it.
Here are the best online flower delivery services:
- Best overall: The Bouqs Co.
- Best for last-minute shoppers: 1-800-Flowers
- Best for classic bouquets: Florists' Transworld Delivery
- Best for live plants: UrbanStems
- Best for French bouquets: Ode à la Rose
Prices and links are current as of 9/2/20. We've added a category of other flower delivery services we considered.
The best overall
The Bouqs Co. partners with eco-friendly farmers to ensure that every bouquet is made up of the best freshly cut flowers.
If you care about sustainable farming practices, you'll love The Bouqs Co. This florist partners with eco-friendly farmers around the world to bring only the best flowers to your door. Over the years, we've sent many bouquets from The Bouqs Co. to friends and family, and they have always been perfect.
If you order a Farm to Table bouquet, you can rest assured that the flowers were cut on the day you placed the order. The bouquets are also shipped directly from the farm instead of being re-routed to a middleman. You can even see a picture of the farmer, a map showing where the flowers are from, and a video of the farm. Bouqs also promises that it only cuts the flowers it sells, so there aren't any cut blooms going to waste.
In addition to supporting small farms, Bouqs also works with talented local florists to make the Artisan bouquets. These bouquets can even be delivered on the same day, with some blooms arriving just two hours after your order is placed. Of course, on busy holidays like Mother's Day and Valentine's Day, these bouquets may be sold out.
Be mindful that when you select a flower arrangement, a vase will automatically be tacked onto your order. If you don't want the vase, you'll have to manually remove it. It's not difficult to do — just click "Remove" under the image of the vase — but it is an extra step to be aware of.
As with any flower delivery service, the more you plan ahead, the more likely your shipment will arrive on your loved one's doorstep on time. Bouqs makes it easy to see the earliest available ship date for its bouquets, too, so it's easier to figure out which bouquet will suit your timeframe.
Bouqs even offers a subscription option for people who love to receive regular shipments of fresh-cut flowers. Sign up for a flower subscription and you'll get 20% off bouquets and free shipping for every single order. You'll be able to customize how often and when the deliveries come in.
Pros: Eco-friendly farmers, same-day delivery on some bouquets, local florists make many of the bouquets, gorgeous flowers, lots of options
Cons: Some bouquets sell out on holidays, automatically added vase must be manually removed if you don't want it
Read our full review of The Bouqs Co.
The best for last-minute shoppers
You don't have to call 1-800-Flowers anymore to get gorgeous bouquets delivered to your loved ones on the same day you ordered them.
1-800-Flowers may sound like a retro throwback, but the venerable flower delivery service is still transporting beautiful flower arrangements to loved ones around the country. The 40-year-old company is family-owned and takes pride in delivering beautiful bouquets.
Because it's a larger company, 1-800-Flowers has hundreds of different flower arrangements and you can also get bouquets along with teddy bears or chocolates, among other things. The flowers themselves are beautiful, of course, and you have tons of options.
If you want farm-fresh flowers, there's a special selection of bouquets to suit your needs. And, in addition to classic bouquets like roses, 1-800-Flowers sells houseplants and succulents. Some arrangements offer same-day delivery, but your choices may be limited.
If you're aiming to send flowers for a special holiday like Mother's Day or Valentine's Day, it's best to order ahead. You can order online or in the company's mobile app. To send flowers every month, join one of the company's flower clubs. You can save up 45% on bouquets and they come with free shipping.
Another unique service 1-800-Flowers provides is sympathy and funeral support — you can find resources on how to order flowers for funerals or chat directly with customer service for assistance.
Pros: Same-day delivery on some arrangements, many choices, mobile app
Cons: Some may sell out, not as eco-friendly as other services
The best for classic bouquets
Florists' Transworld Delivery sends beautiful flowers anywhere in the US with same-day delivery.
Florists' Transworld Delivery (FTD) has been delivering flowers since 1910, so the company really knows what it's doing. FTD has many different beautiful flower arrangements available, but you can also get succulents, chocolates, and other gifts delivered.
The bouquets are handmade and the flowers are carefully selected at farms before they arrive at the FTD florist's shop. Most of the arrangements come in nice vases, and you can choose how full you want the bouquet to look.
There's a helpful section for bouquets that cost $50 or less, and you can choose from a selection of potted plants if you prefer to send a living plant instead of freshly cut blooms.
FTD offers same-day delivery of some arrangements and others come from FedEx or UPS. Of course, on big shopping days like Mother's Day and Valentine's Day, it's best to order early so you get the best blooms and service.
We've gotten a few lovely bouquets from FTD, and we were impressed by the beautiful vases, secure packaging, and freshness of the blooms.
Pros: Long history of quality, lots of flower arrangement options, same-day delivery
Cons: Some may sell out, not as eco-friendly as other services
The best for live plants
UrbanStems delivers gorgeous live plants or flower arrangements across the US, plus, it has subscriptions so you can give flowers all year long.
UrbanStems delivers both unique flower arrangements and live plants across the continental US with next-day delivery Tuesday through Saturday. If you happen to live in NYC or the DC metro area, you can even get same-day delivery.
As always, we recommend ordering ahead of time so your favorite bouquet doesn't go out of stock. UrbanStems lets you schedule deliveries in advance, too, so there's really no excuse.
The company also has subscription plans, so you can send flowers or plants to your loved ones all year long on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis.
UrbanStems carefully selects its flowers and plants from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms to ensure that its blooms are sustainably sourced. The farmers and in-house designers work together to craft lovely bouquets in truly unique designs. The vases and pots that house the bouquets or plants are also gorgeous.
During the holidays, you'll find festive wreaths in addition to the more traditional flower arrangements and live plants like succulents, orchids, and more.
We tested the service and loved it, but the only downside is the price. Many arrangements are quite expensive.
Pros: Delivers nationwide, lovely bouquets, live plant options, Rainforest Alliance Certified flowers, same-day delivery in NYC and DC, next-day delivery Tuesday through Saturday in lower 48 states
Cons: More expensive than other services
Read our full review of UrbanStems.
The best for French bouquets
Ode à la Rose offers fresh, plush bouquets in the old-fashioned French way, and if you're in New York City, Chicago, or Philadelphia, you can get same-day delivery on arrangements.
Louis Brunet and Olivier Plusquellec came to New York as bankers, but the tragic realization that the classic French bouquet was underrepresented in Gotham pushed the pair into the floral business, and they've hardly looked back.
That's because they found a sweet spot between the mediocrity of the bouquets you'll receive from standard flower delivery services and the pricier boutiques that can easily run a couple of hundred dollars.
Working with eco-friendly farms to gather the plushest in-season flowers, Ode a la Rose delivers a perfectly balanced, minimalistic bouquet ("There is no need for more than three varieties of flowers in a bouquet," the duo told Vogue in 2017). Business Insider interviewed Brunet and Plusquellec in 2011, but only tried out the brand a few months ago, and received fist-sized roses that came in a neatly packed and protective box. We placed them in a vase right away, and they lasted beyond a week.
If you're looking for something a little less run-of-the-mill and a little more on the high-end side without paying over a hundred dollars, Ode à la Rose should fit the bill. There are a few arrangements that will run over, but there's a little something for most price ranges.
Pros: Same-day delivery in New York City, Chicago, and Philadelphia, eco-friendly farmers
Cons: Won't deliver everywhere
Other flower delivery services we considered
BloomsyBox, bouquets starting at $39.99
I recently tried BloomsyBox, which offers both single bouquet delivery and weekly or monthly bouquet subscriptions. The flowers come from small, Rainforest Alliance-certified, and family-owned farms in South Africa, France, Holland, South America, and California. I found there's a good variety to choose from and the quality of my bouquet was excellent. However, BloomsyBox lacks some of the user-friendly filter capabilities that the other services above boast — you can't search by delivery date, flower type, or price. —Connie Chen
Matilda's Bloombox, bouquets for $39
Instead of offering many options, Bloombox only features one seasonal bouquet a week, so it might be best for personal flower deliveries rather than gifting purposes. You can still choose to gift it and send it to someone, but there's more risk since you have just one choice. The pro is that the beautifully arranged flowers only cost $39, with free delivery in Austin, Houston, and the Bay Area. —Connie Chen
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