Who doesn’t enjoy shopping? According to a Statista report, over 2 billion people shopped online in 2020, and the revenue generated surpassed $4.2 trillion US dollars. This shows the rapidly changing consumer behavior. While many brands are leveraging this trend by launching their shopping app on the App Store, don’t rush behind them.
Some apps can be a little daunting and fake as well. Here is a list of the best iPhone shopping apps for clothing, electronics, home decor and more, that I have been using over the years, claiming authenticity. Check them out, and spend your dollars wisely.
- The Home Depot
- Fashion Nova
- Ulta Beauty
- Best Buy
1. Amazon: Editor’s choice
One of the biggest E-Commerce businesses globally, Amazon had to be on the list of the best shopping apps. From a mere book renting/ selling app to a one-stop destination, Amazon has come a long way.
The iOS app is smooth to use, the interface is easy to understand, and the product diversity is just mind-blowing. I like the home page of the app because it is categorized into different categories. These tiny icons can take you to your favorite department and help you make the purchase.
My favorite part about the app is that it shows products related to my search history under the ‘related to items you’ve viewed.’ The majority of the apps end up showing similar products similar to things I have bought already. And these suggestions don’t make sense as I have already made the purchase.
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- Diversity of products.
- Great discounts.
- Amazon Pay enabled for added security.
- Faster delivery.
- Low-quality products listed.
- The clothing section needs to have better brands.
2. eBay: Best for local shopping
eBay is one of the best marketplaces to support small businesses near you. Here is a misconception about eBay; it’s not just a place to purchase used items.
With eBay, you can get yourself both new and refurbished brands and support the local businesses around you. From electronic items, kitchen appliances, books to clothing, the app has it all.
I adore the barcode scanner and dark mode after the last few updates. So the barcode scanner lets you instantly identify the item you are looking for. And yes, the app can be accessed in dark mode.
You can become a seller on eBay too. Avoid setting up garage markets with the pandemic situation; instead, list your products on eBay and sell them to a national audience.
- Image search lets you find products from the image you have uploaded.
- Negotiate with the seller by placing bids.
- Watch later feature lets you save your favorite products to make a purchase later.
- Bargaining can get out of hand for the sellers.
3. Nike: Best for athleisure
If sports and style excite you, then you have come to the right place. Nike is an app that lets you focus on both these things so that you can play with elan.
As the name suggests, the app sells a wide range of Nike products, from Nike clothes, shoes to other products. You also get real-time advice from experts to get you the products that suit your needs the best.
A major advantage of buying a product from the brand’s app is that you don’t have to worry about the product’s authenticity. That is to say, no fake Nikee products.
My membership gets me early access to all the product drops, events and keeps me updated on the latest information about launches. I suggest you get one too.
- Chat with experts in real-time.
- Exclusive birthday offers and promotions.
- Customize your products with Nike by you.
- Push notifications lead to access advertisements throughout the day.
4. Wish: Best for fashion and decor
Looking for a place with high-quality products at much, much affordable rates? Your wish is their command.
Wish as a dealer connects with shoppers with manufacturers directly, removing all the middlemen hence saving up a lot of money. The website claims to have 100 million manufacturers in its database; imagine the abundance of products.
Another misconception people have about Wish is that it is just a fashion brand. That is a completer myth. Wish offers some of the best discounts on Apple, Samsonite, Fossil, Guess, and more.
Though I still prefer buying electronics from their brand stores to avoid being scammed, it is a personal choice. Do check out the clothing and home decor collection they have to offer! Trust me; you will end up going way overboard with your budget.
- Affordable products.
- Easy to track your orders.
- Shop trending products.
- High-end brands available at great discounts.
- Delivery takes 6-8 weeks.
5. Walmart: Best for grocery
I know how much you miss going to Walmart; I do too! The pandemic has changed many events, and grocery shopping has to be done online now. Well, you can still go to Walmart from the comfort of your homes!
The Walmart app comes with tons of brownie points. The app lets you order online as well as offers store pick-up. You can also use the app to make payments at the store and get yourself the benefit of touch-free checkout.
I crave free deliveries; I always have. And with Walmart, you get free delivery with orders above $35! That’s super amazing; sometimes, we postmate for more than this amount, don’t we?
There are more options to avail free delivery, get a membership. Walmart+ lets you get crazy discounts, no minimum order required, and also faster delivery. You can get yourself a membership at $98 annually with a free 15-day trial.
- Express delivery.
- Flexibility with product pick-up.
- Automatically offers a substitute for items not in stock.
- Same price as the store.
- Drive-through pickup not available.
6. Slickdeals: Best for coupons and deals
I did not trust the coupon websites and apps till I discovered Slickdeals. And now, there is no going back. I have not once paid full price for any online purchase after installing Slickdeals.
And there is no going back once you understand the backstory of the app. Their model involves shoppers like us helping other shoppers, adding value to the community.
- Members post whatever deals they come across to the app.
- These deals undergo a voting procedure, and good deals automatically move up the ladder.
- The best deals are scrutinized by deal editors and verified themselves.
- Only the best of these deals move to the front page, assuring the authenticity of the deals.
You can find deals for almost everything, from consumer electronics and apparel to travel covering most of the leading platforms.
- Verified deals and discounts.
- Covers leading brands and stores across the US.
- Easy to use interface.
- No click baits.
- Sometimes push-notification alerts do not work.
7. AliExpress: Best for international purchase
The international arm of Alibaba, Chinese retailing giant, AliExpress opened the doors for retail shopping for people like us.
The app allows small businesses in China to sell to customers all over the world.
Of course, one of the major attractions to get to the app is cheaper products, but there are two reasons. Either you are getting it from the manufacturer, or the product is not legit.
Regardless, the app needs a fair chance because of the diversity of products and the affordability factor.
The image search works perfectly, you get free shipping for a lot of products, and you can keep yourself entertained while shopping. Yes, AliExpress has a lot of mini-games to keep you entertained. Which one have you played?
- Affordable products.
- Millions of products to choose from.
- Personalized list to grab your favorites.
- Buyer Protection for timed deliveries.
- You can be conned with fake products.
8. SHEIN: Best for women’s clothing
Another affordable app in the line-up, SHEIN, is a women’s-only fashion app. Women love it so much that of all the shopping apps listed on the App Store, this one bags the second position with an average rating of 4.7 by a whopping 443.1K users!
The app is known for delivering the best female clothing in the online world. It follows the latest trends, makes them affordable, and sells them to us. And let’s not forget the insane discounts that the app comes with.
I love how they have kept the free-shipping barrier at $49 only. They also have a shop now, pay later option that lets you shop interest-free. I am yet to try the feature, though.
When you shop clothes from an international vendor, your major concern becomes the right fit. Well, with SHEIN, you get free returns, so order that dress without hesitation.
- 1000+ daily new arrivals.
- Flash deals leading to an 80% discount everyday.
- Risk-free payment.
- Track your friend’s activity.
- Takes 6-8 weeks to deliver.
9. Footlocker: Best for shoes
I enjoy shopping from apps that have a narrow niche. Because they have a lot of time to focus on one range rather, perfecting it.
Footlocker is your premier destination for the world’s hottest sneakers and apparel. You have to download this app, for it is your key to sneakerland! You will find the best sneakers here, even limited editions for you to brag about later.
Footlocker specializes in Jordan, Nike, Adidas, Reebok and notifies you about every latest release. I look at the release calendar to see how much time I have to save money for those limited editions I have been eyeing.
Yes, the app comes with a release calendar that keeps you updated on the releases not to miss them. Don’t forget to sign-up for member-only events and sales.
- FLX points lead to better discounts.
- Special birthday gifts.
- The latest collection of sneakers is updated every day.
- Lots of brands to choose from.
- No-sound on push notifications at times.
10. The Home Depot: Best for home decor
If you like shopping from the store, then the Home Depot experience will get even better. Get this; the app lets you test drive your products!
Yes, this home decor app is powered with augmented reality, which lets you virtually place objects in your house before purchasing. A little sneak won’t hurt now, eh?
The app also comes with an image search and product locator. The product locator will take you to the aisle of the product to not waste your time looking for the product.
The best part about the app is that it lets you order with precision. For instance, if you want a pipe in a certain length and put forth the instructions correctly, it will deliver the correct size.
- GPS for products.
- Image Search.
- Track your orders.
- Instant checkout for faster purchases.
- Buggy search feature.
11. Fashion Nova: Best for retail therapy
A name that became insanely popular within a short period, Fashion Nova is an e-commerce platform you will find most of the women hanging in. One of the fastest-growing social media and online clothing stores, it is a place to keep you drooling over their collection.
Fashion Nova is a brand known for its no-nonsense no-body-shaming clothing brand. Their male section is also getting hyped up a lot over Instagram lately. It has proper attires for everyone, regardless of their shape or size.
The clothes are good quality, designed on point, excellent varieties updated every day. I have always used their app over their website, and the initial few versions were quite buggy, but they are much improved now.
I enjoy their fashion. However, the one thing that is still missing from both the app and website is no information about the model. I am tall, and I need to know the model’s height to understand the fitting of the dress on me. I wish they add that sooner. But, their cute clothes make up for it, so I am okay with it.
- Fast shipping.
- Keeps up with the trend.
- Great filters.
- Flexibility with size options.
- Customer service can be improved.
12. Etsy: Best app for handmade goods
Etsy is the epitome of creativity, and their iPhone app matches their creativity standards. I stand corrected. An app that brings you creativity for any occasion needs to have a top stop in your list of the best shopping apps.
There is a gift for every occasion, and the majority of these gift options can be personalized. Etsy gives you the liberty to communicate with the owners directly for the adjustments. Customize them all you want!
Whenever you save an item, Etsy understands your preferences and recommends your purchases accordingly. You can also mark your favorite shop and get notified of all their new updates. I may have been utilizing this feature a little too much.
With multiple language support, a secure payment gateway, and order tracking, Etsy is as flawless as a cheesecake. Gift yourself with a handmade product, support local businesses, and promote artisans across the globe.
- Augmented reality beta for the product.
- Supports Apple Pay.
- Authenticate vintage goods.
- Similar interface across web and app.
- Bugs on the seller apps.
13. Ulta Beauty: Best for beauty products
A one-stop destination for all your beauty needs. Ulta-beauty is the beauty hub you are looking for to glam up your life.
Book an appointment to the nearest Ultimate Beauty Salon using the app, or buy the products to pamper yourself at home; this app has all your beauty needs satisfied.
The app comes with a lot of small features to simplify your shopping experience. For instance, the voice search takes you to the product; the GLAMlab tool helps you find your foundation or lipstick shade and everyday tips to keep your skin glowing.
Ulta Beauty offers a free rewards program and a Ultimate Rewards Credit Card scheme that is highly beneficial. Don’t forget to check them out.
- Clean UX.
- High-end brands.
- Fast shipping.
- Easy payment options.
- Lucrative reward schemes.
- Filters can be improved.
14. Newegg: Best for gaming and PC parts
Newegg is the largest electronics e-retailer and electronics store online with millions of supplements to cater to your needs.
The app has an extensive collection to offer, including laptops, Graphics Card, Computer Systems, components, hard drives, etc.
With Newegg, you can scan barcodes and find your desired product. I love exploring the compare and buy feature; it lets me study the products in detail, understand the differences and then make up my mind for the right purchase.
- Live chat support.
- Product tracking.
- Personalized homepage.
- Amazing customer support.
- A blank space pops up at the bottom of the app sometimes.
15. Best Buy: Best for discounted tech
Consider this app to be your shopping assistant, well versed with tech gadgets and discounts. Best Buy is your companion for your fast, feel-good companion to cater best-buy experiences from any corner of the world.
Flexible enough, the app lends you the opportunity to pick up from the store or get the product delivered to your car, more like a drive-through experience.
Best Buy also comes with an AR feature to place the objects virtually in your house and make the right choice.
I never fail to look at their top tech section; sometimes, you end up finding pieces that you never thought you would need. Deals just for you is a combination of your preferred products, based on your store and online purchases.
- AR for virtual placements.
- Drive-through pick-up available.
- Discounts based on your shopping history.
- The database is sometimes not updated with the store availability.
Make some space for the best shopping apps
Trust me; you are going to need all of these apps. Every shopping app on the list has a different purpose, amazing discounts, and an incredible shopping experience. You never know which app will find you the perfect couture or get you the right furniture. Have the best of all and happy shopping!
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