Since I got my new iPhone 4 I’ve tried to make the most of it in every situation, using it not only as a phone, but also as a personal information manager, calendar, media player, pocket GPS, portable gaming device... and even as a shopping list. While grocery shopping may not be as fun as listening to music or watching YouTube videos, it’s still something you must do on quite a regular basis – and something your iPhone can help you with.

Here’s a list of five shopping list apps you can use on the iPhone, all of which can make domestic chores a bit easier on you. You’ll still have to carry the bags yourself, though.

Shopping list apps for the iPhoneShopShop – This is a simple, straightforward shopping list app that doesn’t have as many options and configuration settings as the others in this list, but does what it says on the tin. It remembers items so that you don’t have to type them again, supports several shopping lists, and also lets you share lists by email and SMS.

Shopping list apps for the iPhoneEpicurious Recipes and Shopping List – This app is based on the popular food site Epicurious, which offers over 28,000 recipes in cookbooks, magazines and renowned chefs located all over the world. It lets you browse the entire recipe database and create interactive shopping lists based on what you want to cook.

Shopping list apps for the iPhoneShoppingList – This nicely designed shopping list app is focused on simplicity. It saves recently and frequently used products, has support for multiple measurement units, lets you add personal notes to each product and can also divide products into different categories – for different types of items, or different shops.

Shopping list apps for the iPhoneShopping List Free – Like the previous app, this one also lets you create categories to sort products and make your shopping faster and easier. You can also select items in a database and use different measurement units, in both US or metric systems. The interface design, in my opinion, is not as good as in the other apps.

Shopping list apps for the iPhoneShopping List – With a clean, easy-to-use design, this app lets you create groups of items for easier management, and displays products in the order you usually get them. It also saves store locations and remembers where you buy products, so that you can filter your shopping list according to which store you visit.


  • ibru |

    Good summary. Have you heard about new app called taplist? It has been not released yet, but i guess it will bring some new feeling to that boring thing as shopping usually is. You can find more on their website http://taplistapp.com

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  • decoding |

    Here is a new shopping list app that you may wish to check out and possible review!

    Shopping List Advanced http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shopping-list-advanced/id419392793?mt=8

  • Linda |

    For shopping (groceries, or really anything) we use "Which Aisle". You can add your own products or use the built-in ones. The app even tells you which aisle numbers the stuff is in.


  • Shlomi |

    I definitely think SuperList (Shopping List) should be mentioned here as well... cool design with great functionality and I have tried many shopping list apps before.

  • Philippe |

    I always write my shopping list with pen on paper. I don't like use iPhone to write my shopping list. I just want iPhone to scratch my shopping list. I haven't found an application that do it.

    So, I've decided to do it myself.

    Normally, my application will be release on the store in a few days.

    You can find a description here : http://philippe.denoyer.free.fr

    What about the price ? My application named "New List" is free.

    I hope you will enjoy...

  • Lisa barry |
    Lisa barry

    Great review,

    I was using some of those apps up until recently but found a brand new shopping list app called Groceries - Smart Shopping List https://itunes.apple.com/app/id669031956

    A straightforward and intuitive interface - finally!!!!! It's so easy to create new lists cause the app suggests items as you go and learns your personal products.

    Highly recommended !!

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