Grocery Gadget iPhone App Review

Grocery Gadget App
Grocery Gadget

The Good

  • Lots of features
  • Sync lists among multiple users
  • Import data from other apps

The Bad

  • Good alternatives available for free

Grocery Gadget (US$3.99) has a host of features that make it easy to manage multiple grocery and shopping lists. It looks nice and is relatively easy to use, but can it beat it out similar apps that are available for less?

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A feature-packed app

You can’t help but be impressed by Grocery Gadget’s laundry list of features. You can create multiple shopping lists organized by store, import data from other apps (including recipe apps), and sync your list with other members of your household. 

The interface is nicely designed and relatively easy to use. I say relatively because it is pretty intuitive to figure out, but Grocery Gadget can’t match the simplicity of the Grocery IQ app, which takes no time at all to learn. When you first launch the app, Grocery Gadget includes several example shopping lists -- grocery, pharmacy, office supplies, etc. 

To add items to these lists, you can search by keyword, category, or scan the barcode. I was a little disappointed in the keyword search, as the database is not nearly as robust as that on the Grocery IQ app. I was able to find many common items, but the app didn’t have a listing for cranberry juice or flaxseed, among other things. You can easily add these items manually, but that adds an additional step in what is supposed to be a time-saving app. You can also scan the barcode of items (on the iPhone 3GS or newer), but I find that keyword searching is faster and saves time. 

Creating a group

Once your list is complete, the Grocery Gadget app has a variety of ways to help you manage your shopping. List items are sorted by category, making it easy to navigate busy grocery stores. The app also includes a variety of store coupons, although you must create a free account to take advantage of this feature. If you prefer to edit your grocery list online, you can do that at

Another nifty aspect of Grocery Gadget is the group feature. Once you create a group, you can sync your list with other members. Each list includes an option to notify members, and other members will see when you check off certain items. This is very helpful if you frequently shop with other people to save time. Another perk -- you can import data from some recipe apps, including BigOven

The Bottom Line

Grocery Gadget includes more features than free shopping list apps like Grocery IQ, but I’m not sure if that is enough to justify the price. I do really like the group syncing feature, so Grocery Gadget is worth a look if that feature is important to you. Otherwise, I think most users will be happy with the Grocery IQ app, which is available for free. Overall rating: 3.5 stars out of 5. 

What You’ll Need

Grocery Gadget is compatible with the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. It requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later.