Grocery Gadget iPhone App Review

Grocery Gadget App
Grocery Gadget

What We Like

  • App learns as you use it, making it more useful over time.

  • Sync lists among multiple users.

  • Import data from other apps.

  • Allows for photos to save favorite products to find later.

What We Don't Like

  • Conversion from a one-time paid app to an ad-based subscription model.

  • iOS version doesn't sync well with Android devices.

  • Similar alternatives available for free.

The Grocery Gadget Shopping List app for iOS 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?

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 other shopping list apps, which take 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. The keyword search is a little disappointing, as the database is not nearly as robust as that on some other apps. You can find many common items, but the app doesn't have a listings for some less-common grocery items. You can easily add these items manually, but that adds a 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 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 other, free shopping list apps but it's hard to say if that is enough to justify the price. The group syncing feature is really nice, so Grocery Gadget is worth a look if that feature is important to you.

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