Best flower delivery 2020: order lovely blooms to your home

We've rounded up the best flower delivery services for 2020 offering contact-free delivery on beautiful flowers and little extras

best flower delivery Bloom and Wild valentines day flowers
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Looking for a the best flower delivery service around? So much needs to go right for you to choose to order flowers from the same place again and again: the flowers must be beautiful and fresh; the delivery needs to be on time; and what about little extras you might want to add? 

Well, we have you covered because we ordered flowers from the leading online florists and put them to the test so you know you are sending the loveliest gifts possible. We ranked each bouquet on value for money, freshness, presentation, ease of ordering, and delivery – with a big emphasis on whether a non-contact delivery would be possible (a very important feature in current times). Of course we also looked for brands that had a wide range of blooms to choose from with flowers for every occasion from events like Valentines Day and Mothering Sunday, to pretty bouquets for birthday presents and sympathy flowers.

Read on to see how they compared and find out which is the best online flower delivery for you (and your giftee). 

Bloom & Wild flower delivery

The Harper bouquet by Bloom & Wild

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1. Bloom & Wild

The best flower delivery for letter box blooms

Specifications
Delivery options: Next day delivery
Flower freshness: 7-day guarantee
Letterbox delivery?: Yes
Contact free delivery?: Yes
Prices from: £23
Reasons to buy
+Letterbox delivery +Perfectly wrapped to avoid damage+Bloom after opening for longevity +Free next day delivery 
Reasons to avoid
-Only same day delivery for some London addresses 

We've raved about Bloom & Wild many a time, and they are definitely our favourite flower delivery service. They specialise in really lovely, hand-tied bouquets and gorgeous letterbox flowers that have a lovely, soft look and scent. The fact that they fit through a letterbox means that no one has to be in, to receive the delivery, and each flower is so meticulously wrapped that they arrive in perfect condition. 

We love that every bouquet comes with styling tips from the Bloom & Wild florists, so you can learn the best way to display your flowers. All the flowers are picked still in bud, so you (or the lucky recipient) can watch the flowers open over the first few days. 

Our experience: Our bouquets arrived in excellent condition, with small netted covers to protect the rose heads, and plenty of instructions for preparing, arranging, and maintaining our flowers. The flower arranging guide that came with the flowers was packed with handy tips and beautiful illustrations – we enjoyed the process (and we learned something too). 

The value for money of each bouquet was immediately apparent. It's normal for letterbox flowers to look a little droopy on first arrival, but aside from one flattened rose head and a few slightly dishevelled stems, both bouquets looked great straight away in their vases.

Waitrose flowers

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2. Waitrose Flowers

The best flower delivery for cost, quality and range

Specifications
Delivery options: Next day delivery
Flower freshness: 7-day guarantee
Letterbox delivery?: Yes
Prices from: £15
Reasons to buy
+Reasonable prices+Sunday delivery on selected bouquets+Plants available for delivery too +Free delivery 
Reasons to avoid
-None, we couldn't find a thing

We think Waitrose flowers are the best around, they offer delivery 7 days a week, the blooms stay fresh for at least a week and there are so many beautiful bouquets to choose from. There is also lots of lovely extras you can order with your flowers, like sweet treats and fizz, you can even order your flowers to come in a super cute Emma Bridgewater jug. The prices are really reasonable too, starting from just £15. 

Our experience: The value for money of each bouquet was immediately apparent. It's normal for letterbox flowers to look a little droopy on first arrival, but aside from one flattened rose head and a few slightly dishevelled stems, both bouquets looked great straight away in their vases.

Sadly, that's where we hit a problem. The ceramic jug that came with this bouquet didn't make it through the post in one piece, putting a damper on an otherwise extremely impressive flower delivery from Waitrose. Nevertheless, three days later this medium-sized bouquet still stands out from the rest with it's professional arrangement and fresh blooms


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3. Interflora

The best budget-friendly flower delivery service

Specifications
Delivery options: Same day delivery, next day delivery
Flower freshness: 7-day guarantee
Letterbox delivery?: Yes
Prices from: £15.99
Reasons to buy
+Really affordable prices+Always offers on flowers+Handmade to order +Lasts for at least 7 days 
Reasons to avoid
-Specified delivery times are not always met

If you're after a really affordable flower delivery service, make sure you check out Inteflora, because not only do they have great prices, but there's always some kind of offer going on, to save you money. If you order before 3pm you can get same day delivery, which is a massive plus, and these are the longest lasting flowers from our pick, with up to seven days of freshness. 

We especially love that Interflora partners with local UK florists and their bouquets are personally prepared and handmade to order. And because they aren't flown from anywhere or have to travel long distances, the blooms stay fresher, and you get to enjoy the flowers for longer. 

Our experience: We found ordering flowers online through Interflora to be an easy and quick process and were impressed when it turned up: unlike boxed flower deliveries, where the blooms are hidden, Interflora's hand-delivered bouquets have instant impact. Our bouquet was vibrant, fresh and beautifully presented in biodegradable cellophane and a recyclable gift box. It was also notably bigger than our letterbox bouquets from Bloom & Wild, and receiving it felt like a real treat.

Bunches flowers

The Rainbow Galaxy bouquet by Bunches 

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4. Bunches

The best ethical flower delivery service

Specifications
Delivery options: Next day delivery
Flower freshness: 7-day guarantee
Letterbox delivery?: Yes
Prices from: £16
Reasons to buy
+Last up to 7 days+Ethical brand 
Reasons to avoid
-Do not offer same day delivery 

We love a brand with a story and ethics behind it, and we know you do too, and that's why we really like Bunches. Bunches give 10 per cent of their profits to help those in need in both the UK and developing countries, and the company is really involved with seeing how this money is spent to better people's lives. 

They also make sure their flowers all come from farms that adopt the best agricultural practices (save on water consumption and emissions, disposing of waste properly) and are sourced from Florverde Sustainable Flowers (FSF) certified farms in regions found in parts of the developing world. 

As well as being ethical, the flowers are all gorgeous and last for ages. 

Our experience: ordering online was simple and straightforward, we selected a delivery date and they came on the afternoon of the date we selected. Our doorbell was rung and the flowers were left on the step, so everything was contact free. We ordered the Country Meadow bouquet and it was STUNNING. The whole bouquet lasted a week, then the roses started to look a bit worse for wear but we removed those and the rest of the blooms looked lovely for another week. 

Serenata flowers

The Floral Ratatouille bouquet by Serenata Flowers

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5. Serenata Flowers

The best flower delivery service that can deliver on the same day

Specifications
Delivery options: Same day delivery, next day delivery 7 days/week
Flower freshness: 5-day guarantee
Letterbox delivery?: Yes
Prices from: £19.99
Reasons to buy
+Delivery on Sundays is available +Delivery is always free +High quality flowers that often last longer that 7 days 
Reasons to avoid
-The foliage to flower ratio could be better

If you are after last-minute flowers (forgot the anniversary again?) Serenata has you covered. You can have flowers delivered the same day you ordered them, seven days a week, even on Sunday.  And on top of that, the delivery is free!

There are lots of options, too, to cover all occasions, and the prices are really reasonable. You can pick the size of the bouquet you would like, and pop on little extras like a box of chocolates or even a bottle of fizz. Oh go on then.

Our experience: again it was all contact-free, left on our doorstep with a note through the letter box and a buzz of the doorbell. The flowers arrived in a roomy box so nothing was damaged and all the blooms were protected. The flowers lasted just under a week but the greenery kept on going, so we padded it out with some wild flowers from the garden (a top tip for making your bouquets last longer). 

The Vibrant Spring bouquet by Flying Flowers

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6. Flying Flowers

The best flower delivery service for gorgeous affordable flowers and FREE delivery!

Specifications
Delivery options: Next day delivery
Flower freshness: 5-day guarantee
Letterbox delivery?: Yes
Prices from: £17.99
Reasons to buy
+Free delivery +Free personal message +Good value +Plenty of options for all occasions
Reasons to avoid
-Only 5 days guaranteed freshness

There are so many gorgeous bouquets to order from Flying Flowers. Think everything from lovely subtle spring flowers, to big bright blooms, there's something for every style and occasion. The prices are really affordable too, starting for just £17.99, plus delivery is always free. You can often can a extra percentage of your bouquet for free too, so you are always getting more for your money – the best flower delivery if you are on a budget!

Reviewers' experiences: We are yet to test these in person but reviewers say they arrived well packaged and on time. The flowers last for a long time, with some people saying theirs bloomed for two weeks or more. They get plenty of return custom and many agree they are very competitively priced.

M&S flowers

The Rose and Seathistle bouquet, Tulip Gift Bag bouquet and Pretty Mum bouquet 

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7. M&S Flowers

The flower delivery service you need if you are after a lovely selection of quality blooms

Specifications
Delivery options: Next day delivery
Flower freshness: 7-day guarantee
Letterbox delivery?: Yes
Prices from: £20
Reasons to buy
+Great value for good quality flowers+Free delivery +Last even longer than the guaranteed freshness+Flower subscription service available  
Reasons to avoid
-Delivery on the specified date is not always met

Trusty M&S delivers gorgeous, high-quality flowers that can last over a week. Each bouquet is seasonal, so you can choose flowers that are perfect for the time of year. Right now the selection is filled with gorgeous spring blooms that will really brighten up your home (or the home of the lucky person you are having them delivered to). They also offer a flower subscription too, so you gift yourself or someone else, the pleasure of having fresh blooms arrive either weekly, fortnightly or monthly.

Our experience: we ordered the Collection Rose & Seathistle Bouquet which arrived on the day requested and contact free. The bouquet is HUGE, perfect for a special occasion as it looks really luxurious. The flowers came in protective netting so everything looked perfect once in a vase and continued to bloom for 5 days after delivery. 

Nairobi roses with free chocolates from Prestige Flowers

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8. Prestige Flowers

The best flower delivery services for quick, reliable delivery

Specifications
Delivery options: Next day if ordered by 5 pm
Flower freshness: Can raise a dispute within 3 days of delivery
Letterbox delivery?: Yes
Prices from: £19.99
Reasons to buy
+Amazing selection of flowers+Free chocolate and free vase deals+New hat box range+International delivery possible

Prestige Flowers have some really classy bouquets – and great customer reviews to match. Delivery is fast (which is a feat given the current circumstances), the flowers are fresh, and many of the bouquets come with a free vase or a box of chocolates. We really like the hat box range – very beautifully presented. They also do food hampers and cute gifts you can add to the flowers. 

Reviewers experiences: Lots of people appreciate how easy the site is to use and have ordered flowers repeatedly from Prestige. Many reviewers had ordered chocolates and hampers from here too which they said were equally good. The packaging is noted as being very effective in keeping the flowers at their best.

How we tested the best flower delivery services

We tested these flowers by ordering bouquets from each. It must be noted that we did this near the start of lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic so think all deserve extra points for offering the service they did in a difficult time.

The results were fascinating. If non-contact delivery is an absolute must, we recommend choosing letterbox flower specialist Bloom & Wild. The bouquet we ordered was stunning – the best of all the letterbox flowers we ordered – and because the package is designed to be posted, you don’t have to answer the door to receive the flowers.

The real story here, though, is how the rest of the flower delivery services we tested have stepped up to the challenges the country is facing. We found that companies like Interflora and Floom – which pride themselves on their bigger, better-presented, hand-delivered bouquets – are now offering non-contact delivery as well. In fact, we found non-contact deliveries from these florists to be a much friendlier interaction (albeit from a socially responsible distance) than those we received via courier. 

Many of the smaller flower delivery services are offering non-contact delivery now too. In conclusion? We’d still recommend Bloom & Wild as the best flower delivery service; but for the biggest instant wow factor, consider hand-delivered services like Interflora and Floom – which topped our tests for quality and value for money; and don't write off couriered services like Waitrose. Just make sure you ask for a non-contact delivery if you need one.

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