If you are after the best flower delivery service, we have you covered. In the run up to Christmas, flowers are such a lovely thing to send, especially as there are so many of us who won't get to see everyone we love this year. So to make sure you are sending the best of the best, we have ordered the best selling blooms from all of the leading online florists in the UK – all you have to do is click and order for the loveliest Christmas gifts.
Below we have ranked each bouquet on value for money, freshness, presentation, ease of ordering, and delivery – plus have noted if the delivery was made contact free, which is still such an important factor for us. Of course we also looked for brands that had a wide range of blooms to choose from with flowers for every occasion.
Read on to see how they compared and find out which is the best online flower delivery for you (and your giftee).
We've raved about Bloom & Wild many a time, and they are definitely our favourite flower delivery service in the UK. 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.
Arena Flowers are the best flower delivery service if you want to feel like you are giving something back. Not only are their flowers fair trade and ethically sourced, they have a 100 per cent closed-loop waste system – this means that the waste from grower's fields is used to create every bit of the beautiful packaging that your flowers arrive in. Yep even the ribbon, and it's all recyclable. On top of all that for every order Arena flowers receive they plant a tree and donate £1 to Women's aid. How amazing!
In terms of the bouquets themselves, there are plenty to choose from to suit all budgets. The hand-tied bouquets are perfect for all occasions and the luxury flowers are ideal for a really nice treat. There are even dried flower bouquets which will last much longer if you are after a more permanent gift.
Our experience: Our gorgeous bouquet arrived in exquisite packaging which could all go straight in the recycling. Some of the blooms where already out and some were closed so the bouquet only got nicer as the days went on. The bouquet comes pre-arranged by the florists and tied into shape so was just a case of putting it into a vase. But we found as certain flowers started to wilt before others, we could remove the dying flowers and rearrange the longer-lasting ones so we had blooms that lasted a whole week.
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
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.
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. The bouquet we ordered 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.
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).
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.
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.
If you are looking for the best flower delivery for a real treat, The Real Flower Company (available at Selfridge's) is it. Each bouquet is so beautiful and look so rustic and natural. They are all arranged by expert florists the day before delivery are carefully package to ensure they arrive looking fresh and healthy. The packaging is really special and all recyclable too. Right now there are some gorgeous wintery bouquets that would be ideal as a festive table centre.
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.