The best free shopping list apps

With Christmas just around the corner, Which? thought it would be a good time to round-up the best free shopping list apps across the Android, iPhone and BlackBerry app stores.

Download one of these apps and they’ll be no excuse to forget the cranberry source!

Mighty Grocery Lite

Platform reviewed: Android 2.2, HTC Desire

Mighty grocery - shopping list

Mighty Grocery Lite is probably the best free shopping list app on Android

Mighty Grocery Lite may not have all the features of its paid-for bigger brother (no recipes or barcode scanner) but it still packs-in a slick and intuitive interface and the ability to rapidly build shopping lists by choosing from a vast menu of generic terms.

We especially like the nifty voice recognition feature that lets you build your list with a few simple utterances (it produced accurate results about 80% of the time for us). It would have been nice to see a price calculator of some kind, but Mighty Grocery Lite is probably the best all-round shopping list app we could find for £0.

OurGroceries Shopping List

Platform reviewed: BlackBerry Bold 9700

Designed to help with the family shop, OurGroceries allows any member of the family with a BlackBerry, to share shopping lists and keep up-to-date with what needs to be bought.

Users can enter items and cross them off when they buy them, meaning you need never run out of toilet paper or end up buying too many eggs ever again. There is also the option to put in recipes for meals and then add all the ingredients needed to your list.

It’s simple, easy to use and we like the fact everyone can stay up-to-date with what needs to be bought – so you don’t have to call  home to see if anyone has bought some milk yet.


Platform reviewed: iPhone 3GS

Most of the free shopping list apps on the iPhone are much more stripped-down than their paid-for versions. ShopShop is no different, but it wins points for an intuitive UI that lets you quickly swipe between multiple shopping lists. You can also quickly share your list via email or SMS, which is handy. Other than that there’s not much else you can do but add items and quantities.

OI Shopping List

Platform reviewed: Android 2.2, HTC Desire

OI Shopping list is a much more minimal than its fellow Android-based rival Mighty Grocery, but potentially more useful if you like to have a clear budget in mind before shopping.

Errands -shopping apps

Errands is a great app if you like to plan ahead with your shopping.

The addition of a price calculator lets you save the prices of your favourite goods, so when you come to build your lists, you can quickly calculate how much it’s all going to cost. Simple, quick and easy to use.


Platform reviewed: iPhone 3GS

Ok, this isn’t strictly a shopping list app, Errands is more of an organisational suite, letting you plot out all your ‘errands’ on a calendar and stick them into different folders (such as work tasks or home tasks). Errands is not the most intuitive app in the world to use, so if you just want a quick list creator then it may not be the best option. But if you like the idea of planning a series of shopping lists over weeks or months, then Errands can be a powerful ally.

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2 replies

  1. MightyGrocery seems like the one to watch – very responsive developers, big plans, and they’ve laid the foundations for what could be THE shopping list app.

  2. I use, on my iphone, ‘Use your hand writting Gold’ for all manor of lists and it work so well for me, it’s just like finding that scrap of paper to jot something down but with this it is less likely to be lost!!

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