With about 600 million products on offer in the U.S. alone—from breakfast sandwich makers to vacuum cleaners to gluten-free cake mix—it's no surprise that Amazon is our go-to for, well, everything. The wide availability of items, all in one place, makes it pretty hard to beat. And how about that two-day shipping?!
This is why Amazon Prime Pantry and AmazonFresh—its separate marketplaces for groceries and household products, in bulk and everyday sizes both—have been unbelievably useful to me (hi, it's your favorite New Yorker with serious grocery-shopping issues), as well as a number of my colleagues at Food52.
The concept is pretty simple: You order enough stuff to fill a "box" (the threshold for free shipping here is $35), and everything comes to your door just a couple days later. The items are steeply discounted to begin with, and there are constantly offers and coupons to lower the cost even more. It's that easy.
So, with such endless possibilities, what kind of things should you fill your box with? The Food52 team is here to help with some ideas. Read on for the 12 items from Amazon Prime Pantry that we swear by. You might even find yourself loading up a box of your own as you scroll through the list.
Liquid soap, in all forms, is an unexpected nemesis of mine. Heavy, leaky, and in oddly shaped packaging, it runs out far too quickly, forcing me to return to the store and face my fears much more often than I'd like to.
To combat this, I buy Method dish soap and Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day hand soap refills from Amazon Prime Pantry on the regular. The bulk refill containers allow me to top up my current dispensers for months on end. Plus, I can "set it and forget it," signing up for a repeat version of the same box at intervals that fit my household needs.
1. Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Liquid Hand Soap Refill, 33 oz., basil
2. Method Dish Soap Refill, 36 oz., Lemon Mint
"My roommates and I always buy paper towels, TP, and dishwasher tabs on Amazon Prime Pantry. Having it sent straight to our home instead of getting it at Target and lugging it in an Uber is always a plus." —Rebekah Daniels, account manager
3. Bounty Select-a-Size Paper Towels, 6 double rolls
4. Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong Toilet Paper, 12 double rolls
5. Tide Free and Gentle Laundry Detergent Pods, 72 count
6. Cascade ActionPacs Dishwasher Detergent, 60 count, Fresh Scent
"Same. I go for TP, dish soap, detergent, and trash bags." —Karen Levi, executive assistant
7. Glad Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags, 13 gallon, 90 count
"Prime Pantry is my go-to for bigger bulk items like toilet paper, tissues, and detergent. Also for boxes of cereal and snacks. Looking at my order history, Peanut M&Ms and pretzel twists make recurring appearances." —Joanna Sciarrino, executive editor
8. Kleenex Ultra Soft Tissues, Medium, 120 count (4-pack bundle)
9. M&M's Peanut Chocolate Candy, 11.4 oz.
10. Rold Gold Tiny Twists Pretzels, 16 oz.
"I once read a statistic that Korean people eat 168 bowls of instant ramen a year. Which…lines up with my habit of ordering those huge 20-pack cases of spicy Shin Ramyun." —Eric Kim, senior editor
11. NongShim Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup, 4.2 oz., 20-pack
"I buy cases of La Croix! Who can lug those even a few blocks? My favorite flavors are lime and lemon (I am boring)." —Victoria Maynard, director of finance