The Bouqs Co. vs. UrbanStems: A Flower Delivery Comparison Guide

Which popular e-florist should you use for your next batch of blooms?

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Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, your friend just adopted a baby, your buddy got dumped, spring has sprung and you want your daisies, darn it—there’s never a wrong time to order flowers. And ordering through two of the best flower delivery services out there, The Bouqs Co. and UrbanStems, makes so much sense. Both of these e-florists offer simple, wallet-friendly ways to find just the right bouquet, no matter the occasion.

To help you figure out which one suits your needs, we’ve put together this head-to-head comparison of The Bouqs Co. and UrbanStems, evaluating their pros and cons, ins and outs, costs, offerings, and customer reviews. This way, the next time you want a special bouquet for a special event, you’ll be all set to choose the best for you in the business of blooms.

About The Bouqs Co.

The Bouqs Co. is a jack-of-all-trades. No matter who you’re shopping for or how picky they are, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find something on The Bouqs’ site that they’ll like. The company offers suggestions based on occasion—from birthday and sympathy to “just because”—and lets you search its inventory by color, flower type, and other categories, like whether the flowers are a new arrival or under $50. For the wallet-conscious, The Bouqs offers a super-sale deal on one bouquet each week.

The Bouqs Co flower delivery

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The e-florist offers same-day deliveries to customers in many major cities, from Boston to Boise. (You can see if same-day delivery is available in your ZIP code here.) Throughout the rest of the U.S., you can arrange for next-day delivery so long as you place your order before noon. The company works with eco-friendly farms to get you the freshest flowers as quickly as possible. Same-day orders come from local florists, next-day flowers are shipped domestically via FedEx, and no-rush orders come from The Bouqs’ partner farms in South America.

In addition to its core fresh flower business, The Bouqs sells dried flowers and plants, works with clients on their wedding needs, and sells DIY Party Boxes with 100 flowers that you can arrange however you’d like. It also has an extremely customizable flower subscription service that will supply you with fresh flowers on the regular. You can select between three different bouquet sizes and decide how often you want them shipped.

About UrbanStems

UrbanStems is another excellent online flower delivery service. The company gets its blooms from Rainforest Alliance-certified farms, which grow their flowers using sustainable methods. Not sure what to get? You can browse UrbanStems’ offerings by occasion, cost, color, and recipient, or you can check out its special collab with the TV show “Bridgerton.” There’s also a flower subscription service that’s a snap to sign up for. It has three subscription types to choose from—including one with a seasonal focus—and lets you decide if you want to get flowers every one, two, or four weeks.

urbanstems bouquet

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If you need flowers in a hurry, UrbanStems does have a same-day delivery service, but it’s limited to just New York City and Washington, D.C. Everywhere else, you can still arrange for next-day deliveries of fresh and dried flowers and plants, just so long as you place the order by 3 p.m.

If you’re planning on being a repeat customer, UrbanStems has a three-tier rewards program that’s free to join and gives you access to early sales and events. And when you shop through the site, refer a friend, leave a review, follow the company on social media, or engage with it in some other way, you earn points that can be redeemed for free stuff.

The Bouqs Co. vs. UrbanStems: Key Specs

Specs The Bouqs Co.  UrbanStems 
Starting price $49 $48 
Subscriptions  Yes; delivery every 1, 2, 4, or 8 weeks Yes; delivery every 1, 2, or 4 weeks
Free shipping?  Yes (subscription orders only) Yes (subscription orders only) 
Gift add-ons?  Yes; tea, chocolate, candles, bath bombs, and more  Yes; candles, vases, diffusers, truffles, and more
Pet-safe options?  Yes Yes

How Much Do The Bouqs Co. and UrbanStems Cost?

The Bouqs Co. Plans & Pricing

  • Bouquets: $49+ or $35+ with a subscription
  • Plants: $54+ or $38+ with a subscription
  • Original subscription: $44 per delivery
  • Deluxe subscription: $56 per delivery
  • Grand subscription: $69 per delivery

UrbanStems Plans & Pricing

  • Bouquets: $48+
  • Plants: $30+
  • Classic subscription: $55 per delivery
  • Seasonal subscription: $75 per delivery
  • Luxe subscription: $105 per delivery

The Bouqs Co. Reviews

Bouqs customers find it easy to order through the well-organized site. There are also raves about the freshness of the flowers and the number of days they hold up before they begin to droop and lose petals. The Bouqs Co. also gets high marks for its prices, with shoppers saying that the size and quality of the flowers would cost more elsewhere. People who opted into the monthly flower subscription were generally happy with the flexibility of the service and the bouquets they received. Those who did have issues with The Bouqs Co. found the customer service representatives they spoke with to be extremely helpful.

However, some reviewers shared that they had trouble reaching customer service in the first place, and a few had issues receiving tracking info in a timely manner.

UrbanStems Reviews

Recipients of UrbanStems flowers gave high marks to the arrangements’ attractive presentation, and customers reported their flowers were packaged well and arrived undamaged. Customer service was found to be responsive to questions and concerns as they arose.

There were complaints from some shoppers who felt the photos on the site weren’t reflective of what they actually received. Other people experienced shipping delays and a lack of clarity as to the reason for those delays.

Pros and Cons

The Bouqs Co.

Pros
  • Well-designed website makes ordering simple

  • Provides same-day delivery in many cities

  • Subscription provides discounts on other orders

  • Deal of the week is great for budget-conscious shoppers

Cons
  • Offers credit but not reimbursement if there's an issue with your order

  • Not all bouquets are available for same-day shipping

  • Shipping costs extra on all orders except subscriptions

UrbanStems

Pros
  • Partners with farms that use sustainable growing methods

  • Sells gifts such as candles, diffusers, and gardening tools

  • Customer service is available via chat seven days a week

  • Offers a subscription with a seasonal focus

Cons
  • Same-day shipping is only available in two cities

  • All sales are final, though the company will replace damaged items

  • Shipping costs extra on all orders except subscriptions

Alternatives to The Bouqs Co. and UrbanStems

Though The Bouqs Co. and UrbanStems are excellent e-florists, they aren’t the only online retailers offering flowers à la carte or by subscription. There may be a better choice for you, depending on your budget, where you want to have your flowers shipped, your timing needs, the choices you want as a subscriber, or the range of gifts you’re looking for beyond fresh flowers and plants. Here are three other top flower services to consider.

1-800-Flowers

1-800-Flowers mother's day flower delivery

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  • Starting price: $19.99
  • Free shipping? Yes, on select orders
  • Subscription delivery frequency: Every 1, 2, 4, 6, or 8 weeks

1-800-Flowers tries to meet the needs of just about every customer. It curates a page of “cheap” discounted flowers and has an extensive array of non-floral gifts, including foodstuffs like fruit baskets, cookies, and chocolates, as well as candles, jewelry, puzzles, and items for babies and kids. The company also has a fun plant and orchid collab with Christopher Griffin (Plant Kween). And, yes, there’s a subscription option, too. Shopping last minute? 1-800-Flowers offers same-day delivery nationwide, though some restrictions do apply.

BloomsyBox

BloomsyBox mother's day flower delivery

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  • Starting price: $49.99
  • Free shipping? No
  • Subscription delivery frequency: Every 1, 2, or 4 weeks

You can order a one-time bouquet from BloomsyBox and receive flowers from its Rainforest Alliance-certified partner farms, but it’s the company’s subscriptions that really shine. Most flower delivery services have two or three different types of mixed-flower subscriptions, but BloomsyBox has a wide range of unique options, including a tropical flower subscription, a plant subscription, a roses-only subscription, a eucalyptus plan, a pet-safe blooms subscription, and a subscription of bouquets inspired by the New York Botanical Garden, which gives a percentage back to the NYBG.

Farmgirl Flowers

Farmgirl Flowers flower delivery

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  • Starting price: $58
  • Free shipping? Yes, on select orders
  • Subscription delivery frequency: Every 1, 2, or 4 weeks

Farmgirl Flowers is known for its stylish, photo-ready arrangements, which come wrapped in burlap or held in elegant vases. The site is simple to navigate, with clear links to the flowers that are on sale and that ship free. Throwing a festive shindig? You can place an order for a box of 100 flowers, plus foliage, that you can arrange however you wish. Got a question or a concern? The company is also known for its excellent customer service.

Final Thoughts

The Bouqs Co. and UrbanStems each have their own strengths. The Bouqs offers same-day delivery in a wider range of locations and has studios in Chicago, New York, and Beverly Hills if you want to have an in-person experience. UrbanStems has fun collaborations with outside partners that you can’t find elsewhere. Both have your back with next-day deliveries across the country. Their subscription models are similar, too. In the end, choosing which one you should order from has more to do with what you’re looking for and which flower arrangement speaks to you than there being one clear winner in a stem-to-stem comparison.

FAQ
  • Can I Get Same-Day Flower Delivery?

    Yes! A number of online flower shops offer same-day delivery, though the service’s availability is often limited. Both The Bouqs Co. and UrbanStems provide same-day delivery in certain major markets. For The Bouqs, as of press time that includes New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, and many other cities, while UrbanStems currently zips same-day arrangements to customers in New York and D.C. only.

  • What Flowers Are Safe for Pets?

    Unfortunately, curious pets can make themselves sick by nibbling on floral arrangements, so if you’re ordering for a friend or family member with a cat or dog, the ASPCA advises you play it safe by sticking with these 12 beautiful and pet-safe flowers: roses, gerbera daisies, sunflowers, orchids, snapdragons, freesias, limonium, sea lavender, Madagascar jasmine, stock flowers, waxflowers, and lisianthus. Prefer a plant instead? There are many indoor plants safe for dogs and cats, including bromeliads, mosaic plants, prayer plants, haworthias, Venus flytraps, spider plants, banana trees, and African violets. Bear in mind that even nontoxic plants and flowers can cause upset stomachs in pets when ingested.

  • How Can You Make Flowers Last Longer?

    You’ve probably heard all the suggestions for keeping your flowers fresh, including, uh, dropping a tablet of sexual performance enhancer into the water, but the best way to keep your daisies from drooping is simply to use the flower food packet that comes with your bouquet. Add it to your fresh water and voilà! Longer-lasting flowers. Didn’t get a packet with your order? It’s easy to make your own flower food at home with bleach, lemon or lime juice, and sugar.

  • Is It Better to Order Flowers Online or at a Local Florist?

    Choosing between an online flower delivery service and your local florist depends on where you live and what you’re looking for. It’s tough to beat e-florists when it comes to their national scope and the consistency of offerings, as well as the fast, easy ordering process. On the other hand, there are plenty of talented indie florists across the country who can make artistic, gorgeous arrangements according to your exact instructions, and if you live near one and want to stop in to discuss the creation of a one-of-a-kind gift for someone you love, that can be a joyful experience all on its own.

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  2. ASPCA. "Poisonous Plants." https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants