The ultimate list of the 50 top online stores
Finding good quality online isn’t always easy. The internet is a murky world of dodgy sites and low quality gear trying to pass off as designer labels.
Hey, it might be a jungle out there, but we’re here to help you navigate. Scroll through to find the best places to shop online, as well as the online stores that offer the fastest shipping, free shipping, the highest quality clothes... or just the cheapest. We can help you find fashion, beauty, homewares, electronics, gifts and much more online.
Whatever you need, we've got you covered with our guide to online shopping.
Visit an old favourite or try something new:
Our favourite places to shop online:
|Best online store||Store||Our favourite feature|
|Clothing||THE ICONIC||3-Hour delivery in Sydney|
|Homewares||Zanui||Top-notch choice and selection|
|Books||Amazon||Great pricing - choose from new or used books|
|Department||David Jones||Order online and pick up in-store|
Specialists in beachwear, swimwear and basically anything that gets us out in the sunshine this summer.
With loads of brands like Hurley, Roxy, Billabong and Ripcurl – plus a bulging sale section – Surfstitch is the one-stop shop for getting summer-ready.
- 100 days to return full-price items, 30 days to return sale items
- Free shipping when you spend over $25
Up to 50% off in the sale
Get discount when you shop from the sale section at David Jones.
Fusing vintage Americana with Japanese-inspired graphics, Superdry is renowned for using top-quality materials, vintage denim washes, unique detailing, hand-drawn designs and tailored fits.
If you're looking for stylish, well-made clothes for men or women, Superdry is a go-to destination for Australian shoppers.
- Free delivery
- 28-day returns
Up to 50% Off Sale
Get up to 50% off sale at Superdry.
Adelaide-based BNKR (also known as Fashion Bunker) is a leader in Australian style, brands and designers, stocking the likes of Cameo, Finders Keepers and Keepsake.
If you're shopping for chic Aussie fashion styles and hand-picked pieces that you can mix and match, you have to have BNKR bookmarked.
- Free shipping on all orders over $39
- ‘Ask a stylist’ live chat feature. Get real, live advice from BNKR's fashion experts.
Save 15% off your first order
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15% off your order
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This sporting mega brand barely needs an introduction: a market leader in sporting footwear, apparel, equipment, and clothing, Nike is a household brand name globally.
Nike's trendsetting designs appeal to top athletes, fitness enthusiasts and style-savvy activewear shoppers.
- A wide range of sporting equipment, apparel and footwear
- Brand known for quality
Which online fashion stores offer free delivery?
There’s nothing sweeter than hearing a knock at the door and knowing your order has been delivered… except knowing that it was delivered for free. Here are all the retailers that offer free shipping, no matter what.
Which online shopping sites offer free delivery if you spend over a certain amount?
Often, online stores will charge you a flat rate for delivery. If you spend over a certain amount, you can get free shipping. The idea is to encourage you to spend more and reward customers who make bigger purchases. Only making a $20 purchase? You probably won’t get free shipping. In covering the shipping cost, the company may actually lose money on the sale. Don’t get too caught up in buying more in order to get free delivery. Would you still be ordering the item if it wasn’t just to save $10 in shipping? Sometimes, it’s worth your time to spend less overall and fork out for delivery. If you would buy it (or just want the excuse to spend more), then go forth and shop to your heart’s content.
- Boohoo: Free shipping on orders over $55
- Dotti: Free shipping on orders over $90
- Events: Free shipping on orders over $120
- Free People: Free shipping on orders over USD$150
- Freez: Free shipping on orders over USD$150
- General Pants: Free shipping on orders over $75
- Hunters & Gatherers: Free shipping on orders over $149.99
- Jacqui E: Free shipping on orders over $175
- Jeanswest: Free shipping on orders over $75
- New Look: Free shipping on orders over £55
- Millers: Free shipping on orders over $60
- Portmans: Free shipping on orders over $150
- Sambag: Free shipping on orders over $200
- SurfStitch: Free shipping on orders over $99
- THE ICONIC: Free shipping on orders over $50
- Topshop: Free shipping on orders over £50
- Urban Outfitters: Free shipping on orders over $50
Which online clothing stores offer fast shipping?
Sometimes, you just need a new outfit fast. Like, tonight. Or tomorrow. Or by the weekend. When that’s the case, where are the best places to shop? THE ICONIC offers three-hour delivery to both Sydney and Melbourne metro areas and next-day delivery for most orders. Saba offers same-day delivery to both Sydney and Melbourne, while David Jones offers same-day delivery to Sydney only. In some cases, stores will offer you free express shipping if you order a certain amount. Surfstitch offers free express delivery on orders over $25.
Which fashion sites stock high-quality clothes?
For high-quality fashion, there are some stores to order from… and some to avoid. ASOS, THE ICONIC, David Jones, Saba, Saks Fifth Avenue, Portmans and Marks & Spencer are all fairly safe as far as quality goes, although the quality varies from store to store. Saks Fifth Avenue sells high-end designers such as Prada and Chloe and will always be of the utmost quality. Other shops sell decent-quality clothes at a more affordable price, including Jeanswest, General Pants Co, Bonds and Me and Moo. Some brands will always be better quality than others, so you may have to judge by the brand name rather than the store. For example, We Are Handsome is a high-quality brand of 100% Australian-made high-quality swimwear and is stocked across a number of sites, including Dissh, THE ICONIC, ASOS and more. Read more: 12 super chic dresses from THE ICONIC to buy now
Which fashion sites are great for cheap clothes?
If you’re after cheap fashion online, Beginning Boutique, Boohoo, Showpo and Missguided are all great sites to find on-trend pieces at affordable prices. Hunt a little further and you’ll find that ASOS’s own brand is on the cheaper end of the clothing spectrum. THE ICONIC’s exclusive brands, Atmos&Here and Spurr, are both cheaper options that are still fashion-forward and of decent quality. Of course, if you find a coupon code for your favourite fashion boutique, you can always shave a little off the end price. Discounts are only a search away. Read more: Where to buy cheap shoes online
The list: have you tried these 52 online fashion sites yet?
Check out our best online shopping picks for health products and beauty buys.
23. Weight Watchers
Interested in losing weight in a healthy way? Global weight loss experts Weight Watchers offer in-person sessions or online plans, so it's a great option for Australians with busy lifestyles.
In addition to weight loss plans, Weight Watchers sell its own food products, a magazine and fitness products to make staying on track as easy as possible.
- Trusted weight loss program known around the world
- Good support network in-person, over the phone or online
Through Vaniday you can book spa treatments, hair appointments and beauty treatments online. Gift vouchers are also available meaning you can treat someone to that relaxing spa day via online booking.
- Live chat support. The Vaniday staff are available to assist you through every step of the booking process.
- Convenience. Do everything online in just a few clicks.
For those interested in the latest trends in home decoration and homewares, Zanui is a top pick for Australian shoppers.
With everything from tableware to outdoor furniture, this shopping destination has loads of stylish products for the home
- High-quality products
- Items are well-packaged and arrive promptly
Best online shopping sites: electronics
One of the most recognised brands in the world, Apple is best known for its iPhone, iPad and MacBook.
Founded in California in 1976, Apple's products have been game-changing in the world of technology, and the company continues to release new products regularly.
- Free shipping
- Order online directly from the Apple Store for genuine Apple products
Dell is a world-recognised computer and technology company specialising in laptops, gaming consoles, desktops and tablets. Dell also offers servers, switches, storage devices, peripherals and more, making it a great place for Australians to shop for all their computer needs.
- Easily customise your computer order by adjusting your specifications
- Regular sales and deals available
Australian-owned Kogan is an online business specialising in low-priced electronics including televisions, cameras, computers and home appliances.
Kogan is known for the impressive low pricing it offers thanks its relationships with factories and manufacturers.
- Low prices
- Fast shipping
Best online shopping sites: books
While book lovers will agree that nothing beats spending hours browsing through a bricks-and-mortar bookstore, when you need something specific – or just need to find a gift – ordering a book online is so much easier. Here are two of the best online bookstores:
Offering a huge selection of books, ebooks and DVDs that can be shipped around the globe, Booktopia is a great option for Aussies looking for a gift or their next juicy read.
Booktopia has a strong reputation for great customer service and has won several Telstra Business Awards.
- Fast delivery
- Great customer service
With over 5,000 restaurants on board, Menulog is a market-leading takeaway delivery service in Australia. Get a huge range of food delivered, including Spanish tapas, burgers, pizza and Indian meals. You'll also be able to access special offers that restaurants and takeaways offer through Menulog.
- Huge choice - find which takeaways deliver locally to you
- Ability to view user ratings and the most popular venues
Best online shopping sites: gifts and cards
Check out the best options for last-minute gift buying, personalised presents and unique or quirky finds.
Amazon sells pretty much everything you could think of. If you can't find it elsewhere, give Amazon a try.
Some of the items that Amazon sells include books, DVDs, games, accessories, watches and toys.
- Secure payment
- Easy to navigate and search the site
For all your personalising and printing needs, Vistaprint has you covered. Design your own Christmas and birthday cards or personalise mugs and calendars.
Vistaprint also specialises in business-branded items like business cards, magnets and banners.
- Great deals and discounts regularly offered
- Great customer service by phone or live online chat
Specialising in personalised, tailored photobooks, you can create a unique gift and give someone a trip down memory lane, all with a few clicks of the mouse.
If photobooks aren't your thing, you can also create prints, stationery, coasters, cards and calendars
- Photobook Australia is run by Photobook Worldwide, which operates in over 100 countries
- Deals and specials always available
Selling experiences and adventures as gifts, Adrenalin has been operating for almost 20 years and has over 2,500 experiences available.
Activities on offer include rally driving, jet fighter flights as well as gourmet goodies like BBQ schools and barista courses.
- Loads of options for adventure junkies, driving enthusiasts and foodies
- Free exchanges on all gift vouchers
47. Etsy Australia
Etsy is an online marketplace for independent designers, craftsmen and sellers. There are over 32 million items for sale from more than a million different sellers, with loads of handmade goodies and vintage finds.
If you're looking for a unique gift, you can't beat Etsy Australia. You can avoid mass-produced items and often buy directly from the maker, so it's unlikely you'll see loads of other people with the same item.
- Gift cards available
- All sales are recorded and guidelines for fairness and trust are set out in Etsy's policies
Daily deals website Groupon is one of our favourites for buying lots of things, particularly gifts. You can find deals for the gift recipient's local area such as restaurants, activities and spa experiences.
The deals are purchased in voucher form, so you can print it off or email it. The time and date of the activity can be booked later.
- Convenience - the vouchers come through almost straight away
- The savings - deals are often less than half price
Online flower store Flowers for Everyone delivers bouquets across Australia, including wedding flowers, roses, lilies and wattles.
You can also add on extra gifts to your order like cards, teddy bears, chocolates and balloons.
- Same-day delivery and weekend delivery available
- Get a discount if you sign up for the newsletter
When is the best time to shop online?
You can bag bargains any time of the year by shopping online, especially if you use a promo code or deal. However, these days in particular need to be part of any shopaholic's calendar:
Sure do! A cheeky coupon code for free shipping or 20% off is the best way to save money when shopping online. Find one you like and GO, GO, GO!
15% off your first ASOS order
Get 15% off your first order at ASOS. Valid for new customers only. Unique code will be sent to users email once they are verified as a new account via ASOS. T&Cs apply.
Save $25 when you spend $150
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25% off shoes and accessories
Get 25% off shoes and accessories at ASOS. Conditions apply.
50% off dresses and playsuits
Get 50% off dresses and playsuits when you use the code at checkout. Excluding sale items.
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25% off shoes for men
Get 25% off on men shoes at ASOS
50% off menswear
Get 50% off menswear by using the code at checkout. Excludes sale items.
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20% off full price spring styles
Simply use the code to get 20% off full price spring styles at THE ICONIC
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Up to 50% off
Save up to 50% on your purchase at The Iconic. Conditions Apply
10% off your first order of kidswear
Simply use the code to get 10% off your first order of kidswear at Boohoo. Excluding sale items.
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Up to 50% off on women's, men's and children's fashion, shoes, accessories
Get up to 50% off on women's, men's and children's fashion, shoes, accessories at David Jones
10% off + free delivery
Receive 10% off your order when you spend $120 or more online on your first shop at Woolworths
10% off iPhone 7 cases
Simply use the code to get 10% off iPhone 7 cases at Cygnett.
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Up to 40% off homewares, machester, beds and more
Get up to 40% off homewares, machester, beds and more during the Mid Season sale at David Jones.
10% off everything
Use our code to receive 10% off everything, only at Pretty Little Thing.
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15% off ghd orders
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Get 9% off your orders at Gear Best when you use the code at checkout. Only applies to products from China & HongKong. Not valid on flash sale items. T&Cs apply.
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